Commentary Magazine


President Obama, Meet Warren Harding

With Washington politics deep in the August doldrums, it’s a good time to review.

Victor Davis Hanson does exactly that regarding the scandals that have beset the Obama administration over the last year, and which the administration has dismissed as phony. As Hanson cogently shows, they are anything but. Briefly and clearly he spells out the vast number of unanswered questions on the IRS, NSA, Benghazi, and wiretapping of reporters scandals, as well as the lies (many of them under oath) that the administration has told to try to make these scandals go away.

In addition, there is the scandal of the president’s unconstitutional actions using executive power to waive inconvenient parts of laws he is sworn to faithfully execute. ObamaCare would have cut members of Congress off from lavish health care subsidies? Waived. Requiring companies with more than 50 employees to implement ObamaCare beginning this January? Waived. Congress wouldn’t pass the “Dream Act”? The Justice Department is ordered not to enforce those parts of current immigration law the Dream Act would have repealed, thus enacting the Dream Act unilaterally. There are lots more examples.

In sum, this is the most lawless administration since Warren Harding’s ninety years ago. Except those scandals came from below as Harding was, to put it mildly, a hands-off administrator, mostly interested in wine, women, and poker games. The Obama administration is very much a top-down administration. And the Harding scandals were mostly about money (Albert Fall, secretary of the interior, accepted bribes in the Teapot Dome scandal and became the first cabinet secretary to go to jail). The Obama scandals are all about political power, protecting it and increasing it.

The mainstream media, at the cost of whatever journalistic reputation it has left, will do its level best to guard this administration. But, inevitably, it will all come out eventually, either soon, through whistleblowers willing to risk their careers for the truth, or later, after Obama leaves office in 2017 (unless, of course, he decides to waive the 22nd Amendment) and no longer has the power to intimidate.

As I wrote in my previous post, history will not treat this man kindly. Just ask Warren Harding.