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Myers: Are we seeing gross incompetence or corruption?


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The rapidity in which scandals, fiascoes and disasters are occurring with this presidential administration is mind boggling. What makes them more fascinating is that the seeds to many of these events were known well in advance and either no actions were taken or they merely were ignored.

Tens of thousands of unescorted children have been travelling through Mexico and crossing our southern borders and causing our border states to try to deal with them. We learned last week that our federal government knew in January that up to 65,000 children would be heading our way across the Mexican border. The government even advertised for people to transport them to refugee camps throughout the country, and yet we are just learning about this.

How and why would such a large number of children suddenly decide to leave their homes and come to the United States? Some of these children are too young to have made that decision so where was the impetus? Someone had to offer an incentive for this mass exodus to occur. Saul Alinsky in his book Rules for Radicals talks about overwhelming the system in order to gain power. This is a big step in that direction and Texas and Arizona are feeling the impact.

The IRS investigations continue and now we learn that key e-mails from Lois Lerner and six other key IRS individuals have disappeared. What makes this even more suspect is that the government has known for quite some time that Lerner’s computer crashed and Congress was not informed until recently. The date of the missing e-mails is 10 days after Congress requested copies of them. Ms. Lerner appeared before Congress and refused to answer questions based on the Fifth Amendment.

The law requires government files to be duplicated and saved. It just does not seem probable that the files that could be crucial to this inquiry are from the exact time frame needed.

Iraq is blowing up and our government sits on its hands. Special forces are being sent as advisors, but the president has said we will not take sides in what is apparently a civil war. Then he stated that these troops would assist the current Iraqi president to fight the ISIS. The confusion is paramount just in the different speeches by this administration. Perhaps this all could have been avoided if a stay-behind force had been left in Iraq.

Added to all of the above is the Fast and Furious, ObamaCare, selecting which laws to enforce and which ones to ignore, and unilaterally changing laws such as immigration, and healthcare. There seems to be no reason behind all of this turmoil unless one looks at the person behind them — President Obama. Morris Massey presented a video called, “What you are is where you were when.” Morris suggests the first 10 years of one’s life determine his or her values, and they are based on family, school, church and the environment. As an example, those who were 10 years old during the Great Depression have security as a key value, while World War II-era children grew to emphasize winning. Look at the first 10 years of Obama’s life. His father abandoned him; his mother abandoned him; he spent time in Indonesia going to a Muslim school and when he went to Hawaii, his mentor was Frank Marshall Davis, a communist. According to his own book, he sought out people with Marxist leanings while in college. From 1971 through 1979 he was in Hawaii and it was not long after Hawaii had become a state. I doubt our history was stressed at that particular time. Many of his speeches, especially overseas, are unlike those of most of our other presidents, who reveled in the greatness of this country. When he is off the Teleprompter or asked an unexpected question, the real Obama surfaces.

The president is anti-colonist and I suspect he looks at this country as a colonist nation which took advantage of other countries. Why would he seem to go out of his way to ignore or denigrate our allies and friends while apologizing for supposed sins of the past? Enemies are considered merely misguided and fully capable of being convinced to be friends or at least not belligerent. This is totally naïve and dangerous.

The number of staff personnel in the administration who have any kind of experience other than government or education is the lowest going all the way back to President Roosevelt — five percent. No wonder they are surprised when things do not go their way as planned.

This administration is trying to move this country toward a European type of government. He is well on his way to doing that and those who he placed in key Cabinet positions support his thoughts. There are too many unanswered questions concerning all of the above incidents for them merely to be oversight or incompetence — although there is quite a bit of incompetence.

Donald Myers is a retired Marine Colonel and regular contributor to Hernando Today. He can be reached at dmyersusmc@tampabay.rr.com.

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