Unethical Quote Of The Month (And Signature Significance): Barack Obama

“Few people have done more for this state and this country than this driven, brilliant, sometimes irascible, deeply good man from Searchlight, Nevada.”

—-Former President Barack Obama, speaking at former Democratic Party Senate leader Harry Reid’s funeral.

Harry Reid was asked about his repeated lie during the 2012 Presidential campaign that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney had not paid any taxes over the previous decade.  Reid even made that allegation from the floor of the Senate.

Reid’s accusation was an outright, brazen lie. Romney released his tax returns for those years. In 2011, Romney paid $1.9 million in taxes; in 2010, he paid slightly more than $3 million in taxes. The Washington Post Fact Checker, a reliable defender of unethical conduct by Democrats, gave Reid Four Pinocchios for his “no taxes” claim. Another inveterate left-biased factchecking group, PolitiFact, gave the claim a “Pants on Fire” rating.

Reid’s answer to the query became infamous: he responded, “Romney didn’t win, did he?” Later, he insisted  that the lie was “the best thing he ever did.”Well, that leaves no doubt, does it? Whatever else Reid may have done or not done (and he did and said a lot of unethical things), that quote alone leaves no doubt: Harry Reid was not “good,” much less “deeply good.” He was a Machiavellian political hack without sufficient ethical or moral principles to recognize that it is wrong to lie for political agendas, and that the ends do not justify the means. The quote is signature significance, because good people do not lie and later pronounce the lie their proudest moment, not even once. Doing this demonstrates that an individual is not ethical nor trustworthy.

And Obama’s statement that such an individual was “deeply good” is also signature significance, and for exactly the same reason.

10 thoughts on “Unethical Quote Of The Month (And Signature Significance): Barack Obama

  1. I’m sure Obama thinks his “sometimes irascible” describes (and slyly excuses) lying and being proud of it. No. 64 and The King’s Pass.

    Thanks for posting this. This Harry Reid hagiography combined with January 6 being observed as a Holy Day has been a really depressing double header this week.

    • This Harry Reid hagiography combined with January 6 being observed as a Holy Day has been a really depressing double header this week.

      Particularly since January 6th is actually a real Holy Day in traditional Christianity – Epiphany.
      Leave it to the Dems to appropriate January 6th to propagate the tenets of their own religion..

      • Yes. Epiphany. The day by which my mother insisted all Christmas decorations were to be taken down. Not sure what the authority was for that, but it was an imperative for her.

  2. As I’ve already said, Harry Reid was flat out evil, and if you believe in hell, and I do, that man is in it right now burning to ashes, being reconstituted, and burning to ashes again, with all the pain that goes with it, and with the hopelessness of knowing that a billion years of this horrible torture will not bring him even one second closer to the end of his punishment.

  3. I cut people considerable slack on what they say about the deceased at a funeral. No one actually expects accuracy at funerals do they? No, you just say some nice things about the person, and leave out the bad parts.

    • So do I. But a former President’s remarks carry disproportionate weight, and Reid’ lie benefited Obama. “Deeply” good was a lie. He’s more articulate than that: the speakers at Richard Nixon’s funeral praised his good instincts with lauding his bad ones. If Obama wasn’t able to keep his remarks within proper limits, he should have declined to speak. A funeral is not leave to cheer on terrible conduct or bad character.

      • Wait . . . we are talking about Democrats and, specifically, Obama, for whom everything is a chance for politicking. When did a Democrat ever mess an opportunity to turn something wholly apolitical into a campaign speech or a fund raiser?

        As for Reid, the end was the only thing. If I read Machiavelli correctly, there is no moral or ethical value in anything other than power, which is itself the means to the end.

        jvb

  4. Dear Former President Obama:
    Fixed it for you: “Few people have done more in the name of this state to harm this country and its governing institutions than this unethical, thoroughly partisan, devious, deeply evil man from Searchlight, Nevada.”
    You’re welcome.

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