Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness
Vol: 100 Issue: 21 Thursday, January 21, 2010
The phrase ‘bearing false witness’ means lying, but it can also mean much more than that. Judicially, it means to testify falsely against someone else, which in Moses’ day could easily result in someone’s death.
Those who testified against Jesus at His trial bore false witness against Him. Bearing false witness is a crime against God, it is a crime against the person falsely accused and it is a crime against the person hearing the false witness.
That is the reason that God included bearing false witness among the Ten Commandments. There are only TEN Commandments listed out of all possible sins, so it is not unreasonable to assume they are the sins God finds most reprehensible.
Bearing false witness is such a major offense that merely being accused of it is damaging. What does one say in response to being called a liar?
“I am not?” Really? What would a liar say? Well, he would most likely say, “I am not!” BECAUSE he is a liar. That is why even the charge is damaging.
The serial accusations of lying lodged against George Bush were so damaging that the mere mention of his name in some circles is enough to start an argument.
This, despite the fact I’ve yet to find even a single, provable lie he had personally told during his entire eight years in office. He didn’t lie about Saddam’s WMD because he had no more way of knowing the truth than did the rest of the world.
Take away THAT lie and the subsequently alleged lies that rest upon that one all fall apart. Can’t lie if you don’t know. At worst, you can be mistaken.
What I find interesting, however, is that being accused of lying is only damaging if one is essentially an honest man. If everybody already knows a guy is a liar, then the charge of ‘liar’ evaporates due to lack of interest.
Call an honest man a liar and it can destroy him. Call a liar a liar and it somehow makes him stronger. When he does tell the truth, it somehow seems to lend it more credibility, since everybody knows he usually lies.
I don’t think anybody really doubted Obama was a liar before they voted for him — Obama established his spotty relationship with the truth during the Jeremiah Wright non-scandal.
Obama was a member of Wright’s church for 20 years. He was married in that church. His children were baptized in that church.
But when Jeremiah Wright’s fiery, anti-American, anti-white and pro-Nation of Islam sermons went public, Obama pretended to have ‘no idea’ what his pastor of 20 years’ position on these subjects were.
It was either a preposterously transparent lie, or Obama has the discernment of a schoolboy. Amazingly, the public decided that one lie does not a liar make.
And since then, Obmaa has been elevated to a standard one might call, “above the truth.” When it’s Obama, it isn’t so much that he is lying as it is that he see things in a more transcendent manner than the rest of us.
Obama’s entire first year has been a litany of lies. If you actually sit back and tally them up, its really quite stunning.
Obama even lies when the truth would serve him better.
One would think that Obama’s first year in office would give him pause. It didn’t. He gave an interview to George Stephanopolis on ABCNews to explain the devastating loss of Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat to an unknown Republican.
“People are angry and they are frustrated. Not just because of what’s happened in the last year or two years, but what’s happened over the last eight years,” Obama told Stephanopolis.
I’m not sure if Obama is bearing false witness or if the strain of his office has made him delusional. The liberals in Massachusetts were so angry and frustrated about George Bush that they elected a Republican to replace Ted Kennedy?
Obama’s lies are so pervasive one wonders if he is even aware of them — or just how many there are.
“My father was a goat-herder.” No. He was a privileged and educated government employee who attended Harvard.
“If it wasn’t for the Selma March, I’d never have been born.” No. Obama was born four years before the Selma March.
“My name is African Swahili.” No. Barack is an Arab name meaning ‘blessed’. Hussein is hardly Swahili and Obama is also Arabic.
“I never practiced Islam.” That is also not possible, since he attended Indonesian Islamic schools and was registered as a Muslim. The records are not in dispute.
“An article in EBONY moved me to run for office.” The article cited in Obama’s book does not exist.
“I am a law professor.” No, he was a senior lecturer.
“I was a Constitutional Lawyer.” No. He was a senior lecturer.
“I have released all my state records.” No comment necessary.
“I passed 900 bills in the State Senate.” No. He passed 26, most of which were written by others.
“I am as patriotic as anyone.” Compared to whom? He was the only candidate photographed with his hands at his sides during a Pledge of Allegiance recitation. There was a Che Guevara flag displayed at his Chicago campaign headquarters. He voted against making English America’s official language.
