My experience with the IRS came at the height of what we now know was a period of intimidation and discrimination against conservative groups. At the time I was involved in organizing a political event in Washington, D.C. Perhaps I was naive enough to think I had to do something wrong to be targeted by the IRS.
I knew that Guardians of Liberty would shake some people up, that we would get the attention of liberal groups, labor unions, etc. I expected that and prepared for it. When the local Guido from the IRS entered my place of business, I didn't give him much thought. He demanded my records, which I explained were with my CPA. That is why I had a CPA; to get it right. The CPA did the payroll taxes and sent a package to me to sign and put in the mail with a check. I had done nothing wrong and felt no guilt or shame, it would all get worked out. No matter what he thought I had done, I knew I had not.
That began a year-long period of harassment, demanding records after records until they found a mistake I had made, an honest mistake. I still feel no guilt over that mistake, but it was that day that I go back to time after time when I think of our government.
He stood in my outer office, hovering in a dark overcoat. He demanded my records as if I were supposed to nervously fumble through my filing cabinet to comply as soon as possible. I was supposed to get nervous; that was the reaction he needed to send the message he was sent to deliver. I was supposed to re-think my latest actions and put two and two together.
That is the face of our government: hulking figures in dark overcoats; masked men with guns and tanks; men weilding tazers at the slightest provocation; SWAT teams acting on liberal tipsters. This is what they want us to see. They record our conversations, they sift through our e-mails looking for terrorist links, but "terrorists" today are defined so as to encompass a large percentage of the population, i.e. conservatives. A church-going conservative with a gun might as well be the leader of an Al-Qaeda cell.
This what our silence has purchased.
Tyranny cannot be voted out of office. The problem is systemic, not incidental. There is no single candidate who will turn this around. There is no party that will stop the systematic corruption that has grown on the fertile ground of Washington D.C. We cannot just pull the weeds around our precious republic, the weeds have grown to choke out the crops.