You Shall Not Bear False Witness

As a conservative Republican, I get sent a lot of email from like-minded friends attempting to expose the foibles and failings of the current presidential administration. As the 2012 election campaign heats up, the mail volume has increased, even including various virals that have been around for a couple of years now.  These get passed on and on and on as if they are the Gospel truth.

It appears that a reckless disregard for the truth is okay as long as it is against the other side. The ends justify the means. In some of the hundreds of blogs and forums where these virals have been reproduced, any challenge to them is met with venom.

While I may disagree with President Obama on most issues and will undoubtedly vote for his opponent in the next general election, I cannot condone the rampant behavior of sending emails and posting any combination of personal attacks and false information. No Christian should condone it either.

If you feel so opposed to President Obama that you consider him an enemy, then you are to love your enemies.  That love is described in I Corinthians 13. It sound wonderful when being read in a wedding service, doesn’t it? Loving your enemies is when it is actually put to the test.

You are to pray for those in authority over you. It is difficult to hate someone for whom you are praying, unless you are just using your prayers to vent your feelings, like those people who try to preach sermons with their prayers if called upon during a church service. God isn’t impressed in either case.

And let’s not forget the Ninth Commandment: you shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You must not lie about other people. Even Democrats. Even President Obama. Even if you think he has lied to you from time to time. There’s no quid pro quo when it comes obeying God. Even if you are a hard core theonomist and you wanted to invoke the lex talionis, an eye for an eye isn’t a lie for a lie.

To demonstrate just how bad the problem is, I am going to reproduce the contents of a viral unleashed with renewed vigor recently. However, I independently researched each claim made.  This is the list of all of Obama’s “czars” – heads of policy areas that report directly to the President.  If you care about the truth, read on.

Here’s the email in it’s original format (as best as can be reproduced in WordPress). I apologise for the small type, but that is the only way to keep it in the original table. At the end are the facts, which I have independently researched and verified.

