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Lying in the Age of Obama

July 23rd, 2013 - 12:02 am

The Cover-up Pays

We repeat the nauseous canard that “it is not the crime, but the cover-up” that gets you in trouble in Washington. But that too is often a lie, at least most of the time. Had Eric Holder told the truth about Fast and Furious, the New Black Panther case, or the AP/James Rosen case, he would not be attorney general now.

If Susan Rice had gone on television and confessed the details about the status and recent history of the security measures in Libya, or the true nature of the post-”lead from behind” misadventure, or the spread of post-bin Laden al-Qaeda franchisers in 2012, she might have been out of a job — either by dismissal or by the failure of her president to win reelection. Lying worked. Obama is president. She is national security advisor.

Had Jay Carney confessed that the talking points about Benghazi were doctored from the outset, it might have mattered in the 2012 election. Lying then and now worked.

Why Do Our Best and Brightest Lie?

There are both age-old and more recent catalysts for lying.

One, lying and plagiarism are forms of narcissism. I know fabrications are born out of feelings of inferiority that makes an otherwise fine historian like a Joseph Ellis or a good actor like Brian Dennehy make up an entire war career, replete with tales of personal gallantry. But they persisted in such seemingly destructive behavior because they assumed that they had reached a level of fame and stature that made them immune from the normal accounting laws of the universe. There is no servant running along our triumphant masters when they star on television, muttering to them “Respice te, hominem te memento,” or at least “memento mori.

Sic transit gloria? We would counter with vero possumus!

Two, lying more often than not pays. Take an ethical shortcut and the odds are small that one gets caught. Yes, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Fareed Zakaria were found out. But after brief anguished penance, they reinvented themselves and returned to the level of their prior stature. Perhaps some young journalist one day will do an Ambrose on them, and review all their previous work. But for what purpose? We know they have been dishonest once, and suspect the modus operandi was not a one-time occurrence. But we also know that the purified water in which they swim is not too toxic for liars and the dishonest.

Liars are good at what they do. Eric Holder certainly is. Again, like a shoplifter, why stop when you have mastered the craft? Does anyone think Patrick Fitzgerald is going to come out of retirement to indict Holder the way he did Scooter Libby for a crime that did not exist, and had it existed was committed by Richard Armitage — and known thusly to both Colin Powell and Fitzgerald himself at the outset?

Three, more recently postmodernism has blurred the divide from reality and truth. Tsarnaev is not quite a mass murderer, given his looks and youth. Major Hasan is guilty of work-place violence. For thirty years, the acolytes of fakers like Michel Foucault have taught our elites that truth is socially constructed — a relative thing, a power narrative fabricated by those of the right race, gender, and class to perpetuate their privilege. Howard Zinn could publish fantasies because who was to say that they were entirely wrong, and who would dare suggest that his myths were not put to a good cause?

Note that Maureen Dowd, Fareed Zakaria, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Mike Barnicle, and Eric Holder shoot their sometimes false arrows at the right targets. Does it then matter that their missiles were occasionally plastic rather than of authentic Native American wood?

Much of what Barack Obama has weaved about his past girlfriend, his parents’ meeting, his father’s/grandfather’s war service, or his upbringing in Hawaii at one point or another is false. But why would I mention that if not for illiberal political reasons? And what a 59-year-old, rural white guy from the Central Valley calls “truth” may not be so for a young multiracial child coming of age in Hawaii, anguished at having door locks clicked by “typical white” people as he crosses the street.

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And so it is, Semp. The sickest and most pathetic liars of all are those who lie to themselves. Semper blowhard!

