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Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Democrats Blame Victims of IRS
“When the people fear the government there is tyranny,
when the government fears the people there is liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson
Democrats Blame Victims of IRS
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn June 4, 2013
US Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) is shameless and feckless
for the manner in which he denigrated witnesses who testified before the House
Ways and Means Committee about the treatment they endured by a biased IRS.
Adding insult to injury, McDermott told those patriots
brave enough to come forward that “each of your groups are highly political,”
and that they basically deserved the treatment dealt them by the IRS in their
quest to achieve 501(c)(4) status. Would McDermott and the other Democrats be
that insensitive to blame rape victims for their horrifying ordeals?
McDermott went on to chastise those testifying on Monday,
June 4, that they represent the “most controversial views,” including “opposing
the president’s health care plan.” The cherry-picked organizations are
conservative, anti-gay marriage, pro-life, pro-Israel, have TEA Party, patriot,
or liberty in their names and have been targets of the IRS throughout the Obama
McDermott dug himself in deeper when suggesting the
conservative groups have nothing about which to complain as the head of the IRS
was a George W. Bush appointee. “If you didn’t apply for this status, you
wouldn’t have to answer questions,” chided McDermott, clearly never having read
Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends &
US Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) took McDermott to task when he
sarcastically said to the witnesses, “So you’re to blame…,” adding, “I guess
that’s the message.”
One such witness to testify was Wetumpka, AL TEA Party
president Becky Gerritson who fought tears in describing the harassing experience
hers and other organizations faced in attempts to achieve tax exempt status.
Targeted groups, if granted a tax-exempt status at all, waited an average of
635 days, while groups not discriminated against, such as Planned Parenthood
and the ACLU, achieved their tax-exempt status in roughly 90 days.
“You have forgotten your place,” said Gerritson of the
IRS and government in general. She continued to explain how they were singled out
because they have TEA Party in their name. “This was not an accident, but an
attempt to intimidate us,” said Gerritson, who told of how the IRS demanded
names of donors, how much the donors contributed, names of volunteers, names of
potential candidates, positions advocated by the group, copies of speeches, and
biographical data on speakers.
None of those investigations are kosher. Those lines of
questioning are “outside legitimate inquiry,” said American Center for Law and
Justice attorney Jay Sekulow, defending 25 such victims of IRS bias, harassment,
Gerritson concluded her testimony telling the committee
she is “terrified” the America she grew up in “is slipping away.”
The inquisition offered up by the IRS is designed to
squelch dissent. The Constitution both encourages and protects dissent. When
there is no dissent, government is unchecked and when government is unchecked,
there is potential for tyranny.
We the people fund the government – it works for us, not
the other way around. The government owes the people explanations for its unscrupulous
actions, then punishments for its illegal acts.
Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator
living in Westfield, IN.