If you want support of people, just make them fool. If you tell them truth, then they stone you.
The improvement of the first sentence has no doubt made it better. But the second remains uncertain: If we used "the truth," it would seem that the truth is just the fact that you make fools of them. Then that they stone you would be justified. The intention of the writer, however, doesn't not specifically refer to such "fooling people" truth; the "truth" the writer speaks of is a general truth.
Last edited by NewHopeR; 29-Dec-2012 at 17:05. Reason: Grammatical questions
Articles are hard. You have to believe that "the truth" refers to the general concept of what is true.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.