Glenn McCoy cartoon via Townhall.
Jeffrey Lord, The American Spectator: The Vanderslooting of America (pt 1):
A timeline of tyranny.
Amid the ongoing cascade of stories focusing on abuses by the Internal Revenue Service, a simple historical truth is lost.
At its very core, the Left is about tyranny. Intimidation. The mailed fist.
One can spend endless hours recalling the bloody tyrannies of the French Revolution, or Communism or the Nazis (aka the National Socialists) or, in America, the violence visited by leftist groups from the Ku Klux Klan to this or that labor union to all those 60s radicals who raced around the country in a murderous rage with bombs and bullets.
But what the massive abuse of the IRS illustrates is a tyranny of a different sort. A bloodless yet still quite decided tyranny. A tyranny of the American Left designed not just to chill free speech — although that is a primary goal. What has evidenced itself in the Obama era is a tyranny designed not just to silence dissent, but to deliberately, willfully damage if not ruin outright the reputations and businesses of Americans across the land.
To scare the living hell out of people.
To send the message: do what we say — or else.
One of the horror stories that have emerged in the last year is the tale of Idaho businessman Frank VanderSloot, the million-dollar donor to the Romney campaign. Not only did a onetime investigator for Senate Democrats turn up in Idaho rummaging through the local courthouse for damaging information about VanderSloot’s divorce, VanderSloot quickly found himself targeted by the IRS.
The VanderSloot story, we now know, was not an accident. Some sort of Ripley’s Believe-It-Or-Not twist of fate. What was happening to Frank VanderSloot has been happening all over America in the last five years. In one form or another, almost 500 conservative groups were targeted by the IRS and other federal government agencies. Others, including prominent television and radio hosts, have been targeted for removal from the airwaves by leftist groups seeking to use the combined power of government and pressure on advertisers.
Bryan Preston, PJ Media: IRS Abuse Included Lois Lerner, Other Higher-Ups:
Lerner is probably a small fish in all this. I don’t know that it’ll ever be proven that the IRS abuse was Obama administration policy, but the evidence that Sekulow has collected plus the abuse that was dealt out to Catherine Engelbrecht hint very strongly that it was. You just don’t get so many executive branch agencies going after the same law-abiding person unless someone above those agencies is calling the shots.
Recall how Eric Holder’s Justice Dept. went after states that passed voter ID laws.
Flashback: Eric Holder uses MLK Day as a pretense to blast Republican Voter ID Laws.
Attorney General Eric Holder used Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy on the anniversary of the civil rights leader’s birthday Monday to emphasize the Obama administration’s dedication to protecting the American people from discriminatory voting practices.
“Despite our nation’s record of progress, and long tradition of extending voting rights – today, a growing number of citizens are worried about the same disparities, divisions, and problems that Dr. King fought throughout his life to address and overcome,” Holder said at an MLK Day event in Columbia, S.C.
Holder’s remarks in the Palmetto State come just weeks after the Justice Department blocked the state’s new voter ID law from taking effect, citing an unfair burden on minority voters.
What kind of mental gymnastics does it take to turn a simple ID requirement into “a discriminatory voting practice”? Why isn’t the TSA racist for requiring a photo ID to get on a plane?
It seems racist to me to think that minorities are somehow not mentally competent enough to procure picture IDs, (even when provided free by the state!) in order to vote.
Of course, in Holder’s case, it’s not the “soft racism of low expectations” – it’s a blatant attempt to circumvent legitimate new laws in order to facilitate voter fraud.
What it obviously isn’t – is a “civil rights” issue. If being made to show an ID in order to vote is a violation of our rights, than we are all victims. But I don’t have a problem showing ID to vote, nor do I have problem showing ID to get on a plane.
Recall also how they coordinated with the institutional left to coincide with these efforts.
Yesterday a motley coalition of left-wing groups operating under the name Stand For Freedom marched in New York City, ostensibly to support voting rights. A large number of groups were represented, almost more organizations than people: the NAACP, the ACLU, SEIU, CAIR, the Communist Party, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, the Hispanic Federation, the United Federation of Teachers, the Action Network, NOW, several Democratic politicians, and many more. Despite the event’s wide-ranging sponsorship, only 1,000 to 2,000 people showed up to march.
Powerline 12/12/2011: OBAMA ADMINISTRATION COORDINATING WITH LEFT-WING GROUPS ON VOTER FRAUD?
I wrote yesterday about the lightly-attended march in New York, ostensibly on behalf of voting rights, which was sponsored by a broad coalition of left-wing groups and was addressed by several Democratic politicians. While the number of participants was small, the affair had all the signs of a semi-official Democratic Party initiative. Sure enough: Nationmagazine notes that Eric Holder will deliver a “major speech on voting rights” tomorrow, and links Holder’s speech to yesterday’s march:
Tomorrow Attorney General Eric Holder will gave a major speech on voting rights at the LBJ presidential library in Austin. According to the library, “Holder will discuss the importance of ensuring equal access to the ballot box and strengthening America’s long tradition of expanding the franchise.”
