Last year I wrote the book The Constitution – I’m Not Kidding and Other Tales of Liberal Folly. For those of you who have read the book, you know that I poke fun at liberal ideology. (And for those of you who haven’t, ahem, why not?) Little did I know that I was opening myself up for potential scrutiny by the Internal Revenue Service, you know, those folks that will have even more power once Obamacare is fully implemented. Apparently, the IRS has something against people who incorporate words like constitution, tea, party, patriot, liberty, Glen and Beck in daily conversation. Those words should not be written, spoken, or even thought of…or else. Oh, and there may be one more word – phlegm, but Eric Holder has recused himself from any discussion of the word so we can’t be sure.
As we now know, the IRS has been on a mission to target conservative groups. As IRS official, Lois Lerner, famously remarked last week, she is not good at math. Nor, it appears, is the IRS very good at that whole Constitution thing. Just as math skills are no impediment for employment with the IRS, it seems neither is following the law. In the good old days of the Bush era dissent, according to Nancy Pelosi, was the highest form of patriotism. (Oh, there’s one of those words.) In the Obama era, dissent is the highest probability of an IRS audit. And there could be even more bad news on the horizon. With the IRS adding thousands of new agents to meet the needs of Obamacare, they will know more about us medically than we do. Don’t be surprised if an IRS agent performs your next colonoscopy, but only if you’re a conservative, of course.
The Left often mocks conservatives for being paranoid about government. I disagree. Paranoia suggests an irrational fear. If we have learned anything in recent days, we ought to at least understand that a healthy skepticism of big government is, well, healthy. And rational! A “centrist” think tank recently stated that the government is a gargantuan enterprise that does stupid things every day. Great! It does stupid things, so let’s have more of it.
New Slogan: Smaller Government = Less Stupid Things.
On Wednesday Eric Holder testified before Congress about the Justice Department’s wiretapping of Associated Press reporters’ phones. I’m not sure “testify” is the proper term. Holder showed up, didn’t say anything for four hours and called it a day. He has recused himself from any further involvement in the whole wiretapping business. Not that he actually has that whole recusing business in writing or anything, or if he does, the document is in the same place his Fast and Furious records are kept. And those are locked up tighter than the maker of that crummy Islamic video. This from “The Most Transparent Administration in History.” Yes, as transparent as a milkshake.
To say these are not the finest days for Team Obama is an understatement. There is a term for the current state of the Obama administration. The first word is “cluster” and it ends with a word that is a slang term for an act that often includes contraception.
Two questions come to mind: First, should we start referring to Eric Holder as a Recuse-nik? Secondly, how many Obama administration clowns are going to keep coming out of that Volkswagen? It’s a great gag for Ringling Brothers, the Greatest Show on Earth, but not so much for Barack Obama, leader of the Greatest Country on Earth.
Curtice Mang is the author of the new book, The Constitution – I’m Not Kidding and Other Tales of Liberal Folly. He can be contacted at www.mangwrites.com, where one can also purchase his book; or contact Curtice at mangwrites at cox.net.