Lying Liberal Liars

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Barack ObamaEvery morning the media paws through a dictionary looking for the most innocuous ways to describe Obama’s big health care lie.

According to the New York Times, Obama “misspoke” when he said over and over again that if you like your plan, you can keep your plan. But unlike the times that the smartest man to ever put up his feet on the table in the Oval Office thought that Austrian was a language or that the United States had 57 states, he wasn’t misspeaking.

44, as Politico likes to call him, was doing what 1 wouldn’t do after he chopped down a cherry tree. And to call a lie, misspeaking, is itself a lie.

Rob Ford didn’t misspeak when he claimed not to be on crack, despite being on crack. Barack Obama didn’t misspeak when he promised to let you keep your health plan, when he had no intention of letting you do any such thing. And the New York Times didn’t misspeak when it tried to pass that lie off as a mere slip of the tongue.

The New York Times, which never hesitated to call George W. Bush a liar, switched up its euphemisms and began calling Obama’s lie an “incorrect promise”. NBC News called it a “promise they couldn’t keep.” The Associated Press called it an “inflated promise.”

A few of their more honestly dishonest colleagues in the media argued that Obama did the right thing  because he could never have pried the health plans of Americans out of their grubby little hands if he hadn’t promised them that his government takeover of healthcare wouldn’t affect them. Some of the pundits making that argument included those on Obama’s regular reading list.

The excuse that Obama lied blatantly about the impact of a law he wanted to pass in order to pass it will no doubt be a great comfort to those gun owners who were willing to trust that his crusade against gun rights would stop where he told them it would and those Republican supporters of amnesty for illegal aliens who believed that he really would secure the borders once he got his millions of newly minted Democratic Party voters.

If Obama lied to pass one law, what sensible argument can any of his supporters make for believing him the next time he promises, “If you like your guns, you can keep your guns” or “If you like your borders, you can keep your borders”?

Obama wasn’t the first politician to lie. He won’t be the last. But most politicians who lie don’t have an army of reporters swarming around them to explain that they didn’t lie, but just inflated their misspeaking. One man did not get up in front of the microphones and cameras and lie over and over again. The entire liberal establishment lied. And it’s still lying.

The media’s lies and excuses, even more than the original Obama lie, reveal why liberals can never be trusted.

If Obama had only lied about being on crack or with an intern, that might be an impeachable act, but an understandable human failing. But he wasn’t lying to cover up something shameful that he did. He lied because he didn’t think Americans deserved to keep their health plans… or the truth.

Obama lied because he is a liberal.

That Obama would lie was an inevitable as the sun rising in the morning and the taxman coming in the spring. The lie was baked into the nature of the progressive movement that he identified with and its social experiments with human lives for the greater good that he participated in.

Lying isn’t incidental to a liberal. Liberal is another word for liar. Someone who believes, as Obama and his media cronies do, that Americans are too stupid and ignorant to be trusted to choose their own health care, isn’t about to trust them with the truth.

Liberals don’t believe that the people they lie to are their equals. If they did, not only wouldn’t they lie to them, but they wouldn’t subscribe to a skewed leftist take on liberalism that compels them to take away choices from people for their own good.

You don’t take away someone’s right to choose unless you think that they are inferior to you.

If you think that the next person over can run his life just as well as you run yours, then there’s no reason to take over his life and to lie to him about it. But if you think that he’s probably a racist moron who worships the flag and clings to his gun and bible and can’t be trusted to buy a car, raise his kids, drink a large soda and see a doctor; then you’re probably a liberal.

And a liar.

That’s the difference between liberals and conservatives. Conservatives respect people’s choices. Liberals don’t. And if you don’t respect someone’s choices; you don’t respect them.

If you think that the average person is a moron, then the only answer is to set up to a totalitarian system to nudge the marching morons into the death panels for their own greater good while lying to them that the death panelists are really the judges for the next hot talent competition.

If ordinary people don’t deserve the basic decency of being allowed to make decisions about their own health care, then they also don’t deserve the basic decency of not being lied to their faces about those decisions being taken away from them.

If Obama had trusted and respected Americans, he wouldn’t have lied to them about ObamaCare. But if he had really trusted and respected them, he wouldn’t have inflicted ObamaCare on them.

Obama’s crime isn’t the lie. The lie is the cover-up of the crime. The crime is that Obama packaged a tax, a welfare program and a government takeover of health care together and called it reform.

