Monday, November 3, 2008

Politicians lie. Absolute politicians lie absolutely. Artist: Simon Gladwin

Prevaricator for president

by Garry Reed, Dallas/Ft. Worth Libertarian Examiner

Before traipsing off to the fire station or the senior center or the musty wet jockstrap-scented junior high school gym to perform your Patriotic God-Given Sacred Obligation Civic Duty Fought-and-Died-For Right to cast a ballot or hang a chad in yet another presidential election, consider for whom (or for what) you’re voting.

You’re voting for a politician.

Politicians will never admit to the following truism, else they wouldn’t be politicians, but those raving, wild-eyed, irreverent, uncompromising tell-it-like-it-really-is libertarians will lay it in your ear in clear and unrelenting language:

Politicians lie. Absolute politicians lie absolutely.

Some presidents (who, no matter how deeply some people worship them, are still politicians) get away with their lies, some don't.

Clinton lied under oath about Monicagate but managed to skate.

Nixon lied about covering up the original "gate" (Watergate) but bailed before he got jailed.

And of course there's more. In the space of 15 days, way back in January of this year (when you probably weren't paying attention, both Bush and LBJ got busted for BS-ing us.

First, on January 8, came the smoking gun, a declassified report from the National Security Administration on the now infamous "Gulf of Tonkin" hoax. President Lyndon Johnson used a report of North Vietnamese boats attacking U.S. Destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin as a pretext for greatly escalating America's involvement in the Vietnam War. The declassified documents show that "no attack happened that night."

Long suspected, now proved, LBJ lied us into war.

On January 15 the current sitting Bush got his. According to a study by a pair of nonprofit journalism organizations, the top Bush Bureauboys "issued hundreds of false statements about the national security threat from Iraq" in "an orchestrated campaign" that "led the nation to war under decidedly false pretenses."

Long accused, now proved, GWB lied us into war.

Imagine that. Two presidents lying and manipulating us into wars.

Only two?

Here's a (tiny) list of presidential prevarications and purposeful provocations that anyone can dig up with just a little bit of effort, either by scanning the web or by (gasp!) reading a book or two:

Polk – Sent troops into territory recognized by a U.S. treaty as belonging to Mexico and then used the predictable Mexican attack as his justification for declaring the Mexican-American War.

Lincoln – Sent resupply ships to Ft. Sumter knowing full well the Confederacy would attack, thereby giving him his pretext for declaring the Civil War.

McKinley – Sent the battleship Maine into Spanish Cuba to provoke the Spanish, and when it blew up he used it as his Casus belli for the Spanish-American War.

Wilson – Claimed the Germans sank the Sussex with loss of American life, even though it never happened, but it helped maneuver America into WWI.

Roosevelt – cut off oil to the Japanese and set up Pearl Harbor and the Philippines for attack by deceiving American commanders to get the U.S. into WWII.

"The enormous losses of life, property, and liberty that Americans have sustained in wars have occurred in large part because of the public's unwarranted trust in what their leaders told them before leading them into war." - Robert Higgs, Political Economist.

On Election Day you'll be asked to vote for a president. If you're like most people, you'll vote for one of the two mainstream politicians because you believe one's lies are better than the other one's lies.

But a few people will do one of two things on that day. They will cast a protest vote for a minority party candidate, knowing they can't win but knowing also that it's the only chance to break the grip that lying politicians have on America. Or they will refuse to vote on principle, knowing that voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil in a system that propels prevaricators into positions of power.

Politicians lie. Absolute politicians lie absolutely.

Your vote is their sanction.


Post by way of: Strike the Root

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