When it comes to being a politician, many skills, characteristics, and talents are required for success. Not the least among these is the art of lying. It might be called something else, something softer, such as “misinformation” or “untruth.” However, this is only an attempt to further deceive the general populace. Yes, the cold, hard truth is that we are constantly lied to by our leaders in government. These lies are sometimes driven by personal gain, legislative victory, the destruction of an opponent, and even protection. The motivation doesn’t change the fact of the lie, however. Let’s take a jaunt through some recent lies told by our political masterminds, shall we?
On Monday, July 1st, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, visited a Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) detention facility in El Paso, Texas. There were 13 other House Democrat lawmakers and aides visiting the facility as well. After her tour of the facility she tweeted the following:
Just left the 1st CBP facility.
I see why CBP officers were being so physically & sexually threatening towards me.
Officers were keeping women in cells w/ no water & had told them to drink out of the toilets.
This was them on their GOOD behavior in front of members of Congress.
Her claims of the CBP officers being physically and sexually threatening have thus far gone unsubstantiated. Even the other Democrat Representatives and aides who were there have not corroborated her assertion. In regards to the officers allegedly telling migrant women to drink from the toilet, it turns out that the toilets used in the facility are commonly used in detention centers. The toilets are a sink-toilet combination that allows for potable water to pump into a sink from a faucet on top of the toilet tank. This means that one must go to the toilet to get a drink. As if that wasn’t enough to discredit her claim, we also have her asserting that CBP agents said this and behaved in this way in front of members of Congress. Expecting the general populace to believe that CBP officers, who have been trying hard to get help at the border, would behave in such a way in front of their biggest obstacle to receiving the help they need, requires a detachment from all things logical.
In a previous article on this site I talked about the fiasco in 2018 surrounding the nomination of then Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Allegations of rape and sexual misconduct were leveled at Judge Kavanaugh by multiple women, but predominantly by Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford. These allegations were kept secret by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, CA, in an attempt to prolong the process until after the midterms. Democrat politicians and voters across the nation immediately jumped on board and began calling Judge Kavanaugh a rapist and sex-offender. The accusations from Dr. Blasey-Ford were wild and unsubstantiated. Even witnesses directly named by Dr. Blasey-Ford didn’t corroborate her story. Yet, Democrat politicians still perpetuated the story that Judge Kavanaugh was a rapist and therefore unfit to serve on the Supreme Court.
During his presidency, Barrack Obama had a list of countries that terrorists typically immigrated from. Countries on this list are Iran, Yemen, Syria, Libya, Venezuela, and North Korea. President Trump used that same list to implement his “Travel Ban” in January of 2017. The point of this is to keep more terrorists out of America by putting a cap on how many immigrants from these countries can come into the U.S. However, it just so happens that most of the countries on this list are either largely or predominantly Muslim in religion. Therefore, President Trump’s detractors assigned it the name, “Muslim Ban.” Democrats across the nation insist that racism, bigotry, and “Islamaphobia” are driving the President’s decision…despite the fact Barrack Obama was the one who had the list put together. Democrat politicians are well-aware that they are spreading a falsehood, they just don’t care because it is serving their purpose. If the public is angry with President Trump and believes he is a bigoted “Islamaphobe” then his influence will weaken. Which for them is the ultimate goal.
This lie also includes Brett Kavanaugh, who is now a Justice on the Supreme Court. Both President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are fond of claiming that all of the judges Trump has nominated to federal courts are staunchly pro-Constitution. However, during his Senate hearings along his quest to be confirmed to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh stated that Roe v. Wade is “settled law.” Meaning that it is not up for debate or re-evaluation. This idea stands in stark contrast to what the Constitution has to say about human rights. The Fifth Amendment states that “No person shall be … deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” The Fourteenth Amendment then backs this up by stating, “nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” There are some that may argue that Roe v. Wade was the due process required in order to satisfy the Constitution. However, I would argue that the due process the Constitution is referring to is proving that the individual is guilty of a crime punishable by prison, seizure of property, or death. Due process is not served by a woman simply being inconvenienced by her pregnancy.
Perhaps the most famous of recent Republican lies includes the claim that they would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare. This lie was told on a few separate occasions. Leading Republicans running for election in the 2016 midterms said they needed to be voted into office so that they could repeal the ACA. When the smoke from the 2016 midterms settled, and Republicans had control of both the House and the Senate, we all expected the ACA to be crushed under foot. Yet, the ACA lived on so that Republican politicians could continue to get elected based on their strong words against it. Then in 2017 President Trump declared the ACA to be repealed when he passed his new tax laws. That wasn’t true, the only thing his tax laws did concerning the ACA was remove the individual mandate. However, that wouldn’t have sounded as nice, or as victorious, as President Trump would like.
The king of flakiness, Senator Jeff Flake had this to say in 2017, “These first six months of a Republican government have been a good start: we’re slashing federal regulations, we confirmed a conservative Justice, and we passed legislation to reform the VA and provide better care for our vets.” It all sounds good, it really does, until one learns that Sen. Flake never supported the confirmation of that conservative Justice. Judge Neil Gorsuch was nominated by President Trump early on in his presidency to replace the deceased Justice Antonin Scalia. In my opinion this nomination remains one of Trump’s greatest moments. Judge Gorsuch has a stalwart reputation for making decisions in line with the Constitution, even if that decision doesn’t go the way Republicans would wish it to. However, Sen. Flake never supported his nomination. Instead he opted to push for the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland who was a favorite of former President Barrack Obama. When he says “we confirmed a conservative Justice” he is actively lying in an effort to manipulate the opinions of voters. He is banking on the average voter not knowing the truth.
All in all, politicians are people just like the rest of us and are therefore prone to sin. That doesn’t mean we should be complacent, though. As part of the voting base each and every one of us needs to know what is going on in the arena of American politics. It is impossible to know the truth about everything, but we should be trying to learn the truth as often as we can. The method I employ consists of listening to what a particular politician has to say and then checking on it. Sometimes that means looking at what the other side of the aisle is saying about that same topic. I pick and choose when I do this, and it is usually in reference to something I feel strongly about, such as abortion, freedom of faith, and the Second Amendment.
Something I try to remember is this: that all politicians need to promote themselves in order to get elected. This requires a certain amount of self-centeredness and means that they have to sound good and look good to millions of people with differing views. I am just an average guy, without hundreds of millions of eyes on me, without the weight of passing legislation, and I have certainly told more than my share of lies. We don’t need to damn these people, but we do need to keep them honest.
What are your thoughts on this topic? Are there some better examples of lies I should have used? Share your opinion in the comments bellow. You are part of the engine that drives this country, and I want to know what you think.