Well, of course, if you consider yourself to be the liberal intellectual heart-beat of America, you would have to think this and, thus, feel justified as you stealthily eliminate, in your imagination, any potential opposition. The problem with this is that some Conservatives do actually have brains, can think and do come up with great political ideas and solutions.
But if you can control one or two of the main social and fiscal agencies surely you will be able to nobble or hamper those you seek to subtract from the equation which results in electoral victory. After all, all’s fair in love, war and politics, isn’t it?
Here’s a report from the Washington Examiner, which should shock people from all sides, but one wonders if anything could surprise the left about its own actions.
Claims that the Internal Revenue Service’s intentional targeting of conservative and Tea Party groups was not politically motivated are truly outrageous and should concern all Americans.
Unbelievably, in his congressional testimony on Friday, the acting commissioner of the IRS, Steve Miller, repeatedly refused to admit that his agency “targeted” conservative groups.
Yet “targeted” was precisely the term used by the Treasury Department inspector general for tax administration in both his congressional testimony and his report released this past Tuesday.
The IRS itself admitted to intentionally targeting conservative groups and said it targeted them because they “criticize how the country is being run” — because they are conservative.
The IG report on the burgeoning IRS scandal confirms that “all cases with Tea Party, Patriots, or 9/12 in their names were” targeted by the IRS for “unnecessary, burdensome” inquiry through at least “May 2012.”
The IG testified that he found this intentional targeting was “based on policy positions” held by these groups. You can’t intentionally target conservative groups for being conservative and call it anything but politically motivated.
As more details emerge that liberal and progressive groups applying for tax-exempt status during the same time period were quickly approved when compared with the nearly two years or more of wait time for conservative groups with similar structures, the political nature of this scandal is all too apparent.
While issuing its so-called apology for intentionally targeting conservative groups for onerous and unconstitutional inquiries, the IRS also claimed that the scrutiny has stopped and that the targeting was limited to “low-level” IRS agents in a single Cincinnati office.
And now the most recent assertion from the IRS is that this scheme was concocted by a couple of rogue employees out of that office. However, these claims simply do not square with the facts.
At the American Center for Law and Justice, or ACLJ, we have represented 27 of these targeted conservative groups, and not only have our clients received inquiry demand letters from IRS offices coast to coast demanding answers to unconstitutional questions, we also have proof that these inquiries continued as recently as last week.
Going back to 2010, our clients received these admittedly targeted letters from IRS offices in Washington, El Monte, Calif., and Laguna Niguel, Calif., as well as the now infamous Cincinnati office.
These onerous demand letters continued to be received in 2012 at the height of a contentious presidential election, well after senior IRS officials were aware of the illegal targeting.
Many of these letters demanded unconstitutionally intrusive information from conservative groups, including donor lists, member resumes and more, as the IG report confirms.
It is also now clear that the IRS targeting went well beyond just organizations with “Tea Party” or “patriot” in the name, but extended to a whole range of conservative groups.
Even pro-Israel Jewish groups were singled out. This was a systematic targeting of conservative groups, spanning at least two contentious election cycles — and should be alarming to citizens of all political persuasions.
The IRS now claims it has stopped this unlawful activity and promises it “will not recur.” Yet the IG report emphatically states, “We disagree.” The inspector general is exactly right. The abuse is ongoing.
The IRS has refused to respond to a letter sent this past week from the ACLJ demanding that it immediately cease this abuse of power and grant the tax-exempt status of 10 of our clients whose applications are still being held up in this admittedly inappropriate targeted inquiry process.
The ACLJ is preparing to file a federal lawsuit this coming week against the IRS, the Department of the Treasury and other government officials on behalf of numerous conservative groups.
The IRS is supposed to be a safeguard against partisan politics, but instead, it has succeeded in stifling freedom of speech under the color of law.
In the face of bipartisan outrage, acting Commissioner Miller’s assertion to Congress that the IRS targeting was merely “horrible customer service” is atrocious.
The IRS’ actions are a Draconian abuse of government power and smack of McCarthyism. This was a direct and targeted assault on the constitutional rights of conservative citizen-led groups — American citizens.
Further to this, we have the amazing promotion of a CEO of the FEC, and the emerging record of how she allegedly manipulated politics in the US. From political blogger Gateway Pundit…
Under the direction of Lois Lerner, the Federal Election Commission sued the Christian Coalition in the 1990s. She harassed the Christian Coalition for three election cycles. She lost her case. Lerner even asked one conservative during the case if Pat Robertson prayed over him. (Sound familiar?)
These actions landed her at the IRS where she used the same tactics against conservatives and Christians – only on a much larger scale. 500 conservative and Christian groups were illegally targeted by the Obama IRS during her tenure. For twenty-seven months the Obama IRS refused to approve any Tea Party applications for tax-exempt status. At the same time the Obama IRS approved dozens of progressive applications.
So, she is called to testify before a House Hearing, but, whilst it is apparent that Lerner was vague about the First Amendment, she now pleads the Fifth. Nothing like a political decision making body which makes a mockery of its own Constitution.
Watch this space…