The High Price of Dishonesty and Deception

For ruthless men and women who strive to win at any cost and make it in a Trumpian universe, the new president provided tactics. Always take control.

by Roxanne Davies

Of all the horror films to come out of Hollywood, the one that creeped me out the most was Rosemary’s Baby. The psychological horror flick was written and directed by French-Polish director Roman Polanski, who, despite his personal foibles, is a talented filmmaker.

Polanski’s 1967 film follows tormented wife Rosemary Woodhouse (brilliantly portrayed by the waif-like Mia Farrow). Unbeknownst to her, she was chosen to bear the Devil’s spawn. Farrow’s wide-eyed innocent face fills the screen as she experiences physical and emotional changes beyond her control. When she rips into a piece of raw chicken, it will turn the stomach of the most avid carnivore. Yet it’s the last scene that truly shocks. Rosemary walks into a dimly lit chamber to see her baby for the first time. Seated around the room are all the people she thought she could trust: her husband, her doctor, her crazy neighbour, every one of the people closest to her complicit in the diabolical scheme. What terrified me was the ease with which the people closest to the victim were able to cover their deception.

Deception: anything that deceives or is meant to deceive; a delusion. For Rosemary, the consequences of deception and lying resulted in the birth of an evil spirit. For our American neighbours, it seems to have resulted in the surprise election of Donald J. Trump. A New York Times columnist likened Trump’s win to a moral and ethical 9/11. A rich white guy with a trophy wife told his supporters the sky is falling and he would save them. A xenophobic, misogynist of dubious ethics and morals with a short attention span now has the nuclear code. A thin-skinned pugnacious Chicken Little was elected to the most powerful position in the free world.

How on earth could Trump win the election? He wasn’t a polished politician; he was an outlier who even alienated fellow Republicans. Because he says it like we think his supporters smugly declared. They were tired of lies from the chattering class, professional pundits, career politicians, financial analysts, industry regulators. Name an industry and its privileged leaders lie.

For Trump, lying is a form of communication and a way of gaining power. We watched and listened with a mixture of horror and fascination as he sniffed his way through an inaugural speech filled with jingoistic rhetoric.

Some say Trump is no fool. He is a communicator who used a kind of wonky neuro-linguistic programming to mesmerize his audience. In 3AM Tweets, he shared his most incoherent ideas and bypassed the bewildered mainstream media. Trump says he fiercely protected his five children against the danger of smoking, drugs and alcohol, yet he has exposed them to the most dangerous and addictive substance on Earth: a lust for power.

For ruthless men and women who strive to win at any cost and make it in a Trumpian universe, the new president provided tactics. Always take control. Act like you know what you’re doing even if you don’t. Brag about your accomplishments, and never your mistakes. Find your opponents Achilles’ heel and never let go. Tell people you will give 100% percent or make it look like you do. And most importantly: even if you lose interest in what you are doing, there will be times when you will have to stretch the truth or downright lie. If women can control their fluttering lashes, they have the uncanny ability to be better liars. Smart agencies and corporations know that. Women are often the face of a company about to deliver some bad news or ‘alternative facts.’ Intelligent and ambitious men and women must wean themselves off the toxic value of lying to gain power and privilege.

If there is any comfort to the majority of people who did not vote for Trump, this 45th president might be the most analyzed and dissected in recent history. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. If Trump fails to deliver what he has promised, let him remember that many of his most ardent supporters pack weapons.

Roxanne Davies lives in North Vancouver and is devoted to writing family memoirs and essays on a variety of topics. roxannemilanadavies@gmail.com

1 thought on “The High Price of Dishonesty and Deception

  1. Hebrew proverb: if you cannot see God in the face of your enemy, you cannot see God.

    Common Ground cover page says, It’s all connected, and yet it fronts it’s February magazine with the ranting of a woman who is repeating the same message from every main stream media outlet in North America.

    Trump is the scapegoat lightning rod for every woman and man who has been wronged by a man and has yet to reconcile the wounds.

    The author resorts to labeling and the name calling of an elected foreign official, and calling his partner a trophy wife. The venom and bitterness that is communicated in her piece made me wonder why this woman is not in therapy, perhaps grief counseling or anger management. We have our own Christie Clark who recently suggested that a certain singer’s only contribution was twirking. Women disrespecting women, no shortage.

    She hinted that people are skeptical of the promises of the established governments of the recent past, and yet she focuses on the personality of the president elect Trump.

    If she read Roger Stones New York best seller, the Clintons War on Women, she might be better informed on who is perpetrating the deceit and using women’s anger to further their own agenda. Even Amy Shumer was caught posting fake articles about Trump, but she as much said she didn’t care. She didn’t care about the facts and smearing a person’s character was acceptable..

    If Ms Davies is so concerned about deceit and lies, why does she not focus her attention at our own leader Trudeau who is now going to approve the expansion of the bitumen tankers traffic right in front of her house in North Vancouver and is going to do nothing about Election reform.

    As a woman who chronicles the history of families, you can portray any picture you want, if you are at the presses. And if you broadcast it every week, fools will take it to heart.

    “The world is nothing but my perception of it.
    I see only through myself.
    I hear only through the filter of my story.”

    ~ Byron Katie ~

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