For a few years during the middle of the 19th Century, a secretive political party rose to prominence in American politics, spurred by a cultural fear of new immigrants from Europe. Membership in the party was tightly limited, and when members were questioned about the party’s activity, they were only to respond: “I know nothing.” Today, more than a century and a half later, we have an adherent of this “know nothing” political philosophy in the White House. President Barack Obama’s standard response to questions about key problems facing his Administration is, “I know nothing.”
Obama’s plea of ignorance has become a refrain since the beginning of his Administration -- from the Philadelphia New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case scandal; to “Operation Fast & Furious;” to the suspicious funding of now-defunct “green” companies like Solyndra; to Obama’s use of drones to kill American citizens overseas. It is his stock response when questioned about the Benghazi debacle and subsequent cover-up. “I know nothing and even if I did, I couldn’t tell you,” is all that is elicited from our Commander-in-Chief when asked about the NSA’s unconstitutional and unlawful surveillance of emails, phone calls and other communications. The Department of Justice’s harassment of Administration critics, and the targeting of conservative organizations by the IRS, have been met with the same sorry excuse that the President knows nothing about what his administration has been doing in his name.
The list of scandals is so long, far-reaching, and ever increasing, the GOP put together a timeline (“Obama’s Government Gone Wild”) to help voters remember exactly what the Obama Administration is up to -- since clearly we cannot rely on the President for information.
For a President who promised an era of smarter, more transparent government, his Administration has been anything but. Americans are now living under the thumb of a government historic in its size; operating behind an iron curtain of secrecy with virtually zero accountability to citizens. The law of the land is no longer bound by the limitations set-forth by the Constitution, but rather changes by Executive fiat based on political expediency or “emergency” needs.
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