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Tyranny Has Arrived on Our Doorstep

Posted: August 25, 2013 at 12:00 pm   /   by


By Shane Krauser

This administration, through the Internal Revenue Service, has targeted certain “patriotic” groups based on their message. We know this because the IG report, which was revealed in May 2013, and IRS officials have acknowledged it. The assault on America continues.

Numerous organizations who have applied for tax-exempt status have been targeted. And the message that the IRS seems to be concerned about is simple: Big, bloated, bastardized government is not in line with the U.S. Constitution and leads to less freedom, an assault on our republican form of government, and an illegal power grab from the people.

As the director of the American Academy for Constitutional Education, I have spent years speaking to groups all over America. In 2012, I spoke at nearly 200 different engagements from Arizona to New York. Our engagements are apolitical and focus on teaching sound principles of limited government, freedom and the modern-day applicability of our Constitution.

We applied for tax-exempt status in 2012, and we are still waiting. Our request to the IRS is rather obvious: Treat our organization just as you would any other organization applying for tax-exempt status. If the IRS believes we have not complied with their criteria, tell us so we can take that issue up as necessary. If we have complied, grant us the status. Simply stated, treat similarly-situated groups in a similar fashion as required by the equal protection principle. We should not be made to wait for nearly two years with no real answers while other “non-patriotic” groups receive approval in a matter of months.

This pattern of conduct by the IRS reveals everything that is wrong with America. Government picks and chooses who it will protect, who it will ignore, and who it will harass. Our government has rejected the rule of law in the name of political expediency.

Call this a “phony scandal” if you wish. However, reality makes it clear that this is far from being phony. Real policy decisions have been made by this administration that has affected real lives and has had real consequences.

Tyranny is rampant and must come toppling down. And this sort of tyranny should concern every American. It should not be an issue of whether we are in philosophical agreement or not. It should be an issue of whether the law is applied fairly, equally, and without bias or prejudice. Freedom allows disagreement. It does not allow utilizing government force to silence your political or philosophical enemy.

Freedom will never win if our government does not embrace the equality principle as a first priority. And at this time, it is painfully clear that they do not.

Shane Krauser is the director of the American Academy for Constitutional Education, the spokesman for, a partner with the law firm of Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, the chief instructor at K-Force Vanguard, and a radio talk show host in Phoenix, Arizona. Follow him on twitter: @ShaneKrauser


U.S. Congressional Field Hearing
IRS Testimony
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Mesa, Arizona Testimony:
Shane F. Krauser,
Director, American Academy for Constitutional Education

Shane Krauser

Shane Krauser is the director of the American Academy for Constitutional Education, an attorney in Arizona, the spokesman for Freedom Fires, a radio talk show host, an adjunct professor of constitutional and criminal law, and the chief instructor of K-Force Vanguard. He is also the primary contributor of Freedom Fires, is a former prosecutor of 12 years, and has dedicated his life to defending freedom and the Constitution. He is an author, a political commentator who has appeared on national radio and TV, and a writer whose op-eds have been published in numerous national media outlets.

Shane did his undergraduate work at Arizona State University and received his law degree from the University of Utah. He is married to Janelle Krauser, and they have six children. Follow him on twitter: @shanekrauser

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  1. sleepergirl says:

    Matt Salmon impresses me as the real deal.  His voting records supports his words.  Not no sure about our own David Schweikert anymore.  I think he’s schmoozing the GOP leadership to gain back his committee position.
    It’s good to have Shane playing for our side and I’m glad he is using the TYRANNY word in public.  Being so well versed in the Constitution, the IRS has found a worthy opponent to their repressive tactics.  We are in a fight for our future.  The divide is not R v .D, but Washington v. the people.

    1. sleepergirl Or free human beings vs. those who think they should rule over us.

      1. sleepergirl says:

        WesternFreePress sleepergirl Yes, that too.

  2. rofomoreno says:

    Though with so much manipulation and unethical loop-holing around the Constitution by this administration with President Obama at the helm, in my humble opinion it is clearly by the hands of the Democrat Party but with an alliance of far too many Republicans of questionable motives that we have arrived at this threshold – finding ourselves dangerously close under the dropping boot of American tyrants.
    Our legitimate suspicions of the Democrat Party under Liberal-Progressive leadership is a given. Though we have been caught on our heels at the depth of their willful deceit, it is yet not all so surprising. Regardless of their Party of choice, the diabolically minded have no loyalties even amongst fellow scoundrels  If we are honest with ourselves we should not fail to see that a deep cutting truth is what is needed to weed out the riff-raff element from the GOP. Leave the Left to cut it’s own throat (as it is now doing) and let it fend for itself.

  3. NeilFeuer says:

    I was at that meeting and walked out half way through it. Other than Matt Salmon, it was all hogwash. Hearing Shane Krauser just now has not only made me feel like a quitter who left the battlefield, but more important, he just explained in simple terms what we all feel and know is true. That is also why I left, there was no way we would receive any kind of truthful answers to our thousands of questions. One is more important than the other. Shane has just drawn up a to do list to prevent this dictatorship from reaching its final solution, and I am not sorry I left, but I am thrilled to listen to Shane, we have hope! I applaud Matt Salmon for making the outreach of bringing this man in front of Congress! But the bottom line is a much smaller government, the size of a pimple, and proper leadership that puts we the people first and takes responsibility, makes decisions, means what is says which. Equals a government we can trust and believe in, which is not what we have.
    And so, at our doorstep and only we can stop the madness. Hatred of government is what we feel, fear is what we feel, and that leads to tyranny, which might be the only way. As of this moment, I await Krauser thru Salmon at Congress, and I will be listening!!! I hope all of our Congress and Senate listen and make the right decision or God help us!

