The brilliant Dr. Ben Carson has written a scathing piece about the Obama administration’s failings for the National Review Online. He titled it “Unfit for office.” So that should tell you a little bit about the direction Dr. Carson was going to take article.
Dr. Carson focused in on two scandals in particular: the Benghazi Scandal and the IRS Scandal. For Dr. Carson both of these issues are emblematic of the problems inherent within the Obama administration. Both scandals reveal the heart of the Obama Presidency and its sinister underbelly.
The Benghazi scandal.
Mistakes were made – fine. We should want to figure out how and why these mistakes were made and what we can do to correct them. That is not what the Obama administration is doing.
This should not be a partisan issue, because the implications of ignoring or prevaricating about the underlying mistakes will have far-reaching consequences…
Making mistakes is part of being human, but the ever-increasing deception that is necessary to cover those mistakes when honesty is abandoned is evil. Those willing to ignore evil for political reasons should question their fitness for leadership of our nation. In this case, a blatant falsehood was promoted — namely that the Obama administration had international terrorist activity directed at America under control and that the Benghazi incident was a spontaneous action resulting from the outrage of locals who had viewed an offensive anti-Islamic video. Undue importance was placed on promoting an image of U.S. strength during the weeks immediately preceding the presidential election of 2012.
Again, I must emphasize that if we, the American people, the American press, and the American political class, participate in the cover-up or ignore such an important story, we contribute to the demise of honesty and truth as pillars of our governing structure. In the book of Proverbs, King Solomon put it this way: “If a ruler listens to lies, those who serve him will be wicked.”
Obviously something untoward happened at the IRS. The implications of a government agency targeting certain civilians for their political beliefs are terrifying… and the response to the scandal should have been immediate. We cannot allow this type of thing to happen in America because it puts all of our freedoms at risk. However, perhaps even more disgusting and dangerous is the way that Democrats have responded to the IRS Scandal.
We also should be concerned about the attempt by some to ignore or downgrade the significance of the Internal Revenue Service scandal. The fact that something this contrary to the concept of freedom can happen in a country based on constitutional values and be characterized as a “phony scandal” by people who supposedly have the best interests of this country at heart again points to the danger of placing partisan politics above truth and honesty.
Obviously, the IRS was used in inappropriate ways, or Lois Lerner would not have pleaded the Fifth Amendment. It is more than disturbing that the president of the United States and many in his party feigned outrage when the inappropriate actions of the IRS initially were exposed but now cannot lend support to a full and unfettered investigation of activities that threaten the very liberty of the American people.
Dr. Carson brings up some important points in a thoughtful and instructive way. You should read his entire piece here. But he leaves his most poignant note for the end.
Most important, the people must awaken and look objectively at the actions of both Democrats and Republicans and not simply accept what party leaders say. Freedom is not free, and vigilance in responsible voting is necessary to preserve it.
Amen, Dr. Carson. Amen.
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