Lying, Politics and Doubling Down

 

Over the years I’ve listened to people claim that lying is just part of the political game. In some ways, I’ve resigned myself to that fact. I was reading an article that states that Trump told many lies when he was President, but there’s a big difference between most of his stories and Biden’s: Trump’s lies were mostly outside of public policy, although the media delighted in calling him out. I maintain that Biden’s lies are consequential in a way that most of Trump’s were not: he tells us lies that present false data about the state of our union legally and economically. He tells us lies, over and over again about the border, about electric vehicles, and about Trump. And I think that the public has finally figured out what a liar he is: his words are likely partly responsible for his dropping poll numbers. Would you admire a man who can hardly open his mouth without distorting the truth?

In some ways the most bizarre lies are about his personal life. He’s lied about his son Beau’s cause of death; his childhood home; his plagiarism; his activity in the Civil Rights Movement; the cause of his first wife’s death in a car accident. The list goes on. And he has told these lies over and over again. I wonder sometimes if anyone has ever tried to correct him, or do they think these lies are harmless? Tell that to the man he accuses of killing his wife in the car accident.

Touching on his personal life are the lies regarding his business dealings with his son, Hunter:

Joe Biden has repeatedly lied about his family’s business dealings. Joe Biden claims he never spoke to his family about their business dealings; his family never received $1 million in payments through a third party; his son never made money in China; his son’s dealings were ethical; and his son did nothing wrong.

The article goes on to list 16 other times he lied.

Keep in mind that most of the lies that follow have been stated during his Presidency. His lies are abundant regarding the economy. He has claimed that take-home pay has gone up (but it has been devastated by inflation); that he created 12 million new jobs (when they were refilling jobs lost during the pandemic); that the economy was in trouble under Trump (when the economy was expanding by 11% under Trump); and my personal favorite, “the wealthy don’t pay their fair share,” when they pay 50% of national income taxes.

Border security demonstrates the largest number of lies, and Alejandro Mayorkas seems dedicated to twisting the truth, too. The borders (north and south) are not secure, in spite of their claims. The Republicans are not responsible for poor border policy; rather, Joe Biden lifted all the limitations that Trump had put in place. Catch and release is the rule of the day. One of the most damaging lies regarding the border was when the border patrol was accused of whipping migrants; although the record was corrected, the officers never received an apology for being unjustly accused. And most recently— 

The Biden administration, in a new filing to the Supreme Court, has admitted that three migrants who drowned last week died long before Border Patrol agents sought access to the Shelby Park area from Texas officials – after the administration had blasted the Lone Star state over the incident.

The Department of Homeland Security and the White House both took aim at Texas after the deaths of three migrants, including two children, in the Shelby Park area last week. Texas had seized the area and the administration said it was refusing to grant Border Patrol access.

Before the filing, the administration had doubled-down on their claim against border patrol agents. I doubt that apologies are forthcoming.

Finally, electric vehicles are proving to be a bad investment. Some companies, like Hertz, are cutting way back on their EVs. Customers are concerned about the limitations of charged batteries, the cars’ responses to the cold weather, and the purchase cost. Although recently, Biden has boasted about the legislation for building charging stations; the work has barely begun. They tried to promote EV purchasing without being close to being able to support it. Another premature pipe dream.

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When we observe other preeminent countries, we know their leaders are lying to them; it goes with the territory. In fact, in China and Russia, the people know they have been lied to for a very long time. It isn’t limited to just the current leaders, but to the culture.

I don’t know about you, but I am frankly disgusted by Biden’s behavior and feel tainted by his words and actions. And that the media and Democrats are prepared to back him, no matter what he does or says, is despicable. Integrity be damned.

We are a country that has lost its commitment to honor and truth. We are drifting on a sea of lies, distortions, misstatements, manipulations and dishonor. No country should trust us or rely on us; we aren’t trustworthy. I have decided that I will call out Biden, every time he lies.

It’s well past time.

