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Lois Lerner and Joe McCarthy
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) compares the vote to hold IRS administrator Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress to actions taken in the 1950’s by Senator Joseph R. McCarthy (R-WI).
His comparison is true.
It is true in that for the first time since McCarthy investigated government officials secretly working for Stalin’s Soviet KGB, Congress is showing backbone and doing its job. Senator McCarthy, with help from fellow Senators John F. Kennedy Lyndon B. Johnson and Hubert H. Humphrey, investigated the abuse of power associated with government officials secretly working for a foreign enemy. Congress today is investigating the abuse of power associated with government officials deceptively using the IRS, a domestic agency, to attack political opponents, Americans with dissenting opinions.
Both cases involved government officials who were secretly working for interests other than those of the American people. Both cases involved criminal, deceptive, dishonest, and in certain cases treasonous conduct by government officials.
Both cases involved government officials refusing to cooperate with a Congress that was exercising its constitutional prerogative to investigate corruption. In both cases, government officials attempted to thwart Congress in its effort to expose a criminal conspiracy against the American people. Officials then and now refused to testify seeking protection from a Constitution that they had demonstrated such contempt for by their actions. Officials then and now refused to testify by stating that their testimony might incriminate them.
In the case of Lois Lerner, who is at the epicenter of the scandal, she delivered a high-minded speech to Congress professing her innocence and vigorously denying any wrongdoing. She then proceeded to plead the Fifth when questioned.
Perhaps the reason there has been such a large gap in time between the McCarthy hearings and the hearings of today is the way McCarthy was demonized and destroyed by his enemies. McCarthy was done in so viciously that he still considered the most hated man in America. Few Congressmen have had the courage to stick their necks out since McCarthy. Most would rather go along to get along.
Maybe Congress, between the investigation of the IRS and Benghazi, is once again starting to find it voice and have the courage to do their job as Joe McCarthy did.
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Chuck Morse is the host the radio talk show "Chuck Morse Speaks" which is nationally syndicated on the IRN/USA Radio Network Mon - Fri 10 AM - Noon ET. He is the author of books as well as columns that have been published in The Boston Globe, The Washington Times, The Providence Journal, the New Bedford Standard Times, WND, Newsmax and Front Page. Chuck Morse received the 2003 Communicator of the Year award from the National Right to Work Committee and was named a "Heavy 100" Radio Talk Host by Talkers Magazine. Morse ran for Congress in 2004 against Rep. Barney Frank in Massachusetts.
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