Our late Sec'y of State gave the commencement address at VMI and (at least according to the corporate media) obliquely criticized President Trump:
If our leaders seek to conceal the truth or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom. This is the life of nondemocratic societies comprised of people who are not free to seek the truth. We know them well. Societies in Russia, China, Iran, North Korea.
When we as people, a free people, go wobbly on the truth even on what may seem to be the most trivial of matters, we go wobbly on America. If we do not as Americans confront the crisis of ethics and integrity in our society and among our leaders in both public and private sector.
This was reported by the media as a criticism, however veiled, of Trump. Now begins the rehabilitation of Mr. Tillerson once he was fired. But in fact. Mr. Tillerson and the company he piloted have for years blazed the trail Trump now follows, marked liberally by lies, denial of facts, bribery, and disregard of the well-being of people and the planet.
Exxon has spent millions of dollars over decades in an ongoing conspiracy promoting "alternative facts" about climate change and the effects of pollution and funded climate change deniers.
Exxon has been involved in oil spills, pollution, and denying and covering-up these spills for decades. The record stretches from before the ill-fated Exxon Valdez and continued all during Mr. Tillerson's chairmanship.
Exxon has been in bed with Russian, iranian, Saudi, West African countries, and many other countries led by corrupt despots or oligarchies for decades and has engaged in bribery and enabled corruption (almost too many examples, such as here, here, and many others). Just Google it. And for most of this time, Mr. Tillerson was CEO. Pot, meet kettle.
Posted by Gordon, No Hair Blog, May, 18, 2018
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