The media has shown that Obama’s lie was no isolated incident by lying about the lie for the same reason that he told the lie. The health plan lie wasn’t the lie of one politician protecting his reputation; it was the big lie of a liberal establishment protecting its agenda.

The liberal media manipulates its readers, listeners and viewers the same way that liberal governments manipulate their citizens. Unlike Clinton’s lie, Obama’s lie was not one man’s mistake, but a movement’s arrogance. And not only hasn’t Obama stopped lying about his lie, but the media and the rest of his movement haven’t stopped lying about his lie.

Obama’s big health care lie shows why liberals can’t be trusted. Any movement that believes its members are superior to ordinary people cannot be trusted to represent them or to tell them the truth.

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  • ziggy zoggy

    You know, it’s stupid to lie when your lies don’t fool anybody. It’s stupid to believe that most other people are dumb, because two thirds of them are not. Conceit isn’t exactly intelligent behavior, either.

    Obama isn’t just a lying scumbag, he’s the most overrated guy on the planet. And did I mention that he’s dumb?

  • ziggy zoggy

    You know, it’s stupid to lie when your lies don’t fool anybody. It’s stupid to believe that most other people are dumb, because two thirds of them are not. Conceit isn’t exactly intelligent behavior, either.

    Obama isn’t just a lying scumbag, he’s the most overrated guy on the planet. And did I mention that he’s dumb?

    • CaoMoo

      They really need to reclaim his nobel prize. But he would lie the chaos he wrought is a greater form peace I guess.

  • CaoMoo

    They really need to reclaim his nobel prize. But he would lie the chaos he wrought is a greater form peace I guess.

  • Bamaguje

    You didn’t mention the lies to cover Fast & Furious as well as the Benghazi Jihad attack on America’s consulate. The blatant lie that Fort Hood Jihad attack was ‘work place violence’, and that Islam has nothing to with Muslim terrorism.

    Lies that the Arab-Israeli conflict is a territorial dispute about the so-called ‘occupied territories’, when in fact its simply about Muslim hatred and intolerance of the only non-Muslim nation in the Middle east.

    Lying and denial are yet another connection between Leftists and Islam. Muslims call theirs Taqiyya, while the Left deploys other euphemisms – ‘misspoke’, ‘economical with the truth’ etc.

  • Bamaguje

    You didn’t mention the lies to cover Fast & Furious as well as the Benghazi Jihad attack on America’s consulate. The blatant lie that Fort Hood Jihad attack was ‘work place violence’, and that Islam has nothing to with Muslim terrorism.

    Lies that the Arab-Israeli conflict is a territorial dispute about the so-called ‘occupied territories’, when in fact its simply about Muslim hatred and intolerance of the only non-Muslim nation in the Middle east.

    Lying and denial are yet another connection between Leftists and Islam. Muslims call theirs Taqiyya, while the Left deploys other euphemisms – ‘misspoke’, ‘economical with the truth’ etc.

  • Lanna

    Obama’s lies are played over and over on news stations, this trait is 2nd nature to him!

  • Lanna

    Obama’s lies are played over and over on news stations, this trait is 2nd nature to him!

    • Wolfthatknowsall

      And the more lies are played in the media, the more their “content” becomes true, in the minds of people who listen.

      It’s like Kristallnacht, and Hermann Goring’s unique solution to the damages that were caused by his own thugs. There wouldn’t have been any damages if Jews weren’t in Germany. Therefore, they should pay.

      The longer this administration survives, the more it seems like a certain 1000-year Reich …

      • Lanna

        You’re wrong there are too many news sources now to expose the lies and too many people who are fed up with the liars!

      • MrUniteUs1

        Come on now. The Reich did not allow political disagreement.
        This administration does. This country of ours always has allowed political disagreement.

        • Wolfthatknowsall

          If Mr. Obama got the chance, he would shut down political dissent in a heartbeat. He’s already mused on the potential benefits of totalitarianism.

