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IRS: Why the liberal angst about patriots, the Constitution?

Letter by Noel S. Williams, Lakewood on June 3, 2013 at 11:45 am | No Comments »
June 3, 2013 3:06 pm

IRS targeting of tea party groups is preposterous, but there is a certain Machiavellian logic behind it.

It defies any logic that decent groups with “Constitution” or “Patriot” in their names were also targeted.

By President Obama’s own admission, Democrats were shellacked in the 2010 elections. Liberal stalwarts, including ideologues running amok in the bowels of the IRS, were overwrought with Post-Electoral Stress Trauma. The remedy for afflicted IRS scoundrels was to conjure a diabolical scheme to squelch tea party participation in 2012.

But why do patriots and Constitution aficionados elicit such angst? Liberals are patriotic, so it’s befuddling that anyone would target groups with ”Constitution” or “Patriot” in their names.

Extracting names of respectable donors who simply want to participate in our democracy is un-American. Only our enemies target American patriots, and it seems the dastardly IRS rogues are public enemy No. 1.

Even in a milieu of political distrust, disseminating information about our Constitution is rather innocuous. Whether groups whose mission is to educate us about our Constitution should be tax exempt is a separate question; they should not be targeted solely on the basis of their name, let alone their political beliefs. Their donors should remain anonymous.

Our Constitution is the centerpiece of our American birthright; it is a hallowed document, a blueprint to protect our freedoms. Those who teach us about it should be commended, not offended.

Free of political intrigue, innumerable patriots have defended our national treasures. They should be celebrated, not tormented.

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