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May 21, 2013

RONN MOTT: Rabid Republicans

The so-called news people at Fox News can hardly sit still long enough to report on the latest gossip or untruth about our sitting President. They can hardly contain themselves. Mitch McConnell, the senator from Kentucky, is ranting and raving and, as I write this, there has been no linkage to the President or White House staff regarding the IRS scandal.  

Any time you ask for tax exempt status, you will be thoroughly examined. If for no other reason it is because the government loses money and they wish to know you are legitimate, charitable, etc., before you are awarded tax exemption.

Of course, this would be simpler if the Tea Party was, indeed, a political party. They run candidates as Republicans but, as we have seen, they ignore Republican leadership. (Remember Sen. Richard Lugar.) Maybe … no, not maybe, it is time for the so-called Tea Party to become a party, get sanctioned in the states they abide in, run for offices, put it in front of the people, and stop being dragged along by the GOP.  

The Internal Revenue Service must remain neutral in American politics if they are going to be a taxing body that adheres to the law. But you know, and I know, they have been used to harass and investigate people because of politics in the past. Most of this is pretty small potatoes and doesn’t make much noise in the media. But the mad-dog Congress of the Republican Party is looking for any bone to gnaw upon and this time they think they have something.

It seems to me to be a rotten shame the party that gave us Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt is now the party to this latest attack on the man in the White House. Not just the current flap about people, places and things, but the GOP senators and congressmen in private meetings swore not to give this man a chance for success. And, so far, they have been successful in disrupting all the things he has wanted to do, save the health care bill, which is the law they are determined to tear apart.

The Republican leadership with few exceptions is old, white, rich, and, of course, conservative. They do not want to see this nation change, but change is an almost constant thing in politics. The Republicans spent decades waiving the bloody shirt to get elected after the Civil War. It wasn’t for decades after that the Democrats who believed in social changes got to burn the bloody shirt.  

Now we wave the vista of “They’re going to take your guns,” abortions, and right-wing preachers who also do not want the changes that are on the horizon.

So, we’ll go through this so-called scandal and probably (or at least it’s my guess), there will not be anything serious to come of this except to say the IRS was wrong.

Harry Truman said, “Beware of he who prays out loud in the amen corner because he wants more than God to hear him.” And I would say the same thing to those who call themselves Patriots. You get to be a Patriot by earning the title as did Colin Kelly, Nathan Hale, and George Washington … not by marching in parades and dissing the President of the United States.

The right-wingers are always screaming about the Constitution, yet we are paying for private and religious education with our tax dollars. Thomas Jefferson, a long time ago, canceled Thanksgiving because it was too close to a combination of church and state. The men who wrote the Constitution would not favor private and religious schools being paid for by tax dollars. Yet, in the State of Indiana, it is happening. So much for right-wing belief in the Constitution and its founding fathers.  

Ronn Mott, a longtime radio personality in Terre Haute, writes commentaries for the Tribune-Star. His pieces are published online Tuesday and Thursday on Tribstar.com, and in the print and online editions on Saturday.

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