39 weeks ago
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Like all good Leninists, Obama and Holder have been trying to provoke open civil strife since day one. They think it will help them entrench their totalitarian system, radicalize the population and ultimately, with a bit of luck, round up and kill lots of white people. I don't know if they realize that, if history is any indicator, there is a better than even chance that they will be unable to control the forces they unleash and that the results may be something quite different than what they hoped for.
39 weeks ago
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You're the one with the Pinocchio nose, son. Obama never cut the deficit in half - he doubled it. Oil did NOT spike under the O's watch - those were already done deals. And the official version of Benghazi was indeed based on the video of the guy in seattle.
Your troll is, in a word, weeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaak.
You really need to try harder.
39 weeks ago
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Indeed, Washington and especially the White House administration is full of
liars. Liars on your left. Liars on your right. Liars, liars......everywhere.
And yet we tolerate it, allowing Obama, Holder, the IRS officials and so many
others to lie straight-faced to us every day, with no accountabiity whatsoever.
What are we to do? Perhaps turning off your T.V. would be a good start.
After all, everything you need to know is on the Internet, and you dont have
to listen to their lies.
38 weeks ago
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Thank you, VDH. I still remember Mitt Romney's face when Cathy Crowley confronted him, when he pointed out that Obama lied. He had done so in the most gentlemanly way, but could not reconcile her near sociopathic confidence in defending Obama.

Until we put aside our politeness, we will be taken advantage of those who lie and steal, as that is written into their community organizing tactical doctrine, and justified by the academics post-modern pollitics-of-meaning "narrative" that informs their "end justifes the means" fascism.
38 weeks ago
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Finally! Hanson calls Obama a LIAR! You have been tip-toeing around that word for years.

If you and other "conservatives" had been quicker to call a spade a spade(including pathetic Romney), perhaps these demagogues and thugs would not have another four years of power.
39 weeks ago
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Excellent article, telling it how it is.
Except, I don't think that Barnicle's fibs were anything at all comparable to Holders lies.
39 weeks ago
39 weeks ago Link To Comment
Fibs? Lies?

What an odd way to describe abuse of the Law.

AND The necessary, in a lawful society, trust that the law officers honoured by the population to the job of enforcement respect and regard that law as their responsibility.

Not as their toy to damage, to fundamentally transform as long as there is no force that does or can stop them.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
I look so forward to your articles Dr. Hanson. You are brilliant.
Thank you
39 weeks ago
39 weeks ago Link To Comment
Demanding accountability occurs only when people WANT the truth. Our government, academia and the corrupt media have provided a toxic atmosphere in which superficial propaganda--the tyranny of slogans--is spewed to the masses.
"Ignorance is Strength"
Q: "How many fingers am I holding up, Winston?"
A: "I don't know...whatever you say."
39 weeks ago
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People lie. It's that simple. However, Politicians lie for a living. they call it Spin. What stuns me is the arrogance of their lies.
Watch the News and Commentary programs on cable. The typical left wing guest will be spewing half truths, 'spin' or outright fabrications. If someone calls them on it they will:
1. ignore the criticism and act like they never heard the challenge
2. repeat the lie endlessly hoping to wear the opponent out
3. change the subject or twist it into a different discussion
4. feign outrage and accuse their critic of lying.
Some of the worst at this include members of the Congressional Black Caucus and 'Democrat Poltitical Consultants". Bring up the current lie that Trayvon Martin was 'stalked' by George Zimmerman and watch what happens.
39 weeks ago
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Lying by politicians has already done our society great harm. One example;
My parents are willing to pay $200.00 more a month on Medicare and take 100.00 less on their SS-checks. Just like most loyal - truthful - patriotic American citizens they are willing to sacrifice!!
The problem is they know the politicians will not do the right thing with the funds. So like most seniors, my folks hold on tight to their demands for no cuts to their entitlements.
39 weeks ago
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Why should they tell the truth. If 51% of the people beleive the lies, and voter them back in, they are asking for more lies. I value trith and did not vote for Obama, but it is obvious that far too much of our country does not value truth.
39 weeks ago
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Ultimately, since we are a self governing country, the responsibility for acceptance or rejection of all this dishonesty, lies with us. And I fear that we are failing the test.
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