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Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire

25 May

By now, everyone must know about the shenanigans our government has been up to lately. The IRS has been very naughty [1], the Department of Justice has it in for the free press [2], and the current administration’s deceit regarding the Benghazi affair is finally being covered by the mainstream media. In addition, nobody in the administration learned anything about these scandals until they aired on the news [3], because they’re just plain folks like you and me.

Now, I suppose it’s possible that the White House doesn’t know about every little decision that every low-level functionary makes. It’s also possible that a big mistake may fail to come to the attention of the President and his advisors. But as they say, once is an accident, twice is a coincidence, and three times is a pattern. There are simply too many disturbing examples of incompetence and overreach of power to buy the story that The White House’s only connection to them is that they watched them unfold on television.

But as chilling as these scandals are, the attempts at deceit are perhaps the worst part of the whole affair. Holder said that he recused himself from the DoJ’s seizure of reporter’s phone records, but it’s just come out that his signature was on the warrant [4]. Benghazi has been one lie after another, so much so that Bob Woodward, the reporter who covered Watergate, was reminded of Nixon’s selective editing of information to make himself look better [5]. Press Secretary Carney says that, yes, the White House knew about the IRS targeting, but that nobody told the President about it, as if that makes it any better [6]!

It’s bad enough if all these scandals are the result of administrative incompetence, but I don’t believe it’s a coincidence that Obama gave a speech telling students not to believe stories about tyranny right before these examples of tyranny came to light [7].

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