Too Many Lies, Too Much of the Time
By Alan Caruba
February 23, 2015
“He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world's believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good dispositions.”
-THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Peter Carr, Aug. 19, 1785
I am beginning to wonder if Americans have grown so accustomed to the lies told by the President, his administration, and others said to be highly regarded, that we are losing a sense of outrage?
To the degree that Brian Williams’ serial lies have evoked a national discussion, it’s good to know that most people think he has lost credibility to the point of not being a news anchor, but one still has to wonder what NBC will do at the end of the six month suspension it has imposed on him. I am cynical enough to think he may be offered a job at MSNBC.
It is far more significant knowing that the leading candidate to be the Democratic Party’s choice to run for President in 2016 engaged in similar lies, i.e., having been “under fire.” It’s one thing to expect politicians to lie, but the nation’s future is at stake when we still do not know the truth about Hillary Clinton’s full role in the Benghazi attack that left a U.S. ambassador dead. She was the Secretary of State at the time and we watched her stand at his side as the President attributed the attack to a video no one had ever seen. The fact that the attack occurred on the anniversary of 9/11 was conveniently ignored.
The refusal to identify the Islamic State (ISIS) as an enemy representative of the global jihad is not just politics. It is a lie on the order of the President’s assertion that “The Islamic State is not Islamic.” As we are repeatedly reminded, if you cannot or will not identify an enemy, you are leaving yourself and, in this case, the nation open to attack.
Indeed, many elements of the Obama administration have engaged in lying on a level that goes beyond “politics.” It is a deliberate attack on science itself when the EPA, NOAA and NASA actively engage in distorting data to say that the Earth is warming when it has been in a well-established cooling cycle for 19 years at this point.
How are we expected to maintain any confidence in an administration that lies about employment statistics and other critical data we need to know, data that impacts the economy?
The lie about “income inequality” is the core rationale for Communism. There is no such thing as equality when it comes to income because some people enjoy higher pay for higher skills, higher productivity, and higher responsibility. We don’t pay “sanitation engineers” the same as we pay actual engineers. And you don’t create new jobs by raising the minimum wage when it will reduce existing jobs.
Most dramatically, it was a series of lies told by the President that led to the passage of ObamaCare. Its two thousand-plus pages were not read by the exclusively Democratic members of Congress who passed it and, today, we learn that it is a major contributor to the nation’s deficit which is the result of the government spending more than it takes in. For the past six years Obama’s policies have added trillions to our national debt, now $18 trillion and growing. It is going to be a burden on generations to come.
There is no evidence of the tax reforms that are needed, nor reforms to our entitlement programs that are just years from becoming insolvent.
Whether it is domestic or foreign affairs, Americans have been at a loss to expect the national press to address the lies because they would have to abandon the protection they have afforded the President for the past six years. Only one news service, Fox News, is credited with providing the truth. Fortunately the Internet has provided access to many other outlets where the truth can be found. And, yes, many that maintain the lies.
It should come as no surprise that the Obama administration wants to regulate the Internet with a program they call “Net neutrality”, but there is nothing neutral about it. The freedom the Internet enjoys is the best example of the value Americans put on an uncensored source of information. The Obama administration wants to tax the Internet when it doesn’t need the money except to waste it in more imaginative ways.
There is always a far higher price to pay for lies than knowing the truth. We have to continue to demand the truth from the government and from all the others who would have us believe in a “global warming” or “threat” from “climate change” when neither exists and both would require abandoning the fossil fuels that power our nation and the world.
We expect our enemies to lie. We should not expect our government to do so in such a routine and obscene fashion.
Alan Caruba is an American public relations counselor and freelance writer who is a frequent critic of environmentalism, Islam and research on global warming. In the late 1970s Caruba founded the PR firm The Caruba Organization, and in 1990, the National Anxiety Center, which identifies itself as "a clearinghouse for information about 'scare campaigns' designed to influence public policy and opinion" on such subjects as global warming, ozone depletion and DDT.