Government trust is at a low point
Published: Thursday, June 20th, 2013
As Americans, we rely on the federal government to provide certain services to us like national security and maintaining good parks, roads and bridges. Providing national security has proven to be a complicated task in the wake of the 9-11 attacks and subsequent acts of so-called terrorism. The “war on terror” is not really a war at all, but rather a constant threat to our way of civilized life here in the United States.
In the wake of new revelations that the government is data “mining” our private phone calls and emails, there is now more distrust of the federal government than ever before. It seems to be one thing after another that causes us to have less confidence in the actions of our own government.
Most recently, it started with the Fast and Furious gun running operation of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms that had firearm dealers sell some 2,000 weapons to straw buyers in hopes of tracking them to illegal drug cartels in Mexico. This operation backfired when many of the guns were found at various crime scenes on the Mexican-U.S. border. One gun was found at the scene where U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was killed.
Then we had our U.S. consul in Benghazi, Libya, attacked by terrorists who killed our ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, including two former Navy SEALS who had come to the aid of the doomed outpost. In the days following, government officials, including U.N. ambassador Susan Rice and the president himself, insisted the attack was the result of a video produced in this country that put Islam in an unfavorable light. This was proven to be untrue and officials knew it at the time they were putting another spin on it. This incident occurred just before the last presidential election and there is speculation that the administration downplayed it for political reasons.
Then followed revelations that the government had hacked into FOX News chief White House reporter James Rosen’s emails of a story he was writing about North Korea. The government even went so far as to imply that Rosen was a co-conspiritor himself for just doing his job of reporting. The Justice Department said Rosen was the reporter whose emails were under scrutiny for an alleged leak of classified information to him regarding North Korean nuclear tests. Rosen was subsequently not charged with anything.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder denied any knowledge about his department’s involvement in the hacking of Rosen’s or any other reporter’s emails to a Congressional committee investigating the incident. It was further revealed that Holder himself was the one who signed off on the authorization for the tapping of Rosen’s emails.
Then there were revelations that the IRS was targeting certain conservative and patriotic groups for undo scrutiny involving applications for 501C4 tax exempt applications. Under oath before a Congressional committee, the head of the tax exempt organization department of the IRS, Lois Lerner, opted to take the 5th Amendment in refusing to answer any questions regarding the allegations. At first it was rogue agents in the Cincinnati office of the IRS who were blamed, but the trail ultimately led to Washington, D.C., itself.
This is truly an administration run amuck and is good reason for the American people to have less confidence than ever before in the proper functioning of their federal government. There needs to be a good house cleaning.
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