Adams had it right
To the Editor:
The Internal Revenue Service, by law only a tax collector but feared for its vast intimidating power, is caught snooping and scaring innocent citizens.
Then, the Federal Election Commission is doing the same, also to suppress those who oppose a coercive government. What to do? Make new laws to forbid what is already illegal (like we saw with gun control)?
The problem is not in the agencies, but with the people in them. Are they the accused “rogue agents,” like those in Cincinnati (until we learn that the culprits are hiding in Washington, D.C.)?
President John Adams saw it clearly, when he reminded his fellow founders – and all those in the future – the problem is deeply in human nature:
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people, it is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
Congress wants to investigate. The guilty pass the blame, stonewall and cowardly hide behind privileges of the Constitution that are enshrined in the Fifth Amendment.
Adams warned us against people who use good agencies for their own corrupt purposes. He wrote of moral and religious people, but warned against the dishonorable ones who scheme, cheat and lie, while seeing truth and religion as enemy and obstacle in their drive for power and political success.
How high does the corruption go? The fish rots first in the head – not in Cincinnati. Are we not better than that, voter?