My enjoyment of conservative/libertarian (libertarian/conservative?) Kevin D Williamson keeps growing, whatever topic he writes about. Here he is on the IRS scandal.
I do think Republicans have more small-r republican willingness to call out their own when they’re guilty of this type of abuse. With Democrats it seems to be more capital-P Progressive will-to-power trumping concern about the checks and balances that protect liberty from (even well-intentioned) power-hungry types. Where are my liberty-loving lefty pals on this one? Aren’t you concerned about the precedent? Can’t you see this (or several of the other recent abuses of executive power) being turned against you the next time the GOP holds the White House?
I will confess to a little despair over the relatively mild reception that has greeted the evidence, now conclusive and irrefutable, that the Internal Revenue Service, under the direction of senior leaders affiliated with the Democratic party, was used as a political weapon from at least 2010 through the 2012 election. It may be that the American public simply does not care about the issue; it is always difficult, if not impossible, to predict what issues will seize the electorate’s attention, or to understand why after the fact. It may be that the public does not understand the issue, in which case a brief explanation of the known facts may be of some use…
The most important question that must be answered in this matter does not involve the misbehavior of IRS officials and Democratic officeholders, though those are important. Nor is it the question of free speech, vital and fundamental as that is. The question here is nothing less than the legitimacy of the United States government. When law-enforcement agencies and federal regulators with extraordinary coercive powers are subordinated to political interests rather than their official obligations — to the Party rather than to the law — then the law itself becomes meaningless, and the delicate constitutional order we have enjoyed for more than two centuries is reduced to a brutal might-makes-right proposition. Elected officials and public servants of both parties take an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and to faithfully discharge the duties of their office. That oath is now being tested. The IRS investigation is no mere partisan scandal, but a moral challenge for the men and women who compose the government of this country. Whether they are sufficient to meet that challenge is far from obvious, but the evidence so far is not encouraging.