The American system of government checks and balances is dead. It’s
no longer relevant. It’s a sham.
That’s the only conclusion I can draw from the latest outrage
discovered by WorldNetDaily last week with regard to all of Congress’
huffing and puffing last year about the abusive nature of the Internal
The centerpiece of a legislative effort to address the problems
Congress revealed in dramatic testimony featuring cloaked, anonymous
witnesses and emotionally gripping horror stories was a requirement for
President Clinton to appoint an “independent” Internal Revenue Service
Oversight Board by Jan. 22, 1999.
Not only did Clinton not appoint an independent board, he didn’t
appoint ANY board. In fact, this may be the first federal jobs program
Clinton has neglected since taking office. Apparently he could find no
one he trusted to wink at the way his White House uses and abuses the
IRS with impunity. So, he flagrantly ignored the will of Congress —
formerly known as the will of the people in these parts.
Yet, is there any effort on the part of the Congress to hold the
president accountable? Of course not. It’s all a game. Congress no more
cares about your civil liberties or reforming the IRS than the president
So what can we do about it?
The big question people are asking me these days is: “Farah, how are
we ever going to stop the political abuses of the Internal Revenue
Service if Congress doesn’t care enough to challenge the president?”
I have an idea — a brainstorm.
Obviously, it’s too much to expect the downstream press to do any
enterprising work on the story — such as requesting the smoking-gun
Treasury Department documents
that prove at least one audit was directed from the White House. In
fact, as I have pointed out several times, not one major news agency
(with the exception of the Wall Street Journal editorial pages) has even
asked to see the Treasury Department report we discovered that shows the
White House initiated the 1996 audit of the Western Journalism Center.
Not even Fox News. In an effort to be “fair and balanced,” Fox has
apparently overlooked the real service an independent news agency
provides — doing the investigative reporting that comforts the
afflicted and afflicts the comfortable.
So, I was thinking: Why not make this an issue in the presidential
After all, if 25-year-old drug abuse rumors can dominate the race for
even a few days, this campaign is obviously hurting for some real
issues. Here are some possibilities on how the question could be
* Would you sign a bill to scrap the federal income tax and abolish
* What precautions will you take as president to ensure that no one in
your administration abuses the power of the IRS by suggesting audit
* Would you support the full prosecution of past and present executive
branch officials suspected of similarly abusing such power?
That’s a simple starting point. An even more fundamental line of
questioning might focus on the need and the wisdom of reining in the
federal government, and particularly the executive branch, to the powers
and responsibilities granted under the Constitution of the United
States. Wow! What a concept!
How do you think the current crop of candidates would perform? Do you
think any of them would pass the test? How many of them have even read
the Constitution lately? How many of them are really ready for a radical
break with the kind of government interventionism we’ve seen developing
in this country for the past 50 years?
If there’s any hope of electing a president who is going to undo the
damage of the Clinton administration, viable candidates need to be found
now. It’s not enough to change horses after eight years of going down
the wrong path. It’s time to find someone who is not afraid to blaze a
Who’s going to ask the tough questions? Obviously, it’s not going to
be Congress. Members have watched this president abuse his authority and
flout the law. It’s also unlikely that the downstream press is going to
do the job.
That means it’s up to you. There will be many opportunities to meet
the candidates in the months ahead — town meetings, informal
gatherings, other forums.