January 14, 2014

US government finds no evidence to accuse itself of a crime

Instead, the FBI — through a leak –has let it be known that confusion about rules and bureaucratic incompetence, and not intentional or particularly targeted malfeasance within the IRS, were to blame for the completely one-sided targeting of TEA Party groups in the run-up to the 2012 elections.

Or, to put it another way, the government has decided, after what it will call careful examination, not to charge itself for its own internal lawlessness and vindictiveness.

John Boehner, I will point out for the hundredth time, never appointed a specific select committee to investigate what we all know, despite the FBI’s denials, was, in fact, an “enemy hunt.”  And the reason, as I speculated at the time and continue to believe even more firmly now — and to my knowledge, was the first person to make the claim publicly and unabashedly — is that either by omission or (even  more likely) at least partial commission, both establishment parties, that is, the ruling class, will have its fingerprints somewhere on this noxious torment of US citizens engaging in political activism, and so neither is eager for any serious investigation into the matter.

One need look no further than the Rovean, establican, Chamber of Commerce, and Facebook/Google-funded “conservative” action groups formed by ruling class embeds who live like cysts on the body politic and who have made it quite clear that they are willing — together, as a matter of pulled resources and a joint rhetorical effort — to decimate and delegitimate constitutionalists and classical liberals who have had the temerity to insist that the government is theirs and doesn’t belong solely to elected representatives who, once appointed to office, are free to line their own pockets, accrue their own perks and power, and disregard the wishes of those by whom they were elected, to understand that both parties likely had a hand in pressuring the IRS into more thoroughly scrutinizing the TEA Party groups.  And if that held those groups up, or weakened them during election and primary season?  Oh well.  Such is life.

Or, to put it another way, the political establishment is resisting this movement to be held accountable, having become accustomed to thinking the pressure is off them once they are able to lie, pander, and connive their way into office by fooling enough voters.  For the left, this is not a problem:  it’s modus operandi, which is why they constantly run as fiscal conservatives until they take office, and the winks and nods they give to the progressives gives them cover to appeal to the “moderates” who, let’s face it, are politically disengaged and only marginally politically literate.  For the right, it has become a problem — but it is one that they are hoping to fix by allying with many on the left, which is why you have erstwhile Republicans, once booted from office, refusing to support those who defeat them in primaries, or — in the case of Dick Lugar and Charlie Crist, among others — actively supporting the opposition.  They are a ruling class first and foremost.  Party doesn’t matter; power does.  And constitutionalists demanding a stable rule of law and limited federal power are not a natural “base” to either political party any longer.

This is, of course, another in a long line of outrages — and another nodal point in what is a very clear trajectory of a government disengaged from the idea that it represents the People rather than rules over them.  It is answerable only to itself, and because it is out only for itself, it will — aside from a few low level scapegoats it throws to the wolves for appearances — protect its own racket, then declare that protection sanctioned by the very government appointed to investigate itself.

This is a Potemkin republic.  And we are but props moved about to maintain the facade of liberty.

Well, I’m nobody’s prop.   And I will not die on my knees, even if a cushy pillow is put beneath me and I’m handed a Playstation 3 and an unlimited supply of Mountain Dew and snack chips.

But then, I’m crusty that way.

Posted by Jeff G. @ 8:49am
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Comments (29)

  1. “This is the FBI.

    We know we’re in there.

    If we don’t come out with our hands up, we’re coming in after us.”

  2. If you work to take away the Ruling Class’ toys and power through means established by the Founders, you’re an unhelpful visigothy Hobbit; if you prepare for the day when economic collapse (aka “simple arithmetic”) takes away the Ruling Class’ toys and power, you’re a paranoid extremist.

    Which would be a hell of a no-win situation, if you cared what the Ruling Class called you.

  3. When the “loyal opposition” is funded by the International Union of Operating Engineers and the Laborers’ International Union of North America then I guess the loyal opposition is going to have to be us.

  4. Could the Federal Bureau of Investigation simply be the front guard for the metastasizing Federal Leviathan? Schucks, Yeah! The “F” does stand for Federal, afterall!

    It’d be refreshing if the FBI prosecuted some of that white collar crime in DC for a change. Or if it went after the Global Warming fraudsters for defrauding the taxpayers. Or, if it shone a light on malfeasance in unionized services’ dues allocations. Or, if it prosecuted some of that election-fraud we all know is goin’ on.

    An anecdote, but: back about 4 years agao, I placed a call to the local FBI office in Flagstaff, Arizona, to tell them about a radical, Muslim, SEIU member-neighbor of mine who had just secured a job registering voters in our county. That’s right, ACORN activists are registering voters in li’l ol’ Flagstaff, AZ. After the call, I couldn’t help but feel the agency was more interested in who I was (tax-payer, American citizen, home-owner with fully permitted home, no criminal record, clean driving record, and ten-year resident of the county) than in who she was (radical, post-modernist, Black-Panther-ite from New Jersey, via Islamabad and the Navajo Reservation, living in illegal construction, and who just so happened to move out to rural AZ with another tart activist from Hyde Park, Chicago).

    This short contact with a federal investigatory office did more to convince me of the agency’s potential menace than all of the agency’s sordid history ever could. The woman was never questioned, and, as far as I know, no investigation was opened into her conduct as an elections registrar.

    Could it be, the FBI was working FOR the Democrat Party Machine in the county, and didn’t want to look too closely at the machine’s inner-workings?

