By Keith Davies
“The end is what you want, the means is how you get it. Whenever we think about social change, the question of means and ends arises. The man of action views the issue of means and ends in pragmatic and strategic terms. He has no other problem; he thinks only of his actual resources and the possibilities of various choices of action. He asks of ends only whether they are achievable and worth the cost; of means, only whether they will work. … The real arena is corrupt and bloody.” – Rules for Radicals, p. 24 by Saul Alinsky (Barack Obama’s ideological hero)
The IRS Scandal is in the fermentation stage but the body language and stonewalling of key IRS personnel – to include that of former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, who made an ungodly 157 visits to the White House – sure seems to point in the direction of a specific door. While the shape on the other side of that door is oval, it’s not an egg.
No, it’s far more likely that behind that door, the President and his closest advisors were orchestrating amongst themselves a key strategy for the 2012 re-election campaign. It is also interesting to watch the despair on the faces of some Democratic pundits over the IRS scandal, especially Bob Beckel on Fox News who, as yet does not verbally admit the President’s potential guilt but Beckel is an experienced political commentator who, deep down inside, knows the President is very involved; it is written all over Bob’s face. He probably sees it every time he looks away from the camera to see himself in the monitor.
If the excuse was that the President was concerned about the implementation of Obamacare then Kathleen Sebelius, the HHS Secretary, also should have been present at those meetings with Shulman but she was apparently not invited.
Let us also consider the track record and style of “governing” by this President. He has always shown a lack of willingness to actually govern since taking office. The President has never shown any keen sense of detail and leaves all management to his staff or leaders in Congress, especially when it comes to constructing Bills and the implementation of any policy. He just likes to smile, sign the bills, and take the credit or dish out the blame, feigning courage or ignorance, depending on political expediency instead of on leadership.
The President is always in campaign mode, each and every day he is in office. The President is never shown to be governing but always protesting against what Congress is doing or not doing, so it makes no sense that the President was involved in micro managing the implementation of Obamacare; that would have been left to Sebelius.
Since The President is always in campaign mode – it appears to have been his top priority during the Benghazi attacks on 9/11/12 – it would make sense that Shulman, as the IRS head, was at the White House with the President 118 times during his agency’s targeting of conservatives, 157 times in all during the Obama administration.
If you don’t think Obama was sending messages to people like Shulman, how about this in 2009 during the first Tea Party rallies:
We also know that the Democrats had just been walloped in the 2010 mid-terms and President Obama hates losing. These results also must have had the President very worried about his own political future. There were some very significant details that needed to be discussed and specific instructions that needed to be given to Mr. Shulman.
The President was planning and directing his campaign for re-election and he was working with the director of the IRS to stifle his political enemies by having the IRS target Romney donors, Tea Party groups, Christian and Pro Israel groups who all opposed his re-election. The President had to have thought he could leverage that Obama charm by inviting Mr. Shulman to the White House, inflating the commissioner’s sense of importance with wining and dining. In return, Shulman would pledge his loyalty to the president’s ideological cause – the destruction of conservatives.
How’s this for expressed contempt on April 15, 2010? Is this not Obama publicly profiling and mocking Tea Party groups?
Shulman was almost certainly lavished with flattery, treated to wonderful meals, and granted access to the Oval office but he was being played by one of the greatest deceivers to ever hold the office of the President. In hindsight, the purpose of these meetings seem quite transparent. Using the IRS as a political weapon was a high wire act so paper trails could be replaced with bunny trails that would leave the president immune from consequences of a scandal – or so he thought.
Unfortunately, the President did not cover all of his bases and the log of all the meetings were well kept (now that’s transparency), probably by some conscientious office manager who was doing the job very well. Sadly, for the President, these logs may point to the smoking gun that could sink his Presidency. If found guilty, such a crime should require some significant jail time for Obama and a few of his closest advisors, perhaps sharing a cell with Rod Blagojevich, one of his Chicago thug buddies.
Most Americans who can think somewhat logically must find this alleged behavior by our President, if found guilty, a complete betrayal of trust in our system of Government. The targeting of political opponents is what tin pot dictators do. America’s Constitution was set up to prevent this and provide freedom of thought and political action without intimidation.
The polls will be devastating for the President and the Democrats if the scandal is sourced at the top. It will also create a major Constitutional crisis not seen since the Civil war, especially if Joe Biden the Vice President is also implicated, which is quite possible. Over the coming months, all will be revealed despite the cover-ups and obfuscation.
When the dust settles and if we have real leaders who believe in the founding principles of America, we must take a hard look at abolishing the IRS and replacing it with a fair or flat tax. If we do not seize on this opportunity to once and for all, reign in our government, serfdom is the next step for America,
As a broken clock is right twice a day, so too do rare occasions to heed Rahm Emanuel’s advice present themselves.
This IRS Scandal is a crisis we should not allow to go to waste.