"You Lie" -- True of False? Update: More Falsehoods

The Clinton Administration's special counsel to the president Lanny Davis has an op-ed in the Washington Times about Joe Wilson's cry of "You lie," during President Obama's speech last Wednesday. Mr. Davis makes the point that an untrue statement is a lie only if it was knowingly false, and therefore President Obama did not lie about coverage for illegal aliens in Obamacare.

I suggest that Mr. Davis fell one step short in his analysis. A statement is a lie not only if the speaker of the untruth knows it to be untrue, but also if the statement was made with reckless disregard for the truth. When you make solemn representations to Congress and the country (even if not under oath) you cannot wilfully put blinders on. You must exercise care to make your statements truthful.

Mr. Davis ends with the excellent point that liberals accused President Bush of lying about WMDs in Iraq despite his sincere belief. The difference between the two situations is that President Push made his statements based upon intelligence reports that there were WMDs in Iraq. That is no reckless disregard for truth. President Obama was wilfully wearing blinders about the truth. The proof is in the aftermath.

Because of Representative Wilson's outburst and accusation, House Democrats are being forced to do what they previously refused to do: put enforcement teeth into the bill to prevent illegal immigrants from getting government subsidized insurance. In his speech even President Obama admitted that illegals would still get free care simply by showing up at emergency rooms as they do now. Isn't that the equivalent of insuring illegal aliens at taxpayer expense? President Obama said, "The reforms I'm proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally." Technically true, but deliberately misleading. If something is deliberately misleading, isn't that a form of a lie?

Update: Getting away from the value-driven word "lies," here is a Wall Street Journal article that reveals more untruthful statements by President Obama in his speech.


Brittanicus said…
Of all the Immigration enforcements laws that really works E-Verify has settled in to removing illegal immigrants from the workplace. But there is a "Sunset Provision" that could determine its future, since it’s specially working for the millions of jobless Americans? Supposedly E-Verification expires on September 30, only days after a Federal judge turned down a desperate delay from the despicable Special interest lobbyists led by the US Chamber of Commerce. On September 8 E-Verify, a contingency of the SAVE ACT was fully implemented mandating that all federal contractors and sub-contractors--MUST--use this computerized identification system.
The American people must understand their is tremendous pressure on anemic members of both political parties to dismantle, store or hinder the E-Verify process as they are the puppets of rich business enterprises.

We must endeavor to continue on raising our voices against the powerful forces that think nothing more than to destroy this valuable commodity called E-Verify. Overtime it will rid from every workplaces of millions of illegal workers, who think they are safe from government intervention. It will save billions of dollars being exported to other lands and sever the tolerant welfare programs, health care, education accessed by illegal low wage earners. E-Verify could introduced in all medical facilities, to check a persons national identity. The expedited message will spread and these lawbreakers will realize that it's fruitless to keep on applying for jobs. Eventually families will start to pack-up and depart for every corner of the earth. But it's up to the American voter to keep relentlessly calling the Washington switchboard 202-224-3121contacting their politicians.

Evaluate each lawmaker at NUMBERSUSA or JUDICIAL WATCH and command them to enforce E-Verify permanently. Not Voluntary for every business, but a mandatory addition for each employer. Fulfill their obligation to build the fence according to Rep. Duncan Hunter R-CA. Keep training the regular police according to the Federal 287 G directive,. Not to Rescind the No Match letter or desist ICE raids or weaken any other enforcement law, such as the 1986 Immigration Control & Reform Act. NOW IT'S UP TO YOU? STARTLING WEBSITE! GOOGLE---IMMIGRATIONCOUNTERS.

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