I was thinking this week that it is a pity no one is keeping a Web site or page listing Obama’s lies. It would require a considerable staff — maybe dear Andrew Breitbart would consider adding “Big Lie” to his stable of “Big” blogs (Big Hollywood, Big Government, Big Journalism) — but it is a resource that would help conservatives win the hearts and minds of the independent voters needed for victory. That’s assuming we will have elections in November 2010, which I do not think is a correct assumption. I think the vast right-wing conspiracy should get on a plan for how to assure that elections will be held AND how to respond if they are not. Because when Obama says he takes unpopular positions because he doesn’t care if he’s a one-term president, you should assume he’s just announced he doesn’t care whether you like him because by hook or by crook, he’s going to be president-for-life.
Since this post is about Obama’s lies from 2008 to the present, let me point out Obama’s prevarication pattern:
- In accordance with the rules of Saul Alinsky, he finds out what his marks want to hear.
- Obama tells his marks what they want to hear.
- The marks relax because Obama has told them he agrees with them — thus demonstrating his wisdom and prudence — and they give him their trust. They also — and this is crucial — then stop paying attention to what he says because you can trust a truthful man to keep his word and don’t have to keep track of what he says 100 percent of the time to ensure his promises and statements are consistent with one another. Oops.
- Obama then makes promises to the marks of what he will do in exchange for their money and work on his behalf.
- The marks give their money and work for Obama.
- Obama makes promises to another group of marks that are irreconcilable with his promises to the first group. The second group gloats that THEY are the ones Obama truly loves.
- Obama doesn’t deliver on his promises and instead only does what is best for himself.
- Sometimes the marks get restless about this. To bring the marks back into line, Obama filibusters, race baits, hate mongers, sneers superciliously, befogs and gaslights them, or vows he will keep his word in an ever-receding future.
- If the marks still don’t obey and toe the line, Obama and his minions threaten them with their ultimate weapson: if they do not conform, the evil conservatives will get them and condemn them to a life of making the most of themselves and their opportunities and enjoying the fruits of their own labors. The horror!
- Repeat steps 1 – 9.
Obama is never concerned that his falsehoods hurt people because he is a sociopath — which means he has no conscience — and a narcissist.
OK, so the best review of Obama’s lies from 2008 to the present was written this week by Victor Davis Hanson and published at the National Review Online. The following is a sample — be sure to read the whole thing:
Perhaps most Americans also were only mildly irked that Obama demagogued the Bush anti-terror protocols during the campaign, only to continue unchanged precisely those practices that he had most fiercely railed against — tribunals, renditions, Predators, the continuing presence in Iraq.
And perhaps most Americans did not believe Obama when he promised to close Guantanamo within a year and to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a civilian court in New York — and they were right. These too were isolated Obama untruths.
Then some of us were troubled that Obama had once decried passage of health-care reform by mere 51 percent majorities — only to do precisely that last weekend. Candidate Obama likewise damned the use of executive orders to countermand legislative action — and then did just that on matters of abortion and Obamacare. Chalk it up to the Chicago style of the ends justifying any means necessary.
So was anyone surprised that the health-care bill did not sit on the president’s desk for five days before the signing, as he once bragged would be the new administration’s policy, for reasons of transparency? And wasn’t that reminiscent of his continued, but reneged on, pledges to air all the health-care debates on C-SPAN?
I could go on and on, but again the pattern is clear. Each time Obama prevaricates, we grant him an exemption because of his lofty rhetoric about bipartisanship and his soothing words about unity. Only later do we notice that in retrospect each untruth is part of a pattern of dissimulation within just a single year of governance. Obama has proven so far that in fact one can fool a lot of the people a lot of the time.
Conservatives know that Obama in particular, and Democrats in general, are assisted in fooling a lot of the people a lot of the time by the fact that the mainstream media do not cover stories revealing Leftist/liberal corruption, totalitarian tendencies or anything that presents conservatism fairly. After I started reading conservative blogs and conservative journalists online pretty much the minute Sen. McCain announced Gov. Sarah Palin would be his running mate in August 2008, I was absolutely horrified at how much information had been kept from me to ensure my obedience and support of liberalism/Leftism for the empowerment of Leftist elites.
Update, 3/27/10, Sat.: Prof. William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection reviews the economic devastation wrought by the passage of Obamacare in less than a week after being signed into law on Tuesday. He links to Doug Ross, who explains that union workers will lose their cushy health coverage by the end of 2010:
Remember how the President endlessly bragged that health care reform would never — never! — impact your existing health plans? You know, the “if you like your plan, you can keep it” shtick? Well, I know this comes as a shock, but he lied.
What no one appears to be pointing out is that DemCare specifically targets private sector union members first. Because of the dizzying new regulations imposed by the new law, “industrial concerns [and/or] those with unionized employees, say the end of the deduction could force them to … curtail or even cancel them [health benefits],” according to The Los Angeles Times. That’s right: most union retirees will have their cushy plans slammed by DemCare through changes in the tax code.
Update, 3/31/10, Wed.: Jim Geraghty at National Review Online posted a long list of Obama’s lies this week, with links as documenation, charitably continuing to call them “promises with expiration dates.” He’s missing important lies to the gay and lesbian community — for example, after gay donors stopped giving last spring, Obama made big noises about all sorts of rights he could provide by executive order to gay and lesbian federal employees, including a long, specific list. Come to find that in the small print of Obama’s promise was that his order would provide only rights that would not conflict with the Defense of Marriage Act, which included pretty much everything on the publicized list except the right to extended leave to care for a life partner. Woohoo. Pledges of support for gay equality twice were followed by devastatingly thorough amicus briefs filed by Eric Holder against gay rights plaintiffs — including one filed last October about two weeks after addressing the Human Rights Campaign at a big fundraising dinner where Obama pledged to work for homosexual equality.
Update, 4/1/10, Thurs.:
Thank you, Prof. William Jacobson, of Legal Insurrection, for linking this post today and for making A Conservative Lesbian the blog of the day! See his post, “Droll, baby, droll” for links to the Left’s cries of betrayal by Obama this week.
And thank goodness this week we seem to have hit a critical mass of people who have figured out Obama’s pattern of appearing to agree with his opposition and requiring immediate concessions from them in exchange for concessions from him in the distant future. Obama wants to ram his economy-destroying cap-and-trade legislation through the Senate and therefore needs to lull Republicans and conservatives into a false sense of security. His gambit was to claim to approve of offshore drilling. No sale!
Energy expert and former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin PWNS Obama at National Review Online with a slapdown entitled, “Stall, baby, stall.” It begins as follows:
Many Americans fear that President Obama’s new energy proposal is once again “all talk and no real action,” this time in an effort to shore up fading support for the Democrats’ job-killing cap-and-trade (a.k.a. cap-and-tax) proposals. Behind the rhetoric lie new drilling bans and leasing delays; soon to follow are burdensome new environmental regulations. Instead of “drill, baby, drill,” the more you look into this the more you realize it’s “stall, baby, stall.”