Lying, a Good Thing?

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“Lying is nothing unusual in small children. In fact, it’s a sign of healthy mental growth.”
So states an article titled Children’s Lies Are a Sign of Cognitive Progress in the Wall Street Journal.

To read more go to Missio Dei Fellowship

 

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The Great Charter

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The Magna Carta, also known as the Great Charter to the Liberties of England, is a document originally issued in Latin in the year 1215. The Great Charter is truly great, because it was the first legal document to establish that leaders did not have arbitrary power, granted under Divine Authority, but instead were subject to the law of the land.

The feudal barons forced King John of England to sign the Magna Carta in an attempt to limit his powers by law and protect their rights. In a way, it was the world’s very first written Constitution. The charter was a major part of the process that led to the rule of constitutional law in the English speaking world, an ideal which was eventually transported to the New World. It would inspire the Founding Fathers to draft a new document, the United States Constitution. constitutionfacts.com

The Great Charter or Magna Carta has been on my mind this week. I first learned of it back in grade school and then again in High School in my American Government class. I wonder if it’s still taught in the public school system. I doubt it.

Consider its significance.

For the first time the power of the king was limited by law. Although the power of the king had been challenged prior to the Great Charter the establishment of the Charter was the first successful attempt to get the king to submit to the will of the people as represented by the English feudal barons. The Great Charter protected their rights whereas previously the king could and did usurp rights and would claim that since he had a “divine right” to rule he could rule any which way he chose.

The best the people could hope for was a benevolent ruler as opposed to a power mad despot. What they got was usually something in-between. The Great Charter was the first step toward a government where by a ruler’s authority was limited by the governed.

As it says above the Great Charter was the world’s first written Constitution and it inspired the Founding Fathers of our own country to draft the US Constitution. It’s where we get the idea the even the President is limited by the rule of law and not immune from being prosecuted if he ignores it or breaks it.

In the past week we Americans who are paying attention have learned (or relearned at least one thing).

Our Imperial President will not be thwarted by an election that should curb his imperial ambitions.

The Imperial President has threatened, and we have no reason to doubt him, that he will by executive fiat change the law and push through his version of immigration reform without congressional approval or input.

The fact that he said numerous times on numerous occasions that he could not do what he is about to do illustrates the depth of his hypocrisy and disdain for the Constitution he has sworn to uphold.

The fact the Imperial President could have accomplished all his goals in the first two years of his first term when the Imperial President had control of both houses of Congress seems to escape the notice of the compliant media and American people. The observant will ask, why now?

My answer to that question is because he thinks he can get away with it. The Imperial President is first and foremost an ideologue who promised to reshape America and as Dinsesh D’Souza has said in order to reshape something you have to undo something else. That something is the United States Great Charter that we call the Constitution. Since the new Congress will hinder his efforts at reshaping America he seeks to reshape it now; never mind the consequences.

Observers, including some liberals who have not lost their minds have noted that when the Imperial President issues his edict it will lead to a Constitutional crisis not seen in our country for a great many years. Should the Imperial President triumph in the end it will set a precedent for executive action that the progressives may live to regret.

When Speaker of the House Boehner says Congress will fight the Imperial President “tooth and nail” let us hope that he means it and that the power of the Imperial President is curbed and curbed permanently lest government of the people, by the people  and for the people be lost among a tidal wave of executive orders issued by a anti-Constitution wolf in sheep’s clothing.

 

The Dog ate my Homework

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The dog ate my homework is the old cliché, ready-made excuse for not having homework done and ready to hand in. I’m not sure how often the excuse is used these days by school children but it sure is trotted out by the administration and it’s minions frequently enough.

Dog Ate My Homework

For example; the IRS under Lois Lerner targeted Tea Party groups with special scrutiny in a thinly veiled conspiracy to persecute the administration’s enemies. When President Obama found out he was publicly outraged and promised to get to the bottom of it. Blame was eventually placed on underlings and Ms. Lerner got to slip under the radar, thus escaping culpability and personal responsibility.

The investigation continued because few really believed that some low-level IRS bureaucrat in Cincinnati cooked up and executed the scheme.

So, as part of the investigation access to Ms. Lerner’s emails were demanded and guess what happened? Yes, the dog ate the emails. It happens don’t you know said the new spokesperson for the President, Josh Earnest.

Yes, the emails have all mysteriously disappeared in a computer crash just like the crashes a typical pc owner might have, except we’re talking about the IRS here and by law are to be stored in a permanent system.

So, in a story already riddled with lies, half-truths and stone walling no thinking person believes the latest dog ate my homework concoction.

Consider:

A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies. (Proverbs 14:5 ESV)

The Proverb is clear enough. Character is revealed through speech. The Proverb describes what a faithful witness does not do as well as what to watch out for-the false witness that breathes out lies.

It is the last part of the Proverb that concerns me the most. The vast majority of American people, so it seems, are oblivious to the lies or do not care that the “most transparent administration ever”” is being defined by falsehood, intentional deception, and feigned outrage whenever they get caught red-handed.

It’s been said we get the kind of government we deserve and since we voted the administration in, twice, we are reaping what we have sown for a long, long, time.

 

Lying when the ends justify the means

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There was an interesting column on Townhall the other day.

The tile of the column was Obama Lies Like a Marxist and the author is Terry P. Jeffrey from CNS News.

The good old days when a lie was a lie and Jiminy Cricket would call him on it.

The good old days when a lie was a lie and Jiminy Cricket would call him on it.

Jeffrey quotes Obama:

“They’ll have to finally acknowledge that this isn’t a government takeover of our health care system,” he said. “They’ll see that if Americans like their doctor, they will keep their doctor. And if you like your insurance plan, you will keep it. No one will be able to take that away from you. It hasn’t happened yet. It won’t happen in the future.”

Americans knows by now that the President’s statement and it’s variations used over 30 times is a blatant and boldface lie and that the President knew it was a lie when he said it and repeated it time and time again. And no even more lies are being told to cover the original lies.

At the end of the article Jeffrey quotes another American President, Ronald Reagan:

In his first press conference as president in 1981, Ronald Reagan, who would lead the West to victory in the Cold War, startled the liberal press when he accurately described the mendacity of the leaders of the Soviet Union, who were seeking a “one-world socialist or communist state.”

They “have openly and publicly declared that the only morality they recognize is what will further their cause,” said Reagan, “meaning they reserve unto themselves the right to commit any crime, to lie, to cheat, in order to attain that, and that is moral, not immoral.

In my opinion Jeffrey is spot on and his observation should terrify us.

Every dictator and tyrant throughout history has lied through his teeth and not thought it immoral on the basis that it advanced their agenda. It’s a variation on the ends justify the means and then calling the ends moral.

Some will argue that politicians all fudge the truth, obfuscate the truth, mangle the truth, obscure the truth, blur the truth, confuse the truth and in general twist truth like silly putty and to a degree they of course do.

But having said that there was a time in this country when there were limits to what a President could get away with. I point to President Richard Nixon who lied his socks off about Watergate and for his trouble ended up resigning in disgrace rather than face impeachment. This administration makes the Watergate conspirators look like boy scouts by comparison.

Nixon crossed an invisible line and Republicans and Democrats alike recognized the line had been crossed and Nixon had to go. Not so today with most highly polarized Congress since the American Civil War.

President Obama and his administration trot out one lie after the other and then lie again to cover for the first lie. A complacent and sympathetic media aids and abets the lying because it knows it furthers the statist agenda.

President Obama said his administration would be the most transparent ever. In a way he’s right, if you know what to look for.