Skip to comments.Exclusive—Mitch McConnell: Obama, IRS Fight to Keep Conservative Nonprofits from Forming
Posted on 01/30/2014 10:36:51 PM PST by Nachum
James Madison had it exactly right.
Referring to infringements on our freedoms, the Father of the Bill of Rights once wrote that such encroachments were more often gradual and silent than violent and sudden.
Thats exactly what were seeing with President Obamas proposed regulation on so-called 501(c)(4) groups: a stealth attempt to stifle the ability of ordinary Americans to participate in the political process.
The administrations proposal, quietly floated over Thanksgiving, is just the latest in a long line of attempts to skirt the Supreme Courts 2010 ruling in Citizens United, which basically said that businesses and independent groups have the same right to free speech under the First Amendment as anybody else.
Liberals hated Citizens United because it helped level the political playing field for conservatives. In their view, corporations that own liberal media outlets like The New York Times and MSNBC should have an absolute right to free speech, but independent groups and other grassroots organizations that seek to promote Madisonian ideals like limited government and greater liberty need to be kept in check.
They tried this a few years ago with the DISCLOSE Act, a bill that would have forced grassroots groups to disclose their donor lists. The goal was as obvious as it was anti-democratic: expose the names of those who support unfashionable causes or candidates in the hope of scaring them right off the political playing field.
And we all know what happened after Republicans blocked the DISCLOSE Act. The President and his top campaign aides made the names of conservative donors famous on their own, signaling to top officials at the IRS that they shouldnt think twice about giving extra scrutiny to anybody on the conservative team.
In the end, an independent Inspector General found that IRS officials abused their authority by singling out
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Too little too late McConnell.
You made your bed with Obama. Now sleep in it. Your words are empty rhetoric.
I’ll know Mitch McConnell is serious about this stuff when he co-sponsors a bill to reduce funding to the IRS. Until then, he’s just playing footsie with his good friends on the Democratic side of the aisle.
Mitch talks tough when he senses he has a primary fight on his hands.
“Liberals hated Citizens United because it helped level the political playing field for conservatives.”
Exactly. THEIR businesses, big businesses, like ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, NYTimes, WashPo etc were free to turn their business enterprises into virtual media centers on behalf of their candidates and causes, with none of the revenue supporting it considered an “in kind” campaign contribution.
But let anyone NOT linked up to their business enterprises try to have as much voice in the public square as they do and someone had to, and still has, try and prevent non-Liberal non-Left-of-center voices from being heard. That’s what all Liberal-leftist campaign regulation enterprises is all about; trying to get the law to oppose the voice of your opponents.
Need to take Rand Paul off. He doesn’t belong with the other 3.
bevin all the way.
It’s not my graphic.
If it were, I’d add Mike Lee to the top and Boehner to the bottom.
funny... people asking for ‘permission’ to form a group.
stop playing their game
Yep. Heard Mike after State of the Coup. He’s one of the good ones.
Mitch McConnell is also at war with conservatives, what a coincidence
As if you care, Mitch!
And McConnell was for it before he was against it
Indeed! I think he’s one of the most brilliant in the whole of the US Senate.
McConnell wants to punch TEA Party in the nose, right?
Miotch, resign stoopid.
Screw Mitch and the rest. When are we ever going to
take to the streets for a lot of civil disobedience?
We going down with a whimper? Holder needs to be severely
The Disclose Act could also have been used to force the communist and progressive (sarc) groups to publish their donor lists. Now that would have been a hoot.
You would have found more rich commies than red termites in a woodpile.
The GOP and McConnell ruined this country, and then
supported Obama (who followed their lead on
open borders, gay marriage, RomneyCARE/ObamaCARE,
and added in Election Fraud and racism).
The 'People' realize what's happening. But the Senate Minority Leader is a quintessential career politician who acts as a member of the high priest class of government bureaucrats and who has no fire in his belly except in his desire to 'punch in the nose' those in his own party that criticize him.
And its a fight we have to win.
Sure, just like the rush to cut off debate on the bill to defund Obamacare. The Senate Minority Leader is a lover of big government.
The Obama administrations arrogance here is breathtaking. But if the American people get engaged and fight back, we will win this fight. I'm sure of it.
Right. It's all on the backs of the American people to get engaged (as if that's true which it's not). That's what the grassroots are doing by first replacing the deadwood in the upper ranks of a tone deaf political caste known as the republican elites.
The Senate Minority Leader would be well advised to not seek reelection and to find a 'career' elsewhere. Dwelling in the verbiage of "501(c)(4)", "Citizens United", "DISCLOSE ACT", etc. shows a penchant for policy wonkism and a deficit in the ability to see the forest from the trees in that each and every encroachment stems from the Income tax code fortified by the 16th Amendment.
Yes, subtle encroachments like an old leaky roof require tearing it out and replacing it with a new one or better to replace it with a superior design. Yet, the Senate Minority Leader insists on patching one crack after another. Keeps him busy looking somehow productive.
Viewing such leadership the terms 'drab' and 'self-serving' come to mind. He clearly wants to avoid the spot light as much as possible and will go along to get along.
McConnell putters about and wastes time on the arcane 'out of the limelight' low branches of policy regulation nuances never soaring to espouse a leadership view that inspires. Yet, he is the 'leader' of the minority party in the US Senate. This type of 'leadership' and its qualifier 'minority' are fused and inseparable in him.
As with a football team whose quarterback has thrown interception after interception, whose running backs have fumbled again and again, the followers are wanting a change.
Step aside McConnell. The rank and file, the base, all are in need of fresh blood, new leaders that articulate well amd cut to the chase for addressing problems of small encroachments.
501c status is an unconstitutional establishment of religion. Get rid of it, and the IRS. That will level the playing field.
McConnell is full of crap. Mark Levin said the GOP demanded these new IRS provisions be removed in the latest Ryan-Murray spending “deal”. The White House said NO WAY...and the GOP CAVED!
” - - - For us, the goal now should be to get as many Americans as we can engaged in this fight and beat back this latest assault on political speech. Im convinced that once people realize whats happening, the administration will feel the heat and back off. It may not be easy, but preserving our constitutional rights never has been. - - - “
This is the same GEE OH PEE pablum that Neo-Democrat RINOs have been always been feeding to the gullible, low information voters.
McCain, McConnell, Cornyn, Boehner, Cantor, and Ryan are always “waiting for massive support from the Public” before they even consider doing a pitched battle with the enemy.
They go on TV to publicly beat their chests, and then “reach across the aisle to their good friends in order to get something done.”
The Neo-Democrat RINOs will never lead, they will always wait for a groundswell of Public discontent before they risk the incurring the wrath of their most dreaded enemy: The Leftstream Media.
Note to all the Congressional RINO leaders: We gave you in 2010 what you said you were waiting for - - - - The Massive TEA Party Rebellion, and y’all fought us every step of the way, and are fighting us now more than ever!
We gave you the support that y’all asked for and y’all betrayed us.
LEAD OR GET OUT OF OUR WAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BTW, we have long memories, and just so y’all know, RINO SEASON IS NOW OPEN AND THERE ARE NO BAG LIMITS !
Who else can a Appoint a special prosecutor. Obviously Holder and zer0’s regime is not going to.
Yes, Indeed. Kill the Beast that enslaves us. Find some other form of financing the Fed Gov. At the same time DownSize DC!
There is a point where people wake up... and that could be happening.