'Dark Money,' Robber Barons, IRS, Tyranny, Hypocrisy and the First Amendment
An article in the Washington Post tells us that the IRS is going to make some rules changes when it comes to nonprofit groups and their ability to donate money to political causes. In the middle of the scandal, no, the dirty deals coming from the IRS, where the most recent outrage is that they lost two years of Fifth Amendment enthusiast Lois Lerner's emails, this agency has the stones to attack the First Amendment.
WaPo reporter Josh Hicks writes, "The new plan, the agency's second attempt at writing guidelines for so-called social welfare groups, could be a game-changer for organizations such as Americans for Prosperity, part of a conservative network supported by Charles and David Koch, and the League of Conservation Voters, a group on the left."
Awww, the sweet do-gooders at the Conservation Voters might get stung, but those nasty Koch brothers deserve it! Right?
This revelation comes at the same time as a battle in the Senate against so-called "dark money," a cuss-word spat out right before or after the words, "Koch brothers." The buzz-words "dark money," refers to large sums of money donated to political PACs by corporations and individuals. But the ongoing campaign, coordinated between leftist Senators and the IRS is being missed by the Washington Post and a host of other media conglomerates.
Stopping individuals, corporations, and nonprofits from spending money silences them. Capping contributions is just a first step, and when imposed by the political elite, is tyranny.
Mark Knoller reported on twitter that Obama was holding a fundraiser at the home of Anne Getty Earhart, heir to Getty Oil, in Laguna Beach, California last Saturday. These fundraisers are usually around $32,000 a plate. According to Forbes, Anne Getty Earhart, gave $250,000 to a PAC for the reelection of Barack Obama, and matched it for the House Democrats in 2012. And according to Senator Chuck Schumer, that "dark money" especially from dirty oil, is the worst possible thing happening to politics today.
As usual, the hypocrisy is astounding, coming from the left. Getty not only contributes vast amounts of oil money to Democrats in general, but she also gave $600,000 to a group that digs up dirt on Republicans and conservatives, while leftists she supports demonize the oil companies that made her rich enough to make the dark money contributions.
But wait, there's more. Not only are the Senate leftists and the IRS working on the same issue at the same time, regardless of impropriety or rule of law, they are attacking the First Amendment, ostensibly to repeal it and replace it.
If the leftists in the Senate have their way, money contributed to campaigns will be only upon THEIR approval. When announcing the repeal of the First Amendment, Schumer said, "The Supreme Court is trying to take this country back to the days of the robber barons, allowing dark money to flood our elections," Schumer said. "That needs to stop, and it needs to stop now. The only way to undo the damage the court has done is to pass Senator Udall's amendment to the Constitution, and Senate Democrats are going to try to do that. Before the year is out, we're going to bring it up on the Senate floor for a vote, where we hope Republicans will join us in ensuring the wealthy can't drown out middle-class voices in our democracy."
Well I guess Obama has already been reelected, so that Getty dark money is only needed is spits and spurts now.
The Citizens United case was a reaffirmation of what the First Amendment really actually means. It acknowledges your right to speak, write, think, and act, especially politically. It allowed Anne Getty Earhart the ability to give one half of a million dollars to leftist PACs, and more than that amount to attack conservatives, just as it acknowledged the freedom of will for the Koch Brothers to start a grassroots organization that works to return this nation to the free market principles that made it prosperous.
Robber barons are a thing of the past, already regulated out of existence by a network of anti-trust laws and business regulations and taxation, penalties and fines as far as the eye can see. But the so-called robber baron that was an ancestor to Anne Getty Earhart, left her with a pretty nice bank account to do with what she wishes.
Only in America was there such a system called freedom, which allowed prosperity for all, if they worked hard for it. So much so, that generations have since still benefited from that prosperity, including the President, indirectly from Anne Getty Earhart.