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IRS Abuse, the Guide

May 22nd, 2013 - 8:53 pm

Cleta Mitchell has prepared this comprehensive guide to the IRS abuse of election-integrity and Tea Party groups.  It has everything you need to know to understand the legal environment which sprouted this scandal.

An interesting narrative split is developing among the Left.  As Bryan Preston notes, the reliable Praetorian Press Guard, formerly known as JournoList, has a plan: condemn the IRS and say Obama had nothing to do with it.

First, get reliably friendly bloggers and columnists on board with a story that focuses attention away from the White House. Then, isolate and target someone who has already become a central figure in the scandal and, more importantly, who does not work directly for the White House. Finally, make it appear as if these reliably friendly bloggers actually take the IRS scandal seriously.

But others, the speech regulators on the Left, must not have been invited to the West Wing meetings with the JournoList members, because groups like Democracy 21 are busy approving of the IRS abuse.

The latest narrative from the speech regulators is that these election-integrity groups didn’t deserve status because they were political. Of course that crowd considers folks who disagree with them to be political merely because of the disagreement. Groups like Democracy 21 always proclaim apolitical and mainstream status when the truth is anything but.  To Democracy 21, anyone who seeks to help the election process with whom they disagree must be political.

Democracy 21 is run by Fred Wertheimer, someone considered by some to be a respectable Harvard-educated lawyer.  Others consider him a Leftist enemy of free speech. Naturally, Democracy 21 receives money from George Soros.  Democracy 21 is the ugly stepchild of Common Cause with cross pollination from the Orwellian-named People for the American Way.

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These are people who wish the new American Way to include government restricting political speech.  They will contort the language of the First Amendment to achieve their dream of a country freed from unlimited political debate.  They are opponents of freedom.  So it should come as no surprise that the heavy hand of the IRS does not bother people like Fred Wertheimer and his gang.

Pay attention to the emerging fringe narrative of the speech regulators: the Tea Party deserved it.  You’ll learn much about the people who want to further restrict your political freedoms.

Also read: Don’t Criminalize the Investigations. Immunize the Witnesses!

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Mr. Christian Adams for Attorney General!
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Highly recommend that you "click on" Comprehensive guide in the article.
This lays out the audacity of the IRS on their delaying tactics. Pages 40 to 42 is a copy of a letter to Miller and Lerner on May 10, 2013. Page 8 is a guide to the different exempt classifications. Knowledge is power, be informed.
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A good part of the abuse was just the cost the IRS imposed upon these organizations to legally and fully respond to the seemingly endless questions.
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Because, as abusers the world over like to say, "it's not abuse if they deserved it" - right?
1 year ago
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Mr. Christian Adams for Attorney General!
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Highly recommend that you "click on" Comprehensive guide in the article.
This lays out the audacity of the IRS on their delaying tactics. Pages 40 to 42 is a copy of a letter to Miller and Lerner on May 10, 2013. Page 8 is a guide to the different exempt classifications. Knowledge is power, be informed.
1 year ago
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A good part of the abuse was just the cost the IRS imposed upon these organizations to legally and fully respond to the seemingly endless questions.
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One group is just trying to limit political damage which is a legitimate part of what both sides do, the other is trying to change the rules - in this case subvert the 1st Amendment. This is the kind of tactic we associate with ultra conservatives - like monarchists who define any opposition to the sovereign as sedition. People like Werthheimer know that they are right and their opposition is wrong because their peculiar brand of secular religion is completely lacking in that old fashioned civic virtue of defending your opponents right to speak.
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lgude::
Perhaps you should tell the mouse in your pocket the subversion of the 1st Amendment attribution you've made is not as you might like to say. The IRS is now seen for what it has become: a PC Enforcer and Bag Man for the Organizer-in-Chief. In that, it confuses the issues. Limiting political damage is not the principle job - especially bad when that effort and the resulting damages are extra-legal and more profound than mere speech - what amounts to subversion and ultimately the total disregard of the Law.
The 1st Amendment is not the major point, in the last analysis (with the wolf at your throat) you have little to say about it anyway.
Your tolerance makes me think you feel immune.
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