We are a nation of laws, or at least we used to be.
We have become a nation of subjects living at the mercy of the whims of progressive politicians willing to use government agencies, their positions and a complicit media to trample voter’s rights, silence opposition and impose an agenda voters rejected and reject laws they explicitly supported. If the law can be overruled or ignored by politicians in this way, and government agencies can be weaponized, all while being ignored by the self-appointed “free press,” liberty isn’t just threatened, it’s dead.
The nation was shocked when it learned Obama administration used the Internal Revenue Service to target and silence political opponents, and the president swore at the time he would root out those responsible. But within weeks, he stopped caring and labeled it as a “phony scandal,” and the media fell in line and moved on. And this was just the tip of the power-abuse iceberg.
We still have no idea who ordered the IRS to target political foes of progressives – the trail ended when Lois Lerner read a 5-minute statement to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, then contemptibly and illegally took the Fifth rather than answer questions from committee members. Imagine the howls in the press if a Republican even tried to get away with that. Lerner not only got away with it, she was given paid leave then allowed to retire with full benefits. And the targeting not only continues, but progressives now seek to codify in regulation the abuses they undertook so they can silence opposition in the future.
It’s something out of a Hollywood movie…only Hollywood has become a player in the fight. Well, not exactly a player, more like an unwilling participant.
Hollywood conservatives, to the extent they exist, have a group called Friends of Abe. It’s essentially a social club where people who otherwise have to hide their personal opinions because they wouldn’t get work get together and talk, sometimes with politicians as guests. I first heard about the group from Andrew Breitbart, who was an integral member. He expressed the importance not only of the anonymity of the members, but of the existence of the group at the time. The group eventually became known, but the membership, beyond a few, remained a closely guarded secret. Enter the IRS.