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Why no outrage over the IRS' tea party targeting?
Baltimore Sun ^ | June 29, 2014 | by Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

Posted on 06/29/2014 8:26:11 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

... American citizens were targeted by a powerful government agency on account of their political opinions — an unforgivable sin in a democracy where freedom of speech is protected and valued.

Democratic party reaction has been muted, even defensive. The old "there's nothing there" mantra has been trotted out every time another new and relevant revelation comes to light. Come to think of it, this would be the type of scenario a young, community activist, Harvard Law professor would typically get excited about. After all, these citizens are victims.

Alas, these particular victims are tea party folks — an exception to the rule. Such is the way of selective progressive indignation circa 2014. Can you imagine the outrage if the shoe were on the other foot?

(Excerpt) Read more at baltimoresun.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: election2012; irs; lerner; teaparty
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s column appears Sundays. The former Maryland governor and member of Congress is a partner at the law firm King & Spalding and the author of "Turn this Car Around" and "America: Hope for Change" — books about national politics.
1 posted on 06/29/2014 8:26:11 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"Why no outrage over the IRS' tea party targeting?"

For the same reason Pravda didn't make a stink about the gulags.

2 posted on 06/29/2014 8:29:23 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

They have been told that the Tea Party is Evil by the Super Evil Democratic party over and over and over again ,Democrats repeat things so much that people think it’s true


3 posted on 06/29/2014 8:30:02 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: molson209

The reaction is precisely what one expects of governments dominated by fascism.


4 posted on 06/29/2014 8:31:30 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (This The author is corrects a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The comments are most enlightening, seems that the constitution does apply equally. Rights for us, but none for thee.


5 posted on 06/29/2014 8:31:39 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
For the same reason that the senior Senator from Chappaquiddick never spent a single moment in jail.
6 posted on 06/29/2014 8:31:40 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: molson209

65% of the electorate don’t pay income taxes. They don’t even know what IRS stands for.


7 posted on 06/29/2014 8:31:56 AM PDT by Galtoid ( .)
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To: Enterprise
"For the same reason Pravda didn't make a stink about the gulags."

An excellent comparison. A perfect comparison of apples with apples.

8 posted on 06/29/2014 8:33:48 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog (Newly fledged NRA Life Member (after many years as an "annual renewal" sort))
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To: Enterprise

Well said. That explained it all in one short sentence. Bravo!


9 posted on 06/29/2014 8:34:14 AM PDT by cdcdawg
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To: Wonder Warthog

“A perfect comparison of apples with apples.”

Red apples at that!


10 posted on 06/29/2014 8:35:04 AM PDT by cdcdawg
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

because the Tea Party isn’t PC


11 posted on 06/29/2014 8:35:04 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: All

There is plenty of outrage! Just wait until we take back the Senate!


12 posted on 06/29/2014 8:37:48 AM PDT by Gunpowder green
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To: Galtoid
"They (65% of the electorate who don't pay taxes) don't even know what IRS stands for."

That would make a great question for Fox's Jesse Watters to ask on his "man on the street" gig....i.e., "What do the initials IRS stand for?"

Bill O'Reilly, are you reading this?

(...I know, dumb question of the year...sorry).

Leni

13 posted on 06/29/2014 8:40:55 AM PDT by MinuteGal (The Infernal Revenue Service - forever to be known as the BS-IRS)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer; GeronL

Why is there no liberal outrage over Obama’s war crimes, spying, dirty tricks, partian attacks, etc... PING!


14 posted on 06/29/2014 8:42:09 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Because this is a country of lambs being led to the slaughter.


15 posted on 06/29/2014 8:42:39 AM PDT by chris37 (heartless)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Could it be that some GOPe members were involved? That would mute interest on both sides of the aisle.

The media’s lack of attention is understandable since they use the same bias in their reporting; it just seems natural to them that a government agency would be used to win elections.


16 posted on 06/29/2014 8:43:56 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: MinuteGal

Must protect The Precious (TM).


