You've all seen "Casablanca."
You might want to watch it again, following Barack Obama's performance Wednesday night to see his inspiration for pleading surprise and ignorance to the way his Internal Revenue Service targeted people and organizations for their political leanings.
You remember the scene. Police Capt. Louis Renault, played by Claude Raines, raids a casino operation in the Rick Blaine's (played by Humphrey Bogart) nightclub.
Asked why he's closing down the club, Renault responds: "I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!" The croupier hands Renault a pile of money and offers, "Your winnings, sir."
For at least three years now, Obama has been gambling that he would get away with using the IRS as an attack dog against his political enemies. Now that he's caught red-handed he feigns horror: "Americans are right to be angry about it, and I'm angry about it." He insists he "will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency, but especially in the IRS, given the power that it has and the reach that it has."
I know there are some candid true believers out there like Julian Bond of the NAACP who actually publicly applaud what Obama and the IRS did. But is there a single American who today honestly believes he didn't, at the very least, wink at what was happening at the IRS if not inspire it by those he placed in charge of the agency and by his harsh rhetoric against his political adversaries ever since he began running for the presidency?
I know there are a lot of low-information voters out there, or we wouldn't have Obama in the White House. But it's hard for me to believe that this scandal is not completely transparent to even most of them – whether or not they care about the rule of law, justice, equal protection, personal liberties, free speech and all of those American principles.
You can't say I didn't warn America beginning in 2008.
Now, maybe, Americans are beginning to understand what this man is capable of – which is scary for those of us on the receiving end.
Think about it.
Is there anything a president who would abuse the IRS to target his enemies wouldn't do to get his way and "fundamentally transform America," as he promised?
Need I remind you that some of us have been attempting to blow the whistle on this scandal for more than two years? There have been lawsuits. There have been Freedom of Information requests filed. There have been news stories. There have been press conferences by groups victimized. There have been dozens of individuals, like me, who have told their own horror stories about political audits. (In my case, I predicted it with great specificity in advance and wrote about it when it inevitably came to pass!)
There's just one difference between Renault and Obama.
In the end of the movie, Renault turns out to be a good guy. Even though he is playing ball with the Nazis and doing their bidding in "Casablanca," that's not where his heart is. I don't hold out much hope that Obama is going to turn himself in for his high crimes and misdemeanors. Nor do I hold out much hope he is going to reform and become a defender of the Constitution and those previously mentioned American principles.
He's made it clear to those of us who are awake that he despises the American way.
He hates pretty much everything it stands for.
So isn't it time for all good, decent, patriotic, God-fearing Americans to demand he leave office at once or be impeached?
Trust me. If he serves out his complete term, the America we once knew will never be the same.