Regardless of whether the next president is a Republican or Democrat, whether it's Barack Obama or Mitt Romney or any other of the Republican frontrunners, one thing is guaranteed: he will lie.
He will lie to the American people, he will make promises he knows he has no intention of keeping. He will say whatever it takes to get elected.
It is absolutely certain that he will lie to us. Every president has; you can look back and see that everyone who has been elected president in your lifetime has willfully and intentionally lied to the American people.
It's actually not a big shock -- in fact, if you're reading this, you know this to be true and you have come to accept it. We're not surprised when the leader of the Free World turns out to be a liar and a con man. In fact, unfortunately, I'm afraid we've come to expect it.
The American people know that they're being lied to. Recent surveys show public approval of Congress is at a record low. We're used to it -- our political leaders lying to us has become the status quo. If it happens to be someone from your political party, you'll probably even make excuses for him or her. You'll rationalize and justify why he or she lied to us.
A president lying doesn't even seem to be news any more. When it is disclosed that someone who was elected to the highest office in the nation lied to us, we should be outraged and incensed.
But we won't be -- we'll let it slide like we always do.
Even the mainstream media has come to accept it, and that's clearly an area where the mainstream media has failed the American people; they're supposed to be our watchdogs.
When I look at all the Republican frontrunners and even President Obama it's not hard to find tragic flaws in their character, things that they've done that you wouldn't accept if someone did that to you. But we'll accept it from our president, because we've become callused and immune to the staggering lack of integrity and transparency that our presidents and Congress have displayed in the last three decades.
I guess the question is, how immoral do you have to be, to be disqualified from running for president?
What I'm hoping for is for the American people to do something to let these lying politicians know that it is not acceptable, that we won't put up with their deceit.
Jefferson said when the people fear the government you have tyranny and when the government fear the people, you have liberty. I think it's time for us to have liberty in this country. It's time for politicians to be afraid of the general public. When politicians lie to us and we know it, the response from Americans should be so hostile and angry that no politician would knowingly lie to the public ever again.
President Obama has broken dozens of campaign promises. In fact, I'm not aware of a promise he has kept, quite frankly.
I remember seeing him on television every day for two years when he was campaigning for president, promising to adopt a windfall profits tax on the oil and gas industry if he were elected. That was a lie.
In February of 2008, Obama promised to end the diversion of federal small business contracts to corporate giants. He hasn't done that. The latest information released by his information shows that of the top 100 federal small business contractors, 60 were large businesses.
In 2008, he promised to close Guantanamo Bay by January 2010. That hasn't happened.
The pull-out of Iraq -- that's another lie. We haven't pulled out of Iraq; we reduced the troops but we haven't pulled out. When we pulled out of Vietnam; we left, we were gone.
To try to use the term pull-out about Iraq is another lie. We've cut the number of troops dramatically, but we haven't pulled out. We still have one of the largest U.S. embassies in the world in Baghdad. There's still thousands of troops, billions in equipment, thousands of private contractors.
If you can find a story where any reporter questioned Obama directly about why he refused to adopt a windfall profit tax on the oil and gas industry, or why he refused to end the diversion of federal small business contracts to corporate giants, I'd love to see it.
But you won't. You probably won't hear about dozens more of his failed promises either.
It's time for the American people and the media to no longer accept liars in Congress or the White House.
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