Paul L. Caron

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The IRS Scandal, Day 931

IRS Logo 2American Thinker, America's Soft Tyranny is Hardening:

We are semi-officially a lawless, soft (but hardening) tyranny.  How else does one explain Lois Lerner not being charged with the numerous crimes she has most certainly committed? ...

American citizens outside of the protective bubble of the government are not only expendable, they are fodder for bureaucratic abuse.  The IRS, the EPA, the DOJ, the VA, and the FEC under Obama are free to target and abuse those of us without the financial or government resources to protect ourselves.   The countless good people who were targeted by the IRS were prevented from exercising the freedoms guaranteed to them by the Constitution.  The actions of Lerner and the IRS very likely changed the outcome of the 2012 election.  That was the plan and it worked.  Prevent, with malice aforethought, hundreds of conservative groups across the country from organizing and raising money for their cause and you have silenced millions of people.

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With Watergate and Reagan, Democrats and liberals chanted "A fish rots from the head down." It's your turn to eat your fish, Pub Nov.

Posted by: Woody | Nov 27, 2015 8:04:26 AM

"Any Democrat[] president can order those things." Except that there is no evidence that any Democratic president ordered anything of the sort. Can you say "persecution complex?"

Posted by: Publius Novus | Nov 26, 2015 4:02:45 PM

Just to be clear -- any Democrat president can order those things, but if any Republican president were to do so, the media squealing and all its consequences would begin immediately.

Posted by: TriggerFinger | Nov 26, 2015 12:37:08 PM

Wodun, you forget what happened to Nixon. Any Democrat president can order those things. The same institutions that happily oppress the Tea Party and other Republicans or Libertarians will squeal to a loving audience of sympathetic reporters.

With the media playing defense, Democrats in office know they will never face the kind of tactics they pioneer.

Posted by: TriggerFinger | Nov 26, 2015 12:35:55 PM

I'd really like to know when somebody associated with the American Thinker actually thought. Really. A little (lot?) less hyperbole would raise the level of the national discourse. Happy Thanksgiving Messrs Woody and wodun.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Nov 26, 2015 11:51:00 AM

It is a bad precedent. Any President can now order not only the persecution of dissidents by government agencies but can also order the DOJ to not only be silent but participate.

In the words of Democrat's nonprofit group that engages in politics, Black Lives Matter, No Justice, No Peace.

Posted by: wodun | Nov 26, 2015 10:31:37 AM

Surely no other government agencies would follow the IRS strategy to target conservatives. Right? Right?!

In their zeal to defeat Republican terrorists, Democrats have decided that the constitutional right to due process is a loophole that must be closed:

In 2014, for example, Weekly Standard writer and Fox News contributor Stephen F. Hayes was informed that somebody added his name to the Department of Homeland Security’s terrorist watch list. There is zero credible evidence that he has any ties whatsoever to terrorism or to any terrorist organizations. Yet, under the Democrats’ new bill, he and everyone else who is erroneously listed would be banned from ever purchasing or possessing a firearm. Hayes’ apparent crime was traveling overseas for a cruise. Hayes is not alone. Each year, thousands of names end up on the terror watch list for no good reason whatsoever.

Under the Democrats’ proposal, the government doesn’t have to tell you why your name is on the list. The proposed law allows the government to keep that information secret. And if you decide to take the government to court over it, the Democrats’ bill creates a brand new legal standard that tilts the scales of justice against you.

Posted by: Woody | Nov 26, 2015 9:10:01 AM

the numerous crimes she has most certainly committed?

Nothing like making up your mind before you know any of the facts, or at least just the ones that verify what you think.

Meanwhile, the comments are interesting since they are basically calling for civil war.

Bat crap crazy, the whole lot.

Posted by: Bryan Price | Nov 26, 2015 8:58:53 AM