We can’t say we weren’t warned.

In 2009, the president of the United States “joked” about auditing his political enemies.

Also in 2009, a senior White House official told the president’s supporters, “If you get hit, we will punch back twice as hard.”

In 2010 President Obama exhorted supporters to “punish our enemies.”

In my lifetime I have not seen such malicious public rhetoric from a sitting president directed against his political opposition.

And, sadly, the federal bureaucracy—overloaded with leftists with better job security than your average tenured college professor—heard the president’s punitive and vengeful message and acted on it.

Read how in my most recent American Spectator article 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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