Asking Questions in Small-Town America Can Be Dangerous

Asking Questions in Small-Town America Can Be Dangerous

For a long time we received quite a backlash for our reporting, which was far more aggressive than most small-town papers are willing to stomach. But the blog’s role as watchdog is vital in communities with a long-standing culture of corruption.’

What we have Learned from it all:

You’re Unwelcomed in White Springs — A Town Without Probity  (the quality of having strong moral principles; honesty and decency.) Newcomers are not welcome; first generation people are not welcome; new businesses are not welcome and the only business adventures the Town will accept are those friends and relatives of the special councilors.  You have no rights, you have no say in anything we do and we know best for you, the councilors say.


“Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.”― Friedrich Nietzsche

White Springs has a lot of illusion.  It has been this way for so long that the special councilors believe all their lies and beliefs that they are helping the citizens out and know better than the citizens how to improve lives in White Springs.

Nietzsche expressed the idea that people need their illusions, and that when all is considered, they live in a lie. He couldn’t have been more correct. Besides the defense mechanisms employed with frightening regularity, we have grown into a culture that, despite proclaiming a desire for the truth, would actually prefer to be lied to (at least some of us have) .

Well some of us do not believe in being lied to and we believe in truth and transparency something our special officials do not believe in. I would rather someone tell me the truth, no matter how it may hurt.  Because if I understand that I erred or did something wrong, if someone lies to me, I cannot fix it.

Often people prefer illusion to the truth. The truth hurts, and as a species that avoids pain and seeks pleasure, the preference is a lie. Even when people hear the truth, their defenses kick in and protect the ego against it. This keeps the illusion, which is viewed as more pleasant, alive

As a culture we’ve come to expect to be spared our feelings at the cost of the truth, to be lied to. Second, defense mechanisms and other aspects of perception work to keep the individual in an illusion which is intended to be better than reality. This is sad and this alternate reality is the one in which Mayor Lofty, Councilman Rhett Bullard and Vice Mayor Tonja Brown live in. Their  vision of reality is skewed.


The knowledge is out there; most of these officials just choose to ignore it. Even if they cognitively understand and accept it, they choose to put it in the back of their mind and continue to function in the same ways they always have. The lie is preferred to the truth and it doesn’t help that they may be drug induced most of the time.

The Eagles were right when they sang “You can’t hide your lying’ eyes”

Rhett definitely has tell-tale physical signs when he is being dishonest. He not only turns red in the face but he starts waiving his hands around and talking frantically.

. Lying is giving some information while believing it to be untrue, intending to deceive by doing so.

A lie has three essential features:

  • A lie communicates some information
  • The liar intends to deceive or mislead
  • The liar believes that what they are ‘saying’ is not true

There are some features that people think are part of lying but aren’t actually necessary:

  • A lie does not have to give false information
  • A lies does not have to be told with a bad (malicious) intention – white lies are an example of lies told with a good intention

This definition says that what makes a lie a lie is that the liar intends to deceive (or at least to mislead) the person they are lying to. It says nothing about whether the information given is true or false.

This definition covers ordinary cases of lying and these two odd cases as well:

  • the case where someone inadvertently gives true information while believing that they’re telling a lie
    • I want the last helping of pie for myself, so I lie to you that there is a worm in it. When I later eat that piece of pie I discover that there really is a worm in it
  • the case where nobody is deceived by me because they know that I always tell lies



In any event both Joe and I wish to hear the truth and not lies.  We research most of the material we provide and include material from those who are in the know, including the “Rhatt Watch” author’s information.  If we have an opinion, right or wrong, we tell you and if you have a conflict with it, we expect you to contact us by e-mail or write a comment on the blog.  We all have our own opinions and it is from these opinions that great results may happen.


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