Tell me why (an underused question)

The Beatles sang, “Tell me why…., you cry and why you lie to me.” Why? A question we do not ask enough, especially of those who need it asked again and again. I witness politicians, business leaders, experts and regular people like us say things as if they are fact, but the comments are merely opinion or conjecture. And, in the case of one person in particular, any comment is likely untrue.

So, here are a few why questions.

– Why does a person who claims things that run contrary to his narrative are a hoax, actually made money off hoax strategies? We have heard words like Climate change hoax, Russian hoax, Ukrainian hoax, Coronavirus hoax, etc. from this person, but he made a lot of money off selling his name to developers for projects he had nothing to do with. The name was supposed to bring in more customers under the perception of quality. That is a hoax perpetrated on the unsuspecting buyer.

– Why would the White House change how data is reported on COVID-19 cases and deaths circumventing the CDC reporting? If you control the data, you can control the narrative, maybe?

– Why are sycophants of the president going further with their CYA efforts at this point? Congresswoman Liz Cheney sided with Dr. Anthony Fauci and the usual suspects in the House want her to step down as a Republican leader as a result. They want Republican legislators to be all in for this candidate regardless of the veracity of his narrative.

– Why has the Vice President, a self-professed devoted Christian man and husband, decided his reputation can be thrown out the window as he lies for the his boss? I think it was in Bob Woodward’s book “Fear,” based on 750 hours of interviews that noted how disappointed Republican leaders are in Pence not corralling the president more. Of course, why did they not do it?

– Why are British folks surprised about the lack of interest in pursuing then (and now), purported Russian involvement in the Brexit vote? A weaker EU is a help to Russia. Of course, Putin had his fingerprints on this issue, just as he had a hand on the 2016 US presidential election. Putin is a KGB trained expert on disinformation – social media is nirvana to him – so his use of such to gain advantage is not a surprise.

– Why do leaders try to rewrite history, even when it occurred just a few months ago? Governors who opened up their economies too early are saying how could they have known the pandemic could get worse? The president says often he did not say things he is recorded saying. He said the coronavirus was a hoax at one of his pep rallies at the end of February, the night of the first official US COVID-19 death. Note to these folks – the uptick in COVID-19 is not a surprise. Don’t act like it is and try not to make the same mistakes.

– Why are people surprised when a famous person, like Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, et al, get COVID-19 after being in very public settings with no masks or social distancing? I read there has been an uptick in cases in Tulsa after a recent presidential pep rally. I do not wish COVID-19 on anyone, but these cases are not a surprise.

– Why would one of the president’s people let him be interviewed one-on-one with Fox News Chris Wallace, one the more studious and tenacious interviewers around? In real time, Wallace corrected the president on several untruthful statements such as regarding the lowest death rate in the world on COVID-19 (not even close) and Biden supporting defunding of the police (not true as per his policy statements). The president was heavily perspiring not just because it was hot. He was thinking why am I here? In short, someone thought it was a good idea to put a president who does not command many facts in an interview with someone who does.

That is all for now. What are some of your why questions?

30 thoughts on “Tell me why (an underused question)

  1. The biggest question in my head for a long time is “why do we put up with such a flawed democratic system? When are we going to be allowed to vote for ‘none of the above’, which would allow for the potential to fix the broken system?”.

    • Pendantry, thanks for your comment. While “none of the above” would be gratifying, there is the lesser of two evils to consider. My old party relies on suppressing votes to win. The president won because he got enough people to stay home. The same can be said for Brexit.

      Those folks who took to the streets to complain about both votes deflated their argument if they did not vote.

      Thanks for your thoughts. Keith

    • Hi from Canada, pedantry. I do not vote exactly because the only votes that get counted anymore are for those who are already on the ballots. They used to count spoiled ballots just to keep track of the true numbers of voters, but once they realized more ballots were spoiled than unspoiled, thus showing an unhappiness by voters with the way democracy does not work, they pulled that stat. Now we ONLY hear about valid votes so it seems like every vote is as important as they want us to believe. If that were true they would have to declare democracy a dead duck administration.
      But democracy will NEVER go away on its own, because it has a built-in failsafe. As long as one official candidate gets one vote, that vote can be the winning vote. Can you imagine a world where, for example, 99.9999 repeated to one in 340 billion refuses to vote, but yet that 0.000000000000001% of the popular vote has the power to produce a winner? The game is rigged from the word vote. And Americans will never see the problem with that, because they think their votes count.
      And that is why, old fart my friend, America never has been and never will be great. Oh, you never asked that “Why?” I guess I imagined you did, because it is the most important WHY there is.

      • Rawgod, your opinions are always interesting. No person or country is ever as good as it thinks it is. That is why I like Gandhi’s definition of a community’s greatness. Our country has had its moments when it has done good things, then there are those other moments – Native American genocide, African-American slavery, Jim Crow, Japanese American interments and the election of such a corrupt and deceitful president named Donald J. Trump to name only a few.

        One of the tenets of Jim Collins book “Built to last” about nineteen companies that dwarfed their competition is “Good enough never is.” No company, no person and no country should rest on its laurels and must learn from its mistakes.