          This is not the same country, sir. Political disagreement is already under assault under the rubric of political correctness. All that is needed is to make it official, enforced by government …

  • motherofbeaver

    Rob Ford, unlike the fuhrer, has admitted that he lied and has apologized innumerable times, so much so that his chest is probably bruised from all those mea culpas. As a fiscal conservative he has done some good in Toronto by lowering the debt and cutting taxes but unfortunately his stupid and irresponsible behaviour disqualify him from being the mayor of the largest city in Canada. His heart is in the right place, which is much more than can be said about “The Liar in Chief”, and that is why his approval rating is still at 42 percent. While one can feel sorry for Rob Ford one can only have contempt for the latter.

  • motherofbeaver

    Rob Ford, unlike the fuhrer, has admitted that he lied and has apologized innumerable times, so much so that his chest is probably bruised from all those mea culpas. As a fiscal conservative he has done some good in Toronto by lowering the debt and cutting taxes but unfortunately his stupid and irresponsible behaviour disqualify him from being the mayor of the largest city in Canada. His heart is in the right place, which is much more than can be said about “The Liar in Chief”, and that is why his approval rating is still at 42 percent. While one can feel sorry for Rob Ford one can only have contempt for the latter.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      I truly would rather have Rob Ford as POTUS. Not joking. Yes, even if Rob Ford was “black,” in case that stupid accusations is used.

  • steve b

    LIBERAL LIARS, BUT I REPEAT MYSELF…

  • steve b

    LIBERAL LIARS, BUT I REPEAT MYSELF…

    • truebearing

      Obviously you work for the Department of Redundancy Department. :)

  • Will48

    Shouldn’t he be impeached for that? Hell yeah he should be impeached for that. Start the campaign – RECALL THE PRESIDENT! We can recall governors for much less than what the Liar In Chief did. Time and again. Show me your college transcripts! Show me your passport records! Show me your naturalization papers! …. Someone should ask Indonesian government whether the 0 still holds their citizenship.

  • Phil McMorrow

    I guess I am a bitter clinger. I want my Blue Cross health care plan .

  • Phil McMorrow

    I guess I am a bitter clinger. I want my Blue Cross health care plan .

  • Wolfthatknowsall

    And the more lies are played in the media, the more their “content” becomes true, in the minds of people who listen.

    It’s like Kristallnacht, and Hermann Goring’s unique solution to the damages that were caused by his own thugs. There wouldn’t have been any damages if Jews weren’t in Germany. Therefore, they should pay.

    The longer this administration survives, the more it seems like a certain 1000-year Reich …

  • mtnhikerdude

    The “Pinocchio Administration Rules” .

  • mtnhikerdude

    The “Pinocchio Administration Rules” .

  • Samo

    I think that the average Liberal is a moron.
    Obama Lied.
    Healthcare Died.

  • Samo

    I think that the average Liberal is a moron.
    Obama Lied.
    Healthcare Died.

  • philbest

    “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth.

    This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.”

    ― C.S. Lewis, “God in the Dock”

  • bfancher

    Can someone please explain to me why we still refer to these people by the completely inaccurate term “liberals,” instead of “leftists” or “statists” or “socialists” or hell, even “progressives”? There is nothing “liberal” (as in “liberty”, remember?) about todays “liberals”.

  • glpage

    I think it was about the time that I realized the left was lying to attain its goals that I started to transition from what everyone used to called a liberal to what everyone now calls a conservative. I’m not sure I have changed that much. When I was in my early 20s and had hair down past my shoulders I didn’t trust the government. My hair still gets kind of long from time to time and I still don’t trust the government. The reasons for the distrust have probably changed; I really believe there is substantially less honesty in the federal government than there was back when. Maybe I’m just better at spotting lies nowadays. Then again, with a president like Obama, you have to be a real moron to not see the BS.

  • glpage

    I think it was about the time that I realized the left was lying to attain its goals that I started to transition from what everyone used to called a liberal to what everyone now calls a conservative. I’m not sure I have changed that much. When I was in my early 20s and had hair down past my shoulders I didn’t trust the government. My hair still gets kind of long from time to time and I still don’t trust the government. The reasons for the distrust have probably changed; I really believe there is substantially less honesty in the federal government than there was back when. Maybe I’m just better at spotting lies nowadays. Then again, with a president like Obama, you have to be a real moron to not see the BS.

  • truebearing

    Excellent analysis, as always.

