Is the IRS scandal the worst political scandal in American history?

Bookworm makes a case for it. Obama used the power of a federal agency to stifle dissent and intimidate opponents. People will say he wasn’t involved, but that’s total BS – I think he knew; he ordered it. It’s just a question of whether the proof ever sees the light of day. And, like Bookworm says, if Obama didn’t know, he’s too weak and incompetent to hold the job.

There’s been a lot of debate swirling amongst the pundits lately. Is the Watergate cover-up worse than the Benghazi cover-up or vice versa? Is the only scandal that matters the Justice Department’s decision to tap Associated Press phones, because that’s the only one that the media will care about? What did Obama know and when did he know it?

Ignore all that. The absolute worst scandal that’s emerged lately, and the worst administration scandal in American history is the IRS scandal. Why? Because you, the People, became the targets of a comprehensive federal government effort to stifle dissent, one made using the government’s overwhelming and disproportionate policing and taxing powers.

All of the other scandals, going back to Andrew Johnson’s post-Civil War scandals, Warren G. Harding’s 1920s Teapot Dome scandal, Nixon’s Watergate, Reagan’s Iran-Contra, and Clinton’s Oval Office sexcapades have actually been narrowly focused acts of cronyism, garden-variety political chicanery, or personal failings. It’s been insider stuff.

The IRS scandal, by contrast, is a direct attack on the American people. Right now, Progressives throughout America are pretending that this scandal doesn’t matter: “Obama wasn’t involved.” “Tea Partiers had it coming because they’re all corrupt.” “Obama would have won the election anyway.” “It was just a coincidence that the only groups that had their applications scrutinized, sometimes for years, were politically conservative. It means nothing that, when one group changed its name to sound Progressive, its application was approved in only three weeks.” “This is just a bureaucratic snafu.” “It’s a few rogue agents in Ohio.”

Those who offer these excuses are either morally flawed themselves or delusional idiots. Pastor Martin Niemoller, who once supported the Nazi party, finally and famously figured things out after World War II:

First they came for the communists,

and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

Then they came for the socialists,

and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,

and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,

and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for the Catholics,

and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Catholic.

Then they came for me,

and there was no one left to speak for me.

Once a government gets the bit between its teeth and starts targeting special interest groups, that is the end of freedom, not just for those first groups targeted, but for everyone.

Read the rest; it’s scary to think what the government can do to you if they decide they don’t like your ideological bent – Bookworm Room » Is the IRS scandal the worst political scandal in American history? I say “yes.”.

  1. MulroyBay said:

    Nixon used the IRS to stifle dissent and punish his enemies. If Obama did the same he would only need to commit a panoply of other felonies to catch up with Nixon. As of yet, the evidence is absent.

    This may be the most oxymoronic scandal of the year. If this was suppressing political activism, then the groups should not have filed for tax-free apolitical status. (The difference is that they would have been required to reveal their donors. This would have revealed the supposedly Grass roots Tea Party groups as fronts for large, well-heeled Right wing activists.) The IRS focus on the Tea Party is like the TSA singling out the Palestinian loudmouth for additional screening. Profiling is wrong, no matter whether it makes superficial sense or not

    The proof that this is not the biggest scandal of all time will be the next biggest scandal of all time. Wait and see. And breathe into a paper bag if you need to calm down in the interim..

  2. ymarsakar said:

    Nixon was another enemy of the Left, for good reason. The FBI didn’t particularly like him. Except back then, most people accepted the Leftist propaganda about Nixon. It was far more full proof than the defense of the Leftist alliance for human slavery and utopian perfection right now. They’ll have to suppress the dissidents even more now a days to get the same effect.

    The propaganda mill had to search for a few weeks or even months to be able to come up with the attack-defense appropriate for the immune system that keeps the Leftist slave empire in line.

  3. ymarsakar said:

    The Left’s power comes from their monopoly on non profit NGOs, funding, and government support/symbiosis. The unions scratch the Leftists in government, and in return the Leftists use power to destroy the union’s competition or enemies.

    So when some outside, or even worst, traitor or political enemy looks like they are trying to get some non profit organizations running on the ground up, they are targeted for suppression. Not because they are enemies of Obama, but because they are natural enemies of the Leftist alliance.

    All this has happened, will happen, even if Obama wasn’t President.

  4. MulroyBay said:

    @ymarsakar… I am confused. Are you saying that the White House tapes, on which Nixon is clearly heard committing felonies are “Left Wing propaganda?” If so, the truth does have a liberal bias. How do you account for conservative icon Barry Goldwater’s involvement in getting Nixon to resign? Or perhaps you believe that a righteous lie is a conservative virtue? You have a right to your own opinion, as Daniel Patrick Moynahan said, but not your own facts.

    Sometimes our allies screw up. It does no good, and only costs you credibility to deny it.

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