    1. dleeper47 says:

      Neil — you may also wish to listen to WFP’s video of the full 33 minutes of Shane’s testimony at this link below.
      I applaud Shane, Matt Salmon, and all other Congressional Reps who are still sincere in trying to change Washington back to what it’s supposed to be, but there are so many counter-incentives to that change that even initially sincere conservatives get corrupted — infected by “Potomac Fever” as some say. 
      Granted, they may go right on talking a good conservative line when they visit their home territory, but after being punished for faithfully representing their constituents’ interests in Washington, they instead turn around and begin representing Washington’s interests to their constituents.
      To be sure, they’ll go right on complaining about Washington, Congress, and the President. They’ll commiserate with their constituents. But they’ll stop taking any risks because internally they’ve given up, and they will just do what they think they have to do to get re-elected or to keep their cherished committee memberships.
      What remedy do we have?
      The strongest medicine I know is outlined in Mark Levin’s first proposed Constitutional amendment in The LIberty Amendments, just published on August 13 — namely term limits. That amendment alone would clear out the lifetime legislative-class elites like Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and others, entirely in about 6 years. Wouldn’t that be nice?
      It is the core premise in that book that the state legislatures can themselves make term limits the 28th amendment thanks to Article 5, Option 2, (A5-O2) for amending the Constitution. No permission need be sought, and none is required, from Congress, POTUS, or SCOTUS. The states are in charge.  Period. 
      The Framers meant it to be that way, as Levin shows from the Federalist papers and other documents of the time.  It is the ultimate escape clause for an over-reaching federal govt, just like the one we have now. 
      The full story is in Levin’s book, and he has done us all a favor by writing it.  Of course, the entrenched Washington elites will fight A5-O2 like hell, but they have no leg to stand on. 
      So … 
      The best thing sincere conservatives like Salmon can do is, ironically, not try to change Washington in Washington but instead to encourage state legislatures to pursue Constitutional amendments, like those in Levin’s book, via Article 5 – Option 2.
      If you haven’t already, see the link below, read Levin’s book, and join groups pursuing the Article 5 initiative.

      1. NeilFeuer says:

        Hi David, thx for the reply which I find quite helpful In so many ways. I bought Levin’s book already and intend to read ASAP. I have seen and heard him and also I have heard you talking how your kindle is just waiting for the release of his book.
        No doubt what so ever that Levin has shown us all a way out of this out of control govt, or in control KINGDOM! It will and should be read, studied and adopted so that the states and mainly we the people will be in control of our country and future.
        I will watch the full 35 minute Shane speech and would love to join the various groups, any advice or recommendation is appreciated.
        Just in the last few days with this Syriam crisis, which it is, is just another example of lack of leadership and to quote Dick Cheney and his daughter, “the first thing to do is get a new commander and chief”. I realize this was regarding NASA, not Syria or the Mideast, where of course we have seen first hand Lybia and Egypt, the Arab Spring, the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, which brings one to wonder why have them in our government, PERIOD! The list goes on. It is strictly blood money and anybody supporting this, is guilty, they are helping to fund the enemy!
        Just this morning I heard that Israel has some kind of intelligent bombs that could throw darts at the storage facilities in Syria that store the chemical weapons, destroy them and there wouldn’t be any chance if a fallout. Israel is preparing, always has.
        So planning and preparation is first and foremost and that is what we lack as seen in the last 2 days. The strike on Syria will occur so Obama can save face and live up to what he said re: Red Line, where we have no business being in the first place.
        Is anyone looking at the real problem, IRAN, going nuclear, there is the future.
        Has anyone looked into this Israeli weapon? You would think!
        So getting back to states rights and the constitution, , where does one man have all this power, we have three branches of govt, just in case our delegates forgot, and now we face so drastically change the world, on the thumbs up of the King, No one can predict the future, but I really do not feel safe or comfortable with all this power this self declared dictator has and has the back up to boot, or no resistance, quote him, “no negotiations That in itself is enough for anyone with common sense to amend what must be amended and to realize what the Founders knew when they drew up our Constitution.

    2. rofomoreno says:

      NeilFeuer There will be a McCain-Flake Immigration Town Hall meeting this morning (8/27/13) in Mesa. Judging by much of the give-n-take discussions and online comments on social media regarding concerns of government tyranny, it will be very interesting to see if the Senators heed their constituency’s voice or continue the GOP aid to the Democrat Party agenda.
      I would expect the attendance to be overwhelmingly loud and much to the Right of both Senators.

      1. rofomoreno NeilFeuer Were you able to go?

        1. rofomoreno says:

          WesternFreePress rofomoreno NeilFeuer  No sir, Neil … in fact just got in from sweat and toil. Still have to work for a living (which I’m sure is taken into consideration by both Senator’s planners). These mid-morning weekday meetings/events are just not accommodating for my economic recovery. I’m hoping to read some Right leaning eye witness accounts. But hearing a news update on the radio, Sen McCain did not budge from “we have to bring them out of the shadows”.

        2. rofomoreno NeilFeuer Yes, some events are held at rather inconvenient times!

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