Question is, who wants it more?

While government waits out scandals, Tea Party has chance to bounce back

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The Tea Party movement shouldn’t need a boost. But it’s received one – from a most unlikely source:

Its foes at the IRS.

Thanks to the IRS’s blatant targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups, the movement’s popularity has risen nine points since March in a CNN/ORC International survey, and 14 points since January in a Rasmussen Reports poll.

The country is still sharply divided over the movement – but that’s to be expected, after the media assault against it in the past few years. This nation has never seen a mass slander the extent of the one against the good people of the Tea Party, which seeks only to rein in government spending and leave a better country to our children.

Frothy opponents, aided by the news media, leveled unsubstantiated accusations at the movement, while holding its many autonomous groups and individuals to standards of perfection never remotely applied to the far-left “Occupy” forces, which often displayed criminal and thuggish behaviors.

In part due to those massive headwinds, and for a variety of other reasons, the Tea Party lost steam after its big win in the 2010 midterm elections, which even Barack Obama conceded delivered a “shellacking” to him.

To begin with, it’s difficult to sustain grassroots movements and the fervor that fuels them. And the Tea Party was fed to a great extent by citizens who’d rarely if ever protested in their lives.

Many Tea Party supporters also are up there in age – retirees and near-retirees with full and rewarding lives who nonetheless chose to take time to mobilize because they’re desperately worried about our nation’s fiscal recklessness, which threatens the currency, national security and the future living standards of their children and grandchildren.

Then the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Obamacare – and the Republican Party nominated the one presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, who couldn’t really run against it (since he’d supported a similar policy as governor of Massachusetts).

The 2012 election left conservatives demoralized and disorganized, and the Republican Party doing a public vivisection of itself to find out what went wrong.

Now, though, the three fresh Obama scandals – the IRS targeting by the IRS, the spying on the news media by the Department of Justice and the continued cover-up in the fatal Benghazi attacks – have given the Tea Party new life. Protesters demonstrated outside IRS offices last week in a polite but profound show of anger.

Ironically, the IRS’s attempt to discourage and debilitate the Tea Party movement has actually vindicated it and proved that its concerns about big government were valid. “We were right and the government was wrong,” one Tea Party organizer said.

The question is, what now? Can the various disjointed, self-driven Tea Party groups around the country sustain their efforts this time, particularly heading into the crucial 2014 midterm elections? Or will they sink back into their normal lives, leaving politics to the more motivated?

The Obama administration strategy on these scandals – as it was on its Fast and Furious gun-running scandal – seems to be to wait us all out, hoping we’ll go back to our lives and move on to other things. Will the Tea Party quietly comply?

One thing is for certain: their adversaries on the left will not. They never left swing state Ohio after 2008, for instance. They are relentless. More power to them – literally.

The ultimate question is, who wants it more?

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owensjef3
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owensjef3 05/29/13 - 03:31 am
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Oh boy
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Oh boy

carcraft
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carcraft 05/29/13 - 04:40 am
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Excellent editorial. An

Excellent editorial. An independent group like the tea party is the only thing that will save America at this point. This administration lied to the American People and the United Nations over Benghazi. The IRS targeted groups based purely on political orientation. The Holder Justice Department intimidated journalists and then Holder personally lied to congress. Despite these facts the lame stream media is tepid in the reporting the truth to the American people and is hardly , to barrow their trite cliché, "Speaking Truth to Power" .

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 05/29/13 - 05:09 am
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It has also proven that they

It has also proven that they are entirely political groups and have shown that there should be no issue at all since they should never have qualified as a 501(c)(4) "Social Organization" in the first place. Since they have engaged in nothing but political activity since their inception, they raised red flags as a reason to be targeted from the start. Not that they were rocket scientists to start with, but they went in breaking the rules, screamed everywhere they went that they were breaking the rules, went on tv, radio, and the internet showing they were breaking the rules, ran ads that were breaking the rules, had billboards that were breaking the rules, sent out mailers that were breaking the rules, had rallies all over the country that were breaking the rules, and now are whining that that got caught and were investigated for breaking the rules? Pretty darned dumb, but the guiltiest are usually the ones who complain the loudest.
Per the IRS:
"The promotion of social welfare does not include direct or indirect participation or intervention in political campaigns on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office."

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 05/29/13 - 05:28 am
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Let's post that again:

"The promotion of social welfare does not include direct or indirect participation or intervention in political campaigns on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office."

If there's one thing all of the Tea Party groups had in common it's that they participated and intervened on behalf of or in opposition to candidates for public office. I'm just waiting for the tax status to be pulled and ALL of their donors and the amounts donated to be made public. It should be some interesting reading.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 05/29/13 - 05:29 am
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it isn't freedom

liberals control our education system, incompetently
Oh to be rich and have freedom to choose a good school that teaches a child how to see the truth of power
liberals control almost all of our big media, deceitfully
oh to be educated well enough to be able to process complex information and hear the truth of power
liberals control our taxation, unfairly
oh to be educated well enough to have a good job that allows the hiring of tax professionals and lawyers to speak truth to power
liberals control our health care in just a few months...
oh, to be rich... no, that won't matter... oh to be well educated and... no, that won't matter... oh, darn...
there is a word for a government that controls access to education, access to information, access to representation, and access to health care
and it isn't freedom...

ymnbde
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ymnbde 05/29/13 - 05:32 am
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what a frightening statement

"...ALL of their donors and the amounts donated to be made public..."
so instead of Democrat and Republican, we can become more Jacobin and Girondin?

