We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
On Jan, 25, 2012, the criteria for flagging suspect groups was changed to, "political action type organizations involved in limiting/expanding Government, educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, social economic reform/movement," the report says.
So, by implication those who still believe in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are if not enemies of the US, then certainly subject to far more scrutiny by the country's tax collectors?
Educating on the Constitution seems very dangerous. Subversive. The populace can not be trusted to read it because they won't understand that it doesn't mean what it says. Something like that.
The IRS never got to auditing Maggie's Farm's accounts as far as I know. Whew. Under the radar. We're just a bird-watching site, anyway. We hide our vast advertising income in the Caymans, like everybody else, and it is delivered to the contributors to Swiss accounts, in gold bullion carried on private sailboats to the port at Zurich and thence by courier to our private bank.
Posting for Maggie's is a good, tax-free gig if you don't mind spending the income overseas. But who would mind doing that, as long as it's done quietly at the craps tables in Monte Carlo?
Going after the Jews too? To get serious for a moment, political corruption of the IRS is about as bad as it gets in America. Criminal at the least. Not funny.Heads must roll for this. I will assume that smart lawyers are on top of this already because it is an outrageous abuse of power in a free country.
Sooo, what do you think they do with gun permits? It would be very, very naive to believe that once the application is approved the government agency in charge tears up the application and throws it away. Or, even to believe that they keep the names of gun owners on a list that no one sees ---- this is exactly why there should be no gun permitting process! It's only intended to build lists -- databases of people who might not agree with the left, or the union, or the president, or the president's best friend, . . .
Days after a speech in which Obama implored voters not to listen to the voices warning of tyranny, the IRS admits is persecutes citizens who believe in the Constitution. What would the Founding Fathers do? Oh, I know: Ready! Aim! Fire!
Technocracy is an illusion. The systems are built by technocrats, but technocrats do not run for office, nor are they elected by the people.
It is not possible to build a technocratic government that is not controlled by thuggish politicians.
A people can remain free only if they refuse to create institutions that enslave them. And for the past 100 years* the American people have steadily voted for more regulations, more government departments, and more tyranny.
When I have confronted Progressive/Communist/Democrat party members with the inevitable corruption of technocracy, their all-purpose argument for refutation is “You can’t run a modern government without the IRS/Department of Education/Etc.”
Perhaps they are right: modernity requires tyranny.
"educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights,"
Then Harvard Law school has nothing to worry about. Well, most of the "elite" universities for that matter.
But now we know the why of the decline in the classical liberal arts at universities. Such teaching would be subversive and some might say "speaking the truth to power". College professors and college students would never want to be radical.
There was a time when this would have outraged the media and politicians everywhere. Even the hint that the IRS might be used to target political enemies or even worse target people who supported the constitution is objectionable. If this doesn't end up with perp walks on the nightly news we are in deeper trouble then we think.
"Take a good look my dear. It's an historic moment you can tell your grandchildren about - how you watched the Old ...(USA) fall one night." Except we have no burning of Atlanta here, just death by 1000 cuts. This is just one more.
If the tax collectors are not honest, why should the tax payers be honest? The trust in the tax system is now broken and the tax collectors are politicized thugs running a protection racket. The mafia is envious.