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Obama’s IRS Lies And The MSM

In fact, the IRS did not hassle “progressive” groups

IRS agents testified before Congress that the agency’s political targeting did not apply to progressive groups as Democrats and the media have claimed, according to a bombshell new staff report prepared by the House Oversight Committee chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa.

IRS agents testified before Oversight that ACORN groups were scrutinized because the agency thought they were old organizations applying as new ones. Emerge America was scrutinized for potential “improper private benefit.” No evidence exists that the IRS requested additional information from any Occupy Wall Street group.

“Only seven applications in the IRS backlog contained the word ‘progressive,’ all of which were then approved by the IRS, while Tea Party groups received unprecedented review and experienced years-long delays. While some liberal-oriented groups were singled out for scrutiny, evidence shows it was due to non-political reasons,” according to the Oversight staff report, which was obtained by The Daily Caller.

“[T]he Administration and congressional Democrats have seized upon the notion that the IRS’s targeting was not just limited to conservative applicants,” the report states. “These Democratic claims are flat-out wrong and have no basis in any thorough examination of the facts. Yet, the Administration’s chief defenders continue to make these assertions in a concerted effort to deflect and distract from the truth about the IRS’s targeting of tax-exempt applicants.”

“[T]here is simply no evidence that any liberal or progressive group received enhanced scrutiny because its application reflected the organization’s political views,” the report stated.

Big surprise.

- Aggie


This is Your Brain on Liberalism

This is your brain:

This is your brain on liberalism:

“I think they’re racist against blacks, Hispanics… I think they’re racist against women.

If you can be racist against women, can you be sexist against midgets? Agist against cocker spaniels?

You’ll note they don’t have any evidence to back up their claim—not least because there isn’t any. So, where do they get their ignorant, misguided impression that a loosely organized, racially disparate group of people who broadly agree that big government and big taxes are a threat to individual liberty—that these people are somehow, some way racist?

Oh. Okay then.


Hey, Tea Party Patriots!

You have been warned:

Good morning Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee. My name is Catherine Engelbrecht. I am the Chairwoman of True the Vote, a nonprofit election integrity organization; the Founder of King Street Patriots, a citizen-led liberty group; and President of Engelbrecht Manufacturing.

Thank you for this opportunity to share my story with you today.

It must be made publicly known that across this country citizens just like me are being targeted by an administration willing to take any action necessary to silence opposition.

My life before I spoke out for good government stands in stark contrast to the life I now lead. As a wife, a mother, and small businesswoman working with my husband, raising our children and participating in my church and PTA, the government collected my taxes and left me and my family in peace. But when I helped found and led True the Vote and King Street Patriots, I found myself a target of this federal government.

Target? Isn’t that eliminationist rhetoric?

Well, yeah:

Shortly after filing IRS forms to establish 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organizations, an assortment of federal entities – including law enforcement agencies and a Congressman from Maryland, Elijah Cummings – came knocking at my door. In nearly two decades of running our small business, my husband and I never dealt with any government agency, outside of filing our annual tax returns. We had never been audited, we had never been investigated, but all that changed upon submitting applications for the non-profit statuses of True the Vote and King Street Patriots. Since that filing in 2010, my private businesses, my nonprofit organizations, and family have been subjected to more than 15 instances of audit or inquiry by federal agencies.

In 2011, my personal and business tax returns were audited by the Internal Revenue Service, each audit going back for a number of years.

In 2012, my business was subjected to inspection by OSHA, on a select occasion when neither my husband nor I were present, and though the agency wrote that it found nothing serious or significant, it still issued fines in excess of $20,000.
In 2012 and again in 2013 the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms conducted comprehensive audits at my place business.
Beginning in 2010, the FBI contacted my nonprofit organization on six separate occasions – wanting to cull through membership manifests in conjunction with domestic terrorism cases. They eventually dropped all matters and have now redacted nearly all my files.

