TURNED INTO A NEWT
I never thought in a million years that you would catch me in the same mental frame as Newt Gingrich, but if you have been listening to Ground Zero you will know that some of things that he has been saying on CNN are similar to what I have been saying about ‘the pattern’ that is transpiring.
For the record, I don’t like Gingrich and I most certainly feel uncomfortable knowing that, of all the people to see the pattern unfolding, I most certainly am not thrilled to learn that much of what I said a few weeks ago is becoming a talking point for liberals against Gingrich and his position that he made known on ‘Crossfire’.
Newt Gingrich recently tweeted about Health and Human Services director Kathleen Sebelius that her testimony in front of Congress about the failure of the Healthcare.gov site and said that her lies to congress were worse than Nixon’s. Gingrich tweeted that the “dishonesty” in her testimony “exceeds anything President Nixon was accused of.”
While what Gingrich said is an exaggeration, and was blatantly challenged by CNN Wolf Blitzer, the context in which the tweet was produced was based on what Gingrich has said before about how what he is seeing is similar to what happened prior to the Watergate scandal in 1973- 1974.
BLITZER: On the point comparing it to Nixon, comparing what she did — what this secretary did to Nixon, that is, I mean just between you and me, that’s a little overblown.
GINGRICH: Well, what do you say about an administration which, you just pointed out, the actual number may be 16 million Americans losing their policies. Now, this affects life and death. It affects —
BLITZER: You’re talking about the president. Here, you said — and I’ll read it again just to be precise and then you can tell me if you want to revise it. ‘Sebelius dishonesty in testimony this morning exceeds anything President Nixon was accused of.’
GINGRICH: Ok, I will — I will modify it: ‘Equals anything.’ How is that. Exceeds may have been too strong. I think to go under oath and say with a straight face there was not an outage in a site you’ve been covering for a month.
I have discussed with my audience that we need to remember President Nixon and what got him into trouble in 1973. I pointed out that he proposed a health care plan, he was fighting it out with Ted Kennedy and later it was unlawful wiretapping and spying that created the entire Watergate affair which led to allegations of abuse of Presidential power, impeachment proceedings and the eventual resignation of Nixon.
Another interesting turn of political synchronicity is that recently it was discussed that, as far back as 2009, Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report advanced the story that, like Nixon, Obama had an ‘enemies list‘ and that many of the enemies on his list were well-known journalists and talk show hosts.
Four years later, the truth seems to be stranger than fiction as journalists are now being targeted in veritable witch hunts and NSA spying has gone out of control.
Around October 24th, 2013, the buzz was that journalists that were critical of the Obama administration were being visited by agents and having their files confiscated or destroyed.
Lawyer Jonathan Turley writes that:
“[J]ournalist Audrey Hudson’s home was searched by federal agents who took documents related to stories and reportedly asked her about stories that she had written that were critical of the Federal Air Marshal program. The agents had a warrant to search for unregistered firearms and a “potato gun.” That apparently required a pre-dawn raid by armed agents of the U.S. Coast Guard, Maryland State Police and the Department of Homeland Security. Presumably, the family was believed to have a whole bushel of potatoes that were considered an arsenal.
Hudson’s husband, Paul Flanagan, was found guilty in 1986 to resisting arrest in Prince George’s County. The warrant stated that police were to search the residence and seize all weapons and ammunition because he is prohibited under the law from possessing firearms.”
Furthermore, the Daily Caller reports that: “without Hudson’s knowledge, the agents also confiscated a batch of documents that contained information about sources inside the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration, she said.”
Reporter Ben Swann reported that CNN anchor Carol Costello declared on the air that President Obama has been known to actually threaten reporters with their jobs who “make the President look bad.”
Jofi Joseph was booted from his job as director of the National Security Council for tweeting criticisms about the Obama administration and the fumble of the Healthcare website.
For two years, Joseph tweeted under a pseudonym and seemed to be acting as a troll saying all kinds of horrible things about Sarah Palin and other Republicans. However, when his vitriol was used against the Obama administration he was somehow immediately found.
On October 24th, 2013, in the final hour of the Ground Zero episode called “Season of the Witch,” the discussion of the earlier ‘Salem witch trials’ evolved into a heated discussion about Obama’s modern witch hunts where, like Nixon, Obama is abusing his power as president to shut down his enemies and allow spying and rogue wiretapping.
I wanted to raise the topic of the new witch hunts, because there were several news stories that have been released and forgotten in the memory hole about the surveillance apparatus and the abuse of power by Obama that, in context now, makes the comments Gingrich made look off-center but still close to the mark of nailing the next step in what will happen in ‘the pattern’.
For example, it is now a matter of record that a number of peaceful countries that are expressing how fed up they are regarding the spying on their leaders by the National Security Agency and their unbridled snooping that, internationally, is a violation of privacy.
Spying is constant of any government, however this type of snooping seems to be illegal and is now concerning the United Nations.
The conservative website Foreign Policy reported a week ago that the NSA “tapped the private telephone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and dozens of other world leaders. The report was issued a month after Brazilian Leader Dilma Rouseff denounced NSA spying and espionage against her country as “a breach of international law” in a General Assembly speech and proposed that the U.N. establish legal guidelines to prevent “cyberspace from being used as a weapon of war.”
