In a speech earlier this week the president attempted to blame Republicans for focusing on “an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals.” This is a degree of chutzpah rarely seen even in the political circus commonly known as Washington D.C. Phony scandals? There’s nothing phony about them at all!
In case you haven’t been watching, here is a partial list of the current scandals plaguing the Obama leadership.
First, Benghazi. The egregious mishandling of this international incident in Libya was responsible for the death of our ambassador, Chris Stevens. He was brutalized and murdered in a well-orchestrated attack on our diplomatic mission in Benghazi. Included in this debacle was the willful refusal of support by our State Department which refused to come to the aid and defense of four Americans left to die. Despite this, former SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods put up a fearful fight, neutralizing some 100 of the Muslim radicals before being killed by a mortar round on their position.
Second, IRS. The Internal Revenue Service has stepped all over itself with reports revealing that it had targeted political groups applying for tax-exempt status for closer scrutiny based on that groups name or political theme. In particular, any political group using the term “Tea Party” in its name was automatically suspected and therefore targeted for harassment by the IRS. This included being denied a tax-exempt status. A probe was ordered by Attorney General Eric Holder. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) initially reported that there was a clear bias in refusing to work with conservative groups. This was later amended to say that some liberal-leaning groups had also been targeted for investigation, but the number was so low that in was hardly worth mentioning.
Third, NSA. The National Security Agency’s “warrantless wiretapping” has raised the ire of the American people because of its intrusiveness into the private lives and conversations of Americans without a warrant all under the rubric of collecting foreign intelligence in the war on terror. This secret activity has left many Americans seriously doubting the intentions of our own government and its various agencies. This matter is very complex and goes back to the former administration attempting to enact surveillance on al Qaeda operatives communicating by phone, email, and other electronic means so as to intercept any terrorist activity that could be brought further upon the American people. The Obama administration has continued this activity raising further concerns that “we the people” cannot trust our own government.
Fourth, the Justice Department. The chilling effect that has come from our own Justice Department’s activities while their investigations into the reporting habits of Associated Press members and, in particular, FOX News White House correspondent, James Rosen, should take your breath away.
Fifth, “Fast & Furious.” This program implemented by the ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) to sell guns to Mexican gangs and drug cartel members in an effort to trace these guns to the real bad guys would be laughable if it were not so deadly serious. It got out of control, causing the ATF to lose track of hundreds of guns. Just ask the family of murdered Border Agent Brian Terry. He was gunned down with one of these weapons.
There’s plenty more. The New Black Panthers’ intimidation of voters at polling sites. Solyndra receiving huge cash amounts to promote green energy only to fail miserably and go out of business. The GSA (Government Services Agency) went nuts spending ridiculous amounts of tax-payer money on conferences, gifts, entertainment and the like.
Sadly, there is a lot more that I have not listed. It seems this list grows longer by the day.
It is no secret that I am not a fan of this current administration. However, this is not a partisan problem. This sort of abuse and overreach from our government has been increasing for the past several decades. This ought to frighten every last one of you.
There is a solution: We the people must take responsibility for having voted these politicians and careerists into office. That means we can vote them out. But you have to get involved. Know what’s going on. Make a difference.