Almost 20 years ago, early in the Clinton-Rodham-Gore era, the late New York Times columnist William Safire charged that First Lady Hillary Clinton was so routinely dishonest in her reaction to the many scandal-”gates” of which she and husband Bill were being accused as to merit the derisive label of “congenital liar.”
According to that highly acclaimed political affairs commentator and author of the Times “On Language” column, Hillary’s tendency to spin, scam, deceive, and lie in her response to charges of impropriety and possible corruption (e.g., in Whitewater-gate, S&L-gate, Travel Office-gate, Cattle Futures-gate, Missing Files-gate, Hubble-gate, Vince Foster-gate, Lippo/China-gate and many more) was so deeply rooted as to be in her genes.
Now that President Barack Obama is being accused of similar spins, scams, and cover-ups, the reaction of the White House, the left-wing Democrats, the establishment media, and most of academia is – like then – – one of indignant outrage. But are not Barack and Hillary “joined at the hip” in both their Saul Alinsky ideologies, their Rules for Radicals tactics, and their current “tar baby” of the Benghazi Cover-up?
Back then, in a master-stroke of misdirection and disinformation worthy of Harry Houdini, Hillary loudly alleged (and a compliant left-wing media loudly amplified) a “Vast Right-wing Conspiracy” against both herself and First Husband Bill – with all of the blame going to the dastardly right-wing Republicans.
And so it will be again if the finger-pointing, blame-gaming “Progressives” (code-word for Socialists) are given free rein to demonize Barack Obama’s critics and detractors, no matter how correct and justified the Tea Partiers and other Republicans are in their anti-Obamanism.
The Other Side of the Coin – Proofs of a “SCAMALOT” Cover-up
But this victimization need not be the case if Obama’s critics have the good sense to charge – in Hillary Clinton style – a “Vast Left-wing Cover-up” of not only the Benghazi and IRS Scandals but of many other BHO spins, scams, false denials, false promises, and programmatic abuses, some listed below.
Now, in an exercise of “history repeats” and of appropriate legacy labels for these two less-than-truthful Presidencies – which happen to share the VIP persona of Hillary Clinton – here is a critical look at some of the ignoble, deceitful, and scam-filled aspects of Obama’s “Age of Scamalot” Presidency.
In terms of the latter label, this author’s January 30, 2010 posting on AmericanThinker.com — “From Camelot to SCAMALOT” — took the first step toward forever disconnecting Jack and Jackie Kennedy’s legacy label from the always upbeat, smiling, and charming but so deeply deceitful Presidency of Barack Obama, HERE.
Having completed four tortured years in office — and now extending “Four More Years” into nearly a decade of redistribution, dependency, and egalitarian poverty — it is a legacy label that should be as damaging to today’s Obaman and Clintonian “Progressives” as the heroic-sounding “Camelot” label has been a political benefit for almost 50 years to the Kennedys and the Democrats as a whole.
Listed and briefly explained in that AmericanThinker.com posting were a full dozen major “BHOtoxin” deceits, spins, and scams relating to issues of transparency, budgetary earmarking, deficit spending, unemployment, CBO cost-scoring, accountability, bipartisanship, energy independence, the role of lobbyists, climate change, and the War on Terrorism.
A sequel now being prepared for publication quite soon – once Benghazi Scam, IRS Scam, and Associated Press Scam can be included — will triple the count to at least three dozen of the failures (and their cover-ups) that foreshadow the rising element of “No Confidence” in this gradually deflating Presidency.
So desperate are the Obamanoids to escape the dreaded “Cover-up” label that they have concocted countless euphemistic alternatives by which they and the mainstream media might paint a less sinister picture of L’Affaire Benghazi – e.g., a sideshow, a political carnival, no “there” there, old news, a witch hunt, a fleeting story, a Fox News story, a minor bump in the road, Speaker Boehner’s fixation, a desperate right-wing distraction, radical partisanship, a GOP cut in funding, a tool for fundraising, ad infinitum.
