Time heals, oftentimes to our detriment. The further we are away from a tragedy or devastating crisis, the less emotionally invested we are in something.
Like all of the scandals under former president Obama: We all were so outraged, but that outrage has waned... until it affects you personally.
This weekend after church, I found a BBQ place to eat. After the owner came over to ask how everything tasted, we began chatting. I found out he's from Mississippi, so we bonded over being southerners.
After revealing to him what I do for a living, he informed me that he not only is a big political donor to Republican candidates and conservative causes, he's also a big supporter of President Trump.
We talked about the 2016 election and how our entire city of LA was in meltdown mode after Donald Trump won. He expressed to me his relief that Trump beat Clinton because as we all know, she was one of the most corrupt candidates of our lifetime, if not ever.
She campaigned on the fact that she would perpetuate and further implement Obama's policies which scared a lot of us, and in particular, this BBQ joint fella.
Because, according to the restaurateur, he was personally impacted by the Obama administration's weaponization of the IRS.
Remember that scandal? Obama used the IRS to intimidate, suppress and punish conservative organizations, charities and even individuals. One individual was "Kirk the BBQ guy."
In 2015, Kirk got a letter from the IRS informing him that he owed $200,000 in unpaid taxes. As a stringent document-keeper and someone who makes sure he dots all his i's and crosses all his t's, he said he knew this simply wasn't true. He knew he had done his due diligence.
Nonetheless, he was terrified, as anyone would be if they opened their mailbox to find an envelope from the IRS.
He made an appointment at the IRS office here in Los Angeles and went to his meeting. He said the moment he walked in the door, they treated him like a criminal.
At the end of the meeting, acting so benevolent, the IRS officer told him they would provide leniency and knock off $40,000, meaning he would still owe $160,000.
Kirk found a great tax attorney and they fought it all the way.
The outcome: the IRS actually owed Kirk $10,000!
Of course he hasn't seen a dime of it and probably never will, but this hit home with me.
Those scandals under Obama had real-world and real-life implications. People were personally devastated. Obama will probably never face trial for any of his criminal and malfeasant actions in a court of law.
But don't let the court of public opinion forget what a dark time that was for our country and how we must never let that happen again.