Aw, just say it: this is a banana republic. The only thing missing is the tasty, nutritious bananas, which in a federally-micromanaged socialist economy are now too expensive for non-working working stiffs to afford without government aid.
The IRS did mishandle tea party and conservative groups’ nonprofit applications, but their behavior didn’t break any laws, the Justice Department said in a letter to Congress Friday that cleared the tax agency and former senior executive Lois G. Lerner of any crimes.
“Ineffective management is not a crime,” Assistant Attorney General Peter J. Kadzik said in a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee. “TheDepartment of Justice’s exhaustive probe revealed no evidence that would support a criminal prosecution. What occurred is disquieting and may necessitate corrective action — but it does not warrant criminal prosecution.”
The decision comes more than two years after the IRS’s internal watchdog reported that auditors singled out tea party groups’ applications for special scrutiny and delayed those applications beyond reasonable timelines, preventing the groups from being able to say they were officially recognized nonprofits.
The agency initially admitted its bad behavior, and President Obama vowed an investigation — but he later said, in the middle of the probe, that there was no evidence of corruption.
Some Republicans have questioned the validity of the probe from the beginning, after learning that one of the Justice Department lawyers assigned to the investigation was a contributor to Mr. Obama’s political campaigns.
In its letter Friday the Justice Department specifically cleared Ms. Lerner, a senior executive in charge of approving the groups’ applications, who had authored a number of emails that suggested a bias against the tea party movement.
It wasn’t “a bias against the tea party movement,” and it wasn’t “suggested”–it was an obvious and successful attempt at muzzling political dissent from the Progressivist orthodoxy, a contra-Constitutional move to limit and/or destroy a large segment of the population’s right to have a say in their own governance, via harassment by the most powerful bureaucracy in an out-of-control and overpowerful federal government. It was an attempt–I repeat, a successful attempt, which is a crucial distinction–to deny Americans their most fundamental rights under the now-irrelevant, toothless, useless Constitution. No more, no less. Williamson comes close, but can’t quite bring himself to come right out and say it–and with good reason, given that it is now established beyond any doubt that if the IRS wants to come after dissenters, it both can and will, with total impunity.
Lois Lerner’s cynical, overt politicization of the Internal Revenue Service, and the fact that she and other IRS leaders misled investigators, Congress, and the public about the extent of the IRS’s political shenanigans, undermines the legitimacy of the federal government. DOJ won’t lift a pinky against a friend of the Obama administration. This is banana-republic stuff.
Indeed it is. And with that, the Obama “fundamental transformation” of the FUSA is now just about complete. Let the starry-eyed Pollyannas of the Right continue bleating about American “exceptionalism” while singing the Star Spangled Banner with tears streaming down their cheeks, deluding themselves about things that ought to be obvious to them above all others. Sterner, more clear-eyed sorts will be able to recognize what kind of country this really is from here on out, and will do all they can to avoid any contact at all with its government while quietly undermining and subverting it in any way they can.