By DAN FAGAN
Suzanne LaFrance sits on the Anchorage Assembly. She leans hard-left and enabled disgraced former Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and his unprecedented tyrannical assault on the city’s private sector.
Berkowitz, LaFrance, and several other power-drunk Assembly members left behind a wake of economic destruction with their unreasonable and punitive lockdown mandates.
The pain and hardship they caused are so deep and wide, they are difficult to measure.
Now, LaFrance wants to take her dismal record as an Assembly member and move on up to the Alaska Legislature. She’s running as a Democrat challenging James Kaufman, who beat the incumbent Jennifer Johnson in the Republican primary for District 28.
LaFrance obviously can’t run on her record of economic carnage as an Assembly member, so she’s attempting to reinvent herself as a conservative. Big Labor is sending out a mailer featuring LaFrance sandwiched between Congressman Don Young and U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan. The goal of the flyer is to trick the voter into believing LaFrance is ideologically aligned to the conservative Young and Sullivan. Nothing could be more untrue.
The flyer is an obvious attempt to deceive voters. LaFrance is playing her constituents for the fool.
Some may argue, “That’s politics. All politicians lie.” But do they?
If one were to encapsulate the strength and formidability of President Donald Trump, it would be this: He tells the truth.
Trump may very well be the most straight-shooting man, next to honest Abe Lincoln and “I cannot tell a lie” George Washington, to ever hold the office of the presidency.
It’s true the media consistently labels Trump a liar. But most of what the media says is the opposite of what’s real and true.
LaFrance blatantly lying to voters about her political leanings may work in the short term, but it’s far from a solid play long term.
We know many Leftists like LaFrance don’t believe in the concept of truth or absolutes. You often hear people of her persuasion say things like speak “your” truth. But there is no “your” truth or “my” truth. There’s only the truth and it does not bend to anyone’s opinion or perspective.
Renowned clinical psychologist Dr. Jordan Peterson writes a lot on the concept of telling the truth. In his book, “12 Rules for Life,” the 8th rule is “always tell the truth or at least never lie.”
Peterson argues you have reality on your side when you tell the truth.
“If reality is against you, you’re not going to win, you’re going to get flattened,” writes Peterson.
Peterson’s philosophy can be summed up this way: Do what is meaningful, not what is expedient.
“Telling the truth is hard because you have to know the truth,” writes Peterson. “But you can know when you are lying. Lying makes you weak. You can feel it. You put yourself in disharmony with reality. If you act in truth, then the order you produce is good.”
Peterson points out no parent is ever pleased when they catch their children in a lie. He says “when you go into a situation, if you tell the truth as carefully as you can, then, whatever happens, is the best that could have happened in that situation no matter how it looks.”
“Don’t underestimate the power of truth. There is nothing more powerful,” writes Peterson. “I’m going to state what I think as clearly as I can and I’m going to live with the consequences no matter what they may be.”
We’ve learned a lot from Trump but nothing more important than freely and confidently speak your mind.
Unfortunately, for Leftists like LaFrance, telling the truth is not an option. LaFrance knows her radical ideology is not palatable with most voters. If she would run on what she wants to do as a legislator, she wouldn’t stand a chance of getting elected.
Former Senate President Cathy Giessel understood this. It’s why four years ago she lied when she promised to work with Gov. Mike Dunleavy to provide a full Permanent Fund dividend check. Instead, she did the opposite. The lie that got her elected is also what caused voters to reject her four years later.
LaFrance’s blatant attempt to fool voters may work for her in the short term and fool enough voters into believing she’s a conservative. But when she runs again, she’ll have to bank on voters having a short memory.
In many ways, we should feel sorry for LaFrance and other lying politicians. Imagine knowing the only way to get where you want to go in life is to fool as many people as you can. That’s hardly a meaningful existence.
“Truth is like surgery. It hurts but it cures. A lie is like a pain killer. It gives instant relief but has side effects.” – Unknown philosopher.
Dan Fagan hosts the number one rated morning drive radio show on Newsradio 650 KENI. He splits his time between Anchorage and New Orleans.