This IRS example is much more serious than just one single scandal. You have a substantial number of citizens who believe they have been grievously wronged. The IRS laughably contends that all the potential evidence has vanished down history’s most convenient memory hole. The establishment shrugs, winks, and refuses to enforce the system’s legal processes to determine if there has been wrongdoing. Now, is it a really great idea to tell about half the population that they are simply not entitled to seek redress of their grievances through the law? Any ideas from, say, American history about what can happen when you abandon the rule of law?
If the law means nothing, if half the people can’t avail themselves of it, and if there are no consequences for violating it, then what is there for the loyal opposition to be loyal to?
It must be liberating for the establishment to be free of accountability. “Oh, we couldn’t possibly do that,” they initially thought. “There’d be hell to pay!” Except, when they did it there was no hell to pay. There were no valiant establishment politicians who put country above party and pushed back. The mainstream media didn’t just roll over; it covered up when it wasn’t actively cheerleading. If Nixon was a Democrat in office today, the New York Times would run a front page, above-the-fold story on #YesAllWomen heroine Rosemary Woods and the patriarchal, cisnormative assault on her secretarial skills.
Can you smell the Pulitzer?
As I talk about in my new book, Conservative Insurgency (Coming out July 15th), this cynical establishment strategy risks changing our system from one defined by rules into one defined by raw power. Thuggery can work for a little while, but eventually people get fed up. Conservatives are actively marginalized, socially and politically, but is it realistic to think we will simply throw in the towel and obey? Destroying our political norms won’t silence the establishment’s foes; it will radicalize them.
Your opponents are not going to play by the rulebook you’ve just thrown out.
Is that what you establishment types want? What goes around comes around – hard. Europe’s elite’s similar disenfranchisement strategy is giving rise to nontraditional parties, both sensible ones like UKIP and scary ones like Greece’s Golden Dawn. When you make a conscious decision to deprive people of their voices, you may not like who they choose to speak for them.
Here, our ex-majority leader’s fate is a stark warning of what happens when the people you have been taking for granted take you for a ride. You better start listening to what we keep telling you. The Tea Party shook you up, but you told yourself that the madness had all blown over. Eric Cantor? Oh, uh, well, it couldn’t possibly have been caused by his amnesty fetish because if it were you might have to change what you’re doing and your Chamber of Commerce pals would totally be mad!
So the establishment will keep doing what it’s been doing. But they may just unleash a horde of what they will see as anti-establishment, bunny-boiling Glenn Closes who simply won’t be ignored.