“I hate to disrespect the president, but he’s lying.”
That was TV commentator Dick Morris last night on Fox’s “Hannity,” talking about Barack Obama’s primetime speech in which the president once again warned Americans their government was on the verge of catastrophic default.
“This is total fear tactics, and it’s a lie – a big lie!” added Morris. (I recently wrote a column explaining the “big lie” of Aug. 2 default in a way any 8-year-old can understand.)
But what I want to focus on here is Morris’s qualifier, “I hate to disrespect the president, but …”
I sympathize with Morris’s personal and professional awkwardness in calling the president of the United States a liar. I’ve seen my good friend Sean Hannity struggle with this same awkwardness many times: He nails an outright lie the president has told, and may even use the word “lie,” but his delivery is usually accompanied by a certain discomfort at having to speak the truth so nakedly.
There’s a good reason for this reticence and awkwardness.
Most of us as Americans love our country and revere our presidents – if not the person himself, at least we revere the office he holds. It was also held by Washington and Jefferson and Lincoln, after all. So we speak with appropriate respect and restraint – almost veneration – for the elected leader of the free world. And so we should.
But what happens when Americans – as 69 million of us did in November 2008 – make the disastrous mistake of elevating someone profoundly unworthy to hold the office of president, someone dedicated to “transforming” this nation into something that would horrify all preceding generations of Americans, and whose primary tool for accomplishing this is … lying?
So, let’s talk about liars and lying for a few minutes.
You see, lies and liars are so common, so unremarkable, so ordinary in this life, we tend not to realize the extraordinary power for evil they represent.
But according to famed psychiatrist M. Scott Peck, people who are caught up with evil are, first and foremost, liars. In his classic book, “People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil,” Peck explains that such people lie not only to everyone around them, but to themselves as well, “deceiving others as they also build layer upon layer of self-deception.”
At this point, let’s just say it: The president of the United States, Barack Obama, is a liar. I don’t mean he lies once in a while. Or even that he lies fairly frequently in order to get his way. I mean that his presidency is one continual, ongoing lie.
As an American citizen and a journalist for three decades, this is – as Morris correctly suggested – painful to express so bluntly. Painful not because the truth of it is even remotely in question; the evidence of Obama’s boundless lying is both overwhelming and irrefutable. But painful because saying it reminds us of the terrible mistake we made in electing him, a mistake that is obscured and assuaged when we speak in delicately constructed euphemisms (“the president is engaging in typical Chicago politics,” “I believe he was somewhat disingenuous about that,” “the president misspoke” and so on).
Of course, others have written about the president’s virtual modus operandi of non-stop lying. Former federal prosecutor and best-selling author Andrew C. McCarthy writes in National Review:
Obama lies about the small things, the inconsequential things, just as he does about the important ones – depending on what he is trying to accomplish at any given time.
Referencing Obama’s celebrated 1995 autobiography, “Dreams from My Father” (which overwhelming evidence shows domestic terrorist William Ayers helped write), McCarthy compares the mountain of deceptions contained therein with Obama’s unfolding presidency:
The fact is that Obama’s account of his background is increasingly revealed as a fabrication, not his life as lived; his utterances reflect the expediencies of the moment, not the truth.
Likewise, international businessman Steve McCann writes in American Thinker:
Over my 45+ years in the business community, both domestic and international, I have dealt with an overwhelming variety of people of all races and political philosophies. Men and women who were thoroughly honest and many who had no concept of honor and integrity. Among them were those who would do or say anything to achieve their ends and do so with a straight face and an air of self-confidence that would deceive the most gullible. …While I have always been wary of and have written about his dishonesty, after the speech the president delivered the 13th of April regarding the federal budget, one that was chock full of lies, deceit and crass fear-mongering, it must be said that Barack Obama is the most dishonest, deceitful and mendacious person in a position of power I have ever witnessed.
But there’s more. Remember, as Andy McCarthy noted, Obama doesn’t lie only when he is trying to get his way. He lies even when he doesn’t “need to,” so to speak. He simply lies. Deceptive is his normal. Whatever he says, more often then not, turns out to be the opposite of the truth: