Obama Scandals- Can We Get a “Dallas” Episode Reset?
It seems every day we awaken to find that the “facts” of yet another fable spun by the Obama Administration does not quite comport with reality. Your humble blogger keeps hoping Americans will awake to find we have merely been experiencing a nightmare; one that is explained away like the “Dallas” ninth season (‘85-‘86) ending wherein Pam (Victoria Principal) tells Bobby (Patrick Duffy) “I had a nightmare, a terrible nightmare…” Bobby assures her “It’s over, none of that happened…” thereby erasing the entire eighth season. One presumes they all hit an Obamian “reset” button. (For those who simply don’t “get” this decades-old reference, think “Inception” (2010) with Leonardo DiCaprio.)
No such luck for Lady Liberty and Uncle Sam yet.
As we await our collective emergence from the nightmare that is the Obama presidency, the Wall Street Journal’s L. Gordon Crovitz explores the impact of social media on Big Government accountability.
What to make of the political scandals that are dominating the headlines and forcing the Obama administration into Nixonian damage control? The government is losing the ability to manipulate information to avoid accountability.
There is a long history of presidents using the IRS against political enemies. FDR went after newspapers that opposed the New Deal. JFK had his Ideological Organizations Audit Project target conservative groups like the American Enterprise Institute. Richard Nixon used the IRS to harass people on his enemies list.
Most of these abuses came to light only after the presidents left office. President Obama has to deal with the issue now because tea party and other groups used social media to share information about their experiences with the IRS.
Just as old media learned it is no longer the only voice heard in a new-media world, government spinners now must reckon that the truth will eventually come out…
[T]he argument against big government rings especially true in an era when not even the government can control information. (block quote L. GORDON CROVITZ “Big Government Loses Control” Wall Street Journal 5/20/13)
The moral of the story? If we are in fact not dreaming, it is important that one does what one can via the “new media” to expose the truth. In this age of Internet and Twitter, we are all our own media outlets. By “Grizzly Joe”
Footnote: I was only 2 years old when I saw that Dallas episode, how strange that I recall it. 😉
Just for kicks: Dallas: Pam explains her dream to Bobby (YouTube Vid 2:44)