The IRS and Fascism – Augmented

Update June 20th 2014. Hard to believe but this piece was posted more than a year ago. Congress investigates, as its constitutional powers mandate. The investigation has been blocked by two events. First, the high-level public servant whose testimony would be central declared she would not testify at all. It’s her constitutional right to stay mute but, why should she? Who is she protecting? What reward has she been promised for her misplaced loyalty to the current administration?

Second, the Internal Revenue Service announced that it had lost thousands of emails that were requested  by Congress. They are connected  six of interlocutors of the same mute public servant. Public opinion, included that of techno savvy people – believes that it’s not possible to lose emails at all. The IRS is famous for never losing any document, not even after twenty years. What do you know!

Note for our overseas readers: The” IRS” is the Internal Revenue Service. It’s the federal government’s main tax collection agency. It is widely feared and hated . Each individual state in addition has its own tax collection agency or agencies. S o does each county. The current scandal involves only the former.

If I wanted to set up a secret police in the US, would I try to create a Gestapo from scratch? Would I call it “Gestapo,” or “NKVD,” or “KGB”?

Or would I rather take an existing, comparatively efficient agency , familiar though unloved by the mass of the people, and simply extend the reach of such an agency? I mean the Internal Revenue Service, of course.

Do I believe that President Obama  ordered the IRS to discriminate against Tea Party-sounding groups and others identified as conservatives, against other political opponents? No, I do not.

I think he is responsible for the actions of low-level underlings because he created a statist, totalitarian atmosphere. He did this a lot through his non-actions regarding his old friends, in particular, including the bomber- terrorist Bill Ayres. He is responsible for allying himself with out-and-out extremist groups in his first election. The mainstream press is light-heartedly helping him erode democracy in this country.

None of these important actors is fundamentally evil (not even Ayres today; he is just a silly old man) . The president is a man who looks so good in a suit that he is the suit itself in the end, an empty suit. The liberal press is silly in the manner intelligent people who are seldom contradicted become silly. Many of the ordinary Americans who voted for Mr Obama are keeping their eyes and ears tightly shut in an effort to keep believing that everything is alright because they elected a “man of color.” I mean even college professors, aside from journalists. Black voters have been trained to have low expectations. They  tell themselves it’s good enough that the president is (more or less)  African-American. That their unemployment rate has risen dispropotionately under this black president they pretend is not relevant.  Another kind of supporters, unions, is as corrupt as ever. Take  all the teachers’unions, for example….or, rather, don’t take them try to leave them if you can!

I think Mr Obama is the non-Fascist leader of a genuine, grass-root American  Fascist movement. The movement includes prominent Senators that preceded President Obama in office.*The recent discoveries  at the IRS are just one manifestation of creeping fascism.

See also the Obama administration’s recent violations of freedom of the press.

The Second Amendment has rarely  been more relevant.

* “In September 2010, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus wrote to IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman requesting that the agency survey major nonprofits  involved in political campaign activity for their possible ‘violations of tax laws.’ In February,  2012, Sens Charles Schumer, Michael  Bennett, Al Franken, Jeff Merkely, Jeanne Shaheen, Tom Udall and Sheldon Whitehouse wrote a similar letter to Mr Shulman, and promised [threatened -JD] to introduce legislation if the IRS failed to ‘prevent abuse of the tax code by political groups.'”

Note: All the above are or were Democratic Senators.

Excerpt from an oped by Karl Rove in the Wall Street Journal 5/18/13

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About Jacques Delacroix

I write short stories, current events comments, and sociopolitical essays, mostly in English, some in French. There are other people with the same first name and same last name on the Internet. I am the one who put up on Amazon in 2014: "I Used to Be French: an Immature Autobiography" and also: "Les pumas de grande-banlieue." To my knowledge, I am the only Jacques Delacroix with American and English scholarly publications. In a previous life, I was a teacher and a scholar in Organizational Theory and in the Sociology of Economic Development. (Go ahead, Google me!) I live in the People’s Green Socialist Republic of Santa Cruz, California.
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17 Responses to The IRS and Fascism – Augmented

  1. I agree with your thoughts on the matter, with one notable exception. I believe Obama is at the source of every single instance of erosion of the Constitution and disregard for American rights. The young Obama was taught to hate all that stands for America, both by his nitwit of a mother and his gay communist mentor in Hawaii. Have you read his autobiographical book?

    The Internal Revenue Service is an organization of bureaucrats, taking orders from above. Anti-Americanism is rampant among numerous groups of the left, and Obama has the same mentality.. I experienced that emotional hatred carried by those people first hand in the 1980’s, when I navigated around the American Indian Movement and all its allies on the far left. That is the very mentality which made me switch from a prior benevolent democratic feeling to a resolute conservative point of view. Like you, I am an immigrant. All my immigrant friends,mostly French and North Africans, hold nothing but gratitude and respect for America, with open eyes, understanding the goodness and the flaws, standing firm for the values which will perpetuate goodness and if possible dike the waves of chaos and barbarism which are threatening the existence of an extraordinary achievement by humankind. Freedom is under assault.

  2. Terry Amburgey says:

    “If I wanted to set up a secret police in the US, would I try to create a Gestapo from scratch? Would I call it “Gestapo,” or “NKVD,” or “KGB”?

    Or would I rather take an existing, comparatively efficient agency , familiar though unloved by the mass of the people, and simply extend the reach of such an agency? I mean the Internal Revenue Service, of course.”

