Within the currency of American values, none has been devalued more than honesty. It’s become okay to lie, especially within one of America’s great institutions, our political process.
A lie, according to Merriam Webster, is to “make an untrue statement with the intent to deceive.”
A scholarly analysis of lying produced at Michigan State University cited this definition:
“Simply and broadly lying occurs when a communicator seeks knowingly and intentionally to mislead others….” and another conclusion: “Thus it is not sufficient that something is false for it to be a lie; it is the intent that distinguishes the lie.”
But in politics, as in life today, lying is becoming commonplace.
As if President Barack Obama didn’t have any embarrassing issues to deal with, now come the reports – not proof – of some really ugly allegations. The original reporting came from CBS which came into possession of a memo from the Diplomatic Security Service alleging wrongdoing and possible interference in at least eight investigations.
According to CBS, among the allegations were:
A U.S. Ambassador having “routinely ditched” his security detail to meet up with prostitutes in a public park.
Members of Hillary Clinton’s security detail procuring prostitutes while overseas which activity, the report claimed, was “endemic.” Continue reading →
BY JOHN FEEHERY Reprinted from TheFeeheryTheory.com
I haven’t been paying too much attention to the Benghazi thing. Fox News is fixated on it, but Fox gets fixated on a lot of things that don’t particularly interest me.
So I was pretty surprised when the Benghazi attacks resurfaced throughout the media yesterday and today, even on MSNBC. I didn’t watch the hearing live (I have a day job, and I was busy doing that day job), but I saw the news reports later.
A couple of things interested me.
Bill Clinton’s impeachment lawyer was central to the Benghazi investigation. Isn’t it amazing how the same people just keep showing up in the middle of all kinds of scandals. Continue reading →
Those were the questions posed to me by MSNBC’s Chris Jansing Wednesday morning an hour before the curtain was due to go up on the hearings before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA).
I said that it is always a combination of both.
Are Republicans in the U.S. House looking for an edge in the on-going battle with the Democrat-controlled Senate across the Capitol Building and the Democratic Administration down Pennsylvania Avenue? Continue reading →
I subscribe to the general theory that a President, Republican or Democrat, should be able to have the people running his Departments, Commissions, and Agencies that he wants.
Unless there is some overriding disqualifying reason to reject him or her, the Senate should abide by the terms of Article II, Section 2 that says the President, “shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint … Officers of the United States.”
The nomination of Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense is an excellent case in point.
I may not agree with Hagel on the 3 I’s – Iran, Iraq, and Israel – but we don’t generally allow Secretaries of Defense to make foreign policy. Nor, for that matter, do Secretaries of State make foreign policy. Continue reading →
In the 1965 film “The Agony and the Ecstasy” Michelangelo (played by Charlton Heston) is taking his sweet time painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Pope Julius II (played by Rex Harrison) loses his patience and asks, “When will you make an end?”
To which Michelangelo responds, “When I am finished.”
That’s pretty much the status of the GOP primary campaign. Washington-based reporters (now faced with no election activity until February 28 when Arizona and Michigan have their primaries) are expending a great deal of energy asking each other “When will they make an end?”
It is useful to remember that in 2008 Barack Obama didn’t sew up the Democratic nomination against Hillary Clinton until June. JUNE!