Recent news that the IRS was using part of its new influx of $80 Billion given to it by a Democratic-controlled Congress at the request of the Biden Administration to arm IRS agents should send a chill down every American’s back. IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel confirmed at an April 27 Congressional hearing that his agency was hiring 1,200 extra armed agents to investigate “criminal” acts of fraud and tax evasion. This is alarming because the IRS could very well view any evasion or perceived evasion of taxes as a crime. This is an agency that has “administrative” authority to freeze your bank accounts and seize your property. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg of a vast arming of federal agencies.
In October 2017, Forbes documented that the government had spent some $1.48 billion arming 67 non-military federal agencies from 2006-2014, the bulk of it done during the Obama Administration. Among those unelected, and some may say “unconstitutional” agencies, were the Department of Energy, General Services Administration, Bureau of Reclamation, the EPA, Railroad Retirement Board, Social Security Administration, Department of Education, Department of Interior, National Parks Service, US Geological Survey, and the Department of Agriculture. This is in addition to the DEA, Treasury Department, FBI, and others with at least some law enforcement duties. The Forbes article concluded “After grabbing legal power, federal bureaucrats are amassing firepower. It’s time to scale back the federal arsenal.”
A Rasmussen poll of April 15, 2014 found only 16% percent of likely voters believed the federal government has the consent of the governed, while 54% considered the federal government a threat to liberty rather than a protector of it. Majorities across Republican, Democrat and unaffiliated voters believed that government “has become a special interest group that looks out primarily for its own interests.” By the hundreds of Executive Orders taking away Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms, the militarization of nearly every non-elected, Constitutionally questionable government agency from the IRS to BLM to even the Postal Service, the spying on American citizens, the refusal to enforce immigration, and voter rights laws, the Democratic-controlled government has been dropping drops of tyranny into the crucible of freedom.
The lyrics of a 1966 song by Buffalo Springfield “For What It’s Worth” warned: There’s somethin’ happenin’ here,
But what it is ain’t exactly clear. There’s a man with a gun over there. A-tellin’ me I got to beware. I think it’s time we stop Children, what’s that sound? Everybody look what’s going down.” Over the decades politicians of a certain ilk have been slowly arming agencies that have no business having weapons. And you can bet they are convincing their employees that they are doing a good thing toward enforcing the law. Absolute power. Agree or face the consequences. Increasingly, your free speech and religious freedom is being whittled like a helpless sapling. It’s getting to a point where the choice will be clear as it was to Peter and the Apostles in Acts 5:29, “We ought to obey God rather than men.” That is our true liberty.