Have you ever wondered what the operative definition of “supercilious” was? How about “imperious“? “High-handed“, perhaps? Well, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen’s testimony today is as good an example of all of those as I could have provided previously:
“…I have a long career, that’s the first time anybody has said they don’t believe me…”
Based on the laughable claims you are currently making, Mr. Koskinen, I’d offer that such a description is likely long, long overdue:
Ryan points out the central irony of the IRS, an agency which routinely holds us each responsible for the retention of every last receipt for up to seven years under threat of fines and/or imprisonment, now asking us to shrug our shoulders over the “loss” of the email from THE central figure in a corruption scandal, …as well as the email from six others also involved. Oh yeah: and then they destroyed the hard drives.
Sorry, Johnny. This isn’t “my dog ate my homework“.
This is more along the lines of “my dog burned down the house where I normally keep my homework. Yes, I’d left copies of my homework at my six friends’ homes, but here’s the thing: my dog burned down my friends’ homes, too. You doubt me?? How dare you question my integrity!!”
This White House and its Corrupt Comrades are presently holding themselves above the laws of our land, quite literally. And when we and numerous others have drawn the comparison between the IRS’ feigned “…Those emails you guys wanted so badly have mysteriously ‘vanished’, ha-ha-ha-ha...” and then to Richard Nixon’s 18 minutes of missing tape, it’s because they’re both absurdly obvious and contemptible lies.
When this story first broke I made the following observation, which apparently gets truer by the day:
“…They’re lying, we KNOW they’re lying, and THEY know we know they’re lying. And they don’t care…”
Translation: we allow this injustice to stand at our nation’s peril.
We need an investigation, a REAL one. Because if the IRS (or any federal agency entrusted with such all-encompassing responsibility and power over the citizenry) can get away with this, then we are no longer free citizens: we are barely more than “subjects”.
And we’d better start understanding, and expecting, the difference.