All of these incursions into my affairs began after filing applications for tax-exemption. There is no other remarkable event, no other reason, to explain away how for decades I went unnoticed, but now find myself on the receiving end of interagency coordination into and against all facets of my life, both public and private.

Bear in mind, distinguished ladies and gentlemen of this sub-committee, these events were occuring while the IRS was subjecting me to multiple rounds of abusive inquiries, with requests to provide every Facebook and Twitter entry I’d every posted, questions about my political aspirations, and demands to know the names of every group I’d ever made presentations to, the content of what I’d said, and where I intended to speak for the coming year. The answers to these sorts of questions are not of interest to the typical IRS analyst, but they are of great interest to a political machine that puts its own survival above the civil liberties of any private citizen.

I usually refer to this scandal as the IRS scandal. I stand corrected. While the IRS is the most visible government agency, they are ably assisted by the FEC, FBI, ATF, OSHA and Elijah Cummings.

Elijah Cummings?

I also refuse to let a precedent be set that allows Members of Congress, particularly the Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, to misrepresent this governing body in an effort to demonize and intimidate citizens. Three times, Representative Elijah Cummings sent letters to True the Vote, demanding much of the same information that the IRS had requested. Hours after sending letters, he would appear on cable news and publicly defame me and my organization.

Such as?

“On October 12, 2012, the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights issued a report concluding that True the Vote’s poll monitoring efforts in North Carolina appear to be aimed at African American and other minority communities that historically have voted for Democratic candidates,” Cummings wrote. “According to the author, the information in the report demonstrates that your organization has a ‘highly partisan and political agenda to deny African Americans and Latinos, specifically, the right to vote.’”

Cummings said any efforts to intentionally and improperly challenge the rights of minority voters to go to the polling booth “could amount to a criminal conspiracy to deny legitimate voters their Constitutional rights.”

Is it any wonder Barack Obama won reelection with so many levels of government—executive and legislative—bullying the opposition into submission? I’m only surprised he didn’t win with a Saddam Hussein-sized majority (unanimity). Ms. Englebrecht has been put through the liberal fascist wood-chipper.


The Obama Administration Goes After Free Speech

Maker of Obama 2016 to be indicted

It ain’t just Chris Christie, folks. It is anyone who garners a public following and has the nerve to speak out. Dr. Ben Carson – audited. Chris Christie? We’ll see but it doesn’t look good. The Tea Party? Sure, join a Tea Party, get to know your friendly IRS agent. And we all know about the little Copt filmmaker who was blamed for Benghazi. Add Dinesh D’Souza to the list of people being tormented for Speaking While Conservative™ heretofore known as SWC.

Here’s what happens if you SWC too loudly:

Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, whose documentary 2016: Obama’s America took a critical look at President Barack Obama and was a surprise hit in 2012, will be arrested in New York on Friday for allegedly violating campaign-finance laws, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Federal authorities accuse D’Souza of donating more than is legal to the campaign of Wendy Long, who ran in 2012 for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton but lost to now-Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Long, though, is not mentioned in an indictment obtained by THR on Thursday.

Insiders say D’Souza has been friends with Long since they attended Dartmouth College together in the early 1980s. According to the indictment, D’Souza donated $20,000 to Long’s campaign by aggregating the money from various people and falsely reporting the source of the funds. But Gerald Molen, a co-producer of 2016, says the charge is politically motivated.

“In America, we have a long tradition of not doing what is commonly done in too many other countries — criminalizing dissent through the selective enforcement of the law,” Molen tells THR.

D’Souza first learned he was being investigated in the middle of 2013, several months after 2016 had earned $33 million at the box office and become the second-most-popular political documentary in U.S. history. The film included an interview with Obama’s half-brother, George Obama, who was mildly critical of the president.

