How many times over the last decades are we going to hear from Washington leadership, especially in the Executive Branch, that they “didn’t know” or it was some underlings fault? I wonder how long the American people are going to get scammed with those excuses before finally waking up. There is a basic and simple reason for these pleas of incompetence from perpetrators of criminal behavior. You don’t go to jail for incompetence or lack of knowledge. You do go to jail for intent and deliberate illegal acts. Possibly you could go to jail for negligence, but not nearly for the same degree of punishment as if clear intent was proven. You don’t go to jail if you can show that the act was committed by some rogue employee and you knew nothing about it. Uh huh, and my Aunt Sadie was the Queen of Sheba.
Let’s look at incompetence, just for the sake of argument. We are all so tolerant these days of fallibility. So and so “didn’t mean to do it.” So and so was just a weak person and fell into a circumstance so and so could not handle. Poor so and so. O.K. that might work for a youngster who needs guidance. But we are talking about the supposed cream of the crop at the upper echelons of leading our nation. How much slack are you willing to give these people after they have landed in the most powerful positions in the nation? A lot of these folks are graduates of the nation’s top law schools. If you want to pretend they are incompetent, you surely are kidding yourself. Some incompetence could be applied, but not at the highest levels and that alone is reason to remove them from their positions. Do you really think all of this amounts to incompetence at this point? And when incompetence meets malfeasance, how much of this is this nation going to tolerate?
I don’t normally display lawn signs or bumper stickers during political campaigns; I usually keep my voting preferences to myself. (That’s the point of secret ballots, right?) But the November 2012 elections got me charged up to the point where I felt the urge to do something public, and since my friends already knew how I felt, I didn’t think I would be divulging any secrets by doing so.
But I didn’t like the bumper stickers offered by the campaigns, or any of the clever ones being sold over the internet, because I was really against certain candidates rather than for the opposition. So I designed and ordered my own, shown below in Figure OB:
Figure OB. “Obama Built This Forgery” bumper sticker.
How is it that, time and again, the most powerful man on the planet doesn’t seem to have a clue what is happening in his own government? Famed for never accepting blame for anything, the more I see President Obama these days, the more I am reminded of Sergeant Hans Schultz of the TV sitcom, “Hogan’s Heroes”, that ran from 1965 to 1971.
The wonderful Hans Banner the actor who played the prisoner of war guard left an indelible legacy with his repeated denials, “I know nothing. I hear nothing, and I see nothing”; often all three at the same time to avoid being implicated in Col. Robert E. Hogan’s manipulation of Werner Klemperer’s Col. Wilhelm Klink, the camp commandant of Luftwaffe Stalag 13.
Obama’s way of dealing with everything has been to talk it to death and he has been responding to questions from the press, claiming that the accusations are all “a sideshow” or that “there’s no there, there.” It is not working. In the case of Benghazi-Gate, his lies are so blatant that it has gone from an embarrassment to a full-fledged cover-up.