    The underlying (a great word when describing Leftists) assumption of leftists is that they are smarter than those they will to tyrannize because they were smart enough to see the brilliance of Marxism. Since in their minds, Marxism is intellectually transcendant, their belief in it means they are brilliant , superior, and deserve to rule the unenlightened. Of course, their “reasoning” is tautological, not to mention non sequitur. The abject failure of Marxism in the past is hardly evidence of brilliance, but it is explained away with yet more lies…lies to themselves. Marxism has to work because they believe in it and only those who are smart enough can see the success of Marxism in it’s legacy of mass murder, economic collapse, and oppression. Marxism didn’t fail. it was the idiots who attempted to impose it on some poor population. Each new generation of Marxists thinks it is smarter than the previous, so the arrogance is self-perpetuating and the excuse for failure built right in. When you can deceive yourself so thoroughly, deceiving others comes naturally.

    The hubris of Leftists serves another purpose beyond the obvious political narcissism. In their minds, it elevates them above moral culpability for the heinous acts they collectively participate in. “It’s for the greater good” is one of the most arrogant lies ever told.

  • truebearing

    Excellent analysis, as always.

    The underlying (a great word when describing Leftists) assumption of leftists is that they are smarter than those they will to tyrannize because they were smart enough to see the brilliance of Marxism. Since in their minds, Marxism is intellectually transcendant, their belief in it means they are brilliant , superior, and deserve to rule the unenlightened. Of course, their “reasoning” is tautological, not to mention non sequitur. The abject failure of Marxism in the past is hardly evidence of brilliance, but it is explained away with yet more lies…lies to themselves. Marxism has to work because they believe in it and only those who are smart enough can see the success of Marxism in it’s legacy of mass murder, economic collapse, and oppression. Marxism didn’t fail. It was those idiots in the past who attempted to impose it on some poor population. They didn’t do it right. They were the failures, not the ideology. And so it goes that each new generation of Leftists thinks it is smarter than the previous, with the arrogance self-perpetuating and the excuse for failure built right in. When you can deceive yourself this thoroughly, deceiving others comes naturally.

    The hubris of Leftists serves another purpose beyond the obvious political narcissism. In their minds, it elevates them above moral culpability for the heinous acts they collectively participate in. “It’s for the greater good” is one of the most arrogant lies ever told.

  • Jerry G

    The problem with Liberals is that their heads are empty but their hearts are full.They are ruled by emotion so whatever makes them feel good, of necessity is good for everyone else. The thought of universal healthcare, no matter what the price makes them feel so good and so benevolent.

  • truebearing

    Obviously you work for the Department of Redundancy Department. :)

  • Jerry G

    The problem with Liberals is that their heads are empty but their hearts are full.They are ruled by emotion so whatever makes them feel good, of necessity is good for everyone else. The thought of universal healthcare, no matter what the price makes them feel so good and so benevolent.

  • leelongchamp

    Liberals can salvage Obamacare. All they need do is to flood the website and sign up to pay more for their insurance so that poorer Americans can have access to Healthcare. Start with congressional Democrats.

  • leelongchamp

    Liberals can salvage Obamacare. All they need do is to flood the website and sign up to pay more for their insurance so that poorer Americans can have access to Healthcare. Start with congressional Democrats.

  • melanie johnson

    EXCUSE ME!Libreals aren’t the only one who lie.

  • melanie johnson

    EXCUSE ME!Libreals aren’t the only one who lie.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    I truly would rather have Rob Ford as POTUS. Not joking. Yes, even if Rob Ford was “black,” in case that stupid accusations is used.

  • Lanna

    You’re wrong there are too many news sources now to expose the lies and too many people who are fed up with the liars!

  • Ellman48

    “Obama’s big health care lie shows why liberals can’t be trusted. Any
    movement that believes its members are superior to ordinary people
    cannot be trusted to represent them or to tell them the truth.”

    Very true but many people do trust them nonetheless. Why? Because they like the lies that they are told, most of them just before an election and just in time to vote the liars into office and after which their lies are forgotten or airbrushed to be unrecognizable. Americans prefer to be optimistic and gullible, not realistic and skeptical, and we have paid dearly for these traits and will continue to do so.

    • ylem

      It’s sad to say but many Liberals would cheer if TP members were marched off for execution. I don’t recognize America anymore.

  • ylem

    For some, that’s the case, but not all.