Molen says D’Souza is being singled out for “an alleged minor violation” in the same way the IRS reportedly targeted conservative Tea Party groups for retribution. “In light of the recent events and the way the IRS has been used to stifle dissent, this arrest should send shivers down the spines of all freedom-loving Americans,” Molen says.

D’Souza was in San Diego working on his next film and book, each to be called America, when he was informed he was about to be indicted and that he should fly to New York and turn himself in to authorities. ..

D’Souza’s upcoming film America is due in theaters July 4 and is co-produced by Molen, who won a best picture Oscar for Schindler’s List, and Gray Frederickson, who won a best picture Oscar for The Godfather Part II. D’Souza wrote and stars in the film, which is directed by John Sullivan. The filmmakers emailed a statement to THR vowing to release the film on schedule.

“We believe this is an unfortunate misunderstanding arising out of Dinesh D’Souza’s desire to help the uphill campaign of a friend,” the statement reads. “There was no intent to do anything illegal or corrupt in any way. This will have no impact on the film America, which will be released on the Fourth of July this year as previously announced. Filming is on schedule and D’Souza will continue to lead the enterprise.”
Sources say D’Souza has been cooperating with authorities. He will surrender Friday for processing and be arraigned in the Southern District of New York.

Molen added: “When American citizens begin to suspect that people are being arrested for alleged minor violations because of their vocal dissent against their elected representatives or rulers, it breeds disrespect and contempt for the law and suspicion of those officials. … If this unfortunate action against Dinesh is intended to deter the release of his upcoming film, America, that effort will fail.”

Uh, I bet a nickel that the effort will not fail and that the movie will not be released.

- Aggie


Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

Keep your stinkin’ 504(C)(3) status, you maggoty bunch of hacks:

One of the Tea Party groups targeted by the IRS during the last presidential election cycle has finally received its tax-exempt status.

The announcement by — one of the grass-roots movement’s largest groups — is among the latest developments in the IRS scandal, in which the agency targeted conservative groups for additional information when they applied for that status, according to The Washington Examiner.

The group said it was informed by the IRS in a letter Monday, three years after it applied for the exempt status. said IRS agents — who targeting mostly conservative non-profit groups — wanted information about political donors, agendas and even reading lists, which is against the rules.

The additional vetting was led by the IRS division ran by Lois Lerner, who declined to testify before Congress on the scandal, made public this spring, and who retired last month after being put on paid administrative leave.

And you wonder how President Obama won a second term. The old-fashioned way: he stole it.

Of course, the IRS did have to use government-issue computers:

Since the marketplaces opened to much fanfare Tuesday (Oct. 1), many of the state’s potential customers have been stalled on the website, unable to move past the portion of that instructs them how to set up their profile.

“It’s a situation that we are coping with,” said John Maginnis, vice president of corporate communications for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, one of four companies offering products through the marketplace.

The company spent three years and $60 million preparing for Tuesday’s opening, so the lack of momentum seemed a bit of a letdown. Sales agents were getting plenty of calls from people seeking information, Maginnis said, but the agency is not able to sell a policy to anyone without a functioning website.

As Louisiana goes, so goes Florida:

Linda J. Lott, a certified application counselor, stood at her computer terminal and typed the word “Florida” into the insurance exchange network Web site. “The system is down at the moment,” it read…All day, trained application counselors typed in “Florida,” or got as far as entering some applicants’ personal information, before the system crashed. Sometimes the crash came when it was time to answer a security question. Other times applicants put in their security question answers but could go no further. Out of nearly 72 applicants who sat down with counselors by noon, none were able to access the marketplace.

Florida and Louisiana whiffed completely. Elsewhere, delays and crashes were commonplace. And 2,400 patients had their private information accidentally leaked.

Yep, that’s close enough to a train wreck for government work.


