published Monday, May 20th, 2013

Smith: Is lying a substitute for leadership?

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    Robin Smith, former Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party and congressional candidate.
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The average person is lied to 10 to 200 times daily, according to research conducted by Pamela Meyer, CEO of Calibrate, a fraud-detection firm in Washington, D.C.

These scores of falsehoods dished out range "from the white lies that allow society to function smoothly to the devastating duplicities that bring down corporations and break up families." And cause monumental distrust at all levels of society.

While Meyer, a Harvard MBA who's also a certified fraud examiner, offers her sad writings on the "pandemic of deception" encountered in our culture, no greater examples have been provided than the recent scandals involving the administration of Barack Obama.

The rejected reality of the terrorist attacks during the 2012 election cycle resulted in rewritten talking points by those leading America's national security regarding the consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and the deaths of four Americans. The truth was displaced with a lie laying blame to a YouTube video mocking Mohammed.

Back in 2010, the Obama administration's IRS began to screen tax documents and applications through the political lens of anti-Obama versus pro-Obama.

Almost 500 organizations have proof of targeting through excessive, inappropriate questioning at the hands of the IRS.

Yet, for the last three years, testimony has been offered by the IRS that no such targeting or censorship was occurring.

The best example of this chilling lie is of Drew Ryun's group, Media Trackers, that applied for tax-exempt status but self-reported their conservative leanings in July 2011. After an inquiry during the delay, Ryun, a former Republican National Committee staffer, was told in April 2012 that his application was still being processed and to check back in two months.

In September 2012, after still no approval, he submitted an application for another group for tax-exempt status that was granted in three weeks. The group? Greenhouse Solutions.

Other scandals are bubbling up within the Obama administration -- the gunrunning Fast and Furious, The Associated Press monitoring of 100 writers' business and personal phone records, the secretary of health extorting money from health care companies, just to name a few.

In using Meyer's description of honest-brokers, Americans can clearly discern the dishonesty involved.

Attitude is the first indicator. The behavior and attitude of cooperation and willingness to get to the truth will be demonstrated and often will be accompanied by the provision of details and enthusiastic assistance. The wrongly accused will have the expression of anger, not just on an episodic basis, but throughout the process with a commitment to quick resolution.

Interestingly, when an "honest man is asked" about the penalty for a breach of trust by lying, the punishment is most frequently strict, while those who are casual with the truth are noncommittal to answer or suggests more lenient terms.

Lying is no substitute for leadership and only camouflages the bankruptcy of ideas and principles of those whose character doesn't embrace the truth.

Robin Smith served as chairwoman of the Tennessee Republican Party from 2007 to 2009. She is a partner in the Smith, Waterhouse Strategies business development and strategic planning firm.

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nucanuck said...

Is Missy Smith telling the truth or is she lying? Well we can assume that she has no freaking idea what set off the people who attacked and killed four Americans in Benghazi and yet she wants to call Obama a liar for something she knows not. Are all angry men terrorists? Could they have been freedom fighters? I'll bet they think they are.

You are over your head girl, you should stick to what you actually know.

May 20, 2013 at 3:33 a.m.
rumrunr said...

so let me get this straight... Republican lying is good, Democratic lying is bad. sometimes both sides just want to catch the other lying, and refuse to see the truth.

May 20, 2013 at 8:26 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Smith wrote: "Lying is no substitute for leadership and only camouflages the bankruptcy of ideas and principles of those whose character doesn't embrace the truth."

I'm happy to hear that Smith has condemned George W. Bush as well as her own running of the republican party in Tennessee and every member of the state legislature and Congress.

Of course, Smith did this by accident. Ooops!

May 20, 2013 at 9:34 a.m.
acerigger said...

Here is my post from 5-13-2013 I think it can be re-used for this column,

acerigger said... Smith: COVER-UP: Benghazi now a textbook example

OOPSIE!! Another Republican ginned-up "scandal" bites the dust.

What now Robin?

"Republicans misquoted or significantly embellished the emails officials used to draft Rice’s remarks, the CBS Evening News reported Thursday.

CBS News’ Major Garrett confirmed that it was a GOP source who leaked the altered emails." ;

May 20, 2013 at 10:29 a.m.
acerigger said...

Straight out of the repub playbook, "tell a lie enough times and it becomes true" This time I don't think so Robin!

May 20, 2013 at 10:32 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Politicians lie to us? No! Really?? Funny how you forgot to mention the Supreme Master of all Liars, George H. W. Bush and his lying demonic sidekick Dick Cheney. Or does Republican lying not count in your book of finger pointing? Even if Obama were proven to be intentionally, knowingly lying with malice aforethought, the repercussions from his lies would pale in comparison to the dastardly duo of Bush/Cheney. How about 5000 dead American soldiers and hundreds of thousands of dead innocent Iraqis from their lies about WMDs? Oh, but maybe those weren't lies in your humble opinion, were they? Just "bad intelligence" and poor decision making, right? An honest mistake. Oops.

You right-wing rubes have never even acknowledged his failures. Not a whimper from you about his lies and his "bankruptcy of ideas" the whole time he was in office. And now that he's enjoying a cushy retirement you just accuse of us of "keeping on blaming Bush." But you know why we keep on blaming Bush? Because his lies and incompetence were so egregious that we're still suffering the consequences of them and he still needs to be held accountable for them.

There's something that's even worse than lying, Robin Smith. Hypocrisy. This article, you, and your knee-jerk Obama hating conservative cohorts reek with it.