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  1. Bob Thompson Member
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    Susan Quinn: I was reading an article that states that Trump told many lies when he was President, but there’s a big difference between most of his stories and Biden’s: Trump’s lies were mostly outside of public policy, although the media delighted in calling him out. I maintain that Biden’s lies are consequential in a way that most of Trump’s were not: he tells us lies that present false data about the state of our union legally and economically. He tells us lies, over and over again about the border, about electric vehicles, and about Trump. And I think that the public has finally figured out what a liar he is: his words are likely partly responsible for his dropping poll numbers. Would you admire a man who can hardly open his mouth without distorting the truth?

    Exactly. Biden’s lies are a step up in blatancy from Obama, who was competently deceitful, and are indicative of the change in the deceitful and illegal behavior within the Federal bureaucracy led by DoJ today that is supported by outside corporate and legal entities like Lawfare.

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  2. kedavis Coolidge
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    @kedavis

    Susan Quinn: In some ways the most bizarre lies are about his personal life. He’s lied about his son Beau’s cause of death; his childhood home; his plagiarism; his activity in the Civil Rights Movement; the cause of his first wife’s death in a car accident. The list goes on. And he has told these lies over and over again. I wonder sometimes if anyone has ever tried to correct him, or do they think these lies are harmless? Tell that to the man he accuses of killing his wife in the car accident.

    Can’t, he’s dead.  And FJB continued to lie about him even after his death.

    Personally, I don’t discount the possibility that the first wife was trying to commit “suicide by truck” because of how FJB was even back then.

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  3. Susan Quinn Member
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    @SusanQuinn

    Bob Thompson (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn: I was reading an article that states that Trump told many lies when he was President, but there’s a big difference between most of his stories and Biden’s: Trump’s lies were mostly outside of public policy, although the media delighted in calling him out. I maintain that Biden’s lies are consequential in a way that most of Trump’s were not: he tells us lies that present false data about the state of our union legally and economically. He tells us lies, over and over again about the border, about electric vehicles, and about Trump. And I think that the public has finally figured out what a liar he is: his words are likely partly responsible for his dropping poll numbers. Would you admire a man who can hardly open his mouth without distorting the truth?

    Exactly. Biden’s lies are a step up in blatancy from Obama, who was competently deceitful, and are indicative of the change in the deceitful and illegal behavior within the Federal bureaucracy led by DoJ today that is supported by outside corporate and legal entities like Lawfare.

    Yep. Everyone has to get into the act. We have to assume that every department is corrupted, in deference to Biden.

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  4. Bob Thompson Member
    Bob Thompson
    @BobThompson

    This lying situation contrast the American people have been able to observe in this period of Trump and Biden is a good thing. The more sophisticated and subtle lying from Obama and previous Administrations has led Americans down a path to their potential destruction and this exposure and revealing of deception gives us a chance to recover or at least fight. 

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  5. Percival Thatcher
    Percival
    @Percival

    The lies don’t end  with the politicians. The news media have a long list of transgressions, both of commission and omission. Did you know that the DoJ has announced that it was Hunter’s laptop after all? You wouldn’t if your primary news source was local TV. About half the tripe they push is local “human interest” stuff.

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  6. No Caesar Thatcher
    No Caesar
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn: In some ways the most bizarre lies are about his personal life. He’s lied about his son Beau’s cause of death; his childhood home; his plagiarism; his activity in the Civil Rights Movement; the cause of his first wife’s death in a car accident. The list goes on. And he has told these lies over and over again. I wonder sometimes if anyone has ever tried to correct him, or do they think these lies are harmless? Tell that to the man he accuses of killing his wife in the car accident.

    Can’t, he’s dead. And FJB continued to lie about him even after his death.

    Personally, I don’t discount the possibility that the first wife was trying to commit “suicide by truck” because of how FJB was even back then.

    The probability that Biden is a pedophile is well over 50% in my estimation.  This conclusion is based on his behavior as well as the behavior of and written evidence from his children, including his daughter’s journal about showering naked with her father and her subsequent sexual problems, Hunter’s Pedo Pete entry for his father’s number, Hunter’s general behavior, the sexual assault of the aide, the nakedness in front of female secret service, the fondling of young girls, etc.  It’s a pattern that sends up signal flares.  As an adult volunteer in BSA in the 00s, we had to have extensive and regular training on identifying the behavior of groomers and the groomed.  The Biden family is a textbook illustration of what the doctors trained us to be on the lookout for.

