Bob Owens

The saddest truth in politics is that people get the leaders they deserve

Leftists laughably argue that progressive groups were “targeted” by the IRS

Written By: Bob - Jun• 25•13

It’s good rule of thumb that you can judge the seriousness of  a scandal by how much those at the center of it try to deny their behavior, and failing that, try to mitigate their behavior.

The three-year long ATF/EPA/FBI/IRS/OSHA/etc. Executive Branch plot to harass 400+ Tea Party groups after their stunning successes in the 2010 mid-term elections was obviously orchestrated in the White House itself. When multiple federal agencies under the explicit control of the Executive begin targeting the exact same people for intimidation and harassment, no rational person will argue that it was by accident. The plotting was by design, for one reason: to prevent Barack Obama from being overwhelmed by grassroots support in the 2012 Presidential election.

It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that such behavior is immoral, illegal, and unconstitutional. This behavior was designed to impede the ability of these 400+ groups to function and organize, to undermine their First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. It was an apparently effective plot to cripple political speech and undermine the social networking that is an essential part of political campaigning.

My fellow Americans, you cannot have a much more fundamental  assault on our federal Republic than an Presidency that abuses the power of various executive branch regulatory and law enforcement agencies, and who uses the weight of the federal government to immorally, illegally, and unconstitutionally suppress the opposition.

Congressman Elijah Cummings has once again done his absolute best to attempt to derail the investigation, releasing testimony from one witness, while ignoring the evidence of widespread collusion. The President’s defenders (and the IRS itself is attempting to deceive you, claiming that progressive groups were being looked at as well.

They’re telling lies the way the most good lies begin, with a small element of truth.

The IRS did search for keywords associated with progressive groups.

These groups, however, were not harassed. They were not intimidated.

All the Executive Branch’s conspiracy and racketeering remained focused on crippling conservative political groups in order to subvert the 2012 Presidential elections.

There is no lie big enough to cover up felonious, criminal behavior obviously originating in Barack Obama’s White House. The only real question is what further criminality we can expect from this Presidency as it attempts to avoid not just impeachment, but prison.

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  1. zaugg says:

    There’s a wind blowing and a storm coming. Paraphrased- the tree of liberty needs to be refreshed….

  2. Bill says:

    Gah! We’re being hammered on all sides. “The death of a thousand cuts”. And the idiots supposed to be stopping this are colluding.

    It feels to me, and I could be wrong, admitted, but it feels to me like this is going nowhere.

    • Rob Crawford says:

      Colluding? Who? How?

      • Right_2_Bear says:

        Yes colluding. The FBI. When asked during the Congressional hearings on the IRS scandal who the lead investigator on the case was, FBI director Robert Mueller couldn’t answer the question. In other words there is no investigation – i.e. the FBI is in collusion with the Obama White House cover-up.

      • Bill says:

        You’re a fairly intelligent guy judging by comments at other sites we both frequent. Where there’s smoke, there is fire, and there is a lot of smoke.

        You can work this out on your own. Look at the “immigration bill” backdoor deals, secret rooms with the white house influencing policy, “bipartisan” support.

        How do I possibly provide you with evidence that is kept from the public domain, that I don’t have access to, by default? What would convince you? A biased news report from either side of the spectrum?

        “Wait for the official denial” has been my yardstick lately. Shame it’s an old Soviet saying.

  3. Comrade X says:

    Bob asked:

    “The only real question is what further criminality we can expect from this Presidency as it attempts to avoid not just impeachment, but prison.”

    Martial law, baby, it’s coming!

    Death before slavery!

  4. mytralmann says:

    Several months ago a prankster hacker in Syria tweeted that Obama has been injured. The markets tanked within seconds at the mere thought of his easy money policies being tampered with. These policies have benefitted the wealthy far more than the middle class, especially in the big cities like New York, the home of the Media that is Obama’s Praetorian guard, the commanders of whom own expensive apartments and other assets that have appreciated under his watch, not to mention their golden access, which itself has made them richer yet and increased their power too, a power they are using to deflect any attention to the IRS, benghazi, etc.
    Obama himself has created more federal jobs at higher salaries, higher than the national average by far, than any president in history at a time when good jobs, as Bob knows, are hard to find. Would these loyal and grateful slaves give him up even if there was some smoking gun email and maybe lose that juicy job? No. House prices and like assets are the highest in history in the DC area, yet another reason to mind their own business.
    Bob may dream of “justice” but there isn’t any under this man, nor do those who have benefitted from his rule want any, nor will his successors want any either since they will use his tactics to keep their own power. A constitutional rewrite is all that will do, but it seems far away.

    • Drew says:

      Beware of the constitutional rewrites, conventions and all of that. Short of a war we win, anything coming out of that process is likely to do little more than abandon even the illusion of a servant government

      • Real Deal says:

        You’ve been reading “Enemies Foreign & Domestic” haven’t you?

