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Obama Administration’s scandals are like watching TV
This articles was posted in the Calvert Recorder on January 15, 2014 and written by John Petralia , Sunderland
For a very long time during President Obama’s term in office, we have experienced many scandals that have not been answered adequately. In the first part of this letter, I have put together a parody using two movies and one television show to illustrate how President Obama and his executive team, along with senior bureaucrats, react to these many perceived misdeeds:
• First is the movie “Groundhog Day”: This is about a weatherman who wakes up every morning in Pennsylvania where everything repeats itself (played by any news reporter);
• Second, TV series “Hogan’s Heroes”: Sgt. Schultz, a guard at a German prisoner of war camp, is famously quoted saying: “I hear nothing, I see nothing, I know nothing” (played by President Obama);
• Finally, the movie “Independence Day”: The president is taken to Area 51, where aliens have been kept a very long time. The president asks why he wasn’t made aware of this facility. The Secretary of Defense said that if the president was asked about this, they wanted him to have plausible deniability (played according to scandal by many of President Obama’s cabinet members, along with many other senior bureaucrats).
So much for fiction. Let us now apply these shows to President Obama and his minions:
• Operation Fast and Furious: a scheme where many firearms are sold to Mexican outlaws in the hope that the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will be able to track their whereabouts. This plan eventually implodes, and one border agent is killed by a rifle sold to these outlaws. The Groundhog Day reporters ask the president the same question, and he inevitably gives the Sgt. Schultz defense. Later on, the president allegedly asked the attorney general why he wasn’t apprised of the situation. And the attorney general (allegedly) said Obama wasn’t told so that he would have plausible deniability, as news sources reported;
• Benghazi: Four people in service to their country are killed by terrorists — same Groundhog Day reports with same results, as the president uses the Sgt. Schultz defense, with the Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense and the head of the CIA, along with lesser members of his staff who provide the president with plausible deniability;
• Other scandals include: FBI’s wiretapping of reporters; National Security Agency’s gathering of American citizen data; IRS targeting of Tea Party members; and the Affordable Care Act’s disastrous computer roll-out program.
Folks, you can bet your bottom dollar this will not be the last scandal. And yes, we will continue to see the same Groundhog Day reporting that allows the president to use the Sgt. Schultz defense. In addition, we will continue to see cabinet members who will fall on their sword to provide President Obama with plausible deniability.
In summary, we have President Obama, who throughout these scandals appears to have been either telling lies or kept in the dark by his underlings. Neither scenario is acceptable. We were brought up to believe that all the people we elect to government positions were there to serve “We the People” honestly. It has become apparent that many of these elected officials are either increasingly inept or dishonest. We must, in the future, look with a discerning eye at those we elect so that we will be able to continue to enjoy the individual freedoms the Constitution provides.
Some may ask, what difference does it make? I say, if these elected officials are not held accountable for their governance, we will be relegated to many Groundhog Days, where everything will be the same and our ability to succeed will be gone. Please ask questions so that this doesn’t occur. For heaven’s sake, they took an oath to serve us honorably. After all, we are the people.