Remember when Hilary Clinton, then United States
Senator from New York, declared that dissent is
patriotic in railing against then-President George
W. Bush when he countered the criticism from those
opposed to the wars being waged in Afghanistan
and Iraq after 9/11? She also hollered "I am sick
and tired of people who say that if you debate and
you disagree with this administration, somehow you're
not patriotic!". Clinton was speaking for the liberals
who assailed Bush for his prosecuting the War on
Terror on these two fronts. Although Bush fired back
at his opponents, he never persecuted them in any way,
especially by using any agency or department of
the government as a tool for this purpose.
How things change when administrations change!
The IRS has been called on the carpet for harassing
Tea Party and other conservative non-profit groups
because they dared to question the great and powerful
Obama! IRS officials held up many tax-exempt status
applications from these groups as the presidential
election season was picking up steam. All of a sudden
these organizations were required by the IRS to
provide confidential donor lists, reading lists (books
and periodicals), materials distributed at meetings,
and membership information. In some cases, the
IRS even demanded to know what prayers, if any,
some of these groups began their meetings with!
That sound of breaking glass you hear, my grand
readers, is the sound of the first amendment
soaring out the window, having being thrown by
the Obama regime.
In some instances, the confidential information was
sent over to various Democrat groups and Obama
campaign operatives from the IRS. One of these
groups, ProPublica, received such information from
the IRS on no less than 31 conservative groups.
The National Organization for Marriage said their
donor list was forwarded to the Human Rights
Campaign, a group that the NOM is opposing on
the subject of gay marriage. The HRC proceeded
to publicize the information in order to embarrass
donors to the NOM, calling them an anti-gay
outfit, when all that NOM is opposed to is extending
legal sanction to gay couples marrying. And wouldn't
you know, HRC president Joseph Solmonese was
appointed around this time to be co-chair of
President Obama's re-election campaign. Coincidence?
IRS staff delayed the tax-exempt status applications of
conservative groups and harassed them with audits and
in addition to demanding the release of information that
the IRS had no constitutional right to demand, let alone
receive. The nation's tax collectors actions were so
outrageous that high-ranking IRS official Lois Lerner
plead the fifth amendment against self-incrimination
before Congress a few days ago.
Friends, this is NOT the way our government, not any
single branch of nor all of it, is supposed to function!
This is what happens in countries with statist and out-
right totalitarian governments, where the people cannot
criticize their leaders without fear of reprisal. In these
woe-betide places, dissent is not considered patriotic
but rather treasonous. Is this how Obama and his
pathetic administration view those of us who speak
out against their statist machinations, which include
forcing on us a national health care plan which we
want no part of; spending money faster than it can tax
and receive from us in order to provide "stimulus
packages" to their cronies whose businesses are poorly
run, and don't make any significant number of new
jobs (if any jobs are created at all) but instead line the
pockets of said cronies; not to mention forsaking the
ambassador to Libya and his satff when they repeatedly
beseech military backup for their protection and are
spurned, then are killed by radical Islamists in an attack
on their compound, with Obama and company lying
like rugs to cover their backsides, hoping against hope
that the truth behind their callous lack of action doesn't
come out? There are people who have come to the
United States from eastern European countries to settle
here and become citizens, telling anyone who will listen
that this is just what they saw and experienced in their
native countries, before their countries were locked down
under totalitarian control; that this was only the beginning
of the horrors that they fled, only to see some of the same
things happen here. We should heed these folks, they
know from whence they speak.
President Richard Nixon, whom your favorite Peasant is
no fan of, did many wrongful things to those who opposed
him, including ordering the burglary of the campaign
headquarters of the candidate who ran against him for
the presidency when Nixon sought a second term.
Nixon was a paranoid bully. But to his credit, he
did no more than contemplate using federal agencies
such as the IRS against those whom he declared his
enemies; Presindet Obama has now done it, and our
great country has become that much less free. Your
gravely concerned Peasant hopes that we can avoid
any more such change from President Hope and Change.
Otherwise, America may as well be spelled "Amerika"
from now on.
And, in closing, there hasn't been so much as a peep
of protest from Hillary Clinton. Apparently Clinton
beleives that dissent is patriotic only if it is directed
at a Republican administration.