commentary: Everything Is A Lie
Lying Is Pervasive
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 04-Feb-12; Sermon #1086c; 12 minutes
John Ritenbaugh, having been alerted by a listener that an article he had quoted was falsely attributed to Walter Williams, cautions us to be careful about processing information we receive, indicating that much pernicious fraud exists on the Web, as well as the rest of the media. Sometimes, the names of respectable individuals have been attached fraudulently to documents without their knowledge or permission. Recently, five Wall Street banks, according to Ellen Brown, were bailed out of their mismanagement by a shadow banking system, using a technique called 'robo-signing' (forging names to fraudulent home titles), a strategy which would land the rest of us in prison. The Obama Administration intends to bail out this criminal stratagem by passing another sleazy stimulus package, rewarding fraud, deception, and chicanery. The descendents of Jacob seem to have a proclivity for this kind of behavior.
The title of this commentary is, "Everything is a Lie." Everything is not a lie, of course, but I have been hit enough by things in the newspapers and broadcast on radio and television and so forth that there is so much lying going on by so many people in so many areas that it's very difficult to keep up with what is really happening.
A few days following my previous commentary ["Who Will Win This Election?"], I received two emails referring me to a website on which it was stated that Dr. Walter Williams did not author the article that I quoted from regarding the virtual certainty of President Obama's re-election unless a great number of people change their voting patterns. I can see why Dr. Williams would do this, and I do not doubt his wanting his name not to be associated with the article. But apparently someone wanted very badly to get what was said in the article out to the public, so he or she piggybacked on Walter Williams' conservative reputation.
However, that does not mean that the person who wrote the article was wrong in his or her assessment of the voting figures. I had already seen some of those figures in other articles and had already determined on my own that the Democratic Party has a very large voting majority, or advantage, over the Republicans. And that advantage consists all those many minorities named in that article.
But the person who authored the article is guilty of lying by tying his or her thinking to another person's reputation without any acknowledgment. This brings to light a serious problem that one must face, should one try to be accurately informed regarding what is going on in this nation.
It seems as though there are thousands of voices broadcasting their opinion. Who is telling the truth? Is there any circumstance that is exactly as it appears, as is reported? Is anything operating on a nationwide scale that is perfectly pure in its motivations, opinions and operations?
In this past week, the NaturalNews website exposed that a number of health food-type products imply that they are raw. However, the fine print on the label shows that they have been pasteurized, which means that they have been cooked. They're no longer raw.
I heard warnings from out of Indianapolis, where the Super Bowl is going to be held: Be careful. Let the buyer beware. There is an awful lot of knockoff items for sale that claim to be directly attached to the two teams who are playing there.
On January 26, I received an email written by one Ellen Brown. She's a very reliable writer regarding economics and banking, and she wrote of yet another huge, economically costly fraud in the banking industry, committed by five unnamed Wall Street financial institutions.
We've all heard, at least to some degree, that there is a shadow government operating in this nation. It is the one that is pulling the levers of power at the top. The elected president is, in a major way, merely the face of this organization. Ellen Brown informed us in this article that there exists a shadow banking system that she says is larger than the one that we see on the surface. It was created by the banks to meet a need. It is unregulated by the government. It does not do business on the street directly with the public. The only ones using this system are the banks themselves. It is not illegal at all, and the banks apparently use it primarily as a temporary parking space for unusually large sums of money, which are then withdrawn and used as the banks or their customers direct. Though unregulated by the government regulators, those regulators are aware of this system, and they caught them red-handed in a very bad-for-the-public fraudulent business practice that this shadow banking system has been using since the late 1990s. The fraud is called robo-signing.
The government's catching this fraudulent operation becomes very interesting because the government's solution smacks of yet another fraud in the making to save the skin of those who perpetrated the fraud in the first place: They want to save them because they are friends of those in power.
Another stimulus plan is being hatched to save these five institutions. Listen to Brown's opening paragraph of this article:
The Wall Street Journal reported on January 19 that the Obama administration was pushing heavily to get the 50 state attorneys general to approve a settlement with five major banks in the robo-signing scandal. The scandal involves employees signing names, not their own, under titles they did not have, attesting to the veracity of documents that they had never even reviewed. Investigation reveals that it did not just happen occasionally, but was an industry-wide practice dating back to the late 1990s and that it—here comes the sad part—may have clouded the titles of millions of homes in America. If the settlement is agreed to, it will let Wall Street bankers off the hook for the crimes that would land the rest of us in jail: fraud, forgery, security violations and tax evasion.
The article was quite long, but the summary of it is that millions of Americans no longer have clear title to their homes, and the banks have given no adequate explanation for what or why they did what they did. They have weakly said that they did it to save time. But according to Ellen Brown, it appears they did it to make more money for the visible banks by using monies being held for investors in the shadow banking system's vaults for loans, and in the process, defiled the home titles.
The government's solution appears to be a continuation of the stimulus program in 2008, when the government used our money to bail out the leadership of the banks, thus paying off the debts they incurred through their CEO friends' huge gambles in the derivative markets.
The monies were supposed to be just parked there in the shadow banks' vaults, as it were, in trust. And there is already big money lost in this fraudulent carelessness while they were playing with other people's money to make more money for themselves. That loss in no way accounts for the expenses it's going to take to straighten out the defiled home titles. Brethren, this is the course—it's the way; it's the path—of sin. One sin tends to generate another. It's a living example of "a little leaven leavens the whole lump."
Fraud is a cancer in this nation. It is defined in the American Heritage College Dictionary as "a deception deliberately practiced to secure unfair or unlawful gain; a piece of trickery. An author used a piece of trickery by stealing Walter Williams' name for his or her end. That's a simple but actual fraud.
Listen to this verse from Jeremiah 9:3-6 as God describes Judah just before they fell:
Jeremiah 9:3-6 "And like their bow they have bent their tongues for lies. They are not valiant for the truth on the earth. For they proceed from evil to evil, and they do not know Me,” says the LORD. [Here's some advice:] “Everyone take heed to his neighbor, and do not trust any brother; for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbor will walk with slanderers. Everyone will deceive his neighbor, and will not speak the truth; they have taught their tongue to speak lies; they weary themselves to commit iniquity. Your dwelling place is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know Me,” says the LORD.
Do you know what God is doing there? He is counseling the Israelitish people, "Caveat emptor. Let the buyer beware." The exceedingly high level of fraud lays bare the impact of the prince of the power of the air, whom Jesus titled as a liar and the father of liars, and we humans have learned well.