It is assumed, ostensibly at least, that the American people have an expectation that the President of the United States will not tell bald face lies
to our faces. And we Americans have a history of remembering when our presidents say things to us that are not true.
President Obama once promised that, "If you like your health-care plan, you can keep it." Whether he knew at the time that his statement was false —
a lie — or through ignorance or wishful thinking gave the American people incorrect information, those words have been cited countless times as
evidence of President Obama deceiving the American people.
Twenty years from now if I person says, "If you like your health-care plan, you can keep it," nearly anyone of a certain age will immediately
attribute those words to Obama and recall the context. In a similar fashion, we recall the signature lies, mistatments and broken promises of our
former leaders. If I say, "Read my lips, no new taxes," how many of you won't remember that it was Bush 41 who told that whopper? Who needs a citation
to connect the following to the Presidents who said them?
"Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal
weapons ever devised."
"I did not have sexual relations with that woman."
"I am not a crook."
To answer my own question — almost nobody. Most everyone knows who said them, acknowledges that the statements were untrue and most importantly,
holds these as examples that call into question the credibility of the men who uttered them. It's easy to say that President Trump has changed the
expectation for honesty from an American President but that's not entirely accurate is it? The constant flow of overt bulls# isn't the only thing that
has changed — the willingness of Trump's most steadfast supporters to justify, excuse, deflect and deny these obvious lies and the contortions they
will go through to avoid addressing them are what in my lifetime at least, is truly unprecedented.
On March 4th of this year, the President of the United States of America, a man who is privy to all of our nation's secrets, who has at his disposal
one of the greatest intelligence gathering apparatuses the world has ever known — a man who holds the office which gives him what President Theodore
Roosevelt termed the bully pulpit
— used his position not to inform the American people, not to advance a worthwhile agenda for the good of
Americans but rather, to tell a grievous lie about the former President and his administration:
Today, in front of members of Congress, the American people and the whole television watching world, representatives of the FBI, DOJ and NSA made
statements that unequivocally refute the contents of those tweets by the bad (or sick) guy
, Dear Leader Lyin' Donald Trump.
CNBC - FBI's Comey: 'I have no
information' to support Trump's wiretapping tweets
"With respect to the president's tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that
supports those tweets. And we have looked carefully inside the FBI. The Department of Justice has asked me to assure you that the answer is the same
for the Department of Justice and all its components," Comey testified before the House Intelligence Committee.
Furthermore, in a wholly reprehensible, self-serving maneuver, one that attacks the relationship with one of our closest allies and in doing so, was a
blow against the interest of the United States and her citizens, the Trump administration accused an agency of the British government of participating
in an action that was a pure fabrication.
If it wasn't obvious that this was a lie when the administration issued a formal apology, it was also soundly refuted during this morning's
National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers, who also testified Monday, said the U.S. did not ask Britain to spy on Trump. In defending
Trump recently, White House press secretary Sean Spicer cited a Fox News analyst who alleged the key ally did so, prompting an angry rebuff from the
intelligence agency GCHQ.
Will the Liar-In-Chief grow some integrity? Probably not. As late as Friday, this bloviating dishonest clown was embarassing himself and us in a press
conference with the German Chancellor when he once again alluded to the bogus claims made in his tweets, claims that have blossomed like a corpse
flower into a great stinking flase narrative which has been glommed onto by his supporters, saying, "On wiretapping by this past administration, at
least we have something in common, perhaps."
President Donald J. Trump is a liar. He says things regularly that are not true. Few people's lies have greater consequence to the world than those of
the President of the United States. When will enough be enough? The opinions of those of us who oppose Trump apparently don't matter enough to shame
him into honesty.
It's up to you Trumpkins. You really want to Make America Great Again? Start by excerting some pressure to make Trump honest
for the first time in his life.
edit on 2017-3-20 by theantediluvian because: (no reason given)