Thank you, Chuck Norris, for detailing the disconnect between what Barack Obama says and what Obama does. Well done. [“Can Obama be re-elected on broken promises?”]
Add these nuggets to Obama’s roster of lies. Consider first, Obama’s faked opposition to the Patriot Act (rushed into law only 45 days after Sept. 11, 2001).
From Obama’s campaign stump speech in 2007: “No more illegal wire-tapping of American citizens. No more national security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime.”
As president, however, Obama renewed the Patriot Act twice, without any changes he promised as a candidate. On the second round, the Machiavellian Obama extended the odious law not one year, as originally proposed, but four years, to June 2015.
On Dec. 15, 2005, Sen. Obama whistled a different tune when he said of the Patriot Act: “[I]f someone wants to know why their own government has decided to go on a fishing expedition through every personal record or private document – through library books they’ve read and phone calls they’ve made – this legislation gives people no rights to appeal the need for such a search in a court of law. No judge will hear their plea, no jury will hear their case. This is just plain wrong.”
The campaigning Obama also vowed to oppose by filibuster a FISA bill that allowed warrantless eavesdropping by the government on all international Internet traffic, email and telephone calls to and from the U.S. With signature deceit, Obama voted for the FISA bill after his nomination for president was a lock.
Ditto Obama’s vow to veto the NDAA. That promise was a lie, too.
Indeed, Obama lies so well and so routinely that it likely indicates pathology. Here’s a partial checklist used clinically to identify a genuine psychopath. Psychopaths, as opposed to sociopaths, make for cunning, methodical and callous criminals. How many of these identifying traits apply to Barack Obama? To members of his administration? To members of Congress?
Glibness and superficial charm
Cunning and manipulative
Lack of guilt or remorse
Grandiosity and over-inflated sense of self-worth
Callousness and lack of empathy
Failure to accept responsibility for actions
Need for stimulation and prone to boredom
Lack of realistic long-term goals
The inmates are running the asylum. History explains the terrible consequences that can befall a people when psychopaths are handed the keys to high places in government. Santayana was right: Those who never learn from the cruel lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.