If you are a conservative who is a regular reader of the articles on this site, then you are a target. If you donate to conservative causes, you are an enemy of the “Progressive” agenda. If you oppose government unions and their sweetheart collective “bargaining” deals with the Democrats, you are, in the words of union boss Jimmy Hoffa, Jr., a “son of a bitch.”
As a result, you may get audited for no other reason than to intimidate you and the people you know. If you do get a letter from the IRS requesting an audit, be professional and non-threatening in your response, but ask for factual data that gives evidence of probable cause and cite the current criminal activity of the inner workings of the IRS as a reason for your skepticism of the agency’s objectivity.
The actions by the IRS concerning conservative groups are criminal. The head of the agency has resigned or was forced to resign. What’s becoming clear is the IRS has been using its draconian powers to curb political dissent. Every tyrannical government has used bureaucracies to further its agenda. No one man — not even the god-like Barack Obama — can control everything.
Ludwig von Mises captures for us the insidious nature of the bureaucratic State:
“The champions of socialism call themselves progressives, but they recommend a system which is characterized by rigid observance of routine and by a resistance to every kind of improvement. They call themselves liberals, but they are intent upon abolishing liberty. They call themselves democrats, but they yearn for dictatorship. They call themselves revolutionaries, but they want to make the government omnipotent. They promise the blessings of the Garden of Eden, but they plan to transform the world into a gigantic post office. Every man but one a subordinate clerk in a bureau. What an alluring utopia! What a noble cause to fight!”
The goal is the perpetuation of the bureaucratic State. Administrations come and go, but bureaucrats go on forever.
Patriot movements and the Tea Party are a threat to the System. They had to be stopped. Talk about cutting spending and regulations would mean a smaller government work force which would have resulted in lower vote totals for the “Progressive” agenda which, of course, is to maintain the statist status quo and keep the bureaucracy in power.
C. S. Lewis wrote that there is no point in telling State officials to mind their own business since in their mind, “Our whole lives are their business.”
In 1926, H. L. Mencken wrote that the State
“has taken on a vast mass of new duties and responsibilities; it has spread out its powers until they penetrate to every act of the citizen, however secret; it has begun to throw around its operations the high dignity and impeccability of a State religion; its agents become a separate and superior caste, with authority to bind and loose, and their thumbs in every pot. But it still remains, as it was in the beginning, the common enemy of all well-disposed, industrious and decent men.”
It’s time for some political push back, and if the present crop of Republicans aren’t willing to do it, then out with the old and in with the new.