All men are created equal, even Internal Revenue Service bureaucrats. It's true!
Although, you never would’ve guessed that if you watched the hearings into the IRS scandal last week. These folks clearly believe that they are above the law and that they are entitled to special treatment. That has to change.
Our world was designed to work according to certain rules. What goes up must come down, seasons change, and so on. If we want to be successful in anything that we do, we need to understand those rules and work with them. Anytime that we try to fight against them we’re going to run into problems.
For example, if a farmer decides to plant his crops at the end of summer because he’s convinced that the seasons won’t change, his harvest isn’t going to be very good that year.
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The same is true when it comes to government. Our world was designed with certain rules for how human beings relate to each other. Perhaps the most important one of those rules is that all men are created equal. This concept is more than just a catchy phrase or an idea that we can all rally around. “All men are created equal” is a fact of life that should guide our decision-making and our actions.
Obviously knowing that we are all equal tells us that no one group of people is naturally better than anyone else and therefore deserving of special treatment. But just as importantly, it tells us that the people in the government are no better than the people that they serve.
There is no group of people who are born naturally superior to everyone else with a God-given mandate to rule. That’s why we don’t have kings and queens in this country who are entitled to special treatment just because of their status in life.
But try telling that to Lois Lerner, John Koskinen, and the other folks at the IRS. As I explained on TheBlaze Radio’s Chris Salcedo Show last weekend, having one set of rules for the people in government and another for regular citizens is inconsistent with the idea that all men are created equal:
Imagine how you would be treated if the IRS believed that you hadn’t paid your taxes properly. It would be assumed you were guilty and you would be expected to prove your innocence by producing every document that the IRS requested, at the time they were requested. If you couldn’t produce the documents - even if you had a legitimate reason - you would likely face severe punishment. No matter how hard you tried, refusing to cooperate and giving smug, smart-aleck answers to questions from the IRS wouldn’t get you off the hook.
All the evidence points to the fact that Lerner and others at the IRS abused their offices. If we truly believe that all men are created equal, then they should face the same standards that you would. We should assume they are guilty and demand that they produce the evidence to acquit themselves. If they can’t - regardless of their excuses about crashed hard drives - then they should face the exact same punishment you would.
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Lerner and other folks in Washington might think that’s awfully harsh to judge her by that standard. In that case, the folks in Washington ought to change the laws so they aren’t judging us by those standards either. If they are too tough to judge her by, they are too tough to judge you by.
Remember, the idea that all men are created equal isn’t a suggestion. It’s a fact of life. If we continue to fight that and act as if it’s ok to judge public officials by a different set of standards than American citizens, then the corruption in government is only going to get worse.
Chad Kent is an author and speaker with a unique style that makes the Constitution simple and fun. Listen to Chad every Saturday during The Chris Salcedo Show on TheBlaze Radio and visit his web site at www.ChadKentSpeaks.com.
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