The American Interest

A Scandalous Presidency

“Unfortunately you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all of our problems,” President Barack Obama told students at Ohio State on May 5.

Some of these same voices do their best to gum up the works.  They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner.  You should reject these voices.  Because what they suggest is that our brave and creative and unique experiment in self rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.

Over the ensuing three weeks, a series of overlapping scandals has provided evidence that President Obama and his team are indeed a sinister entity that can’t be trusted: the Benghazi conspiracy, the response to the Boston bombings, the “inadvertent” IRS targeting of conservative groups, the seizure of AP journalists’ phone records under the guise of “homeland security,” the Justice Department’s seizure of FOX News reporter James Rosen’s e-mails in violation of his First Amendment rights, the illegal presidential recess appointments to federal agencies, and the soliciting of pro-ObamaCare donations from the executives of HHS-regulated industries by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.

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