One of my favourite films is the 1958 release, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof“, based on a play of the same name by Tennessee Williams, and one of my favourite characters from that movie is “Big Daddy”, portrayed by the scene-stealing Burl Ives. A legendary line of his focuses on the question of mendacity, which ranges in meaning from untruthfulness to insincerity.
“What’s that smell in this room? Didn’t you notice it, Brick? Didn’t you notice a powerful and obnoxious odour of mendacity in this room?… There ain’t nothin’ more powerful than the odour of mendacity… You can smell it. It smells like death.”
Reading the latest revelations about the shady dealings of the Clinton family, from the Associated Press, it must be said that the reek of mendacity hangs heavy upon them:
“More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. It’s an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.
At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs, according to a review of State Department calendars released so far to The Associated Press. Combined, the 85 donors contributed as much as $156 million. At least 40 donated more than $100,000 each, and 20 gave more than $1 million.
Donors who were granted time with Clinton included an internationally known economist who asked for her help as the Bangladesh government pressured him to resign from a nonprofit bank he ran; a Wall Street executive who sought Clinton’s help with a visa problem; and Estee Lauder executives who were listed as meeting with Clinton while her department worked with the firm’s corporate charity to counter gender-based violence in South Africa.”
Donald Trump may be the king of inaccuracies but Hillary Clinton is rapidly emerging as the queen of dissemblance. The pair are well suited.