IRS Not Making America a Better Place to Live

May 14, 2013

So who should the IRS investigate?  Groups that want to “make America a better place to live” or groups that want to destroy our freedom?

The folks at the IRS, possibly with direction from higher up, determined that anyone who wants to make America a better place to live has to be a conservative and should, therefore, be targeted for scrutiny.  Those using terms like “Tea Party,” “Patriots” or “9/12 Project” in their case files when seeking tax exemption were also targeted, as were those who were critical of how the country is being run.

Apparently, anyone using “Americans must die” or “Yankee go home” was not targeted.  So terrorist bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev gets to live off of public assistance and use our tax dollars to kill Americans, but anyone who wants to “make America a better place to live” gets targeted and harassed.

Tea Party groups throughout the country, Romney supporters like Idaho businessman Frank VanderSloot and conservative groups like the National Organization for Marriage were among those victimized by the IRS.  Tea Party offices were sent extensive questionnaires, asking, among other things, whether anyone in the office planned to run for public office.  The IRS also asked for resumes of current and former directors.  Was the IRS creating an enemies list?

That this harassment came from several different IRS offices indicates it wasn’t organized by a few rogue IRS agents, but had to have begun as a directive from someone higher up.

While it’s unlikely that harassing conservative groups changed the outcome of the election, it most certainly affected the election process, which is a shame.

For democracy to work, elections must be free.  When groups are intimidated because their views differ from those of President Obama, democracy is in trouble.

I can only hope that the headline on this post doesn’t make me a target for an IRS audit.

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