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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Hell to Pay

  It looks as though it is going to be a long hot summer, and then some for the Obama administration. We are at the point where we need to start numbering the scandals in order just to keep track and keep up. While all of these situations are disturbing and must be gotten to the bottom of, the ones that seem to resonate the most with ordinary Americans are the IRS targeting of Conservative groups, and the NSA monitoring of the personal phone calls and emails of average citizens. At the least, it is a violation of the first magnitude of the right to privacy that every American should expect, and at its most serious and egregious, it is a clear violation of the fourth amendment of the Constitution.
  While lawyers and political pundits have been all over the cable airwaves and the internet, many people have said a lot of things, and brought up very salient points. But there has been one thing that has been missing. It may be nothing, but with this bunch, you should probably make a note of everything.
  Right before the 2012 presidential election, and for a while immediately following, there was a quote floated about by White House Super-Advisor Valerie Jarrett. It went something like this, "After we win this election, it's our turn. Payback time. Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don't forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded, the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay. Congress won't be a problem for us this time. No election to worry about after this is over and we have two judges ready to go."
  Quite a bit of "testicular fortitude", even for someone who has been nicknamed by some administration insiders, "Obama's brain". But what about this brazen declaration? Is it the trash talk of elections, or is it more?
  We know that Valerie Jarrett has been a trusted friend and confidante to both Barack and Michelle Obama since their days in Chicago. All are seasoned warriors of the battle known as Chicago politics. We also know that "the Chicago way" does not mean that all parties involved join hands and sing "I'd like to teach the world to sing."
  Jarrett is front and center of most if not all decisions made by the President. Her words have won out over those of former White House Chiefs of Staff Rahm Emmanuel and Bill Daley. Is it possible that her fingerprints could be found at the NSA?
  And what about those talking heads on TV? Why has nobody remembered these words? I once heard Glenn Beck describe a conversation he had with a Nazi concentration camp survivor. As they spoke about the situation in the Middle East, the subject of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and his promise to "wipe Israel off the map" came up. The camp survivor, now an old man stated, "when someone threatens to annihilate you, believe them."
  While the two scenarios could not be more different, the principle is basically the same. Valerie Jarrett may very well be the biggest kook in the room, but the biggest kook in the room has the resources, the means, definitely the power, and maybe most importantly, the wherewithal and the desire to make it happen.
  The Obama administration is on record stating that there are "friends" and "enemies". It is how they operate. It remains to be seen where this latest governmental abuse of power will lead. Is it indeed at long last, payback time?     

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