Do you know who your Czar is?
Stunning…… 
There are very few of us who know just what all the Czars do up in D.C…………….Here are their names and job descriptions…should be educational to all Americans…..  no matter what your political agenda…….if you resent this list, then get angry at the one who put these characters on the payroll.
OBAMA’S “CZARS”– Read who they are and realize what they want to do. 
Richard Holbrooke
Afghanistan Czar
Ultra liberal anti-gun former Gov. Of New Mexico. Pro Abortion and legal drug use. Dissolve the 2nd Amendment
Ed Montgomery
Auto recovery Czar
Black radical anti-business activist.  Affirmative Action and Job Preference for blacks.  Univ. of Maryland Business School Deanteaches US business has caused world poverty.  ACORN board member.  Communist DuBois Club member.
Jeffrey Crowley    
AIDS Czar
Radical Homosexual.. A Gay Rights activist. Believes in Gay Marriage and especially, a Special Status for homosexuals only, includingcomplete free health care for gays.
Alan Bersin  
Border Czar
The former failed superintendent of San Diego .   Ultra Liberal friend of Hilary Clinton.   Served as Border Czar under Janet Reno – to keep borders open to illegals without interference from US
David J. Hayes  
California Water Czar
Sr. Fellow of radical environmentalist group, “Progress Policy”.  No training or experience in water management whatsoever.
Ron Bloom 
Car Czar
Auto Union worker. Anti-business & anti-nuclear.  Has worked hard to force US auto makers out of business.  Sits on the Board of Chrysler which is now Auto Union owned.    How did this happen?
Dennis Ross 
Central Region Czar
Believes US policy has caused Mid East wars.  Obama apologist to the world.  Anti-gun and completely pro-abortion.
Lynn Rosenthal 
Domestic Violence Czar
Director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence.  Vicious anti male feminist. Supported male castration. Imagine?
Gil Kerlikowske 
Drug Czar
Devoted lobbyist for every restrictive gun law proposal, Former Chief of Police in Liberal Seattle.  Believes no American should own a firearm.  Supports legalization of all drugs
Paul Volcker   
Economic Czar
Head of Fed Reserve under Jimmy Carter when US economy nearly failed.  Obama  appointed head of the  Economic Recovery Advisory Board which.engineered the Obama economic disaster to US economy.  Member of anti-business “Progressive Policy” organization
Carol Brower
Energy and Environment Czar
Political Radical Former head of EPA – known for anti-business activism.  Strong anti-gun ownership.
Joshua DuBois 
Faith Based Czar
Political Black activist-Degree in Black Nationalism.  Anti-gun ownership lobbyist. WHAT THE HELL DOES A FAITH BASED CZAR DO???????????
Cameron Davis 
Great Lakes Czar
Chicago radical anti-business environmentalist.  Blames George Bush for “Poisoning the water that minorities have to drink.”    No experience or training in water management.  Former ACORN Board member (what does that tell us?)
Van Jones 
Green Jobs Czar
(Since resigned).  Black activist Member of American communist Party and San Francisco Communist Party who said Geo Bush caused the 911 attack and wanted Bush investigated by the World Court for war crimes.  Black activist with strong anti-white views.
Daniel Fried
Guantanamo Closure Czar
Human Rights activist for Foreign Terrorists.  Believes America has caused the war on terrorism. Believes terrorists have rights above and beyond Americans.
Nancy-Ann DeParle.   
Health Czar
Former head of Medicare / Medicaid.   Strong Health Care Rationing proponent.  She is married to a reporter for The New York Times.
Vivek Kundra 
Information Czar
Born in New Delhi , India .  Controls all public information, including labels and news releases.  Monitors all private Internet emails. (Hello?)
Todd Stern   
International Climate Czar
Anti-business former White House chief of Staff- Strong supporter of the Kyoto Accord.  Pushing hard for Cap and Trade.  Blames US business for Global warming. Anti- US business prosperity. 
Dennis Blair
Intelligence Czar
Ret. Navy.  Stopped US guided missile program as “provocative”.  Chair of ultra-liberal “Council on Foreign Relations” which blames American organizations for regional wars.
George Mitchell 
Mideast Peace Czar
Fmr. Sen. from Maine Left wing radical.  Has said Israel should be split up into “2 or 3 ” smaller more manageable plots”.  (God forbid) A true Anti-nuclear anti-gun & pro homosexual “special rights” advocate
Kenneth Feinberg 
Pay Czar
Chief of Staff to TED KENNEDY.   Lawyer who got rich off the 911 victims payoffs. (horribly true)
Cass Sunstein 
Regulatory Czar
Liberal activist judge believes free speech needs to be limited for the “common good”.  Essentially against 1st amendment.  Rules against personal freedoms many times like private gun ownership and right to free speech.   This guy has to be run out of Washington !!
John Holdren 
Science Czar
Fierce ideological environmentalist, Sierra Club, Anti-business activist. Claims US business has caused world poverty.  No Science training.
Earl Devaney 
Stimulus Accountability Czar
Spent career trying to take guns away from American citizens.  Believes in Open Borders to Mexico .  Author of statement blaming US gun stores for drug war in Mexico .
J. Scott Gration   
Sudan Czar
Native of Democratic Republic of Congo .  Believes US does little to help Third World countries.  Council of foreign relations, asking for higher US taxes to support United Nations
Herb Allison 
TARP Czar
Fannie Mae CEO responsible for the US recession by using real estate mortgages to back up the US stock market. Caused millions of people to lose their life savings.
John Brennan
Terrorism Czar
Anti CIA activist.  No training in diplomatic or Gov. affairs.Believes Open Borders to Mexico and a dialog with terrorists and has suggested Obama disband US military   A TOTAL MORON !!!!!
Aneesh Chopra   
Technology Czar
No Technology training.   Worked for the Advisory Board Company, a health care think tank for hospitals. Anti-doctor activist.  Supports Obama Health care Rationing and salaried doctors working exclusively for the Gov. health care plan
Adolfo Carrion Jr.
Urban Affairs Czar
Puerto Rican born Anti American activist and leftist group member in Latin America .  Millionaire “slum lord” of the Bronx , NY.  Owns many lavish homes and condos which he got from “sweetheart” deals with labor unions.  Wants higher taxes on middle class to pay for minority housing and health care
Ashton Carter 
Weapons Czar
Leftist.  Wants all private weapons in US destroyed.  Supports UN ban on firearms ownership in America ..  No Other “policy”
Gary Samore
WMD Policy Czar
Former US Communist.   Wants US to destroy all WMD unilaterally as a show of good faith.  Has no other “policy”.

And now the truth:

Richard Holbrooke was never a governor of New Mexico. It seems the author of this piece is somehow trying to morph him with Bill Richardson, though how exactly I don’t know, because Richardson is very pro-gun, backing and signing NM’s concealed carry handgun law. He applied for and got a permit himself. Holbrooke was a diplomat who does not seem to be on the record regarding gun control. I’m not sure how his views on gun control, whatever they were, are relevant.  He died last year.

