The age of scandal

Washington seems more embroiled than ever in wrongdoing

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David G. Brown, we want you to know you’re not the problem.

The Augusta reader told us in a letter to the editor that, “I am getting older and having a harder time keeping track of things. One of the things I am having trouble with is all the scandals in Washington” (“Scandals tough to follow,” June 29).

You sound perfectly fine to us, Mr. Brown. Fact is, we’d venture to say the problem isn’t your age, but the age we live in.

There do seem to be an inordinate amount of scandals in D.C. these days, and we’ve got some ideas about why. We’ve also some thoughts about why they’re so hard to keep track of.

First off, why are there so many scandals right now?

There’s the Benghazi scandal, which is actually several outrages rolled into one. The Obama administration left our consulate in the dangerous Libyan city unforgivably vulnerable – and, perhaps inevitably, on Sept. 11 last, radical Muslims attacked it and killed four Americans, including our ambassador.

Then, adding outrage upon outrage, someone in the administration – incredibly, we still don’t know who, and the media seem uninterested – fabricated a hoax story to tell the American public: that the attack was a spontaneous outgrowth of a street protest in Benghazi over an anti-Muhammad video an American had put on the Internet. They sent then-U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice onto the Sunday morning talk shows to spread the lie. They even went so far as to have the video’s producer arrested.

The truth: There was never any protest. It was a concocted fable

that covered up the premeditated al-Qaida-linked raid – which might have embarrassed the Obama administration to have to admit to, just before the presidential election.

To this point, no one has been held accountable for the lies or the lack of security. There are also allegations that military rescue crews might have been available to respond that night, but that someone told them to stand down.

Nor do we know what our commander in chief was doing during the some seven-hour attack, which administration officials monitored in real time.

Then there’s the infamous IRS assault on conservative groups; the National Security Agency spying on Americans; the Department of Justice spying on journalists; and, from way back, the “Fast and Furious” scandal in which the Justice Department purposely allowed high-powered weapons to “walk” into Mexico, where they were used to kill untold numbers of people including U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

Why so much wrongdoing at one time? There are a number of possible explanations.

First, the Obama administration appears obsessed with centralizing and cementing power – not just for itself, but for Democrats in general. It seems to be driven by a desire to create a permanent ruling Democrat caliphate – thus, for instance, the sudden urgency to legalize millions of illegal immigrants, 80 percent of whom are projected by polls to be Democrat voters.

When you want power, you go after information, and that lust might be behind some of the spying and lying.

Another contributing factor is that the ruling elite in Washington are imperious, impervious and out of touch. They do a horrible job of checking the excesses of either the executive branch or the entrenched bureaucracy.

That’s why you can have an IRS that is trying to rig the political debate while wasting millions on
lavish conferences – and then returning to Congress to ask for more.

In addition, the ongoing scandals may be exacerbated and even encouraged by the public’s own inability to keep up with it all – as well as a cynical administration’s thinly-veiled strategy to stonewall, obfuscate, take the Fifth, hide behind executive privilege, and just wait till we’re done squawking and then keep on keeping on when we move on.

The news cycle is manic these days, particularly when we’ve got so many pop-up wrongdoings to keep track of along with the more organic news of the day. This administration no doubt is counting on our mass ADHD to run the clock out and avoid accountability. They know we’re being overwhelmed, and they’re only too happy to watch us drown in a swirling pool of information.

It’s the paradox of our times, too, that we’ve never been more wired yet less connected: There have never been more sources of information, or platforms to receive it on – and yet, video interview after video interview shows Americans on the street unacquainted with the most elementary bits and pieces of current events.

Mr. Brown, your age is not the problem. Ours is. Somewhere along the line, we transitioned from the Information Age to the Overload Age.

What – you didn’t get the text alert?

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Lee Benedict 07/07/13 - 02:02 pm
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They're NOT scandals...

they're felonies, many of which are acts of treason.

harley_52
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harley_52 07/07/13 - 05:05 pm
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Benghazi...

...was a crime, the likes of which we have never seen before. Some of the pertinent facts are....

The attack occurred on the anniversary of 9/11/01. We had every reason to believe there was a good possibility some sort of attack might be used by the radical muzzies to commemorate the anniversary.

