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Monday, May 13, 2013

Getting Happy, Happy, Happy With The Obama Administration's Scandals

The Benghazi cover-up. IRS officials in D.C. targeting a conservative and religious "enemies list." The Justice Department seizing the phone records of journalists. The Health and Human Services Secretary soliciting money from executives in order to push Obamacare.

As the Obama Administration's scandals keep piling up, even MSNBC hosts are talking about "tyranny." During Monday's Morning Joe, Willie Geist conceded, “There’s been many overblown claims of tyranny and abuse of power from the government over the last few years. We’ve heard those. 'We’re coming for your guns' — that kind of thing. This is tyranny. If this is the government, a nonpartisan agency coming after specific groups, this time it’s real.” Better late than never, Mr. Geist.

As Congress promises to investigate each of these scandals it's inevitable that we'll begin hearing talk of...an independent counsel. Here we go again. Glenn Beck called for a special counsel during his Monday morning radio program but he also suggested a "civilian oversight board" in order to keep both parties accountable.

Now that's an intriguing idea. It will never happen but still. I've thought about this civilian oversight board concept and I've decided who I'd like to see on it.

"It's time to pee on the fire and call in the dog, boys."
Phil Robertson.

That's right. Phil Robertson, the founder of Duck Commander and star of A&E's beloved Duck Dynasty. Fans of the show know Phil as the stone-faced, dry-humored, and eminently-quotable patriarch of the dynasty. As the show has grown in popularity, more and more are people are now becoming aware of the family's strong Christian faith.

Robertson recently spoke to a packed crowd at Northeast Texas Community College. While Phil was entertaining the crowd in his usual style, he turned to politics and the nation's religious roots.
"This is the greatest nation on earth, I wonder how it got here. So I did a little research on my own, some of these I am going to paraphrase, most of them are direct quotes. I’ll report, you decide."
After quoting Washington and John Adams, Phil turned to Thomas Jefferson.
"Thomas Jefferson, ‘I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the wages of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.’ Sound familiar? 'My reading of history convinces me that most bad government grows out of too much government,’ Thomas Jefferson.” 
Whether or not Jefferson is actually responsible for the second quote, I like that Phil likes the sentiment.

During the question and answer session, one fan asked, "When are you going to start your presidential campaign?" to which Robertson replied, "I don’t know, but I can tell you one thing, if I ever did run this outfit, you want to talk about a trimming and a slashing, and a cutting."

I think Phil is going to pass on a run at the White House which is just fine because that will leave him freed up to serve on this civilian oversight board. I believe he'd cut through the smoke screens. He can even bring Uncle Si with him.


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