As we wrote Friday, this will be a scandal like Watergate if it turns out that the IRS was acting under orders from Barack Obama or Valerie Jarrett. If the White House's conduct turns out to be unimpeachable, then it is something far worse: a sign that the government itself has become a threat to the Constitution.That's a succinct and wiser summation of my own, chaotic thoughts on this stuff. If it ties back to Jarrett or Obama, they can be tried, convicted and sentenced. Sufficiently punished, it could deter future fascist strategies like these. If it doesn't go back to the top, then what do you do? How do you root it out from within a Byzantine bureaucracy like the IRS, DOJ, wherever? Are you really going to hold Congressional hearings that drag people in all the way down to the lowest line unit level of these agencies?
Do we realize what it means when a government agency of 88,000+ people goes rogue?
In her excellent column the other day, Peggy Noonan was shocked at the bold responses of the IRS witnesses in front of Congress. They simply stonewalled and lied right to the faces of the representatives questioning them. Their attitude was, "You can't punish me. You can't even find out what we did. You'll never lay a hand on me."
What happens when an entire branch of the government realizes that they are so large and the regulations governing them are so complex that no practical restraints on their behavior exist?