As Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto of the Imperial Japanese Navy emerged from the IRS hearings in Congress on Friday, he was overheard to say, "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve."
OK, so I am mixing metaphors. But, that famous statement from the architect of the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack is the most descriptive quote I can think of for what happened in the Longworth Building in Washington, D.C. this past week. The Democratic Party, and especially the outgoing Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, must be wondering if their confident stride over the past four years didn’t just gallop them right past a forbidden threshold.
It would be a mistake for the Democrats or for those reporting on this story to consider the IRS exploitations in isolation. This is just one of a long train of abuses. The first example arrived just three months into the Obama presidency with the usurpation of America’s transportation network. In a complete disconnect from market demand, the Administration announced plansto fund the construction of high speed rails throughout the United States.
Soon after asserting their utopian commuter network, the Democratic controlled House and Senate granted the President his every wish to spend unprecedented amounts of borrowed money in the expansion of government. And with the hiring of hundreds of thousands of additional government employees, the money laundering scheme of funding the Democratic Party through union membership dues rapidly escalated.
In spite of an economic crash and America’s longstanding desire to reduce the importation of Middle-Eastern oil, the Obama Administration put a stop to the Keystone Pipeline project. Rather than creating tens of thousands of good paying jobs in America to bring Canadian oil to the states, those skill requirements will only be needed in Canada as the pipeline will instead bypass the United States on its way to the west coast. America will continue to import oil from the Middle-East while Canada’s oil will be loaded on tankers bound for China.
The Obama Administration evinced a design to dictate where Boeing could locate its operation for assembling their new 787 Dreamliner aircraft. The force of government was blatantly abused against a private company in order to benefit President Obama’s big labor friends and supporters.
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Endangered Species Act have both been abused to shut down businesses, farms, and recreation throughout the nation. The radical environmentalists are kept happy in exchange for the Obama re-election campaign remaining well funded.
The Obama Administration, in cooperation with the Hillary Clinton State Department, created an elaborate story to manipulate America’s perception of what happened to our Ambassador and our soldiers in Benghazi. And, United States Attorney General Eric Holder has evaded the truth about his running guns to Mexico and tapping the phones of AP reporters and members of Congress.
But the IRS scandal is the act of absolute despotism that exceeds the level of tolerable suffering for rank and file American citizens. This is one agency that we all have to deal with directly. They are powerful, arrogant, and often cruel. We were already afraid of them. But the new stories of their Gestapo practices to intimidate citizens who do not adore President Obama will send shockwaves throughout the nation. The Internal Revenue Service has become the model of absolute power corrupting absolutely.
And in the ultimate expression of such government authority, the management of our personal health will now come under the control of “Obamacare’s” hand-picked Nurse Ratched. The very bureaucrat who led the IRS attacks on conservative non-profits is now assigned to manage your health care.
As citizens, we submit ourselves to government authorities from policemen to building code inspectors to tax collectors because we have entrusted them with a combination of force, discipline and selfless wisdom. Yet it is clearly evident that this is not an administration dedicated to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Rather, Americans are now disposed to suffer the evils of ambitious liberalism.
The Founding Fathers gave us instructions for this condition when they formed these United States: “…all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”