Superman: Lost in Benghazi

By Phil Erwin

In the wake of the marathon of obfuscation, side-stepping and shoulder-shrugging that was Hillary Clinton’s “testimony” before the House Special Committee investigating the debacle at Benghazi, the Lamestream Media scrambled all over themselves to help Democrats proclaim the event a “win” for Hillary (and a concomitant “loss” for Republicans.)

One breast-thumping commentator even announced that Republicans had just “won Hillary the election,” apparently dismissing the 50+ primaries and caucuses, two political conventions and an actual election yet to be held next year.

(And people still insist there’s no inherent bias in the media.)

The notion that there would even be a “winner” or”loser” betrays just how wrong-headed and political the media conversation was. These hearings aren’t contests; they are akin to legal depositions, wherein interrogators ask questions with legal ramifications, and a witness is expected to give correct, and complete, answers.

Of course, it doesn’t always work out that way. There are lawyers involved.

Nevertheless, one can hope that our political leaders, when involved in formal, legally-binding question-and-answer sessions regarding the nation’s important business, would feel both honor- and duty-bound to provide us the truth.

Haaahh!!   That was another century.

This is the century of social media, wherein all that matters is how big a splash you can make; how many Likes, Follows and Retweets you generate.

 

A Little Birdie Told Me

A Little Birdie Told Me

Truth has nothing to do with it.

Still, some of us continue to hope for the best, despite mounting evidence that the best you can do is to hope for the worst. So you aren’t disappointed, no matter how things go.

But it’s worth noting the very fact that a “winner” for the hearing was expected. This clearly shows that those in politics, in the media, and perhaps in the populace at large see hearings such as this one as purely political, rather than as a public tool to be used to solve the People’s problems. Democrats (and their Liberal-media co-conspirators) all saw this as a chance for Hillary to win, or to lose, the 2016 election. And of course, many Republicans saw it as an opportunity to at least take her down a notch or two – a notion in-artfully alluded to in a remark by House Leader Kevin McCarthy.

(When challenged that the Special Committee was redundantly revisiting “old news,” McCarthy pointed out that the Committee had actually unearthed important new things, such as Hillary’s private e-mail server – things that had proved so troublesome they had affected Hillary’s poll numbers. The Democrats and their lapdog Press immediately seized upon that as “proof” that the “only reason” for the Special Committee was to “get” Hillary. That is patently false. Yet, everybody now believes it to be true. And that is the dangerous power of a corrupt Press. Imagine just how damaging Hillary’s earlier “What difference does it make?” mis-step would have been, had the Press been out to get her.)

Once the Media had skillfully painted McCarthy’s mis-statement into almost an admission of mass murder, his shot at Speaker was spent.

Just shows you how damaging a single mis-statement can be, when the hype machine of the Liberal Press is used to completely re-make the public’s perception of what was said.

Well, there were real losers from this hearing. They were: “Truth, Justice, and the American Way.”

That old lead-in to the Fifties’ TV series, Superman, wasn’t just a tag line. It embodied how Americans felt about America. They saw theirs as the best nation on the planet, for very noble reasons: They believed America stood for Truth, and had a national identity built on the concept of Justice For All. They believed that, even though the realities of the day bring those beliefs into question. Americans weren’t naïve enough to think they were perfect; but they believed they strove, as a nation, to overcome their failings, to right their wrongs, and to seek Justice always.

I would not be the first to suggest that many White people, especially those who traditionally voted Republican, considered voting for Obama a serious personal effort to press us toward those ideals. They trusted Obama’s promise to create a united America.

I’d venture a guess that most such folk now recognize the utter folly of that trust.

What we have now, under the “leadership” of Progressives, is not a nation striving for Truth and Justice – at all. What we have now is roughly one-third of the nation devoted to the utter destruction of the American Way – perhaps as penance for our never having been perfect. And much of the rest of We, the People are reeling from seven years of constant disappointment, discouragement, disillusionment and downright fear that the lawlessness of this President and the Progressive Democrats, combined with the utter Truth-lessness of the Press (ex-FOX and a few other players) has led us so far down the road toward Socialist Totalitarianism, we will never find our way back.

And if you think I’m about to lay down some serious verbiage to refute that: I’m not.

So, when ISIS obliterates Israel with suitcase nukes purchased from Iran; when Iran-funded terrorism mushrooms afresh in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, and blossoms anew in far-off places like Argentina or Chile; when Saudi Arabia announces it has nuclear capability just as Iran fires off its first nuclear test, and the price of oil quintuples overnight; just remember that the same Press that proclaimed Hillary the “winner” of the Benghazi hearings also called Obama’s arrangement with Iran a “deal,” rather than the abject surrender it clearly was.

With “Progressive” Democrats and a gleefully dishonest Liberal Press hijacking the public discourse, America has lost the American Way.

That is the Truth; and there’s no Justice in it.

the-end-of-america

 

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Phil Erwin is an author, IT administrator and registered Independent living in Newbury Park. He sometimes wishes he could support Democrat ideals, but he has a visceral hatred for Lies and Damn Lies, and is none too fond of Statistics. If his writing depresses you, he recommends you visit Chip Bok’s site for a more lighthearted perspective.

 

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