Read what's written at May 28, 2013 in the timeline to see how far the IRS went on behalf of their King.
A timeline of tyranny. Amid the ongoing cascade of stories focusing on abuses by the Internal Revenue Service, a simple historical truth is lost.
At its very core, the Left is about tyranny. Intimidation. The mailed fist.
One can spend endless hours recalling the bloody tyrannies of the French Revolution, or Communism or the Nazis (aka the National Socialists) or, in America, the violence visited by leftist groups from the Ku Klux Klan to this or that labor union to all those 60s radicals who raced around the country in a murderous rage with bombs and bullets.
But what the massive abuse of the IRS illustrates is a tyranny of a different sort. A bloodless yet still quite decided tyranny. A tyranny of the American Left designed not just to chill free speech — although that is a primary goal. What has evidenced itself in the Obama era is a tyranny designed not just to silence dissent, but to deliberately, willfully damage if not ruin outright the reputations and businesses of Americans across the land.
To scare the living hell out of people.
To send the message: do what we say — or else.
One of the horror stories that have emerged in the last year is the tale of Idaho businessman Frank VanderSloot, the million-dollar donor to the Romney campaign. Not only did a onetime investigator for Senate Democrats turn up in Idaho rummaging through the local courthouse for damaging information about VanderSloot’s divorce, VanderSloot quickly found himself targeted by the IRS.
The VanderSloot story, we now know, was not an accident. Some sort of Ripley’s Believe-It-Or-Not twist of fate. What was happening to Frank VanderSloot has been happening all over America in the last five years. In one form or another, almost 500 conservative groups were targeted by the IRS and other federal government agencies. Others, including prominent television and radio hosts, have been targeted for removal from the airwaves by leftist groups seeking to use the combined power of government and pressure on advertisers.........
.....June 5, 2008: The IRS is contacted by the leftist group Catholics United to “launch a probe of the Catholic League.” The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, headed by Bill Donohue, is seen by Catholic leftists as conservative. Donohue says:.....
August 7, 2008: The New York Times publishes a story (hat tip to the Wall Street Journal’s Kim Strassel) celebrating a left-wing group of Obama supporters called “Accountable America.” The Times says the group will be sending “warning” letters to “10,000 of the biggest donors to Republican candidates and causes.” The purpose, wrote the liberal paper, is to create “a chilling effect that will dry up contributions.” The pro-Obama group’s spokesman said the leftist group was “going for the jugular.”
The timeline in Part One goes up to December 2010 and then continues in the article below from January 5, 2011.
Two more unlikely people it would be hard to imagine.
One consorts with a man who heads a country the State Department describes as having “repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism.” This man is also the half brother of….the President of the United States.
The other? The other is a woman who with her husband built a small manufacturing business in Houston and decided to start a couple of local Tea Parties.
And whom does the IRS target? Whom does the FBI Domestic Terrorist Unit target?
That’s right, the woman in Houston. The woman who is not related to the President of the United States. The woman who has zero connections to terrorists.
And Catherine Engelbrecht was far from alone.
Earlier this week we wrote up Part One of what was termed a timeline of tyranny — “The VanderSlooting of America.” A timeline that focuses not just on the Treasury IG report of IRS abuses or the birth of the Tea Party and the struggle ignited by battles over massive government spending and health care but expands outward to illustrate the mindset of the Left at work. Using Big Left Money (i.e., George Soros) and/or the power of government to go after conservatives in religion (Bill Donohue’s Catholic League) or in the media (Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, Lou Dobbs) or, as revealed the last few weeks, just plain ordinary American citizens across the land.
We will finish up that timeline in today’s Part Two. A hat tip here to attorney Cleta Mitchell, Mark Levin of the Landmark Legal Foundation, Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice, and Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack.
January 5, 2011: Nearly 100 new members of Congress are sworn in with their colleagues. Many of the new members have support from the Tea Party.
January, 2011: The FBI’s Domestic Terrorist Unit has more questions for Catherine Engelbrecht, the co-founder with husband Bryan of Engelbrecht Manufacturing. The questions are about an attendee at one of Engelbrecht’s two Tea party groups, the King Street Patriots. The first contact from the FBI came in December of 2010. Engelbrecht had filed for tax exempt status for her Tea party groups — True the Vote and the King Street Patriots — in July of 2010.
January, 2011: The IRS audits the 2008 and 2009 Engelbrecht Enterprises tax returns..........