Ed Montgomery was at one time dean of the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Maryland, not the Business School. He was Deputy Labor Secretary under Clinton, and given that Clinton was quite pro-business, it is unlikely that the #2 man in that department would be anti-business.

Jeffrey Crowley is homosexual. He has worked for years in the area of promoting access for those with HIV/AIDS, so that would make him something of a gay rights activist. It seems likely that he is in favor of gay marriage, though I have seen no evidence of the other allegations made in the email.

Alan Bersin did coordinate border law enforcement during three years of the Clinton administration, though it is a bit of a leap from that to say that it was Clinton Administration policy to keep the borders open. I don’t know how he was a failed superintendent of San Diego schools, as while he was in that job he was picked by Arnie to become California Education Secretary.

David Hayes is not a czar of any kind. He is a Deputy Secretary of the Interior. He was also Deputy Secretary of the Interior during the Clinton Administration. He was involved with lots of water management issues during his first stint at Interior. He is certainly on the environmental Left, but who exactly expects a right-winger in the second tier of the Obama administration?

Ron Brown is just a bit mischaracterized. He is a Harvard Business School MBA and former investment banker. Since 1990 he has specialized in bankruptcies and employee-based turnarounds and restructurings. He did the United Airlines deal that turned it into the largest employee-owned company in the US. He was a key player in the Bethlehem Steel, ISG, and Goodyear turnarounds.

Dennis Ross worked in both the GHW Bush (Director of Public Policy Planning at the State Dept) and Clinton (special Middle East Coordinator) adminstrations. Again, he’s not a czar of anything.  He works for the National Security Council with overall responsibility for Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf, South Asia, and the Middle East. I don’t know anything about his views on either gun control or abortion, or even why they would be known or relevant to his job. He became a religious Jew as a result of the Six Day War, so you can guess his views on Israel.

Lynn Rosenthal – I can’t find anything on her being an vicious anti-male feminist. She was Executive Director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence from 2000 to 2006. I’m not sure how this is a bad thing. I can’t find anything about her support for male castration, though support for chemical castration as a treatment for rapists has had support from both men and women. It would not be unlikely that someone who is very active in working against domestic violence would support this view, though her support is undocumented.

Gil Kerlikowske does support gun control. A lot of Democrats, especially from big cities, do. Not a big surprise there. However, he is very opposed to drug legalization and is very clearly on the record in this regard. He is even opposed to the use of medical marijuana until more scientific evidence has been compiled to demonstrate whether or not it is beneficial and effective.

Paul Volcker became head of the Federal Reserve at the end of Carter administration and stayed in that role though almost the entire Reagan administration. He actually played a major role in turning the economy around in the early 80s. He is not a member of the Progressive Policy Institute.

Carol Brower is actually Carol Browner, who was the “Energy Czar” from 2009 til early 2011. The office has been abolished. I haven’t seen anything on her views about gun control, but I also can’t see how it is at all relevant with the job she used to have.

Joshua DuBois does not have a degree in Black Nationalism. He has a degree in political science from Boston University and a Master’s in public affairs from Princeton. He is affiliated with the United Pentecostal Council of the Assemblies of God. I can’t find anything on his views regarding gun ownership, other than pages of search results with blogs that have repeated this information. And I don’t know how the author of the email doesn’t know “what the hell a Faith Based Czar” does. It was an office created by GW Bush to support church efforts particularly in community revitalization and charity work generally.

Cameron Davis is an environmental lawyer. I can’t find anything about him being anti-business. I can’t find any reference to the quote about George Bush or anything about being an ACORN board member, other than in copies of the Obama’s Czars list email on thousands of blogs. He does not appear to have any interests that are related to the mission of ACORN.

Van Jones – as noted, he resigned. Back in 2009. Lots of media coverage. Nothing we don’t already know.

Daniel Freid is a career diplomat who was Ambassador to Poland at the end of Clinton administration, Special Assistant to the President and on the National Security Council under GW Bush until he became Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs (the top diplomat in Europe) in 2005, a position he held through the first year of the Obama administration, when he was tapped for the Gitmo closure role. There is no evidence to support any of the comments made about him in the Obama Czars email.

Nancy-Ann Deparle is now a Deputy Chief of Staff at the White House. She was the Medicare administrator in the Clinton administration. Can’t find her views on health care rationing. Not sure why it matters to whom she is married.

