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Obama’s Republic of Lies

November 9th, 2013 - 8:21 am

“Access to power,” Plato said in The Republic, “must be confined to men who are not in love with it.”  I think that’s pretty good advice, and I wish our masters in Washington were a bit better at following it than they are. It is a curious irony that the burning desire for high office is a disqualifying character trait for the beneficent exercise of high office. But we see corroborative evidence of that irony all around us.

More from Plato: “All goes wrong when, starved for  lack of anything good in their own lives, men turn to public affairs hoping to snatch from thence the happiness they hunger for.  They set about fighting for power, and this internecine conflict ruins them and their country.” Plato could be pretty obscure, but here he speaks with arresting clarity.

I don’t suppose that President Obama has much occasion to ponder the writings of Plato. That’s probably just as well, since Plato’s fantasy about the abolition of private property and the cultivation of a class of Guardians who ruled through a mixture of coercion and dissimulation might give him ideas—not, I think, that he needs any more than he already has.  Pop quiz: Plato or Obama?  “If anyone is to practice deception, either on the country’s enemies or on its citizens, it must be the Rulers of the commonwealth, acting for its benefit.”

As it happens, that one is Plato. But it takes a sharp man to tell. I think Obama would find a lot to savor in  The Republic. What do you think? “If you like your health-care plan, you will be able to keep your health-care plan. Period.”

That’s what President Obama said, repeatedly (at least 36 times), when selling ObamaCare to a skeptical public. “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. Period”

Turns out, of course, that when he said “period,” he meant “gotcha.” No one yet knows the extent of the damage caused from ObamaCare.  One recent report estimates that more than 50 million Americans will be forced out of their current health care plans by ObamaCare. But although we do not yet know the extent of the damage—how many lives will be blighted or lost—because of ObamaCare, we know for a certainty that the legislation was sold to us on false pretenses.  “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.”  There was never any chance of that, as numerous critics pointed out at the time. They knew it could never be, and so did Obama.

Does it matter? Does anyone really care whether the president of the United States ostentatiously breaks a promise he made publicly on at least 36 separate occasions?  We know what would happen if the president of an insurance company made and then flagrantly broke a promise that his customers could keep their health care coverage if they liked it.  He would be prosecuted and jailed.

Making and breaking a promise like that is what the law calls “fraud,” and as Andy McCarthy points out today in  “Obama’s Massive Fraud,” the law takes a dim view of fraud because it erodes the trust upon which civilized life depends. “Fraud,” Andy notes,

is a serious federal felony, usually punishable by up to 20 years’ imprisonment — with every repetition of a fraudulent communication chargeable as a separate crime. In computing sentences, federal sentencing guidelines factor in such considerations as the dollar value of the fraud, the number of victims, and the degree to which the offender’s treachery breaches any special fiduciary duties he owes. Cases of multi-million-dollar corporate frauds — to say nothing of multi-billion-dollar, Bernie Madoff–level scams that nevertheless pale beside Obamacare’s dimensions — often result in terms amounting to decades in the slammer.

Bernie Madoff will be probably cooling his heels as the government’s guest for the duration of his life. And Obama? Nothing but nothing will happen to him. Still, it is interesting (if also depressing) to ask why. Andy McCarthy reminds us that Obama knew at least three years ago that the Affordable Care Act would force millions of people out of their insurance plans. But “the president hid the data”—just as various financial institutions hid data from their investors about the risky mortgage-backed securities they were peddling. The difference is that those financial institutions are being sued by the Justice Department while President Obama . . . well, you know.

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The problem with this country is not the Left. The Left's position on issues is always predictable and consistently wrong.

No, the problem with this country is the collaborators, rent seekers, and outright frauds on the Right. RINOs are the problem.

Let's use Marco Rubio as an example of what I am talking about. He ran for office espousing Tea Party principles. What did he do upon gaining elected office? He betrayed all those who voted for him. These kind of back-stabbing collaborators are the worse.
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Thanks to the takeover of the public education system the product of that grinder no longer have the mental faculties to make the logical conclusions to understand that Zero actually lied. The progressive takeover of nearly every educational institution in this country is paying off in spades. Most of the 'product' of public education are too busy rolling a joint or popping another pill or beer cap - or texting on their iphones to their buddies to pay attention to what is going on past their own infantile interests.

