It’s Your Fault that You’re You
Actual NYT headline: “IRS Focus on Conservatives Gives GOP an Issue to Seize On”
Well… duh. I would suppose that one political leaning deciding to use government to intimidate another political leaning would be an issue that you could seize on. Perhaps similar to what liberals and communists complained about in the Nixon Administration. People complain about bullying in schools, but if governments do it, it’s just politics. (Poli: Greek for many; tics: blood-sucking insects)
Ross Douthat at the NYT had this to say yesterday, which is interesting:
I’m willing to guess this much: Even though an American Civil Liberties Union official described their excessive interest in right-wing groups as “about as constitutionally troubling as it gets,” the bureaucrats in question probably thought they were just doing their patriotic duty, and giving dangerous extremists the treatment they deserved.
Maybe. I’ve seen plenty of people in power “use” what they have to make someone else’s life difficult. It’s just a perk of the job if you look at it in an entirely incorrect way.
Is this an issue? Yes. Is this the price of doing business if you’re unpopular? Probably. Should this stop you? No. Honestly, the government has an uncanny ability to make your life suck in 99 different ways if it doesn’t like what you’re doing. Go ask the Tea Party in Bend if they’ve ever been harassed… at that’s just one place. They still go on.
To the point. If you’re willing to fight for something, you have to be willing to fight, not just say that you are. I would hope that we can have a reasonable dialog in this country. But that doesn’t mean you can be content in waiting for others to let you talk.