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The Benghazi cover up matters.  The lying regarding the “Talking Pointsmatters. The failure to provide adequate security to the Americans serving in Benghazi matters. The decision not to attempt a rescue matters. The president’s role during and after the attack matters. The triumph of re-election politics over protecting Americans serving in dangerous locations matters. The IRS‘s  broad discrimination against conservative groups matters. The lack of leadership and accountability in the Obama Administration matters. The Justice Department‘s,  including the FBI‘s, monitoring of phone calls made to AP reporters matters.

These wide-ranging activities matter because they all diminish our freedom.

Freedom is not a constant state of being. It needs to be protected and nourished. All of us who have served our nation took an oath to protect the nation from all enemies, foreign and domestic.

Perhaps the biggest concern is that if these things don’t matter, what is to prevent the same progressive group from building on this foundation of deceit and political spin? Once the system of “checks and balances” is ignored and government corruption is accepted as just partisan politics and the critical press is silenced, freedom of the individual will be a vanishing concept instead of the very anchor of our democracy. For without individual freedom there is no freedom at all.

The stakes are very high. Already we have re-elected a president who probably would not have won if his inner circle hadn’t been successful in delaying the disclosure of Benghazi, the IRS, or the Justice’s abuse of the privacy of AP reporters. These abuses of power do not stem from a vacuum. They are part of the teachings of Saul Alinsky, i.e., “the issue is never the issue.” The translation is to use all issues to destroy all opposition and seize political power. The issues themselves are not important. Do you think President Obama would be in the Oval Office if the Benghazi murders, the IRS’s attack on conservative groups and the AP phone tap debacle had come out a few months before the election?

I don’t think so.  There are wise people in our history, who believed that when more people want government assistance and value security over freedom, American democracy is in its last stages. I hope they are wrong. We shall soon see.

By the author of the Jack Brandon Thriller Series.    www.factsandfictions.com


Filed under Alinsky, Conservative views, Eight Decades of Insights, Intelligence & Politics, Obama, Politics, Progressives

5 responses to “EIGHT DECADES OF INSIGHTS 52

  1. John Nugent

    Dear Barry: Great post. From a life cycle analysis, unfortunately, I believe our democracy is in its last stages. For many reasons, smart people just cannot seem to be able to make the necessary changes to preserve (sustain) life. We see this in all life cycles whether it be a person, business, industry, state, or civilization. All come to pass, despite many knowing what was needed to sustain the entity long before its demise. So I am not very sanguine that the US will beat the statistical odds posited by Tytler in the 1700s – ‘…no democracy has ever lasted more than 300 years, and most no more than 200.’ Last July 4th, we celebrated our nation’s 236th birthday. In Tytler’s scenario, we are in ‘no man’s land.’ From a review of where the US is today, it appears we are near the last step in Tytler’s 10 step ‘life cycle of a democracy’ model.

    I think with the passing of most who served from WWII through the cold war, the country has lost sense of what is important and what is necessary to preserve a great state. And you are so right, freedom is not free. It takes sacrifice not handouts. John

  2. John,
    You have more contract with the youth of today than most of us.
    Do they worry about freedom that can be lost in the minutia of government regulations and rules by Administrations like the Obama that are openly and covertly moving toward a one party political system?

    While I respect the pundits from the past and their ability to look at history through the prism of the constants they can project into the future, I am less confident of their ability to see the development of variables that can impact judgements made so far into the future. Of course I’m a “glass half full person.

  3. Ruby Sue Tootser

    I see the issue , , , please suggest steps we can take to turn the tide. R,T, O”B

    • RT,
      How about some help here? Give me some words and I might include them in a blog. Better yet repost my blog in yours. My readership is small and anything you can do to increase readership will be appreciate.

  4. joan kelly

    Ruby is right. What should we do. Date: Thu, 23 May 2013 11:30:28 +0000 To: joan_kelly@hotmail.com

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