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November 05, 2013

Neologism of the Day: "Meta-lying"

That's when you are reduced to lying about your previous lies:

Watch the video of Obama reinventing history with the "what-we-said-was" construction. Notice how he is looking at notes. Remarkably, this was not an off-the-cuff remark; it was written, reviewed, and approved by senior White House officials, then recited by the president. An orchestrated deceit.

Why didn't Obama add their caveats during his reelection campaign? His aides debated it. Some argued that the president had to shoot straight with the public. Others feared that he public wouldn't understand the nuance and GOP rival Mitt Romney would use it to his advantage.

The cynics won. The truth was buried. And the man who promised to run the most transparent administration in history participated in a lie.

On history's scale of deception, this one leaves a light footprint. Worse lies have been told by worse presidents, leading to more severe consequences, and you could argue that withholding a caveat is more a sin of omission. But this president is toying with a fragile commodity: his credibility. Once Americans stop believing in Obama, they will stop listening to him. They won't trust government to manage health care. And they will wonder what happened to the reform-minded leader who promised never to lie to them.

Egad. Does this mean he's not actually going to heal the oceans either?

Posted by Cassandra at November 5, 2013 12:22 PM

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The sheeple that voted for Obama will never leave him. It doesn't matter that he has no credibility, remember Syria red-line, they will support him because he is not a white male. The only ones who will stop believing in him have already done so. You see it's not really about Obama, its' about the destruction of traditional white America and the next President will continue the onslaught. They don't care about liars, broken promises, unemployment, they care about revenge and getting over european culture. Alex

Posted by: Alex at November 5, 2013 04:16 PM

It has been ever thus, really. World history (and American history) is a long struggle of warring cultures and ethnic groups.

We used to fight with rocks and clubs, then guns, then more sophisticated weapons. Now we fight with words and slogans and public policy but we're still fighting to preserve the things we love and marginalize or suppress what we hate. That will never change unless human nature somehow changes.

Honestly, looking at the demographic changes in our population, I don't think we're going to have much luck insisting on preserving what we grew up with. We can (and should) fight for what we believe in, though.

Because our opponents won't stop fighting. The clash of cultures and ideas and morals is part of the human condition. Civilization is a fragile compromise between warring factions that only endures because it's better than open, armed warfare. And it is better, by the way.

Posted by: Cass at November 5, 2013 04:31 PM

I agree that compromise is better than open conflict but they are not about compromise! They are out, eventually to destroy western civilization whether they recognize it or not. Sometimes there is just no compromise, the world has settled its' major issues by warfare, domination of the other. At this point since the government checks are still coming so ,there is no need for open conflict but there is the real possibility once the Fed stops propping up the economy. As they say there is no voting our way out of this. Good website by the way. Alex

Posted by: Alex at November 5, 2013 05:40 PM

"On history's scale of deception, this one leaves a light footprint. Worse lies have been told by worse presidents, leading to more severe consequences...."

Just what does this bit of post hoc bit of rationalization mean? Worse lies? Which one?

On history's scale of deception? To fundamentally move the country to the Left ....Permanently?

You could certainly go back to the '60's and the truckload of lies that LBJ told, during which time he passed a boatload of social welfare legislation that has led to the pretty pass we are in now.Taking regulatory command over what some estimate is approximately 15% of the economy and abrogating basic principles of what we thought was a Constitutional Republic, will leave a light footprint on history?


Posted by: Don Brouhaha at November 5, 2013 08:36 PM

Yanno I almost left that paragraph out, but it managed to p*** me off so much that I decided to leave it there and see if anyone had the same reaction :p

I wonder whether all the folks who've had their policies canceled only to find they will now be paying more feel like the "footprint of history" on their backs is a light one?

Posted by: Cass at November 5, 2013 08:45 PM

Bookworm Room linked to a spoof Obamcare.gov site, with the tagline:

"If you like your insurance plan, you can keep your insurance plan, period." (This statement does not apply unless your name is actually "Period."

39% approval rate for the President in the latest poll. And although Cuccinelli lost in Virginia, it was only by 1.3% in a race where he was trailing by 17% a few weeks ago. And Cuccinelli is carrying some heavy baggage on the abortion issue.

Posted by: Texan99 at November 5, 2013 10:17 PM

Au Contrair!
We will see him eat the consequences of these lies before his term ends.

Posted by: CAPT Mike at November 5, 2013 10:19 PM

Worse lies may have been told by past Presidents, though I can't think of any, but they have not been told by worse Presidents. There aren't any.

Posted by: DaveJ at November 18, 2013 12:07 AM