Note too, via Doug Ross: Only 20% of Ohio’s registered voters are bogus!
Voter integrity laws are the enemy of this administration.
The Right Scoop: Cincinnati IRS Agent: Special ‘task force’ in DC made decisions about processing Tea Party applications:
Paging Darrell Issa….
Cleta Mitchell, another attorney representing conservative groups that allege they were targeted, said an IRS agent in Cincinnati told her a “task force” IRS office in Washington, D.C., was making the decisions about the processing of applications, and that she subsequently dealt with IRS representatives there.
NRSC: 271 Times:
During his 36 years in Congress Ed Markey has voted in favor of higher taxes 271 times. (Seriously?!)
The Boston Globe: Gabriel Gomez opens new front in war on Edward Markey:
On Tuesday, it was all about taxes.
Standing in a cinderblock auto body shop in Mattapan, Republican Senate candidate Gabriel E. Gomez blasted his Democratic opponent, US Representative Edward J. Markey, for voting to raise taxes 271 times during his 36 years in Congress.
“He’s raised taxes on everything from gas to a pint of Sam Adams beer,” said Gomez.
The tax attack was the latest salvo from a candidate who has bounced from criticism to criticism as he takes on Markey in the race for the Senate seat long held by John F. Kerry.
In recent days, Gomez has accused Markey of being soft on national security, of resorting to “dirty” campaign tactics, of “hiding” from voters on the campaign trail, and of being the “poster boy” for term limits.
Analysts say Gomez should stick to one overarching theme, but why limit himself?
Meanwhile: Ed Markey Endorsed By Corrupt Scandal-Plagued President in Massachusetts Senate Race:
President Barack Obama on Tuesday endorsed Massachusetts Senate candidate Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.).
“Ed Markey is a passionate and effective champion for middle class and working families, and we need him in the Senate to keep moving our country forward,” Obama said in a statement. “I share his commitment to common sense efforts to reduce gun violence, and I know he will be a critical vote on this issue. Massachusetts has a long history of Senators who have made a real difference for the Commonwealth and our nation, and I know Ed Markey will continue that great tradition.”
Paul Kengor and Ion Mihai Pacepa, The American Spectator: Obama’s Sword and Shield:
Call us crazy anti-communists. Tell us we’re conspiracy-minded. Insist that maybe we’ve spent too much time living and studying the Cold War. Either way, this is our business, and we can’t help but notice such things.
In watching President Obama speak on terrorism last week, we were taken aback to hear him say that America needs an anti-terrorism program that is both our sword and our shield. This was a striking choice of words by an American president. Remember the emblem of the KGB? Maybe you don’t, but we do. One of us (Pacepa) spent over two decades working for the KGB community as one of the highest ranking intelligence/military/political officials in the entire Soviet Bloc, and paid with two death sentences for his freedom. The emblem of the KGB was a sword and a shield symbolizing its duties: to put the country’s enemies to the sword, and to shield and protect the communist revolution.
Liz Sheld, The Conversation: Rep. Michele Bachmann Will Not Run for Re-Election:
“After a great deal of thought and deliberation, I have decided next year I will not seek a fifth congressional term to represent the wonderful people of the Sixth District of Minnesota. After serious consideration, I am confident that this is the right decision” the video states.
Bachmann also stated her decision was unrelated to recent questions about compliance on her presidential campaign or campaign staff, asserting she was entirely compliant on the video.
Pat Condell: Muslims Must Reject Jihad:
Check out the numerous links listed below the video on YouTube. Is Condell the only sane man left in Britain?
The Hayride: Karen Carter Peterson: Everybody Who Dislikes Obamacare Is A Racist:
Now we know that the Louisiana Democrat Party has nothing left to offer but vicious, spiteful, ridiculous race-baiting to the people of the state. We know this because the chair of that party, one Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, put this forth on the floor of that legislative body today…
Because Newt Gingrich once had an idea that was similar in some respects to other parts of Obamacare.
Of course, Gingrich was absolutely never in favor of expanding Medicaid, and for Peterson to suggest as much shows her to be a bald-faced liar. What Gingrich espoused was an individual mandate to buy health insurance, a position which has since been roundly condemned as an infringement on individual rights and is, according to the Supreme Court, not a constitutionally viable action (let’s remember that Obamacare survived its trip to the Supreme Court only as a tax, which Peterson’s allies on the national scene denied it was at the time of its passage).
What Peterson doesn’t have the stones to say is what she wants to say deep in her heart – namely, that if you oppose Medicaid expansion what you’re opposing is government health insurance for as many as a half-million mostly black people, and opposing any government program that has the effect of giving free stuff to black people is racist. She won’t go there, of course, because she knows that if she does that she’s going to finish off the rest of the white Democrats in this state who aren’t in government jobs (and even a good many who are) as members of that party.
