Inspection- Where the Right is Right and the Left is Wrong

by Ken Carman

  Rocky Mountain Mike’s Right Wing Troll Notification System.
 Humor is always a great relief in these times. But perhaps we’re missing something overall. There is one of the current over-hyped scandals that the Right has slightly more right, in one sense, than the Left.
 Let’s quickly dispatch the wrong so we can get to the right, OK?
 I challenge the Right…
 Prove to me that Barack Obama or Hillary personally ordered the Benghazi attack, or personally ordered the fact it was a terrorist attack to be covered up. Prove to me that the Right shares no blame in this tragedy by keeping his appointees from being confirmed and by cutting funds for security to embassies. Prove it all or stick it all up the same hole where your blather over this issue is coming from. And it’s not your mouth.
 No suppositions. No generalities. Actual recordings. E-mails that haven’t been altered by, well I think we have a damn good idea which side of the political divide would want to alter them.
Specifics: not leaps from “if they did intentionally..>” do something to “They intentionally did this” with nothing to make that leap in logic actually “logical” rather than pure partisan quackery.
 And we need to know why all this matters so much more than other embassy attacks and deaths, or 9/11, that happened under Bush’s watch. Why it’s more damning.
 From Birth Certificate nonsense, to going to a church with a controversial minister, to anything that speaks of some moderate regulation “proving” Barack is gun grabbing socialist, fake “scandals” have been spouting out of tantrum filled Right Wing pieholes long before he was elected the first time. Both the Right and the Left are good at such behavior: true. The difference being the Right Wing noise machine is so talented at this, the Left so untalented, if this were music, it would be Mozart vs. the amazing vocal stylistic talents of Bob Dylan gone really, really bad.
 That really is bad, for Bob’s a talented writer but voice? Eh, not so much.
 Since we insist on a two party system, I have to choose one. So, in this case, I’d rather listen to Dylan than the admittedly talented at being psycho rants on the Right. But that’s me. Every mother knows the baby who screams the loudest in the grocery store cart usually gets the most attention.
 But as to the IRS question?
 To paraphrase Willy Loman’s wife, Linda, “Attention must be paid.”
 Here’s the problem with what you have right, righties. It’s not all about you. But the point the Left keeps making that the Left was targeted during Bush doesn’t make it all better, no more than a kiss would make a foot shredded by lawnmower better.
 But the point is not totally without merit. Certainly if prison time is to be considered here, as some on the right have demanded, perhaps we should start with those who targeted Liberal churches and the NAACP during Bush?
 I have some empathy for the IRS here. Part of their job is to make sure these organizations don’t get special status if their mission is to fund, or promote, one candidate. We’re not always dealing with honesty here when it comes to those who have tried to get special tax status, that’s for damn sure. And when there’s a change in the tax rules before an election while the IRS is in upheaval, plus Citizen United and the money is speech meme’, what do you expect? What do you expect when all this creates a flood of similar groups with similar sounding names claiming this status: the vast majority from one side of the political spectrum? What do you expect when appointees from a previous administration are still in charge: when the IRS was also accused of targeting one side of the political equation? “Still in charge” as yet another presidential appointee languishes because those expected to be adults think it’s fun to play keep away rather than do their damn jobs?
 But to just say it’s been done before; and let it go at that, is wrong. To raise hell about it is right: even though not one group on their side was denied that status.
 This has been going on for a long time. Hoover used the IRS to go after those he couldn’t get otherwise. Roosevelt used it. Nixon used it. Doesn’t make it better in any sense. Does mean something is seriously broke, and has been for a long time.
 Hey guys and gals! Here’s an issue we can agree on, as long as it’s not all about you, political gain and stroking off your political peeps. Let’s have a non-partisan revamp of the tax system. Let’s make damn sure groups who attempt to cheat the system don’t get a status they don’t deserve: no matter what their political affiliation may be. Let’s make damn sure the IRS is less driven by political winds when it makes such assessments.
 Good luck with that.
 We should be focused on this. The Right has it right, in that sense. In fact I suggest we expand the debate and discussion to a proven history of political groups being targeted. Let’s fix it, instead of just trying to make this all about one side or the other.
 Yet we all know, once again, what this is about. We know what it has been about since at least Clinton. In an Inspection column: 2008, pre-election, I stated that the Right will find some way to impeach Barack, and any president not of their party. It has become a preferred political weapon of Neo Con Republican convenience.
  I can hear the ad now, “10 out of 10 Republicans prefer impeachment Democrat over doing their damn jobs!”
 So until the next time one side or the other becomes a target because they’re not in control, this is your very cynical columnist shrugging his shoulders and signing off.
 By the way, there’s a corpse hanging from a rope over there. I think he was so depressed by all this. It’s Uncle Sam. He gave up. Clean up on aisle partisan divide.


Inspection is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for over 30 years. Inspection is dedicated to looking at odd angles, under all the rocks and into the unseen cracks and crevasses that constitute the issues and philosophical constructs of our day: places few think, or even dare, to venture.

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