Imagine for a moment if the Administration of George W. Bush targeted left leaning groups for special treatment from the IRS threatening their taxpayer status which is essential for fundraising activities on which those groups depend.
You'd still be hearing the screaming.
Fast Forward to the Obama Administration. This report from the Washington Post may be just the tip of the iceberg:
IRS targeted groups that criticized the government, IG report saysEffort to Stifle Dissent Comes from Obama
By Juliet Eilperin,
Published: May 12, 2013 at 2:30 pm
At various points over the past two years, Internal Revenue Service officials targeted nonprofit groups that criticized the government and sought to educate Americans about the U.S. Constitution, according to documents in an audit conducted by the agency’s inspector general.
The documents, obtained by The Washington Post from a congressional aide with knowledge of the findings, show that on June 29, 2011, IRS staffers held a briefing with senior agency official Lois G. Lerner in which they described giving special attention to instances where “statements in the case file criticize how the country is being run.” Lerner, who oversees tax-exempt groups for the agency, raised objections and the agency revised its criteria a week later.
But six months later, the IRS applied a new political test to groups that applied for tax-exempt status as “social welfare” groups, the document says. On Jan. 15, 2012 the agency decided to target “political action type organizations involved in limiting/expanding Government, educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, social economic reform movement.,” according to the appendix in the IG report, which was requested by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and has yet to be released.
The new revelations are likely to intensify criticism of the IRS, which has been under fire since agency officials acknowledged they had deliberately targeted groups with “tea party” or “patriot” in their name for heightened scrutiny.
The IRS scandal is a clear effort to stifle political dissent and Democrats would never stand for it for a moment if it were happening to them. It's fascist behavior plain and simple.
There's an attempt by the usual suspects to say that this is just an isolated incident. Yet there is clear evidence that this kind of intolerant attitude that abuses civil liberties comes from the top. Here's Obama lecturing the grads at the Ohio State commencement ceremony on May 5:
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Unfortunately, you've grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that's at the root of all our problems. Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works. They'll warn that tyranny always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave, and creative, and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can't be trusted.With these new revelations there may be plenty of people who will find that their distrust in government is fully justified.
Are These the Voices Obama "Rejects?"
"The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government."
"The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing."
"If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin."
"Every step we take towards making the State our Caretaker of our lives, by that much we move toward making the State our Master."
Dwight D. Eisenhower
"It is when people forget God that tyrants forge their chains."
"I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves. If we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power."
"We the People are the rightful masters of both Congress and the Courts--not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution."
"It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government."
"Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does NOT mean to stand by the President or any other public official save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country."