Jeff Goldstein at Protein Wisdom is always brilliant but he outdoes himself in a remarkable post where he explains just how ominous for the Republic the Benghazi scandal is:
I have very little I wish to say today, so sick to my stomach am I from hearing yesterday’s testimony on Benghazi, wherein career civil servants were very obviously, and oftentimes visibly, working to restrain their anger, outrage, and outright disbelief at what their own government had done (and hadn’t done) to secure the lives of Americans.
In short, the subtext of yesterday’s testimony was precisely this: it does matter. And those Democrats who have spent the last 24 hours trying to dismiss or diminish or deflect the testimony as a non-story — a tack that the mainstream press has aided them with, failing for the most part to even mention the hearings, much less provide any in-depth coverage of the revelations, save for the occasional story informing us that there were no revelations — are no better than any third-world goosestepping apparatchik whose job it is to provide cover for a Dear Leader.
They sicken me in a way I cannot even put into words — and that’s saying something, given my occasionally-documented facility with the language. These people are monsters of a sort, but even that appellation can do their rank cynicism and their easy disregard for conscience no real justice.
And the media, without doubt co-conspirators in what is a major scandal — and an even more major cover-up — are so committed to progressive activism, and to their own self-styled righteousness and compassion (which, relying on a surreal tautology and the anti-foundationalism at the heart of their ideology, they presume to claim is a function of their progressivism: they are good, so therefore what they do is good; and what they do is good because it’s being done by good people), that they have found a way to convince themselves that their biases, be it by omission or by massaging of the facts to report that there’s nothing new to report, are somehow noble and are in the service of a Greater Good.
Go here to read the brilliant rest. The incompetence and sheer malevolence of the gang that currently rules our nation is breathtaking. They are at war with the traditions of our nation and they have only contempt for the truth if lies are necessary to keep them in power. However that is not what is ominous. What is truly ominous is that so many Americans support these mendacious thugs and willingly parrot talking points fed to them by leftist websites, even as the nation careens from debacle to debacle and shame to shame. Goldstein says it all:
I am embarrassed. I am ashamed that I haven’t done more to pressure these bastards into telling the truth, just as I’m ashamed that I haven’t been more effective in spreading the word far and wide that we are being ruled at this very moment by a syndicate of sorts, a ruling class and its messaging apparatus that has the power and the will to silence and punish witnesses who would dare to challenge it, who will first and foremost consider political calculations when deciding upon the fate of embattled Americans under siege in a hostile environment, and who will with no remorse or second thoughts scapegoat, lie, and even spend tax money apologizing to our enemies for the lie that they themselves have concocted.
I feel sick. Literally.