May 20, 2013 at 10:33 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Smith proved her moral credibility when she partnered in business with Albert Waterhouse. Two professional liars, one Republican and the other Democrat, engaged in politics to continue the flim-flam.

Now you can get the stench of corruption at one convenient location. Ask for either one; as long as the check clears the peas in the pod will tumble.

May 20, 2013 at 11:07 a.m.
klifnotes said...

The right is so busy slinging spit at President Obama that they don't even feel the impact of it flying back and splattering all over their own face.

May 20, 2013 at 11:25 a.m.
acerigger said...

BTW, for what it's worth, Republicans in Congress have known that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) asked additional questions of some tea party groups seeking tax exempt status since last July, only recently raising the issue as a matter of controversy according to documents released by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

May 20, 2013 at 11:40 a.m.
MyGen said...

Well, I've learned from the comments on this article that there are those more interested in personal attacks and partisanship than honesty.

Thanks for telling on yourself.

I've also learned that whoever this lady is must have some clout because the level of hatred against her isn't directed toward people who just go along in the local good ole boy system.

Again, thanks for telling on yourself.

May 20, 2013 at 12:02 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

You're welcome, MyGen. And thank YOU for revealing what a nincompoop you are. If Mrs. Smith had written an "honest" article, there wouldn't have been a need for personal "attacks." There is no one more guilty of partisanship than she.

May 20, 2013 at 12:16 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Smith is a good old boy — part of the same bunch of rot since the beginning of politicians. It's always an honesty question with politicians; whether Bush, Obama, McCain, Nelson, Alexander, Clinton, Crutchfield, Littlefield, Fleichmann, or Smith.

And the answer is always the same.

May 20, 2013 at 12:20 p.m.
Leaf said...

Well, I don't know anything about Robin Smith personally, but I do know that the columns she writes are never very substantial.

May 20, 2013 at 12:21 p.m.
MyGen said...

Another lesson I've learned from each of you-I never want to be known as such an angry, hate-spewing person as each of you. I also never want to associate in any way with people who hate someone instead of simply disagreeing.

So, since I don't support your hatred I know you want to shut me up, too. I get it. You're all about individual rights as long as they are just like yours.

May 20, 2013 at 12:45 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Quite the contrary, MyGen, I want you to continue to be the blind, ignorant fool. You're quite entertaining as you are.

I don't hate Smith nor you. That's a waste of my time. However, I do enjoy the hypocrisy of politicians of all stripes. Their sanctimonious BS always leaves me laughing.

May 20, 2013 at 12:55 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

You know what I find particularly annoying about people like you, MyGen? You pretend to be so civil and polite and "nice" but you're just sensitive to the indignation directed at those whom you choose to defend and not those who maybe have a good reason for their anger. You're completely blind or indifferent to the dishonesty, partisanship, and lies that spew from the lips of someone like Robin Smith and you think that because we call her out for it we are the ones who are partisan and filled with hate. Your pretense is obvious. And that line about "You're all about individual rights as long as they are just like yours"...put it to rest. You guys on the right have worn that to a frazzle. You are no more tolerant of differing views than anybody else with an opinion.

May 20, 2013 at 1:07 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Quite the contrary, MyGen, I want you to continue to be the blind, ignorant fool. You're quite entertaining as you are.

I don't hate Smith nor you. That's a waste of my time. However, I do enjoy the hypocrisy of politicians of all stripes. Their sanctimonious BS always leaves me laughing.

The same applies to those fundamentalist religions of imaginary deities and those claiming authority as those deities earthly mouthpieces.

Combine the two, politicians and clerics, and the laughter at the gullible never ends. It's non-stop comedic fodder.

May 20, 2013 at 1:09 p.m.
Dumbledore403 said...

Robin- I sure hope that the conservatives start showing some leadership...I have not forgotten my history like you seem to have. This is not the first time the IRS been used as tool for those in power. I am not going to say that it is right for it isn't but please let us be consistent.

May 20, 2013 at 4:20 p.m.
inquiringmind said...

Robin, Speaking of liars, do you recall the lie of the Great Republican president (sic): "Saddam has weapons of mass destruction" that led to over $4 trillion expenditure that is primarily responsible for the majority of the current national debt and the pointless death of so many American soldiers? Add in the costs for black ops on terrorism and surveillance and you probably come close to doubling that cost to $8 trillion. What if we could add $8 trillion to the budget now? But you would rather blame President Obama instead because he has the wrong color skin.

Do you remember that great (sic) Republican President who proclaimed , "I am not a liar" shortly before he abdicated for lying? Oh by the way, who in Nixon's administration served as the brains behind the throne for Bush the Younger and the debacles in Iraq and Afghanistan? (or was that strings working the puppet?)

And finally to be sure folks know where the Southern GOP stands: Remember what Lyndon Johnson said, "The Civil Rights Act will kill the Democratic Party in the South." That is exactly what happened: The racists ran to the GOP, though I'm sure you have a small silent minority that oppose the racist mindset.

It looks like the only useful African Americans in the GOP are the Uncle Toms who can say "yassa massa, yassa" fast enough.

May 21, 2013 at 10:38 p.m.
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May 22, 2013 at 12:40 p.m.
jdavid said...

If she's truly concerned about lying, she could cut her exposure 90% by blocking Faux News-

May 23, 2013 at 12:19 p.m.
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