To be sure, the extent of corruption and will to power that is suggested by the Benghazi lies and the abuses of the IRS and DOJ are disturbing but what it even more concerning is the way in which the source of this wrongdoing was baked into the Obama administration from the outset.
More than most, the presumption of the Obama administration was that it would do very big things. The assumptions were that 1) the country is a very troubling place and 2) "progressives" have the knowledge and capacity to make it better. There were relatively few limits to this hubris. From the day of his nomination, Obama literally promised to make a new world; to "begin to" heal the sick and stem the rising of the seas.
The arrogance of this is jaw dropping. The overpowering self righteousness was always at risk of dissolving into self-justification. If indeed we are charged with righting a cruel and indifferent and self destructive nation, then it is imperative that we remain in power. If we are the ones that the world has been waiting for, then little things like politics (i.e., the opinions of others) and procedural regularity are mere distractions.
"What difference, at this point, does it make" that we deliberately misled the public about a terrorist attack that resulted in the murder of an American ambassador if that's what it took to ensure the re-election of the President? The IRS and AP events were wrong, but certainly ought not to cause us to worry about the Government managing our health care and histories. Do not fear the threat of tyranny, the President tells us, even as we see it all around us.
Will puts it this way:
Liberalism’s agenda has been constant since long before liberals, having given their name a bad name, stopped calling themselves liberals and resumed calling themselves progressives, which they will call themselves until they finish giving that name a bad name. The agenda always is: Concentrate more power in Washington, more Washington power in the executive branch and more executive power in agencies run by experts. Then trust the experts to be disinterested and prudent with their myriad intrusions into, and minute regulations of, Americans’ lives. Obama’s presidency may yet be, on balance, a net plus for the public good if it shatters Americans’ trust in the regulatory state’s motives.
Cross posted at Purple Wisconsin.