On May 5, President Obama addressed Ohio State University’s graduating class. He asserted, “(Y)ou’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems.” Obama continued, “They warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave and creative and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.”
Over the past 10 days, the American public has learned that, under the Obama administration, federal agents apparently have blatantly desecrated the rights of citizens under the guise of governmental authority.
On Friday, we learned that the Internal Revenue Service targeted groups for intense and unwarranted scrutiny based solely upon political views. It just so happens that the targeted groups are conservative entities that seek to educate the public and to reform the taxation practices of the federal government. On Monday we learned of the Department of Justice seized the phone records of numerous Associated Press reporters and editors. The actions of the Department of Justice represent an egregious and unprecedented attack on journalists’ freedom and their responsibility to inform the public of the activities of the government.
We have trusted our government with the authority to deny each of us of life, liberty and property. However, the Constitution clearly states that we are protected from such denials by due process and equal protection under the law.
The revelations of the past few days illustrate that our government agencies are capable of unscrupulous and tyrannical activity. Obama expects the American public to trust him and faithfully believe that our government acts in the best interests of its citizens. I don’t believe him. Actions speak louder than words.
Clay T. Stafford
Ware Shoals, S.C.