In the Marine Corps in which I served for 30 years, Marines would often say, "Wait, let me put on my stupid hat before you proceed," when leaders insisted on being deceitful, dishonest and untruthful.

Over the past two-plus years, we have all watched the president of the United States routinely stand before public microphones and tell the American people, for example, "We had the largest crowd ever in attendance at any inauguration," "I have no dealings of any kind with Russia," "Mexico is going to pay for the wall," "North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat," "We have the best vetting process in the White House," "I never heard of Wikileaks," I did not know about payments to porn star Stormy Daniels," "We are protecting pre-existing conditions," and "China will pay for the tariffs."

Last count the president's documented lies were north of 10,000.

Closer to home, my dear departed mother said that liars will cheat, cheaters will steal and all will eventually violate any sacred trust placed in them.

With Joe Lunchbox, the impact is minimal. With the president of the United States, at some point, the consequences become catastrophic for the country. America, it is past time to take off the stupid hats.

Thomas Minor, Ret. Col., USMC, Lakeland