And When the Feds Lie To You?
Benghazi misdirections for political purposes; Obamacare’s doctor and plan retention; Obamacare’s promised cost per family savings; Fast and Furious stonewalling; and the IRS political attacks. What do they all have in common? Lying. From the federal government to the people.
“Did you know that it is a crime to tell a lie to the federal government? Even if your lie is oral and not under oath? Even if you have received no warnings of any kind? Even if you are not trying to cheat the government out of money? Even if the government is not actually misled by your falsehood? Well it is. “
“Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001 makes it a crime to: 1) knowingly and willfully; 2) make any materially false, fictitious or fraudulent statement or representation; 3) in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative or judicial branch of the United States. Your lie does not even have to be made directly to an employee of the national government as long as it is "within the jurisdiction" of the ever expanding federal bureaucracy”
So the question must be asked: What happens when they lie to us? Apparently nothing. Bold-faced and repeated untruths are explained away as something unavoidable, misunderstood.
Do citizens enjoy the same latitudes when talking to federal agents? This door should swing both ways. Why do we, the employers, allow the employees (our public servants) to alter the truth, prevaricate, and stall and delay the simple task of presenting the truth?
The boldest of lies, once revealed as such, meet just a shade of outrage. Defenders offer such clichés as “all politicians lie” or “what do you expect”? But if truth be gone, what remains of our system? Our society?