Honesty is the best policy

One of the first lessons we are taught as children is the importance of being honest. I remember countless times where my parents would stress the importance of telling the truth. It is fairly obvious that if one consistently lies, prevaricates, etc. then one gets a reputation that cannot always be trusted.

The current tribulations Mr. Trump is going through right now are due in large part to his inability to be honest. His casual and cavalier relationship with truth telling has given him a credibility deficit that puts him in a very bad position concerning his current issues with former FBI Director James Comey.

The situation is becoming worse for Mr. Trump each day. Mr. Comey, according to the New York Times, wrote a memo to file recounting a private conversation with Mr. Trump where the President supposedly asked the Director to back off the Flynn investigation. Of course, the White House has flatly denied this.

At issue is the question of trust. Mr. Comey, in spite of the recent bungling of the Clinton investigation, has a life-long reputation for honesty and his credibility has been affirmed by his colleagues at the FBI, and perhaps most importantly, by Democrats and Republicans alike on Capitol Hill.

As the information continues to come out, the President continually looks to be on defense relative to who said what, and the more this goes on, the worse it appears for the President.

Suppose what Mr. Trump says is true, that Mr. Comey is not being factual relative to the events described in the memo recounting the meeting he and the President had. But, given Mr. Trump's reputation of falsehood, embellishment, and downright lying, who is more likely to be trusted?

Someone once said we are taught the most important lessons of our lives when we are children. Perhaps the President was just not listening.