The Christian Science Monitor suggests this lesson be drawn from the Obama administration's recent scandalpalooza:
Congress should use this IRS scandal to beef up civics education for federal workers as well as for public school students. Lesson No. 1: Government cannot restrict or discriminate against political causes that it disagrees with.
I think the scandals teach a different lesson: Government will misbehave because it, like Soylent Green, is made from people. Fallible, foible-ridden people. Therefore, government's unique powers must be strictly limited to avoid miscarriages of justice.
One of these days, someone should build a nation on that lesson....