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Rhetor 05/29/13 - 05:48 am
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hmm

All of this remains to be proven. Political organizations are not allowed to have tax exempt status, and for the IRS to target political organizations is not only permissible; it is their obligation. You'll note that the Democratic and Republican parties are not tax exempt. However, if the IRS selectively targeted questionable conservative groups' tax returns more aggressively than they targeted questionable liberal groups' tax returns, then we do have a big problem. All the same, it is quite possible that this "scandal," when the main scandal might turn out to be that some tea party groups were filing fraudulent tax returns, might blow up in the tea party groups' faces. Time will tell. I do think that the conservatives are right to demand a proper investigation; however, the charges in this editorial are, as of this writing, not fully supported.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/29/13 - 06:04 am
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Payback is a.....

Obama has said it was wrong. The IRS apologized and one director took the 5th when questioned. End of story except for the upcoming elections. Payback is a....

americafirst
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americafirst 05/29/13 - 06:43 am
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Another example of why this

Another example of why this country is doomed. Someone is actually defending the IRS. Unbelievable.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 05/29/13 - 06:44 am
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Paybacks?

Ha, River, nothing is going to change. The majority of voters have no clue about the recent scandals. And, even if they did, sadly, it wouldn't matter. See above comments for proof.

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rmwhitley 05/29/13 - 06:51 am
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I wonder what
Unpublished

Negroes call the naacp. A religious, political non-profit for the betterment of white neighborhoods?

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effete elitist liberal 05/29/13 - 07:04 am
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Tea Party resurgence?

Apparently Michelle Bachmann didn't get the message. "“My decision was not in any way influenced by any concerns about my being re-elected to Congress...." Oh, really? Bachmann won in 2012 by a mere 4200 votes, her closest win by far in a heavily conservative district. Usually Bachmann just says things that are stupid. In denying she was worried about being reelected in 2014, she's just lying. I hope she stays in the public eye like Sarah Palin has, just to keep liberals like me laughing.

KSL
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KSL 05/29/13 - 07:46 am
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Attack, discredit, attack,

Attack, discredit, attack, discredit,

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/29/13 - 08:00 am
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I agree with Bod and these

I agree with Bod and these tea party groups should never receive tax exempt status, but that leaves the issue of the all the similar Dem leaning groups like MoveOn that did receive this benefit. I agree with Bod that this is wrong and likely altered this last election. Further I agree because of this injustice we should have an investigation why they received this and further a new presidential election because of this inequity. Spot on Bod. The issue isn't why the Tea party was declined but why would the IRS support progressive ideology groups illegally.

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nocnoc 05/29/13 - 07:58 am
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Say what you will about the Tea Party

The Tea Party candidates in the Mid-term 2012 election did good.

SENATE - 10 ran, 5 WON - 50% of Tea Party candidates won
HOUSE - 130 ran, 40 WON - 31% of Tea Party candidates won

These are better averages than the BIG Party political challengers normally have against seated incumbents.

Their win numbers were even higher in 2010.

Consider that they were fighting the Obama Democrats, the Old Republican Guard and the media outlets that supported Obama or the old Republican guard. All of which went to war to minimize or impune the citizens based political group that they had zero control over.

BTW: a majority of the Tea Party campaign funding was citizen based also.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/29/13 - 08:06 am
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We need a major investigation

We need a major investigation of MoveOn. org because they likely filed illegally as many posters suggest of the tea party. They had to because they are "the most notable progressive political machine". These TP groups were denied but MoveOn wasn't and should be investigated for criminal activities.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/29/13 - 08:10 am
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So the progressives thumbs

So the progressives thumbs down their own logic against the Tea Party qualifications when it applies to an illegal progressive political group like MoveOn. Choice.

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 05/29/13 - 08:14 am
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Liberals will defend any kind

Liberals will defend any kind of dishonesty. Why don't you blame Bush for the IRS scandal? They are so blind that they are trying to justify what the IRS has admitted to. You cannot use any federal agency to seek and destroy something you don't agree with. This is a country of laws. If you don't like the law then change it but don't justify breaking the law as a legitimate means to an end. This proves that if you turn the government over to liberal progressives you will end up with a banana republic in short order. They have NO respect for the rule of law or the constitution.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/29/13 - 08:22 am
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The progressive mind doesn't

The progressive mind doesn't comprehend that is still a scandal (not bias against TP) but favor for progressive groups like MoveON that have received illegal tax status. It is still a scandal and MoveON should lose this status it has held since 1998-they owe a lot of back taxes.

