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Praying that Donald Trump can save America in 2024!


Silence us, punish us, fine us, and insult us, liberals really enjoy making people miserable. We have lost our savings, our schools, un-edited news, right’s to honor our veterans and to pray in public. Why don’t they just remove our right to vote and we will have slavery again. All it will take now is to confiscate all weapons and declare America a police state and eliminate the costs of having elections.

Congressional Republicans seeking to gain power have their sights aimed at the Internal Revenue Service. Testimony from groups that were harassed, accused, forced to hire lawyers in applying for nonprofit status was frightening.

Representatives of conservative and tea party-affiliated groups appearing before the House committees offered dramatic and emotional accounts of their dealings with the IRS. They described the most unlawful wasteful, cruel and unnecessary actions that some democrats actually agreed it was biased.

Tuesday’s second hearing of the Ways and Means Committee was into a broader controversy regarding how the staff at the IRS’ Cincinnati field office handled applications for groups seeking tax exemptions under the 501(c) (4) provision. To qualify under the law, groups cannot have politics as their “primary purpose.” Unfortunately like most of our legislation today, the rules don’t establish how much is too much. Can you imagine a private business warrant their product or service with words like, “Warranty is invalid if misused”, and not describe misuse.

The difference is a company would go broke. The government is not expected to do anything correctly and seldom does.

Similar testimony regarding IRS application process was specific as testimony indicated overly intrusive and treatment from the agency that one witness stated was criminal.

“I honestly have lost sleep in fear of what our government might do next,” said Dianne Belsom, president of the Laurens County Tea Party in South Carolina.

Kevin Kookogey, founder of a group called Linchpins of Liberty, said delays in obtaining nonprofit status cost his group a $30,000 grant, and asked why the IRS needed him to identify his mentoring group’s members — many of them minors.

Becky Gerritson, president of a tea party group in Alabama, choked up during her opening statement describing what was a 635-day process to obtain 501(c) (4) status, telling lawmakers she feared that the America she grew up in was “slipping away.” Watching her again this morning on Fox News was troubling and scary.

Karen Kenney, founder of an Encino-based group, quoted John Adams and invoked “the spirit of patriots.” She noted that the IRS asked at one point for a list of “committed violations” of local laws or “breaches of public order.” She also joked that the IRS “needs to fix its labeling machine: We’re the San Fernando Valley Patriots, not Occupy Oakland.”

John Eastman, a law professor at Chapman University’s School of Law and chairman of the National Organization for Marriage, said copies of the group’s tax returns and donor lists were leaked to the Human Rights Campaign, a group that supports same-sex marriage. Those leaks, he said, are felonies that have not been prosecuted despite his group’s requests to the Justice Department.

Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, said the witnesses were “but a small sample of Americans who have been treated differently and discriminated against by their government because of their individual, deeply held beliefs.” Speaking to reporters later, he said their testimony showed that “this was a nationwide, systematic approach to targeting people of certain political beliefs.”

The panel’s top Democrat, Rep. Sander M. Levin of Michigan, told the witnesses that they were owed an apology, and that members of both parties were committed to ensuring such targeting was not repeated. Other Democrats, while not excusing the IRS’ activities, accused Republicans of “looking for a conspiracy where there is none,” as Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) put it.

“None of your organizations were kept from organizing or silenced,” McDermott said. “We are talking about whether or not the American taxpayers will subsidize your work. We’re talking about a tax break.” McDermott also said that by seeking special tax status, the groups were inviting scrutiny of their activities.

When we moved to East Texas over 21 years ago, Sabine County had no republican anything. You learned fast to never criticize a democrat or make public that you were a conservative, who locals were certain was a republican. Today the opposite is in place.

It appears the future is dangerous for any conservative and you better fear persecution if you openly admit it in public. I never dreamed that I would fear our government more than our enemies abroad but I do now.

C Brewer

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