Do you ever get the feeling that if ACME, manufacturers of exploding bird seed, jet-propelled tennis shoes, magnetic anvils and the portable hole came up with the perfect lie detector that our elected Roadrunners in Washington would counter it with the EMCA lie deflector?
Last Sunday “Meet the Press” became “Beat the Press” when Congressman Raul Labrador, of Idaho, suggested to the show’s host, David Gregory, that during an earlier segment, Jeh Johnson, the Secretary of Homeland Security, might have uttered a falsehood or two.
That’s right — Congressman Labrador was so convinced Homeland Secretary Johnson bent the truth he believed the show should change its famous opening when he stated:
“I kept thinking during the Johnson interview that you need to change your slogan at the beginning of your show. Instead of, ‘If it’s Sunday, it’s Meet the Press’ it should be ‘If it’s Sunday, it’s another administration official making stuff up on Meet the Press’”
Once again, the American public becomes Wile E. Coyote as the anvil lands on our head while we fall through the portable hole realizing there is no ACME lie detector to help us determine who is fibbing.
The elected congressman?
The presidential appointed cabinet member?
…. In order to make it appear their interpretative version of the USA’s immigration system is the legitimate truth.
Fortunately, before we crash to the ground and avoid getting run over by an ACME delivery truck, our information parachute opens and we land in the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website and read for ourselves the statutes governing immigration law in the Immigration Nationality Act.
Déjà vu, all over again, Part I — Last week, while quoting President Obama, I mentioned he made those comments while at a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Minneapolis. Well after a brief Independence Day vacation our Campaignerin-Chief is at it again.
This morning he is scheduled to be in Denver for a fundraiser, then off to Dallas for his evening fundraiser followed by attending two more scheduled fundraisers in Austin tomorrow as the president adds not only to the total of money raised for the Democratic Party but also adds to the record number of fundraisers attended by a president at this stage of their presidency.
Déjà vu, all over again, Part II — As I wrote when President Bush II was practicing the same practice as President Obama is now, I have no problem with him messing around on the campaign trail because it means he’s not messing around in Washington.
What I have a problem with is, as an elected campaigner, the president is on the taxpayers’ clock and getting paid by the taxpayers. There needs to be legislation passed that the president does not get paid by taxpayers while campaigning for anyone but themselves.
However. (Yes, there’s always a however.)
However, in the interest of National Security, taxpayers will still have to pay the campaign road bill for the ACME staff, the ACME Secret Service and the ACME jet-propelled Air Force One.
The trouble when elected and appointed officials tell tales of the non-truth is a certain amount of people believe the words they’ve heard and tend to defend the chosen words even after the words have been proven falsehoods.
Such as the proven — I did not have sexual relations with those weapons of mass destruction because if you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period.
I seriously believe when lies are told to the citizens of the United States it is indeed a form of treason because it misguides Americans’ need to know the truth by taking them away from the truth.
In order to reduce the amount of lying by our elected and appointed officials, Congress needs to appoint a committee of fact finders experienced in researching the facts, and determine if questionable statements made by elected or appointed officials are true or false.
Then give them, the human lie detectors, the authority to level the appropriate fines on those they find guilty of the treasonable offense of lying as a representative of the U.S. government, which would include hefty monetary penalties, banishment from government and government-related jobs and/or prison time. Of course just like Wile E. Coyote, Super Genius, just when I dare to believe I have it all figured out, here comes that ACME steamroller. Beep! Beep!