The IRS, EPA, etc. are the terrorist wing of the Democratic Party
In the late 1860s, it was entered into the congressional record that the KKK (Ku Klux Klan) was founded to serve as “the terrorist wing of the Democratic Party.” Their purpose was to kill Republicans, to drive Republicans from the South, and to prevent blacks from voting or serving as elected officials. They killed a lot of people.
After many decades, the Democrats and the KKK became less and less associated together, but that does not mean that the Democrats don’t have new mechanisms to punish and terrorize their political enemies. In fact, as the bureaucratic state has grown, so has their ability to use official power to hurt anyone who opposes them or their agenda.
The IRS’s intentional targeting of the Democrats’ political opponents has become a striking example—Exhibit A, in fact—of the power that Democrats and leftists in the bureaucracy are now wielding as a weapon against Americans.
Call this Exhibit B:
A bipartisan group of 24 senators has sent a letter to the EPA, demanding that the agency explain why it leaked the names and personal information of more than 80,000 farmers and ranchers to left-wing organizations. In April, the EPA admitted the information had leaked in a story broken by FoxNews.com.
According to the report, the information on livestock and produce farmers was sought through a Freedom of Information Act request by the groups Earth Justice, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Pew Charitable Trust. They were given information on roughly 80,000 farmers and ranchers, though the EPA later said it made a mistake by releasing the information.
Knocking over a cup of coffee is a “mistake.” Providing information on 80,000 people to one’s political allies—to exactly the sort of groups who will use the information to harm those 80,000 people—cannot be done by accident. This was an assault.
And speaking of assault, what is the IRS doing with so called “assault rifles”?
Rep. Jeff Duncan wants to know why IRS law enforcement agents are training with AR-15 rifles.
As chairman of the House Homeland Security oversight subcommittee, Duncan (R-S.C.) toured a federal law enforcement facility in late May and noticed agents training with the semi-automatic weapons at a firing range. They identified themselves as IRS, he said.
“When I left there, it’s been bugging me for weeks now, why IRS agents are training with a semi-automatic rifle AR-15, which has stand-off capability,” Duncan told POLITICO. “Are Americans that much of a target that you need that kind of capability?”
There’s only one reason that a government agency not directly tasked with law enforcement would need the ability to use deadly force on Americans, and that is so that that government agency, in the exercise of its role, can use deadly force on Americans.
In the late 19th century, the Democrats had to rely on a murderous group of private citizens to terrorize their political enemies. Today, they have the vast apparatus of the state—with its monopoly of force and ability to exercise control over our everyday lives—at their disposal.
When Alexis de Tocqueville spoke of the risk that America might one day fall into “administrative despotism,” he was referring to the intrinsic flaws of bureaucracy, and the risk that those flaws will diminish freedom generally. But the Democrats and other forces of the left are taking his use of the term “despotism” to its logical extreme: