I'll follow that and similar stories, too. The IRS demanded financial information from some contributors that wound up in the hands of leftist organizations.
How'd that happen?
I'll listen armed with enlightening observations from Jonathan Turley, Shapiro professor of public interest law at George Washington University.
In a column for The Washington Post, reprinted in the Daily Mail, Turley explained that it is indeed possible that nobody at the top of the administration knows anything about anything.
There is, Turley says, a giant fourth branch of government — a leviathan administrative state essentially accountable to no one.
"Our carefully constructed system of checks and balances is being negated by the rise of a fourth branch, an administrative state of sprawling departments and agencies that govern with increasing autonomy and decreasing transparency," he wrote.
Thus, "the suggestion that someone, even the president, is in control of today's government may be an illusion."
The executive branch has gained power, and Congress has been marginalized, Turley wrote.
"The marginalization Congress feels is magnified for citizens who are routinely pulled into the vortex of an administrative state that allows them little challenge or appeal."
Maybe, but I'll need to see proof that the IRS acted alone.
Democrats have had little to say about the IRS campaign to suppress conservative speech.
A few have spun the story line that the matter of the IRS suppressing political speech is nothing more than a GOP attempt to set up for the 2014 elections.
Democratic absolution of reprehensible behavior noted.
Republicans should not fall into this trap by going Watergatey.
They should collect the facts. and present the evidence to the American people in a nonpartisan, non-self-serving manner.
People want government that serves them, not a political party.
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