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Humble Angela 05/29/13 - 08:27 am
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"It has also proven that they
Unpublished

"It has also proven that they are entirely political groups and have shown that there should be no issue at all since they should never have qualified as a 501(c)(4) "Social Organization" in the first place. "

This is a 100% untrue statement. MANY of these groups have since been granted 501(c)(4) status......after the election. Why would it be granted at all if they weren't entitled? Bod...do you care to answer this question? Do you care to answer why Media Matters and Moveon DID get their status granted? We'll be waiting for you to explain this untrue statement you made.

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 05/29/13 - 08:44 am
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Humble....once again Bod hits

Humble....once again Bod hits and runs...

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allhans 05/29/13 - 08:50 am
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The point is...conservatives

The point is...conservatives were targeted...Whether a request was valid IS NOT THE POINT. The audit by IG George confirmed the charge that the IRS had a list ....Remember this began BEFORE the 2012 election and the reelection of Obama was of utmost importance to him, and so what if he got a little help from his friends...
This is a shame and a disgrace....Obama: "THE BUCK STOPS HERE!"

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 05/29/13 - 08:57 am
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Hundreds of conservative

Hundreds of conservative groups are targeted by the Obama IRS, yet somehow both Obama’s own group and his half-brother’s group sail through the process with nobody lifting a finger to investigate them. Heck, his brother even received preferential treatment and special tax breaks illegally.
Conservative groups sat in limbo, groups with liberal-sounding names had their applications approved in as little as nine months. With names including words like "Progress" or "Progressive," the liberal groups applied for the same tax status and were engaged in the same kinds of activities as the conservative groups.

People are sending "thank you cards" to the IRS for targeting conservative groups......we will soon be a third world banana republic. They have no respect for the rule of law.

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Bizkit 05/29/13 - 08:59 am
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It isn't hit and run, but

It isn't hit and run, but just there is no retort so you win the debate. If there were an answer you can bet there would be one. So all of you can give yourself a high five and a slap on the back.

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dichotomy 05/29/13 - 09:03 am
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Techfan......."If there's one

Techfan......."If there's one thing all of the Tea Party groups had in common it's that they participated and intervened on behalf of or in opposition to candidates for public office. I'm just waiting for the tax status to be pulled and ALL of their donors and the amounts donated to be made public. It should be some interesting reading."

Are you as concerned about all of the LIBERAL political groups who were AUTOMATICALLY approved during the same period of time? How about Obama's half-brother, whose application was personally approved by Lois Lerner in 30 days?

This issue is NOT about whether or not TEA Party groups, or any essentially political group, should qualify for tax exempt status. THIS ISSUE is about a GOVERNMENT AGENCY taking sides in a political election and approving tax exempt status for one side while holding the other side's applications hostage in intrusive, illegal, bureaucratic hell.

The FACT that LIBERAL groups who doing the same things that the TEA Party groups were doing were APPROVED while the TEA Party groups were not completely nullifies ANY discussion about whether the TEA Party groups were legitimately entitled to tax exempt status.

The ONLY issue here is the IRS being used by the Obama administration as a political weapon against conservative groups. The fact that LIBERAL groups, including Obama's half-brother, WERE approved while conservative groups were persecuted makes the discussion of eligibility of political organizations for tax exempt status irrelevant.

And since the TEA Party groups can legitimately claim that they are EDUCATING the public about GOVERNMENTAL ISSUES, I do believe they qualify as a tax exempt organizations under current law......at least as much as the LIBERAL organizations and Obama's half-brother who were readily and rapidly approved.

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Humble Angela 05/29/13 - 09:12 am
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Dichotomy, to a liberal,
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Dichotomy, to a liberal, educating people about what the Constitution actually says IS political. It goes against their entire political system of beliefs.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 05/29/13 - 10:16 am
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dont you all know its BUSHs

dont you all know its BUSHs fault...after all it was his appointee...not unionized irs workers who have a stake in it if taxes are lowered...not the dim senators who wrote to the IRS urging them to investigate the donors of romney and the tea party...now we know why RIED spoke about ROMNEYS taxes on the senate floor...remember the clintons had all those FBI files[that were missing for a year or so} on their opponents till one day they magically reappeared on the white house coffee table...no its bush fault, our fault for always trying to find compromise with the dims...they lie, cheat, steal, whatever because all they care about is winning...the dims are destroying the moral fabric of our country..its about time to call a cheat ..a cheat...

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KSL 05/29/13 - 10:26 am
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ggbham 05/29/13 - 10:51 am
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Bodhisattva, Bless your

Bodhisattva,
Bless your heart.
Nice try to divert from the real subject. Here are the parameters of tax code 501(c)4:
501(c)4 is a subsection of the Internal Revenue Code governing the status of non-profit organizations devoted to lobbying for political, civic, or other, similar causes. 501(c)4 organizations are exempt from federal taxation. However, contributions and donations made to them are not tax exempt.
Again, bless your heart.

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