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Tyranny Begins With A Letter From A Bureaucrat

Philosopher and historian Hannah Arendt, who chronicled the trial of Nazi Adolph Eichmann and coined the phrase “the banality of evil,” was criticized by some for her description of the Nazi regime as an army of petty bureaucrats.

Surely such great evil as the Nazi Holocaust and the attendant horrors of World War II, said Arendt’s critics, must have been perpetrated not by an army of petty bureaucrats -- but by great monsters.

Arendt’s response was to point out that, “The trouble with Eichmann was precisely that so many were like him, and that the many were neither perverted nor sadistic, that they were, and still are, terribly and terrifyingly normal. From the viewpoint of our legal institutions and of our moral standards of judgment, this normality was much more terrifying than all the atrocities put together.”
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As yesterday’s hearings on the IRS political targeting of Obama administration opponents revealed in shocking detail, Arendt was right.

Oppression and loss of liberty do not begin with armed men in the street, but with a letter from a bureaucrat.

Democrats and the liberal establishment media would like you to believe that at yesterday’s House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the IRS targeting of Tea Party and “patriot” organizations, the representatives of six organizations described merely a blizzard of paperwork – extensive questionnaires and demands from the IRS to see their donors' lists and other information.

The IRS went much, much further than merely drowning conservative applicants and other opponents of the Obama administration in paperwork.

The Coalition for Life of Iowa testified that it was asked to have all its board members swear — under penalty of perjury — that it wouldn’t pray, picket or protest outside of Planned Parenthood.

A California tea party group leader, who said her group is so small she collects donations in a cake tin, testified she was asked to supply video of her organization's meetings and employer ID numbers of businesses that donated posters and printing for tax day rallies.

An Alabama tea party group said it waited 635 days for approval of 501(c)4 status following a litany of questions on donor lists, names of volunteers and communications with lawmakers.

One would think that buried in the blizzard of letters, questionnaires and demands for video would be the name of one individual responsible for these gross violations of the constitutional rights of those citizens.

But according to testimony given by Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George, it appears no one is responsible -- or at least no one will yet say who was responsible.

Nearly a month after the scandal broke, the issue of who directed IRS agents to single out Tea Party and other groups opposed to President Obama’s agenda is, as many others have noted, perhaps the most glaring unanswered question.

Inspector General J. Russell George, at a House appropriations subcommittee hearing, revealed earlier this week that his audit of the agency tried -- unsuccessfully -- to get to the root of the targeting.

"We did pose that question and no one would acknowledge who, if anyone, provided that direction," the Inspector General said.

Inspector General George’s answer to the question provides another frightening nexus between what the IRS did and Arendt’s description of the Nazi tyranny.

“When all are guilty, no one is; confessions of collective guilt are the best possible safeguard against the discovery of culprits, and the very magnitude of the crime the best excuse for doing nothing."

Who, “if anyone,” provided that direction is of course the important question most Americans want answered, but as The Wall Street Journal observed, it is much more frightening for liberty if the IRS bureaucrats collectively did this on their own.

Congress must get to the bottom of who ordered this oppressive targeting of the Obama administration's political opponents.

If the answer is “no one,” then that shows that a fatal cancer has taken root in our government and only radical surgery can save our liberty and this great Republic from it.

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I like this site, you guys examplify what wingnuts are all about. I come in here to read the spins you put on scandals real or percieved in federal institutions (IRS) in this case.

I'm surprised you didn't tie it to Obama himself or am I too early?

I'm NOT surprised at your attempt to equate it to Nazism [ trite lacks originality ] oh, I forget, your target is the low information voter or Obama haters who don't need much to get their teeth gnashing.

What,s ommitted in Mr. Rasley's story is the fact 501(c)4's are designed for social organizations not for PAC's. Since the Supreme Court's terrible decision to declare corporations as entity's there's been outragious abuse of the 501(c)4. There valitity in scrutinizing these applications but it should be applied evenly in a timely manner. I feel quite confident the process will be corrected and we will not be embracing Nazism.

IRS Violated Pro-Lifers' Free Speech Rights

"The Coalition for Life of Iowa testified that it was asked to have all its board members swear — under penalty of perjury — that it wouldn’t pray, picket or protest outside of Planned Parenthood." It seems that the IRS is violating the pro-lifers' constitutional rights to free speech and free assembly by requiring their legal oath to not protest Planned Parenthood.