In his vocabulary-building book “Word Power Made Easy,” Professor
Norman Lewis uses each chapter to describe certain types of people to
introduce the reader to words. At the beginning of Chapter 10, Lewis
describes 10 types of liars and then attaches a word to each. I remember
reading this in high school and associating certain people with one or
the other of the words. I don’t remember associating any one person with
more than one of them:

“Everybody knows your propensity for avoiding facts. You have built
so solid and unsavory a reputation that only a stranger is likely to be
misled — and then, not for long. A notorious liar

“Your ability is top-drawer — rarely does anyone lie as convincingly
or as artistically as you do. Your skill has, in short, reached the
zenith of perfection. Indeed, your mastery of the art is so great that
your lying is almost always crowned with success — and you have no
trouble seducing an unwary listener into believing that you are telling
gospel truth. A consummate liar

“You are impervious to correction. Often as you may be caught in your
fabrications, there is no reforming you 00 you go right on lying despite
the punishment, embarrassment, or unhappiness that your distortions of
truth may bring you. An incorrigible liar

“You are the victim of firmly fixed and deep-rooted habits. Telling
untruths is as frequent and customary an activity as brushing your teeth
in the morning, or having toast and coffee for breakfast, or lighting up
a cigarette after dinner. And almost as reflexive. An
inveterate liar

“You have such a long history of persistent falsification that one
can only suspect that your vice started when you were reposing in your
mother’s womb. In other words … you have been lying from the moment of
your birth.
A congenital liar

“You never stop lying. While normal people lie on occasion, and often
for special reasons, you lie continually — not occasionally or even
frequently, but over and over. A chronic liar

“You are not concerned with the difference between truth and
falsehood; you do not bother to distinguish fact from fantasy. In fact,
your lying is a disease that no antibiotic can cure. A
pathological liar

“You are completely without a conscience. No matter what misery your
fabrications may cause your innocent victims, you never feel the
slightest twinge of guilt. Totally unscrupulous, you are a dangerous
person to get mixed up with. An unconscionable liar.

“Possessed of a lively imagination and a ready tongue, you can
distort facts as smoothly and as effortlessly as you can say your name.
But you do not always get away with your lies. … We admire your nimble
wit, but we listen with a skeptical ear. A glib liar

“Lies, after all, are bad — they are frequently injurious to other
people, and may have a particularly dangerous effect on you as a liar.
… If you are one type of liar, all your lies are vicious —
calculatedly, predeterminedly, coldly, and advisedly vicious. In short,
your lies are so outstandingly hurtful that people gasp in amazement and
disgust at hearing them. An egregious liar”

Do any of these remind you of someone?

In this upside down world that Bill Clinton has created, familiar
things, words and people are not what they are made to appear. Reality
is distorted and fiction becomes reality. A mild recession is portrayed
as “the worst economy in 50 years”; the end of the “era of big
government” is in actuality the inauguration of the era of gargantuan
government; the “bringing together of the American people” is in truth
the divisive rhetoric of class warfare; the pursuit of justice is
painted as “the politics of personal destruction”; a president who
“loathe[s] the military” and reduces its readiness to dangerous levels
blames its decline on the President whose very name is associated with
defense build ups and national security; nationalized medicine is
promoting patient choice; taxes are “contributions”; perjury is “being
less than truthful”; witness tampering is “refreshing one’s memory;”
sodomy is “inappropriate intimate contact;” sexual harassment and
assault victims are “stalkers” and “predators”; diligent prosecutors are
“out of control”; Democratic partisanship is “Republican partisanship”;
and on and on.

Despite the tireless debate on what constitutes impeachable offenses,
one thing is certain: the framers of our Constitution were unanimous in
their desire to ensure that the one person who would occupy the highest
office of the land be a man of virtue. As our Democratic friends are
fond of saying these days, “you connect the dots.”

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