Scandals are simultaneously plaguing the White House, involving the State Department, Justice Department, Internal Revenue Service, National Security Agency, Secret Service, and US ambassadors.
Misconduct in high places is setting a very bad example of leadership to follow for the young, the future of our country.
We have learned that Americans under attack in Benghazi, Libya had begged for help, yet the White House failed to step up and attempt to save them. Four died including the ambassador. Top administration officials, including press secretary Jay Carney, UN Ambassador Susan Rice, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and even President Barack Obama himself spun a fanciful story to the world, about a YouTube video inciting a demonstration that never happened as at fault, rather than a terrorist attack. Then, the secretary of state told the grieving parents of a fallen American, don’t worry, we’ll get the guy who made that video.
The Justice Department seized telephone records of AP reporters and a Fox News reporter. Attorney General Eric Holder testified before a congressional hearing, “This is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy.” Subsequent investigation has revealed the attorney general personally signed off on the search warrant for records.
It was revealed the IRS had targeted certain conservative groups applying for tax exempt status for closer scrutiny based on their names or political themes. President Obama and Co. are in full denial mode, noting they knew nothing about this abuse. The media and Congress are sleuthing on their suspicions Mr. Obama sicced the tax dogs on his political enemies.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said that he had given the “least untruthful” answer possible in March when he told a congressional hearing that the NSA does not collect any information on millions of Americans, which it does, daily.
Senior State Department and Diplomatic Security officials may have covered up or stopped investigations of inappropriate or even criminal misconduct by staff, according to an internal memo from the department’s Office of the Inspector General
An active U.S. ambassador “routinely ditched his protective security detail in order to solicit sexual favors from both prostitutes and minor children,” the memo says. Further, a member of Clinton’s security detail allegedly “engaged prostitutes while on official trips in foreign countries.”
Further, an ill 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl with Cystic Fibrosis, needing an adult lung transplant to survive, was denied that option over a policy issue, by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius. It took a federal judge to overturn her, and the little girl at the last moment, got the operation.
At least on Father’s Day, her parents still had their little girl.
These incidents are a stain on the honor and reputation of the country these people are supposed to represent. From the national to local levels, misconduct has run amok.
Misconduct, dishonesty, and immoral decisions should carry serious consequences. Yet, with the media portraying all sorts of behavior as acceptable, politicians in high places get away with low behavior and in many cases pay little or no penalty. Perhaps they even get a lucrative book deal or reality TV show. Where are the deterrents?
While each should be held accountable for their own behavior, the rest of us should consider what we’re tolerating as a nation and the permission it gives others to follow bad examples.