There is a distinct value to integrity. Just ask disgraced former FBI Director Big Jim Comey. His book is all about how much integrity he has, and how much he had when he and the FBI had when they were working dilligently to organize a coup.
I wanted to start this blog post by pointing out the obvious. Governments lie. The Obama regime is infamous for making up FISA warrant affidavits out of thin air and corrupting the US system of justice. I wouldn’t have expected a junta in Washington DC, but that’s what they were after. So as I begin to point out how systematically the Communist Chinese Party and their cadre lie, you’ll know that I’m not just taking shots at them.
Truth is a Christian value that is generally respected in the West.
John 8:32 King James Version (KJV) And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Satan is characterized as the “Father of Lies,” and those who lie or who break their oath can be fairly said to be following the Prince of Darkness.
When we testify in court, we raise our right arm to the square and promise to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth (so help us God). Breaking that oath counts as perjury, a crime.
Those values do not extend to the Middle East or to Asia as a matter of cultural practice. (yes, they didn’t matter to Obama either but I think that he’s a closet Muslim, so maybe he felt that exempted him and his minions?) It’s perfectly acceptable under Sharia to lie. The art of the lie defines the central tenant of the bazar.
There is a pattern of behavior among many Asian people that I have experienced. In government, lying to a superior is a firing offense. I’ve had many Asian people who worked for me: Cambodians, Chinese, Vietnamese, Iranian (Asiatic) and over the years, I found that there was a behavior wherein they wanted to please the boss. We all want to please the boss, but in this case, it wasn’t uncommon to lie to do so. There are two ways to react to this. First, to terminate the liar. Second, to understand that the lie is designed to please the boss. So I’d talk to the person involved at some length, explaining that a failure to do (whatever) wasn’t a matter for concern, but I needed to know what happened. The lie is walked back, everyone is happy and we all move forward.
A key weakness within the Chinese Communist Party in specific and in Red China more in general is the tendency for all levels of people in the organization to lie. In the West, we try to arrive at a set of facts that we can determine to be true. In the East, a face saving lie is preferable. This applies to crop reports, how much sand was added to the concrete in a building, or how many raisins are in the Raisin Bran (not necessarily “two scoops”). It underpins the reason that it’s the “land of the not quite right”.
How ready is the People’s Liberation Army (the Army’s Navy, etc) to take on the United States and Taiwan? Nobody knows, because the systematic cascading lies that form the culture to avoid embarrassment are extensive. In the US Navy, it’s called gun-decking, in the US Army, it’s creative writing, but in the PLA, it’s business as usual with no cultural or system backlash. It is said to be, “good enough”.
Our fellow blogger, Steve, asked how one could tell if the Communist Chinese were lying. The answer is that they can be expected to “always be lying”. And if you believe the lie, you’re stupid. They’re smarter than you because they told a lie and you believed it. When the Chinese are caught in a lie (as with the Chinese Plague) they react hysterically, the way a child throws a tantrum. It’s a cultural pattern.
A friend of mine established a business in China. I advised him to allow his partners to steal 10%. If they stole 10% they would reason that they’re smarter than him and they’d be content in the relationship. If he didn’t allow them to steal from him, they’d figure that he was stealing from them and they’d be uncomfortable and would act aggressively toward him. He later thanked me. When they weren’t stealing, they were unpleasant to be around.