LOS ANGELES, September 24, 2014 — Lois Lerner is a career civil service employee and licensed attorney with a history of liberal activism. From her stint at the Federal Election to her run at the Internal Revenue Service, Lerner has been accused of engaging in partisan activities at jobs that require strict neutrality.
As Jews prepare to start a new year and be inscribed in the book of life, Lerner remains determined to make a mockery of 6,000 years of tradition.
For many, Lerner is merely the woman who ordered the IRS to target conservative organizations for harassment. Intimidating Tea Party and other conservative groups led to many conservatives withdrawing from the political process to avoid being targeted themselves. The harassment was done to remove the largest obstacle to President Obama’s reelection by eroding an emboldened and vibrant opposition.
Since invoking her Fifth Amendment rights in an incorrect manner, Ms. Lerner has remained in seclusion. Her defenders mainly share her partisan leanings and the tactics she used to advance the liberal ideology she and her supporters share with President Obama. When she said she did nothing wrong, she was on sound moral ground in her own mind. She truly believed that the ends justified the means. As more evidence piles up against her, she has become more determined to convince herself of this righteousness.
With her self-declared victimhood as the backdrop, Lerner has now injected religion into her defense. While refusing to submit herself to a court of law, she deigned to state her case in the court of public opinion, using the fawning liberal sycophants at Politico to spread her message.
Lerner wants the world to know that she is the victim of anti-Semitism. She is receiving death threats and accusations of being a “dirty Jew.”
The anti-Semitism card makes the most sense since her being Caucasian makes the race card ineffective. The war on women does not apply. Religion was the best hope at successfully playing the identity politics game.
Lerner has failed to grasp her actions and the fallout from beginning to now. She did not target conservatives for anything they did, but just because of their very being. Her critics are not upset with her because of who she is, but because of what she did. To make the slightest allusion to religious bigotry is as offensive as bigotry itself.
A quick scouring of the internet shows that there are conspiracy websites dedicated to exposing Jewish control of world governments. Lerner, according to them, is apparently part of the same conspiracy involving the Bilderbergers, Illuminati, Tri-Lateral Commission and Goldman Sachs. These websites are run by and cater to crackpots. No mainstream conservative movement supports these websites or their odious views.
By bringing up the anti-Semitism, Lerner is trying to link an entire movement to a few bad apples. This is the exact same targeting that got Lerner into trouble to begin with, only this time with the purpose of protecting Lerner rather than her former boss.
What makes Lerner’s complaints even more odd is that her actual religion is generally unknown. A phone call, answered by Michael Miles, Lerner’s husband, did not resolve the question. His response to a simple yes or no question before hanging up the phone was a polite, “I am not going to get into that, thanks.”
Lois Lerner’s religion is not relevant. Whether she is Jewish by birth, marriage or not at all does not mitigate or aggravate the toxic nature of her comments. She internally declared half the country to be evil and then used that as justification to punish those people. Now she is impugning the integrity of her many legitimate critics by dismissing them as bigots.
How can any sane person hate Lois Lerner for being Jewish when there is no available information to determine which religion, if any, if she belongs to? To offer phantom persecution by playing on the emotion of a group that has a history of suffering real persecution is beyond insulting. To do so on the eve of the Jewish New Year is repugnant.
The people Lerner targeted belonged to various races, religions and national origins. Their link was their conservative political philosophy. The only bigotry involved was ideological bigotry, with Lerner leading the charge.
Lerner claims she is being treated like a pariah, but fails to even question whether that treatment is deserved.
Rather than pour her heart out to sympathetic ears, Lerner may wish to observe the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur that occurs one week after the Jewish New Year. Yom Kippur is the Jewish day of atonement, and Lerner has plenty of atoning to do.
If she is unable to come to terms with herself, the least she can do is stop justifying her behavior to everybody else. At the very least, she can let the Jewish people enjoy their sacred holy days without having to hear her exploiting the Jewish faith for her own personal gain.