Growing up, my aunt/godmother who hailed from Ware Shoals, SC would tell me about the “revenuers” who would try to find hidden stills in hills, since the bootleggers were making liquor that wasn’t taxed, and during Prohibition that was doubly illegal. NASCAR grew out the souped up cars bootleggers would drive at breakneck speed to outrun the government men.

At times there was gun play, since both sides were very serious about their jobs. And now Fox News to pumping up the drama about armed IRS thugs coming with their guns to make sure you sign up for socialized medicine! WTF! Well, at least that’s what Ron Paul discussed with Fox Business Network, America’s Nightly Scoreboard host David Asman:

PAUL: I think symbolically, the American people didn’t have concern, they ought to just think about it: 16,500 armed bureaucrats coming to make this program work

ASMAN: It’s incredible.

PAUL: If it was a good program and everybody liked it you wouldn’t need 16,500 thugs coming with their guns and putting you in jail if you didn’t follow all the rules.

ASMAN: Exactly. I think you just said it. If it was a good program, you wouldn’t need coercion. This is coercion. Using the power of the state as a coercive body rather than a representative of the American people’s will. There’s something deepy, deeply wrong with that

Look, the health care bill isn’t what a lot of people on the right or left wanted–for different reasons–but freaking people out about armed IRS agents is just going to lead to Something Bad.

Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.