…IRS Scandal the right Sees Garrison in the Mirror (part 2 of 3)

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...IRS Scandal the right Sees Garrison in the Mirror (part 2 of 3)

I do not wish to think, or speak, or write, with mod­er­a­tion.… I am in earnest — I will not equiv­o­cate — I will not excuse — I will not retreat a sin­gle inch — AND I WILL BE HEARD.

William Lloyd Garrison

On Mon­day I wrote about the how the left sees the IRS scan­dal. They see this as an incred­i­ble chance to shut down the right forever,

What the right sees is some­thing totally dif­fer­ent not only in the scan­dal itself but in the pos­si­ble endgames.

For many years the con­ser­v­a­tive right answered the left’s vil­i­fi­ca­tion of them in silence, then came Rush & talk radio, then Matt Drudge and the blogs and finally the tea party. The right has seen the tac­tics of the left and has fought back.

The tea party was vil­i­fied in the media for years. Every kind of insult was accept­able if it was directed at the tea party. You had no less that a pres­i­dent of the United States sug­gest­ing the tea party was vio­lent and I expe­ri­enced this reac­tion first hand dur­ing my trip to Geor­gia to cover the GA-​4 race three years ago:

a 60 some­thing black woman with a cane came in with two other women say 35 years older than me. A few min­utes later while doing her rounds a per­son who worked there said peo­ple were ask­ing what I was doing there? I thought it an odd ques­tion since I had been approach­ing peo­ple right along so I turned to the ladies who just came in and said I was there to report on the Ga-​4 dis­trict and the race. I was then asked by the ladies what party I was, I said I was a con­ser­v­a­tive, and was then asked if I was a tea party mem­ber and I said yes.

It was if a switch was sud­denly turned on with ice in her voice I was told: “I have no com­ment”. For the rest of the time I was there I was stared at with con­tempt as if I was some­thing lower than low. My race had not been an issue nor the Cru­ci­fix being Catholic in a very protes­tant state, but once it was known I sup­ported the tea party it was as if I was wear­ing a Klan out­fit. I heard the ladies talk­ing among them­selves say­ing you could tell I was a tea party man just by my appear­ance. When I left glares fol­lowed me out.

Now we are at the point where the left’s attacks are not sim­ply via the cul­ture they con­trol, the acad­emy they rule or even the media that they steer, we see the actual levers of gov­ern­ment itself used to squash and retard Amer­i­cans exer­cis­ing inalien­able rights in Amer­ica. Worst of all we see that these actions took place directly after an elec­tion (Scott Brown in MA) that went against them in the hope of repress­ing and restrain­ing groups opposed to the re-​election of the gov­ern­ment that did so.

The Wash­ing­ton Exam­iner put it very well:

What the IRS has done dur­ing the Obama years far exceeds pre­vi­ous abuses of the tax agency and threat­ens the fun­da­men­tal health of the nation’s polit­i­cal sys­tem. It’s one thing for the tax returns of a few polit­i­cally pow­er­ful indi­vid­u­als to be scanned. But forc­ing hun­dreds of orga­ni­za­tions rep­re­sent­ing mil­lions of peo­ple to endure end­less inter­ro­ga­tion and other degrad­ing harass­ment is typ­i­cal of author­i­tar­ian regimes. It is, as Becky Ger­rit­son put it so well, un-​American. No effort should be spared to bring all of those respon­si­ble to a full account­ing and just prosecution.

The IRS scan­dal are the log­i­cal exten­sion of these attacks by the left and that raises a very impor­tant point.

For years I’ve been hear­ing from a very small but slowly grow­ing num­ber of peo­ple on the right that the left’s endgame is, and always has been, more than just fin­ish­ing us politically.

I began by telling them no, that’s not their inten­tions, but as the Obama years went on and I had the dis­plea­sure of cov­er­ing event and see­ing them cov­ered that migrated to even if they HAVE such inten­tions the Amer­i­can peo­ple will not put up with it.

Unfor­tu­nately the IRS scan­dal changes that equa­tion, the sys­tem­atic attempt to use the most feared arm of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to not only sti­fle protest but to intim­i­date those who might be will­ing to con­tribute to such causes makes any such argu­ment of mine empty.

And if that’s not enough all of this has come out just a few weeks after an effort to hin­der the abil­ity of Amer­i­cans who oppose the admin­is­tra­tion from buy­ing firearms.

In one sense that IRS scan­dal is an incred­i­ble oppor­tu­nity. It is the chance to demon­strate clearly and dis­tinctly that the US gov­ern­ment will not tol­er­ate it’s cit­i­zens polit­i­cal rights quashed based on their opinions.

Given all we’ve seen the bur­den of proof how­ever has shifted, it is the gov­ern­ment that has to prove con­clu­sively to the tea party that this is going to be stopped.

And more over cries of “this guy is a repub­li­can” won’t wash. The GOP has done it’s best to mar­gin­al­ize the tea party as soon as it was appar­ent the wink/​nod cul­ture of Wash­ing­ton was not going to be tol­er­ated by them.

