Charles Caleb Colton said: “Corruption is like a ball of snow, once it’s set a rolling, it must increase.”
Corruption is a dereliction of duty. There is only one expectation to which I hold a politician; and it is that they must have the interest of the people upon their minds at all times. Once an elected official suspends their interest in the people, and allows self-interest to take over, they are no longer trustworthy. That is simple moral and social law, in my book.
Just as Colton said, once that snowball of self-interest starts to roll down the hill, it can only gain speed and mass. Yesterday, Congress heard the testimony of several key Conservative groups whose organizations were targeted by the IRS. Among all the talking, there was one bit of testimony that really grabbed my attention. Becky Garritson; president of an Alabama Tea Party organization said this:
“I’m a born free, American woman, wife, mother, and citizen. And I’m telling my government that you’ve forgotten your place…I’m not interested in scoring political points. I want to protect and preserve the America that I grew up in. The America that people cross oceans and risk their lives to become a part of. And I’m terrified that it’s slipping away. Thank you.”
There are people—mostly on the Left—who are trying their level best to make this breach of the law look like a minor bump in the road. They want nothing more than to move on and forget about this scandal. There are Americans who don’t think it’s that big of a deal that the IRS would target a specific group. What those people are missing—deliberately or due to a lack of brain cells—is that corruption is never a standalone unit.
Besides the fact that selective government sponsored bullying is, in fact, a big deal; the corruption of the IRS cannot be overlooked in a larger context. What we know so far—despite shifting testimony—is that Lois Lerner knew about the targeting as early as June of 2011, the Treasury Department knew a year ago, and even Obama aid Stephanie Cutter knew. Information is coming to light in dribs and drabs; but one thing is already clear: this scandal is not confined to the IRS. What does that mean? That means that this scandal has metastasized into something larger, and farther-reaching than we first believed. It has infected other parts of the federal government.
More than that, it may be the reverse is happening. A corruption at the top of the chain may have been the cause of the IRS scandal. Our government has not only forgotten its place; it has done so with deliberation and with the intent of self-preservation. Our government has become malevolent.
With this in mind, what’s next? If the Obama administration can use the IRS to target its enemies financially, who’s to say that it won’t go farther? Who’s to say that it didn’t have an effect on the 2012 Presidential election? There are so many pieces of this puzzle that have yet to be revealed; we may never know the full scale of damage.
This is a poisoning of our very nature as a democracy. This scandal is shedding light on the roaches in our government. This scandal has forced us all to reevaluate our level of trust in the entity that is supposed to have our best interest at heart.
If we cannot trust our government, this is no longer a democracy; it’s a farce. I don’t want to play around anymore; I want answers and accountability. There are those who think that this is not a big deal. To those people, I say: open your stupid eyes.