Mr. Obama reminds me of my elementary school self – the self that could never remember the difference between transparent and opaque (seriously though, can someone come up with a mnemonic device for this one?). On the White House website, there’s a message from President Obama. Here’s a fun excerpt: “We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration.”
After a bizarre statement of innocence, Lois Lerner has pleaded the Fifth Amendment. I know, invoking the Fifth Amendment is common. I’m not trying to brand Lerner as a “Fifth-Amendment Communist.” My biggest issue with Ms. Lerner invoking her Fifth Amendment is the Obama Administration’s promise of transparency. Americans deserve to know how far (this particular) corruption travels. I couldn’t care less if it’s Ms. Lerner who answers the question or not. We deserve answers.
Let me clarify: I’m borderline obsessed with the Federalist vs. Anti-Federalist feuds and the Founding Fathers. I support the Fifth Amendment. I do not, however, support an administration that prides itself on transparency, yet refuses to answer questions in detail. Even if you’re the most leftist Democrat that’s ever lived, this should concern you. This is not transparency. As every day that passes without more definitive answers, the question, then, that must be asked is: is the IRS corrupt or just incompetent? Why haven’t these question been answered?
Although I have always been one to lean more on the side of the GOP, when President Obama was elected, I genuinely believed America would be met with a refreshing sense of honesty. Even if details came in the form of a warped blame on Republicans, I thought we would get details and explanations from the Obama Administration. Call me naïve.
Transparency in government is important. While it may be something we’ve never fully experienced, it is something we should continually work for. President Obama campaigned on a platform that seemed like a solid basis for fostering citizen-government relationships. It is with genuine disappointment to admit that I personally do not believe that this platform has come close to being met.
This is not about blowing up and exploiting a scandal. This is not about bashing the Obama Administration just for the sake of badmouthing the President – I don’t even know if the President was directly involved. This is not about being bitter that my preferred candidate didn’t win. This is about Americans deserving answers from an elusive Administration. Don’t let other groups tell you otherwise. Don’t be afraid to demand the transparency you were promised.
Anyway, I should’ve known not to trust the government. My role model, a very wise man, once ranked suspicion as an important virtue. “Do not trust anyone else,” he warned us. Why don’t we listen to Ron Swanson more often?