Looking Out for Israel

When President Obama told Israel we had its back, who knew this was what he meant?

Acting IRS commissioner Danny Werfel on Monday told reporters that the now-infamous “Be On The Lookout” list was far broader than originally disclosed in the Treasury Department inspector general’s report. News accounts in outlets such as the Associated Press and Bloomberg News supported Werfel’s claim, indicating that terms on the list ran the gamut, politically speaking, from “tea party” to “progressive” and “occupy,” and even to groups whose applications included the word “Israel.”

Lest you think this pogrom against Americans spread beyond Conservative-Americans:

A November 2010 version of the list obtained by National Review Online, however, suggests that while the list did contain the word “progressive,” screeners were instructed to treat progressive groups differently from tea-party groups. Whereas they were merely alerted that a designation of 501(c)(3) status “may not be appropriate” for progressive groups — 501(c)(3) organizations are prohibited from conducting any political activity — they were told to send applications from tea-party groups off to IRS higher-ups for further scrutiny.

That means the applications of progressive organizations could be approved by line agents on the spot, while those of tea-party groups could not.

Further, remember that a denial could be appealed; much more effective was to stall, to follow page upon page of questions with more pages of questions and clarifications: “Please detail the content of the members of your organization’s prayers.”

And remember that such stalling was (almost?) exclusively targeted at conservative groups.

Tea Party Americans helped shape the conservative realignment in the 2010 midterm elections. By 2012, they had been disenfranchised. Along with supporters of Israel, their political voice had been gagged. Like IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, they had been kidnapped and held hostage for the duration of the election.

The state of Limbo has no electoral college votes. If it had, Mitt Romney would be president and Barack Obama would be consulting very expensive lawyers.

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