There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens... Thus sayeth Ecclesiastes and The Byrds. With the slowly exploding controversy over last year's events in Benghazi, where 4 Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, lost their lives, it seems that we should add yet another item to that Ecclesiastical list: A time to impeach.
After all, President Obama has been mired in scandal from his administration's illegal actions for years already. The scandal of Operation Fast and Furious, where President Obama's Justice Department was involved in "gun walking" ' essentially turning a blind eye to weapons trafficking by Mexican drug cartels, ostensibly in an effort to "track" them, resulted in the deaths of at least one U.S. federal agent, and hundreds of civilians in Mexico. But just when Congress was making some headway in their investigation into how far up in the Executive Branch the culpability in Fast and Furious extended, President Obama himself stepped in, invoking Executive Privilege in order to hide key documents from the Congressional investigation.
To this day, Attorney General Eric Holder still has not answered to charges of Contempt of Congress in relation to the Fast and Furious investigation. Holder is the first sitting U.S. Attorney General to ever be found in contempt of Congress, yet he still holds office, continuing to blatantly thumb his nose at the Constitution with zero regard for his oath of office.
Janet Napolitano, who supposedly directs the Department of Homeland Security, has faced significant failures as well as being tied up herself in various borderline (if not totally) criminal activities. She has continually run her department with more of a focus on politics than security; she has repeatedly lied about the state of security along our southern border, she was responsible for the unnecessary release of hundreds of criminal aliens in a bid to exaggerate the effects of the budget sequester, and most recently, she lied under oath to a Congressional committee about a Saudi national who was deported due to national security concerns related to the Boston Marathon bombing. What's more, early analysis of the events leading up to the terrorist attack in Boston have shown that the bombers were not deported, despite numerous warnings from both Russia and Saudi Arabia, because US intelligence agencies were not communicating with each other. This calls Napolitano's competence into question, as well as begging the question of why the Department of Homeland Security still exists. It was created, after all, to ensure that our intelligence agencies were communicating with each other about potential threats, after similar communication failures were discovered during the investigations following 9/11. If, over a decade after the destruction of the World Trade Center, US intelligence agencies still aren't communicating effectively, then maybe it's time to fire Napolitano, disband DHS, and try an idea that might actually work.
And then there is the big news of the day: Benghazi. The Obama administration's actions on this continuing drama have ranged from criminal negligence to perjury. The initial clumsy attempt to cover up yet another Obama administration gunrunning scheme - this time providing weapons to militants in Syria - is what directly led to the deaths of four Americans on September 11, 2012. Since then, all that the American people and our representatives in Congress have gotten from the administration are lies and delaying tactics, as they try to delay the investigative process in the hopes that it will all just go away. They have already made these intentions abundantly clear, with newly-appointed Secretary of State John Kerry stating that he is focusing on other priorities, and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney complaining that "Benghazi happened a long time ago" when questioned by the press about the then-upcoming Congressional hearings.
The truly sad thing is, the "lie, obfuscate, delay" strategy seems to be working fairly well. The Obama administration, with the help of significant amounts of aid and comfort given by the mainstream media, has successfully distracted America from these significant crimes and misdemeanors. This is why, as the scandal continues to gain traction, and it becomes ever clearer that President Obama and Hillary Clinton played politics with the life of our ambassador to Libya and the lives of three other brave Americans. They have hidden and tried to silence survivors of the attack, and they have gone after whistleblowers who have attempted to expose the truth They vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice, yet to this day, the only person who has been incarcerated in connection with the Benghazi attacks is the creator of the now-notorious video that they initially blamed as part of their cover-up.
But according to Democrats, all of the hullabaloo over Benghazi just amounts to another partisan attack on the part of the GOP. We first had John Kerry's "We got a lot more important things to move on to." Then there was Hillary Clinton's "What difference, at this point, does it make," when she was pressed for the truth behind the cover-up. Jay Carney sounded off, stating that "Benghazi happened a long time ago," as though 'time heals all wounds,' and would just make the administration's negligence just go away. Nancy Pelosi has jumped into the fray
: "The obsession that some of my Republican colleagues have in the House doesn't look like it's on the path to really finding a solution, but just to keeping an issue alive...It becomes an issue that is subterfuge: 'let's talk about Benghazi forever so that we don't have to talk about really what the American people want us to talk about.'" The problem with Pelosi's line of thinking, however, is that while she advocates for letting the State Department do its own investigating, the Executive Branch cannot be trusted to find the truth behind its own failures. If they could, Republicans and conservatives would not have to keep bringing the issue up time and time again. The Obama administration has proven that they would prefer that the issue just go away, which is why Republicans have a duty to be so "obsessed" with Benghazi.
Now we can also throw in the recent revelation that the Obama administration's IRS was actively targeting conservative political groups during the 2012 election. This is one of the things that Richard Nixon was impeached for. The news broke just days after President Obama was quoted telling graduates at The Ohio State University to ignore voices warning of tyranny:
Unfortunately, you've grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that's at the root of all our problems; some of these same voices also doing their best to gum up the works. They'll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave and creative and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can't be trusted.
This is only the latest of many times President Obama has attempted to downplay conservatives and advocates of small-government, along with anyone who points out the more tyrannical aspects of his presidency. "I am not a dictator, I'm the president," he said just a couple of months ago. And yet, during his presidency, his political opponents have been targeted by the Department of Homeland Security and the Internal Revenue Service in ways that speak to his desire to rule America as a tyrant.
President Obama has publicly condemned these actions by the IRS, and has vowed an investigation and full accountability...kind of like he did after the 9/11 attack on Benghazi, and all we got in that case was an empty show at an investigation, that never went anywhere. Considering that, in this case, the IRS was taking action to "punish" Obama's "enemies,"
damage from this latest scandal will likely be minimal. I wouldn't bet on the American people ever knowing just how high up the IRS scandal truly goes ' President Obama has shown that his greatest talent is in keeping his own hands clean.
The IRS story is only one arena where the Obama administration has blatantly violated the First Amendment ' in the IRS's investigations into conservative groups, they pried into speech, assembly, and religion in their investigations of conservative groups, but now they have rounded out the entire First Amendment by digging into the phone records of the Associated Press.
No one outside of the Justice Department seems to know why, exactly, they are digging into the phone records, and DOJ certainly isn't saying anything.
Put all of this together, and what do you get? You get a criminal administration, with negligence and abuse of power reaching up to several cabinet positions, and undoubtedly to President Obama himself. You get a would-be tyrant, who shrouds his administration's actions in secrecy, abuses his power to persecute his political enemies, and chose to allow Americans to die, and then lie about his negligence that led to their deaths, rather than to risk losing ground in a presidential election. Meanwhile, whistle-blowers are persecuted, and lower-level workers are scapegoated. The simple fact that articles of impeachment have not been drafted already are a sign of the out-of-control corruption that is Washington, D.C. The time to impeach this president is now.