This is an international effort to restrain our NSA from wire tapping the leaders of peaceful nations. Saying that this is an obvious abuse of power and wondering why the American people are not doing anything to stop a president that may be putting them in danger of a “blowback” situation.
When I first reported this I immediately realized that the Obama administration, the administration that we all looked towards for ‘hope’ and ‘change’ has now become a paranoid administration and that it has become as paranoid if not more paranoid than the Nixon administration.
Newt Gingrich seems to be seeing ‘the pattern’ that I have been seeing, but has used the simulacrum in a bad or ill-constructed context by attacking Kathleen Sebelius. The truth is that, as the accusations and aggravations grow, as out of control spying not only is happening to peaceful nations but also is being conducted against the Vatican and this speaks volumes as to where other paranoias exist within this administration.
The Italian magazine Panorama, via the Niqnaq blog, reports that “the NSA labeled calls in and out of Vatican offices as “leadership intentions,” “threats to the financial system,” “foreign policy objectives” and “human rights.” It says calls regarding this year’s election of the new president of the Vatican Bank, Ernst von Freyberg, were also intercepted. The magazine does not cite a source for the allegations, but it does refer to WikiLeaks to suggest that Francis was being watched as far back as 2005 when he was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires.”
The Vatican and the NSA surprisingly deny the allegations. Now the paranoid rumors fly and no one is to be trusts in the cloak and dagger world that Obama denies knowledge of.
We can look back at the pattern again and remember that the actions of Nixon created a huge distrust of government. This bred all sorts of conspiracy theories and other speculations about how deep the criminality went in the White House. The media turned on Nixon and as the administration was unraveling we were beginning to see skepticism turn to cynicism about the political health of the nation.
Before 9/11, it was reported in the book “Everything Is Under Control” by Robert Anton Wilson, that over 6o percent of the American people did not trust their government.
After 9/11, the dialogue changed as a government that somehow failed in protecting one of its most beloved cities became a champion of the police state and less a champion of the Constitution. The people, out of fear, began to think the same way and now here we are with a President that somehow managed to emerge as knight in shining armor, able to brush aside the cynicism and promise to deliver us from the perils of an ongoing war that he inherited form another administration.
With the echo in transit, we see that the same thing happened with Nixon as Vietnam was inherited from the Johnson administration and that Nixon vowed – just like Obama – to get us out of that war.
We realized that Nixon had no plan, but he certainly had some secret plan to end it and that was enough for the American people. Obama seemed to be in the same sinking ship. The quagmire of Afghanistan has been forgotten by the American people and the claims that he ordered the death of Osama Bin Laden seem hollow now. Journalists like Seymour Hersh are now saying that the whole Bin Laden raid and death story is “one big lie.”
It needs to emphasized that when a president continues to repeat something of substance and declines to make good on what he repeats, he is most certainly a liar.
Whoever excuses the lies or apologizes for them with watered-down homogenized doublespeak is an accomplice and is the problem that exists in this country. This is why liberal commentators such as Jon Stewart, Bill Maher and Chris Mathews have now turned on Obama.
It shouldn’t be at all surprising that we have a President that does not tell the truth, and some will say that spying and all of the wiretapping is necessary. However, we have to stop and ask ourselves to what degree do we want to accept the level of lying. How is it that we have let it go this far?
It can be determined that the press has a hand in this and that the mainstream media was actually coerced into believing the lies and reporting them as facts because of possible retribution for saying otherwise.
Is this getting through to anyone about just how bad it has gotten? The press and the media have now been compromised and it is apparent that many of the members of the press that were reporting all of the benefits of the President’s health care plan were avoiding the obvious surveillance apparatus that was being constructed.
No one spends $500 million dollars on a website and doesn’t have it equipped with hidden modifications (that are now apparently failing) and leave us all wondering: Is this how the administration feels about the health and well-being of its citizenry?
The failure of the Healthcare.gov website, as with the lack of solid communication and information, is an indication of how the administration is counting on your ignorance to allow the obfuscation to continue.
Your President is a liar. The question is: Do you care enough to do anything about it? Does the media have the ability to revive the fourth estate and be downright biting and critical of all politicians of every color instead of pandering to them as celebrities or heroes.
The media should not give any sympathy to any politician and should go back to objective reporting and not be so critical of those who see patterns and wish to reveal them.
In the past, the media would approach any administration with cynicism. Today’s media has not learned anything from Vietnam or Watergate. In the 1970’s, the media would always approach an administration – either Republican or Democrat – with a little skepticism or cynicism. There was a fundamental mistrust of government which, in my opinion, gave us a healthy media and a healthy press.
This is why I abhor the misuse of the term ‘conspiracy theorist’. It’s a pejorative created for political reasons and has been adopted by a media that has been in the lap of a master who is now turning on them.
The media fell in love with Obama and now I ask the media: Is the love of your life now cheating on you?
I can hear the arguments now about who’s better – Bush or Obama, Obama/Biden or McCain/Palin? The arguments don’t matter anymore, the indignation does and the sorry state of an administration makes us wonder about what parts of Nixon we liked and what other parts seem to be haunting the administration now.