Stories of the IRS giving newly founded ‘Tea Party’ organizations asking for tax breaks, a hard time excites the masses as they dare to dream of a Nixonian end for Obama. I will submit that I find something funny (not funny ha-ha) about “Tea Party” organizations petitioning the IRS for a tax break.
Since the Kennedy Administration, it has been official policy of the United States to use the power of the state to dismantle all “rightwing” organizations of any significance. The policy was contained in the Reuther Memorandum.
It has been official policy of the United States to use, among other tools, the IRS to dismantle potential threats to the legitimacy of the regime, particularly rightwing organizations–though the Earth First! bombing (Ed Abbey always seemed more like on our side) should be considered. The truly fascinating thing is that this is even a story–and this is reason to be optimistic. The Againstists are having their day, screaming “have you no shame?” The bureaucracy is so far behind the times, they don’t understand that they have already won. There is potential that this was over-reach.
For most of us, there was no American Rightwing when we were born. The only elements of the Rightwing that were allowed to exist, were those that served other agendas (an example would be 1980s ‘rightwingers’ who supported sending mercenaries into South America to fight Communism.) This was the Era of PATCON, (see Earth First above) an evolution of the Reuther strategy. New mutations of PATCON are still going on (e.g. Fast and Furious).
That the old IRS soldiers of the Reuther Memo are reduced to bothering with astro-turf Tea Party organizations is worthy of a chuckle.
And abolish the IRS already. Have Bernanke print the difference; cannot be any worse then the current course.