Certainly our Congressional investigative and oversight committees bear some of the blame for putting us into this political quagmire. How can you bring in the former Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, to testify on a matter as important and tragic as Benghazi and not put the woman under oath? It was simply an oversight on their part or so it is claimed by those on the committees. I seriously doubt that is the case. In the private sector we look upon such actions in one of two ways, either gross incompetence or gross negligence. Regardless, the lack of a sworn oath in that case allowed Ms. Clinton to walk away from any potential charges of perjury in that testimony.
We then see Lois Lerner, Head of the Exempt Division of the IRS, come before committee only to use that platform to proclaim her innocence and any wrongdoing on her part. She then immediately pleaded the 5th Amendment and fell silent much to the dismay of the committee members. The first question which comes to mind is why this woman was allowed to make a statement without first being questioned at which point she could have still pleaded the 5th. Is that the normal protocol…to allow the person testifying to make an opening statement? Here again, gross incompetence or selective negligence…you decide. How do we conclude when an employee of the federal government in a department head position finds it more advisable to take the 5th Amendment as opposed to testifying? She claims no wrong-doing but quickly hides behind the very amendment designed to protect her from self-incrimination. Are we or the committee members actually foolish enough to buy this approach as an honest person just being cautious?
Then there is Eric Holder, the current Attorney General of the United States. You might remember that Mr. Holder was waist deep or more in the activities of “Fast And Furious” and did not find much favor with committee members when he refused to be forthcoming, essentially lied as to what he knew and when he knew it, and withheld documents of interest to the committee. “Fast And Furious” was designed to show that the supply of guns to Mexican drug cartels was coming across the border from the USA. Mr. Holder and company elected to throw a couple of thousand guns on the open market with the hope of tracking them into Mexico and proving the point. In turn, this new awareness would open the door to justify more gun control laws and also fewer guns in the hands of law-abiding Americans. The plan blew and control of the guns was essentially lost. When some of the guns did turn up, one was used to kill a Border Patrol agent. Mr. Holder feigned a lack of knowledge and withheld documents. He was found in contempt of the Congress but no formal action has been pursued nor has Mr. Holder left his post.
Now it seems Mr. Holder was also aware that the telephone of a number of Associated Press reporters were illegally tapped on the justification of pursuing espionage leaks from federal government personnel. By his own admission, Mr. Holder was aware of these activities as much as one year before the news broke publicly and rationalizes this position by stating that he “recused” himself from the case. The Attorney General of the United States and the chief officer of the Justice Department is aware of wrong-doing on the part of federal agents of the government for a year or more and does nothing to expose or stop it? What kind of character are we dealing with here in this man? The one thing that he wanted everyone to understand is that he had been “recused” from the case thereby offering self-preservation while allowing his right-hand assistant to take the fall.
We are not through with Mr. Holder yet. Twisted up with this AP telephone scandal is another exercise in which Mr. Holder was apparently involved right up to his ears. The Justice Department decided there was reason to search the email account of Fox News Correspondent, James Rosen. A Federal Judge issued the subpoena though Mr. Rosen was totally unaware of such actions. Apparently the Judge, who should have had the “not in attendance” Mr. Rosen’s best interest at heart went ahead and sided with Holder and company. Eric Holder even signed the search warrant when it was issued. The rationale of the investigation was that Rosen was not viewed as a member of the press but as a “co-conspirator” in the matter.
Suffice to say that in any other presidential administration; we could probably already hear the butt frying on the grill back in Washington. President Obama claims to be outraged yet he can only find enough rage to fire an “Acting Chief of the IRS” who was already leaving anyway. This Acting Chief had made at least 100 visits to the White House during his tenure yet could only remember the reason for one of them which was an Easter egg hunt. Ms. Lerner ends up on “administrative leave with pay” which is either an obvious public indication that her “stone-walling” under the 5th Amendment was not something the White House could agree with publicly but could breathe a sigh of relieve over when the step was taken. In effect, action has been taken, the problem has been addressed…let’s just move on.
President Obama stands by his Attorney General, Eric Holder, and states that he is confident of his ability and his leadership skills in his position as Attorney General. Mr. Holder pursued the search warrant with regard to James Rosen and now the president has directed him to review the policies of his department and make the necessary changes to avoid any further occurrence or the appearance at encumbering the 1st Amendment in the future. Is that directive not a bit like asking the fox to guard the hen-house? Obviously Eric Holder must have had a lot to do with the policies and directives in place when Rosen was first cited and now he is the man to fix that? There we go….problem addressed; solution in place; let’s move on.
If the mainstream media were doing its job on these issues, there would be outrage and questions galore across the spectrum of the media. But, here again, the media’s infatuation and protective circling of the wagons around Obama is obvious even when their own 1st Amendment rights under the Constitution is under assault. Only pockets of the media and some talk radio keep these issues alive. Otherwise, the bulk of the mainstream is busy covering Obama’s jaunt to Oklahoma…for what? Or they are giggling and peeing all over themselves as to what buddies Obama and Chris Christie have become in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Oh, and let’s not forget the cute humor making front page news of lipstick on the president’s collar….Lord, there is some first-hand reporting. To hell with the lipstick, ask some questions of significance on any one of these issues.
The American public has been played the fool twice since 2007. The one thing we don’t like more than being called a fool is to have to admit on our own that we are one. That crow, feathers and all, is a hard one to swallow for the bulk of Americans. But, you say, Obama won the re-election…that must say something about how America feels. Possibly, but considering that in the State of Ohio, there were counties in which almost one million people voted and Mitt Romney did not get one vote…not one. Also consider that recent figures show that one in four Ohio voters was not qualified to vote but did. Here again is another issue which the media does not find troubling for to do so would be to question Obama and that just cannot happen…not with the darling of the American media; not with the fabrication of the American Progressive Movement. Oh no.
At some point both the American public and the mainstream media is going to wake up and smell the coffee. For once they are going to realize that 2+2 never equals 4 with the Obama Administration and many others of the progressive liberal ilk. It is probably safe to say that by that time much damage will have been done to the 1st, 2nd, and 5th Amendments as well as many others and much of our liberty and freedoms as Americans will have been infringed upon by the likes of Lois Lerner, Eric Holder, and Barack Obama. Most of that crow should be down the throat by then with only the feathers and feet still in our mouths leaving us speechless.
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