Most of us are aware of the recent IRS targeting of conservative and tea party groups by delaying or denying their 501(C)(4) tax exempt status. Naturally, the Obama regime strongly denies this. In fact when interviewed by Bill O’Reilly of Fox News on Super Bowl Sunday, the president said that there was “…not even a smidgen of truth” to this allegation. Never mind that in May of 2013, the IRS admitted and apologized for this targeting.
So what the administration couldn’t to by statute, they now are attempting administratively by issuing new draconian regulations (see article and video below) that severely limit these organizations’ free speech. This is a classic example of if you can’t win the game, change the rules.
Because these proposed regulations do not apply to Gainesville Tea Party which is organized as a Limited Liability Corp. (llc), and not a 501(C)(4) corporation, some people believe we are immune from this governmental overreach. However, nothing could be further from the truth. This brings to mind a famous quotation from about 1946 which has been attributed to Martin Niemöller:
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.”
An attack on anyone’s free speech is an attack on everyone’s free speech!
Click here to go to the Protect C4 Free Speech website to learn more about these proposed freedom killing regulations and what you can do to stop them (video).
Author’s note: There have been new developments in this saga since this was written. Please see these related posts: