President Obama’s commencement address delivered at Ohio State University just ten days ago are sure coming off as ironic given the scandals uncovered in the last week.
“Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems; some of these same voices also doing their best to gum up the works,” President Obama told the kids. “They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices.”
Yes, reject the voices which tell you that the IRS might target you because of your politics.
Or that the EPA might treat you differently because of your stance on green energy.
Or that the Justice Department might selectively enforce the law depending on whether or not your industry is favored by the administration.
Or that the government spying on the phone records of reporters might become so routine that the Attorney General can’t even remember how many times he’s authorized such a thing.
One of the most common themes of the Obama era has been that skepticism of the government is a dangerous sort of extremism. But what’s dangerous, as the Obama administration is proving to the nation, is putting too much trust in the government.