    While the accident by his first wife could have just been a driving error on her part, the possibility of suicide by truck with her children in the car fits the pattern.

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  7. No Caesar Thatcher
    No Caesar
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    One of the great harms that the Left has done is the conflating of truth, perspective, theory, and opinion.  We have been living through that.  Oprah was the first popularizer of “My Truth”.  Instead of my perspective, or my opinion.    It’s evil and I hate it when conservatives fall into the trap of saying “my truth”, or disinformation, or misinformation.  Those are all Left Socialist tropes.

    When I run into someone who inadvertently uses those tropes in conversation, I always correct them.  You mean from “your perspective”.  Or that’s “your theory.”  It doesn’t mean you’re wrong, it means it’s not the truth.   Even Einstein called it a Theory.

    I’ve found that Truth and Perspective are the hardest to get people to differentiate between.  If they engage and get metaphysical on “what is truth”, I have a simple illustration that I’ve found helpful to draw the distinction between those two: It is true that the earth revolves around the sun.  From the perspective of someone standing on earth it appears that the sun revolves around the earth, rising in the east and setting in the west.

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  8. kedavis Coolidge
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    No Caesar (View Comment):

    One of the great harms that the Left has done is the conflating of truth, perspective, theory, and opinion. We have been living through that. Oprah was the first popularizer of “My Truth”. Instead of my perspective, or my opinion. It’s evil and I hate it when conservatives fall into the trap of saying “my truth”, or disinformation, or misinformation. Those are all Left Socialist tropes.

    When I run into someone who inadvertently uses those tropes in conversation, I always correct them. You mean from “your perspective”. Or that’s “your theory.” I doesn’t mean you’re wrong, it means it’s not the truth. Even Einstein called it a Theory.

    Even theory is giving too much credit.  At most what those people have might be a hypothesis.  Barely.

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  9. No Caesar Thatcher
    No Caesar
    @NoCaesar

    kedavis (View Comment):

    No Caesar (View Comment):

    One of the great harms that the Left has done is the conflating of truth, perspective, theory, and opinion. We have been living through that. Oprah was the first popularizer of “My Truth”. Instead of my perspective, or my opinion. It’s evil and I hate it when conservatives fall into the trap of saying “my truth”, or disinformation, or misinformation. Those are all Left Socialist tropes.

    When I run into someone who inadvertently uses those tropes in conversation, I always correct them. You mean from “your perspective”. Or that’s “your theory.” I doesn’t mean you’re wrong, it means it’s not the truth. Even Einstein called it a Theory.

    Even theory is giving too much credit. At most what those people have might be a hypothesis. Barely.

    True.  But when I’m engaging, I try to keep it simple.  I think of hypothesis as close to opinion.

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  10. kedavis Coolidge
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    No Caesar (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    No Caesar (View Comment):

    One of the great harms that the Left has done is the conflating of truth, perspective, theory, and opinion. We have been living through that. Oprah was the first popularizer of “My Truth”. Instead of my perspective, or my opinion. It’s evil and I hate it when conservatives fall into the trap of saying “my truth”, or disinformation, or misinformation. Those are all Left Socialist tropes.

    When I run into someone who inadvertently uses those tropes in conversation, I always correct them. You mean from “your perspective”. Or that’s “your theory.” I doesn’t mean you’re wrong, it means it’s not the truth. Even Einstein called it a Theory.

    Even theory is giving too much credit. At most what those people have might be a hypothesis. Barely.

    True. But when I’m engaging, I try to keep it simple. I think of hypothesis as close to opinion.

    Also true.  But then again, even a hypothesis is supposed to be based on actual observation/evidence.  How could someone even form a hypothesis such as “FJB is an honest person?”

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  11. Chuck Coolidge
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    @Chuckles

    I’ve said before that a lie is:

    1. Not true.
    2.  The speaker knows it to be not true.
    3. The speaker wants the listener to believe it.

    Does FJB really know his words aren’t true?  What about the Donald?