    Why not do both? Create a new agency with the warm and fuzzy name of ‘Homeland Security” and give new powers for warrantless wiretaps to the existing National Security Agency.

    @Helene

    Sounds pretty grim, better stock up on guns and ammo.

    • On the contrary., I believe in a better future and that in the long run ideas are more powerful than guns and ammo.

    • Terry Amburgey says:

      Btw Jacques, would you mind providing me with your operational definition of fascism? Please be as specific as possible so that I know how it may vary from standard definitions. Just as an example…”Hostile to liberal democracy, socialism, and communism, fascist movements share certain common features, including the veneration of the state, a devotion to a strong leader, and an emphasis on ultranationalism, ethnocentrism, and militarism”. Does your definitionof fascism include those common features?

    • Terry: Is there a difference between the merging of several existing security agencies under the trauma of 9/11 and turning the IRS into an agent of a political side?

      Simple question. Try not to evade it. You might begin with a “Yes” or a “No.”

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  4. Replying to Terry’s request: Fascism is a complex topic. There is no reason to treat it like a junior high subject. So, here it is below, the complete conference. Those of my readers who don’t want to make their brains work don’t stay here anyway. They soon move on to a liberal blog written for younger teenagers.

    In spite of title, this is actually part one of two:

    https://factsmatter.wordpress.com/2009/06/13/fascism-explained-2/

    This is part two:
    https://factsmatter.wordpress.com/2009/06/01/how-bout-communism-part-2-of-essay-on-fascism/

    • Terry Amburgey says:

      Thank you very much. I think you are totally off base with regard to corporatism but this is not the time or place for that discussion. The quibble I do want to bring up now is:

      “Fascist regimes are never conservative. They are revolutionary or radical reformists with an agenda of social justice. These words mean always and everywhere, “equalization.” There is some confusion in history books on this issue for several reasons. First, the head of Spanish fascism, General Franco had a Catholic agenda that looks culturally conservative on the surface. In fact, Franco tried to restore his own archaic version of Catholicism in a country where religious practice had gone down to near-zero levels among the men. Thus, Franco was not trying to conserve anything but to go back to a largely illusory, invented past.”

      It’s clear to everyone (except conservatives) that the essence of American conservatism is the desire to go back to a largely illusory, invented past. I see no conflict between fascism and conservatism in the U.S. Let’s check the list…the veneration of the state, a devotion to a strong leader, and an emphasis on ultranationalism, ethnocentrism, and militarism. Yup, looks like conservatism and fascism match up feature for feature.

      • To me, as I learned the meaning of the Constitution, and the history of the United States as a viable nation, in order to become an American citizen, it became clear that this nation is not like others, created from blood ties or territorial boundaries, but by allegiance to a covenant, a social contract. Conservative thought, as I understand it, wants to honor that contract, which alone guarantees an American Nation. Adherence to its carefully drawn out principles is essential. Change is provided for, by amendment, and history has verified that such change can occur and will occur. The oath that binds us to the Constitution binds us to the People of America as members of a nation. Without it, there is nothing that prevents this nation from dissolving. There is nothing in that conviction which can be equated to a desire to return to an illusory or invented past.

      • To Terry:

        1 American conservatives’ “veneration of the state” ?

        2 Salon (???): “Bush did it too”! N.S. !
        Where was the liberal press when Bush was conducting his own fascist coup by using the IRS according to Salon?

        Answer to Terry’s question: Did the Bush administration do the same? No. It appeared to have done something vaguely similar on a very small scale according to the little-respected (falsely French -sounding) publication Terry addresses us to. It was so small that this may explain why the liberal-left press stayed quiet.

        3 A bureaucratic change intended to improve national defense,* done in broad daylight, is worse than clandestine harassment of opposition groups?

        I will let you dangle in the wind on all three counts.

        * I thought it was a bad organizational move. I said it at the time. It was ill-thought, it was not evil or destructive of democracy. Is there a difference?

      • Terry Amburgey says:

        @Helene
        “Conservative thought, as I understand it,…”

        Therein lies the problem. I’ll make you a deal. You and Jacques get to define the nature of conservatism and I get to define the nature of progressivism.

      • Terry Amburgey says:

        @Jacques.
        1. Yes. Typically tied to patriotic jingoism and “American Exceptionalism” (see Helene for a recent example).
        2. Irrelevant. Where was the conservative press?
        3. As for the virtue of ‘in broad daylight’ I will refer you to your own essay on fascism. I will happily dangle in the wind while you are hoisted upon your own petard as the saying goes.

  5. Terry: Read what immigrant Helen wrote in a comment before this one about the USA. You will learn something fundamental you probably used to know and forgot.

  6. To respond to a request:

    Conservatism:

    Only individuals have rights. (Groups have no rights as groups.)
    The best government is the government that governs least. (Government if evil because it takes by force. It’s a necessary evil to some extent.)
    The proper activity of government is to protect the lives of citizens from enemies without and from criminals within

    • I suspect (I don’t affirm) that Prof Terry does not know what the words “American exceptionalism” mean.

      I am being unfair here. There is a systematic asymmetry of informational status between Prof. Terry and me that is not his fault: I could not be deeply ignorant of liberals’ (progressives’ whatever they call themselves these days) ideology if I wanted to. Their media domination over conservatives is 95 to 5. I don’t try to escape but I couldn’t if I tried.

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