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When Lawmakers Become Lawbreakers

By:  Greg Allen   Special to GCN   1/1/15
 
In a speech given in Nashville, Tennessee on December 9th, 2014, Barack Obama said: “I think the good book says don't throw stones in glass houses … the good book says those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.”

The President was no doubt referring to the Bible.  However, that quote can’t be found in the good book.  It’s widely held that Geoffrey Chaucer, an English poet of the Middle Ages, coined that phrase in the late 1300s.

It may be that Mr. Obama freely used the phrase for oratorical pageantry because it sounds impressive in the absence of attributing knowledge.

The President isn’t the first, and he most certainly won’t be the last, to misquote the good book and contribute some meaning to a phrase hypothetically nestled among Scripture that simply isn’t.   

An elementary school teacher of mine once claimed I handle the truth carelessly.  I’ve spent my life trying to dispel that.  However, journalists, as I, have an ambiguous task when it comes to separating truth from fiction daily.

Politicians no doubt experience that same plight, for nothing else ruins the truth like stretching it.  A brush of honesty would no doubt help those suffering with truth decay.     Videotape of the architect of Obamacare, an MIT professor and economist, recently surfaced in which he was enthusiastically bragging about how the law was passed in deceptive measure and that the American people were just too stupid to understand its importance.

His cleverness eventually caught up with him for he had to undergo cross-examination on Capitol Hill from quite a few congressmen who had seen the tape and didn’t appreciate the Economist’s braggadocious theatrics.  According to him, those who were in charge of implementing the law had to lie because it would have never became law if the truth surfaced.

The President, many in his staff, and a host of politicians, made the claim if you like your medical insurance policy and doctor you can keep them.  According to that MIT professor it was all a fabrication to deceive the American people, and ironically he was quite proud of that.

It would seem those in Washington, D.C. have a dilemma on their hands.  The American people no longer trust their elected officials for recent polls show that Congress has an approval rating hovering around 7%.     When does a lawmaker become a lawbreaker?  It’s a fine line indeed.

Corruption is running rapid in the nation’s capital, yet, no one seems to be prosecuted or suffer any type of consequence concerning their indignant behavior.

A clever politician will often tap dance around the issue by saying all things are open to interpretation and reason it away with a convenient halfhearted truth.

The supreme law of the land, the U.S. Constitution, means nothing to this President and many others who swear allegiance to it when taking the oath of office.  Given that fact, when they steer from that oath and stubbornly ignore the Constitution they’ve crossed that line and become lawbreakers and should be labeled such.

Since this is the Dawn of a new year, and resolutions are often ceremoniously offered up, maybe our elected officials should be resolute in how they conduct themselves.  A bold politician would introduce a bill that would ban lobbyists and special interest groups from contaminating the system anymore.  Introduced legislation would say a politician has to live on a fixed income in serving the people.  “Political Contributions” will no longer be referred to as such, but redefined as “Bribes” and outlawed.

It’s inconceivable that no one in the bureaucracy has been prosecuted for the discrimination  and targeting of American citizens who claim to be conservative, but in that case truth is sure stranger than fiction.

The President, and those in his cabinet, continually refuse to implement and oftentimes simply ignore, existing laws and there’s no consequences suffered by them in those endeavors.

Our first president, George Washington, had the opportunity to wear fine linen and angelical type gowns, but he refused to because he didn’t want to be seen as imperialistic.

The American model has indeed become tarnished by the indignant and that should be reiterated continuously for the truth can be endearing.

Greg Allen’s column, Thinkin’ Out Loud, is published bi-monthly.  He’s an author, nationally syndicated columnist and the founder of Builder of the Spirit in Jamestown, Indiana, a non-profit organization aiding the poor.  He can be reached at www.builderofthespirit.org or follow him on Twitter  @GregAllencolumn 
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