The IRS singling out the Tea Party for special scrutiny is wrong. It is also the kind of treatment that group has long advocated for Muslims and immigrants. If the principle is sound that frisking Muslims because they are more likely to be terrorists, and pulling Latino and Latina drivers over because they are more likely to be undocumented, then it make perfect sense to audit anti-tax groups assuming they are more likely to be tax cheats. If profiling is wrong for one group, it is wrong for all.
There was precious little conservative hue and cry when peace groups and Occupy Wall Street protesters were singled out for government investigations and spying during the Reagan and Bush years. That silence helped lay the legal foundation for oppressing conservatives today. And it is liberal silence about these very abuses against conservatives during the Clinton and Obama years that will build their own future pit of misery.
Don’t get me wrong, I will defend the rights of Tea Party members against this kind of injustice, I would just have more enthusiasm if they offered the same rights to others. In a democracy, it is our willingness to withhold justice from our enemies that prepares the path to our own future oppression.
It seems to me that the msg. you want to send that profiling is prejudicial and wrong regardless of who does it gets lost in gloating over “what goes around comes around.” 5/12/13–09:10 CDT
Bob, I was hoping to make a link between the prejudice they recognize (others profiling them) and the prejudice they do not recognize (their call to profile others.)
“I wish there was more GOP interest when I raised the same issue during the Bush administration, where they audited a progressive church in my district in what look liked a very selective way,” California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff said on MSNBC Monday. “I found only one Republican, [North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones], that would join me in calling for an investigation during the Bush administration. I’m glad now that the GOP has found interest in this issue and it ought to be a bipartisan concern.”