IRS hearings took place all day today and began with a bizarre set of circumstances. Lois Lerner had planned to plead her Fifth Amendment right but was immediately questioned after she delivered an opening statement.
Lerner read, “I have not done anything wrong. I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules and regulations, and I have not provided false information to this or any other congressional committee. And while I would very much like to answer the committee’s questions today, I’ve been advised by my counsel to assert my constitutional right not to testify or answer questions related to the subject matter of this hearing.”
“They use our systems against us. Look at this. I mean, you have the IRS investigating people who are teaching the Constitution. When they get questioned about it, they take the Fifth,” Stu said.
Glenn said that while she does have the right to take the Fifth Amendment, it doesn’t usually go well when that happens.
So what should people do if the IRS is dodging the accountability the American people demand? Well, the American people should demand that Congress do to the IRS what the IRS has done to the American people: monitor them, investigate them, and punish them financially if they don’t comply.
“Here’s what you need to do. What you’re asking for is very easy to find. America, it is time we turn the security state against itself,” Glenn said. “Why isn’t the security apparatus that you can watch us 24 hours a day, you can listen to us 24 hours a day, you can read our e‑mails, you can scan everything, you keep everything, what the hell are we doing? What’s wrong with us, America? You paid for it; you own it. You’re the boss, or are they? Why isn’t this security system turned around on them? Let’s monitor them in the White House 24 hours a day. Let’s monitor them in congress an at the DHS 24 hours a day. Let’s make sure we know where they are. Let’s make sure we read their personal e‑mails. Let’s make sure that they are available.”
“See, what people don’t understand is equal justice. We’re not looking for vigilantes. We’re not looking for social justice but equal justice. If you can do this to me, why can’t we do this to you? If you can close me down without a warrant, if you can garnish all of my wages, if you can shut and seize my bank accounts, if you won’t comply with the law, then why is it we don’t do that to you? Congress, demand that you seize their assets. Demand that you close them down. Demand that you put stop payment on absolutely every paycheck until they answer the questions. I don’t want to pay their salaries anymore.”