Obama Moves to Weaponize the IRS

By Barber, Matt | USA TODAY, March 2014 | Go to article overview

Obama Moves to Weaponize the IRS


Barber, Matt, USA TODAY


IN 2010, millions of American Tea Party constitutionalists, to include the GOP's Christian base, united in a remarkable grassroots effort to rein in our unbridled Federal government and return it to its expressly limited constitutional confines. As a result, an unprecedented number of counter-constitutionalist lawmakers (read: liberal Democrats) were swept from office.

The Obama Administration was not going to take this lying down. Whether it was by tacit approval or via direct order remains largely immaterial. The President quickly and unlawfully politicized the Internal Revenue Service, using it as a weapon against his political enemies. In an explosive scandal that continues to grow, the Obama IRS was caught--smoking gun in hand--intentionally targeting conservative and Christian organizations and individuals for harassment, intimidation, and, ultimately, for political destruction.

Not only has Pres. Barack Obama faced zero accountability for these arguably impeachable offenses, he has since doubled down. With jaw-dropping gall, his Administration now officially has moved to weaponize the IRS against conservatives once and for all.

Despite the furor over the IRS assault on conservative groups leading up to the 2012 elections, this man--a despotic radical who has turned our constitutional republic into one of the banana variety--has released a proposed set of new IRS regulations that, if implemented, will immediately, unlawfully, and permanently muzzle conservative 501(c)(4) nonprofit organizations and their individual employees--the 501(c)(4) designation refers to the IRS code section under which social welfare organizations are regulated.

The new regulations unconstitutionally would compel a 90-day blackout period during election years in which conservative 501(c)(4) organizations--such as Tea Party and pro-life and -family groups--would be banned from mentioning the name of any candidate for office, or even the name of any political party. Here is the kicker, though: as you may have guessed, liberal lobbying groups like labor unions and trade associations are exempted and, based on its partisan track record, do not expect this President's IRS to lift a finger to scrutinize liberal 501(c)(4)s. Over at a Obama's "Organizing for America," the leftwing political propaganda will, no doubt, flow unabated.

These Orwellian regulations will prohibit conservative 501(c)(4) organizations from using words like "oppose," "vote," or "defeat." The timing, prior to the pivotal midterm elections, is no coincidence and provides yet another example of Obama's using the IRS for "Progressive" political gain.

Although these restrictions only apply to 501(c)(4) organizations for now, under a straightforward reading, they also clearly will apply to 501(c)(3) organizations in the near future.

Mat Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel Action--one of the many conservative organizations to be silenced--commented: "One of the core liberties in our constitutional republic is the right to dissent but, desperate to force his radical agenda on the American people, Barack Obama and his chosen political tool, the IRS, are now trying to selectively abridge this right, effectively silencing then political adversaries."

Specifically, here is what the proposed regulations would do to conservative groups and their leaders:

* Prohibit using words like "oppose," "vote," "support," "defeat," and "reject."

* Prohibit mentioning, on its website or on any communication (e-mail, letter, etc.) that would reach 500 people or more, the name of a candidate for office, 30 days before a primary election and 60 days before a general election.

* Prohibit mentioning the name of a political party, 30 days before a primary election and 60 days before a general election, if that party has a candidate running for office.

* Prohibit voter registration drives or conducting a nonpartisan "get-out-the-vote drive. …

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