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A Trust Deficit ^ | February 11, 2014 | Cal Thomas

Posted on 02/11/2014 8:56:34 AM PST by Kaslin

Most people accept the notion that politicians don't always tell the truth. Some lies are harmless enough; others more consequential.

Lyndon Johnson skirted the truth when he promised during the 1964 presidential campaign not to send any more American troops to fight a land war in Southeast Asia. He knew then that American intervention would eventually be necessary, but the lie helped him win the election. After the election, Johnson sent additional troops, more American lives were lost and the war escalated.

Richard Nixon claimed he knew nothing about Watergate. "I am not a crook," he said. Lies.

In 1976, Jimmy Carter promised never to lie to us, a promise that rested on a perception of his own virtue. Given his sad record, the country might have willingly exchanged veracity for competence.

Bill Clinton? We know about one of his most famous lies, emphasized by that wagging finger and video showing him lying under oath as he labored to define the word "is." Clinton's lies led to his impeachment. The public didn't seem to care that much because as Democrats and the media repeatedly said, it was "just about sex" and everyone lies about sex.

Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather had a curious spin on lying when he told Fox's Bill O'Reilly that even though Clinton lied about not having sex with Monica Lewinsky, he still believed Clinton to be an honest man: "I think you can be an honest person and lie about any number of things," said Rather.

George W. Bush was accused of lying when he justified invading Iraq and toppling Saddam Hussein by claiming he had weapons of mass destruction. WMDs were never found.

President Obama's most famous lie (so far) has been his promise: "If you like your (insurance) plan you can keep it." Same with your doctor, he said. And he promised health insurance and treatment costs would go down under Obamacare. Not for everyone. Oops.

According to, former congressional chief of staff and Washington lobbyist Ed Uravic, author of the book "Lying Cheating Scum," claims, "Every president has not only lied at some time, but needs to lie to be effective."

A president can lie up to a point, but when a president's lies extend beyond protecting the country (white lies) and drift into a darker area that is self-serving (black lies) it is something quite different, often prompting public rejection when he's exposed.

Speaker John Boehner says he and his fellow Republicans can no longer trust the president due to what they believe is his repeated lies. Last week, Boehner said House Republicans are not prepared to move ahead on immigration reform this year because they do not trust President Obama to follow the law. Boehner and his GOP colleagues are particularly disturbed by the president's assertions he can go around Congress when he wants to, changing the health care law and writing executive orders when it suits his fancy.

Claiming an American president is not trustworthy ruins whatever credibility he brought to the office and this president brought a lot. Most people wanted to believe in him and a large majority did believe in him at the start. Many no longer do, as his declining approval ratings demonstrate.

In dealing with the Soviet Union, Ronald Reagan employed a Russian proverb, "trust but verify." Boehner and the Republicans seem to be saying there is no need to verify with this president, because he can't be trusted.

The inability by a major party to trust a president is more than lamentable; it is not good for the country and our standing before other nations and groups that wish to do us harm.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: deficit; history; politicians; trust

1 posted on 02/11/2014 8:56:34 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

We peasants need to remember the Rules:

You screw up, you pay

The government screws up, you pay

You cannot lie to the government

The government lies to you

2 posted on 02/11/2014 9:02:53 AM PST by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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To: Kaslin

How do you know that a politician is lying?

Hint: it’s a rhetorical question.

3 posted on 02/11/2014 9:22:50 AM PST by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: Kaslin

I got this in an email. Big lie competion. The last one is only a partial list.

Famous Presidential Lies
Written by, To The Point News



GHW Bush:


GW Bush:


And the biggest one of all:

I believe we have a winner!

Good Hunting... from Varmint Al

4 posted on 02/11/2014 9:28:09 AM PST by Varmint Al
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To: Varmint Al
About GHW Bush: No New Taxes. I remember this very well. He was forced by the rats to renege on his pledge not to raise on his pledge not to raise taxes and this factual

The reason why we didn't find WMDs in Iraq was because Hussein kept moving them from one place to the next. Remember how he used to stall the inspectors every time they wanted to do an inspection? He also moved his WMD to Syria just before the invasion via Russian trucks and by using the country's 747s and converting them to cargo planes by taking the passenger seats out and flying them to Syria under the guise of humanitarian aid. Syria had a natural disaster at the time.

5 posted on 02/11/2014 9:52:53 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

“Claiming an American president is not trustworthy ruins whatever credibility he brought to the office and this president brought a lot.”

The phrase following and in the sentence above is a lie. He brought zero credibility if people had bothered to look at reality rather than falling into a trance. He promised hope and change, there has been plenty of change but it was all for the worse and hope is lost.

6 posted on 02/11/2014 10:18:30 AM PST by RipSawyer (The TREE currently falling on you actually IS worse than a Bush.)
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To: Kaslin

If you notice nowadays the Obama Regime never mentions Weapons of Mass Destruction in regards to Syria. The correct internationally accepted terms are ‘Dual Use Materials, Precursors, and Accelerants’.
If GWB could pronounce the phrase, his statement would never have been considered a Lie.
I was here and heard the same argument from Albright, Berger, and Cohen.
It really ticks me off that Albright of all people acts as if this never even happened.

7 posted on 02/11/2014 10:20:59 AM PST by griswold3 (Post-Christian America is living on borrowed moral heritage)
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