EXCLUSIVE: Less than 1% of visitors are signing up for Obamacare on state health exchange websites
California’s program registered an estimated 0.58 per cent of website visitors in its first day
A Connecticut congressman boasted that his state took 167 applications for Obamacare services on day one, a rate of 0.59 per cent
Obama administration won’t say how many Americans signed up on the central website that covered insurance exchanges for 36 states
Kentucky’s 5.3 per cent application rate seems to be the nation’s highest
Other states wouldn’t provide statistics, or tracked only the creation of new online accounts, not numbers of completed applications

It’s a landslide!



[To be sung to the theme of Mickey Mouse]

I don’t actually think President Obama is so devious as to concoct foreign policy disasters to take attention away from his domestic fiascos—but it’s working:

Congress’s investigation into the IRS targeting of conservatives has been continuing out of the Syria headlines, and it’s turning up news. Emails unearthed by the House Ways and Means Committee between former Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner and her staff raise doubts about IRS claims that the targeting wasn’t politically motivated and that low-level employees in Cincinnati masterminded the operation.

In a February 2011 email, Ms. Lerner advised her staff—including then Exempt Organizations Technical Manager Michael Seto and then Rulings and Agreements director Holly Paz—that a Tea Party matter is “very dangerous,” and is something “Counsel and [Lerner adviser] Judy Kindell need to be in on.” Ms. Lerner adds, “Cincy should probably NOT have these cases.”

That’s a different tune than the IRS sang in May when former IRS Commissioner Steven Miller said the agency’s overzealous enforcement was the work of two “rogue” employees in Cincinnati. When the story broke, Ms. Lerner suggested that her office had been unaware of the pattern of targeting until she read about it in the newspaper.

We noted two days ago, meanwhile, that the lies about Benghazi are breeding like maggots (who don’t breed, I know, but I like the imagery):

But what is perhaps most striking is the inconsistencies: the US version of events compared with those of witnesses and the facts on the ground. The two do not tally. And so, a year later, there remain pressing questions about what happened that night – and what the Americans say happened.

It can’t be stated often enough: the Tea Party movement that swung the 2010 midterm election was bullied, intimidated, sidetracked out of 2012. The mainstream media won’t talk about it, but self-identified Tea Partiers are (or should be) pi**ed off like never before. And they don’t get mad, they get even.

And if Hillary can survive, when Chris Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith, and Glen Doherty did not, this country deserves the failed leadership it gets.


Sore Losers

IRS softball team cancels game with GOP softball team

The IRS softball team canceled its previously scheduled game against Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn’s (R., Texas) office on Friday, as tensions between the IRS and conservatives mount in the face of widening scandal.

“Team Cornyn softball team was scheduled to play the IRS team on Friday, ‘the Cheetahs,’” Cornyn wrote on his Facebook page. “Game has been cancelled by IRS, without rescheduling.”

Were these creeps ever parented? Did they grow up with any sense of rules or idea about how to behave under pressure?

On a side note: BTL, do we need a tag for IRS?

- Aggie


All Your 1040s Are Belong to Us

Two words, Mr. President: Uh and oh.

A federal watchdog’s upcoming report says senior Internal Revenue Service officials knew agents were targeting tea party groups in 2011.

The disclosure contradicts public statements by former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, who repeatedly assured Congress that conservative groups were not targeted. ….

That report says the head of the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups learned that groups were being targeted in June 2011. It does not say whether Shulman was notified.

The agency blamed low-level employees, saying no high-level officials were aware.

But on June 29, 2011, Lois G. Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt organizations, learned at a meeting that groups were being targeted, according to the watchdog’s report. At the meeting, she was told that groups with “Tea Party,” ”Patriot” or “9/12 Project” in their names were being flagged for additional and often burdensome scrutiny, the report says. …

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.

While this was happening, several committees in Congress were writing IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman to express concern because tea party groups were complaining of IRS harassment.

In Shulman’s responses, he did not acknowledge targeting of tea party groups. At a congressional hearing March 22, 2012, Shulman was adamant in his denials.

“There’s absolutely no targeting. This is the kind of back and forth that happens to people” who apply for tax-exempt status, Shulman said at the House Ways and Means subcommittee hearing.

