US Senator for Utah, Mike Lee
Obama Scandals Aren�t About Bad Government, but Big Government*
When scandal rocks any administration, its partisan opponents smell
blood in the water and move in to inflict as much political damage on
the president as possible.
Consultants assure us it�ll �gin up the
base.� It makes headlines. And it�s always easy to kick someone when
But for conservatives, especially in the case of the
various scandals enveloping the Obama Administration this month, it�s also
For these scandals present conservatives a much greater
opportunity than the chance to win a few news cycles or claim a few
The ballooning Obama scandals [link 1] � IRS, HHS,
DOJ, EPA � are not really about character or competence, but the
danger of big government itself.
The more power any government has, the
more power it will abuse. The more money it spends, the more money it
will mis-spend. Dysfunction and corruption grow on government like
mold on otherwise perfectly good bread.
It has nothing to do with
party or ideology � it has to do with human nature.
This is one of the
fundamental tenets of conservatism, and one of the hardest to
communicate past the credulous liberalism of the mainstream media. Yet this
week, the media and the Obama Administration are making the case for
President Obama�s political guru David Axelrod himself said
yesterday that, �Part of being president is there�s so much beneath you
that you can�t know because the government is so vast.�
could not have said it better himself!
These scandals shine a light
on the inherent flaw of the progressive ideology: the idea that
government can and should be trusted with more and more power, because it
alone can wield that power in the disinterested pursuit of the common
This week, the Obama administration�s words are being
impeached by the administration�s deeds.
With the possible exception of the
Benghazi cover-up, all of the recent Obama scandals do not so much
impeach the president�s character; they indict his worldview.
The president�s entire program is based on giving more and
more power to the same executive branch agencies demonstrating
themselves this week to either be criminally incompetent or tyrannically
Obamacare? Expanded gun background checks? Comprehensive
immigration reform? They�re all based on competent collection and ethical
use of personal information coerced from the American people by the
Today it�s your 501(c)4 application; tomorrow
it�s your medical records.
Rather than chasing mid-level scapegoats,
conservatives � especially elected conservatives � should be
communicating the lessons of the Obama scandals to delay, defund, and repeal
Obamacare, and to cut the huge Gang of Eight immigration bill down to a
series of smaller, manageable, incremental reforms.
more importantly, conservatives need to take this opportunity to
communicate how civil society and the free market can and would do a better
job delivering the services government monopolizes.
without HHS shakedowns and EPA cronyism would not only enjoy more honest
government, but also better, more affordable health care and a cleaner
Congress should absolutely get to the bottom of these
various scandals. And the American people should absolutely be
But we should not be surprised that a $3.7 trillion government is
corrupt. What should surprise us is that anyone would expect a $3.7
trillion government not to be.
Conservatives � and elected
conservatives especially � should recognize that these scandals aren�t about
Republicans versus Democrats � they�re about Washington, D.C. versus
They�re about an entrenched, entitled political elite
protecting its unearned power and privileges from accountability,
whether challenged by reformers or reporters.
This is what always
happens when government gets too big. The Founders knew that over time,
either the people would control the government, or the government would
control the people. That�s why they bequeathed to us a constitutionally
limited government � a republic, if we could keep it.
originally published on Redstate [link 2]*
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