Deceit is not new
This is in response to The Daily News, front page headline of Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, regarding “Casperson’s admission of a wolf story as being untrue.”
When an elected official makes use of mistruths to gain passage of any legislation that is put into law, he or she in the least, should have enough respect for all citizens especially those who voted for and gave that official the privilege of serving, due respect by resigning that office.
Further, the governor, in form of compensation to the people should rightfully make null and void any such law brought forth by deceit, otherwise be deemed in concert of same.
Most honest folks feel there is little, if any difference between a knowing use of mistruth and that of a lie be it soever how fine of a line.
However, it seems increasingly acceptable for elected officials but not inclusive of, and some non-elected officials who serve the public to make use of “mistruths” to advance a cause, in this case the so-called wolf agenda.
Casperson states “he is accountable for the wolf story.” Deceit – yes, he should be, but then adds, “I’m sorry.” An all too common apology heard by elected officials nowadays which seems to mean “I’m really feeling sorry for myself for being caught as such.”
It seems misspeak has become an acceptable euphemism for not speaking the truth. To wit: J.R. Richardson, Chair of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission, says he received “several thousand emails” during the public comment period and that he forwarded them to the NRC. Later through a spoke-person, Richardson claims he “misspoke,” that in fact he did not forward but deleted them.
Additionally, Adam Bump, a “bear and furbearer specialist” for the DNR, in a recent radio interview, says he misspoke when he claimed “wolves were showing up in backyards, on porches, peeking through windows exhibiting no fear.” Mr. Bump claims a Masters Degree of Science in Wildlife. That amounts to about two years not including a bachelors. Hmm.
On the local level, Casperson’s pointman in Dickinson County makes similar fantastic wolf claims such as “. . .50 years ago the Crystal Falls Mining Gazette reported that a man was killed by wolves . . .” Misspeak? Truth is that there never was such a newspaper in Crystal Falls.
This deceit is not new. My people know well of it. Whenever I look out the window, I reflect, “Just think, this was once all ours, but it was all taken (euphemism) from us by misspeak and deceit.”