Over the past two weeks, one scandal after another has unfolded to illustrate an alarming method by which the Obama administration operates. The scandals that plague the most crooked administration in this nation’s history each betray the American public in unique ways; any one of these scandals are unforgivable and worthy of expulsion from the highest office.
The Benghazi scandal is a byproduct of foreign policy naivety and recklessness. Any White House intern could have told the President and his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, that an American consulate in Libya should warrant a detailed security presence. In fact, the State Department did not need to wait for a know-it-all intern to inform them on the dangers of the unstable region; the consulate had already requested security.
Four men died, our consulate was overrun, and the American people were continually lied to as the Obama Administration disgustingly betrayed the sacrifice of those murdered in Benghazi by scapegoating a YouTube video as the cause of the violence.
GOP efforts to uncover the truth have been called a “witch-hunt” with “political motivations” by Democrats and many in the media. The effort to uncover the truth is Republican-led because Democrats and, ironically enough, the media have been unwilling to ask questions.
The IRS scandal has shaken the trust of Americans in their government to the very core. We actually have a government that has been harassing political organizations based on their political beliefs. In a nation where speech is supposed to be free, it is anything but as the continuation of political organizations’ financial stability has been subjected to an approval by an agency of the government that reviews them based on political affiliation.
On Friday, former IRS Commissioner Steven Miller testified before the House Ways and Means Committee and told one lie after another when trying to explain that the systemic targeting of conservatives was a result of an innocent mistake in management. I honestly don’t know which is more disturbing: that our government would operate like a modern-day Stasi or that they thought Americans would believe the excuses.
The AP scandal is still unfolding but the revelation that the Justice Department has been monitoring the phone records of so many offices and employees of the Associated Press has only prompted more questions. If the Justice Department was looking for a security leak, why are they surveilling so many different members of the press? Who authorized this?
As usual, the investigation is being stonewalled by the “Administration of transparency.”
Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of the scandals is the continued method by which the Obama Administration has, thus far, avoided culpability for any one of the jail-time worthy offenses perpetrated by the executive branch.
In Fast and Furious, Obama and Holder joined together to say, “I don’t know who’s responsible; all I know is that it wasn’t me.” In the Benghazi scandal, Obama, Clinton and Susan Rice joined together to announce, “I don’t know who’s responsible; all I know is that it wasn’t me.” In the IRS scandal and the Associated Press scandal, Obama and Holder teamed up once again to tell the country, “I don’t know who’s responsible; all I know is that it wasn’t me.”
At one point will the Commander-in-Chief, the Attorney General, the Secretary of State or anybody in charge own up to the egregious conduct that has occurred on their watch? Is this leadership?
The president’s position that he knew nothing of the scandals that have emerged in his administration has served him well. His continued insistence that corruption runs rampant all around him, unbeknownst to him, signals either a detached executive who is unaware of the actions of his subordinates or a leader who is pathologically incapable of accepting responsibility for his actions. In either case, it is entirely unacceptable.
Whether Obama has a hand in any or all of these scandals or whether he merely picks up a paycheck and plays golf is irrelevant; he is responsible. He is the Commander-in-Chief; the buck stops with him and Americans deserve a better brand of leader.