Our Free Press embraced the George Washington Bridge Scandal to ignore Robert Gates’ Autobiography
“The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.” A quote attributed to Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and Wendell Phillips. To name a few. John Philpot Curran may have said it first when he said, “The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.”
This is why the Founding Fathers gave us the First Amendment. And freedom of the press. Which exercises that eternal vigilance. To safeguard democracy. By keeping government transparent. And making it difficult for government to hide things from the American people. Especially when those in power use their positions of power for self interest. Instead of the public’s interest.
So this is the free press as envisioned by the Founding Fathers. Is it still that noble institution? Well, you be the judge. Recently Robert Gates just published a tell-all memoir putting the Obama administration in a very poor light. Saying things like Vice President Joe Biden has been wrong on every important foreign policy issue. That senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama voted against the surge in Iraq for political reasons. What was best for them. Not their country. And that as much as Candidate Obama said Iraq was the wrong war while Afghanistan was the right war he never believed in the war in Afghanistan. He didn’t have any interest in winning. Only in getting out. Big news. But now you don’t hear anything about it because someone in Chris Christie’s administration caused gridlock on the roads leading to the George Washington Bridge.
President Obama sacrificed the Americans in Benghazi for the sake of a Campaign Message
The George Washington Bridge scandal has gripped the media. It’s all they can talk about. Unlike those ‘phony scandals’ president Obama complained about that the Republicans were creating out of nothing. Like the ATF Fast and Furious scandal. Gunwalking to put thousands of weapons on the street. So the Obama administration could pick them up after they were used in a crime and say, “See? We need to pass new gun control legislation.” In Fast and Furious that meant new controls for multiple rifle sales or long guns. As explained in Demand Letter 3. One of these guns killed a U.S. border agent. And countless people in Mexico. But that was a phony scandal. Not a real one like the George Washington Bridge scandal.
The Solyndra scandal funneled money to a maker of solar arrays that was bleeding money. To delay the bankruptcy until after the 2010 midterm elections the Obama administration promised the largest private investor—and Obama donor—to restructure the loan. To put him above the taxpayers in any bankruptcy filing. In violation of Section 1702(d)(3) of Energy Policy Act of 2005. The Obama administration did. And the taxpayers’ ate the private investor’s loss. But that was a phony scandal. Not a real one like the George Washington Bridge scandal.
With the death of Osama bin Laden President Obama said al Qaeda was reeling. On the ropes. On the path to being no more. And he was going to ride this foreign policy achievement into the 2012 presidential election. Which is why when Ambassador Stevens requested additional security at the Benghazi mission the Obama administration denied his request. For how would it look if they were beefing up security in the country they just liberated when the threat from al Qaeda was receding? The problem was that al Qaeda was resurgent in Libya. It was so dangerous the British pulled out completely after an attack on their people. But President Obama sacrificed the Americans in Benghazi for the sake of a campaign message. And after four Americans died President Obama, Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice blamed their deaths on a spontaneous protest that turned deadly due to an obscure anti-Muslim video no one had heard of in Benghazi. A spontaneous protest where people had rocket propelled grenades. And mortars that were pre-sighted on their targets. Things few people normally carry on them. The administration lied and they stonewalled Congress over Benghazi. Hiding the truth. Of how politics trumped the lives of four Americans. But that was a phony scandal. Not a real one like the George Washington Bridge scandal.
Our Free Press is NOT exercising that Eternal Vigilance that safeguards Democracy
CBS correspondent Sharyl Attkisson was one of the few in the media to investigate the Obama administration. Breaking stories on Fast and Furious. And Benghazi. Someone hacked into her computer in late 2012. Someone sophisticated who was searching for something on her computer. And knew how to cover their electronic tracks. Well, almost. The Obama Justice Department denied any involvement. But they did spy on reporters at the Associated Press. And Fox News journalist James Rosen. Attorney General Eric Holder even personally signed an affidavit naming him a potential criminal for doing his job. And then lied under oath when asked in Congress. Saying he didn’t get involved with the prosecution of journalists for doing their jobs. Even though he had. But these were phony scandals. Not a real one like the George Washington Bridge scandal.
And then there was the IRS scandal. Which targeted enemies of the Obama administration. Holding up tax-exempt status for Tea Party groups. Hindering their ability to fund raise and exercise their free speech during the 2012 presidential election. And conservative donors faced punitive IRS audits. Dissuading others from donating. Further hindering fund raising and free speech. The Obama administration said that those responsible were low-office holders in the Cincinnati office. But when the head of the tax exempt division, Lois Lerner, appeared before Congress she pleaded the Fifth Amendment. For the paper trail led to her. And possibly into the White House. For she was an active Democrat supporter. And wasn’t above breaking the law to help her party. Such as violating Section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code. Forbidding her to disclose income tax return information to anyone. Even another governmental agency. Which she did. And now we learn that the Justice Department lead investigator for the IRS scandal is a Democrat donor. But the IRS scandal was a phony scandal. Not a real one like the George Washington Bridge scandal.
Of all of these scandals which one are you most familiar with? Probably the George Washington Bridge scandal. Because our free press is NOT exercising that eternal vigilance that safeguards democracy. They have become an extension of the Democrat Party. Putting politics above the wellbeing of the people. Helping the Democrats to advance their agenda. While hiding their scandals. To destroy what the Founding Fathers gave us. Liberty. And expand one-party rule. Putting us on the road to servitude. Just as John Philpot Curran warned.
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