The 'We Do What We Want, Bleep You' Administration
The second lesson the administration learned was that it must do everything it can to make opponents' lives miserable and to water down their efforts. This is where the Internal Revenue Service comes in. The agency's selective targeting of tea party, Republican, and certain conservative groups — some of it "coinciding" with visits from other regulatory and law enforcement agencies — was once thought to be solely about neutralizing their effectiveness during the 2010 and 2012 election cycles. We now know that it was about even more than that, specifically "to make an example of at least one group" by subjecting their leaders to criminal prosecution. Given the laundry list of otherwise unaffiliated federal agencies involved in the targeting effort, as PJ Media's Bryan Preston wrote on Wednesday:
... it takes an entity above all of those agencies to coordinate their actions. That entity can only be the White House.
Other "bleep you" examples abound, far too many to completely chronicle here. Just a few of them have included: Hillary Clinton's "What difference does it make?" reaction to the avoidable deaths of American ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others in Benghazi on her watch; Attorney General Eric Holder's statement that he has a “vast amount” of discretion in deciding which laws his Justice Department will and won't enforce; illegal-immigrant amnesty-light executive orders; and the stimulus-driven, state legislature-avoiding implementation of the Common Core curriculum.
The government's "bleep you" brazenness was on full display in Nevada earlier this month. But this time, hundreds of resisters essentially shouted "Bleep you back" to the wannabe tyrants at the Bureau of Land Management, which is on a single-minded mission to drive Cliven Bundy from his ranch — if not financially, then physically.
The resistance was successful only because the Constitution has guaranteed citizens' right to bear arms. As I asked a week ago Saturday: "Does anyone still believe that the Constitution’s Second Amendment isn’t as much about citizens defending themselves against an out-of-control government as it is about the natural-law right of self-defense?"
Washington's go-along Republican and conservative culture should take a lesson from Nevada. They don't need guns. All they need is the will to defund any and all federal agencies which have overstepped their constitutional or legislated bounds.