    Nah! That’s crazy talk…

  5. The more important question is exactly where in the Constitution authorizes the creation of the FBI or other national police forces in the first place.

    Perhaps this is the reason why the FBI has removed “law enforcement” as a primary mission in favor of the more nebulous “national security”?

  6. There was a piece yesterday that Rush mentioned about why journalists never can find any scandals in the Obama administration. However it doesn’t go far enough. This:

    Journalists know the Obamans. Intimately. They know them from college, they know them from work, they know them from kids’ soccer. They’re literally married to them.

    To the journalists, the Obamans don’t look like crooks and cheats. Far from it. For them, it’s like looking in a mirror.

    This applies to all on the left. They are an insular tribe and the Rinos are the wannabes panting to be allowed in too. Nothing, no one must ever harm the great forward march of the Progressives progress toward utopia. That is the only crime they can ever see.

  7. It’s a nice pickle, the partisan transformation of justice — justice itself being the primary domestic function of government, after all — since after the transform (which amounts to removing the blindfold from the lady statue) any and every attempt to seek justice for its own sake, to find and prosecute actual crime, can be labeled just another partisan application of the thing which no longer exists. Is there a worse crime against society?

  8. The more important question is exactly where in the Constitution authorizes the creation of the FBI or other national police forces in the first place.

    Well, Congress does have the power to make Law (Art. I, Sect. 7), lay and collect taxes, regulate commerce, punish counterfeiting and piracy on the high seas, and “exercise exclusive legislation” over the national capitol and any military bases (Art. I, Sect. 8), plus all of the legislation required to activate and enforce various of the amendments. Laws mean nothing if there is no way to investigate violations, although prosecution and punishment of the violators is left to the judicial branch.

    Federal laws = federal investigators. They could have called it an “agency”, instead of a “bureau”, I suppose, but since such investigations are only a peripheral part of the executive branch, that’s not important enough for a full-sized Department. Article 6 establishes Supremacy of Federal laws, which gives the Feebs overriding authority over State cops.

    I am not aware of anything in Federal Law that allows for the FBI to “draft” State cops for investigations or arrests, so the States can theoretically prohibit their employees from being forced to expend actual resources to enforce those Federal Laws, since the ability to investigate and punish lies outside their jurisdiction, and there is an agency with exactly that responsibility. But IANAL, and YMMV.

  9. Federal laws = federal investigators. They could have called it an “agency”, instead of a “bureau”, I suppose, but since such investigations are only a peripheral part of the executive branch, that’s not important enough for a full-sized Department. Article 6 establishes Supremacy of Federal laws, which gives the Feebs overriding authority over State cops.

    And you may very well be right (as I am, after all, not a 12-dimensional-chess-playing Constitutional law instructor either). Nor did I want to go all “R*n P**l” moonbat on the group, but always believed that “And just where in the Constitution is this authorized?” should be the default question to any governmental issue…

  10. Mike Lee posts a photo of 2013 regulatory burden compared to Obamacare.

    ::assumes fetal position::

  11. compared to Obamacare

    I glanced at that pic yesterday and came away with the thought that the comparison is with the sum-total of Congress passed law from the year 2013 (and not ClownDisasterCare, which is, I think, a much bigger pile of paper, to say nothing of its inherent injustice).

  12. I … always believed that “And just where in the Constitution is this authorized?” should be the default question to any governmental issue…

    As it should be, and it is always worth looking into. Now if you would like to have me point out where Congress has the authority to establish the EPA, or anything involving education or energy, I’m fresh out.

  13. if you would like to have me point out where Congress has the authority to establish the EPA, or anything involving education or energy, I’m fresh out.

    They have the authority under the You And What Army clause.

  14. That’s the 7th Commandment, right? “Might Makes Right”?

  15. The elastic clause has lost its bounce.

  16. The game is rigged. Including, at least to some extent, the courts.
    The only way to get anything done is political: go over the heads of the politicians and media, and go directly to the people.

    steveaz, what you should’ve done is infiltrate her operations and film it, like James O’Keefe and Project Veritas. Then, DO NOT submit the evidence to “the authorities” (who can issue gag orders on YOU), but instead publish them directly to You Tube.
    Let the People see what’s going on right under their noses.

    If we could organize an investigative arm like this for every Tea Party chapter in America, the evidence of leftist malfeasance would be overwhelming.

    …call me a dreamer.

  17. Allen West:

    This is my clear and succinct message to white Americans. How long will it be before “you people” realize you have elevated someone to the office of president who abjectly despises you — not to mention his henchman Holder. Combined they are the most vile and disgusting racists — not you.

  18. Allen West is the man, Pablo.

  19. Once is an accident. Twice is coincidence. Three times is an enemy action -Auric Goldfinger

  20. We’ve exhausted soap, jury and ballot.

    I guess we’re down to ammo.

  21. dicentra says January 14, 2014 at 11:33 am
    if you would like to have me point out where Congress has the authority to establish the EPA, or anything involving education or energy, I’m fresh out.

    They have the authority under the You And What Army clause.

    With the Oh, THAT Army subclause.

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  23. OT: More of the real War on Women.

    Official figures suggest as many as 4,700 females have disappeared from the latest national census records of England and Wales, raising fears that it indicates the illegal practice of sex-selection abortion has become prevalent in the UK.

  24. Gee, I wonder what demographic has been growing in the UK that might engage in that kind of practice?

  25. I had considered that, but I have never heard that Muslims were big on abortion even if it is “only” females involved…

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