All of which prompts this observation:

It now appears that this is one more scandal that the Obama administration managed to keep quiet until after November’s election. One wonders how many more skeletons will come tumbling out of the closet, now that Obama is safely re-elected.

And these questions:

Remember how much Harry Reid was mouthing off about tax returns? Did the White House feed him some inside information, or did the IRS?

Boy, did I blow this one. I thought four Americans dying at the hands of Islamist savages would cripple this presidency. Silly me. Obama’s like Al Capone: of all his manifest crimes, it’s the tax abuse that will bring him down.

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Your Government at Work

And it’s you it’s working on:

Taxpayer dollars were used to fund a study that painted the Tea Party movement as the spawn of the tobacco lobby — a premise that Tea Party leaders say is absurd.

The study was published earlier this month in the Tobacco Control journal and was formally presented by its authors at an on-campus symposium in San Francisco Feb. 8.

“The Tea Party that we see in 2009 actually has decades of influence from tobacco and other corporate interests,” co-author Amanda Fallin said at the time, downplaying the notion that the group is just a “spontaneous grassroots movement.”

The charge that the Tea Party is a tool of broader corporate interests is one often leveled by Democratic critics. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi was fond of calling the movement “astroturf” in the run-up to the 2010 mid-term elections where Tea Partiers helped Republicans take control of the House.

The research at the University of California-San Francisco echoes the claim, while weaving in an attractive narrative for Tea Party critics — that the Tea Party is continuing the agenda of the tobacco industry.

The study was funded by federal taxpayer grants through the National Institutes of Health and its subsidiary the National Cancer Institute, both federal agencies. It’s difficult to tell how much grant money specifically went toward this study, but federal records show researchers at the university have received $7 million since 2007 to study tobacco issues.

“If you’re going to have a conspiracy theory, at least try to make it pass the laugh test … and this one doesn’t even do that,” AFP President Tim Phillips told Further, he said opposing tobacco taxes is “probably point-00001 percent of the effort” today.

Before registering my objections, let me first observe that tobacco is not illegal in this country. Certain advertisements are, and it’s illegal to sell it to minors, but up until very recently tobacco featured prominently in the movies. So even if it were true that the Tea Party were an offshoot of the tobacco lobby (a surprise to every member of the Tea Party I know, however tangential), so what?

Now to my objections. Why is our government spending millions of dollars to demonize a segment of the political spectrum? As the Tea Party is the most anti-government segment of the political spectrum, there is a certain logic, even imperative, to government’s actions. Like any living entity, government seeks to defend itself from attack. This is fight-or-flight, government style.

And what if? What if a Republican executive had spent millions of taxpayer dollars investigating a left-wing group? The fact that the Nuclear Freeze movement was a wholly owned subsidiary of the Soviet Union—as was its spokesman, Ted Kennedy—barely ruffled feathers. Yet put a Democrat in the White House, and you have Muslim outreaches from NASA and federal probes into the funding and founding of the Tea Party. Sure, maybe Republicans engaged in this sort of thing when J. Edgar Hoover ran the FBI. But if that’s the Democrats’ best defense, the prosecution rests.

Last, the whole story fails basic logic. Post hoc ergo propter hoc translates as “after which because of which”. It means that just because one thing followed another does not mean it was caused by it. The Tea Party formed in 2009 as a reaction to the metastasis of government promised by ObamaCare, government takeovers of whole industries, etc. The tobacco lobby already existed, and too opposed excessive government intrusion and regulation of private life. Yet to say that the tobacco lobby founded the Tea Party is like saying global warming caused the asteroid.

Which imbecility is what passes for journalism—and government—today.

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Door Slams, Right-Wing Violence Blamed

It’s getting so bad for conservatives, when a truck backfires Chris Matthews goes on live to blame the Tea Party for the bloodshed:

Media assumptions that violence is right-wing are routine — and routinely wrong.

