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When Leaders Lie

Now I don’t pretend to know what is in the documents that are being hidden from the Congressional committee by presidential fiat, nor, for the moment, do I care. A bigger story overrides that. The odd confluence of the publication of the Maraniss revelations makes this declaration of executive privilege by Barack Obama almost nauseating because we now know something unequivocally:

The president is a liar.

How then do we believe anything he says when he asserts a privilege? This depends on trust but we can't even respect him when he's such a small time prevaricator. There's a good chance he’s hiding something; one could almost say a certainty. We don't know where this will lead, but the chances are that it is nowhere good.

We all remember that famous quote, oft mistakenly attributed to Shakespeare, from Sir Walter Scott’s Marmion. It’s worth quoting in its entirety here, if by chance some random scribe from the mainstream media happens by. This was their man, after all:

Yet Clare's sharp questions must I shun

Must separate Constance from the nun

Oh! what a tangled web we weave

When first we practice to deceive!

A Palmer too! No wonder why

I felt rebuked beneath his eye


I just want to add one thing. I didn’t write any of this to gloat and say "I told you so" because I never supported Barack Obama for the presidency. We are in too sorry a pass for that.

Suppose this man wins and we once again have a documented liar in the presidency, worse yet a man who lied repeatedly before the election and supported his attorney general, the leader of our justice system of all things, who is also a documented liar?

What a horrible situation for our country. Barack Obama, win or lose, is forever tainted. And so is America if he remains our leader.

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