“Unless we each conform, unless we obey orders, unless we follow our leaders blindly, there is no possible way we can remain free.”
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June 30th, 2014 by KevinC
When Republicans, led by Arizona’s own Barry Goldwater, told President Nixon that the GOP was ready to join the Democrats and begin impeachment proceedings, Nixon knew the gig was up.
Are we seeing that same sense of self-preservation kick in with the Democrats and the IRS scandal? Maybe.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says “the investigation needs to continue” into possible wrongdoing at the IRS — a position that puts her at odds with many fellow Democrats.
In an interview Tuesday night, Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren noted that President Obama has called allegations the IRS targeted conservative groups a “phony scandal.” Van Susteren added a simple question: “Is it a phony scandal?”
“Well, I think that any time the IRS is involved, for many people, it’s a real scandal,” Clinton began. “And I think, though, that there are some challenges that rightly need to be made to what is being said, and I assume that the inquiry will continue.”
Maybe this is just Hillary putting distance between herself and the SS Obamic, and if it is, I expect to see many more Democrats in purple-ish districts wake up to the fact that it’s their necks on the line, not Obama’s and call for more investigation and a Special Prosecutor.
Or maybe they’ll ask for an investigation because it’s the right thing to do. One can always hope.
“Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline.”
“The Bergdahl case reveals a disturbing gap between the White House and military culture. After Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers corrected the administration’s false narrative, anonymous White House aides accused them of engaging in ‘Swift-boating.’ Consider that a moment. While the White House (still) claims that Bergdahl served with ‘honor,’ aides now impugn the motives of those who served beside him — and who stayed at their posts. Particularly in a time of war, why are these attacks not a firing offense?”
To answer Mr. Gerson, in the minds of Susan Rice, John Kerry and Barack Hussein Obama, those attacks are NOT a “fireable offense” because a) they are not attacks and b) they represent something that is more honourable than service to one’s country, they represent “being true to yourself”, a goal far more noble than mere sacrifice for a cause.
As many others have pointed out, our current Commander-In-Chief lives, breathes and eats narcissism. Every historical event that happens on his watch is about him. He believes he’s a better at everyone around him at, well, everything, and is qualified (if not OVER-qualified) to do any job in his administration (except make a jumpshot, that is…). When a young man in the Army decides that his own personal beliefs are more important than keeping his team members alive and healthy, it is only natural that Obama doesn’t see that as an act of betrayal, but as an act of courage. I mean, it’s not like his Secretary of State walked away from HIS unit at a time of war, or something.
For years, if not decades, we’ve been told by liberals that it’s not the soldier who sacrifices his life for his teammates who acts heroic, but rather it’s the soldier who stands up and says that his fellow soldiers are “baby killers” who are the REAL heroes. Personal convictions trump duty to country every single time, unless said duty is to become a “community organizer” or something not in the military, then it’s Our Civic Duty to pitch in and forego that high-paying job on Wall Street, for the good of the
It’s not that Obama and company don’t understand the military, it’s that they don’t understand sacrifice to something larger than themselves, because in their world, there is NOTHING larger than themselves.
The Obama administration’s new attempt to spin away their decision to free five Taliban generals in return for one American
soldier deserter may seem as stupid as the decision to make the trade, but it makes sense.
White House aides were aware Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had been tagged a deserter, and that they would be grilled over not keeping Congress in the loop. But they figured people would be most outraged over the national security implications.
The White House has been surprised by how much attention has remained on the questions about Bergdahl, from the circumstances of his disappearance to the wild beard his father grew while he was being held that’s even led to Bergdahl’s hometown canceling a celebration. All this, Obama aides say, is in their minds a proxy for the hatred toward the president.
The new approach: Frame the criticism as another example of Republicans complaining about something just because Obama was the one to do it.
The key thing to remember is that this approach is not for public consumption. The reason for this new spin is the same reason that everything else that happens in modern progressivism, it’s to make the people who back the President feel good about themselves, and to hell with the rest of us and/or the country itself. As long as the people who grew up winning medals for participation and played score-less soccer feel good about what they’re doing, those actions are good. It’s not that Obama is a feckless narcissist who is willing to let Americans die in order to cover up his mistakes, it’s that Republicans don’t like it, therefore, it must be good, and his (few) supporters can support that.
And if people die making those good feelings happen, that’s of no importance. It’s all about ME.