[...] Brian Ross of ABC News speculated on live TV that James Holmes, the accused killer in Aurora, Colo., was a member of the Tea Party. A few hours later, Ross posted a short apology online; Holmes had no Tea Party connection.

Ross’ unfounded speculation wasn’t unusual (although the speed of his apology was). This was merely the latest case of media commentators jumping to the conclusion that violent attrocities should be attributed to members of the political right. Let’s look back at how often the media has falsely invoked Tea Partiers and other “right-wing nut jobs” in the past few years.

* September 2009: The discovery of hanged census-taker Bill Sparkman in rural Kentucky fueled media speculation that he’d been killed by anti-government Tea Partiers. In fact, he’d killed himself and staged his corpse to look like a homicide so his family could collect on life insurance.

* February 2010: Joe Stack flew his small plane into an IRS building in Austin, Texas. The media immediately suggested that the anti-tax rhetoric of the Tea Party led to the attack. In fact, Stack’s suicide note quoted the Communist Manifesto.

* That same month, a professor at the University of Alabama, Amy Bishop, shot and killed three colleagues at a faculty meeting. The gun-loving Tea Party came under immediate suspicion. But Bishop was a lifelong Democrat and Obama donor.

* March 2010: John Patrick Bedell shot two Pentagon security officers at close range. The media went wild with speculation that a right-wing extremist had reached the end of his rope. Bedell turned out to be a registered Democrat and 9/11 Truther.

* May 2010: New York authorities disarmed a massive car bomb in Times Square. Mayor Bloomberg immediately speculated that the bomber was someone upset about the president’s new health-care law. The media trumpeted the idea that crazed conservatives had (again, they implied) turned to violence. In fact, the perp was Faisal Shahzad, an Islamic extremist.

* August 2010: Amidst the debate over the Ground Zero Mosque, Michael Enright stabbed a Muslim cab driver in the neck. It was immediately dubbed an “anti-Muslim stabbing,” with “rising Islamophobia” on the political right to blame. In fact, Enright, a left-leaning art student, had worked with a firm that produced a pro-mosque statement.

* September 2010: James Lee, 43, took three hostages at the Discovery Channel’s headquarters in Maryland. The media speculation was unstoppable: Lee was surely a “climate-change denier” who’d resorted to violence. Oops: He was an environmentalist who viewed humans as parasites on the Earth.

* January 2011: Jared Lee Loughner went on a rampage in Tucson, Ariz. Again the media knew just who to blame: the Tea Party and its extremist rhetoric. In fact, Loughner was mostly apolitical — a conspiracy theorist who, to date, has been judged too mentally incompetent to stand trial.

The media’s habitual blaming of the political right is endemic and incurable. Media figures sincerely believe the right wing is violent, so naturally assume that violent people must be right-wing. This won’t be the last time they make that mistake.

Why do we link to this article more than three weeks old about acts of violence years old?

This is why:

A man suspected of shooting and wounding a security guard in the lobby of a Christian lobbying group had been volunteering at a community center for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

A law enforcement official has identified the suspect arrested in Wednesday’s shooting as Floyd Corkins II of Herndon, Va. Investigators were interviewing his neighbors.

Another official says the shooter made a negative reference about the work of the Family Research Council before opening fire. The officials spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation.

David Mariner is executive director of The DC Center for the LGBT Community. He says Corkins had been volunteering at the center for about the past 6 months. Mariner describes Corkins as “kind, gentle and unassuming.”

Brian Ross managed to stay away from Google today.

CNN managed to stay away from the story entirely for more than two hours despite the fact that FRC’s offices are less than a mile from their D.C. bureau. The Huffington Post‘s afternoon e-mailed Capitol Hill report mentioned nary a word about the shooting. The Washington Post noted the suspected shooter “expressed disagreement” with the organization’s positions.

