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The Short Lease

One of the most puzzling things about the Trump presidency is the inability of the liberal establishment to make public opinion headway against him despite his attack on everything they held sacred.  Though several explanations can be advanced, perhaps the most plausible is that the establishment's revealed behavior shattered the trust once reposed in them.

"Love," John le Carre once observed, "is whatever you can still betray. Betrayal can only happen if you love."  And because the public loved the establishment, even worshiped it, the sense of betrayal caused by revealed behavior was profound.   Every time a celebrity, media figure or editorial writer was shown to be secretly mocking the public, smugly secure in the cocoon of his own kind, it cut more deeply than if he had never been admired at all.

Trust is fragile. Secrets and lies jeopardize trust and can damage us and our relationships — sometimes irreparably. ... Honesty is more than simply not lying. Deception includes making ambiguous or vague statements, telling half-truths, manipulating information through emphasis, exaggeration, or minimization, and withholding feelings or information that is important to someone who has a right to know,

Fewer disillusions hit harder than discovering that an article of faith was a lie.  Recently "an Ontario man suffering from an incurable neurological disease has provided CTV News with audio recordings that he says are proof that hospital staff offered him medically assisted death, despite his repeated requests to live at home."

The man is then heard telling Foley that he can “just apply to get an assisted, if you want to end your life, like you know what I mean?”

When Foley says that he is being forced to end his life, the man protests and says that’s not the case.

“Oh, no, no, no,” the man is heard saying. “I’m saying if you feel that way…You know what I mean? Don’t get me wrong. I’m saying I don’t want you to be in here and wanting to take your life.”

In a statement to CTV News, Foley says he decided to release the recordings “to all Canadians as my situation got very bad recently where I almost died.”

He says he’s “not in a position to elaborate on that currently,” but he wants the public to know “the real truth before it is too late for my voice to be heard.”

A masked assassin does not shake our belief system because that is what they do.  But you will never look at a hospital that offers to kill you the same way again, especially after all the avuncular denials about the existence of "death panels" are thrown into doubt by conversations which suggest the rumors were true.  It's enough to make one think the popular progressive manifesto titled "How to Serve Man" is really a cookbook.  By contrast, Donald Trump's great psychological advantage was he was never bore the burden of trust to begin with, at least not enough to generate any feelings of disappointment.  The media pitched him so low that his every achievement, however modest, arrives as a shock.