CHARLOTTE, November 10, 2013 ― All of a sudden the media are hung up on the idea of President Obama being referred to as a liar.
“Lying” is a strong word, some of the pundits say. We must be careful to make such accusations against the president.
Says who and why? If the shoe fits. The press had no difficulty calling Richard Nixon a liar. Was the Bill of Rights different when Nixon was president than it is now?
According to the First Amendment to the Constitution, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Theoretically, those 44 words grant us the right to speak freely in the United States. Only theoretically ― Obama has a habit of paying back those who deign to question his knowledge. We are allowed to say what we want with the caveat that there may be consequences.
Why must we walk on egg shells when the president boldly and purposely misinforms the American people? Obama’s entire presidency is built on falsehoods and deception.
“Ahhh, but they all do it.”
Yes, they all do. Especially on the campaign trail. But there are also matters of degree, arrogance, superiority and countless other descriptive words which categorize those lies. We all remember Bill Clinton’s evasion when he said, “That depends upon what the definition of ‘is’ is.”
When President Obama punctuated his comments about the Affordable Care Act, he removed any doubt about his meaning. “If you like your healthcare policy, you can keep your policy. Period! If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Period!”
There is no need for clarification. The words are clear. They do not need to be interpreted with qualifiers or phony apologies. They are what they are and they meant precisely what they were intended to mean.
In other words, Obama lied.
If Obama has no more respect for people he serves or the office of the presidency, then we should have every right to challenge his integrity.
Obama couldn’t care less how many people have been inconvenienced or lost their health insurance by his inept policies. If he cared, his apology would have gone further. Rather than saying “we will get to the bottom of this,” and “nobody is more upset than I am,” why doesn’t the president do something about it? He seems to be able to bypass Congress and all other legal authority whenever he wants to get something he wants.
The list of things Obama is “perfectly clear” about that “he is getting to the bottom of” must be in the hundreds by now.
Just because Obama is the president does not give him immunity from being called exactly what he is. The president has lied to the American people. He wants us to believe that his advisors told him what the provisions of the healthcare bill would be, therefore it was their words that led him to speak so vociferously about his signature act as president.
On how many occasions have we been told, either by the president himself of one of his operatives, that Obama only got the news that very day when he, himself, read it in the paper? That all by itself is a bold-faced lie.
Other presidents have also been deceptive. Every administration has skeletons that, for whatever reasons, are kept from the American people. Some are more legitimate than others. However, there has never been a president filled with so much contempt, deceit and outright disdain for America than President Obama.
Hopefully more journalists will now begin to speak out, recognizing that it is not taboo to use appropriate descriptive words when they are accurate.
It is time for the media to stop worrying about being on the A-list for elite White House functions and start acting like reporters, telling the truth rather than perpetuating the president’s endless stream of lies.
Remember a primary rule of golf, that game the president enjoys so much: “Play it where it lies.”
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
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