The breaking news of the IRS scandal may just rock the very nation to its core. This isn’t just some low-level bureaucrat checking up on a couple of returns he flagged out of boredom; instead this may actually be a carefully orchestrated plan to use governmental power and opposition research to influence and intimidate the political opponents of the current administration in power. Not since the Nixon administration was caught doing the exact same thing with the IRS in the early seventies has something like this happened in America. It is time to be afraid and maybe have some healthy paranoia to boot.
When a government agency not conducting a census wants information that is one thing, but when it wants massive amounts of private, personal, and in some cases protected information then there is something wrong. Just a partial list of things the IRS has been demanding from TEA party groups include: lists of members, lists of donors, donor amounts, lists of uncompensated volunteers, facebook posts, lists of books read by group members and summaries of those books, what issues were important to them, did any of them plan to run for office, and personal thoughts. Since when does the government get to intrude on your personal thoughts and beliefs. Where are we living exactly? But some of you are saying, oh it was just the TEA party groups, they are fringe wackos anyway.
Yeah, that is where it starts. It starts with the fringes no one cares about, then they are attacking groups that everyone hates, then maybe they run a little illegal wiretapping on the media, say the AP, and gauge the reaction. Before you know it there are little pamphlets you have to fill out with all your tax returns; extra questions on your political leaning. Maybe then telephone calls of mandatory surveys start ringing in your neighborhood. And so on.
Look, we already know that most of what we do online and the email we send is flagged, sorted, and data mined by the companies we go through whether it be Google, or Yahoo, or whatever, but then sometimes that information is given to the government without even a court order. The downside of the convenience of technology is that it erodes some of our privacy, we learn to deal with that because we love technology, it has made the world a smaller and more accessible place. The problem is the government is addicted to that information and they want more of it. The only way to get that information is to start prying, and you start at the easiest places, your political enemies.
I’m not going to tell you everything about this, just follow the news stories, see if someone is held accountable; in fact, contact your representatives in D.C. and tell them they need to put an end to this BS and punish someone for these crimes against not just some groups of people but against the spirit of America and what it stands for. I’ve already written both Senators and my Representative and told them I will not stand for this. We’ll see what happens now.