Falling in Love With a Lie
The American public loves a good lie, especially when it is necessary to achieve a desirable end. This behavior must be changed.
It was convention time in America just a few days ago, a time the networks devoted to a mostly meaningless “infomercial” presented by the best brainwashers Kenmore could design for both sides of the political divide.
But when the Democratic infomercial ran, there was a problem. The Democratic “platform,” a mostly unread and forgotten anachronism, left out any mention of God or recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
For the record, almost every U.S. presidential candidate in recent years has advocated recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. However, after the election, no candidate once elected has ever fulfilled that promise. The embassy of the United States, as do the embassies of almost every other nation, remains in Tel Aviv.
But none of that matters. Voters, especially those who love Israel and those who believe that the Turks should be punished for the Armenian Genocide of 1915, expect to hear a reassuring fib. Most will not contribute money to those who refuse.
Now, the Democratic Convention could have proven that theory false. When the Obama campaign learned that the Jerusalem myth had been taken out of the platform and the word “God” had not been put into the platform, Antonio Villaraigosa, convention chairman and Democratic mayor of Los Angeles, was ordered to pass a motion to change the platform. It required two-thirds of the convention to approve it.
The problem was that Villaraigosa was not “ready for prime time.” He had a streak of honesty. He took a voice vote three times but could not get a two-thirds majority. Twice he avoided ruling because he knew the result was not what the party bosses wanted.
But Villaraigosa was a quick study. On the third try, after receiving instructions from a “higher authority,” he told a lie. He declared there to be a two-thirds majority when there was none. And not a single Democratic leader complained. All of them went before the cameras and praised President Obama for putting God and Israel back in the Democratic platform, no matter how much democracy had to be sacrificed.
Most Republicans, after listening to the voice vote and watching the Democratic leadership lie to their own delegates, called to media attention that at least 50 percent of the Democratic Party wanted nothing to do with God or Israel. But, these pundits missed the point.
Simply put, it was a public disgrace to place the name of God into a document by “bearing false witness” to the authority that placed it there. But what was most disturbing was not that the Democratic leadership approved it. More importantly, the American public mostly ignored it.
Nor can I avoid taking my fellow Republicans to the woodshed on this issue. Many Republicans want to hear the fairy tale that the debt ceiling will not be raised. Yet, we all know it will be raised.
And while the constituents of both parties demand a policy requiring jobs be brought back to America, both Democrats and Republicans join in the passage of outsourcing templates of “free trade” like NAFTA and legislation that has enabled the World Trade Organization to become a world government.
One day, voters must require honesty. Since Barack Obama pledged as a candidate in 2008 to recognize the genocide of the Armenians by the Turks, and since he never did so, someone ought to ask him whether he knew that such a move was counterproductive to NATO unity and simply “fudged” to find votes.
Perhaps he should also be asked whether he knows that the 2012 pledge to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is presently impossible and just a fabrication to fleece campaign funds from those who demand delusion.
Robert M. Levy is chairman of the Moore County Republican Party. Contact him at Law52@prodigy.net.
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