My business takes me out of the country very often. I was in Mexico last week and listened to the radio and TV when President Obama was talking to young people at the Museum of Anthropology. He was well received by them and I wondered whether he appealed to them as he did to the young people in the United States five long years ago. The broad smile, the inspirational speech, the beautiful setting, all seemed to be just right to deliver a hopeful message. 

The mere thought that our federal government would threaten one of the most fundamental freedoms –the freedom of the press– should have a chilling effect on the way we look at this president. 

- Rosario Marin

So it was ironic to see him there for a wonderful photo op while trouble was brewing in DC —big trouble. I could be just as critical and cynical as the next guy, but that is not what this is about. I am profoundly troubled by all that is happening under this president’s watch. More than the scandals are the tragic consequences of what has transpired by either negligence, dereliction of duty, or outright malfeasance.

Whether we are talking about the Benghazi tragedy, which appears to be a cover up; the IRS targeting of conservative groups and those who apparently oppose this president; or the massive subpoena of AP phone records and the public handling by this administration, especially by the White House, it is cause to give us all a huge pause. I won’t even go into the lies we were told about the health care reform and the implementation fundraising controversy surrounding Secretary Sibelius.

It is beyond comprehension how this administration has gone so astray. It pains me to even think that we are at the verge of losing the foundation of our existence as a country. The principles on which our country was founded are in danger of being destroyed. More than anything else I am in shock. Yes, there is outrage out there as there should be, and not just from Republicans. Yet what I feel is a considerable sense of sadness.

Finally the press is being awaken as to what has slowly crept up, but only because it finally hit them directly. The media, the greatest apologists for President Obama, have finally realized that their own creation has come back to haunt them. The mere thought that our federal government would threaten one of the most fundamental freedoms –the freedom of the press– should have a chilling effect on the way we look at this president. 

Unhappily it reminds me of the renowned First they came… poem by Pastor Martin Niemöller. First, they went after their opponent; the media not only stayed silent but also enabled them; then they went after their opponent’s supporters via the IRS and the media stood by, but now they are going after the media and that is the most dangerous. 

There are places in this earth where that happens, where it is the way it is. But here in the United States we should not stand idly by; as a matter of fact we should all defend that freedom with our own voices. Too many have died to give us that freedom. It is our sacred duty to defend it, or there will be no one to speak for us.

Rosario Marin served as the 41st U.S. Treasurer under President George W. Bush.  She is the author of "Leading Between Two Worlds Lessons" from the first Mexican-born Treasurer of the United States.

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