Smith: Once upon a time

photo Robin Smith, former Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party and congressional candidate.

Growing up in the era of Mother Goose, Little Red Riding Hood and other fairy tales, the phrase, "once upon a time" was an often-heard part of bedtime reading. Sadly, such a make-believe, contrived culture is alive and well today and driving our public policy.

The absolute absurdity of an adult having a "girlfriend" whom he actually never met, but supposedly began "dating" in November of 2009 through an online relationship is a pathetic snapshot of our superficial world. Notre Dame University football star Manti Te'o made an exasperated attempt in a television interview with Katie Couric to justify his lying even after learning of the hoax: "...