Friday, May 30, 2014
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
Shinseki Resigns. Now What?
VA Secretary Eric Shinseki submitted his resignation this morning. After meeting with Shinseki at the White House, President Obama told reporters, “With considerable regret, I accepted. We don’t have time for distractions. We need to fix the problem.”
While I agree that Shinseki needed to go, the Obama White House is counting on Democrats and the media to fall in line now and go back to ignoring a problem it has known about for at least five years. Brace yourself for all kinds of rhetoric about how decisive Obama has been and how he is taking charge.
But rhetoric doesn’t matter as much as the record, so let me remind you about Obama’s record.
The Obama Administration seems to be better at causing problems than fixing them.
So, Shinseki is gone. Now what? Obama says we don’t have time for distractions, and he is vowing once again to fix the problem he knew about five years ago. Perhaps he was too distracted by his golf game or fundraisers or vacations to deal with it before.
In response to Eric Shinseki’s resignation, American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger, said: “It is not the solution, yet it is a beginning. …But it was never just about a few of the top leaders. The solution is to weed out the incompetence and corruption.”
Dellinger is absolutely right — big government incompetence and corruption is the problem. Sadly, this scandal is far from over. To underscore that point, a new report released today finds that “wait times were manipulated at more than 60 percent” of VA facilities.
Carney Bails Too
It’s a big day for bailouts at the White House. Press Secretary Jay Carney resigned too. I hope he finds honest work after this. Carney had a fairly solid reputation prior to joining the Obama White House.
The press secretary’s job is a terrible job, especially under Republican presidents where the hostility begins immediately after the inauguration. But lately, Carney’s performance all too often crossed the line from defending his boss through the astute use of words to what many felt was out-right deception. Check out this example.
What Difference Does It Make?
Hillary Clinton’s book, “Hard Choices,” is coming out soon, and we already know how she is going to handle the Benghazi scandal. Consider this quote from the chapter of her book on the Benghazi attacks:
Notice what Hillary is doing here. It’s the same faux outrage that the left has always done so well. Hillary appears to be taking the high ground, defending four dead Americans. She won’t defile their memory by getting into the mud with members of the “vast right-wing conspiracy.”
Clearly, the former first lady has learned a lot from her husband. After he defiled the Oval Office, he was able to turn conservatives into the issue rather than his own moral perfidy and illegal actions.
But why are Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty dead? She claims to be protecting their honor, but she wasn’t willing to protect their lives! It was her State Department that repeatedly refused requests for additional security.
What difference does it make? Hillary is partly responsible for the fact that four Americans died in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. And it could make a lot of difference as to whether she sits in the Oval Office. Explaining the truth to the American people is not “politicizing a tragedy.”
The Tennessee Taliban?
Referring to pro-family, pro-life conservatives as the “American Taliban” is a favorite epithet among Obama supporters. It is being thrown around now by pro-abortion advocates in an absurd ad opposing a pro-life ballot initiative in Tennessee.
While commonsense restrictions to abortion are sweeping across the country, Tennessee has turned into a magnet for out-of-state abortions due to a radical state Supreme Court decision in 2000 that went beyond Roe v. Wade.
This November Tennessee residents will vote on Amendment One — a constitutional amendment that would restore balance to the law. If Amendment One passes, it would permit the state legislature, for example, to require abortion facilities to meet basic health and safety standards, to approve waiting periods or to require parental notification before a teenage girl can get an abortion.
To the left these overwhelmingly popular, commonsense limits are the equivalent of the Taliban’s barbaric policies and practices.
Ironically, the pro-abortion ad has divided the left. It is being blasted by some civil rights groups, and Muslims are especially upset because the ad features a man in a turban stomping on a woman. “What that automatically as a woman signals to me is I need to fear any man who has a turban on,” said Remziya Suleyman.
Speaking Of The Taliban…
Unfair housing, voting and employment laws. Discriminatory taxes. Religious and legal prohibitions on intermarriage. Church burnings and other acts of violence committed with impunity. These were a few of the injustices that black Americans suffered in the American South for nearly a century through the mid-1960s.
Jim Crow was a wicked regime of state-sponsored segregation and discrimination that kept millions of citizens from fully participating in American society. Sadly, a version of Jim Crow has been resurrected — but this time, his targets are the ancient Christian populations of the Middle East.
Read more in my latest column at The Washington Times.