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  12. Susan Quinn Member
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    Chuck (View Comment):
    Does FJB really know his words aren’t true?  What about the Donald?

    I don’t think Biden knows if what he says is true or not. And I don’t think he cares. I don’t know about Trump.

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  13. Painter Jean Moderator
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    Once we decide that character doesn’t matter, or is a luxury item not to be given much weight, we can expect this result. This is entirely predictable.

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  14. Susan Quinn Member
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    Painter Jean (View Comment):

    Once we decide that character doesn’t matter, or is a luxury item not to be given much weight, we can expect this result. This is entirely predictable.

    Indeed. Especially since we know Biden’s history. Not the most reputable or admired person. Sigh.

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  15. Max Knots Member
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    I didn’t originate the idea that this pResidency is following the “Weekend at Bernie’s” movie script with JFB in the title role, but it seems to become more true with each passing day.  Is this Really the best we can do? Is this the best the Dems can do? 20 years ago there was a middle ground where the two parties could agree on some things, but that “center” has fallen off the left side of the scale these days…

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  16. Annefy Coolidge
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    Chuck (View Comment):

    I’ve said before that a lie is:

    1. Not true.
    2. The speaker knows it to be not true.
    3. The speaker wants the listener to believe it.

    Does FJB really know his words aren’t true? What about the Donald?

    FJB has known from the day his first wife died that the trucker involved was not drunk.  Yet he has peddled that lie for decades. 

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  17. Painter Jean Moderator
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Painter Jean (View Comment):

    Once we decide that character doesn’t matter, or is a luxury item not to be given much weight, we can expect this result. This is entirely predictable.

    Indeed. Especially since we know Biden’s history. Not the most reputable or admired person. Sigh.

    This is not a problem solely on the Democratic side.

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  18. philo Member
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    Susan Quinn: I have decided that I will call out Biden, every time he lies.

    You’re going to need a bigger blog. 

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  19. Rodin Member
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    philo (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn: I have decided that I will call out Biden, every time he lies.

    You’re going to need a bigger blog.

    I don’t think there is a blog big enough.

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  20. GlennAmurgis Coolidge
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    Its not only politicians. Its the people who cover them. The shutdown of Hunter’s laptop came from “journalists”.  All of the staunch conservatives (French, Kristol ….) backed away from policies and views they have written about for years. 

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  21. Susan Quinn Member
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    GlennAmurgis (View Comment):

    Its not only politicians. Its the people who cover them. The shutdown of Hunter’s laptop came from “journalists”. All of the staunch conservatives (French, Kristol ….) backed away from policies and views they have written about for years.

    The pool of trustworthy journalists keeps shrinking.

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  22. Chuck Coolidge
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):
    trustworthy journalists

    Could that be a good example of what’s known as an oxymoron?

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  23. Susan Quinn Member
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    Chuck (View Comment):
    Could that be a good example of what’s known as an oxymoron?

    It is nowadays!

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  24. Annefy Coolidge
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    @Annefy

    Chuck (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):
    trustworthy journalists

    Could that be a good example of what’s known as an oxymoron?

    But don’t you dare call out the media for corruption! Apparently that’s constitutionally protected.

    Ps. My apologies. I went through all the trouble of finding the comment to which I’m referring and copying the link. Which didn’t work.

    Instead I’ll tag the author of the post, @EJhill, and note his post “welcome to your future”

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  25. Stad Coolidge
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    @Stad

    Susan Quinn: The article goes on to list 16 other times he lied.

    The article leaves off several zeroes . . .

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  26. Susan Quinn Member
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    @SusanQuinn

    Stad (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn: The article goes on to list 16 other times he lied.

    The article leaves off several zeroes . . .

    Well, you probably have better things to do than read the whole list!

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  27. Susan Quinn Member
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    @SusanQuinn

    Apparently the DOJ is still insisting that Texas is responsible for a woman and her three children drowning, even though Mexico explained that they had drowned an hour earlier.

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