The deconstruction of America continues. I see nothing that will halt this downhill slide into oblivion - a new dark age is nearly upon us.

I don't mean to be a downer but look at the evidence. 'They' (the product of public education) are all around us - you know some of them - I know some of them. 'They' are simply too damned selfish to give a sh!t to pay attention to what is happening.

When its all over 'they' will lift their gaze and ask "What happened"? There won't be an answer.


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Obama is a knave. But what are most Americans? Answer that and you'll have the answer to how much or how little outrage Obama's fraud will evince. I've had a very jaundiced view of my fellow Americans ever since the 1960's. You see, I was an adolescent, largely formed when the '60's detonated. What were the '60's? Essentially that decade was a full frontal assault on squares and the central square value, decency. And what struck me forcefully at the time was the gusto with which millions embraced that hateful and hate filled assault. That's right, behind the peace and love smokescreen the '60's were malevolent. Obama is malevolent. Were the millions who had a riotous good time kicking over the traces back then malevolent? Most of them probably not. But they had and their descendants have a weakness for what they would call "rebel values." Which makes them marks for malevolent knaves like Obama & Co. So my answer to the question that Mr.Kimball poses, sorta, is that the outrage will be decidedly muted. Except for the outrage directed at those terrorist Tea Party squares. At them the knave directed outrage of "tolerant, with-it" Americans will be intense.
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My friend Robert Bork was fond of quoting Justice Scalia’s mournful observation that “day by day, case by case, [the Supreme Court] is busy designing a Constitution for a country I do not recognize.”

There a big failures to point at in these dark times, caught halfway through the wrenching final conversion to socialism. The absence of an opposition party really hurts, leaving those opposed to freedom to run amok. But perhaps the biggest failure of all is the SCOTUS, where the day the law was declared a "living" document, it in effect was laid to rest. Now we have a TV president ruling by diktat. Never mind that it's against the law, as in illegal, he knows that they won't impeach him so long as he's still able to sell his con a sucker population.

What was done to Bork was disgusting. Somehow real deal guys like Bork can't get on the Supreme Court, yet a Kagan was admitted with nary a mention of the fraud she pulled while working in the White House, willfully misrepresenting the words of three scientists. The news entertainers barely even took notice, figuring that it's all in the political day, so be it.
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Obama's new pivot to "Climate Change!" Say what? where?
Renewable energy? Really? Wind Turbines? More flimflammery.
Has anybody mentioned the fact that wind turbines use magnets made with: 1)neodymium and 2)dysprosium? Well, check it out! These are rare earth minerals mined in Baotou,exclusively in northern China, reported Travis Fisher and Alex Fitzsimmons, policy associates with the Institute for Energy Research. Thus, ruining lives, live stock, siblings and schools. What nobody is saying, is that (an MIT study) one 2-megawatt wind turbine is estimated to contain about 752 pounds of rare earth minerals.
A report from Fisher and Fitzsimmons, published by Rightside News, disclosed that: 1)mining one ton of rare earth minerals produces, 2)one ton of radioactive waste.
Last year the United States added 13,131 megawatts of wind-generating capacity, and at least 4.9 million pounds of rare earths were used in the turbines installed in 2012. That means at least 4.9 million pounds of radioactive waste were created to make wind turbines installed in all USA.
When compared to U.S.’s nuclear industry, which produces between 4.4 and 5 million pounds of spent nuclear fuel each year, the U.S. wind industry most likely created more radioactive waste last year than America's entire nuclear industry — while wind industry accounted for just 3.5 percent of all electricity generated across the country.
MIT’s study further revealed that demand for dysprosium could rise by 2,600 percent in the next 25 years as wind industry expands, Rightside News authors warn.
They conclude: "All forms of energy production have some environmental impact. However, it is disingenuous for wind lobbyists to hide impacts of their industry while highlighting the impacts of others.
"From illegal bird kills to radioactive waste, wind energy poses serious environmental risks that the wind lobby would prefer you never know about."Pray. Amen. Join a Tea Party, urgently.
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It's not Obama's fault. He swings to the right, he swings to the left depending on how his puppet masters manipulate the strings.

He is STANDARD BEARER of motive, means and opportunities of the DNC nominating Committee in 2008 chaiired by Nancy Pelosi.

