Glenn Beck is Right

On a recent show, Glenn Beck actually said something that was accurate. He said it in his usual faux-earnest, hypocritical and melodramatic way, but when he says “I’m sorry America, but your president is a liar,” he’s absolutely right. Obama is a liar.

Of course, every president is a liar. Every politician is a liar. Hell, every person is a liar. If you find a human being who claims they’ve never told a lie, you should know that they are lying. And the man Beck is supporting for president, Mitt Romney, is one of the most audacious liars I’ve ever seen. Even by the cynical standard that I laid out a moment ago, with the admission that every president is a liar, Romney stands out. Other than the fact that he believes he should be president, can you name even one position on any issue that he has held consistently throughout his political career? Can you name one issue where he hasn’t contradicted himself out of political convenience, telling different audiences what he thinks they want to hear regardless of whether it conflicts with his previously stated position in front of a different audience? I can’t. I doubt anyone else can either.

13 comments on this post.
  1. matty1:

    Other than the fact that he believes he should be president, can you name even one position on any issue that he has held consistently throughout his political career?

    The belief that he should be rich? OK that’s not really a political position but its the best I can think of.

  2. Michael Heath:

    What surprised me about Mr. Romney’s propensity for lying early in the 2012 election season was how far his dishonesty goes beyond what we encountered from Sarah Palin. Given Mr. Romney’s smart and capable of being informed while Palin’s a deluded idiot who couldn’t inform herself if her life depended on it, I find his staggering dishonesty surprising. I also find it convincing evidence he has almost no integrity.

    The man who was most effective at dogging the media for not revealing Ms. Palin’s serial dishonesty has been stridently at it again with Mr. Romney; that being Andrew Sullivan. While Sullivan’s effort was somewhat effective by the night of the election – the press picked-up the story to a significant degree, I think Sullivan’s efforts have failed with Mr. Romney. Exhibit A would be Romney’s incredibly dishonest performance in the first debatem which gave him significant positive momentum with Republican leaners, independents and moderates.

    I started to perceive that Mr. Romney was going to distinguish himself as a liar even amongst Republicans with his 2010 book, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness. A book he leveraged to kick-start his 2012 presidential campaign. The title alone is a gross misrepresentation of President Obama’s rhetoric and policies. Ever since then nearly all his argument, no hyperbole, nearly all his arguments are fundamentally dishonest.

    The question I most have for people considering voting for him is simple; why should anyone vote for someone who can’t present an honest criticism of the president they seek to replace and an honest case for our voting for them? A win for Romney near-guarantees the laws of unintended consequences will kick into high gear and they will be bad. Whether they’d be as bad as the Bush 43 years I do not know, but near-certainly bad enough to justify voting Mr. Obama.

  3. Aliasalpha:

    The thing that creeps me out about romney is that bush2 would screw people over and at least pretend to offer some insultingly transparent excuse but romney seems like he’d not understand why he should offer an excuse at all.

  4. baal:

    It doesn’t help that the media is going along with the Romney campaigns endless retractions, edits and ‘he didn’t say that’. It’s like a juvenile 5th grader running around insulting everyone and then tacking on “just kidding.” The teacher then supports the kids as he was ‘just kidding.’

  5. Ichthyic:

    romney seems like he’d not understand why he should offer an excuse at all.

    no, it’s worse than that.

    It’s not that Romney doesn’t understand why one should apologize or at least explain why one is lying, he does.

    He’s beyond that. He’s in the position where he simply doesn’t CARE. It’s tedious and a waste of time to bother aplogizing for something he feels he needs to do on a daily basis.

    Lying is second nature to him, he’s moved way beyond even considering how a reasonable person would bother responding to being caught in a lie.

    He’s a borderline sociopath, IMO.

  6. laurentweppe:

    can you name even one position on any issue that he has held consistently throughout his political career?

    He’s Mormon
    He likes horses

  7. jaxkayaker:

    And the award for most unlikely headline ever goes to…

  8. robertfaber:

    If Romney wins, expect both sides to come to the conclusion that lying your ass off is an effective campaign strategy, even when there is ample video evidence that you are lying your ass off. The country will be hard pressed to recover from that alone, regardless of how well Romney governs.

  9. Jordan Genso:

    If Romney wins, expect both sides to come to the conclusion that lying your ass off is an effective campaign strategy, even when there is ample video evidence that you are lying your ass off. The country will be hard pressed to recover from that alone, regardless of how well Romney governs.

    I wrote a letter-to-the-editor with a similar premise- that if the country votes for Congressional Republicans in the upcoming election, then they are being rewarded for their strategy of obstruction, thereby ensuring that all future members of Congress will see obstruction as the strategy most likely to help them.

    Of course, I sent the letter to the editor with the headline “Do Not Reward Obstructionism”, but they changed the headline to something like “Republicans are Shameless” because I used the word ‘shameless’ in my letter. It’s always nice when the conservative local media can take my legit point and try to turn it into “just another Democrat whining about the Republicans and throwing insults around”.

  10. iknklast:

    “He’s beyond that. He’s in the position where he simply doesn’t CARE. It’s tedious and a waste of time to bother aplogizing for something he feels he needs to do on a daily basis”

    Actually, I find that refreshing. I’m getting a bit tired of all the apologizing going on by people who are not sorry for what they said, meant what they said, and haven’t changed their position, but suddenly realized that it might have hurt their career to say what they said. I don’t want Romney to apologize, because I don’t beleive Romney is sorry. I don’t want Akin to apologize, because I’m sure Akin isn’t sorry. I don’t want Murdoch to apologize, because I’m sure Murdoch isn’t sorry.

    Quit apologizing already is what I’d like to say to this troop of smirking politically-motivated juvenile delinquents. My son used to think that saying I’m sorry erased everything he might have done, even if he wasn’t really sorry. I set him straight about that. If you’re only sorry that it hurt your career, than say so. I’ll understand – while I’m voting for someone else.

  11. maudell:

    Romney’s never changed his mind on Instagram!

  12. gratch:

    I think it was Jefferson who said something along the lines of: “A man who believes money can do anything can be expected to do anything for money.” In a way the reverse applies to Romney. A man who is willing to say anything, do anything, sell out his principles or abandon his most cherished beliefs to get the presidency… you have to wonder what he plans to do with it when he gets it.

  13. Suido:

    @Robertfaber #8:

    Correction:

    If there is any result besides a Democrat landslide, expect both sides to come to the conclusion that lying your ass off is an effective campaign strategy, even when there is ample video evidence that you are lying your ass off.

    Given that polls are showing a tight race in the popular vote, I think it’s unlikely that Republicans will blame (what will probably be) a close loss on Romney’s lies, or their congressional obstructionism. The only result that will be an unmistakable condemnation of current Republican strategy is the Democrats winning the Presidency, 60+ seats in the Senate and a congressional majority. That’s the only kind of situation which will allow moderate Republicans to turn their party around.

    Good luck with that.

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