Congressional Dishonesty


 

Congressional Dishonesty

by Mustang

Whenever someone violates an oath or a vow, either by swearing to what is untrue, or through omission (concealing truth), intentional or otherwise, or to fail to do what has been promised under oath, they are guilty of false swearing.  In our judicial system, we call this perjury.

 

 

It is a felony, punishable by fines or imprisonment.  We’ve even seen where high-ranking officials have been sent to jail for lying to federal law enforcement officers.  As an aside, the prefix per– in Latin means “harmful,” so whenever someone perjures themselves, they do harm to the truth.  Not all lying is perjury —only lying under oath or lying to a member of the FBI.  Now, of course, a person may avoid perjury by refusing to make an oath, or in law enforcement or judicial matters (including testimony in congress) by claiming his or her right against self-incrimination.

What brought me to this discussion was the post of a few days back about the recently elected and seated member of Congress, Rashida Tlaib.  The oath she took reads as follows:

“I, (State your name) do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States.”

This oath, by the way, is required:

“The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” — U.S. Constitution, Article VI, clause 3

Not everyone back then agreed.  During the Constitutional Convention, the question arose, should an oath be required at all in a free country?  James Wilson, a delegate from Pennsylvania, said that oaths only provided “left-handed security.”  A good government, he argued, did not need an oath, and a bad government ought not be supported at all.  Noah Webster agreed with Wilson when he said that oaths were instruments of slavery and a badge of folly.

People would be naturally inclined to support just government, so oaths were unnecessary.  Wilson served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, so I suppose to a man who committed treason against his king may not be inclined to offer an oath of allegiance.  The Supreme Court finally got around to addressing this issue in 1833, when Justice Joseph Story opined that requiring officials to take an oath “would seem to be a proposition too clear to render any reasoning necessary in support of it.”

All of this happened before there were Moslems in America working to undermine Republican Democracy.  A politically incorrect person, such as I, might observe that these Moslems are really no more than wolves dressed in sheep’s clothing.

In any case, researching back to the Clinton administration, I could find only one member of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch convicted of perjury.  Judge Thomas Porteous (D) (a Clinton appointee) for the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas was convicted of perjury in 2010.

Now a quick word about Taqiyya (spelled in several ways).  It is a practice emphasized in Shia Islam whereby adherents are permitted to conceal their true religious purposes to avoid persecution, prosecution, or compulsion.  It has been politically legitimized among Moslems in order to maintain unity and fraternity among Moslems of all sects.  One Moslem scholar (teaching at Columbia) explained, “Taqiyya is an Islamic judicial term whose shifting meaning relates to when a Moslem is allowed, under Sharia Law, to lie.  It is a concept whose meaning has varied significantly among Islamic sects, scholars, countries, and political regimes, and it has become a key term used by anti-Moslem polemicists.”  Imagine a judicial system that allows dishonesty …

We could all agree that whenever a member of Congress takes the oath of office and then violates that oath, then that person has committed perjury.  They lied.  They either lied overtly or through omission, and for intentions that act against the interests of the United States Constitution and the citizens of the United States.

Yet, over the past three decades, people in power routinely ignore the lies told by others —especially within their own party or administration, because who wants to admit publicly that they support telling lies, or misstatements, or concealing the truth?  Where we are today is in a land called word-play.  Lying has become “mis-speaking,” or “spin.”  But a lie is a lie, and concealing the truth is a lie.  A lie is unacceptable under any scenario, but apparently, only if one is actually able to utter the word, “lie.”  If not, then “spin” is perfectly acceptable —to people who lie.

Rashida Tlaib at the Islamic Society of North America

Now to the issue of Rashida Tlaib: she took an oath to support the Constitution of the United States (not defend it, of course).  No sooner had she taken that oath, she turned around and threatened an innocent man with congressional impeachment, adding in a bit of profanity unacceptable under any circumstances, and in so doing, given her position as a member of Congress, assumed the guilt of a man who under the law of the land is entitled to the presumption of innocence.

None of this may matter, though … since even if we had an honest and forthright House of Representatives, there are no real punishments for lying to Congress if you happen to be a member of Congress.  The only sanctions offered by the House Ethics Committee are censure, reprimand, and expulsion.  In the entire history of the Congress, only five members have been expelled, all of whom were Democrats: three were expelled during the Civil War for violating their oaths to the US Constitution by joining the Confederacy, and two after being convicted of bribery during judicial proceedings (1980, 2002).  This is not to say that members haven’t been “reprimanded,” but nothing more drastic as punishment than having to write an essay and pay back the money you stole.