      • Comrade X says:

        Here’s the deal, we have a constitution now but it ain’t getting no respect by the congress nor our king or the guys in black robes.

        And it ain’t just this regime either, so what do we do, suck our thumbs? Well the guys with the real brains who started all this gave us a way to change things and it can be found in the constitution, Article V; constitutional convention!

        I know everybody is afraid the good will be thrown out with the bad, but right now IMHO the good is just hanging by a thread, when one seat with the nine changes and it will be gone too along with everything else.

        In the convention we put the black robes in their place, NO activism, no legislation, and no going against the Bill or rights, etc we also put the king in his place, no more executive orders (they all go away, ALL), no more not enforcing laws like really shutting down our borders, etc and with the congress make it require what they can and can not do, define the commerce clause (read the Federalist Papers and follow James lead on that), and get back to the 10th amendment or even more importantly the 9th, I would make the enumerated powers about 12 and that is it for them, everything else goes back to the 10th & 9th, etc!

        Spell it out and put it in stone, either that or lose it all because that is where we are headed otherwise without a bloody revolution or just falling into complete slavery, oh and for all you who are afraid of a convention and fighting it out there, I ask you only one question; If the convention goes against everything you believe in, is that any different than where we are and where we are headed? And if that does happen, will you sit on your hands and do nothing after that convention?

        Because if that does happen IMHO Mr. Henry’s words will again ring true;

        “….It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace – but there is no peace….Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

        Death before slavery!

      • Drew says:

        try “who killed the constitution: the fate of American liberty from world war 1 to George W. Bush” (or Barack Obama, second edition published right after the ’08 election.) I thought they were generous in only going back that far, I’d go much further.

        The con-con is the appropriate tool, but it’s about 200 years too late for that, unless we want to speed up the collapse and get it over with. Otherwise, nothing good will come of allowing the residents of the state and federal homes for the aged, infirmed and criminally insane that we call our legislatures a free hand in officially redefining their jobs and the limits on their own authority.

        Once it’s over we can beat them back into their tiny little box and make sure they never get out. There are tons of ways to prevent a repeat, but none will have a chance until the current system collapses or is destroyed. How about blind trusts for the personal wealth for all of them, not just the president? Maybe expiring laws and or total limits on laws? No more riders to sneak crap through that couldn’t pass on it’s own? Make them read every bill in it’s entirety before voting? I’m voting for mandatory drug testing and criminal investigations for all officials and I’m still in favor of relocating the capital, preferably to a prison.

      • Comrade X says:

        Drew, I understand what you are saying, for me we could go back to TJ & the shores of Tripoli at least.

        There is a flaw not as much in our constitution but in the people we have become as John Adams once said “Our Constitution Was Made Only For A Moral And Religious People” and since he have become otherwise it could be argued that constitutional solutions will be useless but until the only other choice becomes the only choice (IMHO we haven’t quite got there yet but getting closer all the time) for myself I will argue a constitutional solution since there is only that other choice that can be argue and when that time comes you will find me shouting the loudest!

        Death before slavery!

      • Comrade X says:

        Change; “and since he have become otherwise”

        “and since we have become otherwise”

      • Drew says:

        America is at that awkward stage; it’s too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards.
        Claire Wolfe

        As a not quite atheist but non believer, I do take issue with the idea that our constitution was meant for “religious” people. We’ve never really had a shortage of those. What “we” lacked was the knowledge and willingness to step up and deal with budding tyrants when they were small. That’s where the failure was.

        Personally, I think we’d all be better off if someone, when Chief Justice John Marshall proclaimed that “necessary and proper” basically meant desirable and convenient, had just shot him off the bench.

        We’re here because our parents and grandparents and so on, naively trusted the kind of two-bit street hustlers and sociopaths politicians have pretty much always been, here and abroad with very very few exceptions.

      • Comrade X says:

        I am not a religious person (maybe I am part of the problem too) but I do agree with;

        “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security….”

        IMHO no man gave me my rights and no man or man’s government can take them away,and the part about duty and throwing off the bad is getting to be very true today, btw!

        Death before slavery!

    • Jackdaddy63 says:

      How about an amendment to the constitution that 1) limits all laws to not exceed the length of the Constitution as ratified in 1791, 2) makes all laws sunset on the 10th anniversary of passage, and 3) requires zero-baseline budgeting and specifically forbids continuing resolutions for budgets.

      These three changes ought to limit what the Congress can accomplish in any given session.

