Over the past couple of weeks I’ve heard a new defense growing for the IRS scheme that singled out Tea Party groups that applied for tax exemption. In my last post I pointed out the first I saw of such a defense from the Huffington Post. Basically they dismiss any wrong doing due to the nature of Tea Party groups. As Amy Poehler joked on Saturday Night Live, “You’re surprised you are targeted by the IRS? You named yourself after a group of people who proudly and historically violated tax laws”. Since this is in fact true, it isn’t out of bounds to logically conclude that these groups might also violate tax laws.
Of course, the modern Tea Party isn’t the Tea Party of the 18th century and the tax laws in America today don’t come from a foreign body. The true parallel between the modern Tea Party and the original Tea Party isn’t their stance on taxation, but their stance on liberty. The original Tea Party violently protested England’s tax on tea even though we had no say in those tax laws. Any tax could have been forced on Americans and there was nothing that the people could do about it. They weren’t against tax laws, they were against the tyranny of England and the lack of representation.
Americans have always had a problem with being forced to do anything (and rightly so). Even the left has had a power struggle with big business. It’s safe to say that a common theme from the left is that businesses that are too big and make too much money have the tendency to become abusive to their workers, environment, and competition. Many of the laws written over the last century were for the purpose of wrangling in the power of big business. It’s why we have Department of Labor, Environment Protection Agency, and Federal Trade Commission.
Nobody would argue that giant corporations are immune to these faults – especially when they become involved with government. Few hold that there is no need for some government oversight to protect the people from abuse. What we’re seeing today, however, is that the federal government’s checks and balance system isn’t strong enough to halt the abuses of its own power. Further, no business of any size can force you to buy their product – but the fed has just proved that it can by penalty of law. So literally the same people who have proven they aren’t trustworthy and impartial in practice are now going to be in charge of your requirement to buy health care.
If this were a big business forcing such actions and committing such abuses then the left would be outraged, but since it is their big business and the abuse is against the right, they are in a defensive stance. Progressivism unhinged is beginning to reveal its true merits. Most of us have known what outcomes it would bring and our founders understood more than 300 years ago. Power brings corruption due to lack of accountability. The fed is too big and its time we begin to right that wrong.
“Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook or press down his tongue with a cord? Will he make pleas to you? Will he speak to you soft words? Will he make a covenant with you to take him for your servant forever? Will you play with him as with a bird, or will you put him on a leash for your girls? Can you fill his skin with harpoons or his head with fishing spears? Lay your hands on him; remember the battle – you will not do it again! Behold, the hope of a man is false; he is laid low even at the sight of him. No one is so fierce that he dares to stir him up.” —from Job 41
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