Saturday, April 12, 2014
Darrel Issa Acts Like Joe McCarthy But We Should Not Worry
Joe McCarthy is infamous for the witch hunts that he used to gain power during the cold war. He got away with his tactics because the public shared his concerns about the threat of communism. Politicians who attacked him lost elections. This article describes the behavior of Darrel Issa who abused his power as the Chairman of a powerful House committee during his "investigation" of the IRS which he accused of discriminating against conservative groups which had requested exemptions from taxation. Issa has lied and distorted information during his hearings. He has been accused of behaving like Joe McCarthy. Issa is a demagogue like Joe McCarthy but he is not feared. Therefore, according to Dana Milbank, we don't have to worry about him. I'm not sure that I agree with Milbank. Issa holds a powerful office and he has abused his power. We always have to worry about people like Issa who hold positions of power. The press ought to be much more aggressive about holding Issa accountable for his behavior.