As we have learned from the Obama Administration, it is both un-American and a stunningly bad idea to politicize and weaponize the federal government's intelligence, law enforcement, and tax agencies.
(1) Did we not learn anything from the Lois Learner affair where Lois Learner took inappropriate and illegal actions to deny conservative groups their rightful tax-exempt status to cripple their ability to fundraise before a presidential election?
Lois Gail Lerner (born October 12, 1950) is an American attorney and former United States federal civil service employee. Lerner became director of the Exempt Organizations Unit of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 2005, and subsequently became the central figure in the 2013 IRS targeting controversy in the targeting of politically-aligned groups, either denying them tax-exempt status outright or delaying that status until they could no longer take effective part in the 2012 election.
On May 10, 2013, in advance of a public release of the audit findings, Lerner answered a planted question at a meeting of the American Bar Association (ABA) by stating that the IRS was "apologetic" for what she termed "absolutely inappropriate" actions. Lerner said that the extra scrutiny had not been centrally planned and had been done by low-level "front-line people" in the Cincinnati office. The Washington Post subsequently reported that documents showed that "IRS officials at the agency's Washington headquarters sent queries to conservative groups asking about their donors and other aspects of their operations, while officials in the El Monte and Laguna Niguel offices in California sent similar questionnaires to tea-party-affiliated groups." Lerner's superior, then-acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller, later testified to Congress that he had discussed with Lerner how she was to make the revelation and apology using a planted question at the ABA meeting, rather than at her appearance two days earlier before the House Ways and Means Committee.
On May 10, 2013, in a conference call with reporters, Lerner apologized that Tea Party groups and other groups had been targeted for audits of their applications for tax-exemption. Lerner told those on the conference call that, in an attempt to manage the large number of tax-exemption applications between 2010 and 2012, the agency had identified some applicants using "shortcuts" such as targeting those applications containing terms like "Tea Party" or "patriots" in their titles. Lerner said, however, that such actions were not driven by any political agenda, but added, "We made some mistakes. Some people didn't use good judgment....
Learner was never prosecuted for her illegal activities and was allowed to retire with all of her perks and privileges intact.
(2) Did we not learn anything about using the awesome and overwhelming power of the federal government? Including the almost unlimited time, money, and staffing that can be used to attack a U.S. citizen, even a highly decorated soldier like Lt. General Michael Flynn, for political purposes?
Or destroying a man’s life with domestic spying and leaked revelations based on illegal domestic spying? Just ask Carter Page about FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith’s deliberate falsification of his CIA status, which was used to pursue charges (unproven) of being a Russian agent as a precursor to spying on the Trump campaign and a President; while in office? Or the government’s threat against family members to coerce a confession, a plea bargain, or cooperation?
(3) Unless some future Special Counsel like John Durham brings indictments, these egregious government acts, and thousands of others, past, present, and future will go unpunished.
So, why is the Anti-Defamation League repeating these dastardly un-American acts by urging the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to take action against a number of so-called “extremist and hate groups” to investigate, deny, or revoke their non-profit status?
Long ago, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) was the primary organization that could be relied on to call out and combat anti-Semitism without fear or favor. Its support for Jewish causes and Israel was unwavering even if its internal politics leaned left.
Enter Jonathan Greenblatt as the ADL’s CEO and National Director. Before employment at ADL, Greenblatt served in the White House as Special Assistant to President Obama and Director of the Office of Social Innovation. Yes, President Obama, who was trained in Marxism and Communism by prominent communists, palled around with unrepentant domestic terrorists like William Ayers and his terrorist wife Bernardine Dohrn and worshiped for over 20-years with his “spiritual mentor,” Reverend Jerimiah Wright, a virulent anti-Semite, anti-white, anti-America demagogue.
Therefore I am not surprised that a compromised ADL lends its name to assist in fulfilling the agenda of the progressive communist democrats in attacking their political enemies.
Extremist and Hate Groups May be Abusing Non-Profit Status
ADL sent a letter to the IRS, highlighting recent research about the ways in which extremist and hateful groups operating as “charitable” non-profits may be abusing their tax-exempt status to further their violent or hateful objectives, and asked the IRS to investigate those organizations.
A number of extremist and hate groups are currently registered as tax-exempt organizations with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), allowing them significant financial benefits. To explore how extremist groups are using tax-exempt status, we identified and then reviewed filings of a sample of over 30 groups that are listed as tax-exempt organizations, including groups associated with the Capitol insurrection.
There are many reasons extremist groups that may seek 501(c)(3) or (c)(4) tax-exempt status with the IRS. This status allows groups to raise money or financing while avoiding state and federal income and unemployment taxes. In some cases, 501(c)(3) or (c)(4) organizations can sidestep property taxes, state income taxes, sales taxes, and employment taxes as well.
Ways in Which Hate Groups May be Abusing Tax- Exempt Status
B. Potential enrichment of leaders or family members
C. Potential self-dealing
D. Potential misreporting
For more information, in full and in context…
A sample from the report…
"For example, in the days leading up to the January 6th insurrection, Oath Keepers’ founder Stewart Rhodes appeared on a podcast to solicit charitable donations to the Oath Keepers Educational Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) whose stated purpose on filings is to “give veterans an opportunity for continued involvement in community service.” Of course, and as detailed further below, this entity is not in the business of community service for veterans. To the contrary, the Oath Keepers is a far-right anti-government extremist group, known for being heavily armed and actively recruiting from current and former military and law enforcement personnel, that sees itself as a check against a tyrannical U.S. government."
I must have missed the ADL letter urging the IRS to investigate the tens of millions of dollars that washed through the anti-Semitic communist front group Black Lives Matter that engaged in documented deadly and destructive behavior in American cities.
In my mind, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has lost all legitimacy to speak for the Jewish community on the subject of anti-Semitism.
The ADL has now become propagandists for the progressive communist democrats who are rapidly destroying America, our Constitution, and the traditional non-political agencies and institutions of government. They have been infiltrated by radical Obamacons. It is only a matter of time until the ADL joins the fight against Islamophobia and provides aid and comfort to those who attack Jews worldwide.
We are so screwed.
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“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw
“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS "The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell