The Internal Revenue Service. Those are four words that will cause fear in almost every American. There is something seriously wrong when America has a government that is of the people, by the people and for the people; and the American people have to be afraid of the government.
The Obama regime weaponized the IRS for use against conservatives in 2010. After the IRS scandal became public in 2013, conservatives looked to Republicans in Washington. The House of Representatives took no action against the IRS. At a time when then House Speaker John Boehner could have incarcerated Lois Lerner, the IRS official at the center, but chose not to.
Emboldened by the failure of the Republicans to act, the IRS is moving again. Last week, the Internal Revenue Service proposed a regulation that would “give” non-profits, including 501C4 groups, the “option” of recording the Social Security numbers of donors who contribute $250 or more.
What could possibly go wrong?
One of the Holy Grail agenda items for the left has been to force public disclosure of conservative donors.
Liberal groups could harass donors and suppress their willingness to contribute. What happened in California in 2008 with the Proposition 8 controversy shows how dangerous it is for donor information to be released.
Proposition 8 was a voter proposition that amended California’s Constitution to specify marriage was between one man and one woman. California ordered information about donors who contributed over $100 to the Proposition 8 campaign to be made public. As soon as the information about donors became public, a non-stop wave of harassment began. Left wing activists harassed donors. Donors were victims of vandalism. Donors received threatening emails and calls. Donors were harassed at their jobs and some were even forced from their jobs.
This is what the left ultimately wants. That is the motive behind every action the IRS took against tea party groups and other conservative organizations.
Right now, the proposed rule is only that groups be allowed to collect Social Security numbers. If this rule is adopted, how long will it before that “option” becomes mandatory?
In 2012, the National Organization for Marriage was in the middle of the fight over homosexual marriage. An individual who identified himself as being part of the media, called the IRS and asked for copies of NOM’s confidential tax information. This individual promptly sent the information to the pro-homosexual Human Rights Campaign. They in turn shared that information with the Huffington Post. The Huffington Post did a story about one of the donors who was connected to the Romney campaign.
The IRS has repeatedly proved it is not an impartial government agency. It is a weaponized partisan bureaucracy. The idea that anyone is allowing the IRS to have more power is insane. Under the Obama regime, there have been countless examples of audits done for partisan reasons. In 2014, every 501C4 group that was audited was a conservative group.
Why aren’t the Republicans defanging and defunding the IRS? Rep. Peter Roskam, Illinois Republican, introduced and the House of Representatives passed the Fair Treatment for all Gifts acts, to keep the IRS from discriminating on how it judges donations to non-profit groups. Why hasn’t the Republican Congress passed a law that tells the government agencies that the Fourth Amendment applies to them and the IRS and other agencies cannot audit businesses or individuals without probable cause and without a Federal Magistrate signing off on the audit?
The IRS is going after conservatives. This is the base of the Republican Party. Why isn’t the GOP coming to the defense of its base? Perhaps the GOP believes a Republican president can do this to the Democrats and the left in 2017. Most of the conservative base finds that idea abhorrent but liberals should be warned. There are some Republicans who think going after Democrats and left wing groups.
Democrats should think about that. Payback can be hell.