If GruberGate taught us anything, it’s that the political class now knows for certain that they can shamelessly peddle bold-faced lies to the American people and get away with it. Other than generating outrage from conservatives, the revelation that the administration thinks we’re generally “stupid,” and thereby somehow deserving of deception, was only a temporary blip on the national news radar.
Obama and his fellow progressives have been operating on this premise all along. They’ve “audaciously” lied to us over and over and over (Fast & Furious, Benghazi, IRS thuggery, border security and invasion by illegals, ObamaCare VA scandal) with little-to-no political cost.
The GOP are slow learners, but even they have finally caught to how well the strategy of deliberately lying to their constituents actually results in only minor political blowback. Hence the outright betrayal by so many Republicans last week over Cromnibus.
Heritage provides a handy guide to who said what about amnesty just to get elected in November.; and then took the exact opposite position in December ~ Obama’s Amnesty: How They Voted vs. What They Said. For those Senators who claimed to be against Obama’s amnesty order, standing with Ted Cruz to vote on the legitimacy of President Obama’s unilateral, unlawful actions, should have been a no-brainer ~
“If Senators are opposed to President Obama’s executive action on immigration, they should vote in favor of Sen. Cruz’s constitutional point of order. A vote against the point of order is a vote in favor of unchecked presidential power and granting work permits and Social Security numbers to people who are in the country illegally.”
And yet, as Heritage reports ~
While 22 Republican Senators voted to uphold the constitutional point of order, 20 Republican Senators joined with 54 Democrats in voting against the point of order. (Three Republicans and one Democrat did not vote.)
Notable turncoats include former (or should we just say “phony”) conservatives: Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Patrick Toomey (R-PA).
Lying is routine for evil governments. Once a regime starts down the path of dishonesty, it never turns back. Once it gets away with lying about one thing, it will lie about others. Its virtue has been lost forever. And when the citizens discover that their government has been lying to them, it becomes like an unfaithful spouse caught in the bed of paramour—you will never trust it again. Sadly, that is where we are now.
But unless the rest of the country gets as fed up with the Washington’s Deceitful Corruption as we conservatives are, the lies will only get bigger and bolder.
“It is of great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world’s believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good disposition.”
~ Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, 19 August 1785