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Letter to the Editor - Blame For Tea Party Harassment Must Fall On Obama

Well, well, well!

For years now groups like the Tea Party have railed against the abuses of Big Government, Invasive Government, and Tyrannical Government. Now, the IRS has finally admitted that yes indeed, they did target the Tea Party and other conservative political and religious groups for special harassment. It seems that the Tea Party was right all along.

President Obama has stated that IRS harassment will not be tolerated, and that those responsible will be held accountable. Does anybody really believe that? We've had American border guards murdered with firearms supplied by ATF, embassies blown up, ambassadors assassinated, and doomed embassy defenders being denied the reinforcements they were pleading for. Has anyone ever been held accountable for anything in this administration?

The guy at the top sets policy. Those below him carry out policy. If the guy at the top can take credit for the liquidation of Osama, then surely the blame for the murder of the ambassador also lies on his doorstep. Regarding the IRS case, it's no secret that the White House has been doing its best to discredit the Tea Party for years. Even if the WH did not initiate the IRS harassment of its political enemies, does anyone really think that it would be in any hurry to put an end to it? And of all the Obama underlings that knew that Tea Party harassment was occurring, how is it that the President says he first learned of it from a newspaper story? Does this pass the "smell" test? How deep and wide does the integrity shortage run in this administration?

The President tends to comment on these things as an observer, rather than a participant. But he is the chief participant. In charge. The head of government. If his senior staff is letting him down, then they have to go. If they are merely carrying out his wishes, then he himself is the problem.

When I was in the military, I once had a commanding officer who told his subordinates, "If you fail, I have failed." Now there's a leader who embraces responsibility! Too bad such quality leaders are so scarce in politics.

Tom Felhofer


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