Scandals show need for civil-liberties coalition

obama10The Obama administration has gotten itself into a fix between its contradictory stories about the Benghazi incident, reports of the IRS targeting conservative groups and the Justice Department’s grabbing of phone records from AP reporters.

There are few things more fun to watch than arrogant political leaders – folks who spend their lives bossing everyone around –getting a comeuppance.

My favorite take wasn’t from any serious commentator but from comedian Jon Stewart, who noticed that the president routinely claims ignorance about embarrassing events by saying that he learned of them while watching the news: “I wouldn’t be surprised if President Obama learned Osama bin Laden had been killed when he saw himself announcing it on television.”

I take a bipartisan approach to Washington, D.C., political scandal and find myself savoring them all, regardless of the party that is in control of the White House. Any sane person would conclude that all administrations and bureaucracies essentially are corrupt given that they thrive on the exertion of power of other people.

We know about the corrupting influence of power, and DC has become like ancient Rome that way. It’s a magnet for those seeking favor, money or a big title administering some pointless program.

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