IRS persecution proof never to trust government

June 28, 2013 

Katherine McDonald's letter (June 19, "Safety from terrorism trumps privacy rights") claims if you're not doing anything wrong, why worry about government?

Ask the 78 tea party groups persecuted by the IRS, which demanded, among other things, a copy of every Facebook posting they ever did, and if any member of their family was ever going to run for office. Or a pro-Israel group from whom "What do you pray for?" was demanded.

A recent letter protested assumptions that it was IRS liberals doing this. With IRS workers supporting Obama at a ratio of 19-1, would anyone reasonably believe it's the one conservative out of 20 flinging mud at conservative groups?

They trolled for "tea party," "patriot" and "9/11" groups. Maybe someone with the skills and time could Google, for the benefit of the rest of us, how many groups with "occupy" or "progressive" in their name the IRS targeted.

Obama was speechifying that tea partiers are evil and dangerous. On March 31, 2010 the IRS union rep visited the White House. The next day the IRS started targeting tea partiers. (Whopping coincidence?) Dazed and star-struck IRS liberals punished those their idol fears. (Didn't know any of this? Pick a different cable news channel. It's out there.)

Obama isn't president of all the people. Despite all the electronic technology, using the power of the federal government to destroy perceived political threats is a more primitive style of governing than America originated: allowing for and accommodating political differences, respecting others' rights to hold such differences.

Those who advocate "Off with their heads!" will eventually find themselves on the receiving end as political fortunes change.

Rosalie Rosenfeld


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