Um-m-m-m-m--whatever happened to that? Every new day seems to bring a new scandal involving yet another federal agency. And when the President is asked about it, he's got no answers. Literally. He looks bewildered, shrugs and says, "I only just read about it myself--in the newspapers...yeah, that's it...I read it in the newspapers."
As of now, he's juggling three very serious scandals involving the State Department, the IRS, and the DOJ.
There's Benghazi--where Ambassador Christopher Stevens was brutally assassinated along with three bodyguards in a twelve hour long attack. Stevens' repeated calls for help were ignored and Special Ops teams were ordered to stand-down. Why? That's the big question.
Originally Team Obama claimed the whole thing was started by an offensive YouTube video depicting Mohammad in a bad light and there was simply no time to send help. That explanation was later proved false, and we now know it was a terrorist attack. And help could have gotten there within three hours. So why didn't help come and why the big cover-up? The short answer: We don't know.
Whistle blowers have come forward with claims of intense intimidation and demotions and threats from the State Department. For those watching closely, this whole situation smells foul. Four people were left to die and nobody seems to have a plausible explanation.
The IRS is involved in one of the most outrageous abuse of power scandals ever perpetrated against the taxpaying public. Many believe we've seen only the 'tip of the iceberg' and that if all the facts are fully exposed, it will lead straight to the top.
The DOJ is also in hot water, caught red-handed trying to silence the press. The Justice Department thought it necessary to secure phone, email, and who-knows-what other records of AP reports, as well as Fox News reporters.
"Freedom of the Press" is one of this nation's most sacred checks-and-balances. Without it, governments run over the peoples' rights and no one ever finds out about it. Though this scandal may seem to be the least serious of the three, it's the one getting the most press. Understandable, because now the administration has stepped on the very toes that have been protecting it.
So what happened to your "touchstones", Mr. O? We haven't seen a whole lot of transparency or rule of law lately. Snooping? Yes. Intimidation? uh huh. Cover-ups? You betcha. But transparency and rule of law? Not so much.
Pray these scandals don't blow over. If they do, there's no telling where the next 3-1/2 years might take us.
A wise man once said: "The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with chains of the Constitution so that the second will not become the legalized version of the first." --President Thomas Jefferson
"Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are defiled. Such people claim they know God, but they deny Him by the way they live." Titus 1:15-16
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