At the end if a much larger piece, Ace makes an important point about the difference between the NSA and IRS scandals that is worth considering.
Here’s the thing: The IRS scandal is plainly a partisan illegal political scandal done for corrupt motives. Unconstitutional ones, too.
This gets to the very heart of the American experiment. The NSA scandal, if it pans out, is an illegal scandal, yes, but unlikely
done for partisan or corrupt motives. It would be a case of overreach and constitutional violation, yes, but probably not with
partisan or corrupt motives. And it’s the latter that hang someone. Mistakes or differences of opinion do not.
If the NSA turns out to be an overreach, but one done without partisan or corrupt motives… well, no one’s getting impeached forgoing too far to protect the American people from a terrorist attack.
George Bush got reelected on that platform, for crying out loud. He practically announced, “I intend to go too far.”
That doesn’t mean that this isn’t worrisome or unconstitutional. It means, at the end of the day, the IRS and Benghazi scandals are threats to this corrupt administration in a way the NSA scandal never will be (or is extremely unlikely to be).
The NSA scandal at worst is about the growth of the security state and while that is a compelling topic for many libertarians and well worth discussing, it doesn’t show malice to most people.
The IRS scandal does. Few Americans know what the NSA is but everyone knows and resents the IRS.