Bad Omen For Democracy: When Truth is Less Important Than Power

Enshrined on the crest of Harvard University and many other educational and religious organizations is the Latin word Veritas, “Truth.”  Nothing matters more than truth.  That which is true is also good and holy.  It is authentic.  It inspires, builds, transforms, and makes it possible for the human species to advance.  The search for truth is the very foundation of all the sciences, from mathematics and physics to philosophy and theology.  Nonetheless, it is not a new phenomenon to see people in positions of authority sacrificing truth at the altar of power.  This has been going on since the first time that one human was given–or seized–authority over another.

This is why the Founders of our nation wrote into the Constitution that all powers not specifically given to the federal government must be understood to belong to the states and to the people.  Basically, they wrote in that sacred document–the Contract of Liberty–that the national government is authorized to do only a few things.  Regarding all other things it was construed to have no authority whatsoever.  Thomas Jefferson could probably have been speaking for all of the framers of the Constitution when he wrote the following:  “Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms [of government] those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”  How prophetic!

In the interest of discovering the truth, let’s analyze the recent comments of President Barack Obama concerning the high cost of gasoline in this country (now twice what it was on the day he took office).  Two weeks ago Mr. Obama scoffed at the notion that he wants higher gas prices.  Like all psycho-social bullies, he’s an excellent scoffer, by the way.  He doesn’t have to physically threaten his opponents because he uses his carefully-crafted rhetoric to portray them in ways that make them seem like idiots to his willful listeners.

In his mocking tone, Obama asked Fox reporter Ed Henry, “Do you think the President of the United States going into re-election wants gas prices to go up higher? Is there anybody here who thinks that makes a lot of sense?”  The comment came at a time when Newt Gingrich and others were making the accusation that Obama actually does want to see higher gas prices in the interest of pushing his radical and uncomfortable energy policies.  He refers to those policies as an “all-of-the-above approach,” but the “all” is actually weighted by power and funding against fossil fuels and more toward the green-energy industries presided over by his political cronies (the ones who are bankrolling his re-election campaign).

So how are we to find the truth here?  That’s easily done.  Mr. Obama’s past comments betray his current falsehoods.  He does want higher prices and he has wanted them for a long time.  It doesn’t matter how much those higher prices hurt the poor, or the middle class, as long as his one-sided, extreme agenda is rammed into action.  My assertion deserves evidence.  I duly offer it here.

Back in June of 2008, then-candidate Obama told a CNBC interviewer that the US has been “slow” in implementing necessary energy reforms.  Obviously, what he meant was that powerful people with radical energy agendas must force reform upon the nation by causing gasoline to be too expensive to afford.  When asked if high prices help the nation, Obama replied that he prefers “a gradual adjustment.”  So, yes, he wants higher gas prices–he just wants them to come at a pace that will allow us to get used to them.

Now let’s take a look at the man who serves as Secretary of Energy.  He was appointed by Obama, of course.  They are birds of a feather.  In 2008 Steven Chu commented that he wanted to see gasoline prices in the US as high as those in Europe.  Though he has publicly backed down from the remark because of recent political opposition, he refuses to say that he regrets it.

The simple fact is this:  while Obama and Chu claim that they aren’t happy with current gasoline prices, it’s not true.  They may regret that they are high at this moment, with the presidential election looming in a few months, but in the long term they want to see gasoline prices continue to spike in order to make it more painful for average Americans.  In their world of political idealism and control of the masses, they believe they know what’s best for the nation and the world.  They care not how painful, or difficult, or stressful it is to ordinary working people.  They care only about renewing their control of power.  Clearly, they’ll tell us what we want to hear now.  If re-elected, their policies will reflect what is in their hearts.

Obama says there is no “silver bullet” for gas prices.  That is pure, unadulterated nonsense.  A pro-drilling policy that doesn’t undercut the fossil-fuel industry will result in lower oil and gas prices.  It’s a simple fact of economics.  While it is true that prices spiked under George W. Bush, he took action to loosen up restrictions on the industry and prices dropped back to bearable levels.  Obama has done the opposite.  He is strangling and damaging the oil securement industry and it’s costing us all.  Gas is going up.  Food is going up.  Durable goods are going up.  Everything that is moved or produced by way of the consumption of oil must increase.  It’s simple economics.

The liberal press continues to take the side of Obama, against all possible expressions of common sense.  Time magazine (which would be better titled Time to Make Obama President-for-Life) has proclaimed that it’s not Obama’s fault that gas prices are high.  Others, those same others who tried to crucify Bush, are rushing to Obama’s defense.  They think we have forgotten the past.  Sadly, many of us have.

Make no mistake.  The truth is that Obama wants higher gas prices.  He just doesn’t want you to know that he wants them, and he doesn’t want them at this exact moment as people are deciding how to vote in November.  Go back to the comment to the Fox interviewer, above.  Obama gave himself away when he inferred that no president wants high gas prices “going into re-election.”  He spoke truth in that moment, but for the long haul he needs higher gas prices to force his agenda upon the nation.

He’s still on the political stage and his most pressing need right now is to ensure that he gets to direct Act Two of The Remaking of America.  Truth be damned.


2 thoughts on “Bad Omen For Democracy: When Truth is Less Important Than Power

  1. Wow, John!

    You’ve truly done your homework, once again!

    The radical environmentalists truly have a frightening agenda. (For a great, primer on this, see Lew Rockwell’s essay:

    As always, you document how government attracts those busy-bodies who wish to rule others. (What St. Augustine and the early Church Father’s called “Libido Domani” or “The Lust to Control”). No wonder 90% of what comes out of Washington these days is a lie or cover-up!

    I do have one thing to add: It doesn’t subtract from your blog. It adds to it!

    One of the reasons gas prices has increased isn’t Obama’s regulatory control, but the rampant inflation that has occurred under his and Bush II’s presidency. It’s not that gas prices have gone up, but that the purchasing power of the dollar has gone down. Peter Schiff, investment guru, gives us the lowdown:

    P.S. Another great article that you’d like to have a peak at (i.e. one that would back up your thesis: is here:


  2. Remember, it was Jimmy Carter (whose presidency the current one really emulates, not the poosturing about other presidents) who said “the standard of living in the rest of the world cannot go up until the standard of living in the US comes down.” We’re well on our way.

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