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March 6, 2014 - 6:51 am

Good editorial today in the Washington Examiner, on the reasons for IRS chief Lois Lerner’s stubborn silence.

First, she knows the House of Representatives can cite her for contempt of Congress, but Attorney General Eric Holder would decide whether she is prosecuted on that charge. Lerner need not worry since President Obama has already told the world there wasn’t “a smidgen of corruption” in the IRS actions, and Holder allowed a major Obama campaign contributor to have a role in Department of Justice‘s faux investigation of the scandal.

That gives the game away. Obama and Holder will not allow a real investigation into IRS abuse to proceed, likely because they both know that at a minimum it leads to Obama appointees at the IRS and into the White House counsel’s office. At the moment, Obama and Holder have control over the FBI’s non-investigation, and they have Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, interfering with the main House investigation. They have the congressional investigation in check.

Those are the four essential points of the IRS scandal: Who ordered the tax agency to get involved, who in the tax agency responded, who they targeted and what actions they took. [Lerner] cannot answer these questions because, as she herself has claimed, that would be incriminating. Lerner and others must hope Issa doesn’t already have the answers.

Issa and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) have hinted that they do have the answers. But they need Lerner’s testimony, and she is reprising the role played by Susan McDougal during the Clintons’ Whitewater scandal: clamming up long enough to allow the principals to escape justice. McDougal spent 18 months in prison for refusing to testify. Lerner may end up in similar circumstances.

Given the way the administration and congressional Democrats are behaving, only an independent counsel can get to the bottom of this. But the independent counsel law expired years ago. As things stand now, any independent counsel would be chosen by…Eric Holder.

Checkmate.

More: Greta Van Susteren called Obama out on her show last night, saying that he is “part of the problem” in the IRS scandal. She’s half right. Obama is part of the problem, but the problem is, he’s the biggest part of the problem. He signaled that he wanted Citizens United overturned. He signaled how he wanted that decision overturned when he hired Bob Bauer in the White House counsel’s office, after Bauer had spent the 2008 campaign calling for the regulation of political speech, especially conservative political speech. Obama also signaled that cover-ups were his way when he put an executive privilege blanket over the Fast and Furious investigation. Obama has tipped his hand on lawlessness repeatedly in the rollout of Obamacare, and he has signaled his intolerance for opposition throughout his political career. Once again, Obama is showing how he has effectively hacked our system of governance, checkmating investigations into what may be the most consequential government abuse of power since Watergate.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Death By A Thousand Cuts

I write these days so often about tyranny. And totalitarianism.

But mostly about treason.

The laws of unintended consequences may seem to be coming to the fore, but the immutable laws of no consequences is much more in play.

When this society decided to be an open one, permitting dissent, even championing it, it gave its enemies a sword and a shield. Perhaps willingly, certainly only grudgingly at the most.

However, when that sword and shield became weapons of mass circulated destruction, when it became chic, hip and a badge of honor to become openly seditious, slanderous, traitorous and to aid and abet the enemies of this land...we crossed the Rubicon.

When the corpulent, inebriated manslaughtering Teddy Drive Drunk openly undermined Reagan with the Soviets, when John Winter Swiftboater openly "seared" lies into the national consciousness, when Jimmy Carter openly lied about fraudulent elections, when Sandy Berger filled his socks with documents belonging to the American people....and suffered not only no consequences, but were provided cover by a corrupt and treasonous Fourth Estate, we lost the line between treason and dissent.

When our media transports pure slander about this land of ours overseas and imprints upon the world a false, Howard Zinn history of we, the people, each and every day we suffer a thousand more cuts. To think that it would have no impact upon how we are treated by the world, or that the creeping effects of these petit treasons would have no larger or greater impact than "mere dissent", is to be myopic and voluntarily surrendering to a fate that has now befallen us.

For the no consequences for the Hollywood, academia and media petit treasons hidden as "dissent", gave birth to the Grand Mal Treasons that are causing our convulsions today.

Obama and this cabal are the net effect of the creeping mountain of lies we left unattended.

When a Ron Paul is hiding his treason behind "libertairianism"...and he and his followers call this land of ours "imperialistic" and "warmongering"...we not only have infiltration on the clearly corrupt Democratic Party...it is now infused in the loyal opposition as well.

Dissent should be protected. That was the whole point. The irony now is that dissent from the seditious who were given a blank check on it...is punished, severely. The whole point of allowing a broad berth for dissent...up to the toeing the line of sedition ...was to bathe in the freedom of an open society.

The zero consequences for crossing that line has led us to the black comedy finale. A society run by seditionists who hate it, and who shut down dissent by totalitarian iron fisted tyranny.

Lois Lerner should be hanged. In the public square. Not because she is the main traitor, but because she is the last of the opportunities to make a clear, bright line on the consequences for being willing to brutalize the society.

The failure to create consequences is its own cascading falls of freedom and liberty.

Find every one of those who were willing to be seditious, willing to brutalize the rights of the people, willing to conspire to destroy freedom, willing to slander this country and aid and abet her enemies. Allow dissent, principled dissent...never waiver from that freedom. But make the distinction and make it have consequences for traitors.

And hang 'em. Hang 'em high.

