Obama Master of Political Deceit

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One of the highly developed talents of President Barack Obama is the ability to say things that are demonstrably false, and make them sound not only plausible but inspiring.

That talent was displayed just this week when he was asked whether he thought the Supreme Court would uphold ObamaCare as constitutional or strike it down as unconstitutional.

He replied: “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.”

But how unprecedented would it actually be if the Supreme Court declared a law unconstitutional if it was passed by “a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress”?

The Supreme Court has been doing precisely that for 209 years!

Nor is it likely that Barack Obama has never heard of it. He has a degree from the Harvard law school and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago law school. In what must be one of the most famous Supreme Court cases in history — Marbury v. Madison in 1803 — Chief Justice John Marshall established the principle that the Supreme Court can declare acts of Congress null and void if these acts violate the Constitution.

They have been doing so for more than two centuries. It is the foundation of American constitutional law. There is no way that Barack Obama has never heard of it or really believes it to be “unprecedented” after two centuries of countless precedents.

In short, he is simply lying.

Now there are different kinds of liars. If we must have lying Presidents of the United States, I prefer that they be like Richard Nixon. You could just look at him and tell that he was lying.

But Obama is much smoother. On this and on many other issues, you would have to know what the facts are to know that he is lying. He is obviously counting on the fact that, in this era of dumbed-down education, many people have no clue as to what the facts are.

He is also counting on something else — namely, that the pro-Obama media will not expose his lies.

One of the many ways of lying smoothly is to simply redefine words.

Barack Obama is a master at that as well.

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  • Ken

    Thank you, Professor Sowell, for putting so eloquently what many believe but were not saying!!

    • http://www.whycanadamustend.com Tony Kondaks

      He said it simply and concisely within the confines of a short column. I've been trying to verbalize those exact sentiments ever since the Affordable Health Care Act went before the Court a week ago…and Sowell's done it!

  • Chris C

    I wish you could teach me, Professor Sowell.

  • SHmuel HaLevi

    Having lived among islamics in Eretz Israel for 33 years, I find nothing surprising about your president's ways and means. Islam is a cult of death that indoctrinates its adherents to effect deceit, be a false witness, attack the weak, conspire and intentionally sabotage, create death and mayhem, cause ruin and despair.
    It his birthright under islamic law making him a Muslim and his step father further promotion in that direction, was not enough, his islamic core comes through by his performance.
    Mr. Soetoro Obama fits perfectly the profile expected from every Muslim.

    • Freedomfighter

      WOW…after reading everything on islam and making myself read about their atrocities across the world every single day. A profile of those who serve the moon god allah has formed in my mind. And it is not pretty..I suspected that he was a muslim from the very first time I heard him speak. He revealed the coldest of emotions that made a shiver run down my spine. He fits the profile to the letter. Creepy doesn't even come close to describing the spirit that he manifest.

    • mlcblog

      Wow! exactly, and so like the leftist propagandists for all these many years also.

  • davarino

    Liberals are idiots that would rather have opinion "rule" this country rather than a well defined set of rules. Even liberal "rules" can change on a dime without notice or reason. One day they believe one thing and the next they can arbitrarily believe something else, guided by the all knowing media. The funny thing is that once the left enacts something and the people realize they are being duped, the left are very good at morphing into something else, PROGRESSIVES.

    If you dont like the constitution, tough, you have to get a majority of the states to agree to change it. Beyond that you will have a fight on your hands. Thats not judicial activism, thats patriots fighting for their freedom. Otherwise you have tyranny.

    • johnnywoods

      Or if you don`t like the Constitution you can just move to a place that better suits your communist/socialist tastes and leave the rest of us alone. No one is preventing you from leaving.

    • mlcblog

      Right. Fabian socialists all, their tactic is the steady drip, drip, drip of incrementalism…ever pressing and pushing, ever onward, relentless. We can, we will, and we must oppose it. We CAN have victory. Their forces are evil and therefore not favored by prosperity and life.

  • Asher

    Truly the Master of Deceit and the Lawless One.

  • Dispozadaburka

    He speaks with "forked tongue."

