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This article originally appeared on TownHall.com:
Why do Conservatives insist on getting in their own way? They couldn’t have asked for a better week, one White House scandal following another like so many tumbling dominos. Yet rather than simply sit back and watch the administration self-destruct, Tea Party groups are planning to rally in front of IRS buildings on Tuesday in cities across the country. Demonstrations that can interrupt the current news cycle, which is almost too good to be true! Why do conservatives want to lose so often?
The Scandal-Palooza of the past week doesn’t just have legs; it has momentum. Like Usain Bolt, it’s fast and seemingly unstoppable. Just when you think it’s over, it comes back even stronger. It’s the White House seizing AP phone records so as to control the news cycle after an al-Qaeda terror plot was foiled in Yemen. It’s the IRS withholding tax exempt status for Tea Party, conservative, and pro-Constitution groups, and asking the most invasive and personal questions. It’s Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius raising money for Enroll America, a private nonprofit organization formed for the purpose of encouraging Americans to sign up for insurance this fall, while CEOs and bigwigs of corporations are subjected to her Obamacare mandates. And, of course, Benghazi…
(As Seton Motley of Less Government reminded me on my radio show, this list doesn’t include Operation Fast and Furious and the murder of Brian Terry or the EPA FOIA request scandal. Add them.)
As the week went on, even the progressives could not get their heads around the scandals, the lack of urgency from the White House nor the nagging feeling that President Obama was not up to the task of, well, being president. Over at The Washington Post, Dana Milbank wrote about AG Eric Holder’s response to questions about the Justice Department gathering the AP phone records.
On and on Holder went: “I don’t know. I don’t know. . . . I would not want to reveal what I know. . . . I don’t know why that didn’t happen. . . . I know nothing, so I’m not in a position really to answer.”Holder seemed to regard this ignorance as a shield protecting him and the Justice Department from all criticism of the Obama administration’s assault on press freedoms. But his claim that his “recusal” from the case exempted him from all discussion of the matter didn’t fly with Republicans or Democrats on the committee, who justifiably saw his recusal as more of an abdication.
Just a day earlier, his column bore the headline, “Obama, the uninterested president.”
While Milbank was calling Holder out on the carpet, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews (His Tingleness!) went to town on Obama. His claim – the steering wheel doesn’t control the car. He went on, wondering what part of the Presidency does Obama like?
So what part does he like? He likes going on the road, campaigning, visiting businesses like he does every couple days somewhere in Ohio or somewhere. What part doesn’t he like? He doesn’t like lobbying for the bills he cares about. He doesn’t like selling to the press. Does he like giving orders or giving somebody the power to give orders? No. He doesn’t seem to like being an executive.
And that very week David Axelrod, in many ways Obama’s Capo Di Tutti Capi (just don’t let Valerie Jarret hear you say that. Speaking of, where is Valerie Jarret in all of these scandals? I mean, where is she? Anyway, back to Axelrod…) speaking to Joe Scarborough on MSNBC, said that government is too vast for the president to know everything is happening.
The biggest progressive names in the world are making the conservative (really, America’s) case! Milbank calling Holder purposefully ignorant. Matthews wondering if Obama even likes his job. Axelrod clearly making the case that government is too big. Victory is in sight. Why get in the way?
By way of context, I’m a Tea Party member. I helped organize the original Tea Party events in Los Angeles, and I’ve spoken at rallies and educational forums across the country. I’m convinced that fundamental Tea Party principles – Constitutional government, free markets, fiscal responsibility – still resonate with Americans. And that these scandals (specifically the IRS attacks) will usher in a resurgence of the Tea Party, and make 2014 a very uncomfortable election for Sen. Harry Reid and Co.
Like nearly all in the movement, I am infuriated and disgusted with the IRS, with the administration, and with the sickening elitism that permeates Washington, DC. But to rally in front of IRS offices is, at this point, self-destructive. It takes the focus off the scandals themselves and the administration’s arrogance in talking about them. It gives the press, which has covered the scandals, if begrudgingly (except for the AP phone records story…they are really livid about that) something else to talk about.
There will be a right time to rally. But it should not be about the Tea Party’s (justifiable) anger towards the IRS. It should be about Americans coming together to express their disgust with government overreach and abuse. It should be less about the Tea Party and more about the future of America.
But the time is not now. People are just learning about these scandals and their breadth. They are just now learning about their government’s abuses and lies, and how the press helped those lies spread. That is a true victory.
A rally now will snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Shame on us for not knowing how to win.
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The only way I know we still live in a relatively free nation is that, at times, the truth does come out. The IRS announced that, yes, it did give extra scrutiny to tax returns that included the name “tea party” or “patriot” as part of their exempt applications. Too bad for Boston that the names Tamerlan and Dzhokhar weren’t on that IRS watch list.
The IRS admits its blatantly illegal actions:
IRS agents singled out dozens of organizations for additional reviews because they included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their exemption applications, said Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups. In some cases, groups were asked for lists of donors, which violates IRS policy in most cases, she said.
