Glenn Beck: The Lies Politicians Tell

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I think about 1.9 seconds had elapsed after Scott Brown’s Senate election victory before polls started popping up: "Brown 2012!"

I get it. They were excited. But the only thing most people knew about the guy was that he had an old pickup truck. Call me crazy, but I like to know a little more before I anoint someone a savior.

I have a sneaking suspicion Brown 2012 may have lost a little steam, after he voted for Harry Reid’s stimulus — I’m sorry, "jobs" — bill.

Some Tea Party members woke up Tuesday morning and probably vomited a little in their mouths when they read the news. They thought, "We took him in. We helped him to victory. And now he does this?"

Brown is getting lots of heat, but why? Too many people just assumed he was a small government conservative. Brown never claimed to be a Tea Partier. In reality, he was, at best, a mixed bag in Massachusetts. He voted for lower state income taxes and against Democrats on taxes more than half the time, but he also opposed several efforts by governors to curb state spending. There wasn’t a ton to go on, but after analysis of his voting record, Brown was said to be left of the left-most Republican in the Senate, Olympia Snowe.

So why all the shock and outrage after he votes for a spending bill? He’s a progressive Republican. People feel they were lied to.

There are two kinds of lies:

The first is the kind we tell ourselves. We choose to believe that Scott Brown is a small government conservative, when most likely he is a progressive Republican like Snowe or John McCain. It’s the same kind of lie just at the other end of the stick, for people who voted for Barack Obama. They convinced themselves he wouldn’t be as bad as everyone was saying. He’s a centrist. And now they are completely shocked that he’d actually continue to try and spend trillions of dollars we don’t have. That’s the first kind of lie.

The second kind is the boldfaced lie — no guilty eyes staring at the ground, it’s straight in your face without a shred of remorse. This kind of lie is the real danger.

A couple of recent examples of this kind of lie:

Nancy Pelosi has a pretty good poker face. She originally claimed she was never briefed by the Bush administration on how they were using water boarding:

SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE NANCY PELOSI, D-CALIF.: The CIA briefed me only once on enhanced interrogation techniques in September 2002 in my capacity as ranking member of the Intelligence Committee. I was informed then that the Department of Justice opinions had concluded that the use of enhanced interrogation techniques were legal. The only mention of waterboarding at that briefing was that it was not being employed.

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But there are new documents that led even Amnesty International to conclude that she must’ve known what was going on with waterboarding.

John Edwards was only a few votes away from being the president of the United States when rumors surfaced he was cheating on his cancer-strickened wife and fathered a lovechild, he responded:

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JOHN EDWARDS, FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I have no idea what you’re asking about. I’ve responded, consistently, to these tabloid allegations by saying I don’t respond to these lies and you know that… and I stand by that.

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There’s no hedging there. He’s telling you like it is. And then that pesky DNA comes out and the statement changes: "I am Quinn’s father. I will do everything in my power to provide her with the love and support she deserves… it was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter and hopefully one day, when she understands, she will forgive me."

How tender.

And then there’s this example, which mysteriously has drawn a chorus of yawns from the media: President Obama, while on the campaign trail, was asked about his relationship with ACORN. Here’s how he responded:

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THEN-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BARACK OBAMA: My relationship to ACORN is pretty straightforward. When… it’s probably 13 years ago, when I was still practicing law, I represented ACORN. And my partner in that representation was the U.S. Justice Department, in having Illinois implement what was called the Motor Voter Law.

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That sounds so straightforward: He’s got nothing to do with them. It’s no big deal. But I want you to know this wasn’t an isolated incident. Here he is again, this time at a presidential debate:

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OBAMA: It had nothing to do with us. We were not involved. The only involvement I’ve had with ACORN was I represented them alongside the U.S. Justice Department in making Illinois implement a Motor Voter Law.

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OK — got it? Nothing to do with ACORN. Now, in the very same election campaign — in a video clip uncovered during a House investigation by Congressman Issa — here’s what Obama said when being interviewed by ACORN, about a year before he was elected:

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OBAMA:

When I ran Project Vote, voter registration drive in Illinois, ACORN was smack dab in the middle of it.

