You may recall last fall how the Obama Administration overplayed its hand when describing the cause of the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012? This was led by the Excuse Maker-in-Chief himself, stating repeatedly that a foolish video about Mohammed instigated the attack that killed four Americans.
This false narrative, as it were, successfully supported the reelection of Barack Obama, extending the myth that al Qaeda is “on the run” thanks to his policies.
More recently we witnessed the shameless sequester overplay, in which we were warned that the sky would fall, and widows and children would be out on the street if automatic cuts were put in place. We received any added treat with White House obfuscation over who first proposed sequestration in the first place during the fiscal crisis in the summer of 2011. Few commentators played into this false tale, fortunately.
For one of the first times since taking control of the House of Representatives two years ago, Republicans finally called the bluff of the President and allowed the sequester to go into effect under the signature of Barack Obama. This was something they failed to do with the last budget feint by the White House in the closing hours of 2012, agreeing to tax increases for the upper bracket of taxpayers.
Now that the sequester is in place, many people are waking to an America where budget cuts of this year are manageable, and which should represent just the beginning of real cuts to our budget. This should include hiring freezes and layoffs across the federal government, across the board reductions in planned spending increases, and true entitlement reform over which the DemGovMedia complex also wants to scare us.
A funny thing happened just after the sequester nonsense. The U.S. Senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul, a Tea Party-supported prospective 2016 presidential candidate, decided to filibuster the nomination of John O. Brennan to become the next CIA Director. Brennan headed up counter intelligence for the White House previously, including the controversial drone program, which was the focus of Paul’s protest on the Senate floor.
Paul, with the support of other constitutionalists in the Senate such as Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and others, had his “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” moment as he spoke for 13 hours, bringing attention to the loose and ill-defined application drone strikes and how it could be used against U.S. citizens on U.S. soil at the hands of Barack Obama (see: Rand Paul Filibuster: Senator Declares Victory After Holder Clarifies Drone Attack Policy).
We have known for a very long time about the arrogance of the Obama administration and the acquiescence of the news media in failing to hold the administration accountable to basic constitutional standards, but has he finally overreached his overreaching? Could it be that the time has passed for the such abrogation of responsibility by this White House? Have his friends in the media even gotten sick and tired of being taken for granted?
It may be soon to tell. The President is clearly under the belief that his political maneuvering will position the DemGovMedia complex to take back control of the House in the 2014 mid-term elections, traditionally a time that the ruling party loses seats.
There is no length too far for this President in attempting to achieve this objective. For the first time he has actually had to break bread with Republican members of Congress (holding his nose as they passed the bread).
Stay tuned, but for now, Republican leaders will hopefully be validated to believe that they can trump the slippery slope of socialist policies coming for the next two years.