The Tea Party has been an American institution since 2009, emerging as a response to years of massive government expansion and unyielding waste. A amalgamation of autonomous grassroots groups, the Tea Party advocates for basic principles of Constitutionalism, open markets, fiscal responsibility and shrinking the bloated federal government. Of course, the administration and the mainstream media hate the Tea Party and do everything they can to vilify, demonize and systematically destroy it.
Many have raised the warning flags on this government intimidation. Radio host Mark Levin’s Landmark Legal Foundation first moved on this subject in March, 2012. LLF demanded an investigation into the “Exempt Organization” (EO) division. Levin wrote:
“Recent media reports indicate that the EO Division is using inappropriate and intimidating investigation tactics in the administration of applications for exempt status submitted by organizations associated with the Tea Party movement,”
But it wasn’t just targeting Tea Party groups. It was targeting Tea Party groups during the 2012 election. It was, by every standard, electioneering. It’s as if the IRS stood in front of polling places with billy clubs and black berets. But instead of having to walk the streets, they used the threat of law suits and fines – said another way, it’s retaliation.
It’s not the first time the IRS has engaged in these types of attacks. The Jewish Press reported that pro-Israel group Z Street sued the IRS in 2010, claiming it was unfairly targeted, and its tax exempt status request received that same “extra scrutiny.” The IRS informed them there would be, “…a special unit in the D.C. office to determine whether the organization’s activities contradict the Administration’s public policies.”
We call it what it is. Retaliation.
The IRS, in the tradition of former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and current Congressional rapscallion Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY), issued an apology on behalf of the entire department, expecting that would make the issue go away:
“That was absolutely incorrect, it was insensitive and it was inappropriate. That’s not how we go about selecting cases for further review,” Lerner said at a conference sponsored by the American Bar Association.
“The IRS would like to apologize for that,” she added.
Apologies won’t do. Only firings, denied pensions and/or jail time will suffice. Those individuals responsible for these travesties cannot be allowed to hide behind a department-wide apology. They must be exposed and held personally accountable. Any elected official who finds this types of selective enforcement schemes acceptable should be voted out of office. And a media personality who does so cannot be trusted. Ever.
Radio talk show host Tony Katz once again pushes the envelope with the taping of two new episodes of Tony Katz Tonight, a tv/video talk show. See it LIVE on Wednesday, May 8th at 6pmET.
The show takes current events and pop culture and asks the important questions about both that all the talking heads – daytime and late night – can’t get the nerve or don’t have the sense to ask. Not ideological, but cutting and entertaining, Tony Katz Tonight makes you laugh….and its about time that a late night talk show made you laugh!
Our first episode features columnist Andrew Malcolm, radio host John Phillips and actress/comedianne Miki Yamashita. Our second episode features author and satirist Evan Sayet, actress and blogger Kira Davis and TownHall.com contributor and author Kurt Schlichter.
See the show opens below. And see the show on Wednesday, May 8th at 6pmET.
This article was originally posted on TonyKatz.com:
An update for May 4th, 2013:
Hey, everyone. Be sure to listen to the show today (Saturday, May 4th) Stacy Washington will be sitting in the chair for me today. You can hear the show by clicking this link!
I am on location in Cincinnati, supporting The Cure Starts Now and the DIPG Collaborative, which is working towards a cure for terminal pediatric brain cancer. You can learn more about them by watching the video below. Please share the video below as well.
Enjoy the show! Oh, and be sure to be here on Wednesday, May 8th at 6pmET. My newest venture, Tony Katz Tonight, tapes its pilot – and streams here live!
From The Tony Katz Show on Saturday, April 20th -
In the aftermath of the horrific murders in Boston, and the chase after the leading suspects, the Tsarnaev Brothers (which would leave older brother Tamerlan dead, and younger brother Dzhokhar found bleeding in a boat,) it is time for us to have an honest, real, decent, civil, worthy conversation about radical Islam.
And, when we are told to “See Something, Say Something,” how can that happen when if we say something we are called racists or bigots?
Tony discuss both of these subjects in this segment of The Tony Katz Show.
This article originally appeared on TownHall.com:
When the horrific news from Boston broke, I was on the air with Cam Edwards, host of Cam and Company, All we had to go on was photos of mass chaos obscured by clouds of smoke. I remarked that the photo - not the circumstance – reminded me of shots from 9-11. My prayers are with Boston.
Like all Americans, I want to know who perpetrated this horrendous act. But as I tweeted:
The rush to be first should never overtake the rush to be right. Facts matter.
Right on schedule, since per Rahm Emanuel, one should “never let a serious crisis go to waste,” CNN’s National Security Analyst Peter Bergen and Esquire blogger Charles J. Pierce suggested the bomber could have been a “right wing extremist” since, after all, it happened on April 15th – tax day across the country and Patriot’s Day in Massachusetts. MSNBC’s resident hater, Chris Matthews, pronounced that domestic terrorists, ”tend to be on the far right.” Their common goal, as always, is to tie violence to small government activists and the Tea Party.
