Otherwise, conservatives would have been in the streets before now.
The liberal “Occupy Wall Street” protests – against exactly what isn’t quite clear – were messy and sometimes criminal. Labor unions caused a mob scene in occupying the Wisconsin statehouse when they didn’t like the state’s trimming of fat public employee benefits. Illegal immigrants were even marching in U.S. streets a few years ago demanding rights.
As recently as last weekend, liberal protesters went so far as to violate the privacy of law-and-order legal activist and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, coming to his family’s home to protest and trying to blame him for the lawful deportation of illegal immigrants.
They want to stigmatize being conservative, and isolate and demonize conservative leaders.
Yet, until today’s scheduled anti-IRS Washington protest, conservatives had been sitting back and watching all this, while obediently swallowing the IRS’s abuse of their brethren, as well as the lies about it coming out of Washington.
When will they have had enough?
Thankfully, a few people are taking action. Peaceful, lawful action.
The American Center for Law and Justice has filed a lawsuit against the federal government over the IRS’s admitted targeting of conservatives and conservative groups in a thinly veiled effort to impede their rightful use of the tax code to organize nonprofit groups just like liberals.
Interesting; just a few years ago when Barack Obama was running for president, “community organizing” was considered a saintly act!
This week, the center announced it would be adding to its original 25 plaintiffs in its lawsuit, which argues the IRS violated the First and Fifth Amendments, federal law and IRS rules and regulations.
Also this week, it was learned an IRS supervisor and Obama donor in Washington had personally reviewed nonprofit applications from some 30 Tea Party groups – proving the administration lied or was woefully ignorant of the truth when it claimed the targeting of conservatives was confined to rogue agents in Cincinnati.
“Internal Revenue Service officials in Washington scrutinized the very first application from a tea party group seeking tax-exempt status – and dozens of others, including some requests that languished for more than a year without action,” the Associated Press reported.
If it’s not illegal for the IRS and other federal agencies to target people for their political beliefs, it needs to be. Government workers who do it should be prosecuted.
What if they aren’t? Will conservatives just shake their heads, sit back and wait for more abuse?
If the Benghazi model is any indication, the Obama administration strategy in the IRS scandal will be to try to run out the clock and hope conservatives – and the media – just go away.
Until today, there’s been nothing to indicate they’re wrong to hope that.