Dr. Ben Carson: Barack Obama is “Unfit for Office”May 21, 2014
Dr. Ben Carson has become well known lately for speaking truth to power, calling things like he sees them, and for the lost art of employing common sense, logic and reason to find solutions to the problems that are ailing our country.
In an op-ed entitled ‘Unfit for Office” written for National Review, Dr. Carson talks about the unanswered questions surrounding the Benghazi terrorist attack, the IRS targeting of conservative groups, and the tendency of the Obama administration to cover things up instead of coming clean to the American public.
The recent escalating arguments over whether there should be further congressional hearings on Benghazi are troubling. The fact that there are substantial numbers of people who feel that there is nothing more to investigate when four American lives were lost and no one has answered for this crime provides an indication of how far our sense of justice has slipped.
Carson explains why the attack in Benghazi shouldn’t be a partisan issue, as it has far-reaching implications pertaining to diplomatic security, whether we will defend our diplomatic establishments or not, and our perceived stance in the world.
What does it say about our judgment if we have diplomatic establishments for which we make inadequate provisions for protection? This is especially disturbing because it was revealed that requests by the diplomatic facility in Benghazi for more protection were refused. There had been attacks on the facility not long before the fatal attack, and hostile actions had been taken against the British, which they were wise enough to react to appropriately.
Even more confounding was the decision to abandon our personnel at the facility because someone decided that our military forces could not reach them in time to effect a rescue. How could such a decision be made when no one knew how long the hostile action would last?
He points out that a decision to abandon our own people when they are in harm’s way is also an abandonment of the idea of American exceptionalism. It also creates doubt in the minds of our military and diplomatic members as to whether they will be defended and protected in the future, as well as emboldens our enemies by giving the impression that we don’t care what they do.
Making mistakes is part of being human, but the ever-increasing deception that is necessary to cover those mistakes when honesty is abandoned is evil. Those willing to ignore evil for political reasons should question their fitness for leadership of our nation. In this case, a blatant falsehood was promoted — namely that the Obama administration had international terrorist activity directed at America under control and that the Benghazi incident was a spontaneous action resulting from the outrage of locals who had viewed an offensive anti-Islamic video. Undue importance was placed on promoting an image of U.S. strength during the weeks immediately preceding the presidential election of 2012.
Again, I must emphasize that if we, the American people, the American press, and the American political class, participate in the cover-up or ignore such an important story, we contribute to the demise of honesty and truth as pillars of our governing structure. In the book of Proverbs, King Solomon put it this way: “If a ruler listens to lies, those who serve him will be wicked.”
We also should be concerned about the attempt by some to ignore or downgrade the significance of the Internal Revenue Service scandal. The fact that something this contrary to the concept of freedom can happen in a country based on constitutional values and be characterized as a “phony scandal” by people who supposedly have the best interests of this country at heart again points to the danger of placing partisan politics above truth and honesty.
He also warns people to watch for politicians that work only toward the protection of their leaders or party, and not towards the good of the entire country.
Obviously, the IRS was used in inappropriate ways, or Lois Lerner would not have pleaded the Fifth Amendment. It is more than disturbing that the president of the United States and many in his party feigned outrage when the inappropriate actions of the IRS initially were exposed but now cannot lend support to a full and unfettered investigation of activities that threaten the very liberty of the American people.
Dr. Carson finishes by calling for bipartisan investigations of both Benghazi and the IRS, holding those responsible accountable for their wrongdoing, and ensuring that such things never occur again.
Most important, the people must awaken and look objectively at the actions of both Democrats and Republicans and not simply accept what party leaders say. Freedom is not free, and vigilance in responsible voting is necessary to preserve it.
As usual, Dr. Carson is correct. The American people need to take a close, hard look at those that are in power, and ask themselves if those politicians that purport to represent their interests are actually working towards their benefit.
The Benghazi Committee has been given the “strongest authority possible” with the power of subpoenas and depositions, and it is hoped that they will get cooperation from the Democrats, the White House, and the rest of the Obama administration in their search for the truth. A select committee or special prosecutor also needs to be appointed to fully investigate the IRS targeting scandal and rectify the abuses that occurred there.
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