Barack Obama is a dramatic failure.
His economy has been a slow-motion train wreck. His domestic policy has driven racial antagonism to renewed heights and divided Americans from each other along lines of religion and sexual orientation. On foreign policy he has set the world aflame in the name of pretty, meaningless verbiage and a less hegemonic America.
But there’s good news: At least he controls the information flow.
This week, Attorney General Loretta Lynch told Americans to believe her rather than their own lying eyes. First, she openly admitted that the FBI would censor the 911 phone call of the jihadi Omar Mateen who murdered 49 Americans at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The FBI, she said, would remove explicit references to ISIS, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Islam.
The resulting transcript was a masterpiece of hilarious redaction. Here’s just a taste: “In the name of God the Merciful, the beneficial (in Arabic) … Praise be to God, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of (in Arabic). I let you know, I’m in Orlando and I did the shootings. … My name is I pledge of allegiance to (omitted). … I pledge allegiance to (omitted), may God protect him (in Arabic) on behalf (omitted).”
This memory holing would make George Orwell cry. In this iteration, Allah becomes God (See, Islam is just like Judaism and Christianity!), but we can’t mention terrorist groups and their leaders. In fact, more than a week after the attack, Lynch told the press she didn’t know the jihadi’s motivation — a motivation clearly stated in the transcript she released.
But this is not unusual for the Obama administration. We know that in the run-up to the Iran deal the Obama administration simply altered reality to fit its narrative: It had fiction writer and deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes cook up an account where negotiations with the terror state began only after the accession of “moderate” President Hassan Rouhani. Never mind that Obama and company had been negotiating with the mullahs behind the scenes for years before that. The narrative had to be falsified and upheld. When the State Department was forced to admit those lies in a press conference, the White House conveniently chopped out that section of the taped conference for public release.
We also know that the Obama administration lied openly about Obamacare. It knew from the beginning that you couldn’t keep your doctor or your plan. It simply hid that fact for years. We know that the Obama State Department sliced out a section of transcript mentioning radical Islam when French President Francois Hollande visited the United States.
He who controls the information flow controls reality.
And the Obama administration is already rewriting reality for the historians of decades hence. We won’t find out where they hid most of the political bodies until too late — just as we won’t find out what Clinton hid in her private server until far too late.
This is why a government must not be trusted with massive power. Politicians have every incentive not just to lie in the present but to lie with an eye toward the future. The more power they have over us, the more power they have over the reality we see — and the more they think they can get away with manipulating that reality.
Ben Shapiro, 32, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, a radio host on KRLA 870 Los Angeles and KTIE 590 Orange County, host of “The Ben Shapiro Show,” and editor-in-chief of DailyWire.com. He is the New York Times best-selling author of “Bullies.” He lives with his wife and two children in Los Angeles. To find out more about Ben Shapiro and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
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