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You know this guy—the fellow who seems to be embedded in your life because he’s connected to your group of friends. Or he’s the member of your family that everyone tolerates because no one knows how to keep him away from family events. He can be very funny and charming at times and get along with people, but there’s one thing that people cannot stand about him: he’s a liar. We all know someone just like that.
Some of us think he’s been lying since he spoke his first words. Early on, the lies were probably innocent enough: embellishing a story, making it funnier, more dangerous, more intriguing. When he got “oohs” and “aahs” for those stories, he decided that he could get more attention by dressing up his stories even more: he’d make up stories whole-cloth. Or he’d lie to avoid looking bad or getting into trouble. By the time he reached his teen-age years, lying became natural for him. People rarely questioned his stories, either because they had no idea how easily he lied, or they were reluctant to challenge him, or they simply had given up on learning the truth. So they just went along. When people commiserated about his chronic lying, someone inevitably would say, “That’s just Joe.”
Now the “guy” is the President of the United States, and sadly, no one is surprised that he’s lying, mostly under stress, but often just because the lies come easily to him. We don’t know if he knows the difference anymore between the lies and the truth. In some cases, people may be supplying him with those lies, and we can’t know for sure if he realizes they aren’t true. Those people who work for him know the job expectations: if you disagree with him, and he discards what you’ve said, you just go along to get along. He just becomes more stubborn if you persist. So they choose to lie, too.
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People who like Joe might first say, “Well Trump lied, too.” Most of the “lies” identified with Trump were foolish statements, and didn’t put people’s lives at stake. Besides, Joe’s our guy now. Let’s stick with that fact.
So if someone challenges you on the lies he tells, and how significant they are, you can provide this list, this list and this list. To save you some time, I’ve created a list that only includes Afghanistan and those issues that I see as serious untruths:
- We take full responsibility (while they blamed Donald Trump).
- Our efforts, including the airport, are under control (while the facts on the ground show thousands of people trying to enter the airport, and Americans don’t have a way to reach the airport).
- The Taliban is allowing passage to Americans and Afghan allies with papers (while the Taliban beat and kill people at checkpoints).
- People are not stranded (which was Jen Psaki’s effort at wordsmithing).
- Our allies are not questioning our credibility around the world (while several of them have expressed their outrage).
- We have plans to apply international pressure on the Taliban to cooperate (when the Taliban couldn’t care less about the opinions of world leaders).
- We’ll provide close air support for the Afghan military (which was withdrawn almost immediately).
- We have to negotiate with the Taliban because they are in control of the country (even though the Taliban have no cares about lying).
- It was wise to give up Bagram Air Base (which is foolish on its face).
- Providing a list of people to the Taliban who would be entering the airport should ensure their safe passage (which could become an assassination list).
- He was obligated to act because of Trump’s agreement with the Taliban (in spite of the many Trump Executive Orders he had revoked).
- The Taliban can be entrusted to guard the airport perimeter and screen those who enter (as members of IsisK set off suicide bombs and killed 13 military and a large number of Afghans).
- We expected events to unfold this badly.
- We have contingency plans.
The last two, in my estimation, would be listed under CYA attempts.
Although I said I would limit the list to Afghanistan, you can go to the links to see the lies regarding neo-Nazis, the recovering economy, China’s threat, Antifa and other riots, Hunter Biden’s laptop and business dealings and election reform. These are only a partial list.
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You might think I wrote this post to antagonize you, but my reason is quite the contrary. The truth is that Progressive lying is baked into the cake. I say that with great reluctance and sadness. But on a recent Powerline podcast, Steve Hayward, Lucretia and Michael Anton, all people that I respect, stated that lying has been a part of the Progressive agenda for a long time—and it still is today.
I don’t think we can stop Joe and his administration from lying. But we need to make sure we make life very, very difficult for him. The mainstream media is on a mission against him, and although they will give up their attacks on him when events calm down (which won’t happen for a while), we need to set the example of continuously challenging him with questions. We need to encourage the media to join in on our attacks. We must be unrelenting, direct, persistent and clear, and tell our Republican senators and representatives to do the same. Joe was complaining about how people were not being very nice to him; we need to continue being “not nice.” In time, he will lose his temper, say something even more unacceptable, and send the message to the country (and our allies) that he simply does not care what they care about or think.
For ourselves, we need a change of attitude. Instead of obsessing and complaining about his lies and deceptions, we must recognize them and make a note of them. We must remind ourselves that although Progressives choose deception, we will turn those lies against them. We will choose integrity; that although they prefer taking the easy way out, we are willing to take the high road.
We will speak the truth.
And if they won’t hold each other accountable, we will do it for them.
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