The Speaker of the House recently announced Congress will be suing President Obama and his administration over unlawful acts.
One must understand Barack Obama is an ideologue. It’s not hard to see he believes in a doctrine, which guides him, that America isn’t exceptional at all. The United States is the problem, not the solution, for him.
The Obama administration is full of ideologues and many of them don’t have a problem with carrying out their marching orders.
Scandals continue to plague the administration, but the President shows little interest in getting to the heart of the matter - his lips move with reverberating syllables when the scandals cascade, but his heart’s on display with the absence of disciplinary action or policy change.
The U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, is an ideologue like his boss. He has his marching orders as well, like everyone else in the current administration. His job is to be the top law enforcement officer in the country, have allegiance to the Constitution, uphold the law, enforce its statutes, punish the offenders, and be a pillar for society, but he has little interest in pursuing such endeavors that may be detrimental to the political sway of the Administration.
Congressional investigators recently uncovered emails showing ex-IRS official Lois Lerner targeted a sitting Republican senator for a proposed audit. The emails pertain to the woman at the heart of the scandal over IRS targeting of Tea Party groups.
The emails show Lerner mistakenly received an invitation for an event intended for Republican Senator Charles Grassley in 2012.
The event organizer offered to pay for Grassley’s wife to attend which caught Lerner’s attention. The emails show Lerner responded by suggesting to a colleague that the case should be referred for an audit.
“Looked like they were inappropriately offering to pay for his wife. Perhaps we should refer to Exam?” Lerner wrote.
Her IRS colleague pushed back, saying an offer to pay for his wife is “not prohibited on its face.”
Grassley, incidentally, is a member of the Senate Finance Committee which is one of the congressional panels investigating the IRS over the targeting scandal.
Republicans pointed to the exchange as yet another example of Lerner using her position in the Exempt Organizations unit to apply scrutiny to conservatives.
“We have seen a lot of unbelievable things in this investigation, but the fact that Lois Lerner attempted to initiate an apparently baseless IRS examination against a sitting Republican United States Senator is shocking,” Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, said.
Congressional Republicans are furious after learning earlier this month that a trove of Lerner emails disappeared, apparently after a 2011 hard drive crash. Camp said: “We may never know the full extent of the abuse since the IRS conveniently lost two years of Lerner emails, not to mention those of other key figures in this scandal. At every turn, Lerner was using the IRS as a tool for political purposes in defiance of taxpayer rights.”
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has been asked to testify before congressional panels twice recently. His countenance was smug, condescending, and downright arrogant toward investigating members of Congress. Lois Lerner, when asked to appear before congressional committees also had that same kind of countenance about her - while she was invoking her Fifth Amendment privilege. The body language of Ms. Lerner and Mr. Koskinen said it all.
When Barack Obama was elected some six years ago he brought with him an ideology that’s foreign to most Americans, yet he governs, rules, over us with a condescending arrogance his predecessors didn’t dare display on a societal stage.
The Constitution means little to this Administration; it’s little more than a speed bump to them on the way to unprecedented change they long for.
The new Director of the Veterans Administration has taken over the helm of another government bureaucracy waist deep in scandal. He’s openly admitted he’s powerless to punish offenders in his department, for he claims the way the law’s written he can’t fire anyone.
One could theoretically chalk it up to one of those lost Rod Serling episodes, the theme being America fell asleep some six years ago and awoke in the twilight zone, but it’s all too real.
Greg Allen’s column, Thinkin’ Out Loud, is published bi-monthly. He’s an author, nationally syndicated columnist and the founder of Builder of the Spirit in Jamestown, Ind., a non-profit organization aiding the poor. He can be reached at www.builderofthespirit.org or follow him on Twitter @GregAllencolumn.