May 16, 2013
One of the primary reasons our Constitution and form of government have survived for more than 200 years has been our nation’s ardent belief that politicians and bureaucrats must be held accountable for their actions. As Abraham Lincoln remarked in his Gettysburg Address, Americans must ensure that “government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
Unfortunately, this American ideal does not guarantee that scandals will not occur. Throughout history, there have been plenty – including the notorious Watergate scandal. However, through inquiries and demands of the public and the free press, the truth comes out, the wrongdoers are caught, and justice is served. This is perhaps our greatest responsibility.
Even though we collectively acknowledge that political scandals can and will occur, it doesn’t make it any easier to stomach when we witness corruption and misuse of authority. And recently there have been several reports of alleged wrongdoing by the Obama Administration.
In recent weeks, we’ve learned that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) leaked personal information of private citizens to extreme environmental groups. We’ve also learned that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) intentionally targeted law-abiding conservative groups for additional reviews simply because of their political beliefs. This is a blatant abuse of power and a disrespect to every American's right to free speech.
Further, we’ve learned that the Administration has not been forthcoming about the decisions surrounding the Benghazi terrorist attack that left four Americans dead, despite their desperate pleas for additional security. And we’ve learned that the Justice Department secretly obtained a broad array of telephone records from personal and work lines of reporters and editors for the Associated Press without any stated justification.
A government of, by, and for the people should respect citizens’ right to privacy, their freedom of speech, and their safety. I’m concerned that as we learn more about these reports, the government may have failed to live up to its Constitutional responsibility.
On Sunday, May 5th, President Obama delivered the commencement speech at the Ohio State University. In his speech, he said, "You’ll hear voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s the root of all our problems even as they do their best to gum up the works; or that tyranny always lurks just around the corner. You should reject these voices.”
His recent actions sound a lot like tyranny to me. This government under the Obama Administration, which is ballooning out of control, is coming dangerously close to everything the President warned against in his remarks. The disheartening scandals out of the Obama Administration, which are becoming frighteningly frequent, are what I came to Washington to fight against. I ran for my seat in Congress because I am appalled at the way this country is being run. There is absolutely no excuse for the kind of corruption coming out of this White House. Washington might not like me very much for saying this, but the truth behind these scandals must come out, whether the Administration wants it to or not.