Christie And Obama: Is It Me? I Keep Expecting Partisans And the News Media To Have Integrity And Honesty, And I Keep Getting Disappointed…

Nah!

Nah!

The news media feeding frenzy over Chris Christie’s traffic jam scandal continues, with the news that a special prosecutor is being handed the investigation being treated with solemn nods and predictions of sinister revelations to come. This is all fine and good: the possibility that any elected government leader would intentionally cause pain for the citizens it is pledged to serve is too offensive to the concept of duty to be allowed to linger in doubt. When a New Jersey Democratic legislator opined that the governor should face impeachment if it is shown that he ordered the despicable traffic sabotage, I heartily agreed, and I count myself as a Christie admirer. The poll results so far regarding this incident, especially in New Jersey, are troubling: by Ann Athouse’s calculations, 7% of those polled believed that Christie was behind the outrage and lied about it, and don’t mind a bit. Where are the ethical standards of such individuals? What’s wrong with those people?

Whatever it is, it is apparently the same thing that is wrong with Democrats, progressives, African-Americans and the news media, who don’t seem bothered at all that equally insidious, or worse, governmental abuses have been, may have been or are being engineered by President Obama and/or his lackeys, and there appears to be no accountability for it, or even adequate bipartisan criticism. How can this be? What am I missing?

  • A House Natural Resources Committee investigation has found that President Obama’s Office of Management and Budget ordered that sequestration cuts be applied retroactively to funding for rural schools over the opposition of the Agriculture Department. “A Less Secure Future for Rural Schools: An Investigation into the Obama Administration’s Questionable Application of the Sequester to the Secure Rural Schools Program” details how last February the USDA had determined 2013 sequestration wouldn’t apply to 2012 funds that had already been distributed in the program. The White House stepped in and overruled the USDA. This follows the strong indications that the government shutdown was also managed to cause as much pain and suffering to innocent members of the public as possible. Is this as disgusting as inconveniencing New Jersey commuters to punish an independent-minded mayor? On one level, no, because pure vengeance cannot be excused as anything but thuggery. Nonetheless, this is still the act of a government making things worse for citizens…and children!—when it doesn’t have to, purely for political leverage. That’s disgusting enough. I’m nauseated by it—why isn’t everyone? Specifically, why aren’t the President’s die-hard supporters? Do they really admire such tactics? Do they really think this is how their leaders should behave?
  • The I.R.S. scandal has identical “Will no one rid me of this troublesome priest?” vibes as “Bridgegate”—lower level loyalists taking subtle or not so subtle clues from a powerful leader as permission to break laws or behave wrongfully. One incident caused a bad traffic jam, the other may have changed the results of a national election. Why only one special prosecutor? Why aren’t Senate Democrats demanding that an administration suspected of such epic abuse of power face an independent investigation? Instead, the head of the supposed Justice Department probe into the I.R.S. sabotage of conservative groups, Barbara Bosserman, is a donor to Obama campaigns and the Democratic National Committee. This is an in-your-face whitewash, and yet the press is barely reporting it.Now  the FBI has announced that there was no actual illegal activity involved in the I.R.S. scandal without bothering to interview any of the organizations or individuals who may have been harmed by it. Is that really satisfactory for the Left? It really doesn’t care whether the tax-collecting arm of the government is politicized, as long as its favored politicians and policies are the beneficiaries? Are they truly that corrupt, that un-American, that ruthless?

I guess it’s me. I’m a dinosaur. I still harbor a belief that core ethical principles and belief in trustworthy leadership must transcend partisan preferences and loyalties when it really matters. I still think that when the foundation of our democracy is threatened and leaders of either party defy decency and their pledges of allegiance to the Constitution that there just have to be sufficient numbers of journalists who still have pride in the traditional role of their profession in keeping us free that they will be able to put their powerful political biases aside and do their jobs. I still dream that at least a few high-ranking members of a political party have the courage and integrity to raise public objections when others in their party betray their duties as public officials.

It’s not happening. There are more safeguards on the integrity and trustworthiness of political leadership in New Jersey than in the United States of America. Clearly, I’m missing something.

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Sources:Examiner, Althouse, PJ Media

10 thoughts on “Christie And Obama: Is It Me? I Keep Expecting Partisans And the News Media To Have Integrity And Honesty, And I Keep Getting Disappointed…

  1. “Clearly, I’m missing something.”
    We’re all missing something. We’re missing ethical leadership from politicians and we either asked for it or ignored that others were asking for it.

  2. Haven’t you heard? Mentioning the Scandal of Bridgegate in comparison to any of those little smear jobs like benghazi, the irs, or obamacare just shows how desparate of a Republican you are to pull focus off your own party’s Horrific Crimes and Misdeeds. /sarc off

  3. Whatever it is, it is apparently the same thing that is wrong with Democrats, progressives, African-Americans and the news media, who don’t seem bothered at all that equally insidious, or worse, governmental abuses have been, may have been or are being engineered by President Obama and/or his lackeys, and there appears to be no accountability for it, or even adequate bipartisan criticism.
    **************
    Exactly right.
    I figured you’d be writing about it.

  4. On the news this morning I heard that the United States Senate may also get involved, although mostly with regard to the issue of Federal funds going to the Port Authority. I don’t believe it, though, I think this is an attempt to “pile on” Christie and either kill his attempt to run for president in 2016 outright or so diminish him that his attempt fails.

    There are already posts up and down the internet saying that would be a good thing, because Christie might undo some of the progress made in various areas of civil rights, or might take us back to the GWB days, or he’s just a plain bully that we don’t want in the White House. Never mind that Christie is (regrettably) a social liberal (he should have fought harder on principle to slow down gay marriage but he knew he was wasting his time and effort), that he has a very different agenda than GWB, or that Obama has resorted to bullying tactics of his own, Christie’s got an R next to his name, he did something bad, and delenda est Carthago.

    Almost in the same breath the posters either rationalize every problem on Obama’s watch – the IRS issue was just some local people gone rogue, Benghazi couldn’t be avoided, Obamacare is getting better, the economy is getting better, etc. Any of these issues is reasonably debatable, but they almost always put the stopper on that reasonable debate by adding “the fact is that you conservatives will find any excuse to criticize or block anything Obama because you can’t stand the fact that a black man was elected, and you folks will never win another national election.”

    So there you have it: Christie should fry, because he was a bad guy to start with and we finally caught him doing something actively bad, but Obama’s held to a different standard because those who quibble with his agenda or his actions are all either racists or sore losers, but those racists and sore losers a vanishing breed anyway, they should be gone in another generation, so no worries. Christie is the rearguard of the bad past, Obama is the vanguard of the perfect future where peace breaks out among mankind and our planet at last begins to heal.

  5. Hello, Jack,

    I notice nobody answered your question!

    There are several possibilities.

    One is excessive partisanship and tribalism, the spirit of which is “He’s an SOB but he’s our SOB”. That’s always a problem with societies made of human beings but today it’s being carefully cultivated by people who make money by scaring their followers. Details in the book “Common Ground”, where a liberal and a conservative writer agreed that influential people today are being divisive, not from principle, but because it’s a lucrative business.

    Another is what sociologists call the “broken window” effect. One symptom of decline begets another more serious one, in a steady spiral downward.

    Another is what’s been called “outrage fatigue”. I’ve seen it in smaller organizations. People quit fighting because they’re emotionally exhausted.

  6. There’s also a problem that popular culture seems to include more and more worship of bullying. The relevant example here is the Fox commentator explaining that critics of Christie are simply too feminized to understand how a real man conducts himself.

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