One way in which
mankind deals with its fears is to create rituals, even holidays, to
keep them controlled. So, on Halloween, we dress as ghosts to face
our fear of death, monsters to face our fear of bad people; we carve
scary jack-o-lanterns to keep evil from our door.
I need an Obama costume
to face my fear of Big Government: lying politicians, bureaucrat-run
healthcare, cover-up commissions, enabling Big Media, power-hungry
political machines, domestic spying, and trillions in debt passed on
to my grandchildren.
Here’s some of the news
of the week leading into Halloween:
First we learn, as we
commemorate the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s death, that
some of the longstanding conspiracy theories might have validity. A
forthcoming book, “A Cruel and Shocking Act: the Secret History of
the Kennedy Assassination” by New York Times reporter Philip Shenon,
is “an account of my discovery of how much of the truth about the
Kennedy assassination has still not been told, and how much of the
evidence about the president’s murder was covered up or destroyed --
shredded, incinerated, or erased -- before it could reach the
commission. Senior officials at both the CIA and the FBI hid
information from the panel, apparently in hopes of concealing just
how much they had known about Lee Harvey Oswald and the threat that
journalist Bob Woodward was on CBS “Face the Nation” talking about
both the National Security Agency spying and the disastrous rollout
of the Affordable Care Act. He said that a “secret government” has
led to many of the concerns now making headlines.
“We have an incredibly
powerful government that gets on automatic pilot,” he said.
Referring back to the Watergate cover-up that he had exposed, and
before that to the Kennedy assassination, Woodward identified the
theme: “the power of this secret world – CIA, FBI… the assassination
plots against Castro… this information really didn’t get to the
He noted the NSA
wiretapping is “much more extensive than people expected … connect
this with the drone strikes … our government conducting regular
assassinations by air … you run into the rats nest of concealment
and lies time and time again.”
On Sunday evening, “60
Minutes” finally caught up with the Benghazi story: “The events of
that night have been overshadowed by misinformation, confusion and
An investigative report
by Lara Logan confirmed that the Obama administration had been
warned, months in advance, about inadequate security at the U.S.
facility in Benghazi, and that it knew the story about a YouTube
video was untrue.
us that this “was a reversal for CBS News, which played a key role
in the Benghazi cover-up in 2012.
“A year ago, CBS News
released a previously unaired clip of an interview for 60 Minutes
with President Barack Obama on Sep. 12, the day after the Benghazi
attack, in which the president suggests clearly that the attack on
the U.S. consulate was premeditated. The interview contradicted
Obama’s subsequent claims that the attack had been a response to an
anti-Islam YouTube video, repeated to the public for several days.
“CBS News had withheld
that portion of the Sep. 12 interview until Oct. 19, choosing
instead to release a portion in which Obama criticized rival Mitt
Romney’s condemnation of the administration’s response to events --
a repeated theme as the media helped Obama deflect responsibility.”
responsibility, the Obama administration lying: another ongoing
theme. The next major network to wake up was NBC News, reporting on
Monday that “millions of Americans are getting or are about to get
cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say
experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least
three years … One expert predicts that number could reach as high as
80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new
policies will experience ‘sticker shock.’
“Buried in Obamacare
regulations from July 2010 is an estimate that because of normal
turnover in the individual insurance market, ‘40 to 67 percent’ of
customers will not be able to keep their policy.
“Yet President Obama,
who had promised in 2009, ‘if you like your health plan, you will be
able to keep your health plan,’ was still saying in 2012, ‘If (you)
already have health insurance, you will keep your health
Of course he was. And
why not? Enough scary low-information voters were going to believe
anything Obama told them – as the media which was supposed to inform
them ignored or participated in cover-ups.
Perhaps this week’s
news is a sign that the Fourth Estate is finally going to do its
job. But don’t blow out the jack-o-lantern yet. The Daily Caller
reports that the home of former Washington Times reporter Audrey
Hudson was raided in August by armed agents of the U.S. Coast Guard,
Maryland State Police, and Department of Homeland Security,
ostensibly looking for unregistered guns. One of the agents asked if
she was the same person who had written a series of stories critical
of the federal air marshal program in the mid-2000s. Without a
warrant for her files, they took documents that related to the air
marshal stories, apparently fishing for her sources.
Be afraid, Americans,
be very afraid.