The IRS scandal is not about Republican overreach

By Tom Quiner

576573_548325595220097_161632421_n“It’s very clear that GOP scandal overreach is now prompting a real media backlash” [Washington Post].

“The IRS is a good political issue for Republicans. But are they in dangers of overreaching on it?” [The Fix].

“Obama always lucky when it comes to his enemies: These House investigations would so much more damaging if Rs showed discipline/restraint” [Politico].

“House Rs always overplay their hand. they can’t help themselves” [National Journal].

This unified message from the Mainstream Media (MSM) came immediately upon the heels of  a memo from  Michael Czin, DNC National Press Secretary:

“Blocking the President’s policies for purely political reasons has always been the top priority of Congressional Republicans, but in the last month they’ve really pushed the envelope – even for them. There’s one word that best describes the GOP’s efforts in May: overreach.”

The Democratic Party spoke.

The MSM responded.

Democrats and all the president’s men in the MSM are now colluding to change the narrative of the scandal.

This would be a mistake. This scandal is different, very different from other Washington scandals down through the years.

Wall Street Journal columnist, Peggy Noonan, has been writing about this scandal since it broke. She has struggled to put her finger on the EXACT reason why it is so bad. In her blog today, she said she finally got to the heart of the matter:

 ” … the current IRS scandal is different from previous ones and more threatening to the American arrangement. I had written that this scandal isn’t a discrete event in which a president picks up a phone and tells someone in the White House to look into the finances of some steel industry executives, or to check out the returns of some guy on an enemies list.

But my friend got to the essence. He wrote, “The left likes to say, ‘Watergate was worse!’ Watergate was bad—don’t get me wrong. But it was elites using the machinery of government to spy on elites. . . . It’s something quite different when elites use the machinery of government against ordinary people. It’s a whole different ball game.”

It is.

That’s exactly what I meant.”

This scandal is a nightmare to America because it involves the Obama Government targeting the little guy. They have placed Newt Gingrichtheir Big Government ideology ahead of us rank and file Americans.

Barack Obama has made it clear as president: if you’re not with us, you’re against. You are an enemy of the Obama Government if you oppose:

√ Expanded welfare state

√ More government entitlement programs

√ Tax payer funded abortion

√ Diminished religious liberty

√ Wealth redistribution

… and an endless list of Leftist initiatives.

I fervently hope that this scandal does not lead to the White House. But through his rhetoric, the president cast us little people who disagree with him as enemies. His government, the Obama Government, clearly listened to what their boss was saying, and they went after dissenters with a passion and a fury that our government used to demonstrate when dealing with communism or terrorism.

This government targets Americans who think wrong.

I pointedly used the terms “his government” and the “Obama government” in describing our federal government. Abraham Lincoln famously said our system of government was government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

That noble ideal is dead.

If this IRS scandal isn’t properly investigated, if those who abused their power aren’t fired and maybe even sent to prison, if this scandal stands, America is done.


  1. Lisa Bourne on June 4, 2013 at 11:17 am

    We need to stop using the term “mainstream media.” It’s not factually accurate.

    If Fox News (with all its blemishes, blondes and cheese) appears so far to the right, it’s only because of how decidedly, and often disgustingly, leftward-locked most of the rest of the media is. To deny otherwise is to be dishonest.

    Fox isn’t necessarily the answer, rather, the antithesis to and breath of fresh air in the face of the stale and irksome stream of propaganda passed off as information/news from the left. Any argument that the media is mainstream is only true in the sense that a majority of Americans have sheepishly, sleepily, succumbed to accepting it as the norm.

    Regarding the overall point of the post, the media powers that be will toot this president’s horn all the way through the light being shone on his dealings, the exposure of his scandals, and it will even continue unabated should these result in impeachment and prosecution.

    The man could be caught on camera or audio (in fact has been) betraying his lack of ethics and character let alone disdain for America, and it matters not. The lemmings fall in line for their messiah, insisting their emperor is clothed. Speak otherwise, and be branded a hater and/or racist. So many have slipped down this slope, so many have bought into the lies of the left, that only God can help us now. Let’s pray He does.

    • quinersdiner on June 4, 2013 at 11:41 am

      Perhaps we could relabel them the “Secular Propaganda Arm of the Socialist Media” aka SPASM.

      Or how about this: “Journalists Undermining Democracy and American Society” aka JUDAS.

      Or “Liberals Investigating Conservative Extremists” aka LICE.

      Or maybe “Journalists Extinguishing Republican Koncepts: aka JERK.

      I’m open to suggestions for a new moniker for the former MSM. Bring it on!

      • Lisa Bourne on June 4, 2013 at 2:18 pm

        You’re on a roll Tom. I love it.

  2. Shawn Pavlik on June 5, 2013 at 1:14 am

    I wonder if the investigation into the AP surveillance is considered “overreach” by those in the media….

    • quinersdiner on June 5, 2013 at 6:04 am

      Now THAT is the only overreach in question, as far as they are concerned.