Sunday, July 8, 2012

President Obama - What Kind of Liar Is He?

Is President Barack Obama a purposeful liar, or a compulsive, pathological liar? This is an important question because his record as a campaigner and President are fraught with embellishments, half-truths, little white lies and out-right untruthfulness which leads to the asked question.

It is understood that politicians by nature do not always tell the truth. People have come to expect that kind of behavior from time to time from even the most trustworthy of government servants of the people. Remember these timely lies from recent memory?; “I know nothing about selling arms for hostages” (Ronald Reagan), “Read my lips - no new taxes” (George H.W. Bush), “I did not have sex with that woman, Monica Lewinsky” (Bill Clinton) and the grand-daddy of all lies “I am not a crook!” (Richard M. Nixon). Every political office holder, from the local elected sheriff, State elected official, national office holder and Presidents has stretched the truth or outright lied for a variety of reasons. Some of those lies are necessary for reasons of national security and the American people give their leaders a lot of leeway when it comes to that kind of non-disclosure. However, most politicians lie for less honorable reasons. They were breaking a civil law, acting against the Constitution or the nation’s best interest, being unfaithful to a spouse or their constituents, were caught taking bribes or kick-backs, or the most common reason - making campaign promises they knew they would never or could never keep but did so to garner votes and dollars from individuals and corporations.

What we have coming from Barack Obama the campaigner and Barack Obama the President has been phenomenal when it comes to stretching the truth or bold-face lying. The number of his lies since 2008 are unprecedented and verge on the pathological, which, if is the case, is quite a frightening prospect coming from the most powerful person on the planet.

The difference between the two main types of liars is important to define, particularly since we are talking about the President of the United States. A Purposeful Liar would be considered by the psychological community to be a sociopath. It is someone who lies on purpose to ensure that they get what they want regardless of the consequences to anyone else. They are generally highly intelligent, ambitious to a fault and very goal oriented. They are idea people who prefer leaving the details to others. Another kind of liar can be referred to as Habitual Liars or Chronic Liars. The clinical term is Compulsive Liar (Pseudologia fantastica or mythomania). Those that fit this category of liar are very aware that they are not telling the truth and, like the Purposeful Liar, do so purely for personal gain. However, their lying has become some engrained in their character that it has become a negative habitual part of their personality that they find virtually impossible to stop doing. This type of behavior generally begins in early childhood and is done because from early-on the child feels it is necessary to do in order to acquire whatever it needs from an adult they want or need something from, whether it is a material, psychological or emotional need. It becomes pathological in nature when carried on into adulthood. Those in this category appear to have no conscious when it comes to lying and are not in the least bothered by their behavior.

President Obama is a liar. His record of lying is very clear, available to anyone with even a remote interest in investigating it. If we begin in early 2004 we can look at the then Senator Obama’s first recorded lie, at least recorded as it relates to his bid for the White House. Newly elected to the U.S. Senate by his constituents in Illinois he told them that he would not seek the office of President of the United States.

“I can unequivocally say I will not be running for national office in four years.” (bold typeface mine).

Okay, we will give him that one. That is one lie every ambitious politician in history has been guilty of.

But, one of his biggest lies and one that will never go away was his statement concerning his rejection of accepting any kind of federal funding during the election in 2008. The McCain/Finegold Campaign Finance Reform Act stated that candidates running for national office would need to keep their campaign federal spending to no more then $84 million. Obama publicly agreed with the act but, being a liar, ignored it and spent a total of more then $605 million. This gave him a substantial and unfair financial leap over McCain, who legally adhered to the act. In fact, since 2008 Barak Obama is the only person to refuse to adhere to federal financing mandates in 32 years. Typical behavior for a liar.

The list of lies is so long for this President that it baffles the mind how anyone could ever continue supporting him or vote to re-elect him for the center seat of American politics and the most powerful position in the world. Since his campaign run in 2008 up to his third year as President he has an unprecedented 80 plus lies on record that can be verified, read, viewed or listened to. I won’t bother to list them all here but to read them for yourself there are many websites that have them available for review. Here are just a few that will give you a full accounting:

Obama Lies

The First 100 Days: 100 of Obama's Lies.Blunders.Gaffes and Abuses of Liberty

Obama's Laundry List of Lies

Snopes Refutation of Some of Obama's Laundry List of Lies

PolitiFact List of Barack Obama's Habitual Lies to America

The Lies of Obama

A Long Post: The Complete List of Obama Statement Expiration Dates

The list could go on but I see no reason to labor the point any more then I already have. I will give just two other important lies from the President that all by themselves should disqualify him from receiving votes from any one even remotely interested in having someone of at least a modicum of integrity in the Oval Office.

While campaigning against Hilary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primary process he stated that her requiring all Americans to be forced to purchase healthcare was not the correct path to take and as President he would never do such a horrendous thing. However, his ObamaCare initiative contained one element which was the most controversial and led to 23 States taking the federal government to the United States Supreme Court to have it overturned. It was the individual mandate, which the President called a penalty fee and not a tax. It requires every American to have to purchase a healthcare policy or be subject to personal monetary loss. The Supreme Court allowed the mandate to stay when the President's lawyers agreed it was a tax all along and not a penalty. This terrible lie will cost Americans literally trillions of dollars for generations to come.

The second big lie from President Obama concerns border security. He promised that he would clamp down hard on illegal immigration by "securing our border and passing tough employer enforcement laws.” What Americans got was a border gun-running ATF bungled operation that cost the life of a border patrol agent, an Arizona rancher and an ICE agent. Code named "Fast and Furious" this is probably the biggest lie so far in this President's long and growing list of offenses. This lie is so damning that he issued an order for Executive Privilege so members of Congress investigating the incident would not be allowed to view documents that would likely incriminate him, his Attorney General and members of his Executive Staff from civil and federal prosecution.

There is no doubt that this man is the most profound liar to ever hold the prestigious office of President of the United States. That is saying quite a lot because the nation has seen some really good liars come and go but to date President Obama holds the record for outright lying to the American people.

Is he a sociopath or pathological? That is for you to decide. Either way, with this debilitating amoral condition he doesn't deserve another four years in that center chair to continue his reign of untruthfulness in governing our great country.

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