To the Editor:
The Obama administration has been laden with scandals (Benghazi, IRS, AP, NSA, etc., etc.) that have shaken the conscience of the nation. These are not just the usual run-of-the-mill second-term scandals that seem to plague modern-day presidents. These scandals drive home and impact upon the very freedoms and privacy that every American holds dear. These are abysmal scandals that have completely eroded trust in government.
We all need and want to be secure, no doubt about it, but we also want to be a free people with guaranteed privacy considerations. We all know that if we are not free, life is hardly enjoyable.
The problem is finding the correct balance between security and safety, and privacy and freedom. With the Obama administration that is no longer a possibility because as we already know, this administration abuses and punishes those with whom they disagree. They use personal and private information as a weapon against law-abiding citizens and punish them with it. That is not a conspiracy theory, either. We now have foolproof evidence that has crowded the news airways on both the right and the left that confirms this.
The Obama administration, for example, has used the IRS to hunt down and punish conservative organizations, faith-based pro-life and pro-traditional marriage organizations, and private individuals who contribute to conservative candidates and conservative causes. They have invaded the privacy and sanctity of the “free press” and they have gone “above and beyond” in collecting telephone conversations, emails, and private posts and conversations on the Internet. And that is only the part that we know about.
There is simply no basis for trust with this administration. Hence, as citizens we are now being obliged to lean on the side of privacy and freedom over safety and security. Obama gives us no other choice. What this administration has done, as evidenced by the nature of these scandals, has made it more of a risk to the American people than even many of the external threats we face as a nation.