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Peggy Noonan thinks somebody might lose it over this IRS scandal


There's a congressional process going on to investigate what exactly happened went into the IRS targeting politically conservative groups in 2012. Even so, the Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan thinks something really crazy could happen before this whole thing is over.

She writes in her Friday column:

Here is the thing. The politicization of government employees wouldn't have worried a lot of us 40, 30 or even 20 years ago. But since then, as a country, we have become, as individuals, less respectful of political differences and even of each other, as everything—all parts of American life—has become more political, more partisan, more divided and more aggressive.

So, what does that mean?

What does it mean when half the country—literally half the country—understands that the revenue-gathering arm of its federal government is politically corrupt, sees them as targets, and will shoot at them if they try to raise their heads? That is the kind of thing that can kill a country, letting half its citizens believe that they no longer have full political rights.



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