Every week I write a political issue that affects YOU and THE WORLD AROUND YOU.
This week: Transparency–Trust
In my short few years of following politics, President Obama [and his administration] would be the last person in mind of having any scandals during his presidency-due to his intelligent persona. Although he did not play a direct role in these scandals (Benghazi, DOJ probe on tracking journalists, and IRS), his association with them have raised considerable questions of his capabilities as President of the United States.
What will he do to stabilize his legacy? And how are YOU affected by it? You are affected by the one thing that all three scandals have in common: Transparency–Trust
During my time at Capitol Hill, one of the important things that I was taught, as an intern, was transparency—clear and comprehensive facts; no grey mesh. If you don’t have any expertise in the subject matter then you would transfer to someone who has that expertise in that particular field. The irony in these scandals is that everyone is a qualified expert in their chosen field, because of their years of experience. And what makes a “scandal” a “scandal” is that, no matter how qualified you are, when you make one wrong mistake in your area of expertise your whole reputation is shattered–and what’s worse it can lead to a national security disaster, if a body of government treads on the privacy and security of Americans.
Apparently every official that were tied to these scandals have shown the years of experience to demonstrate high level competency, but their mistakes or failures has cost the legacy of a President and trust of Americans.
What really struck me were “the leaks” and how they unfolded—either there are spies working from within to dismantle the Obama Administration or people within the administration are not doing their jobs.
In the case of IRS scandal, information was leaked that the White House Chief of Staff knew about the IRS complaints (one month beforehand), but withheld it from the President. And in the DOJ (Department of Justice) case not only are there reports of them tracking journalists’ phone numbers, but there is new information that they have heavily targeted Fox News Reporters in their phone records. Benghazi, on the other hand, is a much more delicate and tragic matter.
Although we may never know what really happened in the events that led to the attacks on the consulate, it reminds us all that no matter where you are in the world, your freedom and your life will be at risk. But what is more at risk is the trust that we have with our government officials.
In the coming weeks do expect to see more intensive congressional hearings against IRS officials and DOJ personnel. But also expect to see a slight change in the President, for he has 3 1/2 years to define a legacy before he leaves office.
This is my pure political opinion. If you have questions or comments please direct them to my contact page.