How Nixonian Can We Get?

With some sense of history, one has to wonder. Will ‘phony scandals’ become the modern day equivalent of “I am not a crook”?

The answer lies in Congress where things do not seem to be moving long. Is it due to dead ends of massrve amounts of evidence? The answer lies with Mr. Issa and a variety of committee and sub committee Chairmen, Congressional staff as well, both in service to their Congressperson and to the committees.

The Answer lies with Rep. Frank Wolf of Virginia, a man of unquestioned integrity and commitment. When Mr. Wolf is incensed you should pay attention, he is incensed over Benghazi. Mr. Wolf is a rational man of genuine faith, words invariably supported by actions and behavior. Mr. Wolf never ‘demands’ a spotlight, but he is fierce when the issue demands the spotlight based on the demands of conscience.

We know, or will soon know, by way of individuals of initiative, much more about Benghazi than we do today. The leaks, leak a little faster; access to the un-indentified victims has broken through, but just a little bit. The missing Colonel who ‘retired’ in March actually didn’t! He testified behind closed doors on Thursday. Millions of us smell a really big Rat, with plenty of Rat supportive friends, all carefully costructing their public defense. The good news is that men of conscience will not let it go. The President promised to ‘get’ those involved. It wasn’t phony then.

The President, having learned of the IRS scandal in the papers, promised to get to the bottom of it. He castigated the very idea of wrongdoing at the IRS. The President promised accountability. So far, there have been no investigative revelations from the White House. We’ve gone from the initial promise to ‘phony’; really?

The IRS scandal could be one deal away from the explosion, pure opinion. The question may be who’s giving Lois Lerner and a variety of other officials a better deal? Is it the Democratic money/favor/position machine for failed public figures who carried the flag? Or, is it the possibility that Congressional investigators have actually done their jobs and have the goods to the point that the money machine does not matter? That would be the point where you can say with absolute confidence. ‘You’re going to jail.’ Short of that, this stretches on; time dulls the American public’s senses; at least so far.

The NSA is a valuable resource, it is also a behemoth that must be brought under control. If we are to employ the capabilities for the purpose intended there has to be carefully constructed systemic, ongoing oversight. Collection and analysis have to be separated and walled off. Progressive authorities based on the degree of probable cause. The NSA, despite the potential benefits, is the canary in the freedom coalmine. If it’s okay now, it will, eventually, be okay for your political enemies, no natter where you stand. An out of control or politicized NSA should be a DefCon 5, a 10 on the 10 scale of the fear that Big Brother has become a reality. We don’t kill it, we fix it.

The illegal surveillance of the Press; the Associated Press and James Rosen, that we know of, is a story of the Press for the Press, however, this story, unfortunately, has not been not ‘by the Press.’ After the appropriate initial degree of righteous indignation and (ouch) ‘serious letters’, what have we heard? Not much! Who else was targeted? Where is the information, does the administration still have it? Apologies? Any statements from the President attempting to assure the Press and their sources that he will not attack them with the full weight of the Federal Government? Nope! That is all they need to know. We heard ‘chilling effect’ over and over; it now appears to be frozen. The mainstream Press was willing to fight a battle but cede the war. They deserve what they get. The President also expressed ‘outrage’ at this scandal; phony?

There are two points of analysis always in play, albeit your humble servant has limited skills to apply. What is there and what is not? Are there patterns? What does the absence of a thing portend? What does history teach us? What is the overall pattern of rhetoric and behaviors? How much don’t you know?

Phony scandals! …… I am not a crook!

The IRS scandal has now reached at least one of the two Presidential political appointees at the IRS.

‘Disappeared’ folks from Benghazi are showing up.

Forget the press; I’m compelled to use adjectives that could be considered insulting, condensing, mean, sarcastic and insensitive so, I’ll just leave it there.

Benghazi is being pursued by men of conscience not necessarily major committee Chairman. Shame!

Not to mention the influence peddling from a senior DHS official in favor of, wait for it ……. The Clinton family.

ObamaCare is a horrific scandal. This scandal covers 1/6 of our economy, legislation that most of us reject has met with no response from the White House of any material benefit. There is a lot phony about ObamaCare, as Speaker Pelosi told us that we had to pass the bill to know what’s in it. We’re coming to know what’s in it; the numbers opposed creep up consistently.

Fast and Furious is not phony to Brian Terry’s family. The guns are still showing up; all to make an obtuse argument in favor of gun control. You can’t make it up, and “You Can’t Fix Stupid!” “ I know, let’s do this; we’ll flood guns to gangsters in Mexico to prove that guns are bad.” “We’ll promote gun control by letting loose a bunch of guns not under control.”

The President this week, as he has done many times in the past, once again engages in castigation, name calling and bumper sticker applause lines. The President then demands cooperation from those whom he has just savaged. The real problem is that the President has some justification; Republicans have caved in more often than not. The scandals aren’t the only thing on Capital Hill that’s phony