In 2011, Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA), addressing her California constituents, said “…as far as I’m concerned, the Tea Party can go straight to hell and I intend to help them get there.” Waters is one of 75 Democratic representatives who belong to the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The caucus itself is promoted by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), according to the DSA website. Her comment about the Tea Party could be seen as an admission that the Progressive/Socialist wing of the Democratic Party is waging an all-out war against the Conservative/Libertarian movement. The agenda of the Obama administration and the institutions it has targeted seems to suggest that this war is orchestrated directly from the White House. For those opposed to President Obama’s agenda, the latest revelation would seem to solidify the suggestion. The U.S. Justice Department probe of Fox News Journalist James Rosen continues the war against the American Right.
In the recent admission by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that it has been deliberately targeting Tea Party and other Conservative groups, one phase of the war has been revealed. The ongoing attempt to nullify the Second Amendment is another. Still another phase is the, until now, low-key attack on Conservative media: Within the Democratic Party, there are voices that still occasionally call for the reinstatement of the “Fairness Doctrine”, which is seen by Conservatives as a way to break the Right’s dominance of talk radio – although it is questionable how effective any proposed legislation would be in doing so.
Having seized phone records from the Associated Press (AP), the Justice Department turned its attention to Fox News; one of the few Right-leaning news organizations within the mainstream media. Fox News has revealed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had applied for a search warrant in order to obtain access to the personal email account of James Rosen, a Fox journalist. According to Fox News, an FBI affidavit claims that Rosen may have violated a U.S. law which prohibits the unauthorized disclosure of defense information. This claim refers to a 2009 story that claimed North Korea was about to conduct a nuclear test, in response to threatened U.N. sanctions against that nation.
President Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the State Department face ongoing inquiries about their response to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. James Rosen has been heavily involved in the reporting of the Benghazi incident. To many, it will appear more than coincidental, therefore, that the Justice Department probe of Rosen has surfaced at this time.
On Monday, Republican Senator Marco Rubio stepped into the fray, saying “The sort of reporting by James Rosen detailed in the report is the same sort of reporting that helped Mr. Rosen aggressively pursue questions about the Administration’s handling of Benghazi.” While acknowledging that national security leaks are criminal and should be investigated by federal prosecutors, Rubio went on to say “…we expect that they do so within the bounds of the law, and that the investigations focus on the leakers within the government, not on media organizations that have First Amendment protections and serve vital function in our democracy.”
Former acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller has maintained that there was no political motivation behind IRS targeting of Tea Party groups. The words of Maxine Waters may suggest, however, that Miller is attempting to cover up a more sinister agenda. As Second Amendment advocates fight to stave off stricter gun-control legislation and Fox News finds itself in the Justice Department crosshairs, Conservatives and Libertarians could perhaps be forgiven for discerning a systematic pattern of attacks on their values and their voices.
UPDATE: Suspicion deepened Wednesday when Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS unit that deals with tax-exempt organizations, invoked the 5th Amendment in front of the House Oversight Committee. “I have not done anything wrong. I have not broken any laws,” said Lerner. At some point soon, we may see officials from the Department of Justice before this same committee, answering questions related to their intimidation of the Associated Press and James Rosen. Ms. Lerner’s words may, at that point, come echoing back to us.
Written By: Graham J Noble