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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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    Anyone who has been exposed to Chicago politics saw this coming many years ago. As he saying goes, a leopard cannot change his spots.

    “Diversity” isn’t what it used to be.

    kinlaw | May 12, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    “the movement has been the target of Ruling Class Republicans”

    Sad but true.

    terimwal | May 12, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    I dispute the premise that “low-level employees” in Cincinnati were doing the targeting. This is like blaming the “horrible, horrible video” for Benghazi. IRS leadership has known about this since 2011 at least and nothing was done. This is just another lie from an administration that does nothing but lie.

      Estragon in reply to terimwal. | May 12, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      Agreed. NO FREAKIN’ WAY “low level” people decided on their own to change the process and target people. Maybe there was no email or memo for a paper trail, but you can bet there were meetings and phone calls – and possibly “gmail” communication a la EPA to avoid scrutiny (illegally), but those drones had their every move approved.

      Why do you think there is NO disciplinary action taken, or even being considered? NOT because these were rogue agents perverting their bosses’ wishes, it’s because they were loyal soldiers who fell on their swords to protect their superiors. Not even a one-day suspension or a letter of reprimand?

      EVERYONE involved, including everyone in the supervisory chain including the General Counsel and everyone else who knew or was responsible directly for someone who knew MUST be fired and banned forever from federal employment, not to mention prosecuted if they violated the law.

      Zero out the IRS budget until it’s done. Shut down the government. Not a brass farthing until the place is disinfected.

    jeannebodine | May 12, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    “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?”

    I’ve noticed that the original AP article yesterday breaking the story that senior IRS officials knew that tea party organizations and the like were being targeted has “vanished” (my link goes to an article altered beyond recognition and unfortunately I didn’t save the original).

    Anyway, the wording of the original article seemed to demonstrate more active involvement by senior officials, including a meeting in 2012 where parameters on terminology of group names for targeting was discussed. I wish I had a copy of the first article or know how to get it.

    Regardless, why are we accepting that “low level” IRS employees took it upon themselves to do this on their own in the first place? My best friend has been with the IRS for 25 years and believe me, the activities that low level personnel can do on their own is severely restricted.

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