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[Knowing and Telling the Truth]

March 16, 2015

Back in 2006, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), commenting on the reasons for the Democratic Party’s electoral success, saying it would end the culture of corruption that existed under Republicans.  Politicians, including Pelosi, have a habit of projecting blame on others -- in this case Republicans -- for the problems they’ve created themselves.  But this is a pattern with many politicians of both parties.

When serving as the Speaker of the House, it was Pelosi who said about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) …You need to pass it so you will know what is in it!  We all know the result of that action – “unaffordable” healthcare with skyrocketing premiums, higher deductibles, and the cancellation of existing health plans!  But the truth is the ACA wasn’t really about healthcare, it was about increasing the control government has over our lives.

After the ACA became law the President said if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor and if you like your health plan you can keep your health plan.  These are statements he made over and over again as if repeating them would make them come true.  In the end, neither of them did!
Early on Holder’s Justice Department funneled legal American guns to Mexican drug cartels in an effort to prove that American guns are crossing the border illegally.  Subsequently the President and Attorney General called for stricter gun laws which would restrict the 2nd amendment rights of law abiding U.S. citizens.  Where is the consistency in that?   You can’t run guns to Mexico and then tighten restrictions on them at home!

In 2011 four Americans bravely died in the U.S. compound in Benghazi.  The Administration spun the tale that it was because of a video, even when within minutes they knew the cause and the situation on the ground was a premeditated terrorist attack.  Then they stonewalled Congressional investigations into the facts surrounding the incident. 

The  President called ISIS the “JV team” and promised to degrade/destroy them. Then  they began beheading and burning people alive, kidnapping Christians etc.  When confronted with the ongoing ISIS threat -- that didn’t correspond to the story line of “we got Ben laden and the War on Terror is over” -- the President said he had no strategy to combat the problem.  He did, however, take time to remind us of the things Christians did back during the Crusades over 700 years ago when they attempted to counter the western expansion of radical Islam.  

The current Administration has a credibility problem.  They don’t seem to know truth when it is presented to them and when confronted with the truth they either deny it outright or stonewall efforts to reveal the truth. 

It’s time for us to demand that all public officials – regardless of party -- conduct the public’s business in a transparent way, tell the truth, and stop spinning the story line to their own advantage.  We need to remind our elected officials they’re in office to serve us and not the other way around. 

John Gay, Bill Sargent, and Mark Mansius