Skip to comments.A New, More Sinister IRS Scandal
Posted on 04/17/2014 9:35:50 AM PDT by jazusamo
Yesterday was a significant day in the IRS abuse scandal. The scandal evolved from being about pesky delays in IRS exemption applications to a government conniving with outside interests to put political opponents in prison.
Emails obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act reveal Lois Lerner cooking up plans with Justice Department officials to talk about ways to criminally charge conservative groups that are insufficiently quiet.
Larry Noble, a law professor now with the Soros-funded Campaign Legal Center , was cited in the emails as someone agitating to jail conservatives who falsely report on IRS forms that they are not engaged in political speech. Lerner talked about setting up meetings with Justice Department election lawyers who wanted to talk about making Nobles dreams a reality this after Senator Sheldon Whitehouse raised the idea of criminal charges for conservatives who are not sufficiently quiet, charges that they falsely completed an IRS tax exemption form.
Their theory is a favorite among speech regulators in the Soros-funded left and academia. It goes like this: Too much speech is bad (unless unions do it.) Groups who talk about things leftists find uncomfortable are necessarily political and thus should never have 501(c) tax exempt status. Criminally charge any group that said on their IRS tax exempt form that they were not political if they say things the left finds uncomfortable. Get Eric Holders Justice Department on the case.
The emails obtained by Judicial Watch reveal this is essentially what was going on behind the scenes at the IRS, DOJ, and with outside leftist interests.
The emails, so far, only name a few of the speech regulators involved. But there are many who dont appear in the latest document dump that give life to the cause of limiting the First Amendment.
Hans von Spakovsky, a former commissioner on the Federal Election Commission, is intimately familiar with the scope and power of the speech regulators. He said: Ever since I came to Washington, Ive been shocked at the liberal politicians like Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, advocacy groups like Democracy 21 and Fred Wertheimer, and government bureaucrats at the FEC and the Justice Department who want to use the power of government to censor their opponents. They hate the First Amendment and would fit right into the Soviet Union.
All roads in the IRS scandal run through Citizens United , the Supreme Court case that sent the speech regulators into a frenzy when it allowed private citizens to spend money to express their views without government regulation. Even President Obama attacked Citizens United in a State of the Union address. Justice Samuel Alito mouthed his opinion about Obamas truthfulness during the speech.
Citizens United , in timing and substance, was the genesis of the IRS scandal.
So who are the speech regulators seeking to impose government limits on the exercise of the First Amendment?
Like bats in the belfry, they tend to congregate online at University of California at Irvine Law Professor Rick Hasens election blog.
Hasen runs an online meeting hall for all the would-be speech totalitarians. They post, bluster, and kibitz about the latest news on their effort to erode the First Amendment and increase federal power. Whenever a free speech advocate seeks to contribute to the conversation at the blog, they are often deliberately given a cold shoulder and ignored, per plan. The ignored dont understand that leftists arent interested in debate. Their pedigree requires the eradication of opposing ideas, not their incubation.
But perhaps the ignored should be thankful. Being ignored is better than what the speech regulators have done in other places throughout history. Jail and truncheons are the usual tools of those who want to stamp out free speech. In America, the speech regulators have just begun to warm up to jail as a tool.
That Hasens online hangout is hosted on government servers provides an interesting twist.
Judicial Watch sent the University of California at Irvine a freedom of information request demanding Hasens emails to the White House and other government officials including any on the topic of speech regulations. The University told Judicial Watch to pound sand, and still hasnt provided anything.
Yesterdays IRS email revelation makes you wonder what Cal-Irvine is hiding.
So who are some of the other speech regulators who havent shown up on IRS scandal documents yet?
One of the top speech regulators is former White House counsel and Obama campaign lawyer Bob Bauer. As I noted at PJ Media:
Robert Bauer had the motive to direct IRS policy against Tea Party groups. He is a longtime opponent of First Amendment freedoms and an advocate of government-speech regulation. He also cant stand the work the Tea Party is conducting to monitor and eradicate voter fraud, work the Republican Party and national campaigns have utterly failed to perform.
