Sometimes an apology and a check is all the justice that one can obtain in a world with imperfect remedies.
That is not the case with the IRS.
The DOJ settled two class action lawsuits against the IRS involving nearly 500 unique parties who shared a common complaint: they had been improperly and arguably illegally targeted by the IRS for their religious or political beliefs.
Americans who had their Constitutionally-guaranteed first freedoms violated received an undisclosed financial settlement and a half-hearted apology.
The IRS chalked it up to mismanagement rather than what it was: the most powerful non-military agency of the US government attempting to silence Americans with whom those in charge disagreed on religion and politics.
Asking for the contents of an organization’s daily affirmations, as the IRS did, is not incompetence. It’s predation.
So how is it that the self-styled champions of the little guy in the DC press corps have left this to be one of the most egregiously underreported stories of government abuse in recent memory?
Where are the Woodwards and Bernsteins who purport to serve as a check on the powerful and a vanguard of liberty?
Where are the cloying rinse-and-repeat cable news hosts weeping on command to commiserate with the IRS’ victims?
There’s a legal maxim that justice delayed is justice denied. With respect to the IRS abuses, this was justice delayed, denied and ignored.