Skousen: The Political Art of Lying

World Affairs Brief, March 7, 2008. Commentary and Insights on a Troubled World.

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A GLIMPSE INTO DARK SIDE IMMUNITY

Only a small minority of Americans see that only liars are allowed to win the nomination for high political office–in this or any other country. In the end, it really doesn’t matter who is elected president–all the major candidates have been co-opted by the control system and its globalist agenda. Honest statesmen like Ron Paul are shunned by the media and the powerful elite. Sadly, even most people would rather be lied to about what they want to hear rather than believe the truth about our declining situation.

This week, I will give my readers a glimpse into the various aspects of political dishonesty plus a rare view of the PTB’s system of protecting their own from the consequences of their crimes. It starts with lies, and then progresses to corruption and crime, which must be covered-up. In America it’s mostly the few at the top that are part of the corruption racket although corruption inevitably creeps downward over the years as underlings begin following the example of their leaders. Many of the people closest to the elite, who are privy to wrongdoing, are compromised into staying silent by the promises of future money and higher position if they play along–plus subtle threats if they don’t. However, once in a while the Powers That Be (PTB) hire a person who won’t be silent. That’s how a whistleblower is born–admittedly, a dying breed given how they are threatened and betrayed by government agencies legally bound to protect them. Only a few survive to tell, so this week we get another rare but valuable glimpse into how the dark side operates.

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THE POLITICAL ART OF LYING

More Americans are becoming cynical about what candidates say–except when they are being told what they want to hear. But, even those are often lies. Sometimes politicians tell true facts but distort their meaning for evil intent. For example, both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were bashing NAFTA in front of Democratic voters in Ohio. As part of the industrial “rust belt” Ohio Democratic voters are pro-union and opposed to free trade with Mexico when it induces US corporations to export jobs across the border. Clinton and Obama were outright lying in saying they would threaten to withdraw from NAFTA if suitable reforms weren’t made.

However, news leaked out that while Senator Obama was jousting with Hillary about who could outdo the other in bashing NAFTA, Obama’s staff was quietly meeting with Canadian diplomats in Chicago assuring them that Obama had no intention of dismantling the pact. Canadian Television Network (CTV) News reported that “an Obama campaign official had contacted Canadian ambassador Michael Wilson to assure him that any criticisms of NAFTA by the candidate would be simply campaign rhetoric and should not be taken seriously.”

Naturally, “Aides to Obama on Friday again denied reports the Illinois senator’s campaign privately assured the Canadian government the candidate was not serious in his criticisms of NAFTA.” The Canadian embassy also denied that any such conversation took place. That’s also part of the big lie, protecting each other from disclosure of private talks.

These denials prompted CTV to release a telltale memo that backed up their story, further embarrassing the Obama campaign. The AP reports: “After denials by Obama and the Canadian embassy, the network reported Thursday a conversation on NAFTA had taken place between Austan Goulsbee, a senior Obama economic adviser, and Canada’s consul general in Chicago…. The memo is the first documentation to emerge publicly out of the meeting between the adviser, Austan Goolsbee, and officials with the Canadian consulate in Chicago, but Goolsbee said it misinterprets what he told them. The memo was written by Joseph DeMora, who works for the consulate and attended the meeting.

“Goolsbee disputed a section that read: ‘Noting anxiety among many U.S. domestic audiences about the U.S. economic outlook, Goolsbee candidly acknowledged the protectionist sentiment that has emerged, particularly in the Midwest, during the primary campaign. He cautioned that this messaging should not be taken out of context and should be viewed as more about political positioning than a clear articulation of policy plans.'”

Goolsbee complained that “that’s this guy’s language… He’s not quoting me.” That may well be a paraphrase, but it is highly doubtful that DeMora’s recollection is unfounded. If anything, being a diplomat, he softened the language. Note, Goolsbee said, “I certainly did not use that phrase in any way.” but didn’t deny the substance.

Then there is the constant lying about securing the nation’s borders. Polls uniformly show that at least 75% of Americans want the border secured. So everyone, including John “Amnesty” McCain are claiming to secure the border. Behind all the doubletalk, however, everyone involved with fencing the border keeps sabotaging the project.

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