All Hail The American Banana Republic…Or Else
Mark Steyn provides us with an accurate definition of the exact nature of our post-Constitutional government [emphasis mine]:
As I’ve had cause to remark many times before, American government is corrupt. The IRS scandal is Ground Zero for the corruption of the republic, and, if you want it in a nutshell, the invaluable Judicial Watch just provided it. (Incidentally, the fact that an outside group gets more useful results than Congressional oversight does is itself testament to the diseased state of American institutions: the executive branch treats the legislative branch with ever more open contempt.) Here is Lois Lerner’s email explaining the BOLO (“Be On the Look-Out”) criteria for identifying and scrutinizing what it regards as “Tea Party’ groups:
1. ‘Tea Party’, ‘Patriots’ or ‘9/12 Project’ is referenced in the case file.
2. Issues include government spending, government debt and taxes.
3. Educate the public through advocacy/legislative activities to make America a better place to live.
4. Statements in the case file that are critical of the how the country is being run.
That last gets to the nub of the matter: Supposedly impartial agencies of the state are explicitly targeting the ruling party’s political enemies. In other words, it’s the merging of the state and the party in order to criminalize opposition: the very definition of a banana republic.
The IRS demanded donor lists from these groups, and, in a system where one in 100 taxpayers are at risk of an audit, ten per cent of individuals on the lists wound up getting audited. During all this, the Number Two guy at the IRS was in unusually close contact with Democrat Senator Carl Levin. To turn to the climate-change thugs for a moment, because Mann and his cronies were never punished for what they did in Climategate, it was inevitable that they would take that as a green light to carry on doing it. Likewise for the IRS: They think they’ve got away with it, and so they’ll keep doing it.
We’re in the first stage of the American Post-Constitutional Era.
We’re governed by a thoroughly corrupt regime that will no longer even pretend to brook opposition if it doesn’t feel like it.
Behold: The Rule Of Whim!
Behold this Colossus Of Corruption!
The United Banana Republic Of America is your master and you, the former Sovereignty, are it’s serfs.
Welcome to Bondage!
Welcome to The Jungle, where there are no set rules, no standards, and everything is permissible.
Congratulations to the Left In America for having successfully brought down The American Republic, for seeing to it that The American Experiment has failed, for forcing the marriage of Banana with Republic…
…be careful, though, Comrades, things are going to be awful slippery from now on.
A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.
—John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams, 17 July 1775