To the Editor:
The old saying “power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” is being borne out by recent events in Washington.
We in the Tea Party movement, as well as millions of conservative and libertarian leaning citizens, have warned for years about the danger to our Constitution and civil liberties of concentrating power in the hands of politicians and bureaucrats.
The recent scandal involving the IRS is just one example. Revelations about the targeting of Tea Party and small-government organizations demonstrate a deliberate pattern of federal harassment.
One watchdog group fighting voter fraud, was harassed not only by the IRS, but also the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the FBI, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
When the scandal went public, President Obama immediately denounced the IRS actions and claimed he had nothing to do with it. While so far there is a lack of solid proof that Obama was aware of what was going on, and while there really could be “plausible deniability,” the culture of federal abuse has long been firmly in place.
Lois Lerner, the IRS official who recently pleaded the fifth under congressional inquiry, made her mark targeting conservatives long before this scandal began.
In 1996, as a Federal Election Commission official,she threatened GOP Senate candidate Al Salvi, telling him to never run for office again lest she bring the powers of her office down on him.
Another question that comes to mind is, would president Obama really have denounced the IRS if Fox News and other media had not brought this scandal front and center to the public? This is the same president who sought to give $8 billion in our tax money to the corrupt group Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), after evidence surfaced that they were involved in voter fraud to help him win the 2008 election.
Now Obama wants to give this corrupt IRS more power and many more agents to implement Obamacare. He recently said that when constitutionalists warn about the danger of concentrating power in his hands, we should “ignore those voices.”
In contrast, America’s founders warned us to be constantly vigilant in protecting our freedom. We can either follow Obama’s advice and sit passively as our rights are taken away, or follow the advice of our founders and refuse to surrender them. As citizens, the choice is yours.