Since losing the 2008 election, the Republican party has come to represent one thing: obstructionism. Time and time again Republicans have blocked any efforts by this President to bring us back from economic collapse and move us forward to a new and better future. Their obstructionism most often arises from a desire to score cheap political points, not a desire to do what’s right for the American people.
Darell Issa, the Republican Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, represents exactly the type of nakedly political obstructionism that the Republican party has come to represent.
It started with the Fast and Furious investigations into a poorly conceived gun running operation into Mexico. The government initiated an operation in which the allowed gun traffickers to purchase guns and deliver them to Mexican cartels in the hope that they could track where the guns were going. The operation blew up when an border patrol agent was killed by one of the guns that were part of the operation. Issa used this tragic event to initiate a flurry of hearings on the botched operation with the sole aim of damaging Attorney General Holder. The hypocrisy was evident from the start, however, because these types of operations were originated during the Bush Administration. I don’t remember any investigations during the Bush era, do you?
Next came the hearings on Benghazi. It was clear from the start that the purpose of the hearing was nothing more than an attempt to damage any ambitions Hillary Clinton may have for the 2016 election. The hearings uncovered no evidence that either Hillary Clinton or President Obama had anything to do with formulating the talking points that Susan Rice used to explain the events of the Benghazi attack, which ultimately turned out to be wrong. Issa and his witch hunting Republican disciples have been trying to paint the tragic loss of Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans as some sort of coverup by the Obama administration. There is no evidence of that, but in Issa’s world, who needs evidence? It’s all about theater.
And now we have the IRS hearings. Everyone agrees that if the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups was in fact politically motivated, it is an appalling abuse of government power. But Issa and other Republicans’ attempts to tie the IRS’s failures to President Obama bear no relation to fact. It is an all to common rush to judgment in an attempt to score political points. Nothing more.
I think it is time that Republicans in Congress focus on actually doing their jobs – looking out for the interests of the American people, not their short term political interests. Maybe then they will actually have a fighting chance come the next elections, although that wouldn’t be good for America either…
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