LOS ANGELES, May 29, 2013 —President Obama is drowning in corruption scandals. Whether you believe he is an innocent victim, incompetent bungler or nefarious schemer, one thing is certain. These scandals will not disappear just because he and his supporters want them to.
We asked the question in January,is President Obama corrupt?
At that time, scandals abounded.
“Solyndra, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the NLRB suing Boeing, and Lisa Jackson’s EPA emails are all serious scandals involving government corruption at the highest levels. At the minimum they show Obama to be ignorant or indifferent to what’s going on in his own administration.”
Those words appeared here only four months ago, and in retrospect they’re astonishing. The astonishment comes not from those listed powder kegs, but from the ones missing from the list. If Obama’s first term raised ethical concerns, the last four months suggest an administration deep in moral bankruptcy.
Only now are Americans learning that Obama’s IRS deliberately targeted and harassed conservative, tea party, pro-Israel, and other organizations that Obama dislikes, as well as individuals who supported them. The facts are not in dispute. The IRS admitted guilt. The only question is from how high up the political food chain the order came to use the IRS to intimidate political opponents. IRS employee Lois Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment privileges to avoid answering questions on the subject, but because she indulged her desire to grab some air time with a self-serving statement before a House committee, she may be called back for further questioning.
Only now are Americans learning that Obama’s Justice Department seized telephone records of AP reporters. The facts are again not in dispute. Obama admitted doing it, citing national security concerns. The Department of Justice was still required to notify the AP of their intentions, but failed to do so.
Only now are Americans learning that Attorney General Eric Holder personally signed the order authorizing the Obama DoJ to track the movements of Fox News reporter James Rosen, after asking three different judges to approve the order. Rosen’s parents were even tracked. Obama’s hostility toward Fox News is well established. Again, the facts are not in dispute. The only question is whether Holder went rogue or acted on Obama’s orders.
Only now are Americans learning the motivation behind the seizure of property from the Gibson Guitar company. Gibson was accused by this same DoJ of using illegal wood. A guitar company may seems apolitical, but everything is political with the Obama administration. Gibson’s owner is a Republican who donated to conservative candidates. A rival company using the same wood is owned by an individual who donates to Obama and other Democrats. His company was left alone.
Only now are Americans learning that HHS Secretary and Obamacare Czarina Kathleen Sebelius engaged in illegal Obamacare fundraising.
This is all in the last four months.
As for Benghazi, it is far worse than originally thought. Only now are Americans learning that the original Obama narrative was a deliberate lie. The anti-Muslim video did not inspire the Libya attacks on the American consulate that led to the murder of Ambassador Stevens and three others. Radical Islam was the cause.
The Obama administration stayed afloat just long enough to win reelection. Most mainstream outlets refused to cover his scandals. They then cited their own refusal to cover them as evidence that Americans did not care and the scandals did not matter. Hillary Clinton’s “What difference does it make?” became the symbol for every critic of an administration clearly spiraling out of control.
Forget momentarily the scandals known in January of 2013. Put aside briefly newer scandals developed in early 2013. Now ask a simple question.
How much more is there?
Obama defenders claim that Republicans deliberately focus on scandals to purposely weaken Obama. Even if this false claim had a kernel of truth, why did Obama give Republicans the ammunition to begin with?
Why would anyone in the age of Facebook, Twitter, and cellphone cameras think that bad behavior by anybody, much less famous people, would stay hidden?
Put simply, why can’t President Obama and his administration just stay out of trouble? Is it that hard to obey the law? Is it that difficult for Obama to accept that freedom of speech and freedom from government harassment are the rights of all Americans, even Americans who disagree with him?
Some people blame the media. The media emboldened Obama through their fawning worship. This allowed Obama to believe that he really is, as MSNBC’s Chris Matthews intoned, “the perfect man.”
Obama was treated less like a president and more like a messiah. As Lord Acton reminded us all, “absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
The reasons why Obama and his administration behave this way is irrelevant. This is the one case, unlike their scandals, where the reasons make no difference. At this point, too many people in the Obama administration have allowed themselves to be corrupted by pride and power to believe that they can do as they please, when they please, to whom they please. Whether this is the “Chicago Way” or the Obama way does not matter. The bad behavior must cease.
Republicans lost the 2012 election, but Democrats have seen their entire liberal agenda become paralyzed. Everything they believe in is failing because advancing a policy agenda requires the trust of the American people. A majority of Americans look at the Obama administration with distrustful eyes. Even people who like Obama personally no longer associate him with sincerity and integrity.
The original scandals were bad enough. The scandals accumulated in the last twenty weeks are far worse. This is just what we know. As with confronting a cheating spouse, there exists reasonable suspicions that what we know is not “all of it,” not by a long shot.
How many more scandals have to crop up before the words “Obama” and “corruption” become dictionary synonyms?
In January, the issue of corruption, like the television show “Jeopardy,” came in the form of a question. Four months later, Obama corruption is a certainty and a redundancy.
The life preservers in the media have been punctured. President Obama is drowning under the weight of his scandals. At this point the only question is whether he takes the entire nation down with him.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, blogger, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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