“I am against single-payer, universal health care,” he said in a nationally televised 2008 debate.
In 2003, he told a gathering of union members, “I happen to be a proponent of single-payer universal health care covereage.”
Last year, when defending his universal health care plan that he denied was a universal health care plan, he said of those who pointed out that it WAS a universal health care plan:
“There are some folks out there who are, frankly, bearing false witness. These are all fabrications that have been put out there in order to discourage people from meeting what I consider to be a core ethical and moral obligation: that is, that we look out for one another; that is, I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper.”
That’s pretty spiritual for a guy who campaigned as a ‘Christian’– but hasn’t darkened the door to a church but once since coming to office.
So when Obama lies, it isn’t a big deal. Everybody expects him to lie. What would be a big deal would be to catch him in the truth.
He pushed through the stimulus without anyone reading it on the grounds that if not, unemployment could go as high as 9%. With it, he promised it might briefly reach 8% before falling back down.
It passed ten percent halfway through his first year. Include those who are working part-time or those who’ve just given up looking and the true figures are close to 19%.
He has tripled the deficit in his first year, and the Dems in Congress are proposing raising the debt ceiling an ADDITIONAL $1.9 trillion to allow for more deficit spending.
Five years ago, the gross national debt was $8 trillion — if the debt ceiling increase is approved, this year it will be at $14.9 trillion, equally nearly 100% of America’s annual GDP.
Five years ago, the federal spending deficit was $333 billion. It is projected in 2010 to pass $1.75 trillion dollars.
During his ‘false witness’ speech, Obama employed the Marxist ‘bourgeoisie vs. the proletariat’ strategy of accusing the rich of exploiting the poor.
“Throughout history, whenever we have sought to change this country for the better, there have always been those who wanted to preserve the status quo,” he said. “These always boil down to a contest between hope and fear.”
In this contest, his hopes of introducing universal health care risks being trumped by fears of universal bankruptcy.
But in the end, it isn’t about Barack Obama. It is about bearing false witness. Obama’s supporters would leap on me for calling their hero a liar, but the statements he’s made are easily documented and so are the facts that dispute them.
Was he lying when he was for universal health care in 2003, or when he was against it in 2008? Since he is still stumping for it now, one of those statements MUST be a lie.
But for most of his supporters, that’s ok. He’s Barack Obama.
I doubt that anybody really and truly believes that Barack Obama is Constitutionally eligible to be president
Because to believe that, one has to come up with a logical reason explaining why he is paying a legal team a million dollars a year, out of his own pocket, to hide the circumstances of his birth and education.
I can’t come up with anything that makes sense — and neither has anybody else that I’ve heard try. The Left says it is to ‘protect his privacy’, but he is the President of the United States — the most public job in the world.
There were no concerns about John McCain’s privacy when his qualifications were questioned by Congressionl Democrats due to his having been born on a US Naval base.
I used to wonder about the “Big Lie” the Apostle Paul spoke of.
“And for this cause, God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie, ” Paul writes in 2nd Thessalonians 2:11.
What seemed to strike a sour note to me was that Paul seems to suggest they knowingly believe the lie. Paul speaks of “them” in a monolithic sense — they ALL embrace the lie.
That always baffled me — who would knowingly embrace a lie? It was a mystery to me.
But nobody dares to question what is obviously a lie because they fear the truth more. If Obama is ineligible, the ensuing Constitutional crisis could split the nation, possibily even spark civil war.
If he were ineligible, everything he has done to this point is nullified. Every bill, every treaty, every law, every executive order, every appointment — all of it would be null and void.
Nobody is even sure who would replace him. Joe Biden was elected on the same corrupt ticket. And if Biden is deemed ineligible, the next in line for the White House would be Nancy Pelosi!
Nobody WANTS to hear THAT truth. So as a nation, we are prepared to entertain a bit of false witness, to overlook the lies and the liars, because the truth would be too dangerous.
And the circumstances of “The Lie” are not quite as mysterious to me as before. There ARE times when knowingly embracing a lie can seem the safest course of action.
Better the devil you know, or so the saying goes. Me, I have my doubts.