  5. Drew says:

    There is, some truth in the claim, not much, but some. “Progressive” groups who have refused to be hijacked by the mainline party and march lockstep with the agenda, those who opposed George W. Bush not because of the team he was playing for, but because of his policies (forever wars against nebulous enemies, spying on everyone and fast and furious come to mind), many of which have continued and even expanded under Obozo. These people have found themselves on the “does not get a Christmas card list.” Can’t have anyone think the pres doesn’t even command the loyalty of the whole “progressive” segment of society.

    • Rob Crawford says:

      George W. Bush not because of the team he was playing for, but because of his policies (forever wars against nebulous enemies, spying on everyone and fast and furious come to mind)

      Your mind needs an overhaul; it’s confusing Bush policies with Obama policies. Bush wasn’t my ideal choice, but I didn’t see him go to war with “nebulous enemies” and DID see him get the proper Congressional approval for his campaigns. AFAIK the NSA’s “harvest everything” program didn’t extend back to him, and the executive branch policy of targeting political enemies certainly didn’t.

      • Drew says:

        Nebulous enemies are anyone and everyone. Oppose a dictator Washington likes? Terrorist. Refuse to obey Washington? Terrorist. Compete with the Federal reserve a la “liberty dollar.” Protest in the streets… It’s all terrorism these days. So called real terrorism is a tactic. It has no face, no name, it cannot negotiate and can not sign peace treaties. Many of these same “enemies” we are fighting are the ones we trained and armed when we called them freedom fighters. Osama was the real world version of George Orwell’s Emmanuel Goldstein.
        That’s what I mean by nebulous.

        Running out the door to work, I’ll finish later…

    • Right_2_Bear says:

      One cannot ignore the prisms through which the two men view the world. GWB for love of the country devised policies and programs (right or wrong) to protect the US and all its citizens.

      BHO on the other hand, via his hatred of this country and the constitution, finds the same policies as useful tools to spy on and intimidate US citizens (especially political opponents) while giving lip service to terrorists.

      Finally, GWB never had a policy of walking guns untracked into Mexico. Please research the differences of Operation Wide Receiver and Operation Fast and Furious. And then ask yourself why someone would want to deliberately put guns into the hands of drug cartels with no attempt or mechanism in place to track them.

      • Drew says:

        Where to begin…

        Rob, no re-education talk, please. And no, lying to congress to get an “authorization for the use of military force” is not the proper way to go to war, or conflict, or police action, or peacekeeping mission, intervention or whatever new marketing term they come up with next to describe this governments true national sport: mass murder and looting.

        No arguments on Obozo, but we’re going to have to agree to disagree on the patriotism of W. I could go on for days on the combination of corruption and incompetence of both our current and former tax-leech-in-chief, but for now just the short version: I don’t share your opinion.

        Whether democrook or republicrook, our overlords in Sodom on the Potomac don’t seem to be all that interested in what they can and can’t do according to the constitution, going back several decades. For all the booga-booga about terrorists, the only real enemies of freedom seem to be concentrated in the district of criminals.

        Nearly all of those policies and programs were rejected back in 1995 when Slick Willie Clinton tried to push them after the Oklahoma City federal building was bombed, so no, W doesn’t get credit for thinking them up. Obozo didn’t pervert these programs to use on Americans, they were always meant to be used on us, much like the old Soviet Union did on it’s own internal victims.

        Most of the abuses we’re seeing now have been going on for decades, albeit used on those segments of society it was considered politically safe, like the native American movement, civil rights movement, non-mainstream Christians, Mormon sects that don’t change beliefs when Salt Lake City says God changed his mind about something, the early feminists (equity feminists, not the current militant anti-male version.) We had to accept and acclimate to the evil before it could be spread out to all of us.

        As for Fast and furious , or whatever the hell it was called when it started, I’m starting to wonder if the old Iran Contra program ever actually ended or if it just sidestepped, rotated personnel and re-branded… Deliberate policy or not, does it really make a difference in the end whether they intentionally lost track of the evil dangerous “assault weapons” sent to narco terrorists or were just too stupid to keep up? The ATF has been scraping the bottom of the barrel for talent since they broke off of the IRS. Whatever the case, there is plenty of guilt to go around.

        Maybe we should just assume they’re all criminals and move the capital to Fort Leavenworth. I hear it’s lovely, and well guarded…

  6. james says:

    all scandals benghazi,irs,& spying are over and done with all comes down to no one knew anything and after(irs) all they have to get ready to take care of our of our health needs by telling us no that isn’t approved. even if we pay the bill. i wonder how it will go for the disabled children and adult. but for the ones who have made a living at not wanting to work we will just have to wait and see how they the irs is off the hook no one knows anything about anything or who did what.unreal isn’t it?

  7. Edd says:

    Is conspiring to throw an election considered treason?

    Especially if the election is thrown toward an anti-American, anti-Christian, anti-Israel, anti-Capitalism anti-freedom, anti-Constitution candidate.