One of the best parts of being a parent is watching your kids learn the things that you did as a child, then getting to relive your childhood all over again. Little Boy has recently learned the phrase, “Liar, liar, pants on fire!” It is too funny, and a really good opportunity to talk about truthfulness.
I wouldn’t be surprised to hear this phrase floating around Washinton, DC alot lately. It seems we are daily assaulted with government lies: who knew (or didn’t know) what & when, who did (or didn’t do) something, who promised something and then did the opposite. What does a citizen do to get at the truth? Moreover, what does a parent do to teach their kids that this isn’t acceptable? Where do you draw the line?
The Stupid Lie
I haven’t been able to see a full clip of Pelosi’s now famous newsconference, you know, the one where she accused the CIA of lying (it’s the dial-up/no cable thingy). I definitely understand the part of government that involves secrecy, subterfuge, and keeping your cards close to your chest; that’s all about national security. I may not like it in all of its parts, but I do know that I like feeling safe in my own home and community. It’s definitely a trade-off I can live with.
So to me it really doesn’t matter what Pelosi knew and when, and I think alot of people originally felt that way. The problem as I see it came when she tried to make this into a political magic trick – trying to saw the previous administration into pieces without getting into the box as well. And so the desire for punishment of, and revenge for, supposed wrongs usurped her sense of decency and honesty.
It is almost funny to see a liar get so caught up in their own lies. The more they open their mouths and try to justify their words, the more entangled they become, until they are twisting uselessly, not knowing which way to turn. Kind of reminds me of seeing gar wrapped on a trotline – so wrapped up in fishing line that they eventually can’t get free. To bad they didn’t just open their mouths and let go. For a woman who has a reputation at being “over-prepared” on nearly every subject she has touched, I find it hard to believe that something like this just slipped through the cracks. More likely, her facts didn’t hold up the fantasy she wanted to believe.
Silly fish, I mean Pelosi – too bad she didn’t just open her mouth and tell the truth. Would she have taken a hit from some of the Lefties? Probably. But it seems more reasonable to explain to them that you, like everyone else, was terribly afraid of allowing any more terrorist attacks on American soil. People get fear; most have the images of 9-11 burned into their memories. Those that can’t understand that and look to punish the last administration aren’t worth having on your team.
OK, so Pelosi has tarnished her reputation, big deal. Politicians do it all of the time. But the problem is that now she has accused the CIA of lying. Could the CIA lie? Probably. Did they? I don’t know. But I do know that if Pelosi seriously thought she was being misled half a decade ago, she has had plenty of time to privately approach the CIA and call them on it. And there doesn’t seem to be any paper trail of that. Instead, all of the memos, brief, minutes, etc., seem to show that Pelosi did know about the waterboarding and made no objection at the time. Again, the fact that she didn’t object at the time doesn’t outrage anyone except some of the Lefties, and certainly not the average American, by the polls I have seen.
The real problem with Pelosi’s Dagwood Sandwich of Lies is that the CIA, one of the most important institutions for our national safety, is second-guessing themselves on how they should proceed. They are the ultimate fall guys: if they don’t get the information and America gets attacked, they’ll take the blame. If they do what they must to get the information to keep us safe, they’ll get hung out to dry or prosecuted by our courts. Who would want a job like that? It’s a sad day when playing political games is more important than assuring our national safety – one of the foremost reasons for a national government.
Should Pelosi lose her seat for lying? No, because as you’ll see, she’s in fine company. But should she lose her speaker-ship? Definitely, because even Democrats deserve leadership they can believe in.
The Grandiose Lie
The poor schmucks. I can almost feel for them, because we all like to look important in front of our family, friends, and co-workers. But how far will we go to do that? Embellish? Exagerate a little bit? What does it matter when it’s only a story and nobody will know the truth anyway? I think this is one place where we all have been.
Poor Joe Biden. Now this guy is a real schmuck. He failed in his attempt to become President #44, then got picked to be VP to a guy who really doesn’t want anyone’s advice anyway. So Joe is left to making public appearances and trying to seem important.
He wants to impress us: that’s why the world now knows about the SECRET bunker at the VP’s residence. I’m sure that little tidbit impressed some people at the White House Correspondant’s Dinner.
He wants to astonish us: that’s why he told the world that he spent so much time with POTUS43 and was on-hand to give Bush a dressing-down. I’m sure that made the anti-Bush crowd chuckle with glee. Too bad that there are witnesses who say, “Not so, Joe!”
He wants to astound us: that’s why Joe tells the most egregious lies of all – those about his family. He wants us to think that he’s the first one in his family to go to college; he wants us to think he grew up as a coal miner’s son ( http://www.cdobs.com/archive/our-columns/joe-biden-is-definitely-a-characterbut-does-he-have-character,1583 ); and worst of all, he vilifies a man who was in the accident that killed his first wife and daughter ( http://stevemaloneygop.blogspot.com/2009_04_01_archive.html ).
What is even worse is that news ‘hacks’ like Katie Couric pick up on these lies and report them as truth, never thinking about the honest people who are hurt in the process. (And speaking of KC, I haven’t seen her lately…is she doing the news with pants on yet? Or are they still showing the side shots of her short skirts and long legs?)
