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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Left-wing absurdity: Defending Obama administration in the wake of dead bodies

No one screams louder about wanting bi-partisanship than the voices from the left. However, time and time again, it is demonstrated that the left is far more entrenched in the idea of defending its party at all costs. The quintessential case-in-point would be contrasting the fates of Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. Nixon left office as a direct result of bi-partisan opposition. House impeachment and Senate conviction was inevitable; he resigned.

Bill Clinton remained in office despite being impeached in the House for perjury and obstruction of justice (lies and cover-ups). He wasn't removed from office because there was zero bi-partisanship in the Senate, except for a few Republican Senators who voted 'not guilty'. Clinton was acquitted by the Senate because there wasn't a single Democratic vote to convict on either of the two counts.

In Operation Fast and Furious, the highest officials at the Justice Department were found to be complicit in gun-walking that resulted in the death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry and hundreds of Mexicans. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the ranking member on the Oversight Committee, which spearheaded the investigation, fought tooth and nail to defend DOJ as well as the Obama administration. The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), to which Cummings belongs, walked out during the contempt vote of Attorney General Eric Holder, who had refused to honor a Congressional subpoena for documents after having to withdraw a letter that was demonstrably false (lies and cover-ups).

The Democrats on the committee demonstrated that even dead bodies wouldn't  prompt them to seek justice when it was their party on the hook. Not one of the Oversight committees' Democrats voted to bring contempt charges against Holder to the House floor, though some Democratic congressmen did vote for contempt once it got there. Just prior to the vote, Barack Obama did what Richard Nixon did. He asserted Executive Privilege to prevent those congressionally subpoenaed documents from being released.

Fast forward to Benghazi-gate. Like Fast and Furious, Obama administration policies led directly to dead bodies. In the case of our consulate, there were four dead Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Administration officials changed their stories multiple times, first saying the attack was the result of an anti-Muhammad video and then being forced to admit the attack was coordinated and planned (lies and cover-ups).

Despite State Department officials and security officers on the ground confirming that multiple requests were made - unsuccessfully - for additional security assets, the left continues to defend the Obama administration on grounds that it didn't know and has a lot on its plate. In the case of Fast and Furious, that included DOJ. In the case of Benghazi,  it includes the State Department.

When Clinton was not removed from office in 1998, it was a major flashpoint in American history. The Democratic Party laid the foundation for its despicable behavior today. Crimes of perjury and obstruction of justice were dismissed and Clinton was defended because of what the lie was about and why he tried to cover it up. A new standard had been set; it was ok to lie and attempt to cover up said lie if the lie itself was perceived to be minor.

In 2012, it's evident the Democrats have set a new standard for acceptable lies and cover-ups. An administration that has lied and covered-up in both Fast and Furious and Benghazi-gate is being defended by Democrats, in the wake of policies that have led to dead bodies.

In Clinton's case, he was protected because the lie was perceived to be insignificant. In the case of Fast and Furious and Benghazi, a different course is being chosen - since lying about murder has not devolved to acceptable behavior - at least not yet (then again, the left seems content with lying about abortion not being about murder).

As a consequence, the administration is defended because it was ignorant of the circumstances that led to murder. In Fast and Furious, we were to believe that neither Barack Obama nor Eric Holder knew that guns were being put into the hands of people who would use them to kill Brian Terry along with hundreds of other innocents. In Benghazi-gate, we are to believe that neither Barack Obama nor Hillary Clinton knew about the requests for additional security by those who would be killed, despite testimony from State Department officials to the contrary.

We are also told that when U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and White House press secretary Jay Carney repeat over and over that the attack in Benghazi was in response to an anti-Muhammad video, they weren't lying. Again, the significance of the lie is not at issue. Denying lies were told - despite evidence to the contrary - is still the chosen course of action. That is, until lying about murder reaches the level of being considered acceptable.

In 1998, Democrats protected Bill Clinton by equating perjury with a white lie.

In 2012, Democrats are protecting the Barack Obama administration by equating dead bodies as the direct result of the administration's policies with events outside the administration's control.

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