The peo­ple respon­si­ble have to be uncov­ered, they have to face seri­ous jail time and there has to be a per­ma­nent polit­i­cal cost for this behav­ior to every­one involved in pro­mot­ing it.

The left is totally mis­read­ing this sit­u­a­tion, they see get­ting away with this scan­dal as their big chance, it isn’t it’s their last chance.

And I’ll explain why later this week.

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I do not wish to think, or speak, or write, with moderation. . . . I am in earnest — I will not equivocate — I will not excuse — I will not retreat a single inch — AND I WILL BE HEARD.

William Lloyd Garrison

On Monday I wrote about the how the left sees the IRS scandal.  They see this as an incredible chance to shut down the right forever,

What the right sees is something totally different not only in the scandal itself but in the possible endgames.

For many years the conservative right answered the left’s vilification of them in silence, then came Rush & talk radio, then Matt Drudge and the blogs and finally the tea party.  The right has seen the tactics of the left and has fought back.

The tea party was vilified in the media for years.  Every kind of insult was acceptable if it was directed at the tea party.   You had no less that a president of the United States suggesting the tea party was violent and I experienced this reaction first hand during my trip to Georgia to cover the GA-4 race three years ago:

a 60 something black woman with a cane came in with two other women say 3-5 years older than me. A few minutes later while doing her rounds a person who worked there said people were asking what I was doing there? I thought it an odd question since I had been approaching people right along so I turned to the ladies who just came in and said I was there to report on the Ga-4 district and the race. I was then asked by the ladies what party I was, I said I was a conservative, and was then asked if I was a tea party member and I said yes.

It was if a switch was suddenly turned on with ice in her voice I was told: “I have no comment”. For the rest of  the time I was there I was stared at with contempt as if I was something lower than low. My race had not been an issue nor the Crucifix being Catholic in a very protestant state, but once it was known I supported the tea party it was as if I was wearing a Klan outfit. I heard the ladies talking among themselves saying you could tell I was a tea party man just by my appearance. When I left glares followed me out.

Now we are at the point where the left’s attacks are not simply via the culture they control, the academy they rule or even the media that they steer, we see the actual levers of government itself used to squash and retard Americans exercising inalienable rights in America.  Worst of all we see that these actions took place directly after an election (Scott Brown in MA)  that went against them in the hope of repressing and restraining groups opposed to the re-election of the government that did so.

The Washington Examiner put it very well:

What the IRS has done during the Obama years far exceeds previous abuses of the tax agency and threatens the fundamental health of the nation’s political system. It’s one thing for the tax returns of a few politically powerful individuals to be scanned. But forcing hundreds of organizations representing millions of people to endure endless interrogation and other degrading harassment is typical of authoritarian regimes. It is, as Becky Gerritson put it so well, un-American. No effort should be spared to bring all of those responsible to a full accounting and just prosecution.

The IRS scandal are the logical extension of these attacks by the left and that raises a very important point.

For years I’ve been hearing from a very small but slowly growing number of people on the right that the left’s endgame is, and always has been, more than just finishing us politically.

I began by telling them no, that’s not their intentions, but as the Obama years went on and I had the displeasure of covering event and seeing them covered that migrated to even if they HAVE such intentions the American people will not put up with it.

Unfortunately the IRS scandal changes that equation, the systematic attempt to use the most feared arm of the federal government to not only stifle protest but to intimidate those who might be willing to contribute to such causes makes any such argument of mine empty.

And if that’s not enough all of this has come out just a few weeks after an effort to hinder the ability of Americans who oppose the administration from buying firearms.

In one sense that IRS scandal is an incredible opportunity.  It is the chance to demonstrate clearly and distinctly that the US government will not tolerate it’s citizens political rights quashed based on their opinions.

Given all we’ve seen the burden of proof however has shifted, it is the government that has to prove conclusively to the tea party that this is going to be stopped.

And more over cries of “this guy is a republican” won’t wash.  The GOP has done it’s best to marginalize the tea party as soon as it was apparent the wink/nod culture of Washington was not going to be tolerated by them.

The people responsible have to be uncovered, they have to face serious jail time and there has to be a permanent political cost for this behavior to everyone involved in promoting it.

The left is totally misreading this situation, they see getting away with this scandal as their big chance, it isn’t  it’s their last chance.

And I’ll explain why later this week.

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Yesterday was quiet day overall for DaTipJar but thanks to one big hitters this week’s paycheck goal moved a bit. For those seeing the blog for the first time let me explain.

I make my living by you the reader to whom I request a $305 weekly paycheck under a system based on 61 people giving $20 a month for 12 months or that effect. So far this week we’ve managed to get within $108 of my goal.

So if just six of you are willing to kick in $20 This week’s paycheck will be secure and the Tip Jar Requests will be gone till Sunday when a new week and hopefully a new paycheck begins.

Consider a subscription if 52 of you are willing to subscribe at $20 each then DaTipJar will be reserved for special trips and disasters.