With John Kerry parading around the Middle East we are sure to hear a few vacuous remarks about religious freedom from a part of the world where the idea has no meaning. Americans are loath to rethink religious freedom and even insist it be imposed worldwide on those who don’t have the slightest notion what we are referring to and who would be angry if they figured it out.
Does our chief tax extorting agency view conservatives less favorably than pedophile clergy and those who protect them? With a nearly $20 million settlement awarded to victims of abuse in Chicago that raised questions of what church officials did to stop a pedophile priest, we should ask whether our legacy of hands-off religious tolerance has reached the same level of absurdity as what happened at the Internal Revenue Service.
Stop acting surprised that the IRS punished conservative groups. Don’t feign outrage. When John Boehner talks about jail, who is he kidding? No one is going to jail. No one is going to be impeached. The White House has been nothing but candid about how it views the Tea Party and conservative groups in general. As the scandal broke, the president was still issuing threats and using the Tea Party as a symbol of everything wrong with America, an excuse to appease liberals with class warfare over wealth and taxes (see: Anti-American Tax Plan Teaches Tyranny, Not Fairness).
Is disguising white guilt as a plea for America’s future what the Obama presidency is all about? The recession is not a useful scare tactic any longer, since it admits failure. It looks like the second term will come down to manipulating white guilt to make everyone with a few dollars to spare feel bad about not doing their part.