Benghazi, IRS: Left says ‘shush’

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“With all due respect (to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.), the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night and decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference — at this point what difference does it make?”

Those words were emphatically spoken by our then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifying before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Jan. 3.

What difference at this point does it make?

The difference is the suspected fudging of the truth of how four American citizens died, all for the sake of hoped-for political gain. And indeed if that was the case, it assuredly was a profoundly evil, if not criminal, act.

The efforts to explore the facts concerning the statements made by the Obama administration during the aftermath of the Benghazi attacks were down-played by Democratic spokesman James Carville. “That’s what they (Republicans) are down to,” Further: Carville advised America to “Remember that the Earth is warming, and that the economy is growing, the deficit is shrinking, that health care costs are flattening out, that Benghazi was nothing . . .”

And there you have it. Just don’t become annoyed with what your lying eyes see and your deceiving ears hear. Yes sir, the gravy looks chunky, but eating it isn’t going to hurt you one bit. Hear it now: Everything will be just fine. That’s the news from the left and now on with Kim and Kanye’s new baby or something.

If we take the liberal/progressive bait then Benghazi was nothing, the IRS political finagling was a misguided isolated incidence by a person in the Cincinnati office, the National Security Administration’s so-called necessary intelligence gathering is something mere mortals need not understand, and the justice department’s pursuing of news reporters is a topic the Obama administration can’t talk about. Ongoing investigation you know. We’ll get back to you in 2017.

The Obama promise of transparency during the 2008 election was, at best, mere political bombast or, at worst, an outright fable to titillate the lesser informed.

The left’s attempt to shush these scandals is interesting fare. Politico reported Carville’s describing all of it as “nonstories to start with.” Carville again: “I think the White House has just got to live with this for 30 days, get the truth out and you know, just roll with the punches here.”

Get the truth out? Nobody will care about all of this in 30 days? What difference at this point does it make?

Carville could be right. He and Clinton are banking on our going back to sleep.

It seems to me that a majority of us must sit up and take notice. Liberties we assume we have may be on the brink of “fundamental change.” Our appeals, even to the point of insistence, should be made to those who represent us. Ferreting out the truth and then, getting the truth out to the American people should be paramount.

Perk Washenberger, Aberdeen, a retired real estate broker and business owner, now musically entertains people in senior living and care centers and at community events. Write to him at