On Tuesday, ultra-"progressive," anti-Second Amendment, anti-NRA (and "gun criminal"?) Bill Maher told CNN's Piers Morgan that Obama should not have lied to the American people, as he did with his categorical assertion that people who were happy with their current health insurance plans would not lose them. But, as Politico notes, he appears willing to cut Obama some slack, over what he evidently believes are extenuating circumstances:
But Maher acknowledged that Obama faced a tough battle with the GOP to pass the Affordable Care Act.
“Can you imagine what it would be like if he said, ‘Yeah, some people you’re rates are going to go up.’ … If they had said that, they might have lost the whole thing,” Maher said.
In essence, while expressing his disapproval of Obama's mendacity, Maher is clearly willing to at least partially excuse it, because the lie was probably necessary to advance an agenda that does meet with Maher's approval.
Come to think of it, there is, as noted above, another agenda of which Maher approves, and it could be argued that Obama has told more lies in the interests of advancing that one than he did in ramrodding Obamacare's narrow passage in Congress.
For example, he claimed that "what works in Chicago may not work in Cheyenne," obviously implying a belief in local autonomy on gun policy, while simultaneously pushing an agenda of nationwide "gun control" laws, that would apply to Chicago and Cheyenne, and everywhere else (and what does he mean by "works in Chicago," anyway?).
He claimed that, "More than 90 percent of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States"--a statement not even remotely true.
He claimed that he and Attorney General Eric Holder knew nothing of "Project Gunwalker," more than a month after Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) had written to Holder about it, and then claimed that Operation Fast and Furious had started during the Bush administration (blatantly false).
He even claimed that the Sandy Hook Elementary School atrocity was carried out with a fully-automatic weapon (emphasis added):
I just came from Denver, where the issue of gun violence is something that has haunted families for way too long, and it is possible for us to create common-sense gun safety measures that respect the traditions of gun ownership in this country and hunters and sportsmen, but also make sure that we don’t have another 20 children in a classroom gunned down by a semiautomatic weapon -- by a fully automatic weapon in that case, sadly.
Most recently, this column has discussed at some length the lie told by Obama and his ideological allies, that "40% of gun sales proceed without a background check," for which even the rabidly pro-Obama, anti-gun Washington Post "awarded" Obama "three Pinocchios" (when Obama repeated the lie, even after WaPo's fact checkers had challenged it).
Those interested could probably find many more examples, but hopefully the point has been adequately made.
All these lies were told with an eye to advancing the forcible citizen disarmament agenda--an agenda that Maher clearly approves of (while simultaneously blustering that "I ain't giving up my gun"), and so are presumably far more forgivable in Maher's view than lies intended to bolster a less "progressive" agenda.
The fundamental truth that Maher and Obama both are clearly ignoring is that any agenda that cannot win through on its own merits--its true merits--is an agenda that deserves to go down in flames. Those pushing that agenda, and the lies, deserve a similar fate.
- Do 90% of Mexican 'crime guns' come from U.S.?
- What 'works' in Chicago . . . ?
- Does Obama have too many 'moving parts' to get handle on 'Project Gunwalker'?
- Bill Maher asks what Constitutional rights we should lose--2nd Amendment chosen
- Obama straight up lies to Hispanic voters about 'Project Gunwalker'
- Use social media to confront 'universal background check' pushers on '40%' lie
- '40% of gun sales proceed without background check': Gun grabbers' favorite lie