By Tom Quiner
Conservatives have hurt themselves.
We have done to Obama what liberals did to Bush. We have ranted and railed over non-issues such as “birthergate” at the expense of the truly large issues.
Birthergate was a sideshow, one of many distractions to the important issues of the day.
All of our gnashing of teeth over minor issues has diminished legitimate outrage over issues such as government overreach with Obamacare and attacks on religious liberty, free speech, and Life.
The Obama administration has truly staked out extreme positions on many fronts that conservatives rightly consider an attack on American values.
The scandal of the moment, the IRS’ admitted targeting of conservative groups, IS a very, very big deal. Let us push to get the facts out. Let us push to see how high up the chain this corruption reaches. But let us NOT start talking about impeachment.
An impeachment trial would do irreparable harm to the country and probably set back the conservative movement for decades.
Writer C.S. Lewis put it in perspective this way:
“Suppose one reads a story of filthy atrocities in the paper.
Then suppose that something turns up suggesting that the story might not be quite true, or not quite so bad as it was made out.
Is one’s first feeling, ‘Thank God, even they aren’t quite so bad as that,’ or is it a feeling of disappointment, and even a determination to cling to the first story for the sheer pleasure of thinking your enemies are as bad as possible?
If it is the second then it is, I am afraid, the first step in a process which, if followed to the end, will make us into devils.
You see, one is beginning to wish that black was a little blacker. If we give that wish its head, later on we shall wish to see grey as black, and then to see white itself as black. Finally we shall insist on seeing everything — God and our friends and ourselves included — as bad, and not be able to stop doing it: we shall be fixed for ever in a universe of pure hatred.”