"No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what." - Barack Obama, June 2009I honestly believe that all successful politicians lie regardless of their political ideology. They likely do this because the moment one takes an honest stance on a issue, a large portion of the electorate will not support them. Our uninformed electorate is partially responsible for this. That being said, I also believe that "progressive" politicians are not only innate liars, it is an existentially and essentially component of their political philosophy.
Uninformed progressive followers will immediately point to George W. Bush and his lies about the Iraq War. They will of course ignore the unequivocal fact that every major intelligence agency in the world thought that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and that they were all wrong. Being completely wrong is not lying. Rather, saying "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky," knowing that she blew you is the essence of a lie.
Segue to president Barack Obama and his years of continuous lies from the time he entered public office until likely 30 seconds ago. Progressives knew that Barack was lying about his association with Rev. Wright and his racist and anti-American ideology. They didn't care. He supported a federal single-payer health plan, was against any restrictions on abortion and in support of laws to ban the manufacture, sale and even possession of handguns. At least that's what he said on a 12 page questionnaire. He then lied, saying a staffer filled out that questionnaire. Progressives didn't care and neither did the mainstream media (which is redundant.) There are so many lies that its hard to keep track but at least some have tried. I won't try to catalogue them all.
The point is that there's a reason for all the lying. Progressives can't be 100% honest about how they want to remake the United States of America into their collectivist utopia because they know that the overwhelming majority of American's would reject their agenda. The most effective way for them to move their agenda forward is to be dishonest about it. In fact, they are so used to lying that even in situations where its unnecessary they lie.
The most obvious example is the gay marriage issue. As a libertarian, I support gay marriage. But did anyone really believe that Obama's religious faith guided him on gay marriage? If so, then he first believed marriage was only between a man and a woman. Then his position was "evolving". Finally, he fully supported gay marriage. Last I checked, Barack Obama was a Christian. Christianity hasn't changed its position on gay marriage for centuries! What happened is that he made a political decision to be against gay marriage because he perceived that as the position to get him elected. When that political reality changed, he changed. End of story.
I point out this instance because it shows that he is devoid of any moral conviction or principled stance on anything. Yes, anything! I fully believe that there is no issue, including abortion, that he wouldn't "evolve" his position if it were politically expedient. That makes him morally bankrupt.
He can push aside all morality and decency to do this because Obama's religion is not Christianity, it is leftist ideology. The holy sacrament is Machiavellianism, where then ends justify the means. The scriptures are Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals" and Karl Marx's "Communist Manifesto." He is its most recent prophet and they are still awaiting the Messiah who's only virtues are dishonesty and dogmatic adherence to the ideology.