Elder Patriot – “Pride goeth before a fall.”
Former President Obama has said the thing he is most proud about is that his administration was scandal free.
“I’m extremely proud of the fact that over eight years we have not had the kind of scandals that have plagued other administrations.”
Then, a few months after that Obama’s out-going Chief of Staff, Valerie Jarrett, reiterated the claim as though by saying it would make it so.
Judge Napolitano wasn’t biting and you shouldn’t either:
The Judge listed just a few off the top of his head:
- Obamacare that caused millions of people to lose their primary care health provider and that caused millions more to have their premiums skyrocket which has caused millions more to go from full-time- employees to part-time employees.
- The Secret Service employing prostitutes in the same hotel where Obama was staying and leaving their laptops behind.
- Hillary Clinton exposing the names and locations of national security agents to friend and foe alike – with Obama’s knowledge.
- Libya, where the government allowed heavy arms to be delivered to terrorist groups that resulted in the death of our ambassador and topple a friendly government
- Fast and Furious where the federal government allowed drug cartels to acquire heavy weapons that were later used to kill U.S. border patrol agents as well as members of the Mexican military, police, and ordinary citizens.
Yesterday, President Trump authorized Attorney General Jeff Sessions to announce that:
“The Department of Justice under my watch is committed to transparency and the rule of law. This settlement agreement is an important step to make sure that the public finally receives all the facts related to Operation Fast and Furious.”
Sessions was referring to President Trump’s rescission of Obama’s use of “executive privilege” that had blocked the release of the Fast and Furious files to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to prevent the committee from uncovering Obama era illegalities. No scandal here, eh?
Operation Fast and Furious was a covert mission run under the auspices of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) and under the direction of Obama Attorney General Eric Holder.
For Holder’s refusal to turn over documents related to the Fast and Furious operation, Congress voted 255-67 to support a criminal contempt resolution, which authorized Republicans leaders to seek criminal charges against Holder.
Seventeen Democrats supported the measure despite a round of behind-the-scenes lobbying by senior White House and Justice officials – as well as pressure from party leaders – to support Holder.
And, therein lies the secret to Obama’s “scandal-free” presidency – political pressure and a compliant, silent media.
n. A publicized incident that brings about disgrace or offends the moral sensibilities of society: a drug scandal that forced the mayor’s resignation.
n. A person, thing, or circumstance that causes or ought to cause disgrace or outrage: a politician whose dishonesty is a scandal; considered the housing shortage a scandal.
n. Damage to reputation or character caused by public disclosure of immoral or grossly improper behavior; disgrace.
The mainstream media’s refusal to report scandals doesn’t mean that they never happened. Just like the mainstream media’s breathless, 24/7 reporting that President Trump colluded with Russia doesn’t mean that it happened.
And, our reporting of these scandals when details were coming to light doesn’t make our reports fake news because the mainstream media and the social media giants claim they are.
Judge Napolitano asked:
“Which is worse failure or scandal? History will tell us the answer to that, but this Titanic that President Obama has been driving is about to go down to the bottom of the ocean. And there is much cleaning up for Donald Trump and his team to do.”
With The Trump administration’s announcement yesterday that they were ordering the sensitive Fast and Furious material to be released to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that cleanup is beginning.