If a person is deemed pathological, it means they have an obsessive or persistent tendency to some kind of untoward behavior such as lying or stealing that they cannot, and will not, stop regardless the consequences; to other people. Obviously, if a person’s pathological behavior such as lying and unethical conduct, resulted in adverse or negative consequences to themselves, whatever the behavior was would not become a profitable compulsion. The reason the preponderance of Republicans are generally pathological liars is because they are never called to task, or suffer consequences, for their tendency to lie either for their campaign donors’ benefit or their own political power.
Although the Republican party is rife with unethical and pathological liars, it is likely none are as pathological as Speaker of the House John A. Boehner (R-OH). For the past three-and-a-half years, Boehner has lied through his teeth about a foreign corporation’s pet project its home country will not let them build due to the existential damage to their nation’s environment, air quality, and water supply. Now, Boehner has enlisted a foreign corporation (TransCanada), the Canadian Prime Minister, and a foreign energy department to put pressure on America, and particularly its President, to approve construction of a pipeline Canada is well aware is an environmental and ecological disaster.
When it was first exposed that just before taking control of the House in 2011, John Boehner purchased stock in seven different Canadian tar sand companies, his blatant conflict of interest became glaringly evident and raised suspicion regarding his lack of ethics. Primarily because he began pushing the foreign pipeline’s construction across America’s agricultural heartland as creating “hundreds-of-thousands,” and maybe a million, jobs. Boehner knew he was lying because the foreigners that owned the pipeline, and the tar sand, told investors the project would create no more than 1,500 temporary jobs for about two years, and only 15-25 permanent jobs after that. Boehner also lied prolifically that building the Canadian pipeline would guarantee America’s energy independence when he knew full well that TransCanada intended on exporting every last drop of the Canadian refined oil to Japan, China, and Europe. Not only would the oil never reach Americans’ gas tanks, the Kochs would need to siphon off Midwest reserves of diesel oil to facilitate the corrosive tar to flow through the Korean-made pipe; farmers and truckers would see their fuel costs rise by about 20 cents a gallon. Again, Boehner knew all of this information because it came directly from the foreign corporation lusting to build the pipeline across American soil.
Now, because the Koch brothers bought control of the Congress, Republicans are on the verge of passing an unconstitutional effort to subvert the Executive Branch and State Department’s purview over the permitting process. Now joining Boehner’s filthy lie-filled conspiracy, foreigners TransCanada, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Ottawa Canada, and the Canadian Natural Resources minister are repeating Boehner’s lies that “Keystone should be approved immediately because it is a job creation bonanza and will provide America with energy independence. As if it was not bad enough Republicans in the Koch-Congress are going all-in with the bovine excrement that “Keystone is a major job generator,” Boehner has a cabal of Canadian foreigners lying to Americans for Boehner’s, the Koch’s, TransCanada’s, and the oil export industry’s profits. And, because President Obama is not swayed by the liars, Boehner had the temerity to accuse the President of being “hopelessly out of touch with reality for threatening a Keystone veto.”
What is curious, indeed, is that if the Canadian corporation, Canadian Prime Minister, Ottawa Canada, and the Canadian Natural Resources minister are so incredibly certain the pipeline is safe, provides energy independence, and a major job generator; then why in dog’s name are they not immediately building the pipeline across Canadian soil? Is it because a short TransCanada pipeline span already ruptured and destroyed the ecosystem 12 times within its first year? Or is it because every stinking drop of that refined oil is slated for export to Europe, China, and Japan? Or because Canada enjoys full employment and has no need for a “major job generator?” Also; since when are Republicans, John A. Boehner, the Koch brothers, or a bunch of foreigners and a foreign corporation so deeply concerned about America’s energy independence or its jobs situation?
House Speaker John A. Boehner is a corrupt and unethical pathological liar and now he has a cabal of foreigners doing his and the Koch brothers bidding to the detriment of Americans health, the nation’s largest aquifer, private landowners, farmers and trucking industry, and the world’s climate. It is long past time to hold Boehner accountable for his preponderance of unethical behavior. He has already been referred to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for his KeystoneXL lies about jobs to manipulate tar sand stock prices, and MoveOn started a (still active) petition demanding the corrupt Republican resign and face House Ethics Committee charges. There is nothing anyone can do to the lying Canadians, although their recent campaign on behalf of the Kochs and John A. Boehner certainly are despicable. Including, by the way, TransCanada advertising on this column that the KeystoneXL pipeline is environmentally friendly, safe, provides American energy independence, and a “major job generator.”
What is often lost in the “controversy” over building a foreign corporation’s rupture-prone pipeline over American soil, aquifers, and private landowners’ property is the devastating impact on the world’s climate. Real scientists not affiliated with the Heritage Foundation, ALEC, or the Koch brothers have screamed for five years (at least) that developing the million-plus square acres of Koch-controlled tar sand fields in Canada means “game over the Earth’s climate,” and even if Boehner and his foreign cabal’s claims were true; is it worth decimating the world’s climate? Obviously, in the pursuit of profits, John A. Boehner, the Koch brothers, and Canada’s Prime Minister, Ottawa, and Canada’s Natural Resources minister think so.
Not surprisingly, many seriously ignorant Americans think so as well and it is all down to the perpetual pathological lies spread over three-and-a-half years by unethical House Speaker John A. Boehner. Lies, that President Obama can beat down with a thirty second national television address telling American idiots exactly what he told Stephen Colbert of the Colbert Report about KeystoneXL; It is Canada’s oil, it is for export, it does not create jobs, and it is a certain ecological and environmental disaster waiting to happen. They are true facts that those foreigners doing Boehner and the Koch brothers’ bidding in Canada’s government know to be true or they would have already built that dirty rupture-prone abomination on Canadian soil and not America that just goes to prove they have about as much regard for America’s interest as the pathological liar and unethically corrupt Speaker of the House of Representatives John A. Boehner.
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