I’ve been given the privilege of writing a weekly political commentary column at Rasmussen Reports.  Scott Rasmussen is the best pollster in the business, and it’s really a privilege to have this opportunity.  Each week, we’ll feature a link to the column here.

This weeks commentary is about why it’s so important for regular citizens to stand up to the IRS.  Here’s an excerpt:

The immediate crisis facing us involves an agency of the federal government targeting people for illegal and unconstitutional treatment based on their political viewpoints.  Congress funds the IRS, creates the laws under which they operate and theoretically provides oversight.  So who is really responsible for the crisis?  Is the current problem with the IRS the disease we must address or merely a symptom of a more serious illness?  Is it a rogue agency, or are we witness to a rogue government?

Many in the media present the IRS scandal as a bug in the system.  But the reality is it’s not a bug, it’s a feature.  With a tax code nearing 80,000 pages, with more special favors and loopholes being added every year, what we’re witnessing is a system operating exactly as designed.  The IRS has wide discretionary powers to punish those who oppose government policies and to give favors to their friends.

Read the whole thing here.

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 MarkMeckler.com, 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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