No Credibility

Posted: June 16, 2013 in Current Events, Politics
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Please define change.

Please define change.

No credibility is what the New York Times declared about President Obama after the revelations regarding NSA’s very expansive and very secret surveillance programs.  I couldn’t agree more.  Obama says he welcomes a debate about this.  But that’s not true.  He kept the program secret.  He is going after the source of the leak.  These are not the actions of a man who is welcoming a debate.  And if it wasn’t already clear before, the promise that this administration would be the most transparent in history was also a lie.

You know, I have reached a point where I am not sure I am willing to defend him anymore on anything.  For instance, previously I really didn’t think the IRS scandal really had much to do with him.  But there does seem to be an arrogance that permeates the administration from top-to-bottom.  Trust us, we know best.  Let me make a connection here.  When asked by Congress before the NSA stuff blew up whether or not the NSA collected any information at all on millions of Americans or hundreds of millions of Americans, Intelligence chief James Trapper said “no sir”.  That was a flat-out lie.  When asked by Congress before the IRS stuff blew up whether or not the IRS targeted conservative groups, acting (now former) IRS director Steve Miller said no.  Now we know that he knew that such targeting had occurred.  So another flat-out lie.

Does this mean that Obama  personally directed the IRS to target conservative groups?  No.  But I do see a pattern that reflects a rotten culture inside the administration.  We don’t have to tell you what we are doing and why.  Just trust us, we know what we are doing.  Don’t worry your little heads about it. And if you do ask a question, we’ll just lie.  The culture of any organization is set by the leadership.  Obama is that leader.

President Obama has not been the catalyst of the change we have been hoping for.  He has just been more of the same government as usual (heck, as far as I can tell, even worse, he has been the continuation of the downward spiral of government toward abuse of power with decreased transparency).  It’s just so disappointing to see it all come to light, even if I had suspected it for quite sometime.

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