The Obama Administration scandals are much ado about important things

Things are rotten in the Obama Administration and in Washington, D.C. Photo: AP

NEW YORK, May 27, 2013 — The thrill is evidently gone, replaced by the chilling and growing realization that things are rotten in the Obama Administration and in Washington, D.C.

Republicans bay for blood over potential Executive Branch abuses of power. Democrats demur and try to sweep possible transgressions under a set of heavy rugs. Both establishment parties miss swelling disgust that could alter the political landscape in 2014 and 2016 more profoundly than the Tea Party did in 2010.

Using the IRS to Intimidate Opponents and Reward Supporters is an Egregious and Extreme Violation of Settled Law

So far, Congress and the media have yet to find smoking gun, evidence that President Obama’s political team coordinated a scheme to punish enemies and reward friends using the IRS. However, what has emerged is a disturbing set of patterns that cannot be entirely coincidental.

Salient details would not hide in plain sight in communications through formal reporting channels. Evidence that parties operated in concert may only surface when investigators develop an integrated timeline and tie together work and personal emails as well as other logical sources.

As disturbing as targeting rivals and enemies by the IRS may prove to be, there is a much larger set of issues to consider. To what extent have the White House, the IRS and allied Democrat organizations conspired to reward friends of the Obama-Biden campaigns?

One obvious elephant in the room is Organizing for Action (“OFA”).

So far, no one has pulled back curtains to see how much effort characterized as promoting “social welfare” instead actually advanced progressive candidates. Furthermore, OFA is only one of many entities worthy of focus.

Using the Justice Department to Quash Journalistic Inquiry and Quench Free Speech are Flagrant, Unconstitutional Abuses

What we know so far concerning the Justice Department’s clamping down upon activities of the Associated Press, Fox News and The New York Times is disturbing enough. We do not yet know what other initiatives may have been launched against other truth-seekers.

At surface level, Attorney General Holder’s contention under oath that he recused himself in the AP Matter without creating a written record seems highly suspect. Moreover, in view of his evident closeness to Deputy Attorney General Jim Cole, one wonders just how far removed Eric Holder would actually be, even in a formally constructed recusal.

As in the case of the IRS scandal, the public deserves to learn more concerning the ways in which the Obama Administration may have chosen to reward friends with timely nuggets leaked to promote accomplishments or punish opponents of the Executive Branch.

Finally, the “talking point” defense mounted by resolute Obama Administration supporters such as Senator Dick Durbin should be abandoned forthwith.

Senator Durbin and those who wish to pursue the fiction that the press at founding was restrained and guarded in its search for truth should sit down with experts in the National Archives and refresh their recollections of basic American history and rejected English practices.

The “Benghazi” Scandal May Obscure Treacherous Foreign Entanglement in Numerous Countries

So far, the Obama Administration has only grudgingly revealed some facts concerning the tragedy in Benghazi. The public cannot settle for morsels of information.

To date, many focus on Libya alone and upon evolution of the plainly erroneous message that Ambassador Rice ultimately employed on September 16, 2012. Some attempt to shift blame for “miscommunication” to David Petraeus—away from Hillary Clinton and the White House.

Beyond editing the talking points, which actually seems a small transgression compared to others, events in Benghazi must be explained going back much farther than September 11, 2012.

What were U.S. government personnel and contractors doing in Libya from February 2011 through the overthrow of Muammar Gaddaffi and afterwards? Was the United States actually arming and abetting Al Qaeda or its affiliates?

By September 11, 2012, events in Egypt threatened to explode a central plank in the Obama campaign concerning its supposed wise stewardship of foreign policy.

Investigators need to cast a wider net into what actually was happening in places like the Sudan and others where violence exploded in the midst of the 2012 National Election.

The Chief Obstacles to Bringing Perpetrators Involved in Obama Administration Scandals to Account

Attorney General Eric Holder currently retains power to appoint a “special prosecutor”.

Clearly, Attorney General Holder will follow the President’s lead. Last week, President Obama declared unequivocally that no special counsel seemed necessary concerning the IRS scandal.

As of now, potential malefactors rest easy knowing the worst they can expect is unflattering media attention during a summer when many will be resting and more concerned with prosaic matters.

Assuming that Congress leads the investigative charge, those under scrutiny must take comfort from the “Fast and Furious” Investigation, which resulted in a “Contempt of Congress” citation against the Attorney General, a lot of sound and fury, so far signifying a big fat nothing.

That said, the temperature is growing uncomfortably hot under Eric Holder’s seat.

In the final analysis, the President and his allies likely will bet prolonged Congressional investigations will only humble the image of Congressman and Senators further and end up weakening Republicans in the 2014 elections.

Judging history from 2007 through April 2013, this calculus could prove correct. It could also prove a far bigger miscalculation than General George Armstrong Custer’s cockiness prior to his epic defeat at Little Bighorn in 1876.

The Pattern of Conduct Seen in Each Scandal Exposes Senior Level Operatives as Unworthy of Keeping the Public’s Trust

For a group with elite resumes, high-level officials in the White House, IRS, Justice Department, and State Departments certainly come off as forgetful and detached as they seek to fend off a rising chorus of valid questions.

Excuses, such as those tendered on their behalf by long-time Obama friend David Axelrod, that the “government is too vast” to control wrongdoing ring hollow and false.

Americans at both ends of the traditional left-right political divide accept that transgressions and transgressors deserve punishment if America is to operate under rule of law.

Through the swirling set of scandals, truth eventually will out.

In 1848, U.S. Representative Abraham Lincoln explained:

“Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable - a most sacred right - a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.”

Democrats, Republicans and Independents will never, in the end surrender rich freedom for impoverished tyranny.

The bloom has apparently fallen off the faded rose that is Barack Obama’s hope fable.

Hypathia of Alexandria knew 16 centuries’ ago what is likely to come next here in America.

“Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fantasies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in later years relieved of them.”

The keystroke is mightier than the teleprompter reading.

The conversation is more powerful than the robo-call.

Moreover, tyranny under the best of intentions nonetheless is tyranny.






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Charles Ortel became a lapsed member of the silent majority in August 2007 when he began alerting the public to dangers posed by structural changes in the global economy. Since then, Charles has appeared in the print, radio and television media with increasing frequency. Brass Tacks will attempt to offer non-partisan perspective on factors contributing to the unresolved, burgeoning crisis and discuss potential solutions. Graduated from Horace Mann School, Yale College and Harvard Business School, Charles tries to learn each day.  

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