Our country has been blessed to be led by great men of intelligence, strategy and ethics. However, our country has also suffered during administrations that were plagued by poor decisions and scandal. Buchanan’s pre-Civil War inactivity, Harding’s Tea Pot Dome scandal, Grant’s bought-off administration, and Johnson’s escalation of the Vietnam War are just a few examples of presidents whose action or inaction in office were harmful for the country they were supposed to be leading.
This Presidents Day, is it fair for Americans to celebrate all of our nation’s presidents the same? Does every president deserve a party or a day of festivity just because they won a national popularity contest, or should Americans take the day to reflect on the good and the bad of each president? A day to study history and the choices the men in the Oval Office made that helped our country and more importantly hurt our country.
Currently, as Republicans continue to investigate, we can be all but certain their efforts will be to no avail. The reason is not because there is lack of evidence, facts or even documents. It is because there will be no witnesses or whistleblowers who will turn against the Obama administration. Unless some brave soul turns against the Chicagoland culture of silence and intimidation, the attorney general will never be forced to bring charges against those at the IRS, and possibly even the White House who directly broke the law by putting the full weight of IRS auditors and bureaucrats on conservative and tea party groups.
The entire investigation into the IRS targeting scandal has been tainted from the beginning. The House committee conducting this investigation will continue to be stonewalled. The "investigator" from the attorney general’s office will do little to seek justice. Barbara Bosserman is a DOJ trial attorney who is a known contributor to both of Obama's presidential campaigns. Ms. Bosserman's appointment makes just as much sense as appointing Chelsea Clinton as head of investigation into Benghazi or Pat Nixon to head the Watergate probe.