Thursday, June 20, 2013

Victor Davis Hero

Victor Davis Hanson is a famed expert and scholar of classical studies and a highly respected commentator of current events.  He has an article today at The National Review that is an absolute must-read.  Hanson's topic is the Obama Administration's relentless disregard for truth and transparency and the resultant damage it has caused our democracy.  He starts out with,
Truth is the lifeblood of democracy. Without honesty, the foundations of consensual government crumble.  If the Internal Revenue Service acts unlawfully, our system of citizens’ computing their own taxes implodes.
Yet Lois Lerner, one of the IRS’s top officials, would not answer simple questions about her agency’s conduct during congressional testimony, instead pleading the Fifth Amendment. Any taxpayer who tried that with an IRS auditor would end up fined, if not in jail.  Almost everything that IRS officials have reported about the agency’s unlawful targeting of conservative groups has proven false.
After a brief discussion of each of the major Obama scandals over the last 4 1/2 years, he has this to say:
Deception is now institutionalized in the Obama administration. It infects almost every corner of the executive branch, eroding the trust necessary for the IRS, the Department of Justice, our security agencies, and the president’s official spokesman — sabotaging the public trust required for democracy itself.
There's more in Hanson's article, but you should read it in its entirety, here.