Jenny Beth Martin: IRS ‘abused its power and worked deliberately to silence critics of the Obama administration’
Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin in a recent column for The Washington Times brings the proverbial hammer down on IRS power broker John Koskinen for stonewalling – and worse! – congressional investigation into the agency targeting scandal that set its sights on President Obama’s political adversaries.
This week, Republicans in the House of Representatives are striking two blows for freedom of speech: First, by pushing forward on the possible impeachment of Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen in the first of two Judiciary Committee hearings examining his misconduct in office; second, by pushing forward to passage of Rep. Peter Roskam’s H.R. 5053, the Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act.
Freedom of speech – translated, for our purposes, as the right to criticize the government, and to lobby the government for changes in policy – is so central to the American experience that its protection was enshrined in the very first amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It is the right that guarantees all our other rights. Without it, states and individual citizens (including groups of citizens who have chosen to band together to lobby the government) would be subject to the tyranny of a central government, with no recourse. And to the world abroad, it is the one right that makes us unique, and the envy of democracy activists everywhere.
The Internal Revenue Service – long the most feared federal agency of the federal Leviathan – abused its power and worked deliberately to silence critics of the Obama Administration when it targeted groups with the words “tea party” and “patriots” in the names of their organizations. That effort lasted for years before it was revealed.
President Obama’s IRS Commissioner John Koskinen repeatedly has abused his office and must be impeached. Click here to help Tea Party Patriots urge lawmakers to smoke out corruption at the IRS and finally impeach IRS Commissioner Koskinen!