Piers Morgan: This IRS Thing is ‘Vaguely Tyrannical Behavior by the Government’

CNN’s chief anti-gun zealot Piers Morgan may have been loathe to admit it, but this IRS scandal seems to validate some of his detractor’s distrust of government.

During his evening show on May 16, Morgan’s guest was magician Penn Jillette and the discussion turned to the admission by the Internal Revenue Service that it had misused its offices to intimidate President Obama’s opponents. Morgan seemed to ruefully come to understand that this abuse of power lends credence to those that say the government cannot be trusted.

“I’ve had some of the gun, pro-gun lobbyists on here, saying to me, ‘Well, the reason we need to be armed is because of tyranny from our own government,’ and I’ve always laughed at them. And I’ve always said ‘don’t be so ridiculous, your own government won’t turn itself on you.’ But, actually, when you look at this–this has nothing to do with guns–but actually this is vaguely tyrannical behavior by the American government. I think what the IRS did is bordering on tyrannical behavior, I think what the Department of Justice has done, actually, to the AP, is bordering on tyrannical behavior.”

We might recall that Piers Morgan was skeptical of Breitbart’s own Ben Shapiro for making just that point earlier this year.

During Shapiro’s CNN appearance, Morgan was bemused by his guest’s suggestion that the founders meant the Second Amendment to be “about resistance to government tyranny.”

But now Morgan seems to understand just what Ben Shapiro meant and this admission must have pained CNN’s British import to admit.

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  • Why do you pay any attention to that ass clown?

    • warnertoddhuston

      LOL. Well, it is what I do for a living, so….. there’s that.
      LOL (As in blogging in general, not just writing about CNN)

      • You watch so we don’t have to???

        • warnertoddhuston

          LOL. Yeah, there’s that, too.

  • herddog505

    Welcome to the party, pal.


    It will be interesting to watch lefties as (if) this thing unfolds. Will they sell out their morals – that we heard so thunderously ’01 – ’09 – to protect Barry? Or will they take a hard look at what he’s been up to and decide that, dammit, it’s wrong and somebody needs to go to prison?

    Morgan deserves credit: at this stage of the game, at least, he’s not making excuses.

    • jim_m

      Betting against lefties to sell out their morals is, historically, a losing proposition.

      If they decide that someone needs to go to prison you can rest assured that it will be a convenient scapegoat, like Nakooula, who will ultimately have had nothing to do with the issue.

      JFK was the last Dem who wouldn’t have sold out this nation for his own personal profit.

      • herddog505

        I keep forgetting about Nakoula.

        Interesting, ain’t it? Mumia and Manning and Polanski are to be forgiven, but Nakoula? “Throw him into a dark hole with snakes and never let him see the light again!” For the detestable crime of… violating parole.

        Lefty morals on display.

        • jim_m

          But of course. Mumia is black and killed a cop, so he must be OK. Manning is Gay and hates the US so he must be OK. Polanski just drugs and rapes 13 year olds, but he is a film directing genius so he must be OK.

          But Nakoula doesn’t fit in any narrative, he doesn’t belong to a left wing constituecy. So he must go away forever.

          • Jwb10001

            Are you guys taunting Chico? He’ll be here any time now to go off on one of his usual tirades about how terrible this guy is and how he’s at the bottom of all the trouble in the middle east and stuff.

          • jim_m

            Actually, I was expecting him to chime in with how the 13 year old was asking for it.

        • Commander_Chico

          um, almost everyone who violates parole goes back to jail.

          • Rodney

          • jim_m

            So everyone who violates parole has that violation detected? I’d really like to see the evidence of that.

      • Understatement of the Century.

      • Commander_Chico

        Nakoula. He’s the next Jonathan Pollard, I guess.

  • GarandFan

    “bordering on tyrannical behavior”? One has to wonder what the government actually has to do in order to cross ‘the border’ in Pier’s mind.

    • LiberalNightmare

      Take away his armed security guards?

  • Walter_Cronanty

    Well, we’re not that tyrannical – I mean Lois Lerner has learned about the protections afforded by the 5th Amendment. So, we have a high level government official taking the 5th for violating the 1st. Now that I think about it, I guess it depends on what your definition of tyranny is.

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