Skip to comments.A Person of Privilege
Posted on 05/23/2013 9:29:52 AM PDT by National Review
Lois Lerner was too clever by half.
By Fred Thompson
Lois Lerner, the IRS official in charge of tax-exempt groups, took her too-clever-by-half act to Congress yesterday and may have waived her right to claim her Fifth Amendment privilege in the process. Appearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, she couldnt resist citing a little history, bragging on her public service, instructing the committee as to the purpose of the Fifth Amendment, and proclaiming her innocence of everything the committee might be interested in all before asserting her Fifth Amendment privilege.
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I still have all my Fred campaign cups, stickers, and hat.
she was just reinacting a Chappelle skit.
I Plead The Fif
Can’t help wondering if things would have turned out differently if he’d stayed in the game.
But we got McLame, who never fails to side with the enemy.
The Fifth Amendment does NOT create a privilege nor does it say ANYTHING about a privilege.
The Fifth Amendment merely enumerates a natural right while prohibiting the government from requiring a person to be a witness against himself. It is a RIGHT, not a PRIVILEGE.
Privileges can be taken away. Rights cannot legally be removed.
The government cannot legally require you to be a witness against yourself.
And yes, for those of you who are wondering about taxes, that includes income tax returns. The income tax is unconstitutionally enforced.
When the IRS wants to get you for NOT filing an income tax return, they claim that filing is required.
When the IRS wants to get you for income tax evasion, they use your income tax return against you, claiming that you submitted the tax return voluntarily.
Well... which is it? Required OR Voluntary? You can’t arbitrarily have it BOTH ways. It is either one way or the other.
Excellent analysis by Fred ...