    ( Sixth degree of separation)

  • Cuban Refugee

    We have in our Oval Office a con man who would not seem out of place running a three-card Monte game in Times Square. It is mind-boggling that intelligent, discerning voters could have become so mesmerized by this impostor that they will vote for him again. Barring a cataclysmic event, if our country is still operating as a republic in November, I believe that collective brainwashing, plus massive fraud at the polls, will have installed B. Hussein's skinny ass on the tyrannical throne of Marxism, a la Castro and Chavez, for our last election as a free society … and Saul Alinsky, Karl Marx, Nikita Khrushchev and Ché Guevara will be laughing in hell.

    • DMW

      Agree, except for the "intelligent, discerning voters" part of your comment. Commandante Sub-Zero threw out the artificial (plastic, unreal) bait and so many swallowed it hook, line and sinker. Even fish learn to be wary and not bite at the suspicious. Let's face it. Too many "citizens" don't know and don't give a damn about the Constitution and have little knowledge and concern about what happens when the Commandantes of the world finally pull them in their boat. It all starts with just a little smelling and nibbling around the bait; and then it's too late when the hook sinks in.

  • jacob

    There are two guys I either switch gthe TV off or the station when I see any on the screen :
    One is HUGO CHAVEZ, the Venezuelan dictator our abject media still calls President as well as CASTRO
    The other is our President, BARAK HUSSEIN OBAMA….

    I swear I can't understand how can people stand to listen to this diarrhea of lies with absolute constipation
    of truth and what's worst, eat it up by the truckload and on top, applaud it…! ! !
    Now he comes out and claims his contraption of a law was OVERWHELMINGLY approved by Congress….
    If to this manipulator, something approved by half a nose as in horserace photos means overwhelmingly
    I believe a rewritting of the dictionary is in order…
    Seems to me both he and his sidekick HOLDER bite off more than they can chew, as it may mean their
    Waterloo for both of them, that is, if the Supreme Court and Congress have the "cojones" to set them both
    straight and for good once and for all…

  • Bartimaeus

    "the media that exposed Nixon is covering for Obama." This is the key to the problem. If the media held Obama's feet to the fire like they did Nixon, he would be forced to be more honest and truthful. In fact, he never would have been voted into the highest office of the land.

  • Choi

    Obama said:: “…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."

    A ONE PARTY "majority".
    In numbers ,NOT TRUTH.
    SHOVING Obamacare down everybodies throat(s) with a ONE-PARTY numerical majority is NOT a "strong majority".

  • DogsHateRomney

    Professor T. Sowell and his friend Walter E. ROCKS!

    However, Obama's devotees are not exactly "free" thinkers (pardon the Marxist pun).

  • mrbean

    Yassah, dah Prez Obam beez dah bestest stands up bowlsheet arteest in dah hole worlt. Yassah. Awl dah white womins gots dah Kimmy Kardasian syndrum and wants Barack fo der mandingo man. Yassah. yonowatahmsayin' (smacking lips rapidly…mettttt…..mettttt….metttttt)

    • Ghostwriter

      Unbelievable,mrbean!! Here we have a black professor criticizing President Obama and the only thing you think to do is your childish "Amos n' Andy" routine! When are you going to stop living in Stereotype Land and join the real world where black people ACTUALLY have hearts and minds of their own?

      • wctaqiyya

        I dunno. In the spirit of enabling diversified acculturation, should we not encourage mrbean to pursue his talents? After all, he is good at it and not since Blazing Saddles have I seen such authentic frontier gibberish.

        • mrbean

          I bet you liked it whe Alex Karras punched out the horse. And when Swartzenagger did the same thing for Conan and punched out a camel. Camels are called ships of the desert because they are full of Arab seamen. heh heh heh heh

  • johnnywoods

    To whomever it may concern, In the past two days I have posted comments that were not particularly offensive or vulgar and was told that they had to be approved first. Neither ended up on your blog.What gives?

    • wctaqiyya

      Keep posting brother. The ways of the blogosphere are indeed mysterious.

    • raul

      It happens to me also,but on the other hand I cant claim un offensive( to obamao anyway) I'm not a stupid person,not the brightest,but not stupid and I can see the slick willie tactics that obamao is using to transform us into a marxist state where he can order the states to instill sharia law under penalty of incarceration or death!

    • wctaqiyya

      But seriously, it happens to most of us I think. Sometimes it takes a while for whatever reason and sometimes the writer has a thin skin?

  • clarespark

    Will Obama make it to 2012? I wonder if he will not crack up in the face of failure and loss of "centrist" support. See http://clarespark.com/2012/04/06/diagnosing-potus…. I emphasize the incoherence of the Democratic Party, but as the primary campaign has shown, neither Party has a clear and uncontradictory message. More Republicans should read Thomas Sowell.

