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Friday, August 2, 2013
Phony Scandals, Phony Leadership
Phony Scandals, Phony Leadership Commentary by Sanford D. Horn August 2, 2013
With Bill Clinton, it was a steady stream of deny, deny,
deny. Barack Obama has learned at the knee of his predecessor mastering to a
new art form of divide, divide, divide – the country; distort, distort, distort
– the truth; and deflect, deflect, deflect – the blame.
“An endless parade of distractions, political posturing,
and phony scandals,” has been Obama’s oft-repeated mantra of late. The distractions
have been the machinations of Obama and his minions themselves to take the
American people away from the still failing economy, the embarrassing manner in
which America behaves on the global stage, the “train wreck” (Sen. Max Baucus
[D-MT]) that is Obamacare, and the all too real scandals.
Are the slaughter of four patriotic Americans and the
subsequent cover up a phony scandal? Try selling that pile of steaming detritus
to the families of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Navy SEALS Glen Doherty
and Tyrone Woods, along with information officer Sean Smith, massacred in
Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. Let Benghazi be your moral compass when
considering former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president in 2016.
For nearly a year the Obama administration has done more
to cover up this terrorist attack on American soil – the embassy, than Nixon
and Watergate. And while not defending Nixon or the Watergate cover up, at
least no one was murdered. No, no, Benghazi is a real scandal for which Obama
and Clinton must answer – perhaps the same way Carlo had to answer for Santino.
Is it a phony scandal for a now former National Security
Agency (NSA) to leak government information while the Obama administration
loses, first track, then control of the traitor? Now Edward Snowden has been
granted asylum in Russia, further embarrassing Obama. This is a genuine
national security scandal.
Is it a phony scandal when the IRS specifically targets,
snoops on, and violates the privacy and Fourth Amendment rights of conservative
and pro-Israel groups and organizations? Is it a phony scandal to do likewise
to members of the Associated Press and Fox News Channel as well as their
families? Not only are these scandals, but a breach of faith between government
and the fourth estate.
“Without a free press there can be no free society.” –
Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter, 1954
Is it a phony scandal for the United States to put
weapons in the hands of Mexican drug lords in an attempt to track and capture
them later? Try explaining that to the parents of Border Patrol agent Brian
Terry who was murdered under the auspices of the Fast and Furious gun
Is it a phony scandal that Obama’s Justice Department,
under the tepid leadership of Eric Holder, allowed members of the New Black
Panther Party to intimidate potential voters in Philadelphia without penalty?
Try telling that to the voters who left the polling places having not cast
their precious votes and received no support from the so-called color blind
Obama can divide, distort, deflect, and even throw
members of his own administration under the bus, or in his case, Air Force One,
denying the adage of former President Harry Truman whose desk sign read “The
buck stops here” all he wants.
Obama can posture all he wishes, denying the reality of
these very real scandals, but he would do well to remember President Abraham
Lincoln: “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people
all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”
Sanford D. Horn is
a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.