Americans must repudiate the political class
From The Washington Times The whole article is reproduced here.
Americans are beginning to recognize the disturbing similarities between President Obama and the fallen Richard Nixon, but the comparison that may matter more is between Mr. Obama and King George III.
has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of
Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance,” in the words
of the Declaration of Independence.
assault on the Americans’ natural freedoms was oppressive, intolerable
and deserving of a revolution. The truth is, the intrusion, restriction
and outright harassment that our government subjects us to today is far
beyond what the colonists faced from their tyrannical king. If it was
tyranny in 1776, then, by God, it is tyranny today.
Consider the enormous coercive power of the Internal Revenue Service and its lust to wield it. The IRS admits to systematically identifying and harassing political dissidents who dare to disagree with the political bosses. The IRS created what could be considered an enemies list starting with conservative Tea Party groups. It targeted any group calling itself “patriot” or daring to teach the Constitution or Bill of Rights.
The scope of its abuse is only beginning to unfold. I have also faced its wrath. Mr. Obama’s White House
urged my editor at this newspaper to drop me. Consider that. Facts or
opinions weren’t challenged and I wasn’t challenged in the arena of
ideas — the White House just wanted me gone. How dare the president’s own cousin criticize him!
Credit The Washington Times for defending the Constitution against the White House’s attack on it. It gets worse. Or is it just a coincidence that around this same time, the IRS
inexplicably put a hold on my tax return for several months without
ever explaining why? The arbitrator could only say it was “very strange”
and “unusual.” Indeed.
This abuse is not limited to the IRS. Mr. Obama’s appointee to the Environmental Protection Agency
likened himself to a Roman conqueror ready to wield his government
power to arbitrarily “crucify” — his word — energy companies just to
keep them obedient and fearful. His forced resignation fails to hide
what we’re learning today, that even in his absence, the EPA routinely waives burdensome fees for politically acceptable groups but imposes them to their fullest on adversaries.
is not simply picking winners and losers — it is something so much
more. This is a government declaring friends and enemies among fellow
Americans, and it goes all the way up to the Oval Office. In 2010, it
was Mr. Obama himself, who declared to a roaring crowd, “We’re gonna
punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends.” Chilling.
enemies and rewarding friends will be the sad, pathetic and enduring
legacy of the Obama presidency. The stimulus failed to create jobs —
there are 3 million fewer today than when Mr. Obama took office — but it
did succeed at its real purpose: rewarding political friends and
connected crony donors. The IRS witch hunt unleashed a culture of intimidation.
“Obamacare” is poised to force everyone else to get in line. Consider this: The IRS
has demanded that conservative groups report the content of the prayers
and reading clubs report the content of the books. The same IRS agent who ran this witch hunt has now been put in charge of enforcing Obamacare.
we win this election, it’s our turn. Payback time,” warned Valerie
Jarrett, Mr. Obama’s longtime senior adviser. “Everyone not with us is
against us, and they better be ready because we don’t forget. The ones
who helped us will be rewarded, the ones who opposed us will get what
they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay.”
This is not
simply a scandal, as some call it. A scandal implies a failure of the
system. This is the system. This is a political class wielding the
goliath power of the most intrusive and most feared government agencies
at their disposal in order to intimidate, silence and control the
citizenry. It is an unmasked assault on the First Amendment, on the
Constitution and on America itself, and it must not stand.
find this kind of naked tyranny repulsive right down to a cellular
level. It’s in our DNA. We fled a continent and faced unknown mortal
dangers to escape it. We fought a revolution to remove it from our
shores. Foreign or domestic, we will surely fight it today.
no mistake, however. Both parties have luxuriated in the drunken power
of government, at our expense. Mr. Obama did not build the IRS, nor did Richard Nixon, but both wielded it as a weapon. Now the IRS
is poised to become the hammer of even our health care. Democrats are
furiously converting the welfare state into an authoritarian state right
before our eyes, and most in the GOP establishment are too seduced or
intimidated to stop them.
America’s Founders had a dream of
freedom, and this is not it. It is “we the people” who must save America
now, just as it has always been. Let us once again pledge to each other
our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor, and let us stand
undivided and undeterred against tyranny in our time.
Dr. Milton R. Wolf is a radiologist and a contributor to The Washington Times.