Jeff Neal for C.U.R.E. - Certain Unalienable Rights Endowment

The IRS, Banned Words, ObamaCare, Nuremberg and Granny

In Opinion on May 13, 2013 at 10:49 am

Your government was (is?) using a list of bad words to discover groups with an intent to cause unrest and abet treason, in other words groups that might oppose the policies of Barack Obama.  The list includes:

Tea Party, Constitution, Patriot, 9/12, Limiting/expanding government

The use of that list was to be revealed in a report from an investigation triggered by complaints from some of the targets of political intimidation.  So, late last week, an IRS official preemptively apologized(!) for the agency’s practice of exposing groups with those words in their names to extraordinary scrutiny when determining whether those political organizations would be exempt from certain taxes.  In other words, the IRS was using a political filter to determine which groups would have to pay tribute to the government in exchange for the privilege of expressing opinions about political matters.  The apology included the counter-logical statement that the practice was not politically motivated.  In addition, to inoculate everyone with a pay grade higher than the appointed apologist’s, we were told that the suppression of free speech by political intimidation was conducted only by ‘lower-level’ IRS employees.  Is government heavy-handedness a problem only if it’s administered directly by or under specific orders of the President himself?  Did any of Stalin’s victims survive because he didn’t pull the trigger himself?  Or, would Richard Nixon have been excused if he had made G. Gordon Liddy, apologize for the break-in and sit in the corner for 15 minutes?

Leaving aside the fundamental point about the limits on free speech implicit in the law the IRS is implementing in this instance, it is helpful to examine this episode in light of a separate recent event.  In a commencement address at Ohio University, President Obama told his audience to reject “voices” that warned against the tyranny of big government.  In his words:

Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems; some of these same voices also doing their best to gum up the worksThey’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner.  You should reject these voices.  Because what they suggest is that our brave and creative and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted. 

And

The founders trusted us with this awesome authority.  We should trust ourselves with it, too.  Because when we don’t, when we turn away and get discouraged and cynical, and abdicate that authority, we grant our silent consent to someone who will gladly claim it.  That’s how we end up with lobbyists who set the agenda; and policies detached from what middle-class families face every day; the well-connected who publicly demand that Washington stay out of their business — and then whisper in government’s ear for special treatment that you don’t get.

Is there anyone who didn’t decipher the code words in those two paragraphs?  Is there anyone who didn’t hear:

BEWARE THE TEA PARTY AND ALL THOSE SMALL GOVERNMENT

OBSTRUCTIONIST “PATRIOTS” WHO WANT US TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE CONSTITUTION!!

We will be told over and over that the White House and the President condemn the IRS actions.  It’s likely that some ‘lower level’ people will be fired for their horrendous/atrocious/deplorable (Jay Carney’s thesaurus will be in overdrive) acts.  However, “I was just following orders” does not excuse the offender, nor does it absolve the commander.  That these ‘orders’ were merely understood and not written is not pertinent.  Junior level IRS agents rarely do things that would be grounds for dismissal if discovered by their supervisors.  That some of them now might be fired does not clear this administration of its complicity.  Indeed, the high level officials’ guilt is directly proportional to the number of synonyms they use for ‘really, really, really bad.’

OH, and recall who is in charge of enforcing and administering ObamaCare, recall who is in charge of setting standards that will determine whether Granny will get a hip replacement or a new set of crutches.  Like ALL government programs, regulations and tax laws, ObamaCare will be administered by a ‘lower-level’ government employee who would never, ever be influenced by politics, of course.  Yeah, and Granny will be just fine, really.

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