I’m not happy with people, particularly Moslems, who become members of our government and then begin to work against the interests of the American people.  They take oaths, then violate them, and no one ever holds them to account.  Since there are no real punishment for lying in Congress, it is no surprise to find so much dishonesty in that body.  No wonder the American people have such disdain for the Congress of the United States.  They’re liars.

 

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24 Responses to “Congressional Dishonesty”

  1. kookooracharabioso Says:

    The fact that she was not instantly censured is once again our goverment rubbing our lack of “standing” in our face again & again & again. Once we were told that even if we disliked the President we must “respect the office.”

    Liked by 1 person

  2. markone1blog Says:

    Next time, you could produce a significantly shorter article if you just focus on congressional truthfulness. However, I am not really certain how you would go about researching the topic.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. markone1blog Says:

    Mr. Mustang, you may have inadvertently identified a pending crisis for Ms. Tlaib: Will she follow the example of her mentor’s husband and blame her tendency to lie on not knowing what “the definition of ‘is’ is” or will she go with Islamic tradition of taqiya?

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  4. Ed Bonderenka Says:

    Let your Yea be Yea and your Nay be Nay.
    Swear not by the temple or the gold therein…

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Kid Says:

    We must survive by separating ourselves legally and physically from these evil morons (the entire left) then we can laugh like hell watching them commit suicide.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. the unit Says:

    Latest on Drudge…Rat to spill up on the hill.
    Oh well, eventually gonna get them all. 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

  7. Always On Watch Says:

    We are watching — in real time — the destruction of our republic.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Mustang Says:

      Not so long ago, an attorney sued Barack Obama to release his records. There were accusations about Obama’s eligibility to hold the office of President of the United States. Obama supporters, quite naturally, attacked such claims of his foreign birth … derisively calling such claimants “birthers.” It was an effort to discredit anyone who dared to question the anointed one. The point is that when a citizen questions such things as “legal standing,” at least in this case, the presiding federal judge ruled that the petitioner had “no standing” to make such demands. The suit was dismissed out of hand. I came away with the realization that “we the people” have no standing … and that “we the people” was in and of itself just another lie. You are right to say we are watching the “real time” destruction of the American Republic, but I wonder if that didn’t actually begin around the year 1783.

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      • bunkerville Says:

        Many cultures have a “Goldern Age” – before they fall and all do fall. That is what history and Anthropology tells us. Incas, Aztecs come to mind as a couple I have studied. Greeks Romans… Great Britain. Often it is the same old things.
        Our founders were wise and understood these things. They did all they could to protect their creation with what issues they could think of.
        But we no longer want to know these things thus we are doomed to repeat history.
        Can we have an awakening? Maybe, otherwise I would have long ago given up any efffort
        to spare what seems to be the inevitable conclusion

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  8. Linda Says:

    These liars and thieves in office are really getting on my nerves…great article Mustang. smiles

    Liked by 2 people

  9. petermc3 Says:

    Just yesterday I reported for jury duty along with 239 others at the Bergen County, NJ Courthouse.. Only 12 -yes only 12 were selected for a total of two cases of six jurors each after being told that due to the heavy caseload double the usual number of jurors were called to report-thats gov’t efficiency for you. But getting to the point at hand, we were all sworn in along with being advised of the consequences for lying. Now then congress ….Enough said…

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Six jurors for each case? That is cutting it close. The best part is that in the end the cases will probably settle before trial.
      Several lawyer friends told me I would never be selected because of my profession before retirement – and I wasn’t in law enforcement. So much for a jury of one’s peers.

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    • Mustang Says:

      Of course, if there are no consequences to dishonesty, then society leaves the door wide open for abuses of power. I suspect this is something no one considers before deciding who support in an election. I’m betting most voters never get past the D or the R in their vetting process. No one knows this better than politicians. And of course, we have no shortage of dishonest judges, dishonest police officers, dishonest bureaucrats, corrupt members of the press. Consequences are the only way to keep our society (our country) on the straight and narrow. On the other hand, I suppose it is also possible that I’m living in another world … one populated by dinosauers.

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      • petermc3 Says:

        People do not believe lies because they have to but because they want to.
        Malcolm Muggeridge (British)
        On a personal note: Around 35 years ago an over the road driver I knew from Pensacola Fl, once told me, “People lie when the truth will do.” (A.B. Likely) RIP

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  10. Hootin Anni Says:

    Amen to that said!!

    May I copy this & send to my son…who, by the way is a professor of government in Texas.?

    Liked by 2 people

  11. bunkerville Says:

    Mustang.. – I am waiting to see what committees these two women Muslims are going be members. No doubt something that will provide intelligence to the enemy.

    Liked by 2 people


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