President Nixon infamously kept an “enemies list”, one which included all who he believed had crossed, slighted or opposed him in some way, and who deserved to be silenced, harassed and destroyed if possible. While many of the people on the list never even knew about it at the time (the list eventually emerged), they undoubtedly felt the consequences of being on the wrong side of a vindictive, petty and arrogant administration.
Fast forward 40 years later, and a new administration promising hope, change and transparency has used identical tactics to silence dissent, the key difference is this – on December 20, 1973, the Congressional Joint Committee on Internal Revenue Taxation concluded that people on the “Enemies” list had not been subjected to an unusual number of tax audits.
Now the deliberate targeting of conservative groups and groups with conservative ideals has given Conservatives, liberty lovers, patriots and the Republican party additional evidence to substantiate long-standing claims of bias, intimidation and an administration overreaching its authority and punishing its enemies. The result being the perception of the Obama administration as fair and transparent are effectively shattered.
The IRS deliberately targeted groups which identified themselves with terms such as “Constitution“, “Patriot“, “Liberty” – qualities which are celebrated by Americans as desirable and worthy of admiration, but in the eyes of the Obama IRS became targets for intimidation. The targeting of these groups by the Obama IRS was either malicious & tyrannical or stupid & incompetent. Either way, the Obama regime has once again failed spectacularly The decision to carry out this program of harassment may well have come from low-level managers out of a regional office (language eerily similar to the Fast And Furious program), but is has become increasingly obvious that they were acting on attitudes and tone set from the uppermost levels of the Obama regime
Via Brietbart: A Saturday report by the Associated Press, citing a draft of a forthcoming Inspector General report, found that “senior Internal Revenue Service officials knew agents were targeting Tea Party groups as early as 2011.” The AP notes that this report’s findings “seemingly contradicts public statements by the IRS commissioner.”
The IRS apologized Friday for what it acknowledged was “inappropriate” targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status. The agency blamed low-level employees, saying no high-level officials were aware.
But on June 29, 2011, Lois G. Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt organizations, learned at a meeting that groups were being targeted, according to the watchdog’s report. At the meeting, she was told that groups with “Tea Party,” “Patriot” or “9/12 Project” in their names were being flagged for additional and often burdensome scrutiny, the report says.
It has become increasingly clear with incidents like the Fast And Furious gun-running operation, the one-sided forced passage of Obamacare legislation, the Benghazi embassy terrorist attacks and subsequent cover-up, and now the deliberate targeting of Conservative groups by the I.R.S., the Obama administration’s policy of intimidation, harassment and obstruction of justice is an intrinsic function of its operation, not merely an occasional response. In other words, we are witnessing an increasingly arrogant, iron-fisted and lawless regime whose targeting of political enemies is reminiscent of the proscription lists of the civil wars during the times of the Roman Republic.
Barack Obama has become unmasked as a tyrant on-the-make.
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