Certifying BH. Obama, of uncertain provenance, with a Second from Hillary Clinton of the Bill - Hill comic team - "eligible" as their Party nominee for the Office of President of the USA. These United States of America, that Constitutional Republic aka "Country of Law" not of men. (Law NOT Lawyers)

Proving once more that "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned". in this case 2 (two) women scorned.

Nancy Pelosi who at the loss for "her" Party of the election of the symbolic, the game-changing date, Millenium, in her fury publicly vowed revenge against those who scorned "her" Party. "Seconded" by Hillary Clinton's insistence that election "was stolen" from "their Party". Stolen by what she called, calls?, "That VAST Right-wing CONSPIRACY".

"Obamacare" started life as Hillary's baby during the Advent to the Millenium. Enacted into Law as soon, with haste at THEIR game changing date. Delayed from the historical date, but you play the cards dealt.

N. Pelosi "whipping" the congressional warriors into enactment with "WE HAVE TO PASS IT, to know what's in it". How's that for social, political management of first order. Exemplary in later management. Learning on the job?

HAVE TO PASS IT ... Of Course. Congressmen in fear of their lives from the massed armed troops withTanks to see the Orders from the Commander-in-Chief and his Staff Officers were obeyed.

Why the RUSH? A virtual Blitzkrieg to enact. Could it be ALL tenured, some in perpetuity, many trained in Law, in Congress House AND Senate KNOW once a Law is on the books it is virtually impossible short of outright war to remove it. So get THAT Law in FAST, IN CASE as so happened with the Congress of the Advent when presented with "Hillarycare", "the best laid plans...."?

Nancy Pelosi regaled us with yet another display of what she considers "public service" means in her march, AS IF a Roman Triumph, down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington. House Speaker's Gavel Raised High as if Imperial Eagle in HER "revenge" against the Americans who scorned "her" Party at the Millenium. Better late than never.

Three Cheers Americans. A man of uncertain provenance submitted for election to the highest honour in the citizens' gift with an open Declaration of War against the American polity and People elected TWICE by those citizens.

AND those citizens are suprised they're being taken, literally, for a ride.

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Wait until the illegal immigrants figure out that the ACA lie screwed-up Amnesty.
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but why do we need more laws on immigration, so what if they aren't working, neither if B.O. care and yet we are told it is the law of the land, and shut up and accept it, save when senate dems are looking to run for reelection, and then the law doesn't matter and must be changed.

And the media, nowhere in sight.
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... why do we need more laws on immigration, so what if they aren't working..

The law's not working cuz it's largely unenforced, and it's even illegal to enforce it
in many big cities. An illegal law, so to speak. We've merged with meso-America, agreeing to take their poor and uneducated and to put them on the dole. It's quite a deal.
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Obama is anything but an American.He is a pathetic human being and those that voted for him are no better.The media is to gutless to call a spade a spade.If there is a real Democrat out there,please tell me who it is.They are a endangered species,replaced by socialists,progressives and communists.None of which give a damn about America.
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Losing your faith and confidence in what was the wisdom and character of the people within America is a tough and unwelcome adaptation for many of us, isn't it? It not have to happen, but it sure has. In no reader's lifetime will much of what has occurred be undone.
_____-in-WH (your pick) will not change a bit. Frankly, I am very concerned about the range of evil and harm he will allow or facilitate further with his vindictiveness plus panic in order to consolidate his power, delusions, disdain, and "total disconnect". He will allow anything to use for his usual distractions. The **any** and their being worse than the prior events of our country, 9/11!, is terrifying.
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A start now for each of us that is sure to help is a stronger, much better led, informed, truly cherishing and patriotic, ethical, and smarter U.S. Senate in 2014. Whatever means now to stop the hildabeast from being a candidate, too?
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Yes, it is all right for any current, more traditionally raised or believing American to have distrust, disdain, disgust and outright terror of those Americans who waste their birthright in western civilization. Call them names and hate them -- the 52%ers, LIV, OWS, obamaphoners, illegals, RINOs ad nauseum.
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Prevarication in the defense of socialism is no vice; and honesty in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
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you must be joking.
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Roger, another well written well gloomy article. How many is that now? Methinks typing will not solve the problem.
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