shameful and shallow?

Peggy Noonan is the first person I turn to when I need to know what so-called moderate Republicans are thinking. Moderation is often a virtue, but in politics as practiced today, to be a “moderate Republican” is to go-along-to-get-along. In simplest terms, it is a co-option of what the Republican Party should stand for: liberty, limited government, national strength of purpose.

Ms. Noonan demonstrated a certain lack of credulity in 2008, when she more or less endorsed Obama. She has, however, come around to what some of us knew from day one: Obama is an empty suit of sunshine promises, shady associations, and total lack of germane experience. It is that last that is now coming home to roost, big-time, in the myriad of scandals.

Regardless of past mistakes, Ms. Noonan is, as ever, a graceful and gracious writer. In today’s column Today she captures the essence of the politicization of the IRS in her headline, This is No Ordinary Scandal.

Indeed it is not. The IRS is the very embodiment of Big Government, of the government’s extracting it’s pound of flesh. Of unaccountable bureaucrats headed by unaccountable political leaders. Everyone who pays taxes has something at risk.

The Left, led by Obama and his enablers, would have us believe that this whole thing is merely some low-level staffers with inadequate supervision. Not likely, as Ms. Noonan makes clear. It is also detailed in today’s front page story in the Journal: Higher-Ups Knew of IRS Case.

There is only one point on which I would strongly dispute Ms. Noonan. That is where she scolds us on the Right:

…it would be shameful and shallow for any Republican operative or operator to make this scandal into a commercial and turn it into a mere partisan arguing point and part of the game. It’s not part of the game. (emphasis added)

Sorry, Ms. Noonan. Partisanship is how we get to govern. And this kind of behavior on the part of the Obama administration, and Obama himself as an incompetent observer, can only end when we Republicans take back the Senate in 2014 and the White House in 2016.

It is anything but “shameful and shallow.” It is necessary, it is the right thing to do. We must take our country back from those who appear to view its citizens as subjects, as chattel, subject to the political whims in Washington.


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