IRS? A system of voluntary tax compliance cannot survive a dishonest IRS. Lois Lerner and company have virtually ruined the agency. For the foreseeable future, each time an American receives a tax query, he will wonder to what degree his politics ensures enhanced or reduced scrutiny — or whether his name as a donor, activist, or partisan has put him on a watch list. Worse still, when a high commissioner of the IRS takes the 5th Amendment, it sends a frightening message: those audited go to jail when they refuse to testify; those who audit them who do the same
VDH presents the evidence, and lack thereof, of the malfeasence of the traitorous Obamanation regime. A good primer to send along to others. We must not forget this crime of betrayal, or allow others to forget.
Never seen anything which better fits the Constitutional "high crimes and misdemeanors" like a glove. But the only effective recourse left is the ballot box. The Left has successfully closed alternate avenues.
The line ´lead from behind has become leave them behind´. What a sick administration and leader we have. The only one we don´t hear from any longer seems to be old Joe. Guess they are afraid he might let some truth leak. It doesn´t bother anyone that he painted a target on the back of the Navy Seals that got bin laden and soon after many were killed in a helicopter downing. So many lies and so few who care. I think God is watching even if voters are not. Thank you for a great article.
And in reaction to all this [Benghazi], we jail a petty video maker, who makes the perfect scapegoat as a supposedly right-wing Islamophobic hate monger whose take-down advances our president’s politically correct narrative of Muslim outreach. That yarn required a president, secretary of state, and UN ambassador to lie repeatedly.
Why is lying no longer an outrage among Democrats? It is because the raison d´etre for the Party´s existence is not the truth; it´s the agenda. Everything good and truthful gets sacrificed on the altars of liberalism, multiculturalism and big-government largesse.
We are being plagued by scandal fatigue. There are so many scandals and all the investigations are moving along at a snails pace. Each day the media lapdogs are there propping up this administration. They deify the President and continually castigate Republicans. The administration continues to drag its feet by providing heavily redacted documents. Witnesses are hidden by the administration and others come before the committes and lie with no consequences whatsoever. The Republicans are weak and without an overall strategy. Buck up and get serious, but don´t pretend you are doing the people´s business. It is just politics as usual. Where is the focus and urgency? The American people deserve better.
What gets me is that if a police officer was giving out tickets based on bumper stickers he didn´t like, the press would go out of their minds. But since 1/2 of the US supports the the idea of hurting their opponents by using the IRS, this isn´t that bad.
I wish we could bring the knowledge wisdom and reason of Victor Davis Hanson into the general social conscious, not to mention schools. The early video mythology, if anything at all, will live on in the minds of well over 50% of the people who will vote in 2014 1nd 2016. Less than 10% will have ever heard of VDH let alone read his works. I suppose I have some work to do if I´m to do my part. We will only turn this ship one personal interaction at a time.
The crime is the turning of a blind eye to all this by congress and the media. If the press wont do their constitutional duty, their constitutional protections should be taken away making them liable for prosecution for criminal collusion. Same for boehner and his motley crew.
Folks we are very very close to being Horatio at the Bridge.
" .. Rome had placed its defense in the hands of an entire army of cowards, which not only could not hold one hill but after drawing up a line of battle could not stand even the first charge of the enemy."
He missed one scandal that may be bigger than Benghazi. That is the deaths of Seal Team 6 as payment to the Taliban for killing Bin Laden, the cremation of their bodies, substitution of Afghannies at the last minute before the mission, and allowing a Muslim cleric to condemn the all to hell at their memorial service.
As bad as VDH depicts Benghazi I think it´s worse, much worse. There are claims of collusion between Obama and Morsi and the MusBros (represented essentially by al Qaeda or Ansar al Sharia a name to disguise al Qaeda) to trade Stevens for the blind Sheik (Stevens to be captured in the attack on Benghazi . . .obviously the deal went bad). Then there is the matter of 400 US missiles diverted to Lybia which ended up in the hands of al Qaeda. In other words if this was all exposed their wouldn`t have been meer fear that people might realize al Qaeda wasn´t dead and on the run as alleged but that the administration was actually colluding with them through Morsi and the MusBros. That transcends lying and approaches treason.
