The Appointment of William Wilkins IRS Chief Counsel Was Completely Political
We remember in April, 2012, President Barack Obama involved himself in the tragic death some four weeks earlier of a Florida youth, Trayvon Martin. (“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”) The reason he did it then was simple; he needed a sharp emotional race division for the election. He needed to stir the passions of black Americans over race for the November election. He already had galvanized support from the “GLBT” crowd. (I know the acronym is considered obsolete and passé—I don’t care.) He also had a marvelously successful “War on Women” insuring a big turnout from that identity group. This did the trick for the black vote.
Now 15 months later, Obama waded in again with this statement following the not guilty verdict of murder defendant George Zimmerman a week ago.
“The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son. And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities. We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.”
But the President wasn’t done. Every race hustler in the country, including Attorney General Holder, has been beating the drum all week for 100 cities ‘Justice for Trayvon rallies’. Friday, Obama weighed in again from the White House press room. In part he said:
“Well, I — I wanted to come out here first of all to tell you that Jay is prepared for all your questions and is — is very much looking forward to the session.
“Second thing is I want to let you know that over the next couple of weeks there are going to obviously be a whole range of issues — immigration, economics, et cetera — we’ll try to arrange a fuller press conference to address your questions.
“The reason I actually wanted to come out today is not to take questions but to speak to an issue that obviously has gotten a lot of attention over the course of the last week, the issue of the Trayvon Martin ruling. I gave an — a preliminary statement right after the ruling on Sunday, but watching the debate over the course of the last week, I thought it might be useful for me to expand on my thoughts a little bit.
“First of all, you know, I — I want to make sure that, once again, I send my thoughts and prayers, as well as Michelle’s, to the family of Trayvon Martin, and to remark on the incredible grace and dignity with which they’ve dealt with the entire situation. I can only imagine what they’re going through, and it’s — it’s remarkable how they’ve handled it.
“The second thing I want to say is to reiterate what I said on Sunday, which is there are going to be a lot of arguments about the legal — legal issues in the case. I’ll let all the legal analysts and talking heads address those issues.
“The judge conducted the trial in a professional manner. The prosecution and the defense made their arguments. The juries were properly instructed that in a — in a case such as this, reasonable doubt was relevant, and they rendered a verdict. And once the jury’s spoken, that’s how our system works.
“But I did want to just talk a little bit about context and how people have responded to it and how people are feeling. You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. And when you think about why, in the African-American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African-American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that — that doesn’t go away.
“There are very few African-American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me.
“And there are very few African-American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me, at least before I was a senator. There are very few African-Americans who haven’t had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off. That happens often.
“And you know, I don’t want to exaggerate this, but those sets of experiences inform how the African-American community interprets what happened one night in Florida. And it’s inescapable for people to bring those experiences to bear.
“The African-American community is also knowledgeable that there is a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws, everything from the death penalty to enforcement of our drug laws. And that ends up having an impact in terms of how people interpret the case.
“Now, this isn’t to say that the African-American community is naive about the fact that African-American young men are disproportionately involved in the criminal justice system, that they are disproportionately both victims and perpetrators of violence. It’s not to make excuses for that fact, although black folks do interpret the reasons for that in a historical context.
“We understand that some of the violence that takes place in poor black neighborhoods around the country is born out of a very violent past in this country, and that the poverty and dysfunction that we see in those communities can be traced to a very difficult history.
“And so the fact that sometimes that’s unacknowledged adds to the frustration. And the fact that a lot of African-American boys are painted with a broad brush and the excuse is given, well, there are these statistics out there that show that African-American boys are more violent — using that as an excuse to then see sons treated differently causes pain.
“I think the African-American community is also not naive in understanding that statistically somebody like Trayvon Martin was probably statistically more likely to be shot by a peer than he was by somebody else.
“So — so folks understand the challenges that exist for African-American boys, but they get frustrated, I think, if they feel that there’s no context for it or — and that context is being denied. And — and that all contributes, I think, to a sense that if a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario, that, from top to bottom, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different.” (Full text)
So what’s going on now, the 2014 elections? Not at all. The Zimmerman verdict is so valuable to Obama—and make no mistake the not guilty verdict is perfect for him—because of one word, scandal. Going back only a year we have
- Several hundred million illegal foreign campaign contributions
- The presidential order to all federal employees to spy on and report on others
- The Justice department spying on the American media
- The IRS scandal
- The NSA/FBI/unknown others spying on Americans.
That’s six major scandals in one year (10 Months). This leaves out several minor scandals and ignores earlier ones such as Fast and Furious. Is America focused on our law breaking President and his out of control Executive branch? No. With total cooperation from his friends in the media, the President has the Nation’s focus is on “Justice for Trayvon.”
We ought have contempt for the President’s lawless destruction of our great Republic but tip your hat to him—his timing is perfect. Just Thursday, the House oversight committee followed the IRS wrongdoing trail right into the IRS Chief Counsel’s office. The IRS Chief Counsel is appointed by the President. In the case of this President, as you would expect, the appointment was completely political; one William Wilkins. The evidence has reached the Chief Counsel’s office. It has not yet reached Mr. Wilkins or the White house but it will. The only reason this man with his experiences and record was appointed was to thwart citizen opposition to the fundamental transformation of our free America. Chairman Darryl Issa and his tough committee will find the trail.
Because of the political skill of Obama and the fraud actions of his cronies in the media, few Americans yet know the facts in these scandals. We must see that they do. We must see that, in these scandals, we get “Justice for America.”