The Obama Principle
Valerie Jarrett – “After We Win This Election, It’s Our Turn. Payback Time.”
The Peter Principle. For those not familiar with it, the Peter Principle is a proposition that states that the members of an organization where promotion is based on achievement, success, and merit, will eventually be promoted beyond their level of ability. Or more colloquially, that individuals will be promoted to their highest level of incompetence.
With the ongoing scandals in Washington DC, there are many individuals being promoted who are connected to these scandals.
For example, Sarah Hall Ingram was commissioner of the IRS office that managed tax-exempt organizations from 2009 to 2012. She was promoted and now runs the division that will manage the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.
U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice was named National Security Advisor by President Barack Obama. Ambassador Rice was sharply criticized by Republicans for her role in portraying the Benghazi attacks as riots about a YouTube video.
Victoria Nuland, the State Department spokeswoman who famously edited the talking points memo about the Benghazi attacks was promoted to assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs.
And finally, in 2011, several key personnel who managed the ‘Fast and Furious’ gun running operation at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were promoted to higher positions. The three are William G. McMahon, ATF’s deputy director of operations in the West, and William D. Newell and David J. Voth, both of whom oversaw the program out of the agency’s Phoenix office.
Many will want to believe that this is the Peter Principle in effect. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The reality is much darker, much scarier. The Peter Principle is not in effect; rather, the Obama Principle is in full effect.
During the 2012 election, Valarie Jarrett, Advisor to President Obama made the following statement:
“After we win this election, it’s our turn. Payback time. Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget. THE ONES WHO HELPED US WILL BE REWARDED, the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay. Congress won’t be a problem for us this time. No election to worry about after this is over and we have two judges ready to go.” [emphasis added]
You see, the reason that the Peter Principle is NOT in effect is because these individuals were promoted for doing what they were supposed to do. In other words, they were rewarded. They received their just desserts for their loyalty and hard work. They weren’t promoted to remove them; they were promoted to elevate them. The Obama Principle, as Valarie Jarrett has so aptly described, is to reward those that have helped them and punish those that oppose them. The promotions are rewards.
While many are rightly incensed at the scandals and the errors committed, they need to realize that these were deliberate actions, not errors of incompetence. We are seeing the results of the culture that Obama instituted on Day One of his Administration, and not only is it encouraged by his Senior Advisor, Valarie Jarrett, but it flourishes throughout the halls of government.
That culture is the culture of arrogance.
This Administration is convinced that with the press in their pocket, they can explain away virtually any action, any scandal, any mistake, as nothing more than a clerical error or misunderstanding. To question otherwise is to commit an act of racism or treason.
There are those that want to excuse some or most of these scandals; however, it’s time for them to take a long, hard look at the arrogance of this administration. It’s time to question their motives without fear of reprisal or accusation. Demand accountability and transparency from this Administration as they once promised. Demand that mistakes be punished, rather than rewarded.
Demand an end to this culture of arrogance and end the Obama Principle.