A week of government scandals proves the incompetence of liberalism
Armstrong Williams | 5/31/2013, 12:38 p.m.
Scandals are nothing new in Washington. Just about every president has faced an accusation of misconduct, whether moral or criminal. It should be no surprise that the Obama administration would find itself in the midst of one, well, actually three at present.
Many Republicans have been quick to declare this the end of Obama, even calling for impeachment. However, these scandals are not the personal failings of the president himself, rather they are the failings of the liberal philosophy that he and his entire administration espouse.
In case you were out camping without a cellphone for the past week, here is a brief recap in order of appearance:
Benghazi: The White House has been accused of failure to act and misleading the public about the events surrounding the 9/11/12 attacks on U.S. outposts that resulted in the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens.
IRS: Conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status were targeted for extra scrutiny, beginning shortly after Scott Brown's special election victory in 2010 through the 2012 presidential campaign. Also, confidential tax documents of prominent conservatives were leaked to the media.
Associated Press: The Department of Justice tapped the phones of AP reporters and offices for two months in an effort to locate an administration leak.
APgate is troubling, but the problem for the Republicans is that it is legal and part of the PATRIOT Act. Any attempts to roll this particular part of the legislation back has been convincingly voted down by both parties. Suddenly, the Republicans realize that an overreaching PATRIOT Act may not have been a good thing, but it feels politically rather than ideologically driven.
The IRS scandal is the most relatable and represents the most immediate problem for our country. Only a fool would believe that two to four field workers took it upon themselves to single-handedly institute a policy of red-taping conservative groups. It rises higher, but I seriously doubt the president directed such actions.
Finally, we have Benghazi. It was a tragedy, of that there is no doubt. Was there negligence involved? Yes. Was there a poor attempt at PR misdirection? Most definitely. Were different department figure-pointing at each other? As sure as the sun shines. Is anything that happened impeachable? No. More than anything, Benghazi is another example of an administration getting caught flat-footed and stumbling to fudge the facts for fear that the American people could not handle the truth, especially so close to the elections.
And that, my dear readers, gets to the heart of what the week was really about: the competence of a government ruled by a party that believes the solution to every problem is more government.
This is not about Obama the man, or even about Obama the president. This is not even about Republicans and Democrats. This is about the fundamental failure of progressive liberal ideology.
Logistics alone make it impossible for a government to solve every citizen's problem. Yet, a bigger government is expected to do just that. Big government is inflexible; it cannot respond to priorities because, over time, there are too many competing priorities. The greater the bureaucracy grows, the more it becomes impersonal, wasteful, over-stretched and difficult to reign in.