If any of the online GOP mouthpieces noticed me anymore, what I’m about to write might be controversial
But since it’s just us here on the lunatic fringe, it likely won’t be very controversial at all. Or even unhelpful. Or True Believerish.
Though definitely still Visigothy.
Advanced: the GOP establishment knew prior to the 2012 election season that TEA Party groups were in fact being harassed, deterred, and molested by the IRS, effectively hamstringing the efforts of those groups to form and organize and educate and influence. They determined to keep their investigations into the matter cursory and didn’t press the matter. This we know to be fact.
Advanced: high-ranking Obama political appointees within the Treasury Department, along with the IG in charge of tax matters inside Treasury, knew prior to the 2012 election season that TEA Party groups were in fact being harassed, deterred, and molested by the IRS, effectively hamstringing the efforts of those groups to form and organize and educate and influence. They determined to keep this information from the public. This we know to be fact.
Advanced: Democrats in Congress and the Senate knew prior to the 2012 election season that TEA Party groups were in fact being harassed, deterred, and molested by the IRS, effectively hamstringing the efforts of those groups to form and organize and educate and influence. Several Senators, among them Manchin, Levin, and Franken, contacted the IRS and asked that the agency look into and audit these TEA Party groups — even though there existed no evidence against them of any wrongdoing and no proximate cause for the harassment that followed save these Senators’ dislike of their political challengers, particularly challengers that opposed the status quo in DC. This we know to be fact — just as we know to be fact that Levin chairs the committee that in the course of any real investigation into the IRS’s practices will investigate, presumably, the Congress that is responsible for them. That is, Levin, Franken, Manchin, and others not yet flushed out.
Advanced: GOP establishment groups largely were spared the treatment given to TEA Party groups, who we now knew were in fact being harassed, deterred, and molested by the IRS, effectively hamstringing the efforts of those groups to form and organize and educate and influence. Craig Shirley offers some detail here.
Advanced: the House is to this point resisting the appointment of a Special Prosecutor to look into what is a systemic problem within the IRS, as evidenced by prior scandals of just this sort under different Administrations.
Advanced: it is reasonable to conclude that, in the absence of appointing a Special Prosecutor, the establishment GOP leadership in the House, like the Democrats in the House and Senate, are reluctant to do any real digging into the systemic problems within the IRS that point to a history of politicians from both parties using the agency to molest their personal and political opponents. Instead, they will be content to jail a few functionaries and force others of higher internal stature to resign. These will be the scapegoats — and we will be told that the GOP House, with largely bi-partisan support, has excised the cancer from within the IRS, though they will concede that new safeguards need to put into effect to prevent future abuses.
THEREFORE: I propose that the GOP establishment, the Democrat establishment, and at least two higher ranking political officials in Treasury and one official from the IG’s office (and I suspect well beyond those so far identified, to include Obama’s advisors and campaign managers and the President himself) had no real desire, prior to the elections in 2012, to correct the systemic treatment by the IRS of TEA Party groups, who were in fact being harassed, deterred, and molested by the IRS, effectively hamstringing the efforts of those groups to form and organize and educate and influence.
THEREFORE: I conclude, not without reason, that the GOP establishment, by omission (if not commission — I suspected early on, and noted in passing, that we shouldn’t be too quick to pin the organized effort to curtail the effectiveness of the TEA Party on Democrats alone; the GOP establishment has evinced a clear disdain for TEA Party groups, and on many public occasions have sought to marginalize them, undermine them, and delegitimate them) — knowing before the election that TEA Party groups who were in fact being harassed, deterred, and molested by the IRS, effectively hamstringing the efforts of those groups to form and organize and educate and influence — affirmatively aided in the attacks on the TEA Party and conservatives.
The ruling class knew. And they circled the wagons with winks and nods and the occasion bit of theater. The establishment Republicans, the majority of whom are either overt statists or latent ones, have far more in common with the Democrat DC establishment than they do with the Hobbits who have tormented them by insisting that they represent their constituencies in ways those constituencies desire. They are co-conspirators in an attempt to turn us from a representative, constitutional republic, into a ruling class-led despotism, a soft tyranny, a class system based on rulers, cronies, subjects, and clients. Liberal fascism.
This is a rigged game. And these investigations are being orchestrated in such a way that they will produce fall guys and gals, create some political capital for the Republicans in their friendly game of political musical chairs, the winner enjoying temporary titular control over government and the ability to proffer largess to its favored constituencies (oftentimes, of course, they compromise, as we’re seeing with Comprehensive Immigration Reform, where we’re told the labor unions and the Chamber of Commerce have come to terms — that is, the cronies of each party have compromised in order to get something done), with the will of the people marginalized or ignored, dismissed as racist or xenophobic or some other such nonsense.
Our government is at war with us. All of our government at the national level, save for the few upstarts — TEA Partiers, ironically! — who are attacked consistently from both the left and by ruling class Republicans, many of whom have been entrenched in DC for years.
CONCLUSION: It’s time for radical reform to the government and an insistence by the people that the media be cleaned out of ideologues (or else compelled to present their biases forthrightly), that Congress begin dismantling the regulatory branch of government, and that we return to our Constitution as the basis for legitimate governance — with all that entails: a fundamental reassertion of the Declaration and the Bill of Rights and the plenary powers the states reserved for themselves as a condition of creating a United States; and a reduction to the size and scope of the federal government in keeping with the 9th and 10th Amendments and the enumerated powers described in the Constitution.
To secure this, we must reform the court system and provide foundational, coherent linguistic safeguards on how laws are legitimately interpreted and applied.
This is to be a government by, of, and for the people. Today it is the opposite: it exists to further entrench a ruling class at the expense of the will of the people, many of whom are reduced to voting for pre-selected candidates who don’t represent their interests — the pitch being that these pre-selected candidates are the lesser of two evils. And what this scandal should be telling us is that the ruling class sees in the TEA Party a real existential threat to their attempts to establish and institutionalize the liberal fascist paradigm that by its very nature rewards those inside the government, inside the bureaucratic state, and those in the private sector with the capital to sell themselves as clients to the state in exchange for protections from competition.
We live in soft tyranny. And every day that we refuse to acknowledge this is one more day for the roots of despotism and cronyism to grow deeper, until they eventually strangle the lifeblood from the American Experiment.
As serr8d reminded me today on Twitter, I’ve written of this before — and laid out just who and what it is the ruling class is working together, with no concern for party, to destroy: it is the foundational idea of America itself, and in specific, those who have rediscovered that idea and have bravely used it to confront the usurpers who now run our government.
The time for asserting the people’s will is now. The time for insisting that the people’s will be obliged is drawing nearer.