What would the reaction have been among Democrats if, during the administration of George W. Bush, the Senate's No. 3 Republican leader had spoken before The Heritage Foundation and publicly sicced the Internal Revenue Service on Democrats, urging it to harass them for raising campaign money according to the law?
Make no mistake, Democrats would have called for that senator's resignation, urged the appointment of a special prosecutor and begun beating the drums for Mr. Bush's impeachment.
Yet, Sen. Chuck Schumer behaved in just that greasy manner last week. Speaking before the “progressive” Center for American Progress, the New York Democrat called on the IRS to promulgate new rules to effectively silence the tea party.
The law of the land be damned and all too willing to engage in an act of official oppression, Schumer now wants the IRS — already exposed for harassing conservative groups and openly being protected from criminal prosecution by the Justice Department — to ramp up its illegal behavior.
Oh, and just for incendiary measure, Schumer essentially smeared conservatives as racists.
And there's no ambiguity about the White House's involvement in this sordid exercise in tyranny; in November it proposed new IRS regulations to bypass the law, the courts and the Constitution.
Once offered British historian T.B. Macaulay, “In every age the vilest specimens of human nature are to be found among the demagogues.”
Chuck Schumer should be ashamed of his vile demagoguery and censured for it.