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March 13, 2013 - 9:29 am

So this happened in Obama’s America:

A New Jersey mother was arrested and told to turn over her guns after reading the Constitution and peacefully protesting at a tax dispute forum, she says.

Eileen Hart was with her husband Keith and her 7-year-old daughter on Saturday at the Gloucester Community Center to dispute a mandatory home re-evaluation that would roughly double her property value (and therefore dramatically increase her rates), objecting on multiple grounds. As an Orthodox Jew, she refused to have the inspectors in her home when her husband was away at work. As an American citizen, she objected to the seemingly arbitrary reappraisal, noting that she is not planning on selling her home and hasn’t renovated her kitchen in 30 years.

But at the forum, Hart was allegedly told that since she didn’t let the inspectors into her home, the state has a right to “assume” its value.

[SNIP]

As Hart and her family peacefully left the building, she saw Colavecchio “sneering” at her and said in passing, “look at the little pencil-pusher.”

Hart said Colavecchio threatened to call 911 and “ran after us in the parking lot like a banshee, his face was purple, [he was] disheveled, [he] started to take down my license plate and ran off. When he got to the doors of the building he screamed at us, ‘let’s see if you can pay your taxes now!’”

Much to her surprise, Hart returned home to numerous police cars, the officers asking if they could bring her in for questioning even though they did not have a warrant. She was not allowed to drive behind with her husband, but was forced to ride in the police vehicle.

I would like to see NJ Governor Chris Christie get personally involved in restoring this poor woman’s reputation — and put Colavecchio in an unemployment line.

Stephen Green began blogging at VodkaPundit.com in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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the government doesn't even need to win. they will bankrupt whoever they please with court proceedings. so you win, big deal. the entitlement to compensation won't be willingly or cheaply granted. and if it is, so what? tax payer funds pay it and the overreaching bureaucrats still have jobs
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The use of police by a state actor in order to harass a citizen is a violation of her civil rights.

Not only would she be entitled to compensation, but, if found liable, the state agency and the police would be required to pay attorney's fees and costs.

No "suspect class" member, which includes religion for an Orthodox Jew, should be subjected to punishment or harassment on the basis of their religious beliefs.

That should more than cover what they were attempting to grab from her in taxes.
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The real tyranny lies not with the dictator, but with the myriad army of petty bureaucrats. Just wait until the IRS is in charge of our healthcare system.

"We see you have a thyroid condition, Mr. Green. That has been known to cause some mental health issues*. We are going to have to search your house and seize all firearms."

*need not even be true.
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