But at the base of it all is the question of just WHO IS THIS MAN of the “Vast Left-wing Cover-up?” – whose entire life history is either unknown or so highly “spun” as to dwarf even the Benghazi Talking Points fiasco – and whose 35 (!) examples are listed in groups of five for easy reading, re-reading, and troubled amazement:
- his birthplace records – both hospital and State of Hawaii documentation,
- his Marxist parentage, grand-parentage, and “Frank M. Davis-mentored” youth,
- his grammar and high school academic, financial, and activities records,
- his US, Indonesian, and any other (?) Passport and foreign travel records,
- his Occidental College admission, academic, activities, and financial records,
- his Columbia University academic, activities, and financial aid records,
- his IAF and other Saul Alinsky-style “Community Organizing” records,
- his Islamic and/or “Black Muslim” Nation of Islam/Louis Farrakhan records,
- his Black Liberation Theology church records, especially Rev. Wright’s files,
- his Harvard Law and Saudi-connected (?) financial aid and activities records,
- his book writing (especially with ghost-writer William Ayers) records,
- his Woods Foundation (with Marxist Board Chairman William Ayers) records,
- his Chicago New Party (officially Socialist and even communist) records,
- his Illinois State Senate (primarily “Voting Present”) records,
- his and Michelle’s Illinois Bar records — and their de facto disbarments,
- his records of real estate and financial dealings with (felon) Tony Rezko,
- his dealings with Rashid Khalidi and Bill Ayers (together) in Chicago,
- his records of dealings with the Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Gallard law firm,
- his and Michelle’s dealings with Chicago Med Center $$$-crony Eric Whitaker,
- his Senate and White House medical records with Dr. David Shiener,
- his so-called “Prof. of Constitutional Law” lecturing records and evaluations,
- his radical-Left personal, political, and professional associations,
- his social, romantic, and “lifestyle” preferences before marrying Michelle,
- his suddenly no-longer-archived-by-DoD (!!) Selective Service records,
- his Social Security records, especially his feloniously false SS Number,
- his secret “enemies list” of major contributors to the Mitt Romney Campaign,
- his “kill list” of both Americans and foreigners “deemed” to be AQ-style terrorists,
- his official release of an almost certainly forged birth certificate in April 2011,
- his relentless efforts to deny the Judeo-Christian origins and character of America,
- his conspiracy with Harry Reid and Joe Biden for no Senate Budget Resolutions,
- his Contempt-of-Congress efforts to weaken Clinton-era Welfare Reform work rules,
- his records of involvement in the Fast and Furious “gun-walking to Mexico” scandal,
- his records of collaboration with the “Soroctopus” Center For American Progress,
- his manipulations and “Harm Offensive” in mgmt. of the “Sequestered” budget cuts,
- the hidden role of his alter ego, Valerie Jarrett, in the Benghazi, the IRS, the AP, the FoxNews, the HHS, the EPA, and other misdeeds and their subsequent cover-ups.
Question du jour: Does this compulsive man of “Cover-up” scam just a little, or does he Scam-a-LOT?
And is he even now covering up and scamming the Breaking News about his April 31, 2010 White House meeting with National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelly – the very day before NTEU leaders at the IRS initiated the illegal “Targeting” of Tea Parties and other “Christian-Conservative” and “Patriotic” applicants for tax-exempt status?
The Great Evil of False Words, Labels, and Narratives
So now, in this shameful “Age of Scamalot and Vast Left-wing Cover-ups,” let us recall what the great Chinese philosopher Confucius said 2400 years ago when asked what would be his first action if he were placed in charge of the government of China:
“It would certainly be to correct language. If language is not correct then what is said is not what is meant. If what is said is not what is meant, then what ought to be done remains undone. If this remains undone, then morals and acts deteriorate. If morals and acts deteriorate, justice will go astray. If justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence, there must be no arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above everything.”
And much closer to home and to the current political situation, that great American man of words, Mark Twain, once asserted that “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” If that be the case, let us hope that a thoughtful and proactive use of truthful “lightning words” only and a strict avoidance of all such false narratives as those cited above will:
first, help to unmask both Hillary Clinton’s and Barack Obama’s insidious “Vast Left-wing Cover-up” — which stretches back several decades to their shared lock-step devotion to the “transitional Marxist” likes of Antonio Gramsci, Saul Alinsky, and, alas, George “Soroctopus” Soros; and,
second, will enable all of us Americans to limit this ignoble “Age of Scamalot” and its OPRAH Land (Obama-Pelosi-Reid-and-Hillary Land) Plantation of dependency, egalitarian poverty, and indentured servitude to no more than the unfortunate “Four More Years” to which a slim majority of American voters have recently sentenced us all.
JIM GUIRARD — TrueSpeak.org 703-768-0957 Justcauses@aol.com
A DC-area attorney, writer and national security strategist, Jim Guirard was longtime Chief of Staff to former US Senators Allen Ellender and Russell Long. His TrueSpeak.org Web site is devoted to truth in language and truth in history in public discourse.
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