WANTED: Touchstones – Last seen… (who knows?)
As Eric Holder tries to host an off-the-record meeting with reporters to discuss his law-breaking… it is interesting to recall the words of the president on his arrival in office….
January 21, 2009 ~ Barack H Obama
To be sure, issues like personal privacy and national security must be treated with the care they demand. But the mere fact that you have the legal power to keep something secret does not mean you should always use it. The Freedom of Information Act is perhaps the most powerful instrument we have for making our government honest and transparent, and of holding it accountable. And I expect members of my administration not simply to live up to the letter but also the spirit of this law.
I will also hold myself as President to a new standard of openness. Going forward, anytime the American people want to know something that I or a former President wants to withhold, we will have to consult with the Attorney General and the White House Counsel, whose business it is to ensure compliance with the rule of law. Information will not be withheld just because I say so. It will be withheld because a separate authority believes my request is well grounded in the Constitution.
Let me say it as simply as I can: Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.
The “creeping sense of remorse”
In a sparkling moment of inspiration, Eric Holder has acknowledged the “creeping sense of remorse” he’s felt as recent news stories have unfolded. For those that are unfamiliar with Mr Holder’s history… he’s not so much expressing doubts about the moral rectitude of his actions as much as a feeling the rest of us would describe as an “oh shit I’ll never get away with this what the hell was I thinking” moment.
Face it. That has nothing to do with conscience
Holder’s conscience hasn’t been heard from in so long that even he couldn’t locate it with a search warrant and all the imperial storm troopers he used to raid Gibson Guitars.
But in the wake of the news that, just like the IRS…
… Holder has been using his authority as Attorney General like a pair of brass knuckles to punish and intimidate political opponents of the Obama administration… he’s apparently decided to launch a charm offensive.
[Nice trick when you don’t actually have any charm.]
Plans to meet with the mainstream media
I’m sure some believe the object is to apologize for several actions that he’s personally taken (as well as personally denied taking while under oath), but more likely he’ll try to deflect blame onto others and evade knowledge of his own actions (much less *responsibility* for them), which has long been his modus operendi.
Meanwhile, I’ve heard Democrats that continue to defend Holder
… say it’s like banging their head against a brick wall, and they fear continuing to do so might cause permanent damage.
Don’t worry, guys… those brick walls can take a lotta punishment. :-)
So here’s in a nutshell, the Obama admin’s excuse on IRS scandal…
. Operative phrase: “… the government is so vast”
For those that want the executive summary, here’s David Axelrod’s explanation of why the Obama administration has multiple scandals in progress involving a massive pattern of clearcut abuse of power by executive branch agencies:
“Part of being president is there’s so much beneath you that you can’t know because the government is so vast….” ~ David Axelrod / Professional Sycophant
Thanks for confirming one thing we’ve said all along
The Tea Party, all libertarians (big L or little), and the Republican party would like to thank Mr Axelrod for the ringing endorsement of a point we’ve been making all along. The larger the federal government, the more waste, fraud and corruption. It has become bloated and unmanageable at best, and at worst it appears to now be carrying out targeted hits on behalf of a certain family of political mobsters.
Now while I am not necessarily disposed to believe…
… that EVERY scandal at hand is truly caused by lack of oversight instead of being the result of institutional prodding from soulless lackeys doing the bidding of a particular group of thieves and scoundrels who moved their crime syndicate HQ from Chicago to Pennsylvania avenue… if you don’t mind… now that even a witless stooge like you acknowledges the super-sized federal government you guys have been pumping full of steroids is a prescription for disaster instead of a fix, how about doing something to address the obvious problem instead of exacerbating it?
Frankly an endorsement from a mindless party hack like Axelrod
…wouldn’t be my first choice, but when even HIS excuses start sounding like a ringing endorsement of the Tea Party, you know they’re running out of ammo. Oh well, take heart, David… when it comes to ammo, records suggest the DHS still has a LOT more than they should need.
The news is starting to look like a re-run of Wizard of Oz:
— Holder’s doing the mime dance from “If I Only Had a Brain”
— Hillary’s been pissed since they dropped a house on her sister
— Obama says “pay no attention to that man behind the curtain”
Nonetheless, flying monkeys were released on their opponents.
It’s ok though, cause they’ve assured us nobody in this administration knows anything that’s going on in this administration.
THE WATERGATE CONNECTION
Sadly, Obama’s entire crew is systematically showing up for hearings claiming they had no idea what was happening in their agency or department. That is the very defense that failed for Richard Nixon.
Seriously. Do we have to go dig up Nixon’s body so we can apologize?
It’s Called ACCOUNTABILITY, Mr President
Once again… I said the same during Watergate… when your STRONGEST defense is to convince the public that you and everyone in whom you vested authority is so ignorant they have zero idea what vast amounts of illegal crap your subordinates are engaged in, might be an issue.
I’ve mentioned the quote below before. It was reportedly spoken by longterm top Obama advisor, Valarie Jarrett, at a fundraiser. She didn’t even say it in a lowered tone, as she believed she was among friends.
Fast forward to the revelation that the most feared arm of the US federal government has intentionally targeted groups that just happen to be in opposition to the political views of the administration.
We are assured this was NOT done for political reasons. The government, says the outgoing director of the IRS, did not “target” conservative groups like the Tea Party… they merely “centralized” their applications for added efficiency and to assure quality in treatment.
[Much as the SS once centralized Jews for added efficiency and to assure quality in treatment.]
At the same time we hear that the Dept of Justice is illegally targeting a vast number reporters… in contravention of laws that are supposed to be enforced by (yep)…the Dept of Justice.
I have a serious question. How much of a suspension of disbelief is required to actually BELIEVE they did exactly what his top advisor threatened to do, but he wasn’t aware of it and it wasn’t politically motivated? Can you just turn off the brain… or does it require a full lobotomy?
For the record, when the BEST defense you can find is to try and convince the public that everyone in charge is a clueless git with no freakin idea what illegal stuff their subordinates are up to… you might be in the middle of a really bad scandal.
Must see video. As Jon Stewart has long described the right as tin-foil-hat-wearing paranoids… hard news that the government has in fact been living down to their lowest expectations is duly (and hilariously) noted here.
Yeah, people that think our government can’t be trusted are clearly just paranoid.
I try to remind those that say they “get their news” from Jon Stewart that there might be a problem basing your education on a channel named “Comedy Central”. Still, it’s good to see that even a hardcore lefty like Stewart must laugh at this administration’s pretense of fairness.
Most would prefer less humor in return for an administration that respects their oath to the constitution. But as other revelations show, their practice of using executive branch agencies as blunt instruments to harass political opponents is NOT limited to the IRS and DOJ.
As the saying goes… it isn’t ‘paranoia’ if they’re really after you.