Vivek Kundra was born in India. So what? He moved to Tanzania when he was a year old. He moved to Washington DC when he was 11. What’s most silly about this is the complete misrepresentation of what the “Information Czar” or his office does. It does does not control public information and has absolutely nothing to do with monitoring the web or email activity.

Todd Stern was never the White House Chief of Staff under any president. He was a supporter of Kyoto in that he was the chief US negotiator. He does favor cap-and-trade. I can find no statements where he is opposed to US business prosperity. This seems to be inferred from his support of cap-and-trade.

Dennis Blair is not chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations. The CFR does not have a chairman. It has a president, who is Richard Haass. Blair is not even on the board of directors, nor is there any information that he is even a member. Blair is also not the Intelligence Czar. He hasn’t be Director of National Intelligence since May 2010. He did not stop the guided missile program, nor was he ever in a position to do so at any point in his career.

George Mitchell is no longer the Middle East Peace Envoy. His record as an envoy is well known, as he was instrumental in the successful Northern Ireland peace process. I can’t find any reference to his views about Israel being split up. He does support the two-state solution, which does not seem to be supported by the author of the email. I don’t know what his anti-nuclear, anti-gun, pro-homosexual views have to do with his work as a diplomat. He is a liberal Democrat who was working for a liberal Democratic administration. Where’s the shock in that?

Kenneth Feinberg was chief of staff to Ted Kennedy in the late 1970s. However, the statement that he got rich off the victims of 9/11 is about the worst lie in this whole thing. He worked pro bono for 33 months as the Special Master of the 9/11 compensation fund appointed by John Ashcroft.

Cass Sunstein has never been a judge, so he hasn’t ruled on anything. He has odd views on the First Amendment, but they have nothing to do with his job. He is a law professor. He is a judicial minimalist and supported John Roberts’ nomination to the Supreme Court.

John Holdren has a bachelor’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT and a PhD in theoretical plasma physics from Stanford. Seems like he has some science training. He is a member or fellow of lots of organizations, but the Sierra Club doesn’t seem to be one of them. The label “anti-business activist” seems to stem from his incorrect predictions of environmental and resource troubles resulting from economic and population growth early in his career in the 1970s.

Earl Devaney hasn’t ever been in a position to try to take guns away from Americans. He is an expert in white-collar crime as a former Special Agent in Charge of the Fraud Division of the Secret Service. He was Inspector General in the Department of the Interior from 1999 to 2009 – throughout the entire GW Bush adminstration. The information about his positions on the Mexican border and his “statement blaming US gun stores for drug war in Mexico” appear to exist only in the mind of the author of this email. Of course even if they did exist, they would irrelevant to his current job, or in fact, any other job he has ever held.

J. Scott Gration, Maj. Gen. (retired), was born in St. Charles, Illinois. He grew up in the Congo, because his parents were missionaries there. Again, there is no evidence that believes the US does little to help third world countries or that he supports higher taxes to support the UN. He is not a member of the CFR. He was the Special Envoy to Sudan (which makes him a “czar” in the mind of email author) but he is now the Ambassador to Kenya.

Herb Allison was appointed to head Fannie Mae in September 2008 by GW Bush after it was placed in conservatorship. He was called in to help clean up the mess and had nothing to do with creating it.

John Brennan is the former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center under GW Bush. Rather than being an “Anti CIA activist”, he worked at the top levels of the CIA, including as chief of staff to George Tenet when he was CIA director, then appointed deputy executive director of the CIA in March 2001 under Bush. He then became director of the CIA’s Terrorist Threat Integration Center. He has a BA in political science from Fordham and an MA in government from the University of Texas. How is this “no training in diplomatic or Gov. affairs”? For the last decade he has been the top expert in government at the job he is now doing. The stuff about open borders with Mexico and disbanding the military is simply made up.

Aneesh Chopra was the Virginia Secretary of Technology. Does “No Techonology training” mean that he doesn’t have a computer science degree? Since the role has to do promoting technological innovation, it doesn’t seem relevant what his views on health care are. However, there doesn’t seem to be any evidence of that he is an anti-doctor activist or supports doctors working exclusively for a government health care program. If anything, the Advisory Board Company, of which he was Managing Director is very pro-doctor and works to help doctors have more of a voice in hospital management.

