“Reputation, reputation, reputation! Oh, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial. My reputation, Iago, my reputation!” — Shakespeare, Othello
Those of us paying attention have long known that Obama lies . . . and lies . . . and lies. Up until recently, his known lies fell into the area of ex post facto cover-ups: “I didn’t know my minister and mentor was a raving anti-American, antisemitic loon.” “I didn’t know we were sending guns illegally into Mexico.” “I didn’t know that anything untoward was occurring in Benghazi.” “I didn’t know that the IRS had appointed itself the partisan police arm of a permanent Democrat party federal government and was harassing and silencing political opposition.” “I didn’t know that my government was spying on everyone, whether within or outside of the United States.” Obama told more of these lies than any other president in American history, but the lies were a known quantity, along the lines of Nixon’s and Clinton’s CYA lies.
But there’s a different class of lie, and one that people find less forgivable than those lies reflecting the all-too-human impulse to avoid censure or punishment. These are lies knowingly told in order to get people to change their position, to their detriment, and to the liar’s benefit. The legal word for this kind of lie is “fraud.” These lies aren’t after-the-fact cover-ups. They are manipulative scams intended to force people to do things they would never do were they in possession of the actual facts.
Obamacare now stands as the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on the American people and Obama is at the center of this fraud. For those still murmuring “Bush lied, people died” — sorry, folks, but this is different. Yes, Bush definitely wanted to go to war, but he was relying on the best data available, which was that Hussein had WMDs. Other world leaders had the same data — they just didn’t want to go to war.
In the case of Obamacare, though, the data was irrefutably in the opposite direction of the lies told. Contrary to Obama’s statements that happy people could keep their policies, doctors, and hospitals, all while paying less, everything he said was a deliberate lie intended to trick the American people into buying into a program that would not — and could not — perform was promised.
With this in mind, I’d like to know if you now have a different opinion of those people who believe that Obama lied about his birth certificate. Are you more likely to believe them now than you were before learning about the Obamacare fraud (as opposed to the hundreds of previous Obama lies)?