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Monday, January 27, 2014

Silencing the political opposition -- Editorial, The Washington Times

**FILE** Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat (Associated Press)Sen. Schumer urges tougher harassment by the IRS

Chuck Schumer, the Senate's No. 3 Democrat, thinks the Internal Revenue Service hasn't done enough to silence the Tea Party. He wants the White House and the IRS to "immediately redouble" efforts to shut down conservative political-action groups through tougher government oversight and enforcement.

The Tea Party opposes much of President Obama's agenda, and to Mr. Schumer, that's both a sin and a crime.

In a speech last week to the liberal Center for American Progress, the senior senator from New York said, "There are many things that can be done administratively by the IRS and other government agencies" to silence groups that obstruct Democratic policies.

When several dozen conservative organizations applied to the IRS for nonprofit status in the run-up to the 2012 elections, they had to struggle through bureaucratic roadblocks and obstacles while the applications of liberal groups sailed through without a hitch. The government insisted this was mere coincidence, but Mr. Schumer's remarks revealed the fire under the smoke.

In late November, the Treasury Department introduced a new rule to "redefine and restrict" the political activities of nonprofits. The administration says the revised regulations are needed to improve the way such organizations are regulated, but it's obvious the rules were changed to thwart the legitimate politicking of the Tea Party.

Liberals just can't get over the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court that guaranteed the free speech of everyone. They can't get over the plain and unambiguous language of the First Amendment that citizens have the right of free speech and the right to petition the government, even harass the government, whether the government likes it or not.

What they despise most of all is that the Supreme Court leveled the playing field, enabling conservative billionaires to spend their money as freely as liberal billionaires such as George Soros spend theirs to win friends and influence as many voters as they can.

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