At the very least this demands an investigation. I hope the Republican investigators aren´t just trying to get sufficient scandal material to win an election but are going for the truth.
I can´t believe that I once thought our Congress looked out for us. Niave me! They are the weakest link in all of this, seconded by the lo-fos. The only hope is for the states to rise up, but then again, they need those federal dollars. No hope there! WHere do we go from here?
The only truth teller in the entire sorry saga is the honest guy who produced the Muhammed video. The criminality and immorality of Muhammed was portrayed truthfully with some humor. I suggest everyone view it and remember it´s deadly lesson.
Amen #19...The horrendous situation "America The Beautiful" finds itself in today, under the reign of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Zero-Nero, is nothing new to world history...For confirmation, look no further than Edward Gibbon´s monumental, 18th Century classic entitled "The History Of The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire."
In the meantime, the humorous video "Innocence of Muslims" has been censored by YouTube and is no longer accessible online. Muslims will have no fear of US if we just keep giving in to them. Poor Mr. Nakoula is still in jail and our Libyan al-Quaeda enemies have not been punished.
My hope is that by rolling out Hillary Clinton to hide behind her pantsuit, two months before his re-election, Hussein damaged the Clintons politically.
As VDH puts most of the on going scandals like this article has done, it drives home the point that the only thing that Dims are concerned with is political power. And they will go to any costs to achieve it and once gained, to keep it. And I do mean any means at any cost. If your should disagree with them, they will attempt to destroy you with whatever they can. It´s really scary to think about.
I´m waiting for enough of us to ban together and exercise out 2nd amendment rights.
Sadly, VDH opens with a distorted IRS truth cooly parroted by IRS heads in times past. "The IRS is a system of voluntary compliance". Why open with those lines? Yeah, it´s voluntary. You sign and agree to forever testify against yourself. Most Amercians do it out of unexpressed fear of imprisonment. So much for propagandizing by Victor Davis Hansen. Bless his extraordinary intelligence and otherwise good intentions.
I don´t know who read my comments, but: STOP blaming commies/fascists for what they do! They don´t hide their goals - they are Transforming the countries! Some of them successfully (Russia, China come to mind), some not - Cambodia, Cuba... Blame repubics who are watching this and nod their collective "head". I am pi$$ed of of the collection of bushes, roves, boehners and robertses, to name the few. They were elected by us, suckers, to keep this country on track, according to the Constitution. But for one reason or another (maybe they are on the hook by commies for things they are afraid to let out of the bag) but this is us, poor schlobs, who are paying the price!
We went through the war with England. We went through the civil war. We went through the depression. We went through the dust bowl era. We have gone through WWI and WWII.
America is filled with men of determination. I just feel that the attempt to destroy this country is going to be bigger than anticipated. If idiots and self serving corrupt individuals are front and center, there are a lot of individuals who have invested heavily in this country and they are not going to go down without a huge fight.
A minor correction on ROME ~ there´s Ancient Rome, a nation state that kicked plenty of tail. There´s Classical Rome, an empire that found it useful to kick Jews around but otherwise went into a period of decline that lasted a good 1400 years!
Be careful to pick the right Rome for your analogies, else you´d think America was the only great nation to be merciful to enemies after a desolate war ~ Rome beat us to that in the Social Wars.
Ancient Rome was rather pagan and given to examining auguries to see which way things were going. Modern America at the top is nothing like Ancient Rome except with respect to auguries ~ we call them polls!
Classical Rome is more like Modern America except we don´t persecute Christians ~ but that´s coming if Mickey Weinstein has his way. In the end Christians took over Classical Rome.
Democrats make a lot of silly statements. The trick isn’t finding a pronouncement by a liberal politician which — in a way nearly unique to politics — simultaneously brings a grimace, a giggle, and a groan, but figuring out whether the speaker is an outright liar or just living in a liberal echo chamber reminiscent of Pauline Kael (or at least the political mythology surrounding her). Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, is a reliable representative of the outright liar camp: No echo is loud enough to make her actually believe that Democratic candidates will
It’s long been said that Democrats and their supporters who cry “racism!” at everything that smells like opposition to their left-wing agenda are misguided, or in some cases, smear merchants who lack all credibility whatsoever (looking at you, MSNBC). Well, get a load of the T-shirt that this recently departed national figure – whose impeccable left-wing bonafides should never be doubted – has on:(Snip for photo)That’s anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela wearing a T-shirt that endorses getting an ID and voting in 1998. We’ll anxiously be waiting your apology. Oh wait, you won’t apologize, will you?
