Obama's rebellious government
The Commander in Chief has a unique, but time sensitive opportunity to reconcile with the American people. Unfortunately, it's unlikely he'll take it
In the May 29th, 2013, Gallup poll, 50 percent of Americans approved of Obama’s performance as President of the United States, while 43 percent disapproved. But why haven’t more Americans lost faith in President Obama?
He has lost control of the government he is responsible for due to the unethical culture he has created within his own administration. Clearly, a massive percentage of Americans either don’t care or aren’t paying attention. But for the 43 percent who are, most feel some sort of betrayal over the past few months, reinforced with scandal after scandal.
The mannerisms Obama has carried throughout his presidency over the past five years – including the constant shift of blame, ‘it’s Bush’s fault,’ and selectively deciding when he is responsible for events that occur during his administration – are no longer sufficient. With the help of the mainstream media, President Obama may have breezed through his first term without having to answer for much of his administration’s actions, but now he is not being afforded that luxury.
Since the IRS, Benghazi, and Department of Justice scandals broke, Obama’s defence has been to downplay the issues at hand. Instead of facing them head on and demanding answers, he protects those who had direct involvement. Why is he not outraged? Why is he not publicly demanding resignations with the attempt to reassure that this type of behavior will not be tolerated within his administration? That is what the American people need to see out of their president right now.
Instead, the Obama White House continues to fail to acknowledge any wrongdoing in Attorney General Eric Holder’s misleading testimony in front of Congress regarding the DOJ scandal. Obama appointed Holder to head the investigation of the IRS scandal – that action in itself is a blatant attempt to conceal the truth and further mislead the American people.
Additionally, Obama continues to profess that he knew nothing of the IRS targeting Tea Party organizations and other conservative groups, even though the IRS Commissioner visited the White House 157 times since Obama took office in 2009. Just for reference, the IRS Commissioner under President Bush’s Administration, Mark Emerson, visited the White House once in four years. That’s right, once.
The Commander in Chief has a unique, but time sensitive opportunity to reconcile with the American people. If he wants to regain the American people’s trust he must make some very calculated and meticulous decisions that result in holding people accountable for their actions under his administration.
He must convince the nation that his administration does not operate above the law. He must demand a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS scandal and start calling for resignations where due.
Unfortunately, there is no indication that Obama wants to expose the truth any more than Eric Holder does, so we most likely will not see any leadership accountability out of the White House.
It’s time to rein in your out-of-control government, Mr. President. We want the truth; we want an ethically and morally sound government. That’s not too much to ask, right?
Amber Barno is a conservative writer and commentator. She is a former U.S. Army helicopter pilot who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. For more information, visit www.amberbarno.com and follow her on Twitter @AmberBarno
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