Give me a break.  Remember when the top level Obama administration officials singled out the tax exempt status applications of tea party groups for extra scrutiny?  Yeah, we do too.  It was one of the most unconstitutional, un-American government actions in recent memory.

But now, the officials are hiding behind the apron of Big Government to save them. Yes, really. The FreeBeacon reports:

Current and former IRS officials are asking not to publicly testify about the agency’s alleged bias against Tea Party and other conservative organizations, claiming they are in danger if they do so.

Former official Lois Lerner and Holly Paz both argued in recent filings under seal in the U.S. District Court in Cincinnati that the death threats and other harassment they have faced take precedence over the public’s right to hear their testimony on the case of IRS bias against conservative groups…

This is a joke, and they continue to hide behind the government.  Tea partiers were subjected to scorn, ridicule, abuse and threats precisely because of what people like Lois Lerner did to us.  They tried to make us look like criminals.  I and my family, and many other tea partiers received death threats.  I was forced to take safety precautions including wearing body armor for public appearances.  The idea that Lois Lerner, Holly Paz and others could hide from public scrutiny of their crimes by saying that people post mean things about them on blogs is an outrage.

However, the outrage should not be reserved only for them.  The IRS and the DOJ continue to stonewall the tea party groups’ pursuit of justice.  Even under the Trump administration there has been absolutely no change in the outrageous, obnoxious, expensive, time consuming, foot dragging of the government in this case.  Nothing has changed.  There seems to be no difference, not one iota, between Obama and Trump on this and I don’t understand why under the Trump Administration they are still fighting us.

If Lois Lerner and her ilk are allowed to hide like this, then no public official will ever again be subject to public scrutiny.  The internet is full of trolls of all political persuasions, who say mean things in response to news articles.  Welcome to the real world.  To Ms. Lerner personally, I say this.  ‘When your family has been subjected to harassment by the IRS and the federal government for years, in addition to some mean blog posts, perhaps…perhaps I will feel sympathy for you.  You and your compatriots have not yet faced justice, but I pray that someday you will.’

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About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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