This is the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of How Democracies Perish, an analysis of the spread of world communism by Jean-François Revel, one of freedom’s most serious French defenders since Tocqueville. At the heart of this work, Revel details “The Tools of Communist Expansion,” among which the most relevant for understanding our current situation comes in Chapter 16, “Ideological Warfare and Disinformation.” The profound simplicity of Revel’s nuts and bolts account of totalitarianism’s Cold War advance, far from being obsolete, actually sheds light on a defining feature of today’s progressive ascension: the perverting of the free press into a propaganda ministry.
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The Jefferson Area Tea Party Executive Board appreciates and values every single patriot who attends our meetings, participates in our forums and events, demonstrates at our rallies, volunteers for various projects, holds our elected representatives accountable, and otherwise supports our mission.
The tremendous successes we have accomplished since our founding on April 15, 2009 are not to the credit of any one individual, but to the tireless, collective efforts of all!
If you are involved in any way with the JATP and uphold our core principles of Constitutionally Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility, Free Enterprise, and Personal Liberty with Personal Responsible, you are already a Member!
In addition, we established a Voting Membership which serves several key functions. The primary function of our Voting Membership is to securely elect leaders to our Executive Board. On rare occasion, a matter of critical significance may rise to a level that would benefit from a broader vote beyond only those serving on the Executive Board. Finally, the collection of modest dues generates needed funds to cover our core operational expenses (we NEVER give money to politicians or PACs).
While Voting Membership is not a requirement of participation in the JATP, the criteria to become a Voting Member is simple and we encourage all of our Members to attain voting capability by:
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…………the left wants: The government to explode; to pay everyone; to hire everyone; they believe that money grows on trees; the earth is flat; the industrial age, factory-style government is a cool new thing; debts don’t have to be repaid; people of faith are ignorant and uneducated; unborn babies don’t matter; pornography is fine; traditional marriage is discriminatory; 32 oz. sodas are evil; red meat should be rationed; rich people are evil unless they are from Hollywood or are liberal Democrats; the Israelis are unreasonable; trans-fat must be stopped; kids trapped in failing schools should be patient; wild weather is a new thing; moral standards are passé; government run health care is high quality; the IRS should violate our constitutional rights; reporters should be spied on; Benghazi was handled well; the Second Amendment is outdated; and the First one has some problems too.
Their philosophy does not work and it got our nation into the mess it’s in.
|Were you targeted by the IRS for your political beliefs? Did you receive extra scrutiny for promoting limited government, the constitution, and fiscal responsibility? If not, will you be next?||IRS Rally Toolkit: Everything you need to know to attend|
|What: Audit the IRS Rally
When: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 from Noon – 2pm
Where: West Lawn of the US Capitol
|Join us on Wednesday, June 19th at 12pm on the West Lawn of the US Capitol as we come together to rally against the IRS. It’s time that Washington sees first-hand just how outraged the American people are by these discriminatory acts.|
|In the spirit of what Becky Gerritson of Wetumpka Tea Party so elegantly said in her testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee:
Two Rallies in Richmond Monday
STOP Medicaid Expansion
Tea Party Patriots
Monday, June 17th at 1:00 p.m. (meet up in conference room 5E at 11:00 a.m.)
Show opposition to expansion
by helping to pack this meeting
“Rumor has it that the commission is caving to pressure”
Supporters of expansion will be there in force
The Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission (MIRC) is comprised of five senators and five delegates plus two non-voting members from the Governor’s office. The votes of only three senators and three delegates would expand this program by an estimated 400,000 individuals. Expansion would result in 1.3 million Virginians on Medicaid which is already one of Virginia’s biggest ‘Budget Buster Programs’. [It is beyond comprehension that our elected representatives would seriously consider a 44% increase in this welfare program]
On Monday, we will be letting commission members know that nothing could justify this massive program expansion which depends on funding from the Federal government that currently borrows 43 cents of every dollar. WE THE PEOPLE of Virginia have had enough!
House committee members: Joannou, Landes, Massie, O’Bannon, Sherwood
Senate committee members: Hanger, Howell, Lucas, Stosch, Watkins
Hope to see you there!
