President Obama wants you to believe he is the Sergeant Schultz of unlawfully targeted IRS harassments: “I know nussink! I see nussink! I didn’t even leave ze fundraiser zees mornink!”
President Roosevelt used the IRS to intimidate and exact revenge on political enemies. Richard Nixon, JFK and Clinton co-opted the agency into a partisan sledgehammer designed to ruin lives and crush honest political opposition.
John Andrew’s 2002 book, “The Power to Destroy,” unearths these dank political corpses, destroying whatever naive notions you may have of those storybook figures.
What’s most heinous is that a President would use the IRS to intimidate and harass ordinary Americans who believe a smaller, more effective government is best for their country and legally enjoy their constitutional right to assembly, sharing knowledge and education with fellow citizens.
Apparently, that’s a serious threat to Mr. Obama.
The idea that a small group of rogue Midwestern agents decided to ruin their careers by illegally targeting nonprofit organizations whose names include the words “Tea Party” or “Patriot” and had a mission of constitutional education is absurd. It’s even more absurd when you know the history of former presidents who have misused the IRS combined with the history of President Obama.
Here are some examples of the President’s previous duplicitous behavior:
Mr. Obama has often regaled supporters with an emotional delivery of his “Thanks for your vote; I wish I could close Guantanamo” monologue.
Constitutional lawyers have written gigabytes on how Obama can close Guantanamo.
The ways to do it include applying the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, giving the president power to wage war against al-Qaeda and its affiliates. The NDAA authorizes the president to detain enemy combatants and forbids him from transferring Guantanamo detainees to American soil.
The NDAA does not ban the President from releasing detainees. Lawyers have written that section 1028 authorizes him to release them to foreign countries that will accept them. That’s all he has to do. It may not be a very bright thing to do, but he can do it.
The President also has the power to end the hostilities with al-Qaeda by declaring our War on Terror with al-Qaeda is over. Ended. Done.
Such a declaration would result in the release of all the Guantanamo prisoners.
Do you think he really believes in the green energy schemes and was tricked by really smart campaign bundlers, or, rather, that he knew all along from government accountants and analysts that these companies were going bankrupt and he just wanted their millions of campaign dollars?
Report after report shows the Obama administration knew these companies were going bankrupt and that some of their technologies would not work. Still, the millions of dollars in bundled campaign contributions from their executives and commissioned venture capital firms flowed into Democratic bank accounts.
Billions of taxpayer dollars then flowed into the green scheme accounts of companies like bankrupt Solyndra, Abound Solar, SpectraWatt and Evergreen Solar.
He has used his executive power to obstruct the investigation into ATF gun-running to Mexican drug lords and is blocking the testimony of a Benghazi whistleblower.
His marketing group, Organizing for America, is engaged in a smear campaign of another Benghazi whistleblower, veteran diplomat Gregory Hicks.
President Obama and Eric Holder have also been caught spying on Associated Press reporters, stealing records of outgoing calls for both the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, for general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and for the main number for the AP in the House of Representatives press gallery.
If you can ignore these behaviors and many more, then perhaps the idea that our President was unaware of his IRS illegally intimidating and harassing innocent fellow Americans is possible.
Perhaps you can also believe he wasn’t behind this illegal harassment and intimidation of innocent fellow Americans that just happened to occur during the last Presidential election cycle.