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    IRS reaped hatred of Tea Party sown by Democrats and the media

    IRS reaped hatred of Tea Party sown by Democrats and the media

    Since the rise of the Tea Party movement in the spring of 2009, the movement has been the target of Democratic politicians and supportive media.

    The Tea Party was called un-American and terrorists for showing up at health care town halls and voicing an opinion.

    The Department of Homeland security warned of dangers from groups advocating smaller government, and that was taken by organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center to justify a politicized attempt to term the Tea Party movement a threat.

    The Tea Party movement was called racist without basis, often based on false and misleading videos put out by groups like Think Progress, and even as non-white leaders in the Republican Party rose from and with the support of the Tea Party movement.

    MSNBC and particularly Chris Matthews have devoted endless hours to inventing “dog whistles” supposedly blown by the Tea Party movement.

    With every violent act in the news, the media search began for a Tea Party connection to confirm the now-failed “eliminationist narrative.”  Sometimes the connection was invented out of thin air, and then amplified by the media, as in the cases of the Gabby Giffords and Aurora movie theater shootings.

    There has been an unrelenting assault on the Tea Party movement by Democrats and the media.  Sometimes establishment Republicans piled on, but they were the tail on the Tea Party-hating Democratic-media dog.

    Is it any wonder that “low level” IRS employees took it on themselves to target Tea Party-related groups?  And is it any wonder that senior level officials knew about it?

    This didn’t happen in a vacuum.  This abuse of the Tea Party movement by the IRS was three years in the making.

    Those IRS employees simply reaped the hatred of the Tea Party sown by Democrats and the media.

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    Yes. And no. The IRS is an executive branch agency, and the president himself boasted that he’d “punish” his “enemies.” Using executive branch agencies to carry out this threat was nothing new: he did the same thing with the DOJ, DHS, NLRB, DOE, and even the EPA.

    The culture of all agencies comes from above. Obama is sympathetic to Islam, so all of the agencies in the executive branch must comply. That’s how Nidal Hassan got through, how and why military pastors are forced to perform gay “marriages,” how and why the Army recently issued (and revoked under public pressure) orders that Christianity could not be “pushed” (read: mentioned) in its ranks.

    This hatred of the TEA Party and other “patriot” groups didn’t originate in the media or in the Democratic party; it originated and was sown by this WH, this administration. Are the media culpable? Of course they are, but it didn’t start there. And it darned sure better not end there.

      The IRS is an executive branch agency, and the president himself boasted that he’d “punish” his “enemies.”

      “In jest, there is truth.” ― William Shakespeare

      Although with Barry, he wasn’t ‘jesting’..


         
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        GrumpyOne in reply to JP. | May 12, 2013 at 12:00 pm

        Unfortunately there is little that is “truthful” about this administration and their claims as to being “transparent” are laughable at best.

        We are now experiencing Chicago machine politics and thug rule on a national level. The level of corruption is approaching that of many foreign nations and the descent into third world status is accelerating.

        Everything of suspicion leads directly to the White House…


       
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      JerryB in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | May 12, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      It comes from above. “Jus’ followin’ orders” — the whole fascist troupe of them.


       
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      rightontheleftcoast in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | May 12, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      Yes, but the media was quick to pick up on it. Remember the sly comments about Tea-Baggers by not-then-out Anderson at CNN. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/15/anderson-cooper-its-hard_n_187318.html


       
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      stevewhitemd in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | May 12, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      I think you’re correct in noting that the mood and disposition of federal agencies generally comes from above. The federal workers are keenly sensitive to this; it’s part of their jobs, after all.

      That doesn’t excuse them from knowing and following the law. That’s why the IRS employees, “low-level” and “high-level” (up to “highest level”) have to be investigated and prosecuted for this.

      If the President, any President, can by his/her mood cause federal employees to violate the law and rights of the citizens without fear of punishment, we’re no longer a democratic republic.


     
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    Ragspierre | May 12, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I was explaining to one of my sons the other day that the Collective does no require any kind of conspiratorial collusion to act as they do. I used the example of flocking birds and schooling fish, both of which can change directions in the blink of an eye, using a set of signals both very simple and elegant.

    I think the Bill Whittle video imbedded in this piece is worth watching more than once…

    http://pjmedia.com/eddriscoll/2013/05/11/cinco-de-nihilism/


     
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    janitor | May 12, 2013 at 10:08 am

    If and to the extent this corruption involved flagging tax returns as opposed to just reviewing applications for exemption, wouldn’t that require modification of IRS computer auditing programs, and in turn wouldn’t that require access by persons with security clearances and orders from above a “low level”?

    the movement has been the target of Ruling Class Republicans, Democratic politicians and supportive media.

    Fixed it for ya (:


     
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    Daedulus | May 12, 2013 at 10:20 am

    This Obama-inspired and imposed IRS policy/scandal is just another example of how Obama is the far left’s Nixon — with his enemies lists, his pomp-and-circumstances for the WH, his wage freeze/controls, his paranoia.

    The only difference is that Nixon was aggressive in foreign affairs and Obama is a wuss and a tool of far left internationalism.

    And of course this IRS policy was inspired and directed from the WH — by Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod, with the approval of the Leader-from-Behind. It is naïve to think otherwise.


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