Obama as Nixon? Remember Bill Clinton's IRS Filegate

Obama as Nixon? Remember Bill Clinton's IRS Filegate

lbjWoodwards and Bernsteins only go after Republicans; the Democratic Party has no Howard Bakers nor Joe Liebermans profiling courage; and the road to Hell paved by LBJ, Slick Willie and Barack Obama’s bad intentions would drown even a Watergate.

It wasn’t “just about sex” nor “Nixon’s War.”

In the wake of the documented cover up of Benghazi security lapses and admissions of politically targeted IRS inquiries by the Obama Administration, would it be too much to ask that the moral lapses of Democrats Lyndon, Bill, Hillary, and Barack finally be placed in an accurate historical context?

We had been searching for a way to express our outrage at the current president of the United State’s seeming alienation from the people he is sworn to protect and defend, without seeming too driven by partisanship in our critique when we learn that:

The Internal Revenue Service’s scrutiny of conservative groups went beyond those with “tea party” or “patriot” in their names—as the agency admitted Friday—to also include ones worried about government spending, debt or taxes, and even ones that lobbied to “make America a better place to live,” according to new details of a government probe.

Even Hillary Clinton, famous for defining patriotism as disagreeing with President Bush on the Iraq War, would have to deem such actions by the Obama Administration’s IRS as, ipso facto, “not patriotic.” These Clinton-Obama Democrats are hard to parody, much less overstate the venality of.

We argued soon after the September 11, 2012 attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya and well before even then-Secretary of State Clinton’s offensive “What difference does it make?”-congressional testimony in January, that the admitted facts (little security in a war zone that had been abandoned by all Western nations and obvious mischaracterization of the attack as resulting from a spontaneous demonstration) alone indicted President Obama and Hillary for dereliction of duty. After all, the offices of Chief Executive of the United States and the highest cabinet position in the chain of command are not mere platforms from which to make speeches advocating the virtues of modern-day liberal progressivism and the Democratic Party. No, these offices are entered into only after the swearing of oaths to defend the United States and its Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

But then again, this gamecock is personally aware of the problematic circumstance of foxes guarding hen houses, but I digress.

Having an embassy or consulate open for business at all in Libya was negligent, per se. Having less security in Benghazi, especially after two previous attacks there by al Qaeda affiliates, than we have at the U.S. embassy in Paris was reckless, bordering on criminal. Blaming the attack on an anti-Mohammed video and jailing its American producer in order to win an election based partly on the claim that one’s foreign policy has removed the threat of al Qaeda is, well, not patriotic.

Before any testimony was given by whistleblowers before Congress last week, there was no exculpatory explanation for the actions and inaction of the Obama Administration before, during and after the Benghazi attack. But if a Republican partisan were to imagine what a little digging would reveal, they couldn’t have planted evidence more damning:

  • Requests for extra security were made known to Hillary;
  • Hillary did receive a 2am call the night of the attack advising here that it was carried out by Ansar al-Sharia, Islamist terrorists in Libya  affiliated with al Qaeda;
  • Less than five days later Hillary stood before the families of the fallen in Delaware and blamed the deaths on the producer of the video; and
  • Hillary’s top aide threatened the job security of State Department whistleblowers should they speak to Congress or the press.

Yes, by all means let’s have more hearings even if no impeachments or criminal charges are forthcoming. The truth and deterrence against future such lapses will out. But could fellow Republicans in the media at least have the candor of Dennis Kucinich and state the obvious import of the facts  we already have by expressing moral outrage against Obama and Hillary? It is not necessary for Democrats to admit to Perry Mason that they are guilty of murdering the truth, for Republicans to so conclude and so state to the American people when the cameras are rolling.

Moreover, it is allowed for Republicans to note the venal Democratic Party pattern of LBJ tapes admitting he fought the Vietnam War he stated he couldn’t win (It could, but that argument is for another day) with both hands tied behind his back in order to protect the reputation of his manhood and that President Bill Clinton’s use of the IRS as a political tool makes Richard Nixon’s seem like a less than third-rate burglary:

This Clinton scandal [Filegate] involve[d] the discovery of over 900 Republican FBI files in the White House.  Files of former Secretary of State James Baker, former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft, and Newt Gingrich’s spokesman Tony Blankley were found to be on this list.   Upon the discovery of these files, the White House issued an excuse claiming that the files were mistakenly requested by a White House employee working with an outdated list.  They were called a simple “snafu.”  Investigations into Filegate revealed that not a common White House worker but the President’s friend and close advisor, Anthony Marceca, had requested the files.

Of course, then-GOP Senate Majority Leader of the Impeachment-Removal from Office Trial, Trent Lott locked up all but some Monica Lewinsky evidence lest the press be leaked evidence damning him, protestations of then-Democrat Lieberman notwithstanding; thus leaving Nixon as the only President owning a -gate, water or otherwise, that the “mainstream” media recognizes.

The GOP is to be commended for their hard work in un-covering the details of Benghazi. Let’s just hope that they don’t set the bar for public shaming too high, even if all they have is Fox News Channel. Yes, there are some more questions to be answered, but the main questions concerning the character of Obama and Hillary and their minions have already been answered. They are vile and we shouldn’t be shy about repeating that fact in public, ad nauseam.

“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson

Mike DeVine

Mike DeVine

Mike DeVine is a former op-ed columnist at the Charlotte Observer and legal editor of The (Decatur) Champion (legal organ of DeKalb County, Georgia). He is currently with the Ruf Law Firm in Atlanta Metro and conservative voice of the Atlanta Times News.


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