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Benghazi, IRS, AP: Government is the Problem

Written on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by 

America is in debt.

Most notably, it owes its remarkable exceptionalism and the durability of its experiment to the men who founded it.oval

With a penetrating prescience, these men grasped better than any before them the true nature of man, and the circumstances under which he flourishes. Where every other Constitution in the world stipulates the rights of government, the American declares the rights of the individual. Limited government is an American value.

Sadly, the greatest nation in the world has drifted from the spirit of that hallowed document, its authors and this exceptional value. Countless administrations and agencies evidence a massively expanding federal government.

And this week, a trifecta of problems promptly arrives: Benghazi, IRS persecution and AP records seizure. More salient examples of precisely what the founders of the magnificent America dreaded and insulated against cannot be conceived.

No citizen should fear any portion of the government in a healthy republic. No arm of government should be a weapon of intimidation or political retribution. And yet the IRS under Kennedy, Nixon, Johnson, Obama and possibly others has served not just as the pipeline of wealth distribution, but also for these exact nefarious purposes.

The matter of Benghazi is deeply perturbing. One thing has always been true about America: it never leaves one of its own behind. It is a message steeped in military code that has been reinforced ceaselessly in history and popular culture. Yet increasingly it appears this may well have happened on September 11, 2012. Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods deserve justice, as do the American people.

More information on the legal basis must emerge before we can render a judgment on the Department of Justice (DOJ) seizure of AP record logs, but the threats the action poses to a free press and the newsgathering process are alarmingly clear.

This ‘scandal’ trio has the press corps in a lather not seen since the George W Bush administration. Suddenly they find their skepticism dissipating; their backsides on the very same bleachers as conservatives. Suddenly, they understand, at least momentarily, what the fuss has been about. But it’s not enough. It’s shameful. For too long, the mainstream media has protected and disseminated liberal ideology to the detriment of the nation. Reporting on the Boston terror attack, and Benghazi prior to the emergence of whistleblowers and clear changes to talking points, by major US media, unmistakably revealed their automatic assumption: American guilt. Nothing could be more pernicious than this mindset; nothing more offensive or contrary to the American narrative.

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