Here's the Nonsense: The scandals we're seeing in Washington really mean nothing more than typical business as usual in politics. They are no more than the typical corruption we always see.
Here's the Horse Sense: It's time to wake up. These scandals affirm what so many of us have been saying from the beginning. These scandals prove that things are more corrupt than ever.
When he was an Illinois democrat congressional representative, Jesse Jackson Jr. once stated about Chicago's Mayor Daley, “You can fool some of the people for 16 years – the question is whether the people want to be fooled for 20 years.” His question echoes today as we look at the scandals in the Obama Administration. To paraphrase Jackson, I would say that you can fool some of the people for 4 years – the question is whether the people want to be fooled for 8 years.
Anyone who is paying the slightest bit of attention and is the least bit honest with themselves has to be facing the realization (if they didn't already know it) that this administration is filled with lies, hypocrisy, and deceptions that underlie both the scandals we are now seeing and the huge number that haven't even been discovered yet. (If you think these are the only scandals, then you exceed even the most naive who supported this president from the beginning. Clearly these are the tip of the iceberg.)
What most people haven't faced to date is the fact that Obama not only came to Washington from Chicago, but he also brought with him the entire sordid and scandal-prone ways of the Chicago political machine. Chicago Mayor Daley built what is known as the Chicago Machine and Obama has imported the entire system into our nation's capital.
From David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett, and even Michelle Obama who all worked for Daley to Barack Obama who worked for Chicago's infamous Saul Alinsky's organizations that supported and worked with the Chicago Machine, the ways and methods of Chicago have infiltrated the highest levels of our government.
You may have thought that the claim that the Chicago Machine being brought to Washington was just claims being made by upset right-wingers who were trying to thwart Obama's first run for the presidency. But now, after over 4 years of watching him run this country further and further into the ground and now, with the scandals that threaten the security of our nation, the freedoms of our citizens, and the freedom of the press under siege that are finally starting to come out people are starting to realize that we are facing a constitutional crisis in our nation.
In Chicago you learn that you may talk about politics with family and close friends around a Sunday dinner, but you don't get involved. If you do, you risk everything. The muscle of the Machine will turn on you and you will suffer greatly if you dare take a stand against the interests of the Machine. In a great Chicago Tribune article about the Chicago Machine, journalist John Kass writes what it was like growing up in Chicago under the influence of that political power. Everyone was affected by it. Everyone could be controlled by it, even billionaires. Kass writes of his own family of businessmen:
This was Chicago. And for a business owner to get involved meant one thing: It would cost you money and somebody from government could destroy you.
The health inspectors would come, and the revenue department, the building inspectors, the fire inspectors, on and on. The city code books aren't thick because politicians like to write new laws and regulations. The codes are thick because when government swings them at a citizen, they hurt.
That is what has come into control in Washington. It's not just corruption as usual, it's corruption to control and it allows no opposition. You will respect it or you will be destroyed. It's that simple.
The nation bought into what this president was selling when he first ran for the office. They even bought it a second time when he ran for reelection. The question is whether they are willing to continue to buy it through the whole second term or do something about it.