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May 20, 2013 - 8:13 am

The Conservative Hispanic Society is expressing outrage that the Internal Revenue Service targeted them. In a press release going out today, the Conservative Hispanic Society says that though it applied for 501(c)(4) status in 2010, its application still has not been approved.

CHS Executive Director Chris Salcedo did not mince words in his reaction to the news: “It seems the Obama political machine has infiltrated every aspect of our government.  Politics now dictates our response to terrorist attacks.  And now the IRS is being used as a weapon to punish people our president has referred to as his ‘enemies’.”

The “enemies” mention refers to a statement that President Obama gave in October 2010, as the IRS abuse was in full swing. Mr. Salcedo, a veteran journalist, has frequently written for this site.

CHS President Steve Navarre focused on how deeply un-American the IRS abuse is. “Through the Constitution, our nation’s founding fathers tried to guard against elected leaders using the power of government to oppress the people,” Navarre says in the press release. “The type of government overreach displayed by the IRS brings to life our founder’s deepest fears.”

The Conservative Hispanic Society is far from alone. On March 16, Fox Latino reported that several conservative groups in Texas say that along with Tea Party groups and Jewish and Christian groups, the Internal Revenue Service targeted them too. Texas Rep. Bill Flores (R) believes he was targeted after working with the Waco Tea Party, which was also targeted. Flores, a certified public accountant, was among the first in Congress to question the IRS’ actions. The San Antonio and Dallas Tea Party groups both report being targeted by the IRS. Katrina Pierson, head of the Dallas Tea Party, traveled to Washington last week as the IRS abuse blew up into a full scandal.  Voces Action, a Texas-based group that teaches Spanish-speaking and English-speaking communities about the Constitution, was targeted according to its founder and president, Adryana Boyne.

The breadth of IRS abuse across Texas is disturbing, given President Obama’s tense relationship with the Lone Star State and Democratic ambitions to turn it blue. Democrats have not won a statewide race in Texas in a generation, and Republicans control both houses of the state legislature with strong majorities. Republican Gov. Rick Perry has battled with the administration over everything from offshore drilling to coal power plants to border security for years. State Attorney General Greg Abbott was party to the state lawsuit against ObamaCare and has battled the administration on Second Amendment rights. President Obama’s response to a call for enhancing security on the border was to joke about putting alligators and moats in place of the Rio Grande. Both John McCain and Mitt Romney defeated Obama handily in Texas’ 2008 and 2012 presidential votes.

IRS abuse of Hispanic groups across Texas may introduce racial and demographic angles into the scandal. Democrats have long pined for Texas’ growing Hispanic population to help them flip the staunchly Republican state to Democratic control. Conservative and Republican Hispanic groups have sprung up in the last few years to bring more Hispanic voters, who in Texas tend to be socially conservative, into the GOP fold. The IRS abuse of these groups has undoubtedly curbed their ability to fund raise and spread their messages, at the same time that the president’s Battleground Texas group ramps up its operation, unfettered by any IRS interference, to turn Texas blue.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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I have no sympathy for any political group that organizes itself along racial lines. In doing so they announce they don't care about me and so I don't care about them. The enemy of my enemy is a last resort, not a principle.
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In a fundamental sense I agree with the view - identity politics is sickening and divisive. I also see the value in free association, in particular in support of solid values and, maybe, appealing to ethnicity may empower otherwise insecure people to take a stand and act in conservative ways.

But then I go to the website, see a lot of wonderful conservative values and mission statements, but conspicuous in the absence was a single reference to support for upholding the U.S. Constitution - the ultimate guarantor of liberty to live those conservative 'Hispanic' values.
1 year ago
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While the identity groups are not ideal from our political viewpoint, something has to be doe to counter the Democrats identity approach to politics and their heretofore successful slander of the Republicans as the party of "old, white men".

In the last election they were so successful with this attack that even Asians, the quintessential achievement oriented ethnic group, voted heavily Democrat and cited the "white peoples' party" myth as their reason.

We cannot prevail in the media messaging as the Democrats with Bylines simply will not report the story straight. The only thing I see that can be done is to recruit lots of Latino, Asian ans black Republican candidates and put them out front so they can't be missed and will undercut the Democrats' slander. I don't like the racial game but otherwise we will be the party of "old white men" because the Democrats will have succeeded in running everybody else off.
1 year ago
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Playing by their rules will fail.
1 year ago
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What you say sounds good, but the fact is, people do self-identify along racial lines, so in order to draw them in, one must identify one's self accordingly. It's good marketing.

As long as they are not seeking advantage for a racial group in their actions, i do not care how they market themselves. Their stated goal was to teach the Constitution in English and Spanish. It seems a worthy goal.

Your comment also misses the point. "They deserve it.", is how the Left justifies theses abuses of power, and you are saying the same thing with your, "I have no sympathy." I do not care how "deserving" they may be, because it could be me, next. We either all have freedom, or none of us do.

I used to like your comments, Burton. You had some good insights. Nowadays, however, your comments are often just nasty and bitter. Perhaps you have just surrendered to despair, and are, thus, lashing out at everything. I dunno... but you should check your attitude.
1 year ago
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I have not recently changed my mind about organizing by race. People who do so are advocating for themselves and not the greater good. The Constitution is a document that advocates for the greater good. In the Constitution it says "citizen," and not anything else. I have not surrendered to despair, but to a principle as old as America, though it often seemed like a losing battle, taking two steps backwards for every one forward.

Finally, we get to '65, we get women's rights, and now people are acting like they're unloading slave ships in New York harbor and we all hate women. People don't organize by race unless there is a prospective enemy to huddle against. If you wish to pal around with them, this is your affair. In my view, it is neither American nor conservative. And let's be clear these are not cultural groups, but racial ones.

America is going exactly as I have predicted it would for some time now. The more people organize around race and sex, the more fragmented we become as a nation. People are using phantom racists and women-haters to manipulate themselves into positions they would otherwise have no access to. This is not my attitude but an easily proven reality that is in the newspapers every day.

No one in the history of America ever got anywhere by whining and pointing fingers at other groups from within groups.
1 year ago
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interesting view on Burton's comments as in the last week or two i have been feeling that your comments were a bit more rigid and intolerant than i remembered. maybe we are all feeling the strain.
1 year ago
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Yeah, I have to fight to keep it in. There are times when we must draw the line, and other times when we must be reasonable and tolerant of other views. It is hard to find the right balance, these days, because we are in such a position, that we have to seriously consider a civil war, so egregious are these trespasses against us.
1 year ago
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I have to wonder, if in the not so deep recesses of Obama's mind, he wouldn't actually mind some civil unrest as a result of his abuses. Another crisis not to waste by 'restoring order' through (further) curtailment of civil liberties. Another reason to disregard that charter of negative liberties that bedevils him so.
1 year ago
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Foolish consistency, hobgoblin, small minds, etc.
1 year ago
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Proof that Democrats are racist.

1 year ago
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How deep the rabbit hole goes nobody knows.

Well, yeah we do know, as we tried to warn people in 2008 about what kind of political monster Obama is. Now, as his pastor of 20 years Jeremiah Wright would say, "America's chickens.....have come home to roost!"
1 year ago
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Chris, I am so amazed and dismayed at how naive are the electorate and even some of the supposed intelligencia even on the right. Peggy Noonan, Colin Powell - those are people with experience at the center of power and yet even they could not see the leftist radical, the common hustler for what he was, a false man. I had him pegged within a month of his first appearance, and it was so obvious. Now, after four and a half years of exposure to this schyster the nation is finally up in arms. Okay, but what about the next one. How in the hell will the republic survive for our grandchildren?!
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