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You know a president is in deep trouble when even an improving economy can’t boost his popularity. That’s the situation facing Barack Obama, as optimism about a less anemic recovery in the coming year has done nothing to halt the slide in his approval numbers. With every poll showing him in deep trouble, it’s time for the White House to call in reinforcements and that’s what they’ve done by getting former Bill Clinton chief of staff John Podesta to return to the West Wing as a counselor. Podesta, a veteran liberal ideologue as well as a friend of current White
Apparently having decided to embark upon a course of self-parody, the National Reconnaissance Office — the other NRO — sent out a press release sharing the logo for its new spy-satellite program, NROL-39. The image is that of an evil-looking giant octopus with its tentacles encircling the entire planet over the motto: Nothing Is beyond Our Reach.(Snip)Our relationship with the national-security and public-safety bureaucracies has changed. It used to be that you called the fireman to get your cat out of a tree; now the policeman shoots your dog. We have police rolling through the streets of such combat zones
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It’s almost time for the first anniversary of the massacre in Sandy Hook. Naturally the Obama-run state media will be giving it round-the-clock coverage. Barack’s servile sycophants in the mainstream media will do anything to keep the low-information voters’ attention diverted from how they’re getting blued and tattooed by Dear Leader. As the common nightwalkers of the press get ready for their latest anti-gun crusade, let’s not forget who’s co-sponsoring the TV spots — Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG). This organization was founded by two mayors who are now lame ducks, one of whom is Mumbles Menino. The money guy behind MAIG is
On the five-year anniversary of Bernie Madoff outing himself as the world’s most notorious white-collar criminal, the financial world still hasn’t learned some simple lessons. First, business journalists should stop listening to the fraudster himself. His multibillion-dollar scam caused at least three people to take their own lives, including his son Mark — yet Madoff remains mostly unrepentant and uncooperative. He continues to blame “the greed of others” and loves to offer his opinions on how Wall Street really works. That wouldn’t be so bad if Madoff pulled a Sammy “the Bull” Gravano and came clean about his misdeeds by giving the
The budget deal announced today is a good deal for conservatives and Republicans. From the point of view of policy, the deal is a modest achievement—which is all that can be expected, given the unfortunate fact that Barack Obama is president and Democrats control the Senate. The trade-off in the deal of minor mandatory cuts for relatively small domestic discretionary increases is basically a wash. That leaves the defense increase, which, while insufficient, is an important step in the right direction. That alone would make the deal worthwhile. But the restoration of the normal appropriations process will also have a
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This lefty trope has been bugging me for some time now, particularly because O’s cheerleaders use it as a crutch to explain away Obama’s litany of failures. Yeah, well maybe if he weren’t facing such relentless, unprecedented opposition and obstruction, he’d have been able to fix [insert issue] by now. Their argument is a bucket of hogwash and it’s promulgated via a rash of acute selective memory syndrome. It must have been Chris Matthews’ recent blatherings that finally pushed me over the edge, prodding me to write a fairly lengthy piece debunking Obama sycophants’ most calcified and self-serving myth: The way
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Barack Obama has arrived in South Africa to lead the American delegation at a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. But his party is reportedly stuck in traffic and he is said to have arrived late at the stadium for the ceremony. [Snip] But Mr Clinton, Mr Carter and his wife Rosalynn have all traveled separately to the event. According to reports, Mr Obama and his delegation are stuck in a lines of traffic caused by tens of thousands of people making their way to the event. Mr Obama is among the foreign leaders who
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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell believes the United States should have a socialized, single-payer healthcare system similar to those in Canada and Europe. “I think universal health care is one of the things we should really be focused on, and I hope that will happen,” Powell reportedly said last week. “Whether it’s Obamacare, or son of Obamacare, I don’t care. As long as we get it done.” The Puget Sound Business Journal reported Powell´s remarks at the Prostate Cancer Survivors Celebration Breakfast at the University of Washington´s Cancer Research Center. Powell, the Republican who supported Barack Obama during the last two presidential
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