Yeah, and Charles Manson “expressed disagreement” with Sharon Tate.

And what about the woman who stormed the stage where Paul Ryan was speaking? Does the Secret Service think people are harmless if they are leftist and female? (Does no one remember Squeaky Fromme and Sara Jane Moore?)

To repeat myself, there is nothing wrong with holding left-wing views. But when one political ideology so dominates a field, as liberalism does journalism, academia, education, etc.—all of which profess to inform—everything they claim to be true must first be considered a lie. I don’t trust the New York Times to tell me the weather. I don’t trust CNN with the baseball box scores. We’ve provided example after example of political and social bias in the media. They know their trust factor is in the gutter. Still, they can’t help themselves.

Aggie and I once held many of their views, too. So did some of you. Until the day when our ideology could no longer withstand the force of reality. Most journalists, however, like Japanese soldiers and Marxist academics, will hold out for the rest of their days.

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Evidence? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Evidence!

It’s only on my mind because of the recent anniversary of the event, but I haven’t seen a black man beaten this savagely (intellectually, thank goodness) since Rodney King!

[Fast forward to four minutes for the fireworks.]

If it wasn’t for his baseless attacks on the tea party, I’d almost feel a little sorry for Juan Williams. He was outmatched to begin with and he’s really in a position here of trying to defend the indefensible. To support the Occupy movement in any way is to support anarchy, and orchestrated chaos and violence. This is a movement founded on anarchist principles, and led by anarchists and other radical leftists who openly call for the destruction of capitalism and the political system which supports it.

To compare it to the Tea Party is really an insult to both movements. Tea partiers abhor violence, and the bulk of the energy behind the movement is directed at demanding more fiscally responsible behavior from government, and restoring the freedoms and institutions which have made this country great. The aim of the occupiers is to tear down the system from within, and replace it with mob rule. They encourage the presence of revolutionary communists and black bloc anarchists within their midst, knowing full well that violence will ultimately be required to achieve their aims.

Juan Williams is no dummy—but his political orthodoxy is. For the last decade, the Left thought it had an argument by shouting “George Bush!” or “Cheney! Halliburton!!” From his echo chamber, Williams thought he could simply reply “Tea Party” to the very real and very disturbing charges against the anarchists, antisemites, criminals, and sufferers of diarrhea in the Occupy movement. When challenged, he had nothing. Nothing. He seemed taken aback that someone would even ask.

Andrew Breitbart went to his grave with that $100,000 he promised for tangible proof of Tea Party racism. The rest of us will have to be content with just being right; there is no reward—save scorn and hate from that selfsame Left.

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Tea With Sympathy

Many animals are most dangerous when threatened. They are surly and irritable at the best of times, but put them at some discomfort or unease, and they lash out irrationally.

Lefties, for example:

The conventional wisdom suggests that tea party supporters have a “my way or the highway” attitude and Establishment Republicans just want a winner, but the data shows that the opposite is true.

Looking ahead to the Florida primary, 94 percent of tea party Republicans say they will vote for whomever wins the GOP nomination. Only 77 percent of non-tea party Republicans are willing to make the same pledge. This commitment to party loyalty comes even though tea party activists are less convinced than others that Romney is the strongest general election candidate. Similar results have been found in survey after survey in the 2012 primary season.

The pragmatism of the tea party is confirmed by exit polling data conducted for The Associated Press and major television networks in New Hampshire. Among those who support the tea party, 44 percent said the ability to beat President Obama was the most important quality they wanted in a candidate. Nothing else came close.

However, among those who oppose the tea party, only 19 percent put electability first.

Accusations of racism: baseless and slanderous. Accusations of violence: scurrilous and unfounded. Accusations of inflexibility and rigid adherence to doctrine: bull[bleep].

The Tea Party (official and unofficial) delivered the 2010 Republican landslide, and put the fear of God into the Liberal-Media Complex. Keep a chair, a whip, and a pistol handy.

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