By: Eddie Kamber
In today’s America, conservatives are held to a higher standard than others and often called to answer for their beliefs. The Internal Revenue Service scandal reveals another ugly truth; our own government holds conservative groups to this same double standard. For any government agency, let alone the IRS, to single out and scrutinize a group based on their political beliefs is wrong, and quite frankly a danger to the Republic. It is one thing for a private citizen to scrutinize someone for his or her political beliefs, but when a government agency does this it should strike fear in every American. In a time when the mainstream media should be scrutinizing the growing power of our government, they are fueling the flames by painting the portrait of an “evil right”. While it is easy to forget when one’s ally holds the reigns of power, an abuse of power will eventually threaten everyone.
According to Fox News in addition several other well reputed news organizations the IRS has not only been targeting Tea Party organizations but has systematically been targeting organizations that go against the ideology of the Obama Administration. It is my hope that it is not only conservatives that find this systematic targeting of the conservative movement as troubling as I do. For organizations that go against the government to be targeted by our over grown government simply for their political ideology is wrong and an existential threat to the republic. While our founding fathers put in checks and balances to limit the extent of abuse of power within our government, agencies such as the IRS are outside of the realm of the traditional system of checks and balances. The opportunities for abuse within the overgrown and unchecked executive branch of government would make our founding father role over in their graves. It is time big government agencies such as the IRS remember they work not only for those who share their ideology, but for those of different ideologies as well. The recent IRS scandal is the best evidence to date that we need a smaller government with significantly less power.
It is time to demand that the commissioner of the IRS Steven Miller resign. Any officer of our government who allows, knowingly or otherwise, his or her employees to cause hardships on any group or individual due to their political persuasions is in the wrong. Not only is Mr. Miller in the wrong, he violated the rights of the very citizens he serves in a gross and negligent manner. This kind of abuse of power is not only wrong but poses the very question “If our government can target groups or individuals due to their political persuasions, what else can they do?”. This frightening question is not only a fair question, it is particularly relevant in today’s era of large, high powered government. Marco Rubio understands the grave nature of this crisis and stated in a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on May 13,
It is clear the IRS cannot operate with even a shred of the American people’s confidence under the current leadership. Therefore, I strongly urge that you and President Obama demand the IRS Commissioner’s resignation, effectively immediately. No government agency that has behaved in such a manner can possibly instill any faith and respect from the American public.
When a government or agency of government loses the faith of the people that agency must be eliminated or radically changed, it is time the IRS changes its leadership and begin a radical makeover or face the wrath of the people. The most dangerous form of government is one that does not respect the will of the people. As John Marshall once said; “The power to tax is the power to destroy.”
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