Gringo View: Truth or Consequences

Observing the recent political scene here in Brazil and in the US brings makes this gringo wonder whether we have all become so totally inured to lies big and small that we hardly notice them, and they appear to have little or no consequences.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Opinion) Starting in the 1940s, "Truth or Consequences" was a popular American radio program that asked contestants questions and when they didn’t give the right answers (usually), they had to face the "consequences". These, typically, involved having to perform some contrived stunt that made them look silly in front of the audience, giving everyone a good laugh.

The show lasted almost four decades; a gentle weekly reminder that not telling the truth had consequences. If only today’s truth were so inconsequential and the consequences so enjoyable and harmless.

Observing the recent political scene here . . .

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