No one left to lie to
By Paul Moomjean 11/21/2013
As we approach the two-year anniversary of Christopher Hitchens’ death (Dec. 15, 2011), I can’t help but wonder how the smartest man in the room would have looked at the recent messes that President Barack Obama has created. While Hitchens was usually labeled a “socialist” or “Marxist” in the media, his intellectual attacks were not primarily against conservatives, though he despised Richard Nixon, but instead were equally dispersed among those whom he felt were hurting humanity. His scathing 1999 book about Bill and Hilary Clinton, No One Left to Lie To: The Values of the Worst Family, was a prime example of his political and philosophical integrity. He took on the liars on the left and saw them for what they were. Today, I’m sure he’d be taking on the current administration with full gusto, no doubt reminding us all of the lies Obama has been spewing about his Affordable Care Act and role in the world.
Back in 2010, while discussing Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize, Hitchens reacted by stating, “It would be like giving someone an Oscar in the hope that it would encourage them to make a decent motion picture.” Sadly, Obama has not improved his abilities as a leader, and as his poll numbers drop, so does his reputation among Americans and former liberal friends. One must ask the question: Who will be left to lie to, Mr. President?
When Obama was going around the country, like a snake oil salesman, pushing Obamacare as the second coming of Jesus Christ, he reminded people, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” This line has now gone down in the canons of presidential whoppers. “You didn’t build that, someone else did” is now the second-most offensive line he’s thrown at us.
“I am not a crook,” “Read my lips, no new taxes” and “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” have been the defining statements of presidents past. “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan” will be the defining lie of the Obama presidency.
According to the Des Moines Register, FactCheck.org has known all along that millions of Americans had a left hook coming. The Des Moines Register reported that “Before the health care bill even became law, the Congressional Budget Office projected that up to 10 million people who otherwise would have been covered by employer-provided plans would not be offered coverage under one Democratic proposal.”
Not only was he lying then, he’s lied about making sure we find those who murdered our ambassador and three other citizens in Libya. He lied about maintaining a “red line” in Syria. He lied about the power of the NSA. And now he’s peeved off Silicon Valley.
Northern California has been one of Obama’s most reliable supporters. Google, LinkedIn, Craigslist and Napster all gave millions to the commander in Chief, and now the same people who built him up are tearing him down. A Google security engineer, Brandon Downey, wrote, “F--- these guys.” Downey has seen the NSA spying as the last straw.
“We suspected this was happening, [but] it still makes me terribly sad. It makes me sad because I believe in America. … The U.S. has to be better than this,” Downey wrote.
He’s not the only disenfranchised liberal. “I personally donated to the Obama campaign in both 2008 and 2012, and given the recent revelations, I would certainly reconsider doing the same in the future,” said Sina Khanifar of Stopwatching.us, a watchdog group wanting to stop NSA abuses.
“One of the biggest advantages the Obama campaign had in the last election cycle was the technical team that wrote its grass roots organizing software. The NSA revelations have seriously damaged technologists’ trust in government, and I think recruiting a similar team for the next elections would be much more difficult.”
How ironic when friends become enemies.
Obama has lied to the American people. He’s lied to the Middle East. He’s lied to his financial supporters. He’s lied to his allies. He’s even lied to Google. In the words of Christopher Hitchens, there’s no one left to lie to.