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Published: Monday, June 17 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Stop witch-hunting, GOP. It failed under Clinton, and it will fail now.

J. Andrew Smith


And since there is no smoking gun,
they won't stop until they find another stained, blue dress.

It made Rush Limbaugh a Billionaire.

Louisville, KY

Our politics seems geared for the perpetual witch hunt. That whichever party holds the White House is doomed to a never-ending stream of such.

This is not to say there are not real reasons for concern in most administration - this one included. But the manner we go about this (carefully for the benefit of the nation, or political gamesmanship for the "benefit" of the party not in the White House) makes a huge difference.

Both sides are guilty (in different election cycles). We need to break the chain.

Counter Intelligence
Salt Lake City, UT

This letter typifies the hypocrisy and passive/aggression of Obama sycophants
If the IRS were targeting liberals, the left would come unglued.
But when the left gets caught - the standard response it to go into victim mode in an attempt to divert attention away from their perpetrating status.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT


The court that authorizes all this domestic spying was initiated by Carter (D).

The Patriot act originally passed with a majority of dem votes.

The act would not have been renewed in 2011 had it not been approved by a dem senate and signed by a dem president.

Verizon reports NSA info requests have INCREASED 15% each year under BO.

If bush dropped a breadcrumb in a stream, you’d justify BO dropping 40,000 tons of toxic waste because “bush dropped stuff in first!!!!”

You are OK violating the freedom of the press protections enshrined in the First Amendment?

You are OK with using the IRS to target the political opposition?

It’s only a witch hunt when they are investigator YOUR side.

Dem hypocrisy is stunning.

LDS? lib,
No smoking gun?

Open your eyes and your ears and you MIGHT learn something.

Not even ONE among the thousands the BO misadministration sold to Mexican drug lords?

Not ONE when we KNOW the BO WH LIED about Libya?

We KNOW he spied on the AP

We KNOW groups opposed to his policies were targeted by the IRS.

Your willful blindness truly is tragic.

liberal larry
salt lake City, utah

Conservatives think that each new "scandal" is weakening the dreaded Obama's presidency, when in fact the opposite is true. Think of a sports fan who always crys about the officiating. The GOP's constant droning against all things Obama is causing people to tune out the harping, remember the boy who cried wolf?

Salt Lake City, UT

Sorry, Mr. Smith, but criticism of the spying program has been bipartisan and hypocrisy thrives on both sides of he isle. If Democrats had not stone walled the Benghazi and IRS investigations, perhaps Republicans would be more trusting. The spying program has become more troublesome since the IRS fiasco of targeting political philosophies and then illegally releasing private information to Propublica, a left wing group sponsored by George Soros. Government information is not secure. How long before the NSA has leaks of information during a coming election campaign?

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

Liberal Larry,
folks are finally catching on to BO

new CNN poll

BO's approval ratings are dropping, only 45% now approve, 54% disapprove

61% disapprove of his domestic spying

57% disapprove of his handling of the economy as it struggles to improve

less than half believe he is honest and trustworthy.

more and more folks are discovering what conservatives have know all along. BO is bad news for the country

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

It's not a witch hunt. It's Congress's job. Part of the job of Congress is to have oversight into things the Executive_Branch is doing (it's part of the way our founding fathers setup our government so that one branch, one man, or one party, can't control everything with carte blanche and do whatever they want with no oversight or anyone questioning what they are doing). Do you want Congress to NOT do their job for some reason?

I'm reading a book on Terrorism, 2 things that are critical for civil war and terrorist regimes to take hold is... "Uncertainty" in the population, and a majority that won't question their overseers.

Uncertainty in the future (the economy, your job, what form of government they will have, who will be in control, what they will do, can you live the way you want, etc)... leads to the population giving in just hoping it won't get worse. In the past the advantage America has had over countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, etc, is "certainty" in our future and the ability to question our leaders.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

The real scandal was Bush's secret surveillance WITHOUT the approval of the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court. In 2005 justices resigned from the court when they found out that Bush-Cheney Co. was simply ignoring them. Although I wish there was no FISA court,at least the current administration respects the FISA court.

