Column: Liberty compromised in state, nation

  • Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013 8:08 a.m.

The blessings of liberty, equality and justice are the bedrock principles that the United States of America joined together to defend and uphold in our Constitution. In the past year, violations of those blessings have come to light with the State Department’s own admission of “a lack of ability” and “diverse leadership agendas” exhibited by senior officials relating to Benghazi and the Treasury Inspector General reporting unequal treatment of “patriotic” citizens by the Internal Revenue Service.

South Carolina has faced several federal challenges that have discouraged private enterprise; as with Boeing and inconclusive monitoring by the Environmental Protection Agency.

We have collectively paid $1.3 billion toward the nuclear repository at Yucca Mountain, only to have this administration and Senate leadership refuse to open the facility; Voting Rights Act scrutiny has been elevated to a new level in our state – the same state in which we elected a female Indian descendant governor and an African-American Republican to Congress and now support wholeheartedly his senate seat. This list could go on and on.

Who is to say that this persistent disregard of the rights and obligations owed to the people of South Carolina have not been intentional as with the IRS, National Labor Relations Board or Yucca Mountain? After all, Virginia had their Yucca Mountain money refunded more than two years ago.

Discrimination exists at every level, and no matter the extent to which we go to enact laws that would outlaw it, preferential treatment will always exist. Our Constitution, however, reminds public figures that their actions must not abuse or violate the trust of the citizens. Why then is South Carolina targeted by federal agencies? Why are patriot groups targeted by the IRS? Why have the lives of our ambassador and his staff not been held to the same level of importance as the victims of Sandy Hook and Boston?

When the Constitution was being framed and the Bill of Rights proposed, the Federalist Papers articulated certain definitions; one key to these modern revelations is from Alexander Hamilton in Federalist 65: “misconduct of public men, or in other words from the abuse or violation of some public trust” defines the base grounds for impeachment.

As an American, voter and patriot living in South Carolina, I ask, have we not witnessed the “misconduct of public men” when the IRS can target an applicant for their beliefs? Have we not felt the “violation of our public trust” over Yucca Mountain? Have we not seen and heard the “abuse” of public position in the days after the attack on U.S. soil in Benghazi?

Why then have we not heard the House of Representatives call for impeachment?

Jane Page Thompson is a small business person, philanthropist and political activist living in Aiken.

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