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So … Now the Gibson Guitar Scandal Makes Sense

Posted: May 28, 2013 at 9:05 am   /   by has just referenced an excellent Kimberly Strassel / Wall Street Journal article on how and why the IRS scandal must surely have started at the top.

Of course, some Obama sycophants are softly tut-tutting about IRS targeting, but most of them still want to treat it as a one-time, one-off, “incident” that is by no means part of a pattern.  However, now that we have 5 years of history to examine, there are plenty of signs that the IRS scandal is indeed part of a longer-term pattern.

To wit —

Remember the Gibson Guitar Scandal?  As Investor’s Business Daily wrote on May 23:

On Aug. 24, 2011, federal agents executed four search warrants on Gibson Guitar Corp. facilities in Nashville and Memphis, Tenn., and seized several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars. One of the top makers of acoustic and electric guitars, including the iconic Les Paul introduced in 1952, Gibson was accused of using wood illegally obtained in violation of the century-old Lacey Act, which outlaws trafficking in flora and fauna the harvesting of which had broken foreign laws.

Interestingly, one of Gibson’s leading competitors is C.F. Martin & Co. According to C.F. Martin’s catalog, several of their guitars contain “East Indian Rosewood,” which is the exact same wood in at least 10 of Gibson’s guitars. So why were they not also raided and their inventory of foreign wood seized?

Grossly underreported at the time was the fact that Gibson’s chief executive, Henry Juszkiewicz, contributed to Republican politicians. Recent donations have included $2,000 to Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and $1,500 to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

By contrast, Chris Martin IV, the Martin & Co. CEO, is a long-time Democratic supporter, with $35,400 in contributions to Democratic candidates and the Democratic National Committee over the past couple of election cycles.

Juszkiewicz’ claim that his company was “inappropriately targeted” is eerily similar to the claims by Tea Party, conservative, pro-life and religious groups that they were targeted by the IRS for special scrutiny because they sought to exercise their First Amendment rights to band together in vocal opposition to the administration’s policies and the out-of-control growth of government and its power.

You can read the full Gibson Guitar article here.

So …

What does this say about the “I-word”, impeachment?

Did Obama himself explicitly order deliberate discriminatory federal agency behavior?  It’s not likely because he wouldn’t have had to take such a risk. His inner circle, especially his Rasputin-like senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, could have done it for him. And his many neo-Marxist political appointees wouldn’t have had to be instructed.  They knew what to do — that’s why he chose them.  So it’s doubtful that impeachable offenses could ever be explicitly traced to Obama.

But even if witnesses, perhaps in exchange for immunity, would testify against the president, should Republicans draft articles of impeachment by “regular order” in the House?  I say: No.

The path to Obama’s removal, if any, should run through the Democrats.  He’s their pick, and he’s their responsibility.  They’d never call for his impeachment outright, but they might “pay Obama a visit”, as Republicans did with Nixon, and advise him to resign or risk impeachment.  He could then save face by blaming craven Democrats in Congress and step down “for the good of the country.” But even that is unlikely.

So what should be done?

Conservative Republicans, Constitutionalists, and what’s left of traditional investigative journalists should focus their efforts on uncovering more of the all-too-real Obama administration’s pattern of targeting political opponents through federal agency harassment, persecution, and prosecution. What we’ve seen thus far is only the beginning.

The highest-order task for conservatives is to make sure all Americans see plainly what Big Government hath wrought.  

If voters bring that learning and some righteous anger to the 2014, 2016, and 2018 primaries and elections, a positive voter rebellion could well follow.  There is no better way to renew, restore, and reclaim the American vision of what government by We The People should be.


David Leeper

David Leeper

David Leeper is a retired engineer living in Scottsdale, AZ, with his wife of 45 years. He is currently a volunteer science teacher at In his 40-year career he held positions from lab technician to technical vice president at Bell Labs, Motorola, and Intel. He holds 16 patents in telecom technology and a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. During his career, he wrote mainly for technical journals including Scientific American. He began writing for in 2011.
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So ... Now the Gibson Guitar Scandal Makes Sense