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Surprise, surprise!! Left-wing Congressman Elijah Cummings, senior Democrat on the House Investigations Subcommittee, is trying to end the ever-expanding House investigation of the Internal Revenue Service’s illegal “political targeting” of conservative applicants for 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status, by loudly insisting that “This witch hunt needs to end.”
This nonsense repeats the demands of a major May 15 article from Media Matters (an integral part of socialist George Soros’ blindly pro-Obama Center for American Progress) — to the effect that “New Talking Points Revelations Should End Benghazi Witch Hunt.”
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How outrageous that there should be not only one but two dastardly Republican-led “witch hunts” atop each other in Barack Obama’s two supposed scandals and subsequent cover-ups. How dare the GOP go digging around for witches and warlocks in the President’s inner circle.
Avoiding the Dreaded “Cover-up” Label
Of course, this is only one of many misleading, blame-game mantras by which today’s Obama partisans attempt to avoid the dreaded “Cover-Up” label for the President’s culpability in a long list of scandals involving the huge Benghazi fiasco, the plainly illegal IRS discriminations, the Associated Press and Fox News incursions, and multiple other scandals big and small.
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Other such labels of derision and misdirection from Obama’s “Age of Scamalot” crowd over the last several months have included a “partisan sideshow,” a concocted “Fox News story,” a mere “political carnival,” a matter of “there’s no there there,” a “right-wing distraction,” a display of “radical extremism,” a transparent “GOP tool for fundraising,” ad infinitum..
But the false label that is most repeated – but which, ironically, offers the best opening for effective counter-attack — is the spurious charge that this is nothing but a partisan “Witch Hunt,” to which we should respond that this is actually a multi-layered “WHICH Hunt,” instead.
The deadly serious goal should now be to discover exactly which guilty government officials – including the President himself — have been lying, covering up, and even committing perjury in the scandal at hand …
o which White House, IRS, and Treasury officials?
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o which State, DHS, INS, and DOD officials?
o which DOJ, FBI, CIA, and NSA officials?
o which “Soroctopus” (Soros-funded) operatives?
o which “ProgSoc” Congressmen and Senators?
o which lockstep-Left members of the Media, etc.?
Looking first at the uniquely complex “Benghazi Affair” – the congressional inquiries of which do not currently include the names of either Valerie Jarrett (Obama’s “brain”) or Huma Abedin (Hillary’s former “brain”) — this search should clearly not be abandoned, as Cummings demands, but should be expanded, instead, into a Watergate-style “Select Committee” whose authority should extend at least
a) until all brave “whistleblowers” (especially among the 30-plus rescued personnel who have been so effectively “disappeared” by the endless Benghazi Cover-up) have told their truthful versions of this monumental story; and
b) until several major reluctant and even hostile witnesses from all across Barack Obama’s Administration have been subpoenaed, questioned under oath, and made subject to charges of perjury and Contempt of Congress if they dare to lie.
Is Valerie Jarrett Our Prime Suspect?
Looking next at the IRS “Targeting of Conservatives” infractions, we notice again the absence of Obama’s closest and most senior political advisor, policy strategist, and de facto “Producer” in TV-programming terminology for over two decades – one Valerie Jarrett. As this lady’s last quarter-century record reveals, it was she
o who recruited young Michelle Robinson in 1988 and the young Barack Obama in 1990 into the highly “political” and left-leaning law firm of Sidley Austin;
o who appears to have been the “cupid” of their relationship and 1992 marriage in the Marxist-inspired Black Liberation Theology church of the (former Muslim) Rev. Jeremiah Wright;
o who apparently steered Barack into socialist “Progressive Chicago” in 1993 and the Chicago New Party in early 1996 – under whose banner he was elected to the state Senate in late 1996;
o who has continued in both “Mother Hen” and “Chicago Politics” fashion to promote both his and Michelle’s legal and political careers into his successful races for the US Senate in 2004 and for the US Presidency in 2008 and 2012; and
o who has been his principle liason to the entire inner circle, and especially to the President’s off-campus “Soroctopus” think tank and revolving-door employer of first resort, the George Soros-funded Center For American Progress – from which many Obama political appointees and regulatory “czars” have come and by which many former White House socialists (e.g., Van Jones, Carol Browner, Anita Dunn, and Cass Sunstein, just to name a few) are now employed.
