By Tom Quiner
“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.”
That’s exactly what I meant.”
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.