Update June 20th 2014. Hard to believe but this piece was posted more than a year ago. Congress investigates, as its constitutional powers mandate. The investigation has been blocked by two events. First, the high-level public servant whose testimony would be central declared she would not testify at all. It’s her constitutional right to stay mute but, why should she? Who is she protecting? What reward has she been promised for her misplaced loyalty to the current administration?
Second, the Internal Revenue Service announced that it had lost thousands of emails that were requested by Congress. They are connected six of interlocutors of the same mute public servant. Public opinion, included that of techno savvy people – believes that it’s not possible to lose emails at all. The IRS is famous for never losing any document, not even after twenty years. What do you know!
Note for our overseas readers: The” IRS” is the Internal Revenue Service. It’s the federal government’s main tax collection agency. It is widely feared and hated . Each individual state in addition has its own tax collection agency or agencies. S o does each county. The current scandal involves only the former.
If I wanted to set up a secret police in the US, would I try to create a Gestapo from scratch? Would I call it “Gestapo,” or “NKVD,” or “KGB”?
Or would I rather take an existing, comparatively efficient agency , familiar though unloved by the mass of the people, and simply extend the reach of such an agency? I mean the Internal Revenue Service, of course.
Do I believe that President Obama ordered the IRS to discriminate against Tea Party-sounding groups and others identified as conservatives, against other political opponents? No, I do not.
I think he is responsible for the actions of low-level underlings because he created a statist, totalitarian atmosphere. He did this a lot through his non-actions regarding his old friends, in particular, including the bomber- terrorist Bill Ayres. He is responsible for allying himself with out-and-out extremist groups in his first election. The mainstream press is light-heartedly helping him erode democracy in this country.
None of these important actors is fundamentally evil (not even Ayres today; he is just a silly old man) . The president is a man who looks so good in a suit that he is the suit itself in the end, an empty suit. The liberal press is silly in the manner intelligent people who are seldom contradicted become silly. Many of the ordinary Americans who voted for Mr Obama are keeping their eyes and ears tightly shut in an effort to keep believing that everything is alright because they elected a “man of color.” I mean even college professors, aside from journalists. Black voters have been trained to have low expectations. They tell themselves it’s good enough that the president is (more or less) African-American. That their unemployment rate has risen dispropotionately under this black president they pretend is not relevant. Another kind of supporters, unions, is as corrupt as ever. Take all the teachers’unions, for example….or, rather, don’t take them try to leave them if you can!
I think Mr Obama is the non-Fascist leader of a genuine, grass-root American Fascist movement. The movement includes prominent Senators that preceded President Obama in office.*The recent discoveries at the IRS are just one manifestation of creeping fascism.
See also the Obama administration’s recent violations of freedom of the press.
The Second Amendment has rarely been more relevant.
* “In September 2010, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus wrote to IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman requesting that the agency survey major nonprofits involved in political campaign activity for their possible ‘violations of tax laws.’ In February, 2012, Sens Charles Schumer, Michael Bennett, Al Franken, Jeff Merkely, Jeanne Shaheen, Tom Udall and Sheldon Whitehouse wrote a similar letter to Mr Shulman, and promised [threatened -JD] to introduce legislation if the IRS failed to ‘prevent abuse of the tax code by political groups.'”
Note: All the above are or were Democratic Senators.
Excerpt from an oped by Karl Rove in the Wall Street Journal 5/18/13