The Presidential Debates were totally my thing. You know debate is the center of my Training Minds organization, and having my coaches and a bunch of debate families follow our conversation was incredibly cool. However, the debates exposed a very troubling thing about this year’s election:
We are being lied to, and we should not appreciate it.
This is different than other elections. I mean, there is “spin” or “stretching the truth,” and I’m apt to allow certain perspectives on questionable situations. But some of the whoppers the debates exposed (some still being exposed just four days before the vote) are worth repeating here. If this helps in making your decision on who you will vote for, consider it good!
Lie #1 ~ Benghazi.
The President adamantly defended a whopper of a lie that he initially called the Benghazi attack a coordinated act of terror. This is so far removed to what happened just two months ago. It took two weeks before the Obama administration admitted that the attack was a coordinated act of terror. Anyone watching the news then knows this to be the case, and the more the President denies it, the more we know we’re being lied to.
But here’s where this issue goes from spin to lie. During the second debate, Obama referred to his rose garden speech how he claimed the attack was an “act of terror.” Obama even asked the moderator (a CNN reporter) to intervene and back him up. Much can be said about the moderator intervening (she should have butted out), but the simple fact that there was a tit-for-tat between one of the candidates and the moderator is a clear display of deception.
Anyone who was staying close to the news at the time of the Benghazi attack will remember the two weeks of parading the idea that a grade-B movie created the riot. Hillary Clinton, Press Secretary Jim Carney, and UN Ambassador Rice all kept to a script – and President Obama repeated it in front of the United Nations. To say that the president started off from day one that this was a terrorist attack is more than disingenuous – it’s a lie.
See the set up yourself. Notice President Obama calling Candy out, “Get the transcript.” And she just so happens to have the transcript of the Rose Garden speech.
Nearly 70 million people watched that debate. Later on CNN, the moderator admitted that Romney was right, but less than a million were watching then. Damage done, and the truth is thwarted.
Lie #2 ~ Planned Parenthood
I know several people who think abortion shouldn’t be a consideration. Okay, I get that, but what about lying about the number one provider for abortions in a scam to take millions of dollars away from tax payers? That’s what the President did in the second debate.
It had to do with mammograms. The President promoted a long-disputed lie from Planned Parenthood that mammograms are a major service of the organization. Lila Rose (a debate alumni, by the way) exposed this lie a year ago. Again, the more the President claims Planned Parenthood provides mammograms, the more we know we’re being lied to.
Here’s the Live Action video totally exposing this lie. It’s quite persuasive. The lie is used to justify millions of dollars of funding to the organization whose purpose, really, is to provide abortions. Check this out:
Lie #3 ~ Energy
One of the exchanges in the debates was almost surreal. Obama has thwarted public land drilling – even boasted about it in the past. The President actually claimed public land drilling was increasing. Is the Administration’s campaign actually trying to convince the voters that it is an advocate for nonrenewable energy? Come on, are we to believe that?
As victims of Hurricane Sandy line up for gas, remember that President Obama wasted billions on failed renewable energy and deliberately halted the Keystone Pipeline. Folks, energy is key to our economic success AND comes in particularly handy during natural disasters like Sandy. The infrastructure of energy has been compromised, and posing as a conservative at the last minute to make himself look like an advocate for drilling is very much out of character.
Here’s a news report shown after the debate but before Hurricane Sandy. It’s final words are creepy just how soon the demand would be:
This is a bitter moment in American politics. No one likes the falsehoods or the bickering, and it is humiliating to come to terms with some of the ideas that we thought were the truth. The falsehoods exposed in the exchanges between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney likely led to the polling momentum toward Mitt Romney. Some are even predicting a landslide.
Were there other lies that you saw? Share them below for others to see and discuss.