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May 19, 2013

Column: Burden of proof: Up to us to show we're worthy of our forebears

Permit me to commit one of the great heresies of our post-reason culture by quoting the dead white slaveholder Thomas Jefferson on responding to the abuse of power:

“The people cannot be all, and always, well-informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty.”

The Obama administration is drowning in the tsunami of its lawlessness. As Barack Obama and his ridiculous crew of spokespersons and sycophants continue to lie and misdirect about the growing scandals of the Benghazi massacre, the Internal Revenue Service targeting organizations that venerate the Constitution or whose name contains the words “Tea Party” or “Patriot,” or some combination thereof, and Obama’s inaptly-named Justice Department’s snooping on the Associated Press, it is best to recall the words of the brilliant author Mark Helprin.

He deftly demolished Obama and his ilk when he said two years ago, “You cannot draw upon the glory of the English language if nearly every utterance is a lie.”

This administration will cling to its lies as bitterly as we dangerous purveyors of liberty, limited government and the Constitution cling to our weapons and Bibles. It would perhaps be a sign of the apocalypse if Obama were to, as John F. Kennedy did following the disaster of the Bay of Pigs, stand up and say that, as the “officer of government,” he is ultimately at fault for the circumstances that led to the death of U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and the others, the harassment of perceived political enemies by the thuggish IRS and the intrusion into the communications of the Associated Press.

The burden of proof in these scandals will, therefore, not be put upon Obama. It is upon us to prevent the death of public liberty.

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