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Everything’s Political

Posted by Larry Doyle on May 13, 2013 8:57 AM |

How sad.

In light of the ongoing developments with the stories centering on Benghazi and the abuse of power within the IRS, I feel compelled to offer a brief comment.

Politics is certainly a dirty business.

National security in a world filled with new risks has likely never been more challenging. That said, there comes a point in time where politics need to be set aside and the people’s business needs to be prioritized.

In the course of a brief conversation with a reporter who covers the scene in Washington, he shared with me that a since departed senior White House official shared with him that he was frustrated in his capacity. Why so?

Because “everything is political” in the current administration. He offered that prior administrations, both Democratic and Republican alike, would concentrate on how the politics played out 75-80 per cent of the time. After that, political leaders from both parties would settle down and try to get the people’s business done. Not so currently as everything is addressed in terms of how it will play politically.

In a city and an administration in which everything is political, what suffers and is often compromised?  The truth.

How does that happen? A compliant media having abdicated its responsibility to find and promote “all the truth that’s fit to print” fails to uphold that mandate.

I would like to think that I am not so naive as to think that there will not always be issues of national security in which information needs to remain privileged. But when seemingly every issue is viewed through the prism of how it will play politically, then I firmly believe America as a whole suffers.

What really happened within the Internal Revenue Service to allow selected groups to be singled out and subjected to inappropriate review? In similar fashion, what has really happened within many of our financial regulatory agencies that have failed to protect the interests of homeowners, investors, consumers,and the American taxpayer?

When the truth takes a back seat to the politics, a culture of crony abuse of power is allowed to propagate.

Sad but true, I think America is awash in this political cesspool currently.

Where are the real political leaders from both sides of the aisle and where are the leaders within the media who are willing to stand up and say . . .  ENOUGH??

Good for Marco Rubio to stand up and speak out.

Thoughts, comments, constructive criticisms encouraged and appreciated.

Larry Doyle

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I have no business interest with any entity referenced in this commentary. The opinions expressed are my own. I am a proponent of real transparency within our markets so that investor confidence and investor protection can be achieved.



  • James

    This is truly a new low in terms of assault on our freedoms:

    The internal IG timeline shows a unit in the agency was looking at Tea Party and “patriot” groups dating back to early 2010. But it shows that list of criteria drastically expanding by the time a June 2011 briefing was held.

    It then included groups focused on government spending, government debt, taxes, and education on ways to “make America a better place to live.” It even flagged groups whose file included criticism of “how the country is being run.”
    By early 2012, the criteria were updated to include organizations involved in “limiting/expanding government,” education on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and social economic reform.

    IRS scrutiny went beyond Tea Party, targeting of conservative groups broader than thought

    We are supposed to believe these were some low level employees undertaking these initiatives on their own.


    A new low.

  • Boss

    Chicago-style politics at its worst takes over Washington and America!!

    No doubt about it. Chapter and verse.

  • Ted

    What is BO’s schedule today?

    Only 3 Democratic fundraisers in New York City . . . more politics.

    cha-ching, cha-ching…

  • Ben Franklin

    Washington is a totally dysfunctional place.

    The story goes that as Benjamin Franklin emerged from Independence Hall at the close of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on September 18, 1787, a woman asked him, “Well Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?”.

    Mr. Franklin replied, “A republic, madam – if you can keep it.”

  • LD

    Add more fuel to the “abuse of power” fire…


  • george

    I believe it was Thomas Jefferson that said;
    “When the people fear the Government, you have tyranny. When the Government fears the people, you have Democracy”

  • Jim Wells

    Breaking news this evening that US government authorities were also spying on reporters of the Associated press, including monitoring their private/personal phone lines.

  • Opuusthedog

    Really? Third Reich? How are you not just as dysfunctional with this kind of belief as the partisan politicians in Washington?

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