KNIGHT: Resistance in the age of bullying

As official intolerance grows, the courageous are starting to push back

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I don’t know about you, but I’m hearing more and more from people around the country who are terrified about where the nation is headed.

Every day, we’re confronted with more unchecked abuses of power. Judges, attorneys general, governors, legislators and the president of the United States are openly ignoring their oaths to uphold the law.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), fresh from being exposed for targeting Tea Parties, brazenly proposes new rules to make sure agents can continue the persecution without worrying about legalities.

Even the mighty National Football League and the 2015 Super Bowl were used as leverage by homosexual activists and their corporate allies to kill a much-needed religious-freedom bill in Arizona recently.

It’s not just government agencies that are functioning as ruthless enforcers of political correctness. Ask any schoolchild who has had the audacity to defend marriage in a Facebook posting or Tweet.

Nothing seems to slow down this juggernaut.

Ben S. Carson, who also writes a regular column for this newspaper, is a man who does not engage in hyperbole. His sheer reasonableness, along with a stellar career as one of the nation’s top neurosurgeons, terrifies liberals.

In an interview with at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), he likened the current trend of intimidation in America to conditions in Nazi Germany.

Asked about his remark that we are “living in a Gestapo Age,” Dr. Carson responded: “I mean very much like Nazi Germany, and I know you’re not supposed to say Nazi Germany, but I don’t care about political correctness. You know, you had a government using its tools to intimidate the population. We now live in a society where people are afraid to say what they actually believe.”

Dr. Carson gave a masterful critique of political correctness and a defense of conservative principles at last year’s National Prayer Breakfast in February. He was shortly thereafter subjected for the first time in his life to an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audit of his real estate records.

“After that proved pristine, they said, ‘Well, let’s do a full audit,’ he said. “After that proved pristine, they said, ‘Well, let’s audit another year,’ and finally after three months they went away.”

Perhaps the most overt case of selective enforcement is the Jan. 24 arrest of Dinesh D’Souza, author of the 2010 book “The Roots of Obama’s Rage” and producer of the hit documentary “2016: Obama’s America,” on a charge of illegal campaign donations to a friend in a New York state race.

Millions of dollars flow to “green” companies that give heavily to Democratic candidates, but their executives are not hauled to jail like Mr. D’Souza.

For sheer breadth of abuse by U.S. government agencies, True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht and her husband rate a special place. In her Feb. 6 testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Mrs. Engelbrecht said:

“Since that filing [for nonprofit status] in 2010, my private businesses, my nonprofit organizations and family have been subjected to more than 15 instances of audit or inquiry by federal agencies.”

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