Carol Stopps and the CoLA Team
VA TEA PARTY PATRIOTS FEDERATION
Cooperative Legislative Action
MEDICARE EXPANSION PROTEST ON MONDAY!!
AFP VA “Hands Off Our Healthcare”
Rally & Press Conference
With less than seven months until full implementation, families all across the Commonwealth are looking at their wallets and wondering just how much more health insurance will cost next year. In California, insurance rates could DOUBLE next year. In neighboring Maryland, rates are soaring.
We can stop a key part of Obamacare from coming to Virginia…
…but we need to stand up now and make our voices heard!
Gov. McDonnell has formed a legislative panel made up of several members of the House of Delegates and State Senate to vote on Medicaid expansion in the Commonwealth. The first meeting will be held on Monday, June 17th at the Capital in Richmond. Join AFP to tell our representatives in the State House “NO” to Obamacare and “NO” to Medicaid expansion.
NOW IS THE TIME TO STAND UP AGAINST OBAMACARE IN VIRGINIA –
We’re holding a press conference at the Bell Tower to oppose Obamacare and Medicaid expansion at Noon-then we’re going to attend the public hearing at 1pm. Please RSVP for the event today so we can alert the TV and radio stations ahead of time. See below for details:
What: “Hands Off Our Healthcare” Press ConferenceWhere: Bell Tower at Capitol Square 1000 Bank St Richmond, VA 23219
When: Monday, June 17th
BUS: You may also register above for a bus ticket if you would like to ride the bus. The bus will be stopping in 4 cities throughout Southwest Virginia before reaching Richmond for the rally/press conference. You can leave your car at the bus pick-up locations and can retrieve it at drop-off.
4th Stop – Charlottesville
Pick up at 9:40am
Pantops Hilton – 1793 Richmond, VA Charlottesville, VA
*Bus leaves promptly at 8:30am, so be sure to arrive 10 minutes in advance.
National Review, June 10, 2013, Andrew Stiles
The Obama administration and its defenders have done their best to downplay the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups, and to distance the president from the scandal. But in doing so they have made numerous claims that have that turned out to be grossly misleading — at best.
1. It was a few rogue agents in Cincinnati
This claim has crumbled in recent weeks.
Lois Lerner, the IRS’s director of Exempt Organizations, who has refused to testify before Congress, was the first to blame “our line people in Cincinnati” for initiating the targeting. Former IRS commissioner Steven Miller said two “rogue” agents in the Ohio office were responsible. White House press secretary Jay Carney perpetuated the claim, referring to the “activity in Cincinnati” and “the apparent conduct by our IRS officials in Cincinnati.”
But the notion that the targeting was directed by low-level employees Cincinnati has been refuted on multiple fronts. A number of conservative groups that asked about the status of their applications, for example, were told that the Cincinnati office was awaiting guidance from officials in Washington, D.C.
Employees in the Cincinnati office made clear to members of the House Oversight Committee that they received direction from the Exempt Organizations Technical Unit in Washington. One employee said that he began compiling application from tea-party groups after being told that “Washington, D.C., wanted some cases.” Another complained of “being micromanaged to death” by her superiors in Washington, and said the notion that a couple of rogue agents were responsible was “absurd” and “could never happen.”
2. The targeting stopped in 2012
Jay Carney told reporters last month that the IRS targeting “stopped in May of 2012.” Apparently not. After more than three years, some conservative groups are still awaiting a decision on their applications for non-profit status. Dozens of conservative groups report receiving letters from the IRS in the fall of 2012 — and later. Linchpins of Liberty, a student-mentoring organization in Tennessee, which has been the target of numerous invasive requests from the IRS (it was asked to identify the names of its student participants, for example), received another letter on May 6, 2013, days before news of the scandal broke.
“Without question the IRS misconduct of harassing and abusing our clients was still in high gear from May 2012 through May of this year,” said Jay Sekulow, an attorney representing 27 conservative groups targeted by the IRS. “To suggest this tactic ended a year ago is not only offensive, but it is simply inaccurate.”
3. Liberal groups were also targeted
One way in which the administration’s defenders have sought to downplay the severity of the scandal is claiming that the IRS also singled out liberal political groups for extra scrutiny. That doesn’t appear to be the case. As McClatchy reported last week, “virtually no organizations perceived to be liberal or nonpartisan have come forward to say they were unfairly targeted” since the scandal came to light on May 10.
