There can be no doubt that President Obama approves of the objectively criminal behavior of the IRS. Why wouldn’t he?
They are targeting (a term that former IRS head Steven Miller objects to) critics of Obama for harassment and extra scrutiny. What does Obama do every time he takes to a microphone?
He targets his political opponents: he accuses them of being evil (without having to use the actual word, of course). He says that we want “dirtier air, dirtier water, and less people with health insurance.” His intent is to ensure that people think of his political opponents as disreputable scumbags who don’t deserve even the most basic respect.
Barack Obama’s tactics go far beyond “the Chicago way.” This is straight out of Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals.”
This is straight out of the Kremlin. Obama is not behaving like the leader of the free world, rather, he is behaving like a third-world despot, who uses the apparatchik of the federal government to heavy-handedly smite his political opponents because he can’t beat them in the arena of ideas.
This is why he called opponents “teabaggers.” That’s why he slandered the Supreme Court during the State of the Union in 2010 (incidentally, the heightened scrutiny from the IRS began soon after) for overturning McCain-Feingold, the so-called “campaign finance reform”, which was nothing more than a subversion of the First Amendment.
Wagging his finger, Obama said that the High Court “reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests – including foreign corporations – to spend without limit in our elections. Well I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities.”
(Aside: Number 1: there’s nothing nefarious about “special interests” contributing to political campaigns. “Special interests” is code words for “people I don’t like”. Number 2: Foreign corporations, foreign entities of any kind are barred by federal law from contributing to political campaigns, Citizens United did not change that. Although if Obama wants to dump on people who take foreign contributions, he should look in the mirror with Bill Clinton standing beside him.)
In 2012, his campaign referred to a Romney donor as a “wealthy individual” with a “less-than-reputable record.” Said donor was subsequently audited three times before Election Day.
Obama routinely accuses opponents of wanting to take away “reproductive rights” and return us to the 1950’s. Joe Biden accused Mitt Romney of wanting to put black people “back in chains.” Biden also compared tea partiers to terrorists, leaving Obama to later defend the assertion when he was on his taxpayer funded bus tour during Recovery Summer Redux 2011.
The implications are clear: my opponents are shifty, underhanded reprobates who are looking to subvert the democratic process. They are misogynists, racists, and zenophobes who should not be accorded basic human decency.
With those vicious accusations being hurled from the bully pulpit every day, why wouldn’t the IRS be investigating these people? Why wouldn’t the IRS target these groups, when their boss treats them like enemies of the state anytime he can assemble an audience? The IRS is merely acting on what they hear their boss say every day.
When Obama says he is outraged, he’s not outraged that people employed by the government were harassing his political opponents; he’s outraged that they got caught doing it. Why would he be outraged by the collection of information on his opponents that can be used against them when he has shown throughout his political career that he can’t win without that unlawful data collection?
Up until 2012, Obama never won a political race that did not involve illegally obtaining sealed divorce or custody records.
The most important thing to remember in this IRS scandal is that this is not a scandal at all, it’s business as usual for the Progressive Statists of the American Left.
This is the same kind of crooked behavior that the IRS engaged in under Bill Clinton. When a candidate’s political platform is “vote for me because the other guy is evil,” why think twice about using the agencies of government to undermine any opponent’s credibility?
I cannot say this enough: Barack Obama approves of what the IRS has been caught doing.
Obama doesn’t have to pick up a telephone to call the IRS to tell them to engage in nefarious behavior. All he has to do is put people in positions in the government who share his worldview and his contempt for those of us who believe in limited government.
That contempt was on display when he gave the commencement address at The Ohio State University.
He said (emphasis mine):
“Still, you’ll hear voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s the root of all our problems, even as they do their best to gum up the works; or that tyranny always lurks just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave, creative, unique experiment in self-rule is just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.”
Reject those right-wing lunatics who warn of tyranny, says Obama as his government is engaged in tyranny. It would be funny if it weren’t so dangerous. Obama is actively pushing tyranny and undermining our free and democratic society.