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IRS Employees Threatened with Death if they Enforce Healthcare Provisions
“You can’t always get what you want.”
- The Rolling Stones -
I don’t like the new healthcare bill. I think it’s too expensive and I think it’s bad for the economy. Still, I accept it as the law of the land because it was passed by a majority of both houses of Congress and signed into law by the President.
That’s the way our democratic system works. When you buy into the system by voting, you buy into it even when you don’t win. Stated another way, it’s juvenile, ignorant and hypocritical to profess love for democracy when you’re in the majority and condemnation for it when you’re in the minority.¹
I guess it’s to be expected that in a nation of more than 300 million people there will be a few sarcastic fringeheads that are too synaptically challenged to understand the simple concept of majority rule.
Jana Winter of Fox News.com reports that the United States government is investigating dozens of online death threats directed at IRS employees after last week’s passage of healthcare reform:
The health care law has sparked protests on radical anti-tax and anti-government Web sites and within their private, password-protected e-mail lists and message boards. Some writers have labeled March 21 — the day the House passed the bill – “Bloody Sunday,” and they see it as a call to violent action against IRS workers.
In the days following the House vote, animosity toward the IRS intensified, and many heated online protests included specific discussions about the best way to go about killing tax agents.
Hundreds of comments were posted in response to an incendiary story on infowars.com, the radical far-right Web site owned by radio host Alex Jones.
The story, entitled, “The Cost Of Defying Obamacare: $2,250 a Month And IRS Goons Pointing Guns At Your Family,” focused on the “increasing militarization of the IRS” and its expansion of powers under the new health care law.
Here’s just a sampling of the illegal calls for violence:
- “If they actually try to do this, there is going to be a whole lot of thugs start vanishing. This is the last line in the sand. Those fools have just signed their death warrants!!!”
- “There’s gonna be a lot of IRS agents needing healthcare if they try to terrorize us Americans.”
- “Come and take them… they will have to hire so many IRS agents because… well, when 10 a day get killed… you do the math.”
Moron Alert: The first amendment does not give you the right to incite violence. The above statements and those like it are criminal and I have little doubt that those making them will be hunted down and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
And they should be prosecuted. There are apparently far too many people circulating amongst us who lack the benefit of an intact frontal lobe.
¹ In 2008 we wrote about this syndrome when Melissa Etheridge said that she would stop paying taxes because a majority of California residents voted for a constitutional amendment that bans gay marriage.