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It’s Time to Demand Better

by Ronald A. Rowe May 24th, 2013 |

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mosaicIt’s time to demand better.

I don’t care what party you’re in or what your ideological stance. If you’re an American — or even a human being — you should be outraged by the supposedly impartial Internal Revenue Service abusing the trust of the people and playing irresponsible and inexcusable games with those groups whose ideology did not align with that of the agency.

Pay attention here because I’m about to give an extremely rare compliment to the members of Congress in general and the Democrats there in particular. Our representatives on both sides of the aisle have been — for the most part — unified in condemning the IRS thugs involved. There has been little said in defense of the ugly, flagrant actions of the wrongdoers. It seems as if the bad guys in government have finally crossed a line that every clear-thinking American recognizes as beyond the pale.

This stands in stark contrast to the Benghazi scandal, which has been addressed along blatantly partisan lines. The appalling line taken by the Left in reaction to the Right’s overtly gleeful pursuit of the matter has been something along the lines of: “the other guys were worse”. That is just wrong.

We cannot excuse our government lying to We the People by saying that the lies they are telling us now aren’t quite as bad as the ones that a past administration told a decade or more ago. That isn’t good enough. You wouldn’t vote for a candidate whose campaign slogan was “Slightly Less Corrupt Than My Opponent”. Why are we willing to accept “not quite as bad as Bush-Cheney” from the current administration?

And if we’re being honest with ourselves, that is really the argument being promulgated by the Left right now. I see it in re-post after re-post on Facebook. I hear it from the liberal elite in my town. If you don’t believe me, try this little experiment. Mention Benghazi in a crowd of two or more ardent Democrats and count the seconds until the words “Dick Cheney” and “war criminal” come up in the same sentence. I put the over/under at seven seconds.

I know that at this point the Republican readers are fist pumping and saying “right on” while the Democratic readers are cursing me as a racist, bigoted, homophobic tool of the Right. But here’s the thing. This isn’t a Democrats-only problem. This is just a Democrats-dominated example. You could easily flip the argument and point out the Right’s alacrity in pursuing the Benghazi probe to the fullest extent possible vis a vis a much more reticent reaction to similar past incidents during Republican administrations.

This is a partisan politics problem. Both sides are guilty. Both sides are getting guiltier with each passing election. And for once this doesn’t start and end with our elected officials in Washington. This is a symptom of the growing partisan divide among the regular Joes in Memphis and Austin and Des Moines.

The solution? Stop. Just stop. Judge our representatives by their actions, not the little letter in parenthesis next to their name. If it’s wrong for the Republicans it is wrong for the Democrats. If it is unacceptable for a Liberal we have to see that it is just as out of line for a Conservative.

What we need is less Benghazi-style reaction and more IRS-style reactions.

And while we’re all in an agreeable mood can we all please agree that we’ve seen quite enough of Anthony Weiner?

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