Tits in the wringer

Larry 'n NassauA former student of mine recently referred to Fox News and the far-right as the, “Outrage machine.” He went on to recognize that with the revelations about the IRS targeting the Tea Party they finally do have something to be outraged about. I haven’t paid a lot of attention to the IRS issue, knowing that before it’s over we all will have had our fill.

I’m in no way defending the behavior of the IRS but before anyone gets too outraged and accusatory it might help to stop and reflect on the reality of political scandals. Political scandal is as old as the nation and no party, presidency, congress, or court is free of its stain.

Democrats and Republican congresses and administrations have all, at one time or another, resorted to using the power of the government to punish or harass its opponents. Richard Nixon and his Plumbers became the poster children for overzealous use of power with the

break-in at the Watergate building and the creation of his infamous, “enemies list.” It was Nixon who ordered the IRS to audit the taxes of his enemies and to use the power of the executive branch to deny federal grants and contracts to those named in the list.

Two wrongs don’t make a right but before the outrage machine gets too indignant it needs to be reminded that every political party, administration, congress, and court system has at one time got its tit caught in the proverbial wringer.

Just to drive home my point check out the following article from Wikipedia. It is mostly a simple list, broken down into administrations, and can be quickly scanned.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_federal_political_scandals_in_the_United_States

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