In his newest book, How Do You Kill 11 Million People, Andy Andrews approaches the subject of integrity from a unique viewpoint – the killing of millions of Jews and others during the Nazi reign over Europe in World War II. The answer to the question, how do you kill 11 million people, is simple: You lie to them. The German people, and subsequently the Jewish people, were fed an elaborate series of lies. The bigger the lie and the more consistently it was told, the more believable it became. The end result was that 11 million Jews, vagrants, homosexuals, gypsies and other “undesirables” that the Third Reich determined should die, were complacently carted off to their deaths with barely a whisper.
The bottom line to this book is that we basically get the government we allow, and thus deserve. We have become so use to our government officials lying as a matter of course that we have become to believe this is normal, acceptable behavior. Andy points out that when we, the citizens, lie to Congress, it is called a felony. When members of Congress lie to us, the citizens, it is called politics. But it should not be that way. We, the citizens, have a right to expect integrity from our elected servants. And if we tolerate and elect those who will not, or cannot, tell the truth, then we are getting the government we deserve.
While a very short book, How Do You Kill 11 Million People is nevertheless an important work in a time when the truth is being distorted on both sides of the political aisle as a matter of course.
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