Most voters believe the Internal Revenue Service broke the law when it targeted conservative groups, but very few think any government employees will be charged with criminal activity.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 53% of Likely U.S. Voters think the IRS broke the law when it targeted Tea Party and other conservative groups. Just 24% disagree, while nearly as many (23%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
But only 17% believe it is even somewhat likely that criminal charges will be brought against any government employees for the IRS’ targeting of these groups. Seventy-four percent (74%) consider criminal charges unlikely.
Think about what this really means. Think about how nihilistic the American people now feel about the government that rules over them.
Once I would have called it “their” government, but no more. Oh, sure, they voted for the vicious, power-crazed politicians of the Ruling Party who created Leviathan over the years, but they never wittingly voted for Leviathan itself, nor, if given the chance, would they vote for it today.
Imagine if this choice were offered: “In order to have the government take over your healthcare, you have to give the government permission to pry into, observe, and control every aspect of your life that can even remotely be related to your health – much as the Commerce clause supposedly gives the state the power to control things that are neither commerce, nor interstate.
Oh, wait: We gave them that choice. (Actually, we rammed it down their throats). It’s called Obamacare. And they hate it.
But the notion of their own powerlessness, carefully cultivated over the years by the Party of Leviathan, has convinced them that they can do nothing about the tyranny that has grown from the fertile earth of those maddened by the lust for power and control. They know their intended role. They know they are serfs and slaves.
This is what makes men like Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and Justin Amash (among others) so dangerous to Leviathan. They give the hopeless hope. They provide leadership around which the dispirited can rally. Mobs can be defeated. But movements, led by brave and ethical men promoting positive ideas, are the most dangerous entities to entrenched, tyrannical establishments imaginable.
I note that Mark Levin seems to have become at least somewhat reconciled to Marco Rubio. Not me. Rand Paul never professed opposition to open borders and, in fact, open borders are an integral part of his Libertarian DNA. I can call him wrong-headed, and disagree with him, but I can’t call him dishonest. Nor did he run for the Senate as a champion of closed borders, so neither did he lie to his own constituents in order to achieve high office.
Marco Rubio is a different story. He lied to his constituents about his positions on borders and scamnesty, and as soon as he was elected, he changed his tune 180 degrees. He and those like him are a big part of the problem, and his actions represent the primary reason Americans come to think that what they believe or want makes no difference to the rulers they send to represent them.
In other words, Rand Paul is a true believer, and open and honest about what he believes. Marco Rubio is nothing but a filthy traitor to those who elected him, and a liar to the all of the people of his state. He’s dead to me, and always will be. And when the time comes, I’ll be supporting any effort to primary him and replace him with somebody more honest. Not because he may be good on other issues, or even that he’s bad on borders and scamnesty. Because he’s a vile liar, and a betrayer of those who sent him to represent them.