For the first part of this series, read 3 RIGHTS WE LOST UNDER OBAMA: PART 1 – PRIVACY RIGHTS
The Right to Be Free from Government Discrimination and Oppression
President Obama appointed two people to high positions at the IRS, the maximum he is allowed to appoint, and these appointees singled out conservative groups for extreme scrutiny and shut them out of a tax-exempt status that liberal groups and others were given unfettered access to. For the few who might think this is not a big deal, I imagine they would happily support singling out, scrutinizing and obstructing only groups run by Progressives, African-Americans, protectors of LGBT rights or Jews? Would that be oppression that we should fight against? Of course it is and we should fight…regardless of the group being oppressed.
Below is a small sample of the invasive, unnecessary and strange interrogation that Obama’s people demanded of Conservative groups. Many are not even answerable as they specifically ask for information from the future. Keep in mind that, even if answered, the groups were still prevented from getting their application processed.
“Provide details regarding all training you have provided or will provide. Indicate who has received or will receive the training and submit copies of the training material.”
“Are you on Facebook or other social networking sites? If yes, provide copies of these pages.”
“Please explain in detail the derivation of your organization’s name.”
“Please provide copies of all your current web pages, including your Blog posts. Please provide copies of all of your newsletters, bulletins, flyers, newsletters or any other media or literature you have disseminated to your members or others. Please provide copies of stories and articles that have been published about you.”
“Please indicate the percentage of time and resources you have spent or will spend conducting these activities in relation to 100 percent of all your activities”
“Provide copies of the agendas and minutes of your Board meetings and, if applicable, members ship meetings, including a description of legislative and electoral issues discussed, and whether candidates for political office were invited to address the meeting.”
“Provide the following information for the expenses you have incurred for the years from inception to the present. Also, provide the same information for the expenses you expect for 2012, 2013 and 2014.”
To try and stop the truth from getting out, the Obama administration’s Inspector General in the IRS, the President’s sole person required to investigate anything amiss in the IRS, was intimidated from launching a full investigation out of fear for his job.
The response from the president was to simply remove a temporary manager, who likely had nothing to do with this, and allow the main offender, Lois Lerner, to gracefully retire and collect her full retirement.
Along with the IRS bludgeoning of people who think differently, those who disagree with the President have been made to feel the weight of the government in other ways. Some methods are as direct as having his supporters report friends and family who disagree with him and a subsequent email list to target unsolicited emails. Other methods are more indirect. Regular Americans simply disagreeing with this President have been pummeled with personal tax detail being made public, calls from the FBI, audits and more. Eric Erickson details this well, and explains:
IRS agents not only harassed conservative groups, evangelical groups, and Jewish groups, but also leaked their confidential tax information to left-leaning groups. The National Organization for Marriage and other groups had their donor lists leaked subjecting those donors to harassment. A Romney donor was harassed by the IRS. More than one person has emailed me to say that after they reported themselves to email@example.com they were audited by the IRS — in one case audited several times about just one tax year.
One awful display of discrimination and harassment by Barack Obama’s administration is a small group that focused itself on fighting voter fraud. As if the discrimination by the President’s people in the IRS was not bad enough, the FBI and other armed and intimidating government agencies harassed and menaced these innocent people without any cause.
Whether you hate or support Libertarians, Conservatives or any group should not affect the gravity of this issue. When it comes to the oppressive force of the weight of the US Government bearing down on innocent people, we are all potential victims. Even if someone trusts Barack Obama, he will be out of power and, at some point, a new President will use these methods to oppress people championing other ideas or, perhaps, even you or me directly. This is why we all should be horrified at this purposeful erosion of the sacred American tradition of a free and powerful opposition. Without it, I guarantee every American’s thoughts, beliefs and rights will be suppressed eventually.
The Right to Choice in a Free Market
Prior to the Obama presidency, Americans had the right to purchase or not purchase anything their means allowed. The ACA now requires Americans to buy a product simply because they breath. Officially now, the US government can force any US citizen to purchase a gun, an SUV or anything the government feels would be better for them to purchase. That did not exist before. This can be any done with any product as long as the penalty is treated like a tax, as the ACA skillfully does with the new health insurance penalty. The next administration, citing studies linking “conceal carry” laws to a reduction in crime, can make it illegal not to own a gun. Yes, our government now has the legal power to force you to purchase a gun. One may think that the American people would rise up and stop something like this, but that has been proven not to work. Over 70% of the public was against Obamacare and it was rammed through using an unprecedented maneuver that potentially violated the rules. This directly denied the people their voice and the minority their input. This is exactly what Thomas Jefferson urged lawmakers against when he said
“Great innovations should not be forced on a slender majority – or enacted without broad support.”
Great words from a respected intellect and powerful voice for freedom and liberty. He would be horrified to know the US Government can now force Americans into a market and into a purchase. This is far worse than a tax on tea.