With the fortieth anniversary of Richard Nixon’s resignation from the presidency on August 3rd came replays of the Watergate scandal on most television news stations. Eager to avoid listening to the half-informed remarks of commentators on national news channels, I turned to the Richmond Times Dispatch morning newspaper to get a quick update of what I thought would be important information on current events. Front page, in a specially colored box, a bolded title caused me to both grumble in frustration and laugh about the idiocy of today’s “journalism”:
Unequaled, you say? Shall we take a virtual stroll through the current President’s scandal-ridden administration?
Maybe we should start with the Benghazi cover-up. Some individuals (read: liberals) are probably tired of reading my articles on Benghazi, but I refuse to apologize for demanding the truth about the unnecessary deaths of four American citizens serving our country. Extra security was requested for the base in Benghazi in June of 2012, and after three months of unanswered pleas a group of terrorists–excuse me, “protestors” of an internet video–attacked. This resulted in the murders of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty. For weeks after the incident, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and President Barack Obama himself, among others, attempted to convince the nation that these attacks were spontaneous “acts of terror,” but not terrorism.
Before the Benghazi attack could be properly dealt with, the IRS scandal rolled along. Tea Party advocacy groups noticed a strange pattern over a couple of years: they were all being audited. The IRS admitted that yes, “some of its field agents wrongly targeted tea party and other conservative groups for extra scrutiny.” The natural question that follows is: was the IRS instructed to target Tea Party groups by a higher authority? Once the Justice Department decided to initiate a half-hearted investigation, IRS official Lois Lerner claimed that her computer crashed, erasing two years worth of emails. Oops!
The Richmond Times Dispatch was partially correct in saying that Nixon’s misconduct remains unequaled: 18 and a half minutes of Nixon’s lost recordings definitely do not equal two years’ lack of emails.
The current administration continues to push (and overstep) its boundaries on the immigration crisis. For years, Republicans have lobbied for increased border protection to limit the entry of illegal immigrants into the country. After at least 50,000 undocumented children crossed the border with no place to stay in this country, President Obama blamed Republicans for the problem and now insists he’ll have to act “alone” on the crisis. FYI, his plan includes decreased deportation. Liberals are enraged because some citizens are suggesting that if President Obama in fact bypasses Congress to come up with a “solution”, he could be looking at impeachment. How dare they try to impeach a president who ignores the Constitution!
The Richmond Times Dispatch article quotes John W. Dean III, a former Nixon counsel involved in the Watergate cover-up, as saying, “But Benghazi, the IRS–the current effort to create scandals there–those are really not scandals. The Republican and conservative media are doing their best to make Benghazi a scandal, but the mainstream doesn’t share that with good reason–that’s pretty phony stuff.”
To me, the deaths of four men serving to protect the United States is not phony. The constant lies from Obama’s administration to attribute the attack as spontaneous, despite proof that the aggressors used military technology to plan the coordinates of an explosion, are not phony. It is truth, not fiction, that tea party groups faced extra probing from the IRS because of their political stances, even though they should be protected by freedom of speech.
By contrast, it is phony that Lois Lerner managed to “lose” two years worth of emails. It is phony that the majority of the mainstream media is okay with the President overstepping Constitutional boundaries to advance his political agenda.
The difference between Nixon and Obama is that Nixon faced his wrongdoings and appropriately resigned. Obama has not faced the same amount of pressure to resign as Nixon, even though his misconducts are arguably more severe and detrimental to the safety and well-being of American citizens.