If It Wasn’t For Valerie …
As the outspoken political biographer Ed Klein has stated with emphasis in his best-selling book, The Amateur: “If it wasn’t for Valerie Jarrett, there’d be no Barack Obama to complain about. … She knows the buttons, the soft spots, the history, the context.”
And as yet another careful student of the Jarrett-Obama relationship, Karin McQuillan, observes in a recent posting on AmericanThinker.com:
Obama relies on Valerie Jarrett to create the White House bubble he likes to live in, where his narcissism is stroked and his desire to do the big, left-wing thing is encouraged. Jarrett is the doorman. She runs access to the president. As Klein puts it, she guards him from meeting with ‘critics and complainers who might deflate his ego.’ No one gets past Jarrett who has an incompatible point of view.
Still, other observers anoint her as Barack Obama’s “alter ego,” as “the other side of Obama’s brain,” as “Barack and Michelle’s consigliere” and as the President’s “ultimate gatekeeper.” The emphatic confirmations of her White House prowess go endlessly on. And in explanation of what this woman thinks about the power she wields, here is what she told a group of rabid supporters on the eve of last year’s presidential election.
After we win this election, it’s our turn. Payback time! Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded; the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay. Congress won’t be a problem for us this time. No election to worry about after this is over, and we have two judges ready to go.
And did not the President himself embrace this “punish the enemy” attitude when he stated in an October 2012 campaign speech that “voting is the best revenge”? Partisan revenge from Obama and hell to pay from his ‘round-the-clock enforcer. As the French would say about the Obama Inner Circle (OIC), “The more things change, the more they remain the same, n’est-ce pas?”
Uncovering “Who Knew What and When”
All of which means that within this tight-knit group, the only one who truly “speaks for Obama” and who decides what he should know and when he should know it is this mysterious woman whose name seldom comes up when the Congress, the media, and the American people quite properly continue their search for who, indeed, knew what and when – and who is, therefore, so shamefully responsible for the multiple scandals now crippling the nation.
Yet, when Congressman Cummings angrily alleges a partisan “witch hunt,” he argues that even if senior IRS officials knew all about and directed the illegal “targeting” of conservative groups, “These facts are a far cry from accusations of a conspiracy orchestrated by the White House to target the President’s political enemies.”
But in so contending, Cummings conveniently ignores the fact that the President’s own political orchestrator, and Obama himself, have recently threatened just such a profiling of enemies and a “hell-to-pay” punishment of them — as was also being recommended in formal letters to the IRS by left-wing Senators (Chuck Schumer, Al Franken, Sheldon Whitehouse et al) and by certain highly ProgSoc congressmen, as well.
So, as the several well-founded investigations go forward on Capitol Hill, we should finally begin asking about the vital roles almost surely played before, during, and after both the Benghazi and IRS scandals by presidential confidante Valerie Jarrett – as suggested in Cover-up # 35 of an earlier essay entitled “Hillary’s – And Now Obama’s – Vast Left-Wing Cover-up.”
Although her culpability is not yet proven, there is every reason in the world for the Congress to ask these three proverbial “$64,000 Questions”:
First, was it not this Obama alter ego (and thus Obama himself) who knew all about the IRS misdeeds from their start in early 2010 (apparently on April 1, the next day after a March 31 visit to the White House by the highly partisan National Treasury Employees Union president, Colleen Kelly) — and about their conduct, 100% success, and cover-up to this day?
Second, was it not she who almost surely delivered the President’s infamous Benghazi Cover-up marching orders to then-UN Ambassador, and now National Security Advisor, Susan Rice – and who constantly keeps both the President and the First Lady fully informed about all such matters of monumental importance?
Third, although both Valerie Jarrett and Susan Rice are now protected by “Executive Privilege” from being subpoenaed by Congress, might they – in a heroic fit of transparency, accountability, progress, and balance – simply volunteer to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth to the Congress about which of them (and thus the President himself) knew what and when?
JIM GUIRARD — TrueSpeak.org 703-768-0957 [email protected]
A DC-area attorney, writer and national security strategist, Jim Guirard was longtime Chief of Staff to former US Senators Allen Ellender and Russell Long. His TrueSpeak.org Web site is devoted to truth in language and truth in history in public discourse.
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