Project Veritas: DHS Accosts @Project_Veritas after exposing CA Assemblyman ‘Homeless Bill of Rights’ Hypocrisy:
Our investigators visited the homes and offices of legislative sponsors of the California Homeless Bill of Rights to find they’re not interested in practicing what they preach. Their investigative reward? Homeland Security threatening their fourth amendment rights.
David Freddoso, Conservative Intelligence Briefing: Boehner’s style: Why a weak Speaker is just what conservatives need:
Congresses in the Pelosi-DeLay style do lots of affirmatively unpopular things. So they have to maintain their majority through a combination of pork-barrel spending and aggressive outreach toward and cooperation with K Street.
Then there’s the Boehner model, which simply acknowledges that nobody can control the beast, so you have to let it move around a bit and work with it. The current Speaker, lacking pork with which to grease the wheels (thanks to the earmark moratorium), is forced instead to operate by building trust and consensus among his members. He has to make compromises within his own caucus. He has to allow amendments, conversations and floor votes that never would have been allowed in the DeLay or Pelosi eras. At this moment, that means he has to work with House conservatives even when he finds it uncomfortable or politically suboptimal. In this model, it’s clear who members work for — their constituents, not the party leaders in Congress.
So which one of these systems do you think is really “dysfunctional?” I think the answer is obvious.
Perhaps Boehner seems less a conservative than some people would like, but that’s really beside the point. It’s not about Boehner, and Boehner might be the person who realizes that better than anyone else. Right now, conservative members of the House wield far more power than they did before — not only because their ranks have grown, but also because the pressure on them to conform is far less centralized and less effective.
Brad Tidwell runs for the House of Delegates in Virginia’s 53rd district:
Hello, my name is Brad Tidwell and I’m hoping to serve you as delegate in the 53rd district, representing Falls Church and parts of Fairfax County.
As we’ve seen in the news, government is in a crisis that will be difficult to solve. On the state and local level, we have a chance to enact change that will allow for greater transparency. We need to grant more power to the voters and less to far away legislative bodies.
Transparency means making every aspect of the government should be freely available online for taxpayers to see. This means you can stay informed on those debates that matter most to you and your family and ensure your voice is heard in Richmond. By making our budget easily accessible, you can track how your tax dollars just like you track your family budget.
Another huge Obama success story via Gateway Pundit: Record 10,978,040 Americans Now on Disability – More Than the Population of Greece:
CNS News reported:
The total number of people in the United States now receiving federal disability benefits hit a record 10,978,040 in May, up from 10,962,532 million in April, according to newly released data from the Social Security Administration.
The 10,978,040 disability beneficiaries in the United States now exceed the population of all but seven states. For example, there are more Americans collecting disability today than there are people living in Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey or Virginia.
Add that to the record number of people on food stamps, Medicaid expansion, Welfare expansion, ObamaPhones, expanded unemployment benefits and $50,000 to potted plant farmers who can claim they were discriminated against and we got us some serious Obama wins on our hands. Yayyyyy. Operation Cloward Pivan all but achieved – economic meltdown not a question of if, but of when.
Michelle Malkin: Obamacare “Navigators”: Another Sebelius Snitch Brigade?
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius controls a $54 million slush fund to hire thousands of “navigators,” “in-person assisters” and counselors who will propagandize and enroll Obamacare recipients in government-run health insurance exchanges. This nanny-state navigator corps is the Mother of all Community Organizing Boondoggles. It’s also yet another Obama threat to Americans’ privacy.
A reminder about Secretary Sebelius’ sordid snooping history is in order here. In August 2009, HHS and the White House Office of Health Reform called on their ground troops to report on fellow citizens who dared to criticize their federal health care takeover. Team Obama issued an all-points bulletin on the taxpayer-funded White House website soliciting informant emails. Remember?
“If you get an email or see something on the Web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org,” the Obamacare overlords urged. The feds even singled out conservative Internet powerhouse Matt Drudge because he had featured a video compilation of Obama and other Democrats — in their own words — exposing the “public option” as a Trojan Horse for government-run health care and the elimination of private industry.
Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn protested at the time that “these actions taken by your White House staff raise the specter of a data collection program.” The flagging operation was shut down, but a plethora of federal disclosure exemptions protect the Obama administration from revealing what was collected, who was targeted and what was done with the database information.
Erick Erickson, Red State: Support @SenTedCruz #cruztovictory:
Tonight in New York, Senator Ted Cruz will participate in an event.
While he is there, the radical left has organized a protest against him over his support of the second amendment.
One of the things the left will do is from 5:30pm to 7pm ET today, Wednesday, May 29th, they will tweet Senator Cruz’s twitter account @SenTedCruz and also post on his Facebook page. They will use the hashtag on twitter #youcruzyoulose.
Please consider responding during that time period.
From 5:30pm to 7pm ET today, please tweet Senator Ted Cruz at this twitter account and post supportive messages on his Facebook page. Use the hashtag #cruztovictory. Let Senator Cruz know there are millions of Americans who, like him, support the second amendment and limited government.