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People of the Lie: It is Not Just the Clintons

by Christopher Chantrill
October 28, 2015 at 10:46 pm


IT IS DEJA vu all over again. A Clinton has lied in public and the Democrats have celebrated with a public show of approval. Remember when Al Gore led the cheers at the White House after Ol’ Bill lied to the American people? Now it’s the chaps at the DNC leading the cheers for Hillary Clinton’s tawdry lies about Benghazi.

There was a best-seller about lying, back in the day, and liberals loved it. It was People of the Lie by M. Scott Peck. The book was all about the skanky people — and you knew who they were — who lied their way through their shabby, mostly lower-middle-class lives. That was during the time that liberals had flopped onto their fainting couches in response to the lies of Richard Nixon, which were not to be endured! That was then. This is now, and with the intellectual bankruptcy of their ideas and their rule, liberals lie about everything. Because they have to.

But hey, we conservatives do it too. We conservatives demand that our politicians do something about Obamacare and so the GOP candidates at election time promise to do so. And then they don’t.

It’s not just politics. Think about the absurdities that religion wants us to believe. Divine justice? All good people go to heaven? In your dreams. Of course, it’s not all happy talk. Classic Catholicism had Heaven but also a Hell and a Purgatory to teach a lesson to the folks in between. Calvinism had a Heaven for the Elect, but with Methodism just about everyone got to go to Heaven. Now we have lefties and progressives; their religion tells us we can have heaven right here on Earth if only we get rid of greedy bankers and racists, sexists, and microaggressors.

Here’s a thought. If the lefties have brought Heaven to Earth, doesn’t that suggest that they would have created a Hell on Earth too, just to make it fair for all the racists, sexists, homophobes of which we’ve heard tell? Only it seems that Hell on Earth is reserved for the left’s own workers, as in the late, great Soviet Union. Or their African Americans, as in Democratic cities like Detroit where the men don’t marry and the women don’t work? Or feminists, cowering from dastardly rape culture and microaggressions in their collegiate safe spaces?

Does that mean that lefties are lying about their Heaven on Earth, or their Hell on Earth, or both?

Of course, there can be no hell on earth like the hell of working for the Clinton Crime Syndicate, and wondering if your email to Herself was sufficiently groveling and sycophantic for the Heaven of getting an answer.

Tell me, what is the “tell” when Hillary Clinton lies? Is it the cackle, or the hacking cough?

America’s big problem is not the tawdry lies of the Clintons — hey, Hillary, did you lie to your daughter and the president of Egypt or to the American people? — but the lies that liberals have to tell themselves to keep believing in their government-is-good ruling-class ideology.

Hey liberals: “politics is violence,” and “government is force.” That’s Kevin Williamson in his excellent The End is Near and It’s Going to be Awesome. The lie that liberals tell themselves is that government is kindly librarians dispensing Social Security, Medicare, and common schools to the little people — and now they demand to be allowed to save us from homophobes and climate change. But politics is violence, and government is force. Doesn’t matter if Lois Lerner is a kindly librarian; she is still backed up by activists with hate in their hearts and G-men with guns in their hands. Anyway, she’s no longer a tawdry bureaucrat responding to a king’s “who will rid me of these tea-partiers.” She’s now ascended to the Olympian heights of a world champion gold-medal skater.

Kevin Williamson continues in his latest Sunday think piece.

[E]ffective states are deep but narrow: strong states that can do what needs doing but do so with the understanding that this includes a limited menu of items.

That’s what liberals cannot admit and cannot endure. Because a state that was deep and narrow would have no need for liberals. Liberals can’t admit that their dream of “advocacy” is a fantasy of political violence. They can’t admit that government always comes down to men with guns.

Everybody lies, but somehow our liberal friends have got in deeper than the rest of us amateurs. They gave us the worst president ever. And now they want to nominate to the presidency a woman who is a cough-er and a cackler and whose whole life is a lie.

Liberals just can’t admit that their dream is a lie, their leaders are tawdry fibbers, and they have become the People of the Lie.

Christopher Chantrill blogs at www.roadtothemiddleclass.com.

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Faith & Purpose

“When we began first to preach these things, the people appeared as awakened from the sleep of ages—they seemed to see for the first time that they were responsible beings, and that a refusal to use the means appointed was a damning sin.”
Finke, Stark, The Churching of America, 1776-1990

Mutual Aid

In 1911... at least nine million of the 12 million covered by national insurance were already members of voluntary sick pay schemes. A similar proportion were also eligible for medical care.
Green, Reinventing Civil Society


“We have met with families in which for weeks together, not an article of sustenance but potatoes had been used; yet for every child the hard-earned sum was provided to send them to school.”
E. G. West, Education and the State

Living Under Law

Law being too tenuous to rely upon in [Ulster and the Scottish borderlands], people developed patterns of settling differences by personal fighting and family feuds.
Thomas Sowell, Conquests and Cultures

German Philosophy

The primary thing to keep in mind about German and Russian thought since 1800 is that it takes for granted that the Cartesian, Lockean or Humean scientific and philosophical conception of man and nature... has been shown by indisputable evidence to be inadequate. 
F.S.C. Northrop, The Meeting of East and West


Inquiry does not start unless there is a problem... It is the problem and its characteristics revealed by analysis which guides one first to the relevant facts and then, once the relevant facts are known, to the relevant hypotheses.
F.S.C. Northrop, The Logic of the Sciences and the Humanities


“But I saw a man yesterday who knows a fellow who had it from a chappie that said that Urquhart had been dipping himself a bit recklessly off the deep end.”  —Freddy Arbuthnot
Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison

Democratic Capitalism

I mean three systems in one: a predominantly market economy; a polity respectful of the rights of the individual to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and a system of cultural institutions moved by ideals of liberty and justice for all. In short, three dynamic and converging systems functioning as one: a democratic polity, an economy based on markets and incentives, and a moral-cultural system which is plural and, in the largest sense, liberal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism


The incentive that impels a man to act is always some uneasiness... But to make a man act [he must have] the expectation that purposeful behavior has the power to remove or at least to alleviate the felt uneasiness.
Ludwig von Mises, Human Action


[In the] higher Christian churches... they saunter through the liturgy like Mohawks along a string of scaffolding who have long since forgotten their danger. If God were to blast such a service to bits, the congregation would be, I believe, genuinely shocked. But in the low churches you expect it every minute.
Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm


“When we received Christ,” Phil added, “all of a sudden we now had a rule book to go by, and when we had problems the preacher was right there to give us the answers.”
James M. Ault, Jr., Spirit and Flesh

Living Law

The recognition and integration of extralegal property rights [in the Homestead Act] was a key element in the United States becoming the most important market economy and producer of capital in the world.
Hernando de Soto, The Mystery of Capital

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