On the intrusion into the AP phone records, the president says he will not apologize for trying to keep Americans safe – apparently not even if any inconvenient constitutional protections get in the way. What was that about those who sacrifice liberty for security getting neither?
And finally, after making the ludicrous claim that the IRS is an “independent” agency, he announced on Wednesday the firing of the acting IRS commissioner. Big deal – the guy was going to leave next month anyway.
Finally, the president’s efforts to convince us that he’s just as angry as we are about the IRS scandal is especially rich.
It is rich, given his history of blaming the rhetoric of conservative groups for things like the shooting of former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. It is rich, given his Department of Homeland Security warning in 2009 that right-wing or religious “extremists” should be lumped in with terrorist groups. It is rich, given his exhortations to his followers to reward friends and punish enemies. It is rich, given that he, like millions of his followers, described tea party members with a gay sex act, and suggested that they and other shadowy conservative groups might steal elections.
The president sets the tone. All those IRS bureaucrats were doing was punishing the president’s perceived enemies.
Obama is angry? Perhaps publicly. But somehow, I don’t think anyone’s career is going to be ruined by this.
By the president’s own standard, he is responsible for what is going on. But don’t hold your breath waiting for him to hold himself accountable.
Taylor Armerding is an independent columnist. Contact him at email@example.com.