Once I was elected, there wasn’t a campaign that ACORN worked on down in Springfield that I wasn’t right there with you.

Since I’ve been in the United States Senate, I’ve been always a partner with ACORN as well.

I’ve been fighting with ACORN, along side ACORN, on issues you care about, my entire career.

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Did we somehow misunderstand him? Is there another definition of "is" that I missed in this statement? In the same campaign season, he says these two statements:

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OBAMA: And I definitely welcome ACORN’s input. You don’t have to ask me about that, I’m going to call you, even if you, if you didn’t ask me.

OBAMA:: It had nothing to do with us. We were not involved.

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How do you make that work in your head and sleep at night? Here’s the next question: How does the media sleep at night? Here is the president claiming he has nothing to do with a scandal-ridden organization, when in reality he’s saying "I’ll call you first"? On the very same day ACORN is in the news for dissolving nationally, the media has to go out of their way to miss this! Why are they silent?

Now, the question is: What do we do about it?

We have to stop the lies we tell ourselves. That first kind of lie:"Oh, he’ll be different when he gets in office." No, judge someone by their past record and their actions and the people they surround themselves with — it does matter.

Now, the second lie is much tougher to stop. Look at some of the crazy things people believe:

That the Bush administration actually had the combined evil, audacity, competence and ability to blow up the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and then was able to cover their tracks. How do you get people to believe that kind of stuff? Things like George W. Bush put on a frogman suit and planted bombs on the levees in New Orleans. Or that the moon landing was staged in a studio in Hollywood. Or that government agencies are setting up prison camps and buying thousands of coffins outside Atlanta.

How is it possible to persuade someone to believe this stuff? It starts by looking America straight in the eye and saying: "This is what happened. End of story. Period."

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THEN-PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON: Because people have got to know whether or not their president’s a crook. Well, I’m not a crook.

THEN-PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH: Read my lips. No new taxes.

THEN-PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: I did not have sexual relations with that woman.

FORMER VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE: If you look at the peer-reviewed scientific literature, the debate is over.

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If the most powerful people on the planet can look you in the eyes and deceive you — some intentionally, some not — then people begin to wonder: What else are they capable of?

We know they are capable of continuing the charade on global warming, even though the "consensus" is currently imploding. The science is bogus — it’s falling apart — but they are still telling us we will leave no planet for our kids if we don’t act now on cap-and-trade. Spain is already proving it doesn’t work. But people like Van Jones are here to tell you it does work. They are willing to bankrupt the world for a lie.

People think, if that’s true, what else are they capable of? That’s why we have to restore honor and truth to Washington.

But it starts with us. We can’t expect it of them if we don’t live it in our own lives. Telling the truth — it seems like such a simple thing, but it’s not. Don’t believe me? OK, how do you answer when a woman asks: "Does this dress make me look fat?" See? Not so easy.

But the Founders made it look easy. George Washington. Honest Abe Lincoln. YouTube wouldn’t have scared them, because they said what they meant and meant what they said. They were men of honor. They had to be; there’s no way people would have risked their lives, their fortunes, and their "sacred honor" to follow liars. It would never have worked.

Somewhere along the way that type of honor fizzled. The lies have piled up. The nickname "honest" isn’t applied much anymore in D.C. And you can see it in the polls: 80 percent think Congress makes decisions based on self-interest or special interest; 86 percent think government is broken.

They’ve lost the trust.

When I was a kid, growing up you could get away with just about anything in my house except for lying. You did not want to lie in my house. I’ll never forget the day my sister decided to play hooky.

My dad worked in the bakery all day so we never saw him in the light of day. My other sister and I were a little surprised when my dad picked us up and the sun was still out. He said, "Where’s your sister? Be careful what you say. Remember, we tell the truth in this family." He made us both sit in the backseat. At this point, we knew bad things were about to go down. When we finally found my other sister, dad pulled up next to her: "So, how was school?" He kept asking and asking, letting her dig the hole deeper.

I think I got only like three spankings in my life. My sisters never got any — until that day. The belt made an appearance.

The first step is we have to stop lying to ourselves. That dress does make you look fat. Scott Brown’s not the cure all for smaller government. And our economy and country can’t be restored until all offices in Washington have restored honor.

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