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The Seeds of Tyranny

Drew Alexander | Sep 9, 2013, 6 a.m.

We the people are being wronged. This exceptional young representative republic of ours is being diverted away from its founding constitutional principles toward a centralized government monolith whose primary purpose is a perpetuation of power and self-interest while shielding its questionable activities from public view.

“Everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity,” said Lord Acton, the famed 19th century historian and writer.

President Barack Obama has circled the wagons of his administration, refusing to be forthright with the American citizenry in what is now scandal upon scandal. No matter how the president and his minions attempt to deflect our attention away from some very disturbing conduct, no matter how they callously label these grave occurrences as “phony scandals” and that they “happened a long time ago” and “what difference does it make now,” we the people must still demand to know the who, what, when and where of each instance of seriously problematic if not criminal behavior.

It has been a year since the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that claimed the life of our ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three other courageous Americans. Earlier this year, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before Congress, shedding no light on the deadly Benghazi debacle. She did, however, take “full responsibility” for the “missteps” leading up to the attack, which must be oh so comforting to the families of the men killed in Libya.

One year later, we the people are still on the outside looking in at the Obama inner circle keeping a tight muzzle on the Benghazi calamity.

Nearly three years later, Attorney General Eric Holder arrogantly continues to stonewall Congress and the American people about the “gunwalking” fiasco known as “Fast and Furious” that resulted in the death of border agent Brian Terry.

Meanwhile, the Internal Revenue Service has been illegally targeting tax-exempt applications from conservative and religious groups for anomalous scrutiny; the Holder Justice Department has been tracking and probing three Fox News Channel journalists because they spoke to government officials while doing their jobs; and over at the National Security Agency it appears that everyone’s e-mails, online chats and telephone calls are under surveillance.

These chilling assaults on the Constitution and on we the people must be placed squarely on the doorstep of the White House. Lofty but empty rhetoric by President Obama is no substitute for the truth. It’s time he made good on his 2008 promise for a more transparent government by ending the lies, disinformation, deception and cover-ups generated by his administration.

Against the backdrop of a disastrous nationalized health care law that the majority of Americans dislike, an appallingly poor economy, the worst unemployment rate since the Great Depression, and a feeble foreign policy, scandals of the depth and scope we are witnessing cannot be dismissed as mere mistakes or incompetence. They are something more ominous. They are the breeding ground for the seeds of tyranny.

Drew Alexander, also known as “The Curmudgeon,” is a monthly columnist writing about political issues. Send comments to drewalexander@cox.net or to Drew Alexander, in care of Lovin’ Life After 50, 3200 N. Hayden Road, Suite 210, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.

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