During the 2008 election, while representing the Obama campaign, Bauer sent a threatening letter to the Justice Department demanding criminal investigations of people who had the audacity to speak about voter fraud. Bauer even singled out Sarah Palin in the letter. Anyone who developed or disseminated information about voter fraud, to Bauer, deserved the heavy boot of a criminal investigation. Read the letter; it reveals a nasty, thuggish, and lawless attitude toward political opposition.
Theres that jail thing again. They just cant resist that totalitarian impulse against political opponents.
Other campaigns have had speech regulator attorneys even Republicans. Trevor Potter was John McCains head lawyer in 2008, and he founded the now Soros-funded Campaign Legal Center. He helped cook up the McCain-Feingold speech regulations.
Scads of well-funded groups also exist to stamp down free speech, groups like Common Cause and Demos.
The new, more sinister IRS scandal is deadly dangerous to Democrats. It isnt dangerous because bureaucrats took too long to approve tax exemption applications. Its dangerous because it reveals the authoritarian impulses of powerful Democrats. First they tried to shut up political opposition through threats and bureaucracy. Then we learn yesterday that Democrats and leftists at the Justice Department, the United States Senate, and the Internal Revenue Service were discussing jailing political opponents.
Just wait until the American people learn more about the modern American version of historys speech regulators.
I’m certain that what’s come out so far is just the tiniest tip of the iceberg.
The Obama Democrats would round up conservatives and put us all in internment camps - or worse - if they thought they could.
The only thing that stops them is the Second Amendment.
“cited in the emails as someone agitating to jail conservatives who falsely report on IRS forms that...”
Yeah, in California they’re releasing violent criminals and criminal illegal aliens onto the streets due to overcrowding...but they’ll find room in the jails and prisons for Conservatives who haven’t murdered, assaulted, attacked, knocked-out, driven drunk or harmed anyone.
A new axiom needs to be crafted. The old phrase, tip of the iceberg, applies here, but it must be said in a new way.
If you see one roach, there are surely 1000 of his brothers you don’t see.
If you see one roach, there are surely 1000 of his brothers you dont see.
"Tip of the iceberg" is not an axiom, it's a metaphor.
When applied to the IRS scandal, it's a metaphor that's axiomatic, I'll grant you.
But you're right, I agree with you. An iceberg is a clean, proud thing, a beautiful manifestation of nature's majesty.
The cockroach metaphor is much better.
I've no doubt at all you're correct. If at least the right of center Republicans would get serious about this along with what little conservative media there is, this would be the final nail in the coffin for the Rats in the upcoming election, I'm probably guilty of wishful thinking though.
Thank mcCain and Bush for the Campaign Finance Reform which then gave birth to what it was designed for: Soros only privileged 501c. 501c was specifically designed to benefit Move On org only.
That’s all well and good, but why insult cockroaches?
Is he not aware the IRS has also been auditing political opponents, that the alphabet agencies have been harassing them?
The cause for outrage didn't start yesterday.
The Conservatives have become the “new Jews” for this reincarnation of Nationalist Socialism in the territory of the nation once known as “the United States of America”.
Because of their foolish insistence of holding to the words of those forgotten documents, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America, these Conservatives have earned the undying enmity of the Current Regime now squatting in the White Hut, and as quickly as they can organize the internment camps, while not exciting any of the more alert, they will start filling them up.
They made an unsuccessful foray into just such a round-up in Nevada last week. They made a tactical mistake - they overplayed their hand after they had inadvertently tipped it. Forewarned, the more alert appeared at the underpass on I-15, and in a show of determination, the standoff ended in a retreat by the jack-booted thugs pretending to be “BLM agents”.
Chris Adams is fully aware of what has been taking place, he’s a former DOJ lawyer and has been speaking out since the Holder’s lawless action in the New Black Panther debacle.
We can all tell UC Irvine what we think here ...
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