I’ve heard of looking at the world through rose colored glasses, but David Brooks of the New York Times has to be looking through black glasses to see what he saw.
Speaking on the PBS News Hour post-election coverage, Brooks told his fellow commentators that Barack Obama’s first term in office was very clean and free of scandal. He did say that Obama was arrogant at times and subject to overconfidence but was a man of high integrity.
“First of all, I would say if anybody is subject to overconfidence, I would say it’s Barack Obama. But I do think there are a couple of things that are character-logical that will guard against some of the common flaws of second terms. First, he’s a man of high integrity who has run a very clean administration. You can argue with this or that or behavior. There have been signs of insularity and arrogance, but there have been no scandals. And the rate of scandals plaguing second terms is extremely high. I think he’s less prone to that.”
I saw this report I had to wonder what ivory tower in New York City Brooks lived and worked in. Even if he couldn’t see past the skyscraper skyline of New York I find it hard to believe that he hasn’t paid any attention to the numerous reports of Obama’s willful disobedience of federal law, corrupt Justice Department, and growing scandals including Operation Fast and Furious and Benghazi.
Operation Fast and Furious has been a scandal that has plagued Obama for over a year and has yet to be resolved. Congress has launched at least 2 investigations into Fast and Furious and has subpoenaed thousands and thousands of pages of documents. Over 120 members of Congress asked for the resignation of US Attorney General Eric Holder.
What took place at Benghazi, Libya and that the administration’s role in the deaths of four Americans has just erupted into what well could be a full-blown scandal. To date, 53 members of Congress are demanding that Obama tell them more about what happened and if the bombings that took place at the Benghazi Consulate earlier in the year had anything to do with the September 11 attack.
Evidently Brooks must think these are just minor irritations to a flawless administration.
As far as running a clean administration, I am not sure where to start in the list of federal laws Obama and his administration have broken. The president of United States is not above the law but sworn to uphold the law of the land. The United States Constitution does not give the president the power to bypass Congress and create law. Nor is the president of the United States given the power to un-enforce the laws of his choosing.
Yet President Obama knowingly instructed the Justice Department to not enforce the Defense of Marriage Act. He also violated federal law by instructing the Department of Homeland Security to not enforce certain immigration laws. In addition Obama has intentionally trampled upon the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights every opportunity he has had.
In the past year president Obama has illegally bypassed Congress by using executive orders and new regulations to enact pieces of legislation that Congress would not pass, thus using his powers to illegally create new laws in violation of the Constitution of the United States. One example was his Dream Act which allowed nearly 1,000,000 illegal aliens to remain in the US illegally and obtain certain rights of citizenship.
If Mr. David Brooks of the New York Times believes that these are the acts of a clean administration free of scandal than he has to be one of the most uninformed and delusional people in this country.