Adolfo Carrion, Jr. was not born in Puerto Rico – not that it should matter – but was born in New York City. He’s a former member of the the New York City Council and Borough President of the Bronx. Before that he was an associate pastor and a school teacher with a degree in urban planning. He’s not a slum lord and does not own lavish homes and condos. I can’t find any quotes or information on wanting higher taxes to pay for minority housing or health care.

Ashton Carter has not said anything about wanting private weapons in the US destroyed or supporting a ban on gun ownership. He is a veteran of both the Clinton and GW Bush administrations. He was Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy under the former and a member of the International Security Advisory Board under the latter. He’s been a member of member of the Defense Science Board and the Defense Policy Board through both of the previous administrations. Rather than having “no other policy”, his whole career has been involved in shaping Defense Policy when he’s not been teaching it at Harvard.

Gary Samore – there is no evidence whatsoever that he is a former communist. There’s no evidence he’s suggested the US destroy all Weapons of Mass Destruction unilaterally. This is all just made up.

So there you have it, if you have managed to read all the way to the end. I don’t like having to even appear to defend the current administration, but standing up for the truth sometimes means having to do things we don’t like.

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11 Responses to You Shall Not Bear False Witness

  1. Linda Goytia says:

    Thank you. I am so grateful that someone on the RIGHT is doing the honorable thing for the Grand Old Party. People seem to love to circulate this stuff, and I think most of them know it is mostly lies but they seem to revel in perpetuating the most slanderous material. Whatever happened to the American concept of sportsmanship and winning fairly? We are no better than the people we have seen in other countries rioting over soccer games if we cannot debate each other truthfully. I know how much time and effort it takes to get to the bottom of these slurs, so I deeply appreciate your efforts.

    The strategy seems to be “A lie can circle the globe while the truth is still getting its pants on.”

  2. Chris says:

    Thank you, thank you, a thousand times thank you. I just read some of the misinformation from that chain e-mail on a conservative blog I frequent, and when I attempted to Google to see if any of it was true, all I found was the same misinformation copied and pasted on dozens and dozens of other conservative blogs. Finally I found this link, which not only confirmed my suspicions that the information posted was false, but proved that there are still good, honest conservatives out there who won’t resort to lying in order to get their way. You’re right, there is nothing Christian about such dishonest tactics. I am a progressive who will be holding my nose and voting for Obama in November, but I believe that we need better choices from both political parties if we are to have a healthy democracy. We need more people like you in this country to ensure that we can have an honest political conversation.

  3. Fay says:

    Thank you for your thoughtful comments and for taking the time to put this information together. It was very helpful.

  4. Troy says:

    I would love to see sources either way. It seems like both sides just throw around facts and don’t necessarily have the proof to back it up

  5. Gina Kray says:

    As a left leaning individual I really appreciate this. It’s a breath of fresh air and offers hope for the possibility of working together. I believe that the perspectives of both Republicans and Democrats have merit. It is through working together and finding the balance that we create a healthy democracy and not though the annihilation of the other. I am not looking forward to the spin and lies that this next election is going to bring from both parties.

  6. Sandy Anderson says:

    Really appreciate the research on this e-mail. It’s ridiculous that people are so easily swayed with wrong information. This election is probably the worst for mud-slinging.

  7. Jerry Rogers says:

    After having had my hair parted a couple of times,I vowed I wouldn’t be forwarding any more political news,good or bad. Well I did it again.I have been properly chastized.To a cousin who took the time to reply,who & to a gentleman I don’t know, who has taken the time to research all these people.To both,Thank you.

  8. Again, thank you. Same story. I got email, looking to fact-check email I ran across your site. You saved me a lot legwork, and I just send people this link now. I am for the facts, whatever they are, and not lies from either side.

  9. Sissum says:

    You’re a liberal it’s in your about me info. Speaking of “bearing false witness..” lol..typical.

  10. Dave says:

    That doesn’t even make sense.

  11. brandon says:

    They need to get the faith czars out! let us keep our guns. for the better good, let freedom of speak stay. it is not a christian country. they do not get to pick what i say dream and think. gay marriage will hurt know one! IDK how it works but if that’s what they need to be happy let them! the “holy wars” have and will go one forever. they are all liars anyway. don’t blame their sheep though, they can be convincing. they’ll and probably had abuse male castration. this will go with freedom of speech!if the cia is real anyway it is useless. they need people either stopping them or going their own way.Keep acting ignorant and let the “eye of “god”” do this to people! there needs not to be a black activist party. they should know that other than physical differences we are the same.

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