TIM WILDMON: Where’s the line between misspeaking and a lie?

By Tim Wildmon

You may recall the mantra of the political left in the country about the war in Iraq was “Bush lied.”
Human beings can and do lie. God knows this. That is why He made it a violation of one of the Ten Commandments. And, yes, presidents have been known to lie. Richard Nixon did. The Watergate cover up cost him two years of his second term in office. Bill Clinton lied wagging his finger in front of the news cameras and under oath about his adulterous affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
Whatever else President Bush may have done wrong, he did not lie about the circumstances leading up to the war in Iraq. Congressional leaders of both parties saw the same evidence for weapons of mass destruction that Bush saw, and both Democrats – including a strong plea from Sen. Hillary Clinton – and Republicans made the case for military intervention.
I always wondered what happened to the WMD. Really, no one every explained that mystery to my satisfaction. Seems to me if we knew for certain it was there, then we had the capability of tracking it and yet somewhere along the way it disappeared and we could not find it. And I don’t think there is any possible way President Bush could have devised a scheme to trick Congress by using what he knew was false information and knowingly take the country to war based on bogus intelligence. That may make for a good novel or movie, but it could not be kept under wraps in the real world. Basically, the world agreed that Iraq had WMD, and yet it never was found.
But today, according to longtime constitutional activist Phyllis Schlafly, “President Barack Obama is more and more behaving like a petty dictator who thinks he can say and do anything, regardless of the Constitution. Since he has never let the public see any of his college record, it’s becoming hard to believe that he ever taught constitutional law.”
Obama’s latest assault on the Constitution was his arrogant assumption that the U.S. Supreme Court will declare Obamacare constitutional. He said on April 2, “I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”
Overturning a congressional law is certainly not unprecedented. President Obama knows this. His April 2 statement that I just quoted contained two outright lies which went unchallenged and basically unreported by the mainstream media.
Judicial review has been a major part of our constitutional system ever since Marbury v. Madison in 1803. And Obamacare was not passed by a “strong majority.” The House has 435 members; the Democrats held a 75-seat majority; and Obamacare passed by only seven votes. Obamacare passed Congress without a single vote from the Republican Party, and squeaked through by a parliamentary shenanigan called reconciliation that was never intended for anything so sweeping
Obama can’t be taken seriously; he and his party are devoutly committed to the judicial usurpation of the Supreme Court in striking down the law against abortion of 46 states, passed by 46 democratically elected state legislatures.At the very same time, when Obama hurled his arrogant threat at the Supreme Court, he is having his attorney general refuse to enforce and try to get the courts to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was passed by a very strong bipartisan majority and was signed by President Bill Clinton.
Sometimes, especially in politics, there is a fine line between misspeaking and lying. In this case, I believe Obama just flat out lied. Or as momma would say, he told a “story.”
Community columnist Tim Wildmon is a Lee County resident. He is president of the American Family Association, but the column represents his personal opinion unless otherwise noted. Contact him at twildmon@afa.net.

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