Deception Fatigue

Over the past three years, President Obama has demonstrated his willingness to lie about anything and everything if it leads to the acquisition and retention of maximum power for himself and his cohorts.  Obama follows a pattern of overloading the system with deception, making responses to every individual distortion impractical or outright impossible.  While Obama's opponents spend their precious time addressing each new lie, Obama keeps the focus off the end-zone, and seizures of power previously unthinkable are accomplished. 

At some point, citizens grow weary of hearing that their leaders are out for their ill, that political policies are nothing more than grand deceptions.  Who wants to believe that his president is a serial liar that seeks to impose full Socialism on the land of the free?  Some truths are too big to contemplate -- an observation that would lead one of the world's most successful propagandists to write:

It would never come into their [the people's] heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation.

This strategy has a name; it is called "The Big Lie," and it depends in part on a fundamental truth of human nature: fatigue. 

Obama has masterfully refined the Big Lie with his own approach; call it "Deception Fatigue."  To the untrained eye, his approach of covering obvious and blatant lies with even more shallow and little-rehearsed fibs would seem an ineffective way to deceive a well-educated populace.  But it is possible that Obama doesn't intend primarily to deceive in every case so much as to disarm.  The somewhat bumbling fib-mongering of Obama should not be confused with lack of skill. 

President Clinton disarmed Americans, well-aware of his penchant for falsehood, with humor.  Obama achieves the same effect with repetition.  Citizens eventually lose momentum and give up.  Resistance gives way to desensitization or simply self-diversion.

Obama lies about everything.  Opposition to taxpayer-funded birth control and government-mandated funding of abortion by churches is depicted as a "war on women."  This from the president who last Ramadan praised the idea of hijabs and niqabs as defenses against male lust.  Obama's lies are so pervasive that listing them all requires data-mining, so, for efficiency, those interested in a somewhat thorough catalog of Obama's lies may follow this link.

Obama is clever, and he is manipulative.  He will often avoid the direct approach and will instead opt for insinuation and implication -- e.g., when he stood before Congress at the 2010 State of the Union shortly before the narrow passage of his majority-opposed health care reform bill and intimated that if Republicans would merely provide alternatives to his reform proposal, he would look at them.  This statement carries the implication that Republicans had no alternative reform proposals and were merely taking cheap shots at the president's "perfect" plan.  But Republicans had in fact provided numerous alternatives, none of which President Obama would acknowledge or give the time of day.

Similarly, when observers challenge Obama's power-grabs, Obama utilizes redirection and name-calling to divert public attention from his massive constitutional overreach.  He will accuse Republicans of "dividing" instead of "uniting" or, worse, release ads tarring anyone who opposes government expansion at the expense of liberty as "the mob."  A sitting president of the United States referring to his fellow citizens as a "mob" is unprecedented in American history and would likely not be tolerated if the president hadn't neutralized all criticism by branding it "racist."

When faced with rapidly falling poll numbers, this master of deception used the tragic Congresswoman Giffords shooting as an opportunity to imply that Republican failure to implement his policies caused the mental degenerate who slaughtered innocents to do what he did.  The subtle, ingenious connection of this wanton act of violence with an entire political party is breathtakingly perverse.  But that's just our Obama.

This brilliant use of indirect labeling can be observed in Obama's dismissal of the constitutional role of the Supreme Court to interpret the law.  Obama said that he hoped that an "unelected body" wouldn't overturn his law. This subtle derision implies that the role of the US Supreme Court is unfounded and somehow unsanctioned.  This kind of cynical demagoguery targets not the educated public participant, but the uneducated voter.

Despite the incessant parade of falsehoods, surpassing even former President Bill Clinton in sheer nerve, Obama will lie even when he is on tape contradicting himself.  The best example of this outrageous inability to tell the truth can be observed when Obama passionately asserted his opposition to a "universal single-payer" health care system, even though he is on tape advocating for just that.

And then there's Obama insisting he did not have ties to ACORN, despite his following statement:

I've been fighting alongside ACORN on issues you care about my entire career. Even before I was an elected official, when I ran Project Vote voter registration drive in Illinois, ACORN was smack dab in the middle of it, and we appreciate your work.

It must take true audacity to contradict your own statements on recorded media and simply not care if anyone notices.  What can be gained if a liar is caught lying?  If a liar is lying fast enough and often enough, then the answer is: everything.

It was Lenin who once observed that "a lie told often enough becomes truth."

America can ill afford "deception-fatigue" any longer.  We cannot be complacent about our president's mendacity.

Let's heed Ben Franklin's words: "Up sluggard and waste not life; there will be sleeping enough in the not squander time, for time is the stuff life is made of."

Time is running out.  We'd better wake up and take action while we still can.