How many scandals are too many?

The public trust is under assault. To be honest, I don’t feel very “secure in the Blessings of Liberty.”

I am trying to think of another White House administration that has had a worse 60-day period in my lifetime. Let’s talk through the growing-seemingly-larger-every-day list of issues affected the Presidency.

So, what’s the biggest scandal so far? Well, that’s tough to say. Let’s list a few…

  • The IRS Scandal is especially absurd. The IRS, a federal agency with no partisan cause, targeted conservative groups from 2010 to 2012 that were applying for tax-exempt status solely based on the names they were choosing by looking for key words or phrases such as “Freedom”, “Constitution”, “Tea Party”, etc. While this might be a sign that conservative groups would be wise to expand the vocabulary of names at their disposal, it doesn’t make it a legal action by the IRS. Pretty ridiculous that a federal agency would do this.
  • The DOJ Scandal involves AP reporters having phone records seized  by the DOJ in 2012 over a 60-day period. Under the Constitution of the United States we supposedly have freedom of the Press. Of course, if the federal government spies on reporters, sources probably won’t be very helpful. Additionally, the James Rosen “criminal co-conspirator” comment from AG Holder just fueled the fire even more.
  • The Fast and Furious scandal was a government operation (2009-2011) to send firearms into Mexico. Government officers planned to track the weapons to drug cartel leaders (the Drug War is another stupid thing, but we’ll save that for another time). Well, the government lost track of the firearms… until they were later used in the murder of a US Border Patrol Agent and other crimes. Read about it sometime. It’s a classic example of government acting without thinking something through.
  • The Benghazi Scandal is a special one: four US men died in a very predictable terror attack (it took place on 9/11/2012 in Libya) while the State Department (under the supervision of Sec. of State Hillary Clinton) ordered troops in the vicinity to stand down from moving to the consulate under attack. This campaign ad from Clinton’s 2008 campaign for President says it all… 
  • The HHS Scandal isn’t so much a scandal, just an illegal attempt to procure private funding for a public program that would benefit those private companies. Federal government officials can’t circumvent the Congress to fund initiatives. That’s what HHS Secretary Sebelius was trying to do.

These five aren’t the only ones, but they’ve been the big ones dominating the news of President Obama’s second term. Then, the past twenty-four hours happened.

  • The NSA-Verizon issue is incredible in scale and duration. The Guardian (a media outlet from the UK) reported on June 6th that the Federal Government routinely collects data on phone calls made by Verizon customers, as many as 130M customers, based on a top-secret order issues in April of 2013. This is in addition to the privacy violations that have been happening in America for twelve years.
  • The Prism Surveillance Program was revealed late on June 6th via the Guardian and Washington Post. This program operates under the purview of the NSA. Prism collects data from major technology companies: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, AOL, Skype, Youtube, and Apple. If you don’t use any of these services, I want to know how you’re reading this.

Not all of these issues are less than 60 days old. It doesn’t really matter. The New York Times published this OpEd earlier today saying, “The administration has now lost all credibility on this issue {transparency and accountability}.”

I couldn’t agree more. However, this isn’t the first time President Barack Obama has lost credibility. It’s just gotten to the point that even the New York Times can’t ignore it. To say that President Obama has lost all credibility presupposes that he had any to begin with.

Benjamin Franklin is quoted as saying, “Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty or Safety.”

Do you feel safer knowing that the Federal Government has been running weapons into Mexico’s cartels, seizing phone records, monitoring phone calls with Verizon, trying to fund government programs with money from private companies and donors, targeting conservative groups through federal agencies, and capturing data from nine of the largest technology companies in America?

Enjoy this clip from Jon Stewart (NSFW language at times, but worth the watch).

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2 responses to “How many scandals are too many?”

  1. pacellaml says :

    The time is nigh. I am with you, my friend.

  2. matwaites says :

    I applaud John Stewart for being willing to admit the obvious!

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