Springville, UT


Obamas approval ratings are still 40 POINTS higher than the fake news/tea party dominated congress.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

"BO's approval ratings are dropping, only 45% now approve, 54% disapprove"

Where do you folks get your information from? Foxnews? Rasmussen? The same folks who predicted that Romney was going to win? How'd that work out for ya?

American Fork, UT

I think we should not implore them to stop the witch hunt. It is a foolish exercise to hunt witches, so let it proceed. Asking that it stop only suggests malfesance. So let it go on, because buried in it is the ability to end up looking foolish. Let them find it.

Liberal Today
Murray, UT

Why should we worry about the government collecting massive amounts of material that could be re-arranged to create evidence to jail people, send the IRS after people, or to send drones on people? Our party is in charge. They will not hurt us. They will only go after those radicals of the other party that we dislike so much. With that kind of power on our side, the republicans will never win another election. The IRS is seeing to that.

Call on your Obama-phone and tell your elected representatives that you want them to leave the NSA alone to do the job that needs to be done for this country's protection against smaller government. In fact, we should channel more money from the military to the NSA so we can keep our own citizens in line. The Middle East is so far away. Terrorists just don't make the journey from there to here to hurt us. Take money from the INS too. Those undocumented people here don't need watching near as much as the citizens of that other party, especially the ones that listen to the radio.

Anti Bush-Obama
Washington, DC

It's truly sickening how political parties have killed this country. Political parties create partisanship and partisanship creates no accountability and our "leadership" can get away with anything.

So if I murdered someone, can I just blame it on Ted Bundy doing it first and use that to get out of jail?

Salt Lake City, UT

"61% disapprove of his (Obama's) domestic spying"

Brilliant example of failed thinking in today's partisan politics. If you think the NSA program is Obama's, then you think it would have gone away if he hadn't won re-election. Wrong. Completely wrong. If Mitt Romney had won the election, Mitt Romney would be defending the value of the NSA program.

You cannot solve a problem if you don't know the cause. Obama is not the cause.

Anti Bush-Obama
Washington, DC

Liberal Today.

"Why should we worry about the government collecting massive amounts of material that could be re-arranged to create evidence to jail people, send the IRS after people, or to send drones on people? Our party is in charge. They will not hurt us. They will only go after those radicals of the other party that we dislike so much. With that kind of power on our side, the republicans will never win another election. The IRS is seeing to that."

Holy Smokes! Are you being sarcastic with this comment? Hope you are because it sounds like you have been taking lessons from Adolf Hitler. But I'm glad your only going after Republicans and not Libertarians where the true threat to you police state utopia exists.

Salt Lake City, UT

@The Real Maverick
It came from CNN (45-54). Naturally whatever the worst poll is any given day is the one that is used by conservatives. I could easily use the Time poll (48-44) but I'd rather be legitimate and use the RealClearPolitics average of polls which gives 46.4-48.4.

Sandy, UT

Rather than this childish finger pointing banter why not try to change this privatization of our nation's security. I think it is amusing to see the rants when POTUS continues his predecessor's agenda and all of a sudden the "sky is falling". Our government is beholdin' and it ain't to the citizen.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I remember Democrat Leaders (including Nancy Pelosi) pledging May 7 2006 to block EVERYTHING President Bush tried to do in his second term and to fill the Congress's time with continuous investigations of various nature IF they could get the 15 seats needed for a House Majority in the mid-term elections.

Google "Democrats pledge probes of Bush".

There are several articles on this Democrat pledge and the agenda of endless investigations to make it impossible for President Bush to accomplish anything on his agenda.

I remember seeing it on TV. They were VERY open about their intent to tie up Congress in nothing but investigations. There was also a big Democrat movement (call it a "Witch Hunt" if you will)... to Impeachment the President, the Sec of Defense (Donald Rumsfield) and the Sec of State, at the time. Do you remember that?

So Andrew... IF you were writing letters like this back then (and not just now)... Then I have total respect for you. If not.... What can I say... You're just another partisan letter writer. Because it's basically the same thing.

Sandy, UT

Still waiting for examples of right wing groups being denied 501(c) status from the investigations of the IRS. And Ms Counter did you know the NAACP was put through the IRS ringer in GWB's days? Didn't think you'd remember since Faux news didn't cover it.

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