A Pinochio complex haunts politicians

 “A lie keeps growing and growing until it is as plain as the nose on your face”. —  Jimmny Cricket

There is a new type of psychological nervous “Tell” that is gaining a strong  foothold in some of the recently appointed officials associated with the Trump White House. These men and women are ushering in a new era of finger waving bordering at times on the neurotic. The action does not indicate the Archimedes reaction of “ah ha” indicting a revelation or discovery rather a desperate attempt to divert an embarrassing question that may make them look openly evasive and untruthful.

“N O   D O U B T   A B O U T   T H A T   A T   A L L “

Pinocchio , a cultural icon , is a fictional character and the protagonist of the children’s novel The Adventures of Pinocchio (1883) written by Italian writer Carlo Collodi

He was carved by a wood-carver named Geppetto in a village near Florence and was created as a wooden puppet who dreamed of becoming a real boy.

His  only tragic flaw was that he lies easily and often. Whenever he does so his nose begins to grow and grow so that the people he is not telling the truth to watch as his nose grows and grows and grows. 

This dramatic effect got me to thinking about the current crop of Trump appointees who not only tend at times to distort reality and fudge the facts but also shamefacedly attempt to cover their tracks by nervously pointing their index finger in the air and shouting out their innocence. 

In the above photo Jeff Sessions (R) , the 84th Attorney General of the United States, is raising his right index finger to argue a point of contention about his ever meeting a reputed Russian diplomat on two occasions. The extended finger may be serving as proof positive that he is attempting to be candidly honest with the questioner.

Sean Spicer, who is serving as the 30th White House Press secretary in the Trump WHite House, tends to favor his left index finger and uses it just as adeptly and threateningly to those reporters attending the daily press briefings who dare t ask him question that might reflect negatively on the president .

President Trump uses the more papal and conciliatory extended arms and open hand approach to assure his audiences that he is their friend and that the press, the newly defined enemy of the state, is trying to taint his effective performance in the Oval Office.

If only more politicians would fall sway to this physical manifestation the trusting electorate would then be able to interpret the truth from a bushel of malarkey delivered by its often trusted politicians. — gc



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Quote of the week: "If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.-- Frank Herbert quotes .

4 Comments on A Pinochio complex haunts politicians

  1. I love the comparison to Pinocchio!! Another good post! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I so enjoy your posts! You hit this one right on the nose!😂 Sorry, bad joke.😳

    Liked by 1 person

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