There are many kinds of lies – barefaced, minimization, white lies, contextual lies and economy with the truth lies. Lying by omission is only one of over twenty-five kinds of lies yet it ranks among the most deadly and nefarious of them all.
It is a matter of emphasis that far exceeds the glass is half full analogy, but is more like sleight of hand, magic or prestidigitation. It is a call to look at what I am holding in this hand so you won’t see what I am doing with the other. When utilized in political campaigning it is always a desperate attempt to divert attention away from a dismal record or performance.
Lies of omission are particularly offensive because they rely on the assumed ignorance of those that hear them. They are an insult to the intelligence and intuitiveness of most people because they depend on the hearer’s ignorance or distraction to have any effect at all. Telling lies of omission requires a great sense of timing as well. Politicians use the last days of a campaign to blast the lies across the campaign trail and hope there is not time enough for the sycophants to research or uncover what Paul Harvey used to call, ‘the rest of the story.’
Looking squarely in the face of the latest rhetoric coming out of the Obama camp is where lies of omission will be seen to be alive and well as the last four months of the great decision comes down the pike. Let’s peruse just a few of those lies of omission.
Obama and Dems are reporting jobs increases to the public in campaign stops and media. The latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated that 80,000 jobs had been created in June. This report has been heralded with great pomp and repeated by dozens of mainstream media sources.
Only conservative and more objective media has bothered to tell the ‘rest of the story.’ In June 85,000 people went on disability! This trend has never been fully revealed by any liberal source much less the President’s campaign. But this particular lie of omission is only the tip of the iceberg.
In fact since June of 2009, over three million workers have been signed on to disability even as Obama and friends are trumpeting the 2.6 million jobs they say have been created by the administration in the same period of time. Job losses are still outpacing gains by anyone’s mathematics, but in the business of creating lies of omission this fact needn’t be told or emphasized - or even mentioned.
The latest push in the Obama campaign is the imaginary ‘class warfare’ struggle that was once sold to Russia and became what is now known as communism. OWS and anyone feeling the slightest bit disenfranchised in America today, is likely to get onboard this roaring train created and fueled by Obama campaign strategists.
The lie omitted is that the taxes the rich are not paying is infinitesimal compared to the taxes that will now fall on the middle class, courtesy of Obamacare. Omitted is the fact that Obamacare represents the single largest tax hike in America’s history.
It doesn’t take a math wizard to work the figures that uncover this great lie, but the Obama campaign knows that promises, personality and prevarication often outweigh pragmatism when a campaign is heated and closing in for the expected kill.
Obama has blamed George Bush, the Congress and now the rich for destroying the economy and jobs but he has carefully omitted the fact that the huge bloc of voters between the ages of 18 to 29 has a 12.8% unemployment rate since he took office and there is no relief in sight. This is the largest group of supporters he had in 2008. If not mentioning this fact works toward re-election you can bet that not a whisper will come forth from the Obama campaign from now to November.
From here to November 6th it is what Obama does not say that we should be listening for the most.
It is said that lying to one’s self, is a mark of insanity. Lying to those around you is a mark of instability, but lying to everyone is the mark of a politician. According to scripture, liars are counted among the worst society can produce.
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.” (Rev 22: 13 – 15)
Copyright ©2012 Rev. Michael Bresciani