It’s A New Year – Truth Is Very Difficult To Find

sherlock-holmes-dvd-3For a great many years my late father, John T. Work (1923-2005), went through a sort of ritual each morning.  Following breakfast and coffee he would sit and read the local newspaper from the front page to the last.  I never knew him to be a reader of books, but he didn’t miss anything in the daily newspaper.  Were he alive today and in his prime, I can’t help wondering if he could stomach reading the news as he did throughout most of his adult life.

Over the years something gradually happened to our news services which has brought us to a point where I don’t believe my dad could have countenanced what we are being fed as “news” today.  True, the New York Times has a shameful history of prevarication by cover-up dating clear back to Walter Duranty’s commentary on the “virtues” of Josef Stalin’s Soviet Union.  My friend Diana West’s latest book, American Betrayal, brought to light a great deal of the dirty work done by Mr. Duranty, and other left-leaning journalists during the 1930s and 1940s – in mendacious support of one of history’s most nefarious mass murderers.

Dad didn’t read the NYT.  With the exception of Bush 41 and Bush 43, he was a pretty good judge of character.  He went to his grave believing that W was a pretty good president.  I never heard him talk about Duranty or the New York Times. John T. Work had a very good understanding of Karl Marx’s ideology and the threat to our freedoms which his followers presented.  Perhaps it was because of my father’s advancing age that he didn’t catch on to the huge lie that W told us:  Islam is a religion of peace.

Toward the end of her life, my mother, Mary Elizabeth (1925-2006) did awaken to George W. Bush’s true character, or lack thereof, when he refused to seal the border between Mexico and The United States after the 9/11/01 attacks put us once again into this very old war against the forces of Islam.

My parents retired from Southern California to Arizona in the late 1980s.  It didn’t take them long to catch on to John McCain’s maneuvering to the right during election campaigns, then back to the left after he won elections.

We live now in a surreal atmosphere, where the American press corps seems to be able to either ignore immense lies (If you like your health insurance plan, you can keep your health insurance plan;  your health insurance premiums are going to drop by $2,500.00 per year;  I’m going to end the wars;  I never had sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky;  We had to dodge sniper fire as we got off the plane at the airport in Bosnia;  Islam is a religion of peace, again;  If you elect us to a majority in the Senate, we’ll not fund the amnesty and we’ll repeal Obamacare), or to merely acknowledge in a very angular way that one of our public figures may have misspoken – and go on as though nothing happened.

The lying comes at us from all points and all parties.  It is truly brain-busting to listen to what is said and to watch what is actually done.  I’ve come to the point where I am skeptical of anything the press corps puts into print, and I do not believe anything that comes from the mouths of the representatives of the United States Government.  The lying has become systemically pathological.

So, what do can do about it?  We can maintain our individual integrity and be true to ourselves and our loved ones.  If my wife, my children and the few friends I have in the world trust me, that is huge.  I’ll not betray their trust.  That’s all that’s left.  It’s enough for me.  Life does not go on forever.  No one gets out of here alive.

The lying politicians and the American Press Corps can go straight to Hell.

Happy New Year, everyone.  Seriously.  Be thankful for what you still have and don’t worry about what you don’t have.

Books by John L. Work

About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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2 Responses to It’s A New Year – Truth Is Very Difficult To Find

  1. Kathleen Karl says:

    I agree John. It is so hard to decipher what is true and what isn’t anymore. Best wishes from Kalamazoo!!!!

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