CHARLESTON, SC, October 25, 2013—President Obama and his administration have been besieged by scandals and accusations of everything from incompetence to corruption. The scandals range from Fast and Furious to Benghazi to IRS abuses to NSA spying. The ability to govern is questioned by the failed rollout of Obamacare due to a defective website.
Whenever Obama encounters any allegations of mismanagement, the same pattern takes place. He exudes righteous indignation, declares the problem “unacceptable,” and promises to find out who is “responsible” and hold them “accountable.”
In the private sector, these words have meaning. Mistakes get people fired, and deliberate malfeasance often results in people going to jail. In Obamaworld, promises of accountability go unfulfilled.
The same defensive posture occurs every time. Obama or Jay Carney insists that the first priority is making sure that the mistake never happens again. Anyone demanding more is dismissed as engaging in partisan politics rather than working to solve the problem. Administration officials stonewall legitimate inquiries until the specific incident becomes “old news.”
Yet one group of people actually does lose their protected status. Two people have been fired in recent days, fitting an unmistakeable pattern.
National Security aide Jofi Joseph was fired for criticizing administration officials on Twitter under the handle @natsecwonk.
Obamacare telephone operator Erling Davis was fired for telling Sean Hannity that Americans were not satisfied with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Davis had no idea who Hannity was, treating him in the same professional manner as she would any other caller.
In past years, two other individuals were dismissed for similar transgressions.
General Stanley McChrystal was fired from his position as commander in Afghanistan after making unflattering remarks about Obama and other administration officials in Rolling Stone magazine.
Shirley Sherrod was fired from the agriculture department when she was caught on video making remarks against white farmers that were perceived as racist.
Other individuals have been more fortunate.
Attorney General Eric Holder was behind the botched Fast and Furious gunrunning sting. He was found in criminal and civil contempt of Congress. His job is safe.
Ambassador Susan Rice went on all five Sunday morning television shows and blamed Benghazi on a video that virtually nobody saw. She was promoted to National Security Advisor.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also blamed the video, and angrily asked “what difference at this point does it make” why four innocent Americans were murdered by Islamists. She is also seeking a promotion, and retired from her job with her pension intact.
IRS bureaucrat Lois Lerner has been caught in emails admitting to targeting half the country, specifically singling out Tea Party groups for political harassment. Ms. Lerner was put on paid administrative leave after incorrectly asserting her Fifth Amendment rights. She has now retired with her full pension.
HHS head Kathleen Sebelius had over three years to roll out Obamacare, yet she was unable to even get the website right. She has refused to heed calls for her resignation by Republicans, and has the full confidence of Obama.
Holder and Clinton got innocent people killed and covered up the truth. Rice helped with the coverup. Lerner abused innocent Americans and covered it up. Sebelius showed utter incompetence. None of these people did anything serious enough to be fired. More importantly, they all jumped on the political grenade to spare their boss.
Joseph, Davis, McChrystal and Sherrod committed the cardinal sin. They made Obama look bad. They either overtly or indirectly criticized Obama personally. They were not “team players.”
Sherrod gave the appearance that the Obama administration plays racial politics. Holder actually does, but Sherrod was caught on video.
McChrystal and Joseph saw their words printed for the world to see.
Davis just told the truth on a recorded line.
People willing to lie to protect Obama were either promoted or given comfortable existences at their current level.
Those telling the truth about Obama and his administration were fired.
This does not make those who were fired innocent victims. Joseph used company property to criticize his superiors, and deserved to lose his job. McChrystal had to go because military leaders cannot publicly criticize the Commander in Chief. Sherrod was able to prove that her remarks were taken out of context, and was offered her job back. She helped her cause by suing conservative icon Andrew Breitbart rather than the people who actually overreacted by firing her. Davis was an innocent victim who was made whole by Hannity himself. He offered to pay her salary for a year and has helped her already receive new job offers.
Yet what does it say about Obama that the only sin is speaking ill of him? Dead bodies can be forgiven. The slightest criticism of the person making the mistakes gets the employment version of the guillotine.
This is why the Obama administration does virtually everything badly. Working for him is not a meritocracy. Loyalty trumps quality, and blind loyalty can erase all negative results.
As long as somebody protects Obama at all costs, do not expect that person to ever be held responsible or accountable for anything.
Meanwhile, everything is collapsing around Obama and around America as those valuing their own jobs choose obedient silence over telling the truth.
After all, the Benghazi whistleblowers learned the hard way. Gregory Hicks has not been fired yet, but after two decades of exemplary service to the nation, revealing the truth about Benghazi got him demoted.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, 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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