In fact, groups with words like “Progress” or “Progressive” in their names were quickly approved, while tea-party groups saw their applications delayed repeatedly. J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general who conducted an audit of the IRS targeting, has said that while he is still investigating the matter, his audit “did not uncover instances of groups that could be identified as liberal that were treated in the manner that these tea party cases were.”
Some Democrats, such as Representative Jim McDermott (Wash.), have gone so far as to argue the IRS was targeting liberal groups during the George W. Bush administration. Fact-checkers have dismissed that claim as false.
4. Absolutely no political motivations
Democrats also insist that, in the words of former White House adviser David Plouffe, the IRS targeting of conservatives “was not a political pursuit.” Although the inspectors general’s audit found no evidence of political motivation “at this time,” there are numerous factors suggesting a systemic liberal bias within the tax-collecting agency.
Douglas Shulman, who was IRS commissioner when most of the targeting occurred, is a Democratic donor, and he is married to liberal activist with ties to the Occupy Wall Street movement. IRS employees donated twice as much money to President Obama as they did to Mitt Romney in 2012, and nearly 30 times as much to Obama over his 2008 challenger John McCain. Holly Paz, the director of the agency’s Rulings and Agreements Office — who appears to have played some role in directing the targeting of conservative groups — gave $2,000 to Obama in 2008.
The union that represents most IRS workers, the National Treasury Employees Union, is a blatantly partisan organization, which spent millions of dollars in support of Democratic candidates. Colleen Kelley, the union’s president since 1999, has been openly critical of the Tea Party, calling the movement “extreme.”
5. The case is ‘solved’
Elijah Cummings, ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, seems to think so. “Based upon everything I’ve seen, the case is solved,” he said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union. “If it were me, I would wrap this case up and move on.”
Committee chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.), certainly disagrees. And so does the Treasury’s inspector general, who has emphasized that the findings of his audit are merely preliminary, and that many details are “still to be determined.” Lerner, a central figure in the scandal, has declined to testify, despite being urged to do so by newly appointed IRS commissioner Danny Werfel.
And despite President Obama’s insistence that “we’re going to hold the responsible parties accountable,” no one at the IRS has been fired. Four individuals have either resigned, retired, or, in Lerner’s case, been place on (paid) administrative leave.
According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans overwhelmingly disapprove of the president’s handling of the scandal. Lawmakers are unlikely to be satisfied until they see some greater accountability or, at the very least, some honest answers.
— Andrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online.
The IRS attack on conservative groups and individuals has an impact on all Americans not just those currently targeted. The government should never have the power to single out individuals for “special” treatment based on what they believe or who they talk to – it’s called Freedom of Speech and it is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution.
This time it was groups that had the audacity to disagree with the president during a reelection year.
The next time the criteria may include you!
Peggy Noonan’s Blog, June 8,20113 There is no way a government in the age of metadata, with the growing capacity to listen, trace, tap, track and read, will not eventually, and even in time systematically, use that power wrongly, maliciously, illegally and in areas for which the intelligence gathering was never intended. People are right to fear that the government’s surveillance power will be abused. It will be. There are many reasons for this, but the primary one is that humans are and will be in charge of it, and humans have shown throughout history a bit of a tendency to play every trick and bend and break laws. “If men were angels,” as James Madison wrote, limits, checks, balances and specifically protected rights would not be necessary. But they aren’t angels. Add to all this simple human mistakes, innocent and not, and misjudgments. And add to that sheer human craziness, partisan lust, political mischief of all sorts. In the Clinton White House there was a guy named Craig Livingstone who amused himself reading aloud the confidential FBI files of prominent Republicans. The files—hundreds of them—were improperly secured and disseminated. Imagine Craig Livingstone at the National Security Agency. Imagine Lois Lerner.
So if we have and develop a massive surveillance state, it will be abused. And that abuse will, down the road, do damage not only to individuals but, quite probably, to the nation’s morale, to its very vision of itself.
But it will make us – or allow us to feel — physically safer. And it may help break real terror networks bent on real mayhem.