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Saturday, June 9, 2018
Left-Wing Thugs and the Dark Art of Political Intimidation
By Kimberly Strassel, Guest Columnist
is the United States of America. You are totally free to express your political
views. No one is going to tell you what you can say or how you can say it,
right? But what if you thought you’d be audited by the IRS or have your
business boycotted or even lose your job? Would you speak freely then?
is not a hypothetical question. It’s
happening to Americans right now. It’s what may be called “The Intimidation
Game.” And players in Washington, D.C. are very
good at it.
object of this “game” is to make political opponents pay a high price for expressing
their opinions. It was a standard technique in the Jim Crow South in the
1950’s. It was used by racist southern Democrats to silence members of black
civil rights groups like the NAACP. And these tactics have been revived and
improved upon by today’s Democratic Party and its allies on the Progressive
Left. They want to silence conservatives; just like racists once wanted to
silence blacks and their liberal supporters.
it’s accomplished in three ways. First, harass;
Second, investigate and prosecute; and
Tactic number one: Harass.
federal and state agencies and bureaucrats on political enemies. Remember the
IRS targeting scandal that began in 2010? That’s when the Service
systematically denied or delayed bestowing non-profit status on more than 400
citizen-activist groups, almost all
conservative. These groups--representing tens of thousands of
Americans--clearly met IRS tax-exempt standards. But the IRS delay and denial
made it impossible for these groups to raise or spend money during the 2012
presidential election. Had they been able to, would the election have turned
out differently? We’ll never know.
continue to claim the scandal was the result of rogue IRS agents who didn’t
understand the law. They understood the law alright. And they were corrupt, not rogue.
know from documents obtained through Congressional investigations and the
Freedom of Information Act that the IRS was taking its cue from powerful
Democrats and their left-wing allies, like MoveOn.org. For example, Michigan
Senator Carl Levin repeatedly pressured the Service to investigate conservative
non-profits. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama warned about “shadowy” Tea Party
groups. Lois Lerner, the head of the IRS non-profit division and a Democratic
Party loyalist, took the unmistakable ‘hint.’
Tactic number two: Investigate and prosecute.
The real lesson of the 2016 Election
Wisconsin, Democrat prosecutors engaged in a bogus campaign-finance investigation
into conservative groups which had supported Wisconsin’s Republican Governor,
Scott Walker. The prosecutors subpoenaed emails and financial records of the
groups and their employees. They staged pre-dawn raids on the homes of
Wisconsin conservatives, confiscating computers and correspondence. Then, they
warned the victims of these phony investigations and terrorizing raids that
they’d go to jail if they told anyone what was happening to them. It took the
state Supreme Court to end this gross abuse of government power. But the
message was sent by Democrats in Wisconsin: threaten our authority and you will
pay a steep price.
Tactic number three: Blackmail.
American Legislative Exchange Council, also known as ALEC, is a nonprofit that
is very good at getting free-market legislation passed at the state level. It
is supported by a number of corporate donors, Coca-Cola and Kraft once among
them. In 2012, left-wing groups – who have long hated ALEC – decided to target
ALEC’s corporate donors. These leftist groups threatened to run ads branding
the donors as racists or climate deniers unless they pulled their support. It
worked. More than 100 major donors ended their funding.
if these three tactics weren’t bad enough, the Left has added a new weapon to
its intimidation arsenal: forced disclosure of political donors. This is when
the names of people who give money to a cause, or a candidate, are made public.
Democrats Dress for Success!
can be good when it lets citizens keep track of whose money may be influencing
politicians. But it’s bad when it’s used to target and punish average Americans
who make political donations.
activists in California used financial disclosure records to assemble a
searchable map of every person who donated to California’s Prop 8 campaign
supporting traditional marriage. The donors on that list had their cars keyed,
their windows broken, and their businesses flash-mobbed. Some Prop 8 supporters
even lost their jobs, most notably the CEO of Mozilla Firefox, Brendan Eich.
how do we stop this intimidation?
learn to recognize the Left’s bully tactics. They’re not subtle.
be very wary of initiatives to increase financial disclosure. They sound good,
but they’re almost always just Left-wing attempts to get new names of people to
finally, we must fight back. They can only win if we let them. We can’t let
them. Our freedom depends on it.
Kimberly Strassel is a member of The Wall Street
Journal editorial board. Prager University helps millions of Americans
understand the fundamental values that shaped America and provides the
resources to articulate them. Published with permission.
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