        Thanks again for your comment. Keith

      • Although I agree with much of what you say, I think where we differ is in your use of this word ‘democracy’. What we have (in the UK as well as the US) isn’t that. Just like the recent usage of words such as ‘sustainable’, it was long ago appropriated and corrupted by those with another agenda.

      • Democracy–one person, one vote. In ancient Greece, only male citizens were people. I think it still means now exactly what it meant then–Rule of the people. It is the definition of “people” that has changed, slightly.

      • The definition of ‘people’ has indeed changed, since corporations (by virtue of their wallets) have a say in who is ‘elected’. But the ‘one person, one vote’ theory is seriously curtailed by the systems in place, which give the illusion of choice without actually providing any such thing. Gerrymandering is rife. We don’t get to choose for whom to vote: the political parties decide that: a vote for (my preference) the Green Party is considered a ‘wasted vote’. Many, if not most, of today’s politicians are independently wealthy (and thus out of touch with reality). And they’re almost all in bed with big business; lobbies, not ‘the people’, determine the rules by which we’re obliged to abide.

        Any attempts to fix the broken system (as in the UK’s referendum on the Alternative Vote a few years ago), always founder on the rocks of the status quo.

      • Pendantry, thanks for your follow-up. I must confess, I do not follow your point on “sustainable.” As a consultant, manager and volunteer Board member, I have used the word “sustainable” for decades. If future budgets cannot afford the cost of something, then that is not a sustainable change.

        I appreciate greatly the discussion on what democracy is or is not. Whatever we have, it requires an informed and engaged electorate and we have neither here. My favorite example is John Kerry was a decorated war hero in Vietnam, but he lost a winnable election against incumbent George W. Bush, who never fought but had some vets “gaslight” Americans creating a new term “swiftboating.” Kerry did not take the issue serioiusly, chose not to fight back and an undeserving Bush won the reelection.

        Thanks for your thoughts, Keith

  2. Outstanding, Keith. Our presidenmt has convinced many of us that facts are merely opinions, and any opinions that deviate from his are hoaxes. Other leaders have done exactly this in the past. Some have been quite successful, in that they have amassed huge numbers of followers and/or vast amounts of personal wealth. All have driven their countries into ruin.

    • Renee, well said. I keep thinking of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarek having US$81 million when he was removed while the average Egyptian survived on something like US$ 1.89 a day. Thanks for stopping by. You are always welcome. Keith

  3. I always have numerous ‘why’ questions floating in my head, but two come to mind:
    – Why has the GOP, once a respected and legitimate political party, allowed itself to be shanghai’d by a megalomaniac with no moral compass?
    – Why do some 40% of the adults in this nation still support that person who is actively working against their best interests?
    Good post, my friend. It highlights the sad state of being in which we find ourselves today, one which simply must be rectified in November, else in four years we will not recognize this as a ‘free’ nation.

  4. Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    Our friend Keith has a question … well, quite a few of them actually, and they all begin with “Why?” These are not easy questions, not ones that any of us can answer, but they are the questions we should ALL be asking. Check out his questions and see if you can add a few of your own. Thanks Keith!

  5. Note to Reader: For the second time, why did someone ding my car in a parking lot and not leave a note? This one left a nice scar, most likely as they pulled out or in. Fortunately, I am close to 200,000 miles, but not leaving a note….

  6. All good questions. Here’s another: Why do the “strong on defense; protect the military” Republicans remain silent in view of the validated intelligence that Putin has been paying a bounty for the deaths of American service personnel?
    For that matter, why has the press let this astonishing story go unanswered by trump, Pompeo, et al?

  7. You have a lot of Why questions, and there actually is one answer to all of them. Because someone or something can do all those things you say, and everyone else is to scared to stop him, or whomever your why is in regards to.
    OLD DONNIE BOY does not need to state facts, keep promises, or even leave office if he loses an election. Until he contracts Covid and dies from drinking bleach, he is exactly where he wants to be. IN CONTROL! American voters still believe in democracy (Not in the way I commented to pedantry above.) but that Donnie Boy will step down should he improperly fail to rig this election in his favour. There is no such thing as Democracy in the USA. Look at what he is doing in Portland, OR. He acted against every rule of true democracy sending in a bunch of stormtroopers, and the only bullets being used against them are words. Try shooting a few of them–not to kill, civilian shooters have better aim than do soldiers or cops, so just to blow out a kneecap or two, and watch Trump lose his power. As long as no one threatens his power, he knows he is unbeatable.
    Why? Because he does not believe in losing. Can he sue 332 billion Americans? His answer is yes.

    • Rawgod, it gets down to what his mentor, attorney and advisor to Senator Joseph McCarthy, Roy Cohn told him per Trump’s biographies: “Never apologize and sue everyone.” That sums up Trump’s mission statement better than anything else.

  8. Why do people jump into undertakings of serious and ongoing responsibility with nowhere near enough research, and therefore awareness and preparation?

    • Excellent question. For someone who is developer and business person, what you have described fits the president’s modus operandi. I knew he would be a bully, untruthful and corrupt, but what has surprised me the most is how incompetent he is about managing and planning. And, he does not care to learn how making the same mistakes again and again.

      The best example is the first travel ban which had to be pulled in two days. It was the first of many “disasters” using one of the president’s favorite words. Keith

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