In a rush to support an agenda, many people on both sides of the political spectrum fit the issue of the day in their narrative. The shame is the actual issue gets lost.
The American public this past week learned the Obama Administration secretly seized two months’ worth of telephone records of journalists at four Associated Press bureaus with their knowledge. That is blatantly unconstitutional even for an administration that routinely tramples our Constitution.
We also learned the IRS targeted and denied tax-exempt status to Tea Party and other conservative groups. According to the report, IRS agents had not flagged similar liberal or Democratic groups. This is blatant abuse of power even for an Administration that habitually abuses its power.
To paraphrase some pirates from the Caribbean, I guess the rules are really more like guidelines
You will hear the inevitable comparisons to the Nixon administration from Conservative groups and why not? The Nixon white house abused its power and eroded trust and it appears the Obama Administration is following suit. The Liberal groups and media will portray the uproar as just another partisan attack from people who do not like the president cloaked in hints of racism.
Ever notice the media portrays anyone with a conspiracy theory as a nut? In most cases, it is a fair and accurate portrayal and, in other cases, a duck analogy comes to mind.
Forget the rhetoric. Forget the hyperbole. The focus should be on whether these instances are true and why they happened. Is the Obama Administration targeted Americans? If so, the American people deserve justice.
What the American public doesn’t need is Dan Pfeiffer, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor to the President for Strategy and Communications, saying these scandals are “irrelevant” like he did on his jaunt through the Sunday morning talk shows. To be fair, he made those comments about various aspects of the recent scandals plaguing President Obama but the word usage displays an aloofness to the general populace.
One can only imagine the administration is a reflection of its leader.
When scandals like these break, I never think about the specific scandal. I think about the ramifications of the actions if left unchecked. The target today is Tea Party organizations. What happens when it is a Liberal organization under a Conservative administration tomorrow? The AP is learning that lesson.
Plausible deniability is a president’s best friend. Having underlings who understand the concept is even better. For President Obama to avoid becoming irrelevant, he needs to address these issues with something foreign to him: candor.