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Ray Rooney, Jr.:Why the President’s Lies Matter
Friday, May 24, 2013 9:09 AM

It’s one thing if your five year old lies to you about eating a cookie he was told not to eat despite the fact that he has cookie crumbs on his shirt and around his mouth.  It is quite something else when you stand in front of the American public and tell lie after lie after lie about issues that involve the basic and fundamental rights of all Americans. 

The President and his staff have lied to the citizens of this nation about who was responsible for putting guns in the hands of Mexican criminals who used those guns to kill Americans.  He lied about not knowing that the attack on the Libyan consulate was orchestrated by terrorists.  The Obama Administration has lied about not knowing the IRS was targeting conservative groups.  They lied how the Affordable Health Care Act was going to be created.  The President said in several televised speeches that it would all be on CSPAN and would be the most transparent process in American history.  Not only was it never on CSPAN but everyone knows Nancy Pelosi’s famous quip when asked by reporters about what was in the bill: “We have to pass the bill so we can find out what’s in it.” 

This is why it is so important in dealing with the little lie concerning the cookie jar.  The truth is about today’s integrity and tomorrow’s security.  Something very nefarious occurs when the people’s government begins to decide when and even if the truth is appropriate or available to anyone outside the government.  If my wife applies for a job at a company that for some reason I don’t think would be in her best interest to work for, and they call to congratulate her for getting the job asking me to convey the good news to her and to get her to return their call so they can work out the details of her employment…but I don’t because of my reservations about the company, something very sinister has taken place within our marriage.  If it ever gets back to my wife that I lied to them about informing her of getting the job it won’t really matter what I say or how sincere I appear to be concerning my reasons for not telling her she had the job.  I will have forfeited my integrity in the present and she will always have a question mark in her mind about everything I say that she hasn’t personally witnessed for the rest of our marriage.

Samson lied to Delilah when she queried him about the source of his strength.  If he didn’t want to give her that secret he should have just said, “It’s not for you to know,” or “I made a promise to God not to share that information with anyone.”  Instead he lied and she used his lies against him.  Many people lost their lives because of Samson’s lies

The one thing that people who lie fail to realize is that no sin can be self-contained.  They have a ripple effect like a pebble thrown in a pond.  As we are seeing in the current Administration one lie begets another and another and another and suddenly all credibility is lost, trust is shattered, and confidence in the liars beneficence flees.  Screeching “What difference does it make now!?” as then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did in a Congressional hearing on the Benghazi attack only further illustrates the lack of integrity of this Administration and magnifies the loss of confidence Americans now feel toward their government leaders. 

Only time will tell if the President will survive all the scandals his Administration is embroiled in now.  But even if he is not impeached and doesn’t resign he has certainly lost his integrity and therefore his right to stand before his countrymen with any moral authority.  As C.S. Lewis once said, “A little lie is like a little pregnancy-it doesn’t take long before everyone knows.”  It’s not just that everyone knows that a lie has been told.  It’s that everyone knows the one who tells it is only looking out for number one.  And by its very nature the first and foremost task of the President of the United States is to put the needs of the country ahead of his own. 

Does anyone now really believe this President puts the nation before himself?

Ray Rooney, Jr.

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