It is a well-established principle of American law and our society that the government may not single-out citizens for special scrutiny or discrimination because of their race, religion, or political views -- and in some jurisdictions their sex, sexual orientation or “gender identity.”
If the United States government singled-out law-abiding citizens going about their lawful business because they were of a certain race, and engaged in oppressive and illegal conduct against them, there would be a concerted effort to remove that government from power – by impeaching the officials responsible if necessary.
Why then are there no calls for the impeachment of President Obama and those responsible for the despicable and illegal, actions of the Internal Revenue Service against members of the Tea Party, “patriot” organizations and Jewish groups?
One might have explained away the lack of establishment media interest in the chilling details of the original revelations that the IRS was targeting the Tea Party and patriot organizations as the usual media double standard relating to all things Tea Party.
Thus, the IRS issuing an “apology” to the Tea Party and the story line that some low-level government employees had been counseled and received some unspecified discipline could be deemed sufficient according to the media’s “no blood, no foul” standard for dismissing complaints of discrimination against those it doesn’t like.
But the revelations that similar, indeed even more abusive, tactics were used against Jewish religious groups takes the IRS conduct, in a remarkably apropos phrase, beyond the Pale.
According to reporting by National Review Online and others, an IRS agent told a representative that the passionately pro-Israel group Z STREET and the applications of some Israel-related organizations have been assigned to “a special unit in the D.C. office to determine whether the organization’s activities contradict the Administration’s public policies.” . . .
Further, as Kevin Williamson reported in NRO, “…at least one purely religious Jewish organization, one not focused on Israel, was the recipient of bizarre and highly inappropriate questions about Israel.
Those questions also came from the same non-profit division of the IRS at issue for inappropriately targeting politically conservative groups. The IRS required the Jewish organization to state “whether [it] supports the existence of the land of Israel,” and also demanded the organization “[d]escribe [its] religious belief system toward the land of Israel”.”
That some low-level government employees might abuse their power comes as no surprise to any American who has to deal with their local zoning, building inspection or business licensing officials.
That there’s a "special unit” in the D.C. office of the IRS to determine whether an organization’s activities “contradict the Administration’s public policies” is not just a shock, but a truly revolution-inspiring disclosure.
Such a disclosure also begs the question, “where does it end?”
Did those who oppose Obamacare, the Keystone pipline, Obama’s green energy initiatives and the multi-billion dollar stimulus bill also get special scrutiny because they “contradict the Administration’s public policies?"
If those who "contradict the Administration’s public policies" got special scrutiny, did those who support the Administration's public policies get special favoritism?
Representative Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight, has said there will be a congressional investigation that will probe who knew what and when, and that’s a necessary first step.
What we want to know is -- what happens after that?
President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and various other members of the Obama administration have raised stonewalling to an art form. If Issa’s investigation shows that knowledge or direction of this Orwellian activity on the part of the IRS reached the White House, President Obama must answer for it -- and impeachment is the correct means of making him do so.