This should send a cill down the spin of every American and cause unchecked outrage.
It is now well known that the IRS targeted tea party organizations. What is less well known, but perhaps even more scandalous, is that the IRS also targeted those who would educate their fellow citizens about the United States Constitution.
According to the inspector general’s report (pp. 30 & 38), this particular IRS targeting commenced on Jan. 25, 2012 — the beginning of the election year for President Obama’s second campaign. On that date: “the BOLO [‘be on the lookout’] criteria were again updated.” The revised criteria included “political action type organizations involved in … educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights.”
Grass-roots organizations around the country, such as the Linchpins of Liberty (Tennessee), the Spirit of Freedom Institute (Wyoming), and the Constitutional Organization of Liberty (Pennsylvania), allege that they were singled out for special scrutiny at least in part for their work in constitutional education. There may have been many more.
The tea party is viewed with general suspicion in some quarters, and it is not difficult, alas, to imagine the mindset of the officials who decided to target tea party organizations for special scrutiny. But federal officers swear an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” It is chilling to think that these same officials who are suspicious of the tea party are equally suspicious of the Constitution itself.
What is most corrosive about this IRS tripwire is that it is triggered by a particular point of view; it is not, as First Amendment scholars say, viewpoint-neutral. It does not include obfuscating or denigrating the Constitution; only those “involved in … educating on the Constitution” are captured by this criterion. This viewpoint targeting potentially skews every national debate about politics or government. And the skew is not strictly liberal; indeed, it should trouble liberals as much as conservatives. The ultimate checks on executive power are to be found in the United States Constitution. Insidiously, then, suppressing those “involved in … educating on the Constitution” actually skews national debate in favor of unchecked executive power.
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How does a person of basically moderate political views, look at what is going on in the current administration and not get a chill down their spine?
What has happened to Ameriicans to have so many feel that the foundation and history of the USA is so evil? Slavery is used as the horror and evil above all others, but the USA was far from alone at that time in human slavery and racism and it seemed that race and discrimination were becoming lessor issues until the guy that was supposed to transcend race became POTUS. All he has done since becoming chief executive is to fan whatever sparks he sees into a poltical fire, which, thank God, seems to have finally died out.
The other bogeyman is free enterprise and capitalism which are bomblasted by the fruit loops as though it is something evil, too. Irregardless of the fact that it has enabled America to become so much richer than the rest of the world that our poorest person makes more per hour than many people make in an entire day of labor overseas. Last time I checked, we were trying to keep people from entering our country rather than leaving, so we must have something going right here with capitalism.
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well, I think the "smart liberals" your Knappers, Bruces and Noxs are quietly concerned, but they fear Chris Christie a little more than Obama.
The 3 Amigos only care about their " railroad pension"...everyone else be damned.
The hardcore double penitration gang bang left, your Canucks, Goughs and AgJudges really want to just "give communism a fair try......this time", even if that would mean a few of us " subhuman " right wingers would be swinging from the street lamps. Republicans are the new ni99ers.