Contributed by “The Ed”
“The ends justify the means” is a Machiavellian statement you have heard a thousand times. It connotes the idea that it does not matter how you win as long as you win. Ladies and gentleman, it is true. The ends do justify the means because the ends are the means. I am not sure to whom I should attribute “The ends are the means” even after an internet search, so I will assign it to The Unincorporated Man, Justin Cord, a character in a science fiction book. I can only say that this is where I first read it.
How many of us revile what happened with The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? I do. Nancy Pelosi let us know what was happening when she said, “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it.” Over 2400 pages of bill were rushed through the Senate with voter disapproval and nobody reading it. The goal was accomplished. The Affordable Care Act passed and was signed by the president. It was a bill sponsored by Representative Charles Rangel (D) of New York, but who wrote it?
Now look back to 2008 when the banks were in trouble. Treasury Secretary Paulsen’s proposal came out September 21, 2008. Less than 2 weeks later on October 3 Paulsen’s proposal was amended and extended, rushed through Congress and signed into law. AIG was bailed out for $170 billion. Deutsche Bank, Societe General, Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs were at the receiving end of that money.
I never could find out who actually wrote those bills, whether it was the Affordable Care Act or the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP), but when I look at how much money got passed through to the banks I have to ask if they had a hand in writing the TARP bill.
Do you see the pattern? An anonymous group writes a bill and when the time is right they hand it to a sponsor to be introduced and passed into law by a Congress and a President who have not even read it. The ends are the means.
Part of Article 2 of Nixon’s impeachment proceedings was that Richard Nixon used the IRS to obtain confidential information about and caused IRS audits to be done on his enemies. Now we have the IRS scandal where the IRS is targeting conservative groups and religious groups, obtaining information about who is in the group, which candidates they support, what is on their websites. They have been targeting conservatives for audit. They have been targeting conservative non-profits for exclusion from or delay of non-profit status.
As a result of the Watergate scandals, Congress wrote laws making IRS targeting illegal. Rightly so. The power to tax is the power to destroy. The power to tax is the power to make what you own not yours anymore. All of this makes the IRS a feared, faceless bureaucracy. The use of the IRS as a weapon is power over the political enemies of anyone who knows how to wield that power.
But the end is the means. If I am the one in power I have the means to financially destroy my enemies and the means to strike fear into anyone who opposes me. That is something I do not want our government to have, no matter who is in charge.
I have discussed the liberal bias of the media before. A bias is one thing. But the media carries the water for the Democratic Party. Take the IRS scandal as an example. Some in the media dismiss the IRS scandal as no big deal. Some find it amusing that rich Republicans are being audited. Some are attacking the people who are trying to get to the bottom of the scandal. The media is supposed to be the watchdog. It is supposed to be trying to determine the facts of the case as was done in the Watergate scandal. But the watchdog has been transformed into the guard dog for the Democratic Party. I have a message for the New York Times and other media sources that are carrying the water for Barack Obama and the Democratic Party:
The IRS is doing to the conservative enemies of the Obama administration what it did against the Democrat enemies of Richard Nixon. Since you are not seeking to get to the bottom of the scandal you might as well be Pravda. The Obama administration can nationalize your financially failing newspaper and you can get paid for being the administration’s mouthpiece. The ends, a win for the Democratic Party, justify the means and you are the means. You are the means by which dissent is drowned out. You are the means by which people are told only what the Obama administration and the Democratic Party want the public to know. You are the government’s propaganda mouthpiece.
Justin Cord had it right. The ends are the means. The Constitution was written to deliberately keep our government from attaining this kind of power. Our government has slipped away from that leash by means that were used to achieve what was deemed to be noble ends.
Knowing that the ends are the means is a case for limited government. A government with strict limits on its power has fewer means to abuse its people.