As expected, media are now downplaying the "scandals" (and they are downplaying the downplaying), warning Republicans not to overplay their hands. Media tell us that Obama is popular, so trying to "get him" will backfire. Hardly anyone in media seems concerned about the troubling situations themselves. For those of us who don't look at everything in political terms, Benghazi is still a major problem, as is the IRS targeting of Tea Partiers and the DOJ's violation of civil liberties.
As I've written, the appropriate label for these occurences is consequences of statism. Now that Progressivism has been revealed as banal power-mongering, the American people can focus on fundamental problems and solutions. Going forward, regardless of what grand goals Progressives claim as their agenda, we know that what Progressives have done has caused damage to young people, old people, women, minorities, unions, education and other parts of and groups in our society. The ruthless pursuit of power in the name of social justice in not noble and doesn't deserve serious consideration or respect.
As the Information Age pushes forward, statists concerned with losing power try to control information. This causes consequences such as the Benghazi cover-up, the IRS attacks and the AP spying on journalists. State power players want to send a message that information about the State will be controlled by the State, not by media, whistleblowers, bloggers or concerned citizens organizing in political action groups.
As the State gains more control it faces the same dilemmas faced by countries with authoritarian rule, and today the problem is worse, especially in a country like America that has had a great degree of press freedom and freedom of speech in general. With the internet, information is disseminated in ways never known before, so the State has to go to more extreme lengths to control what's being told to the American people and the world. Before the internet, information was easier to manage, so, even though we had freedom of the press and freedom of speech, information was still pretty much controlled from the top. Kids today can't imagine a world of three major networks with news reported for an hour in the evenings.
The type of consequences we're now seeing regarding great State power and the need for the State to control information will only get worse if power is not limited. If we don't fight back now, if we allow media to convince us that this is all about crazy Republicans attacking Obama, then the State wins and the American people lose. This isn't a problem of Republicans over-reacting and trying to "get" Obama as all the pundits suggest -- it's a problem of the State machine's use of deception to avoid full disclosure of the consequences caused by statist information control.