Given the Democrats' track record of investigating Republican administrations, they will lack credibility when they protest Republicans investigating actions by the Obama administration. Oversight is a primary function of any Congress.
The new Republican House majority is expected to conduct several investigations. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has promised to lead six of them, including one that according to Issa's spokesman, Kurt Bardella, will focus on the "institutional culture of waste, fraud and abuse," within the federal bureaucracy. To be credible, these investigations must expose Republicans as well as Democrats because misspending the public's money is one of the few bipartisan activities remaining in Washington.
The investigation that has the potential to produce the most controversy is one promised by Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.). According to the Washington Post, King, who will head the Homeland Security Committee, has promised to examine the "radicalization of some Muslims in the United States and the extent to which American Muslims are cooperating with law enforcement authorities. He also plans to probe homeland security issues."
It is a worthy pursuit, but that examination should also include an investigation of the Obama administration's Justice Department and its approach to rooting out terrorist suspects and how it may have treated them with kid gloves because of political pressure from identity groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
Already one hears familiar cries of "McCarthyism" from the left. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the first Muslim elected to Congress, was quoted in The Huffington Post as saying the King investigation will "vilify" the Muslim community: "I got so concerned that when I heard about it I actually approached Congressman King on the House floor and told him that, you know, look, we all need to be concerned about violent radicalization, but not just against Muslims, against anybody."
On MSNBC, Ellison elaborated: "What about the guy who flew a plane into the IRS or what about the guy who killed a guard at the Holocaust museum?" Um, excuse me. Those were individual acts and not part of a worldwide movement that, rightly or wrongly, is conducted under the banner of radical Islam with constant references to the Koran and justifications for mass murder. Anyone who doesn't see the difference is either attempting to divert the attention of the targeted or is in complete denial.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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