    • thinkingperson

      More everyone should read Thos. Sowell.

  • wctaqiyya

    Well, I'm not impressed by this article. First, I don't think Obama is a talented liar. His 'hope and change' shtick was effective for maybe six months? Anyone still fooled after that is just a fool or just doesn't care. And, when everything you say is a lie, it's not talent, it's monomania. Plus, every speech he gives is about him. What we have here is a man obsessed with himself and his imaginary world. This person can't be compared to Nixon, not really. Sure, Nixon lied to cover up a bungled burglary. But, not everything he ever said was a lie. This Obama character should be compared to Charles Manson. Charlie is like Obama because he lives in an imaginary world which only he can make work correctly. They could be brothers, joined at the neocortex.
    And please stop saying Obama is intelligent. Clever maybe, but anybody can graduate Harvard if they get the special treatment Obama received. Anybody. Or, if he is super smart, maybe he has a perfectly good reason to conceal all of his academic records. And maybe only other super smart people can understand those reasons. Yeah, that's it.

    • ebonystone

      I'd compare Obama to Rev. Jim Jones rather than Charlie Manson. Jones was the darling of the California left when he was working his scam there, before moving to Guyana. And just as Jones' followers willingly drank the kool-ade, so Obama's followers willingly swallow his lies and crimes. And with the death panels of Obamacare, Obama will claim far more lives than Jones ever did.

      • wctaqiyya

        Good point ebony. Jim Jones is a excellent comparison also, maybe even better.

  • JakeTobias

    Good column.

    Obama reminds me of the two-headed llama from Doctor Dolittle, Pushmi-Pullyu.

    He is a being with out a rear end, trying to walk in two different directions at once, while both sides of his mouths spew more lies than a herd of elephants could contradict. I wish he was more like a giraffe; mute. And I wish Thomas Sowell was our President instead.

  • John_Kelly

    Even though Obama doesn't have any experience, we are getting plenty while the Deceiver In Chief reigns.

  • John_Kelly

    There's nothing wrong with the people who voted for Obama that becoming taxpayers won't cure.

  • John_Kelly

    Have you ever noticed how Obama thinks nothing is impossible as long as somebody else has to pay for it?

  • mrbean

    Yassah, it awl beez dah white man Bush fault. He beez keeping meh down an it his fault dat Ah beez dah failure as dah Prez. Dah Bush man make meh spent dat 5 trillions dollaws on mah cronies an dah welfares peoples. Yassah. Ah wants dah nudder term an Ah gonna spent 5 mo trillions dollaws. Den Ah razes dah taxes awl dah rich honkay crackas tah 50 pawcent. Yassah, yonowatahsayin…. metttt…mettttt…..metttttt…..metttt!

    • Western Spirit

      mr bean you said you were an oriental. would you make that clear when you mock black people? race has caused enough trouble in this country we don't need this crap on f.p.m i'm surprised it got past the censors who have canceled far more innocent comments from me.

      • mrbean

        Ahh soooo you be the Welstun Spillet. I rike Hilally Crinton. Maybee she rike haf a chinee boyflend? Meh ruff her rong time. Meh soo hawny. Meh sooo hawny, Meh be numba won frocky-socky. Meh ling her brell ebery night. Ahhhh Soooo.

        • Ghostwriter

          Wonderful. Once more,mrbean ventures to his favorite place,Stereotype Land. And his posts get worse the more time he spends there.

  • raul

    The call to prayer is the most beautiful sound on earth, give me a break obamao,the most beautiful sound on earth is the sound of the helicopter blades as they wisk you away from the white house for the last time,AMEN!

  • raul

    Coming from an American of 58 years I cant wait for the feeling of freedom again the day obamao is defeated! It will feel like Im in America again after a long absence!

  • Western Spirit

    jesus said satan was a deceiver and father of lies. making us aware of who obama serves and other pathalogical liars along with him.

    • mrbean

      Hay der Welsten Spillet. You be a religiuos clackpot. Dlink too much Saki. Too much smoke opium. Blain no wok light.

      • Ghostwriter

        Hey,mrbean. Quit it. NOW!!!! There will come a day when you get banned from this site. And when you do,you'll only have yourself and your stupid,stereotypical posts to blame.