17 posted on 06/29/2014 8:44:19 AM PDT by quantumman
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To: Galtoid
IRS Records were illegally examined?


18 posted on 06/29/2014 8:45:04 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Why no outrage? That’s easy. Because for the uniparty, the political infrastructure...and let’s face it...the majority of the electorate, the ends justify the means.

You don’t fix that by reference to a rigged electoral system. You fix that by getting a divorce.


19 posted on 06/29/2014 8:45:07 AM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Be a part of the American freedom migration: freestateproject.org)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

In part because few know about it. In part because a larger case needs to be made. Our side describes it as ‘targeting the tea party’. It needs to be discussed as using the IRS for political gain and revenge. Make it more general and get it out beyond the highly engaged newsies. Say these are actions that would make Nixon blush.

It’s largely about effective messaging. Something our side continues to do poorly. The tea party has effectively been painted as some fringe group even as many who share every view of the movement think they aren’t part of it.


20 posted on 06/29/2014 8:45:57 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Oh there is outrage but the media refuses to report it.


21 posted on 06/29/2014 8:46:23 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: Gunpowder green



22 posted on 06/29/2014 8:46:29 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Why no outrage?
Because this is a democrat administration.
If Bush were still president this IRS targeting of leftist groups would be an OUTRAGE!!!!!!!!!!
We would NEVER hear the end of it.

Leftist hypocrites make me sick.


23 posted on 06/29/2014 8:48:25 AM PDT by mowowie
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To: Louis Foxwell

Plus their Fellow Travelers in the media.


24 posted on 06/29/2014 8:48:34 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Galtoid

“65% of the electorate don’t pay income taxes. They don’t even know what IRS stands for.”

And many who do pay some taxes are receiving questionable government benefits. Social Security disability payments and farm payments to name two.


25 posted on 06/29/2014 8:48:43 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: ilgipper

Agree on poor messaging. But after the Mississippi runoff it’s clear the establishment GOP is as willing to target tea party conservatives as the White Hut.


26 posted on 06/29/2014 8:51:42 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Gunpowder green

Dreamer!


27 posted on 06/29/2014 8:56:40 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek
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To: MinuteGal

That would be a great question for Walters to ask!


28 posted on 06/29/2014 8:58:50 AM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: Gunpowder green

Who is the “we” you think might take control of the Senate?
The same gang of Ruling Class elites that just stabbed Conservatives in the back?

“We” need understand that neither division of the DC Uniparty is going to do dick for the cause of smaller government.


29 posted on 06/29/2014 9:04:38 AM PDT by EricT. (Everything not forbidden is compulsory.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The Tea Party is the cheese that stands alone.
Rinos see it as their greatest enemy.
Dems surely don’t care about it.
When the Tea Party’s voice is silenced, who is left to defend it? Works out perfectly for both sides.


30 posted on 06/29/2014 9:05:08 AM PDT by Shugee
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Both major parties want the Tea Party to be gone and have worked hard and spent loads of money at that end.
Both parties want the current go along get along big gub mint every one makes lot of money deal to continue.
Tea Partiers like me want ot do away with about 80 percent of this federal worthless gubmint.
Well that’s about it.


31 posted on 06/29/2014 9:11:23 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

President Obama says it’s another phony scandal. So it is.


32 posted on 06/29/2014 9:17:39 AM PDT by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

No outrage.
It’s simple
People now feel threatened and intimidated by the
IRS and NSA. We are no longer a FREE nation
Time to make changes to this uncontrolled government.


33 posted on 06/29/2014 9:17:46 AM PDT by hapnHal (hapnHal)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Many people are too stupid to see the significance.


34 posted on 06/29/2014 9:21:33 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I’m sorry, but you can’t put this down to a crosstown high school rivalry where the Democrat media is always going to support the Democrat Party. The Democrats have to pay the media to be so partisan.


35 posted on 06/29/2014 9:22:50 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Enterprise
Why no outrage over IRS targeting? Same reason Pravda didn't make a stink about gulags.FREnterprise

Can I borrow? That's wonderful...

