“Identifying a concussion and being able to self-diagnose that, ‘this is something that I need to take care of,’ doesn’t make you weak. It means you’re strong.” Mr. Obama recently said regarding athletes who acknowledge concussions instead of ignoring them, at which time he also announced new private and public funding to study head injuries in sports.
In truth, the president’s recently declared concern about traumatic sports injuries could take a back a seat to a half dozen significant crises -now.
My first response when I read the article in the Washington Examiner was, “Wow, while the VA is under investigation for negligence, while a U.S. Marine sits in a jail in Mexico and while the IRS scandal is gaining new traction; the president is concerned about sports injuries. This attempt to switch the attention of the media and consequently the focus of most Americans, to a problem he thinks he can handle is utterly pathetic.
One thing is for sure, Mr. Obama likes to make with the smoke screens. During a speech at Knox College last summer, the president said, “With an endless parade of distractions (of his own making), political posturing (from the most divisive president ever) and phony scandals (smoke screen), Washington has taken its eye off the ball,” he said. “And I am here to say this needs to stop. Short-term thinking and stale debates are not what this moment requires.”
What type of head trauma must a person in the president’s predicament sustain to make a statement like? This is where the head injury comes into play–and not the kind that ball players suffer. Granted, some of the recent White House scandals were not in play last year, but these were:
1. Benghazi: The failure of the administration to protect the Benghazi mission was criminal. Then there were changes made to the media dialogue in order to suggest the attack was motivated by an anti-Muslim video. And then the refusal of the White House to say what President Obama did the night of the attack.
2. Associated Press: The Justice Department gathered a considerable amount of Associated Press reporters’ phone records in what was described as a last recourse in a leak investigation, but it understandably incensed journalists, who called the seizure a “massive and unprecedented intrusion”. The move was likely an attempt to gain insight into The AP’s news collecting operations.
3. “Rosengate”: The Justice Department suggested that Fox News reporter James Rosen is a criminal for reporting about classified information and subsequently monitored his phones and emails. Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress he had never been associated with “potential prosecution” of a journalist for perjury when in fact he signed the affidavit that termed Rosen a potential criminal.
4. ATF “Fast and Furious”: Allowed weapons from the U.S. to “walk” across the border into the hands of Mexican drug dealers. The ATF lost track of hundreds of firearms, many of which were used in crimes, including the December 2010 killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. If anything the DOJ has done proves it is staffed with incompetent leadership, this is it. Never in our nation’s history has there been an idea more bizarre, outrageous, and just plain stupid.
5. Potential AG Holder Perjury: Mr. Holder stated to Congress in May 2011 that he had only recently heard about the Fast and Furious scheme when there is evidence he may have known sooner. Perjury is another word for falsehood.
6. Solyndra and Green Energy: Republicans alleged the Obama administration subsidized and endorsed its poster-child for “green energy”, Solyndra; even though the company was headed for insolvency. The administration supposedly compelled Solyndra to delay employee firing notices until after the 2010 midterm elections.
7. Voter Fraud: The Justice Department was accused of using a racial double standard in failing to pursue a voter intimidation case against Black Panthers who appeared to be menacing voters at a polling place in Philadelphia in 2008.
And poling data following the 2012 election suggests that several districts in multiple states had more voters turn out than people who actually live in those districts which translated to poling victories for Obama. In at least two counties in Ohio, the number of registered voters exceeded the number of eligible voting age adults. In northwestern Ohio’s Wood County, there are 109 registered voters for every 100 people eligible to vote.
8. Dictator in Chief: Obama may have violated the Constitution and both the letter and the spirit of the War Powers Resolution by attacking Libya without Congressional approval. Obama has repeatedly been accused of making end runs around Congress by deciding which laws to enforce; including the decision not to deport illegal immigrants who may have been allowed to stay in the United States had Congress passed the “Dream Act.”
And the list goes on. I had to stop at some point because the objective of this article is not to chronicle every scandal, instead I merely want to point out that brain trauma can take many forms. Some head injuries come from sports and some do not. Some people are better at hiding their symptoms than others. Apparently, some can even be involved in local, county, state and federal politics.
Need proof? In regards to voter fraud, earlier this year Obama cited a 2006 DOJ analysis showing that out of 197,000,000 votes cast for federal elections between 2002 and 2005, only 40 voters were indicted for fraud.
“For those of you who are math majors that is a percentage that is 0.00002 percent.” Obama then pointed to who he considers to be the actual culprits, “Let’s be clear,” Obama said. “The real voter fraud is people who try to deny our rights by making bogus arguments about voter fraud.”
Smoke Screen Alert! The point isn’t that a small percentage of people get caught, the point is that voter fraud is acceptable to someone who has sustained a traumatic brain injury!