There had been a series of attacks by radical muzzies against our facilities there leading up to the 9/11 attack that killed the four Americans. The British and the Red Cross closed their facilities there because of the increased terrorist activity.

The Ambassador and his staff had been begging for increased security protection in the months leading up to the attack.

Rather than provide additional security as they had been begging for, the State Department significantly reduced the security forces in Benghazi supporting the Embassy staff.

Besides removing their security on the ground, we apparently made zero plans on what to do if the Benghazi element came under terrorist attack on 9/11.

For the first time in history (that I'm aware of) we refused to provide assistance to American forces under attack who were begging for help. A long and unbroken (until now) tradition in the American military is that we NEVER abandon our own when under fire.

For the sake of brevity, I won't even bother with all the lies and deception that has occurred afterwards.

Somebody earlier opined this was no different than Embassy attacks occurring during the Reagan and Bush Administrations. To make such a claim demonstrates either ignorance of the issue, or agenda driven mischaracterization of the facts.

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KSL 07/07/13 - 06:00 pm
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Great post, Harley

You have an understanding that some who post here are incapable of having due to indoctrination or lack of capacity.

chascushman
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chascushman 07/07/13 - 06:03 pm
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For the first time in history
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For the first time in history (that I'm aware of) we refused to provide assistance to American forces under attack who were begging for help."
harley, Obama and his followers were more concerned about the election than they were about lives of our citizens in harm's way. It worked, the main stream media let them get away with it and the ignorant voters reelected him.

harley_52
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harley_52 07/07/13 - 06:25 pm
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Thanks, KSL...

You're right, chascushman, it was all about the election. And it worked. So if success can be defined as participating in the murder of American citizens doing their jobs in support of their Nation, and as standing on their graves to deceive their families and the rest of America into believing a known false campaign scenario then I guess the democrats were successful in the 2012 Presidential election....at least for a while.

History (and God) will judge them (and their supporters) quite differently, I believe.

harley_52
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harley_52 07/07/13 - 06:39 pm
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"They're NOT scandals, they're felonies....

....many of which are acts of treason."

I totally agree, Mr. Benedict. To call these crimes "scandals" is like calling a severed leg a "sore foot."

These are "high crimes" and should be handled by the courts and with impeachment where facts can be proven.

carcraft
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carcraft 07/07/13 - 07:48 pm
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I can not even begin to

I can not even begin to believe that people are considering Clinton as presidential material! Clinton couldn't even defend one embassy, how can Clinton defend America?

chascushman
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chascushman 07/07/13 - 07:51 pm
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" I can not even begin to believe that people are considering Clinton as presidential material! Clinton couldn't even defend one embassy, how can Clinton defend America?"
Yeah, 'but what difference does it make'.

carcraft
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carcraft 07/07/13 - 08:43 pm
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To about 47% percent of

To about 47% percent of America you are correct!

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 07/07/13 - 09:08 pm
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"Scandals"

I can barely hear my own thoughts in this "echo chamber."
Good night. May you sleep well and awake to a new day without the anger that has permeated nearly all of these comments.

ACES, give yourself a pat on the back. You are keeping the GOP base enraged right into the 2014 election. That will get them to the polls to vote out the majority House members you only have one issue on their agenda!

carcraft
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carcraft 07/07/13 - 09:38 pm
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Truth matters, why not

Truth matters, why not honestly answer the charges laid out? Oh easier to be in denial?

Chris 232
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Chris 232 07/07/13 - 11:28 pm
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Conservatives don't stand a chance in 2016
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Can all you god-fearing right wingers stop the whining and get over the fact that your party's values are not accepted by most Americans? I can't wait to read your posts when Hillary becomes president for 8 glorious years!

chascushman
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chascushman 07/08/13 - 08:18 am
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"You are keeping the GOP base
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"You are keeping the GOP base enraged right into the 2014 election."
TM, many of us are not GOP we are independents that have not been brainwashed by either party. I have little use for the GOP but the democrat party leadership has been taken over by the Marxist & communist from the 60s & 70s. The communist party was very successful recruiting black men in the 50s, 60s & 70s.

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