On the one side were elected representatives, headed by generally conservative politicos but often wish-washy when the going gets tough. Also on that side of the room were the moonbeam Democrats, those who support any liberal cause just because its liberal and a few who might still be subject to reason.
On the other side were patriotic Americans, citizens who love their country and her traditional values. These are not violent people, lawbreaking people, or people who don't pay their taxes. No, they are just people who want to express their God-given right to free speech in a country that is supposed to encourage free speech. They came to Washington to tell the entire country of the outrageous, unconstitutional and illegal actions committed against them by the IRS to silence them by fear.
These patriots include Tea Party types as well as folks supporting the traditional family, heterosexual marriage, pro-life and other generally Christian-leaning groups. They told outrageous stories of threats, invasion of privacy and their personal lives, non-response to applications, indifference and even extreme arrogance by IRS officials at all levels.
The Republicans and even a few Democrats did show concern for what was happening, and the chairman made sure that those testifying were able to state in their own words how heinous their treatment had been. I listened with pride to see fellow citizens unafraid of the power of government, clearly stating what had happened and even making it clear that their rights had been severely violated. Most clearly evoked their belief in God, something we don't hear much anymore.
On the other hand, most of the Democrats used the hearing as an attempt to grandstand with pomposity from the "we know best" point of view. The primary example was when Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) made a ludicrous statement to the effect that the citizens were not eligible for tax advantages, that they should have known better, and that therefore they were responsible for the problem. I guess this ideologue doesn't remember the shenanigans of Acorn, Obama for America, and even Occupy Wall Street which his party clearly supported.
I did think, however that Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) made a quick and effective rebuttal which made McDermott look like the illogical true believer than he is. Thank you, Congressman Ryan.
The worst part of this entire sage is that the outrage was committed by an organization which is supposed to be absolutely apolitical and fair. But we have learned that the former IRS Commissioner, who fudged on giving clear answers when he testified earlier, is married to a major left wing activist. He also visited the White House over a hundred times in the last few years. Anyone doubt the reason for Douglas Shulman having made so many visits to the President's place of work and residence?
So today I want to thank the citizen patriots who made the trek to Washington, had the courage to stand up and be heard, and were true to their beliefs and their God. Thomas Jefferson and our other founders would be proud.
I ask each of you to have these folks and the values that made this country great in you thoughts and to pray to God for our return to common sense and good moral values. Without Him, we can never stand.
Dear Lord, Help us to be strong and never falter in our faith in Thee. Help us also to follow the example of those courageous Americans who dared to challenge the immoral actions of government which were used against them. We must stand with these people for they are just like us and we could very well be next. And we also pray that those who would commit evil against their fellow countrymen will be flooded with the Holy Spirit, seeing the error of their ways in committing these and all other sins. We ask in Thy name, Amen.
God bless each of you and have a wonderful day with the Lord.