It was Cenk Uygur, a Progressive liberal host on Current TV, who opined that the bombing would have had less coverage if someone had shot people in the crowd:
If shooter killed 17 people in Boston Marathon w/ assault rifle it wouldn’t get near the reaction it would if a terrorist kills 3 w/ a bomb.
Mass shootings don’t get media coverage? Since when is the mainstream media controlled by the pro-Second Amendment crowd?
On Piers Morgan’s program, Mark Botok of the Southern Poverty Law Center commented that the bomber was probably not part of the political right. Why? Because the target, “…was not a government building, it was not the IRS, although it was Tax Day on Monday. It was not a minority group. It wasn’t black people or Jewish people or gay people or Muslims.”
This is more than bias; it’s bloodlust. They look at the scene and say, “3 dead and 176 injured in a bombing? That’s a great time to connect it to the political right!”
Actor and radio host Jay Mohr blamed the bombing on gun owners, saying that the 2nd Amendment “must go:”
What bothers me most about today is that we’re getting used 2 it. ENOUGH. 2nd amendment must go. Violence has 2 stop. Culture MUST change.
The 2nd Amendment lends itself to the CULTURE of violence we are living in. Stop blowing up my timeline w your gun/porn fetishes.
He then tried to walk it back:
LISTEN! The 2nd amendment has nothing 2 do w 2day in Boston. I didn’t say it did. Last few times in front of tv like this was guns. Fuckoff
But “2nd amendment must go. Violence must stop. Culture must change” can’t be walked back. To date, there is absolutely no connection between the right to bear arms and the bombs in Boston. Yet Mohr, Bergen, Pierce, Matthews and Uygur have a mandate to connect violence with the political right, no matter how far-fetched. The mandate is to indoctrinate.
Facts don’t matter to Progressives. The shooters in the Tucson, Virginia Tech, and Sandy Hook murders each were in some way connected to the left. But in aftermath of those shootings, the media machine worked overtime to make a connection between conservatives and the mass murders.
Once we know who set the bombs there will be time for commentary. In the meantime, Americans should be alert to pseudo-journalists interested not in truth but rather in a Clockwork Orange approach of forcing you to throw up when you hear the words Republican, right, freedom, rights, or guns – regardless of the truth.
This article was originally posted at TonyKatz.com:
After the bombing at the Boston Marathon, Salon.com contributor David Sirota wrote a column for the site, hoping that the bomber was a, “White American.” This way, he summarized, we could deal with the issue of “White Privilege” and show the double standard between how we treat whites in America and how we would react if the bomber were from an Islamic nation.
The term “White privilege,” according to Wikipedia, “…refers to the set of societal privileges that white people benefit from beyond those commonly experienced by people of color in the same social, political, or economic spaces (nation, community, workplace, income, etc)”
In short, Sirota believes if the bomber is white, we won’t talk about it in the same way we would if the bomber is brown. Sirota is deluded. Of course it will be discussed, just like Lanza, Loughner, and McVeigh (all of them white.) White privilege is a completely made-up term, from the same crowd that brought us social justice (and, probably, YOLO.)
In this video, I address the Sirota delusion. I disposed of it in less than a minute. But, make no mistake, the pseudo-intellectuals (desperate to keep race warfare alive!) will continue with this fetish if left unchecked and unopposed.
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MSNBC host and commentator Melissa Harris-Perry starred in one of the network’s famed “Lean Forward” commercials. As opposed to the standard MSNBC fare, Harris-Perry pushed the sickening and dangerous idea that children should belong to the collective, and not to their parents exclusively.
Admitting a true belief in collectivism over the individual, Harris-Perry goes to great lengths in her 30 second spot to demonize “privatization,” and to elevate the idea of the collective (i.e. community.) Part of her rant:
We haven’t had a very collective notion that these are our children, so part of it is that we need to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families and recognize that kids belong to whole communities. Once it’s everybody’s responsibility and not just the household’s, we start making better investments.
And people wonder why MSNBC never says anything critical of the Obama administration? How many times has Obama talked about things like “collective salvation?”
The push towards collectivism is not new. Many throughout history have desired this type of government-forced obscenity. But one must wonder how Harris-Perry, a Tulane professor, came to be such a strong supporter of breaking up families? At what moment did Harris-Perry become a strong supporter of a Brave New World?
Harris-Perry should be asked this question, and those above, often.
In case you missed the original MSNBC video, I have added it below:
On my weekly radio show, two people called in to discuss Planned Parenthood spokesperson Alisa Lepolt Snow’s presentation to the Florida legislature, where she stated clearly that the life of a baby should be left up to the mother and the doctor. In short, the baby can be left for dead if the mother and doctor say so.
I challenged both callers as to whether the baby on the table should be saved. Both callers refused to answer my question, and attempted to dance around the issue. Both callers refused to say unequivocally that they would save the life of the baby.
More on this story from my article at Christian Post.com.
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