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Rationalizing A Lie
A few things about rationalization and lying
Some lies are more blatant than others. Some lies are more easily discarded than others dependent on who is spinning the tale. Never-the-less a lie is still a lie no matter who is telling it. There was something I read here recently that struck me as rather odd and it had to do with a line of thinking that it's okay to tell a lie if it going to be told to insure someone's feelings aren't going to be hurt. That's definitely a form of rationalization for avoiding the truth. That form may also be easily dismissed as harmless. Whether it is or isn't we don't need to discuss here.
But I take extreme offense when the President of the United States tells a blatant lie. I also have problems with his political party perpetuating lies This Hub has illegal immigration and border security as its focus. Whether past Presidents have lied to the American public isn't a matter to be discussed here. They are all now history and we have a very consummate liar to deal with at the present. I believe that Obama is a pathological liar, and I know I'm not alone. He either actually believes his own lies or he is a master of deceit. It could be a combination of both. Maybe it has to do with if one repeats a lie often enough people will believe it?
First thing I'd like to touch on is illegal immigration and the Dream Act, which Obama is continuing to push in the form of Dick Durbin, the Progressive senior Senator from Illinois. This was shot down once before when the Democrats had the total majority but these are persistent people. This piece of legislation is bleeding over into spending reduction negotiations. If you weren't paying attention, you may have missed what was said. Durbin was the mouth piece in the saying and he said it during a debate segment with Arizona Senator John Kyl. He was bold enough to say that if the Republicans would help pass the Dream Act, which he just recently reintroduced, then the Democrats would consider agreeing to spending cuts.
The Dream Act is a lie in and of itself. That wolf in sheep's clothing is being sold as a way to grant amnesty to those "innocent" children of people brought here illegally by their parents to absorb the goodies that aren't afforded them in their parent country. Maybe those parents should have thought about the consequences of bringing them here illegally before making the move. They, like their illegal parents, are now part of the problem, not part of the solution. The act itself is as loose as a goose and allows people up to the age of 35 to just basically apply under its provisions. There is talk about registration at a community college but no requirement that one attend after registration. It also opens up the floodgate of allowing these new American citizens to bring all their extended, non-nuclear relatives across the border with a free pass. It fails to address that issue. It's a lie dressed in fancy political, compassion laced language.
So lets take it a step further since the issue of "dreaming" and the reductions necessary for our economic survival by decreasing present spending levels have nothing to do with each other unless some form of extreme rationalization is used to link the two together. There is a bill presently in the Senate to make E-Verify the law of the land. That bill isn't based in a series of lies and smoke and mirrors. E-Verify will require that employers use the system already in place that has a 97% accuracy rate of verifying anyone's status to obtain employment. So along come Obama and Durbin again and guess what they want to introduce as an amendment to this piece of legislation? If you guessed the Dream Act, then you answered the 64K dollar question. Again they want to attach the lie to anything they can possibly tie it to.
What I see going on, especially in the first case, is that Obama and his Democratic minions contention that they are going to focus on spending reductions are a bundle of lies. The US Senate, supposedly the greatest deliberative body in the world, has proposed nothing of substance in this whole debate. Obama has proposed nothing of substance either except to propose further "investment" which is Democrat speak for more spending. The GAO and CBO both sliced and diced Obama's campaign budget speech up and fed it back to him. Then to try to tie that and the Dream Act together I find abhorrent.
The next issue has to be pathological lying at its best, or maybe its worst. It has to do with border security and his speech in El Paso,. His lie about the fence tells me that he isn't at all serious about border security in the least. His parrot, Napilitano, is hard at work at perpetuating these lies too. What he is serious about is attempting to grant amnesty to illegal aliens to expand his adoring voter base. He contended that the border fence was just about a done deal. What?
The GAO just recently reported only 129 miles of approximately 2,000 miles are considered secure. The real story is that about a meager 5% of our southern border is adequately protected by a barrier/fence. Then Obama wants to turn comedian and crack funny about moats and alligators? For those stupid enough to buy his lies about the border, maybe you should take in some illegals and house and feed them. We, US taxpayers, already are figuratively speaking in many cases. What has been done by Obama and his administration is to attempt to stymie border security at any, and every, turn that it can. It wants to prosecute the state of Arizona for doing what it has failed to do - enforce the existing laws on the books. It tries to deny that it had no knowledge of Operation Gun Runner that I previously reported on. I have to actually believe that one of two things are happening. Either this administration is packed full of pathological liars or they think the American people are stupid as a box of rocks in Omaha. Again, it may be the case of both things occurring at the same time.
An examination of the Rasmussen poll recently conducted reveals that many Democrats are believing every word that spills from Obama's mouth. But never-the-less, 64% of the respondents disagree with Obama's assessment of our southern border. The guy seems to be a super Snake Oil Salesman-in-Chief to many of his adorers or either they just flat out aren't paying attention and the denial of their mistake is continuing to cloud reality.
When he told us during his second SOTUA that he wasn't going to focus on his health care fiasco any longer but rather on jobs, I knew that was a lie. He turned right around and did the opposite of what he said once again. When he told us that under his stimulus plan unemployment wouldn't rise above 8%, I knew that was a lie because government interference in the marketplace never has the effect of stimulating anything but the pocket books of special interests. When he told us that the money was going to be focused on "shovel ready" projects again I detected his lips moving. Later he sly admits that there isn't any such thing. Of course there isn't.
What is ironic, especially on blogging forums, is the repeated support I see by his Obamazoids in rationalizing his not telling the truth. They want to revisit the Bush years and blame GWB for Obama's ability to glibly tell his continuing string of lies about anything, or anyone, who opposes his ridiculous notions. What they fail to realize is that if push ever came to shove, Obama would throw them under the bus faster than he just tried to throw Israel under the bus. You can keep rationalizing all you want to as the train heads over the cliff. Then what?
Have a nice day.
The Frog Prince