Content advisory as to the video, included because I am heartened by Jon Stewart’s outrage in regard to the IRS scandal.
As usual, Mark Steyn gets to the heart of the matter in regard to the IRS Scandal:
When the state has the power to know everything about everyone, the integrity of the civil service is the only bulwark against men like Holder. Instead, the ruling party and the non-partisan bureaucracy seem to be converging. In August 2010, President Obama began railing publicly against “groups with harmless-sounding names like Americans for Prosperity” (August 9th, a speech in Texas) and “shadowy groups with harmless-sounding names” (August 21st, radio address). And whaddayaknow, that self-same month the IRS obligingly issued its first BOLO (Be On the Look-Out) for groups with harmless-sounding names, like “tea party,” “patriot,” and “constitution.”
It may be that the strange synchronicity between the president and the permanent bureaucracy is mere happenstance and not, as it might sound to the casual ear, the sinister merging of party and state. Either way, they need to be pried apart. When the state has the capability to know everything except the difference between right and wrong, it won’t end well.
Go here to National Review Online to read the brilliant rest. The Democrats are above all else the party of government, and the plunder to be derived from control of government. Small wonder that, with certain honorable exceptions, the Obama administration found eager minions in the IRS to convert their agency into a partisan political weapon for the Democrats. In this vale of tears government is a necessary evil, but under the Obama administration more and more of us see that the evil is becoming an ever stronger portion of that description of government.