  • DinaRehn

    Poll: If voters had known they’d lose insurance, Romney would have won
    A Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research survey conducted from Nov. 18-20 asked voters who supported President Barack Obama in 2012: “As you may know, millions of Americans have lost their insurance plans despite President Obama’s promise that, quote, ‘if you like your plan, you can keep it.’ If you knew in 2012 that this promise was not true, would you still have voted for Barack Obama?”

    In response, 23 percent said they would not have voted to re-elect Obama,while 72 percent said they would still have voted for him. The largest number of defections were among female voters ages 18-54, 31 percent of whom said they would not have supported the president.

    An ABC/Washington Post poll released earlier this week found that if they had a do-over, Romney would win 49 percent to 45 percent.The difference is within the margin of error of 3.5 percentage points, but Obama polls a lower percentage of the vote today than he did in November 2012.
    http://dailycaller.com/2013/11/22/poll-if-voters-had-known-theyd-lose-insurance-romney-would-have-won/

  • camp7

    “Hear, hear!”

  • camp7

    This subject was so insightfully stated by Greenfield and so augmented by your own perceptive comment I had to come back and it read again.

    If lying is the character of their ideology then morals of course come into question. Unless the argument of relativity is used — right versus wrong is relative. But that enters the realm of egoistic certitude, the universe being validated by vanity, and using ‘the means to an end’ as the adopted method to achieve Marxism, reduces any semblance of moralism to nothing more than a dangerous and pathetic “ism”.

    Enemy at the gate..

  • Hass

    Even I remember when that Muslime POTUS said “if like your plan, you can keep it”

    Ha! That slithering bastard is as sneaky as a snake.

  • Salt

    The word period used colloquially in a declarative statement means that you are speaking plainly (not like a lawyer) and there are not caveats or qualifiers.

    For the NYT to say Obama misspoke is to have a bunch of journalists, who think they a ‘elite’, lie to us.

    I know what to do with such journalists. Do not buy their product and when the chips are down, do not assist them though they be in extremis.

  • .

    The Holier than Thou leftist Norwegians and Swedes would like to take back their prize, but would be loathe to do so as it would make the whole process political to everyone.

    As it stand the Nobel committee admitted they were political and try to induce behaviour that they see is fit.

    Many people in the last 10 or 20 years know how political the prizes are. If an overwhelming majority knew, covering the awards would not allow journalists to sell newsprint or get hits on news site

    At that point Oslo,the MSM and the left would have a major problem.

  • A Z

    I too would rather have Rob Ford as POTUS.

    I was dead set against him when the story 1st broke a month ago, but since then I have seen what good he has done, he has been more forthright than most politicians, and the city councilors after him are as dirty as he is or dirtier when it comes to illicit drug use.

  • Tad

    I would rather take a glass that is 70% full, when it comes to honesty, than one that is 30% full.

    Are Republicans perfect? No. But they area darn sight better than the Democrat Party.

    You know your gal Cynthia McKinney still opines for Gadaffi.

    Sheila Jackson Lee, Maxine Waters and many other Democrat leaders are only slightly smarter or better.

    Why do you lay down with them? You will only get up with fleas.

    Moran is an out and out thief.

  • Tad

    Dear Melainie,

    I am sorry I replied to your post. I read all 15 of your post and concluded you are a juvenile, you are not all there or you have drank the Kool Aid.

  • tanstaafl

    I wonder if Obama lies to himself?

    • Douglas J. Bender

      I wonder if he pauses for a second, pondering, then says, “Good one!”, and slaps himself on the back.

  • Debbie G

    Ziggy, I’m glad you used the word dumb. All I ever hear about Obama is about how brilliant he is, but I just don’t see it. He seems to be very naive about alot of things, particularly with the Obamacare rollout.

  • nagesha

    Yes! I have wondered why as well. They are anything but liberals!

  • MrUniteUs1

    I believe the statement was true for over 95% Americans. The people effected were individuals that bought substandard insurance policies after the bill was signed into law. Those that bought the policies prior to the law were grandfathered in and allowed to keep their policies.

  • MrUniteUs1

    Greenfield writes.
    “You don’t take away someone’s right to choose unless you think that they are inferior to you.”

    “That’s the difference between liberals and conservatives. Conservatives respect people’s choices. Liberals don’t. And if you don’t respect someone’s choices; you don’t respect them.”

    I disagree. For instance, many conservatives believe don’t believe women should have the right to choose to have an abortion or give birth, not even in the case of rape or incest. Where do you stand on this issue?