An Open Letter to John Boehner and Mitch McConnell

Steve Deace
By Steve Deace | May 17, 2013 | 1:01 PM EDT

Dear Mitch and John,

Indulge me today as we spend a few minutes looking at the trinity of scandals threatening the Obama Regime's strictly through a political lens of how they threaten the country by threatening the Constitution, rule of law, and public trust.

Often, these threats are dealt with via our political system, thus we can't ignore political realties when confronting these threats. And the first political reality we must acknowledge is that we still have you running the opposition party, just as we did when it came to caving on debt ceilings and fiscal cliffs. That hasn't changed, but this could be a rare time when it's to our mutual advantage for you to be there.

Let's face it. You've already proven that, when it comes to substantive public policy debates, you're incapable of standing your ground against President Obama. That has helped to fuel the anti-establishment fervor within your ranks.

But, now you have the perfect vehicle to both do the right thing for the country. This is a chance to defend the Constitution. These sorts of political versions of manna from Heaven don't happen very often.

To not blow it you'll have to adhere to the advice of two factions of your party often at-odds with one another: your base that wants you to go big or go home, and your "prevent defense" consultants. On the surface, that may seem like a difficult balance to strike, but it's not if you have something you normally don't have that causes you to get caught back on your heels again and again.

That would be a plan.

Instead of being the reactionaries you typically are, double-mindedly caught between reacting to the liberal media and your conservative base, have a plan for what to do here. Your base is right that this is the time to make a statement to the country about why we're different (and whenever I refer to you and us as any variation of "we" it makes me nervous) from the Left, why Obama can't be trusted, and why big government can't possibly work and never has.

The IRS scandal is your best chance to avoid both selling yourselves short and out-kicking your coverage. That's because one of two things has to be true here. At worst, Obama is a Nixonian figure with even more power to dishonor his oath of office and betray the trust of the American people, because government is much bigger and more intrusive than it ever was in Nixon's day.

Or, at the very least, the abuse of power within the IRS itself shows this is simply too much power for government to have no matter who is in charge of it, and that's why the IRS needs to be abolished and the tax code reformed. Or, as Sen. Ted Cruz's communications director Amanda Carpenter put it on Twitter this week, "This underscores the major flaw of big government - inability to be fair, honest, and keep promises. You can't fix it but have to shrink it."

Instead of going into this with the intent to get Obama, go into this with the intent to get the truth, because the truth is your friend here no matter which truth it is. If it turns out Obama is the boogeyman, you're the heroes who unmasked him. If it turns out the IRS is really a rogue operation with the power to terrorize the lives of patriotic Americans independent of its overseers, then that's the justification you need to have a real (and long overdue) conversation with the American people about substantially changing the role of government in their lives via the Fair Tax or Flat Tax-without fear of being demagogued by the liberal media.

Either way, you - and, more importantly, the nation - win.

Now, you're offering solutions to people's problems that include less government, not more. We need you to think, and not emote. The light of liberty is flickering in America. We can't afford for you to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory again.

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