History, The Spoils System, Civil Service … And Buyer’s Regrets

Civil Servicethe IRS is demanding the list of contributors to a Ron Paul group. Apparently the agency’s pursuit of non-Democrat political groups continues without Lois Lerner to head it. We note that Ms. Lerner has so far, thumbed her nose at the Republicans in Congress. One House committee sent a recommendation that she be prosecuted to Eric Holder’s Department of Justice; we can guess how far that will progress. Another committee voted that she be held in contempt of Congress and the Republican House agreed. Opera bouffe, to date. An American administration is openly using the Federal government to punish the political opposition.

Richard Nixon was criticized for this based on his then infamous “enemies list.” Compared to the Obamafolk, his was penney-ante stuff.

Hollywood is famous for its “blacklist” of conservatives in a liberal town; such folk are denied jobs and financing when discovered. In an allegedly free country, such conduct is reprehensible, but hardly illegal. The misuse of the Federal government this way is illegal. Unfortunately, it is that government’s job to enforce those as well as the rest of the laws.

In Russia, Iran or China, identification as a government opponent makes one unemployable and eventually, prosecuted for whatever is handy. Obviously, the United States is hovering over that abyss and there is nothing going on that seems likely to halt that. A prominent CEO was recently fired for his position re gay marriage; the similarly positioned CEO of Chick-Fil-A has just apologized for his views.  Visitors to a Texas IRS office saw numerous Obama buttons and stickers among the employees, a violation of the civil service concept. America seems about a half-step from Russia, China and Iran.

The country appears to have returned to the spoils system over the recumbent body of the Civil Service laws, that ironically were installed at the behest of Progressives. Today’s voters have not lived under a spoils system nor have public schools educated them; it will likely require decades of experience before enough citizens react to what is being lost now.

As is unfortunately common in history, that which is being lost, is likely to be appreciated only after it is too late.

About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much) Couple of degrees in government, a few medals in figure skating; just reading and suspicion for economics ...
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