It’s getting to be all too common to hear someone in the public eye use this particular phrase to “explain” something he or she said. It’s even more common for them to then expect Mr. or Mrs. Average American to just accept it and let them go on doing whatever they are doing, with no consequences for their actions.
That’s supposed to clear everything up.
That’s supposed to make everything hunkey-dorey.
That’s supposed to make me feel all warm and fuzzy because whoever “misspoke” ‘fessed up. Now I’m supposed to thank him for coming clean and just forgive and forget.
Sorry- it ain’t gonna happen on my watch!
I was brought up to believe your word was your bond. I was taught that if I told anyone anything, it had better be the truth. Often when I was a child and tempted to fib, my mother would tell me, “If you lie, be sure your sin will find you out!”
Let’s call a spade a spade! ”
Misspoke” is simply another word for LIE! Webster’s defines “misspeaking” as saying or stating something inaccurately or incorrectly.
In other words, not speaking the truth.
Sure, we could split hairs and say it’s possible to “misspeak” about certain things- such as perhaps improperly stating a mathematical or scientific formula or fact. But that’s entirely different from the way public figures are using that phrase!
When someone states something as a fact of their lives, knowing full well what they claimed never happened, they aren’t misspeaking. They aren’t simply stating something inaccurately or incorrectly. They are LYING, pure and simple!.
Should we tolerate such behavior?
Should we just sugar-coat a lie?
Should we just let liars get away with nothing more than, “That’s okay, you’re forgiven. Just don’t let it happen again”?
I don’t think so!
There is never a reason to lie!
And there is never a reason to defend a lie!
It doesn’t make it all okay when someone publicly says, “On a few occasions I may have misspoken.” That does not negate the lie! Nor does it make the person’s actions any less egregious.
A lie is a lie is a lie!
Regardless of what fancy politically correct name you put on it! It’s all the more egregious when the person who lied is the beneficiary of public trust.
When the lie concerns a person’s own life, and when the facts can be easily checked, one has to wonder what would impel them to tell it in the first place. As my mother warned me, their sin WILL find them out, because, regardless of who they are, there’s always somebody out there looking to dig up dirt on anybody and everybody. And find it they will, sooner or later!
If we just “forgive and forget” and let them go on doing whatever they are doing, who’s to say they won’t “misspeak” again in the future? They’ve already broken the trust we placed in them.
They may talk about their “integrity”, and defend their public record till they are blue in the face, but their actions prove they didn’t act with integrity in the past. Can they be trusted not to lie again in the future?
Once upon a time in America, when a man gave you his word, you could believe it. You could trust him to say what he meant and mean what he said. Today it appears we have to wait to find out if what he said really was true, or if he “misspoke”. What a travesty!!!
America, I weep for you!