Originally posted at The Blacksphere
Anyone who does not believe that the thin-skinned, vindictive, acrimonious Barack Obama is more than capable of dictating the targeting criteria for the IRS chief is either hopelessly naïve or just plain stupid.
Over the years, America has witnessed Barack Obama veer off the teleprompter and bubble over with contempt for any person, news organization, or political group that doesn’t goose-step in time to his collective vision for America.
His attempts at verbal vengeance are not only pathetic and juvenile but, quite frankly, smack of a leader possessed by the spirit of despotism. That’s why it’s beginning to appear that Barack Obama might have been behind the effort by the IRS to systematically harass Americans based on political and religious persuasion.
Lest we forget, before the IRS scandal broke, the president had already attempted to publicly humiliate the Supreme Court for ruling on the side of free speech in the Citizens United case, attacked Americans for Prosperity, warned of attack ads “run by shadowy groups with harmless-sounding names” who he accused of being funded by a “foreign controlled entity.”
Based on his inability to hide his hostility, it’s quite possible that the President’s disparagement of his detractors may not have been enough to satiate his apparently unquenchable desire for retribution. Consequently, it appears as though it was Barack Obama who, in a retaliatory effort, may have wielded his “convening power” by funneling it through the IRS.
Between 2010 and 2012, right about the time the president began publicly challenging conservatives and calling Tea Party activists the vulgar sexual term “tea baggers,” the IRS began sending letters demanding that conservative and tea party groups seeking tax-exempt status provide training materials, personal information, donor lists, and even the content of religious invocations.
Since the scandal was exposed, liberals have tried desperately to convince Americans that the blame should be placed in the lap of a few overzealous “rogue agents” working in a small IRS office in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Now here we are two years later, and Deputy Commissioner of the IRS Steve Miller has been forced into early retirement. And it’s been revealed that former IRS Commissioner Doug Schulman allegedly visited the White House 120 times during the timeframe the Tea Party and other conservative groups were being targeted for extra screening.
Most notably, Washington-based IRS official, Lois Lerner, refused to testify under oath, pleaded the Fifth Amendment, and is currently negotiating immunity in exchange for further testimony before Congress.
Now, as the reckoning expands, we find out that IRS chief counsel and Obama-appointed official, William Wilkins, who was recently implicated in House Oversight testimony by retiring IRS lawyer Carter Hull, met with Barack Obama two days prior to writing and distributing new criteria that specifically targeted Tea Party and conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.
According to White House visitor logs, on April 23, 2012, in between touring the US Holocaust Museum and presenting the Commander-in-Chief Trophy to the Air Force Academy football team in the Rose Garden, Obama sashayed over to the Roosevelt Room of the White House to meet with Wilkins and 13 other people. Then, coincidentally, on the following day, before sitting for a Late Night with Jimmy Fallon interview in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Barack “slow jam the news” Obama squeezed in an off-the-schedule rendezvous with IRS commissioner Douglas ‘Easter Egg Roll’ Shulman.
The next day, on April 25, 2012, William Wilkins suddenly came up with and sent Hull and fellow Washington-based IRS official Lois Lerner “additional comments on the draft guidance.” According to the IRS inspector general’s report, the instructions Wilkins circulated within two days after meeting with the president referred directly to approving or (mostly) denying tea party tax-exempt applications.
As the truth slowly tightens around the neck of the IRS scandal, more and more it’s as if Barack Obama, on a quest for revenge, initiated and orchestrated a plan to shut down, silence, and discourage American citizens.
Which means that, once again, and although he swears otherwise, the president has proven that for those who refuse to comply with or conform to his radical social, economic, and environmental agenda, it’s more about evening the score than leveling the playing field.