Country music legend Charlie Daniels unloaded on what he called Barack Obama’s “cowardice” in an interview published Monday at WND, saying he doesn’t believe the president didn’t know anything about the scandals that now plague the administration.
“If I had a drunk bus driver, for instance, and I told everybody, ‘Don’t tell me about that, I don’t want to know about it,’ and that way if we get sued I can say, ‘I didn’t know it,’ basically that’s got to be what’s happened,” Daniels told WND.
“[But] when you hide behind plausible deniability, that is not leadership. That is cowardice. You’re not leading the country, you’re misleading the country,” he added.
Daniels said that blame-shifting is pervasive throughout the administration.
“Look at the so-called attorney general, who should have been held to task a long time ago, for one thing, not prosecuting the Black Panthers standing in front of the polling place,” he said. “Then we have Fast & Furious, then we have this thing in Benghazi, then we have the IRS thing – it’s one thing after another. This administration is out of control!”
“People have, with reason – regardless of whether they support the presidential administration or not – lost any kind of trust,” Daniels told WND. “If someone says something, you don’t know if it’s true, if they mean it, if they don’t mean it. As far as what’s going on right now, we don’t have a leader.”
And, Daniels said, don’t even think about blaming George Bush — or any other president.
“Going back and saying what Bush or Reagan – or for that matter George Washington – did is a total and complete waste of time,” he said. “It makes no difference what they did. This guy was supposed to be in to fix the mistakes any president in front of him made, and he’s not doing it. Making excuses for him is not going to help him. He needs to be held to account, he needs to come clean.”
“He needs to get that IRS woman to go back in front of Congress and tell the truth,” he said, referring to Lois Lerner, the IRS official who was in charge of the department that targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. Last week, Lerner invoked the Fifth Amendment when she appeared before a congressional hearing on the matter, saying she did nothing wrong.
Daniels told WND that someone “deserves some jail time out of this thing with the IRS.”
“It’s like the Gestapo. It’s like having your own, private, secret police force to sick on people. It’s dirty,” he said.
“I am not comparing Obama to Hitler; I’m comparing politics to politics,” he explained. “In the 1920s and ’30s Germany erred in that direction, giving a little bit here, a little bit there, giving the government more and more until they had it all, then all of a sudden the government turns around and says you can’t have guns and you can’t do this, you can’t do that. … This is a dangerous, terrible situation we have going on in this country right now.”
Daniels, who writes about politics and culture on his website, told WND he has never seen the country in the shape it is today.
“It’s time for somebody to do something to bring this country back together,” he said.
“How much more are we going to let stupid get away with?” Daniels asked rhetorically. “The Bible says, ‘My people perish for lack of knowledge’ – it’s what’s going on in this country. If people knew what was happening, it would scare them to death. But they don’t know. They’ve got their head in the sand; they don’t want to know. It’s just like, ‘Send me my check every month and the h— with everything else.’”
Echoing sentiments expressed by Rush Limbaugh and others, Daniels said people are “going to vote for the guy that gives them the most.”
“The true power in this country is the House of Representatives. That’s our people,” he said. “That’s the people that the people put in every two years. We need to put people there that hold people accountable. The Senate’s a d— lost cause. In my opinion the House of Representatives needs to hold everyone’s feet to the fire. … We need to get to the bottom of this thing.”
He also warned of dire consequences if the current scandals are not properly dealt with.
“If the IRS gets off scott-free, the Benghazi thing is let go and the Justice Department getting into these reporters’ lives is let go, we’re finished,” he said. “I mean, it’s just gone: nothing going to be done about nothing, and they can do anything they want to and we’re just at their mercy.”
“I hope that this time he’s dug in deep enough that they’re not going to let it go,” he said of President Obama. “If people had any idea what they’re losing in this country, they would be doing something about it.”
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