36 posted on 06/29/2014 9:26:42 AM PDT by GOPJ (Why no outrage over IRS targeting? Same reason Pravda didn't make a stink about gulags.FREnterprise)
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To: Gunpowder green

You haven’t noticed what the republicans have been up to regarding their Conservative base? With a Republican majority of thad cochrans you’ll hardly be able to tell the difference. If you’re counting on thad winning to give the gop victory, forget it.


37 posted on 06/29/2014 9:31:02 AM PDT by duffee (NO poll tax, NO tax on firearms, ammunition or gun safes. NO gun free zones.)
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To: RKBA Democrat

The Democrats and GOP-e hate the Taxed Enough Already party.
The only ones outraged are the American people.


38 posted on 06/29/2014 9:32:59 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"Come to think of it, this would be the type of scenario a young, community activist, Harvard Law professor would typically get excited about."

Obama was never a professor. He was a teacher's assistant.

39 posted on 06/29/2014 9:41:16 AM PDT by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro.)
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To: Gunpowder green
Just wait until we take back the Senate!

Yeah, I'm sure Mitch "Crush The Tea Party" McConnell will get right on that.

40 posted on 06/29/2014 9:43:48 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: duffee
If you’re counting on thad winning to give the gop victory, forget it.

Never fear, it's not going to happen. Comservatives in MS aren't going to vote for him, and the rats are enjoying the mess they helped create, to their benefit in the GE, when those rat voters go home.
41 posted on 06/29/2014 9:47:43 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Enterprise

Bingo!!! Right on the noggin!


42 posted on 06/29/2014 10:13:27 AM PDT by Fungi
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To: hapnHal

The uniparty and the powers that be will resist any and all changes.

This is like a really bad marriage where the one spouse is always cheating, running up the credit cards, smoking crack, and has brought home the clap a few times. You don’t try to fix a marriage like that through marriage counseling. You obtain a divorce.


43 posted on 06/29/2014 10:15:16 AM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Be a part of the American freedom migration: freestateproject.org)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

While America burns, Boehner tans…….


44 posted on 06/29/2014 10:21:06 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (www.FireKarlRove.com NOW)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Hope and change deferred maketh the heart sick and tired.


45 posted on 06/29/2014 10:24:46 AM PDT by conservativeimage.com (I Won't Go Underground http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wema3CNqzvg)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The outrage is there; media keeps it hidden. My letters to the editor go unpublished though my Congressman does respond and seems to be on the right note in Washngton.


46 posted on 06/29/2014 10:31:02 AM PDT by Lion Den Dan
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To: Enterprise
"Why no outrage over the IRS' tea party targeting?"

For the same reason Pravda didn't make a stink about the gulags.

Exactly. In Socialist and Marxist Utopias, the pariahs of the regime are targeted for punishment and extermination to the applause and/or indifference from the populace who seig-heils the party for their 'fair share' of what is robbed from the victims.

Most of America has no clue what has happened to it and what is about to happen to those of us this regime has already demonized and sown hatred among the emoting class of a citizenry.

But history teaches exactly what is about to happen.

If only enough of us understood history and/or did not believe we are somehow immune to such things happening here.

47 posted on 06/29/2014 10:35:01 AM PDT by INVAR ("Fart for liberty, fart for freedom and fart proudly!" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Gunpowder green

There is plenty of outrage! Just wait until we take back the Senate!

Your kidding right? McConnel? The establishment? Your in for some major disappointments,


48 posted on 06/29/2014 10:38:47 AM PDT by Breto (Stranger in a strange land... where did America go?)
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To: Gunpowder green
Just wait until we take back the Senate!


49 posted on 06/29/2014 10:51:13 AM PDT by itsahoot (Voting for a Progressive RINO is the same as voting for any other Tyrant.)
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To: Enterprise
"Why no outrage over the IRS' tea party targeting?"

For the same reason Pravda didn't make a stink about the gulags.

And the same reason German gentiles didn't make a stink about the Jews.

50 posted on 06/29/2014 10:56:03 AM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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