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Morning Bell: The IRS Wants to Know If You're a "Patriot"
Posted By Matthew Spalding, Ph.D. On May 15, 2013 @ 8:04 am In First Principles | Comments Disabled
Across this great land, patriotic Americans are behaving subversively.
Uncle Sam is not amused.
As leaders of tea party groups have been painfully aware for years, the Internal Revenue Service has given “special” attention to conservative groups.
Heritage sounded the alarm on the Obama Administration’s hit list nearly a year ago. Idaho businessman Frank VanderSloot was singled out by the IRS and the Labor Department after making a sizable donation to Mitt Romney. Who ordered his investigation?
The IRS admits that in recent years it has zeroed in on organizations with “tea party” or “patriot” in their names. Further, The Wall Street Journal reports the IRS has also targeted groups that say they are “worried about government spending, debt or taxes , and even ones that lobbied to ‘make America a better place to live.’” Fox News adds that organizations interested in doing “education on the Constitution and Bill of Rights ” made the list.
The goal was clearly to reduce the amount of anti-government speech by making it more difficult for these groups to achieve tax-exempt status. And it worked. Just look at these examples from four different states:
How many groups are under scrutiny? That remains to be seen. President Obama said yesterday that the IRS’s actions were “intolerable and inexcusable” and that “regardless of how this conduct was allowed to take place, the bottom line is, it was wrong .”
Our federal government was designed to be a neutral arbiter between competing private interests that would protect our liberties. Instead, it has morphed into a permanent interest group of its own.
In some ways, it’s almost as if we’ve disappointed our government by questioning it. As Bertolt Brecht  quipped about the late, unlamented East Germany:
Had forfeited the confidence of the government
And could win it back only
By redoubled efforts.
So here’s a charge to all tea partiers, and indeed all “patriotic” Americans of any political bent: Let’s redouble our efforts—to limit government and promote freedom.
Doing so may anger Big Brother, but it will protect the liberty of all Americans.
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 gathering together: http://www.heritage.org/constitution/#!/amendments/1/essays/141/freedom-of-assembly-and-petition
 >>> Watch our video to hear his story : http://blog.heritage.org/2012/07/21/irs-labor-department-audit-businessman-on-obamas-enemies-list/
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 education on the Constitution and Bill of Rights: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/05/13/irs-scrutiny-went-beyond-tea-party-criteria-broader-than-thought/
 dealing with the IRS: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/irs-asked-political-views-tea-party-groups-claim/story?id=19171967
 ordered an Ohio group: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2013/05/irs_tea_party_investigations_the_internal_revenue_service_s_targeted_conservative.single.html
 waiting on guidance from our superiors: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/05/14/tennessee-activist-irs-told-me-superiors-gave-guidance-on-screening/print#ixzz2TIynCBaw
 He tells: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-denounces-reported-irs-targeting-of-conservative-groups/2013/05/13/a0185644-bbdf-11e2-97d4-a479289a31f9_print.html
 it was wrong: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/14/obama-irs-actions-are-intolerable-and-inexcusable/
 Bertolt Brecht: http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-solution/
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