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Harry Reidís War on Conservative Speech
Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2014 | Lisa DePasquale

Posted on 05/22/2014 7:54:30 AM PDT by Kaslin

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has mentioned Charles and David Koch over 134 times from the floor of the Senate. Last week Sen. Reid announced that he would bring a constitutional amendment to the Senate floor that would allow Congress to set even more limits on political donations. Make no mistake, this isn’t a call to get “special interest money” out of politics. It is a directive from the most powerful man in the Senate to punish two private citizens for their beliefs and success.

In an interview with BuzzFeed, Senator Reid said, “The Koch Brothers, I’m not walking away from them. I’m going to be on their tail for the whole campaign because if they think Romney was watched closely by me, that’s nothing compared to what it’s going to be like with the Koch Brothers.”

In his call for the amendment on Thursday, Senator Reid made the false claim that this would “level the playing field” and “make campaigns fair.” But what is “fair”?

Is it fair that unions and liberal donors like George Soros and Tom Steyer aren’t singled out as, Reid called the Kochs, the greatest threats to America because they donate to political causes?

Is it fair for a government official to call people “un-American” because of their political beliefs?

Is it fair that Reid uses his attacks on the Kochs to raise money for his own cause?

Is it fair that the party that controls the executive branch and half of the legislative branch are proposing a constitutional amendment to limit the speech of their political enemies?

Americans shouldn’t be targeted and punished by Reid’s definition of what is “fair.”

We now know that Democrats’ targeting of individuals who engage and donate to conservative causes are not isolated incidents. This week it was revealed that the IRS targeting of tea party groups and organizations came from its Washington D.C. headquarters and is wide-spread. From The Foundry:

In an email July 6, 2010, IRS official Holly Paz asks agency lawyer Steven Grodnitzky “to let Cindy and Sharon know how we have been handling tea party applications in the last few months.” Judicial Watch identifies those named as Cindy Thomas, then director of an IRS office in Cincinnati, and Sharon Camarillo, then a senior manager in the Los Angeles office.

The Washington Times also reported that 10 percent of tea party organization donors have been audited by the IRS.

Despite assurances to the contrary, the IRS didn’t destroy all of the donor lists scooped up in its tea party targeting — and a check of those lists reveals that the tax agency audited 10 percent of those donors, much higher than the audit rate for average Americans, House Republicans revealed Wednesday.

By Sen. Reid’s own admission, his number one goal is to end the funding and expansion of conservative ideas in America. His call to “level the playing field” is a farce. He uses his attacks on conservatives from the Senate floor and vows to silence them as a way to fundraise for himself. Reid not only wants to end the funding of conservative ideas, but amend the Constitution that gives us the right to free speech and political activity without retribution from the government.

That, Senator Reid, is un-American.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: attainder; billofattainder; corruptreid; dingyharryreid; freespeech; kochbrothers

1 posted on 05/22/2014 7:54:30 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Obama’s campaign site could take any old credit card, even foreign ones...

But those Evil koch bros...

They are evils cause MSNBC said so..


2 posted on 05/22/2014 7:58:29 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Kaslin

Nice photo....for target practice.


3 posted on 05/22/2014 7:59:14 AM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: Kaslin

Sour face.


4 posted on 05/22/2014 8:00:56 AM PDT by Biggirl (¬ďGo, do not be afraid, and serve¬Ē-Pope Francis)
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To: Kaslin

It seems like Reid’s conduct against two private citizens, the Koch brothers, would be illegal in the same way that a Bill of Attainder is illegal.


5 posted on 05/22/2014 8:04:49 AM PDT by Inwoodian
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To: Inwoodian

You got that right.


6 posted on 05/22/2014 8:16:20 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: Kaslin

Harry “Alinsky” Reid.

In 1936 Berlin, he would be running down the Street breaking the Windows on every Jewish owned Business.


7 posted on 05/22/2014 8:21:06 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (If Cancer were Contagious, they would call it Liberalism...)
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To: Kickass Conservative

Hopefully Harry Reid will not be Senate Majority Leader, based on results of this year’s elections.


8 posted on 05/22/2014 8:21:47 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Kaslin

That Harry Reid... would have made a heck of a Gauleiter. All he needs is the feldgrau uniform to complete the image. He already has the frameless glasses. And that scowl is right out of the history books.


9 posted on 05/22/2014 8:21:56 AM PDT by Tallguy
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To: Kaslin

Harry Reid is the dumbest, most vindictive, and economically naive person on the planet. He’s even on tape saying that Federal Income Taxes are “voluntary”. I wonder what his friends at the IRS think of this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7mRSI8yWwg


10 posted on 05/22/2014 8:24:17 AM PDT by econjack (I'm not bossy...I just know what you should be doing.)
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To: GraceG

Barack "COKE Brother" Obama


11 posted on 05/22/2014 8:25:02 AM PDT by devolve (-Tell VLADIMER after my ERECTION I have more 90% more FLEXIBILITY - pre-1899 Colt SAA frames needed)
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12 posted on 05/22/2014 8:25:04 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Kaslin
Harry Reid's war on ___________________

Really, just fill in the blank

Harry Reid's war on;
ice cream,
shoe laces
semi colons

etc

Can't remember the last time I ever heard stinky WANT something ... just opposes ...

13 posted on 05/22/2014 8:27:04 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: Kaslin

Where is McConnell?


14 posted on 05/22/2014 8:55:21 AM PDT by Paladin2
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