The more things change, the more they stay the same. Same song, different verse. More of the same. All of these adjective phrases aptly describe what happened in Congress yesterday. Darrell Issa had requested Lois Lerner return to his committee and testify about the IRS targeting of conservative groups for political purposes. As it was last year, her answer was the same. She came, she sat, and when she was asked a question, she respectfully declined to answer on the advice of her attorney. She specifically stated she was exercising her Fifth Amendment rights. After a few short minutes, Darrell Issa determined she had no intention of answering any of his questions, so he adjourned the meeting.
We could write about what happened between Issa and Elijah Cummings after the meeting was adjourned, but that is nothing but a side show. Cummings is nothing but a loud mouth who thinks he is deserving of special attention because he is a member of Congress. He can go find another bully pulpit to espouse his nonsense. What is really concerning is the lack of progress in determining what really happened at the IRS. As it has been with the investigation into Fast and Furious, the Obama administration officials refuse to cooperate. Darrell Issa issued a contempt citation to Eric Holder, but nothing came of that. No further information has been released. After yesterday’s proceedings, he says it is likely another contempt citation will be issued next week, this time to Lois Lerner. Are we to expect something different from what we witnessed with Eric Holder? Will Lois Lerner be sufficiently frightened and give Congress the information they seek? Likely not, if history repeats itself.
Back during the founding of America, John Adams had the following to say about the Constitution.
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
Maybe we do not realize exactly how true his words really are. The United States Constitution was made to govern a moral and religious people. When our morality starts to suffer, we begin to lose the respect we should hold for our founding documents. If ever there was an administration who is lacking in morality, lacking in the basic respect for the rule of law, it is the Obama administration. The President has ignored precedent and the law and went his own way on many occasions. That attitude has filtered down through his entire administration. Thus, we have an IRS who is more than willing to allow itself to be used as a political weapon of choice. Thus, we have people like Lois Lerner who are more than willing to lie about their part in the targeting of conservative groups. Even worse, we have an Attorney General who has no qualms about lying about his part in the operation that allowed guns into Mexico and caused the deaths of more than a few Mexicans and at least two Americans.
If Lois Lerner and Eric Holder do not feel the pressure from their boss, how is Darrell Issa issuing contempt citations supposed to accomplish a single positive thing? I’m not against the citations, but I do question their value. Because of the Obama administration’s willingness to go against the rule of law and do their own thing, I am not convinced we will ever know the full truth about Fast and Furious or what really happened at the IRS. It feels like we are spinning our wheels and that is a direct result of their openly displayed contempt for the Constitution and the other branches of our government. John Adams was right on target with his statement.