Build the gallows.
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Impeachment of Obama is, of course, a no-go. Likewise, impeachment of Holder would be difficult (but not entirely impossible if the GOP has a strong Senate sweep this November). However... Lois Lerner is a public official, and unless I am mistaken, is also subject to impeachment. She has already resigned her office, so of course she cannot be removed; what the Senate could do in the event of a conviction, however, is to prohibit her from ever holding public office again AND strip her of all benefits and retirement payments. That might send a strong signal to other administration lackeys in D.C.
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".....checkmating investigations into what may be the most consequential government abuse of power since Watergate."

What an understatement. The Obama administrations' level of lawlessnes has NEVER BEFORE been seen in our country's history. Only by the virtue of affirmative action has he been allowed to get away with all of this. Damn him & damn all the stupid people who elected him. TWICE.
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Nothing will be done even after they are out of office, because even with a majority and/or all three branches of government, the Republicans will still be afraid to act. Their talking point will be: The perps are out of office now so everything is OK again."
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These people are clearly and certifiably insane. You can throw Reid and Pelossi in with them too. Holder, Obama, Lerner, Pelossi and Reid should be in jail. Sad truth is nothing, absolutly nothing will stop them...and Obama knows it. 3rd Party Now.
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I get sick and tired of hearing the Republicans are do-nothings in the face of this administration's lawlessness.

Impeach Holder or Obama and they become martyrs, almost certainly costing the GOP a chance at the Senate and threatening their control of the House.

Immunity or no, Lerner won't talk. As the author says, Holder has Lerner's back and Obama has Holder's and Lerner's. Whatever Congress tries to do to Lerner, Obama stands ready to pardon her.

Defund the IRS? Dems would successfully play it as another government shutdown. Bye bye Senate, House too, perhaps. In any case, Obama doesn't care about anything he likes being defunded--he'll just find money somewhere else. Checks and balances? Fuhgeddaboutit.

Well then, if only the GOP explained things better, they would get the public's attention and put a stop to . . . uh, no. The vast majority of the electorate are lofos. They read headlines and watch the first few minutes of Brian Williams. if that.

The last point's the rub: the lofos don't read PJ Media or National Review or any of the sites that will tell them what is really going on--that our 200 plus year old system of government is under dire threat. It won't be Obama who takes us down; it'll be citizens who have forgotten or never learned that freedom is not a God-given right but a condition that must be appreciated, monitored, and zealously guarded.

We're in big trouble.
37 weeks ago
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wonder where these 2 punch bowl inserts will flee when someone finally uncovers one of their more sinister plots (Sandy Hook?)? they both like the good life, but most good life countries have extradition treaties w/ the u.s. maybe w/ all their stolen loot they can buy a country and fix it up, like Dubai did.

37 weeks ago
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I'm thinking it's possible that Lois is more afraid of Obama than she is of Congress. He may have her back as long as she doesn't testify, but she may be in fear of being murdered if she does.

If memory serves, Vince Foster was going to testify also, and the Clinton's weren't from Chicago, a city with a decided reputation for political murder.
37 weeks ago
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The House of Reps has the trump card. They won't use it. They campaign as if the barbarians are inside the gate. Yet, possessing the only weapon designed in the constitution for their use to keep the nation one governed by the will of the people, they opt to clamor for re-election. McConnell, although a relic in the senate said as much at CPAC. Then if/and/but all the stars align they will do "something". We know not what. They won't say. I have been waiting for the Rs to find some hill to die on since '08 when Obama got elected. It's been French Army all the way around. I will never get a Democrat to do right. However, I believe I can pummel the Rs into submission. And, boy are they gonna continue to get pummelled if nothing but talk happens between now and November.
37 weeks ago
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My humble analysis is as follows:

1. POTUS is a far-left, drug-addled, racist, closet-homosexual Marxist that hates America.
2. He appointed another racist turd (Eric Holder) as US Attorney General who is already in Contempt of Congress.
3. Lois Lerner is a miserable, immoral and angry turd following directions from Barry and Eric because she knows they "have her back" against the spineless wussies in the GOPe.

Nothing will come this. Morals, ethics, the rule of law and basic human decency have been thrown under the bus for the sake the status quo and political correctness and political expediency.

We are all screwed.
37 weeks ago
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And what, genius, do you suggest that the Republicans do?
37 weeks ago
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They have already done it. They surrendered!
37 weeks ago
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Abuse of power...ABSOLUTLY!! This American citizen is tired of the silence and stonewalling of King Obama's administration. At some time in the future Obama will get what's coming for this corruption. The dam is full and will crack.
37 weeks ago
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Not likely. He's not running for anything again and the gutless Republicans know they have let him go to far and can do nothing to stop him. 3rd. party now.
37 weeks ago
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"the House of Representatives can cite her for contempt of Congress, but Attorney General Eric Holder would decide whether she is prosecuted on that charge."

Wasn't it because of fears that John Mitchell would likewise shield Nixon, that Congress insisted on an independent counsel to pursue Watergate? Clearly a law like that which proved abusive in subsequent years isn't the answer -- but something needs to be done.
37 weeks ago
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This won't be resolved until these rogues are booted or voted out of office.
This investigation is like sweeping your kitchen while rats are still infesting the cabinets. No go.
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