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Congress Has To Buck DC Culture And Investigate Benghazi

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For whatever reason, Washington DC has a bizarre culture of failing to get the entire story out. There’s a belief in popular culture that the federal government attempts to conceal as much of the truth as possible and only puts out what the public wants to hear.

This needs to be avoided with Benghazi. The whole truth has to come out. There is too much conflicting information. The Pentagon appears to be blaming the State Department. The State Department blames the CIA and the White House. The CIA appears to blame the Defense Department, the White House and State Department. The White House has been noticeably silent. A special investigation team needs to look into which information is true and which isn’t.

Capitol Hill doesn’t always appear interested in doing this. It seems more interested in keeping the status quo and avoiding accountability as much as possible.

This probably started with the Warren Commission looking into the assassination of President Kennedy, but the best example is the Watergate investigation. That was shut down after President Ford pardoned President Nixon to get the case over with as quickly as possible. Ford was hoping to keep Nixon’s name from being dragged any further through the mud. It may have been noble reasoning, but was ultimately irresponsible.

It also set a dangerous precedent the presidency has been willing to go along with time and time again. In the Iran Contra scandal, President George H.W. Bush pardoned Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger before he could go up to trial. In the end, only Oliver North and John Poindexter were tried and convicted. Both convictions were thrown out on appeal and independent counsel Lawrence Walsh declined to continue the investigation.

During the Whitewater scandal, both Bill and Hillary Clinton were able to avoid charges. President Clinton was later impeached for lying under oath, but that related to the Monica Lewinsky affair. A part of the failure of the Whitewater investigation could be because ex-Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker, Webster Hubbell and Susan McDougal refused to cooperate with Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr. Clinton later pardoned McDougal. Another part is the decision by the Clintons to fight the Whitewater investigation tooth and nail, instead of cooperating with it. Starr’s successor, Robert Ray, admitted he was pressured to come up with a deal with President Clinton so he wouldn’t be indicted further.

These examples make it seem like there’s no accountability in the White House. Instead, it shows presidents are willing to use their political positions to either protect themselves, their friends or their previous bosses from accepting responsibility.

Congress is no better.

During the investigation into Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson, Congress criticized the Justice Department for their “aggressive raid” on Jefferson’s office. Wisconsin Congressman James Sensenbrenner wanted to hold hearings on whether the FBI had trampled on the Constitution for their actions. Jefferson was later convicted of bribery and sentenced to 13 years in prison.

After Peter Schweizer’s fantastic 2011 book on insider trading in Washington DC called “Throw Them All Out,” Congress was criticized for not passing strong enough insider trading prevention laws. Schweizer himself criticized the SEC for not indicting any members of Congress during the hearing on the law. Congresswoman Maxine Waters was able to avoid ethics charges for helping OneUnited Bank get money from TARP. These are examples of members of Congress deciding not to police themselves and hold each other to the highest standard possible.

These types of situations do nothing to end the notion that Washington politicians are more interested in protecting their own, instead of working for the people who elected them.

The good news is there are people in Congress who want the truth to get out. California Congressman Darrell Issa, South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy, Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul have all been at the forefront of the Benghazi situation demanding answers. This is a good thing. Their calls for an investigation even have House Speaker John Boehner demanding answers. There need to be more people like Issa, Gowdy, Chaffetz and Paul willing to do this.

Congress has to investigate the situation involving Benghazi, regardless of who wins the presidency. Ignoring it would deny the truth not only to the families of the four killed but also the American people, who have been lied to.

Is Sarah Palin’s “Shuck and Jive” Obama Comment Racist

Liberals have double standard with “Shuck and Jive” phrase used by Sarah Palin for President Obama

This week former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin penned an article on Facebook with the title “Obama’s Shuck and Jive Ends With Benghazi Lies,” This has set off a firestorm of criticism throughout the liberal punditry world.  MNBC’s Chris Matthews has railed against Palin, calling her comments of having “a particular ethnic connection” and that she aimed “to throw it at the president as an ethnic shot is pretty blatant.”

Palin’s use of a phrase which has a clear connection to negative stereotypical behavior that was used against black people is not open to debate.  The context in which it was used demonstrates more of unfamiliarity with history than it seems to have with racist intent.  There is a serious question that is still left on the table unanswered.   Should Chris Matthews and other liberals who are quite familiar with its historical intent, context as well as usage, receive a free pass when they have used the phrase on several occasions without similar howls of protest.

What about President Obama’s own White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, who used the phrase last year in September 2011?  In talking to the press corps at the beginning of a White House briefing, he stated, “Sorry. I’m going to shuck and jive! Time to shuck and jive.”  So America gets it, only certain people can say it. Where was the liberal rap on the knuckles for insulting black people or his boss?

In fact, Chris Matthews the self appointed defender of the liberal faith used the phrase in 2010 when fellow MSNBC pundit Rachel Maddow was discussing her ratings driven trip to Afghanistan.  Matthews reportedly asked Maddow, “What has it been like, as you shuck and jive, hang out with the men over there, the women over there, in uniform risking their lives every day?”

Did Matthews become suddenly affected with “Obamnesia,” the known malady which infects liberals’ with sudden outbursts of hypocrisy and a temporary loss of liberal fictional talking points?  Matthews clearly had a strong case of this.  Yet, where was the outcry from the defenders of the liberal faith?  Was Matthews hoping that Maddow would discuss how she found proud black soldiers risking their lives, engaging in being foot shuffling’ Negros?

What about New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who while New York Attorney General, in 2008 targeted democrat presidential candidate U.S. Senator Barack Obama for his all too frequent side stepping of the facts?  Out of frustration, Cuomo blasted Obama in a radio interview by stating, “You can’t shuck and jive at a press conference!

Where were the liberal siren and alarm bells in 2008?  Where was Chris Matthew’s denunciation or even Rev. Jesse Jackson, or the other liberal pundits?  Meanwhile, some of the liberal cleanup crew likened Cuomo’s comments to a boxer who was “bobbing and weaving” around the facts.  So was it racist or was it inarticulate?

The plain truth of the matter is that the phrase is a phrase that has no place in American discussion. Yet it should serve as a reminder that beneath the comments of a Governor Cuomo or a Sarah Palin when referring to the ever evasive bobbing and weaving conduct of a presidential candidate Obama or a President Obama, his lies have consequences. His lies have purposely covered up true facts about the murders of 4 innocent Americans in Benghazi.

America and the world should not only be angry, but it should be outraged that the liberal media journalists and self appointed pundit fact checkers did not do their job in 2008.  They should have dug deeper into the content of what New York Attorney General Cuomo was referring to about Obama’s well honed evasive nature to dodge facts about his racist minister, his birth records, his college application, college records and even his true record of accomplishment in Chicago.

The true bottom line in this made up racial campaign issue, is that America may have actually voted for a Manchurian-style socialist candidate, who charmed the mainstream liberal press into white guilt. So one has to still ask the question, was it racist that Sarah Palin used the phrase “Shuck and Jive”, when angered that a president mangles the truth, and subverts the legacy of four proud Americans who died in Benghazi?

The truth is that this phrase did not kill Americans. 

The truth is that a president black or white who covers up the truth about what he knew, when he knew it and what his administration did not do to prevent is more important than an archaic phrase.

The true racism is how an American mainstream media can keep giving a president of the United States an affirmative action-type break and pretend Americans in Ohio, Florida, Nevada, Colorado or anyone else cannot tell the truth about his lies.

The real racism is that the media protected this man of color, because they did not do their job to seek the truth when it was more convenient to believe Obama’s fiction.  Four Americans were murdered and on November 6th President Obama must answer for it.

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