Poor schmucky Joe. But by now almost everyone knows he is a serial liar: http://goatsbarnyard.blogspot.com/2008/10/documenting-joe-bidens-lies-during.html (I found this site while I was researching goats! – No offense to the goats intended!)
Ooo…I almost forgot one of my favorites! Thank You, Al Gore, for inventing the internet! And for authoring the Earned Income Credit bill (even though it passed 2 years before you even got to congress.) And for showing us the evils of global warming even though NOAA proves it has gotten colder.
The Omission Lie
I don’t buy newspapers anymore. Not only do I not have time to sit down and read them, it seems they just end up filling up the trash bin. I can’t watch cable to see the latest happenings so I get most of my news from the Internet. Which is just as well, because that way I can go to my favorite sources and those I deem most reliable and get both sides of any story.
Too many news resources, from newspapers to radio to television to WWW, have gotten just too weird. You’ve got the mainstream news, who spend alot of time tingling over their favorite candidates or showing off their gorgeous gams. Looks to me like they want to be part of the news rather than just report it. And you’ve got the TV “newsmagazines” that like to tell you who in Hollywood is sleeping with whom, or who got arrested, or wore what dress. Like I really care. Hello! I’ve got a real life. I do like watching some PBS news, but it generally isn’t aired at a slot when I have time to watch.
I don’t listen to radio – it doesn’t work in my car. Ha Ha Ha! This is so funny – it’s like I’m really living under a rock! Besides, it is never as entertaining or noisy as a couple of kids in the back seat.
And the newspapers that we’ve depended on during the last century have seemed to be more interested in being a part of the news rather than reporting on it. Now it seems as even one of the oldest and most respected (?) newspapers in our nation has been caught in another lie: http://hotair.com/archives/2009/03/31/did-the-nyt-spike-an-acorn-story-to-benefit-obama/ . The New York Times has had some problems in the last few years with reporters making up stories, and now it looks like they’ve got problems reporting on real stories.
The Misdirected Lie
I’ve got to hand it to the Obama administration: when it comes to sneakiness, they are aces! Somebody figured out (and my bet is on Rahm Emanuel) that if do something controversial on Friday afternoon, it sits all weekend in the dark before any MSM starts reporting on it. And if you are really lucky, something really big happens over the weekend, and all of the big reports are on it. Now that is subterfuge! So much for the promise of transparency!
You must have the Obamascription Rose-Colored Glasses if you’re not watching these numbers: unemployment is already much higher than Obama’s fuzzy figures showed it going , the deficit is growing by leaps and bounds, and the GDP is shrinking: http://conservativemeanderings.wordpress.com/2009/05/02/the-obama-disaster-by-the-numbers/ .
Hmmm…I may now be penalized for being responsible with my money and paying my credit cards on time. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/05/20/obama-signing-friday-breaks-transparency-pledge/ Hey, what about the ginormous stimulus bill that had to be passed so fast because the sky would fall if it wasn’t. The Democrats formulated and passed the bill before Republicans had time to read it.
To top it all off – who tells us all of the bad news? That would be Gibbs – the smarmiest guy I have ever seen as the White House Press Dude. He seems to take particular interest in be-littling, smart-ass responses to anyone who dares ask a serious question. That way, all of the Obamabots begin laughing at the ‘joke’ and forget the question. I hope the MSM starts to catch on soon; the “we inherited it” and “I don’t know” answers are starting to get a little lame.
The Outright Lie
Wow! If you haven’t figured it out already, it’s really easy to make promises while you’re on the campaign trail. Mr. Obama promised transparency and a new way of doing government, but obviously he didn’t mean that he would be changing in any way. What I don’t get is that this seems to be such an easy promise to keep – the transparency of giving America 5 days to comment on non-emergency legislation before signing it. Now we hear explanations about “when the clock starts ticking”. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/may/26/obama-vow-to-delay-signing-is-subject-to-interpret/ When you look at the number of bills stacking up, Obama’s commitment to his inauguration day pledge looks pretty dismal. http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/2009/04/27/obamas-transparency-average-drops/
And even before Obama took the oath of office, he was on the liar’s road. When it first became known that Illinois Governor Blago was auctioning the Senator’s seat, both Obama and Emanuel denied having any contact with the gov. Does that even make any sense? Why wouldn’t a governor and a senator have conversations about politics? Hello? Are we really that stupid? Finally, after there was proof, Emanuel admitted he did have contact with Blago. More info will probably come out as the proceedings against Blago continue; we’ll just have to wait and see.
And of course, two of my favorite lies: Bill Clinton’s “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” (or was that John Edwards?) and “It depends upon what the definition of ‘is’ is.” But let’s face it, guys have been lying about sex for years; some just don’t lose the knack after they get out of college. Of course, it could just be that Bill & John were doing research into women’s rights and female empowerment.
There are lots more examples, but this topic is driving me nuts. I hope you get the idea, though, that there are alot of bums (slang for bottoms) on fire in Washington these days.
Until next time…