Tuesday, February 14, 2017

So It Begins

Photo from Reuters/Y. Gripas
Michael Flynn, has resigned.  His fall from grace was pretty quick and marks what I assume will become the beginnings of an administration frequently forced to let senior members go due to some political misstep.  I expect the social media propagandists are already making up the “I told you” memes about how this administration will be plagued by scandal, while the past one was “scandal free.”

Just two small points.  First, if anyone really looked at the last administration I doubt seriously they would believe it was scandal free.  Of course, in almost any other administration the IRS targeting of conservative groups, the DOJ gun running, and cover-up of the Clinton corruption would have led the press to call for the heads of the departments, if not the President himself, but when you have the press and all the democrats in Congress circle the wagons you can do almost anything.   
Remember how President Obama pledged to make his administration the most transparent ever?  No?  Well you’re not alone because no one ever held him to that pledge, and we had perhaps the opaquest and least scrutinized administration in my memory.

The second point is we now have a press and a professional bureaucracy setting out to make life as miserable as possible for the President.  Because of his outsider status and personally off-putting style, bad information will flow from the executive branch departments like water over the Oroville Dam spillway.  The opposition groups will do everything in their power to make mountains out of issues that were swept under the rug in past administrations.   
I don’t know if that is a bad thing, but it would be nice if there was some uniformity in holding administrations accountable to the people and not just when people we don’t like are in charge.

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