The IRS scandal broke out into the public 244 days ago revealing that the IRS had been unfairly scrutinizing conservative groups like the Tea Party.
The IRS is planning to codify its tactics into truly heavy-handed regulations. Matt Kibbe of Freedom Works explained it right after the Thanksgiving Holiday:
“While you were all celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends, the Obama Administration was quietly releasing a new set of draconian IRS regulations that would make it virtually impossible for tea parties that want to participate in the political process to do their business. They’re going after conservative groups, they’re going after libertarian groups, and they’re going after citizen groups that want to organize people based on the values of the constitution; based on the ideas of freedom and have an impact on the political conversation.”
What the IRS is planning on doing is broadening the definition of “candidate related activity.” Right now the rules are pretty straightforward in that tax exempt organizations can’t make any attempt to influence an election. Under new proposed word changes, the candidate activity will be left up to the discretion of the IRS with broad reaching consequences. Conservative groups would not be allowed to conduct voter drives, post candidates voting records on websites prior to elections, or educate the public about the constitutionality of certain candidate’s views.
Of course, these rules fairly administered would affect liberal groups as well, but often these organizations are registered as social welfare groups, meaning left wing political groups poised as social welfare or community action groups. Think ACORN, the social welfare group that Pres. Obama was a community organizer for. “Social welfare” is often a guise for property redistribution and Marxist programs.
The IRS says they want to hear the public’s opinion. You can comment on the proposed rules by clicking HERE before Feb. 27th, the end-date for the comment period.
Still, no matter what the IRS decides, conservatives and liberty loving Americans must decide whether loss of tax exemption will deter them from their purpose or not. Furthermore, conservatives must stop deciding what organizations to support based on the tax deductible nature of their donations. Because then its not really about Freedom, its about money.
As conservatives are painted as fat cat well-to-do’s – let’s do our part in tearing down this stereotype by putting conservative social issues back in the spot light rather than the back seat as Republican strategists suggest. Don’t let the almighty dollar run your life. Think about it this way. Free enterprise didn’t make America great. Western Christian people and their moral values made it great. Free enterprise grew out of it and was a blessing. But to rob the nation of a moral compass and stray even further from the guiding principles of our Christian heritage WILL destroy the nation whether the economy is good or not.