We're in power because we like it. We're in power because we enjoy punishing people. We're in power because we enjoy owning people. We enjoy telling them what they can do.And so there's a little frisson of schadenfreude in seeing the escalation:
She likely deserves to end up behind bars. But.
The House on Wednesday voted to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt for her refusal to answers questions about the agency's conservative-targeting scandal.
Lois Lerner headed the agency's Exempt Organizations division when it controversially targeted conservative nonprofit groups applying for tax-exempt status. But she has repeatedly refused to answer questions when called before Republican-led House committees investigating the scandal, citing her Fifth Amendment right to remain silent and avoid self-incrimination.
I do not like seeing her rights get trampled in an attempt to get justice for trampling other's rights. Congress cannot repeal the fifth amendment, any more than the IRS can issue regulations nullifying the first amendment.
I'm not sure what the path forward is here, except that it is a political, not a legal path. But I do not trust the Republican Party to stand up for the fifth amendment any more than I trust the Democratic Party to stand up for the first. Not in an election year. And so the assault on the Bill of Rights escalates.
This business will get out of control. Because someone won't let this crisis go to waste.