Obama’s Lies and Indefensible Negligence
Making intellectual differentiations is, admittedly, not the forte of many core contributors to OS, but even those most under the spell of Obama’s spiel might want to consider the following distinctions:
1. A change in position. Whether this is venal or not depends on whether the change is insincere and politically motivated, or whether it is the consequence of maturity and/or honest reevaluation. After I escaped from the indoctrination of an Ivy League “education,” I changed my position on countless issues for reasons that had nothing to do with politics or career advantage. It’s called enlightenment; I highly recommend it. I think Romney’s change of position on abortion is an example of this totally benign happening.
2. A broken promise. This is more serious than a change in position, but is not as bad as a lie unless the promisor had no intention of keeping the promise. Obama is the clear winner in this category, having broken virtually every campaign promise with which he seduced a gullible coalition of government dependents, racial myopics, and romantic pseudo-liberals. However, as I have no ability and even less desire to get into Obama’s messy mind, I’ll give him a pass on this one.
3. A lie. This is when the liar deliberately misrepresents facts. Here again, Obama comes out first in a walk. In a single debate, the third, Obama lied about Romney’s position on the auto bailout about his own involvement in the sequestration matter. The fact that a member of Congress would breach etiquette so grossly as to call Obama liar in public indicates that Obama has been lying big time for some time. Obama takes lying one further step by requiring members of his administration, Jay Carney, Susan Rice, etc. to repeat his lies.
The politically sophisticated have long since accepted flip-flopping and over promising as inevitable characteristics of the political process. However, let’s hope that even the most jaded will understand the difference between those things and lying, and thus keep liar Obama out of a political office that he clearly does not deserve, and, by the way, never has.