Mr. Garon, your letter to the editor of June 3, “IRS vs. Tea Party” is incoherent, folly laced with derogatory comments and outright fabrications. So, I shall be no less blunt. Your stanch adherence to all things liberal has left you not only blinded, but deaf and dumb as well.
Do you live in a vacuum, John? No Conservative Groups denied 501(c) 4 status: Loons with AK-47s at Obama’s visits: Tea Party members sending ricin powder to, and making threats at the President and his family? Are you flippin’ nuts, John? Where do you get this stuff? John, TEA stands for Taxed Enough Already. Get that through your head. Earnest, concerned citizens like those TP’ers you so despise want only what is reasonable and fair for everyone. There is no hidden agenda for insurrection as you proclaim. Besides Mr. Garon, the beef with the IRS not only involves Tea Party groups but more than 500 different fundamental citizens groups that were singled out then threatened, harassed or stonewalled by the IRS, the most powerful of all government agencies.
Listen to what you are saying John Garon, “The IRS would be remiss were it not to investigate any organization whose members sport Lipton tea bags on their hats.” That is totally goofy Mr. Garon. Following your logic, folks with fishing lures, company logos or sports-pins on their hats will perhaps be the next groups to be singled out for selective persecution. There are so many high level management types who are suffering from spotty amnesia or refusing to answer questions by citing the Fifth Amendment that the IRS scandal simply does not pass a smell test.
Mr. Garon, if you think all is well in America I would suggest you ask a few questions of your friends and neighbors. Ask them if they would feel comfortable practicing a First Amendment right like signing a petition objecting to something the government or Obama or the House or Senate is doing. Or, would they join a group that is fighting a measure by Governor Brown, or a State Democrat sponsored bill? Ask them if they would affix their name to any document that might result in a government reprisal.
I suspect that they, like me, would be fearful and reluctant to add their signature.
Most of the mainstream news media including the L.A. and N.Y. Times, right- and left-wing talk radio, television including Chris Mathews, presidential adviser David Axelrod, as well as almost all Republican and a goodly number of our Democrat members of the House and Senate recognize that government has grown to the point that it is out of control as demonstrated by recent IRS actions. Citizens are afraid of their government and what it can, will and is doing that has a negative effect on countless individuals every day. Our rights are being violated and diminished each day all in the name of progress and security. Yet all that seems to progress is more government and more security for the jobs of persons who work for it.
Enough already, Mr. Garon. It is time to put an end to this intrusive government and re-establish governance more like the template enumerated in our Constitution.