With this article, I am introducing a new category on the blog, the “Big Lie.” The big lie is a huge falsehood, easily verified as false, but nevertheless repeated over and over so that many people believe it.
This article addresses the lie, “the Obama Administration is one of the most corrupt in history.” Looking back at history we see that the Obama administration is actually one of the least corrupt administrations in history. In fact the top contenders in my lifetime are the Reagan administration and George W. Bush. There has been not a single conviction of an Obama administration official for an office-related crime.
The use of pardons (before trial), disappearing emails (millions of them) and the invocation of executive privilege held down the numbers, particularly with the George W. Bush administration, but even so the numbers are large. Depending on how you count, Reagan administration convictions range from a conservative 21 to 32. I counted 17 convictions and guilty pleas from the George W. Bush administration, but then what were in those 5 million deleted emails? Also during a congressional investigation of possible use of the Justice Department to target Democrats, 12 officials including Karl Rove refused to testify and resigned (not counted).
Depending on how you count, the Clinton Administration had 1-3. Squeaky clean Jimmy Carter had none.
I’m not someone who collects scandals and keeps them at hand to poison the well in some discussion, but I think that from time to time such information should be reviewed lest we forget and lose our sense of perspective. Fortunately, the Wikipedia has a long memory of these scandals.