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The true Obama: Scandals are of a piece

June 08. 2013 1:30AM

America, it's not like you didn't have fair warning.

We, the conservative movement, tried to tell you. From the very start, we warned that Barack Obama was not the man he claimed to be. We were not making it up. We merely listened to him. Everything the country needed to know about how he would handle power was there for all to see. The dishonesty, the secrecy, the hubris, the personal detachment, all of it was evident as far back as 2007. But, oh, didn't he have charm?

Upon taking office, Obama wasted no time. The retribution began at once. The man who claimed the desire and the power to heal the nation after the divisive Bush years immediately overturned President Bush's compromise order on embryonic stem cell research, callously dismissing the deeply held beliefs of pro-lifers as wholly inconsequential. It was to be the hallmark of his governing style.

On Obamacare, he promised compromise, transparency and open, honest discourse. None of that happened. During the campaign he had vigorously opposed an individual health insurance mandate. Once in office, he swiftly changed his position and demanded one. Instead of transparency, we got a bill brought to the floor before anyone had a chance to read it, and rushed into law via old-fashioned, back-room arm twisting, the kind of politics he expressly campaigned against. The law was so vague and complex, the Speaker of the House said we'd have to pass it to find out what was in it. Last week disapproval of the law hit its highest level as Americans have slowly begun learning its contents.

Since mid-April, the public has been gradually educated about the depth of this President's disregard for civil liberties, as well as good and honest government that treats everyone equally.

Let us count the scandals: The politically massaged Benghazi talking points, the IRS harassment of conservative organizations, the EPA's leak of 80,000 farmers' private information to environmental organizations, the administration's fining or prosecuting of oil companies for killing protected eagles while letting wind energy firms off the hook for the same crime, the use of secret email accounts by top administration officials, the HHS secretary's solicitation of funds from companies she regulates, and now the revelation that the administration runs massive data mining operations of the sort Obama previously claimed to oppose.

You thought this President cared about civil liberties? You thought he could be trusted with expanded government power? Where have you been all these years?

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