Ron Paul: "The IRS’s Job Is To Violate Our Liberties"

Tyler Durden's picture

From Ron Paul

The IRS’s Job Is To Violate Our Liberties

“What do you expect when you target the President?” This is what an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agent allegedly said to the head of a conservative organization that was being audited after calling for the impeachment of then-President Clinton. Recent revelations that IRS agents gave “special scrutiny” to organizations opposed to the current administration’s policies suggest that many in the IRS still believe harassing the President’s opponents is part of their job.

As troubling as these recent reports are, it would be a grave mistake to think that IRS harassment of opponents of the incumbent President is a modern, or a partisan, phenomenon. As scholar Burton Folsom pointed out in his book New Deal or Raw Deal, IRS agents in the 1930s where essentially “hit squads” against opponents of the New Deal. It is well-known that the administrations of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson used the IRS to silence their critics. One of the articles of impeachment drawn up against Richard Nixon dealt with his use of the IRS to harass his political enemies. Allegations of IRS abuses were common during the Clinton administration, and just this week some of the current administration’s defenders recalled that antiwar and progressive groups alleged harassment by the IRS during the Bush presidency.

The bipartisan tradition of using the IRS as a tool to harass political opponents suggests that the problem is deeper than just a few “rogue” IRS agents—or even corruption within one, two, three or many administrations. Instead, the problem lays in the extraordinary power the tax system grants the IRS.

The IRS routinely obtains information about how we earn a living, what investments we make, what we spend on ourselves and our families, and even what charitable and religious organizations we support. Starting next year, the IRS will be collecting personally identifiable health insurance information in order to ensure we are complying with Obamacare’s mandates.

The current tax laws even give the IRS power to marginalize any educational, political, or even religious organizations whose goals, beliefs, and values are not favored by the current regime by denying those organizations “tax-free” status. This is the root of the latest scandal involving the IRS.

Considering the type of power the IRS excises over the American people, and the propensity of those who hold power to violate liberty, it is surprising we do not hear about more cases of politically-motivated IRS harassment. As the first US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall said, “The power to tax is the power to destroy” — and who better to destroy than one’s political enemies?

The US flourished for over 120 years without an income tax, and our liberty and prosperity will only benefit from getting rid of the current tax system. The federal government will get along just fine without its immoral claim on the fruits of our labor, particularly if the elimination of federal income taxes are accompanied by serious reduction in all areas of spending, starting with the military spending beloved by so many who claim to be opponents of high taxes and big government.

While it is important for Congress to investigate the most recent scandal and ensure all involved are held accountable, we cannot pretend that the problem is a few bad actors. The very purpose of the IRS is to transfer wealth from one group to another while violating our liberties in the process, thus the only way Congress can protect our freedoms is to repeal the income tax and shutter the doors of the IRS once and for all.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
slaughterer's picture

If only RP were in the White House.  If only...

SilverIsKing's picture

The truth is that if RP had been elected President, his white house would have been about 7 feet long, 2.5 feet wide, and 3 feet tall.

Going Loco's picture

RP being president was always about as likely as Congress protecting freedoms, repealing the income tax, and shuttering the doors of the IRS once and for all. Such things never happen.

DaveyJones's picture

They're doing a great job cause every day I feel more and more violated

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Ah, poor Amerikan citizen is rape and violate by government... sob... welcome to "rest of world"! You have it all and elect abject amateur for president of great free nation. Why is surprise when SHTF and get soiled!?

King_of_simpletons's picture

As the first US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall said

Obviously nothing changed after he said that. So I suggest we conserve our energy by shutting the fuck up, as they say.




pmbug's picture

Well, once Sweden and the "US experiment in Nigeria" have laid the groundwork, the USA may transition into a cashless society.  And then FedGov won't need the IRS any more.  They will be replaced by computers. 

Jack Napier's picture

Boris is so good at being bad with English that it makes me want to save all his posts and make a How-To Guide. Keep it coming!

Anusocracy's picture

Culling out the 'un-antlike' is how an ant colony evolved.

That is basically what government's effect on Homo sapiens is moving us towards.

iDealMeat's picture

Mr. Paul,  How about actually calling some people out instead of throwing softballs at some institution?

How about publicly calling for Jon Corzine's (MF Global, GS, Obama Bundler) arrest? You could have

pulled that card and gone full M.A.D. during the election and probably prevented a lot of what is and has



Your just as at fault as any of them.

kralizec's picture

I'd prefer he lead the mob burning the bums out, but maybe that's just my fantasy...

rustymason's picture

Pretty easy to criticize RP from your keyboard. You cannot criticize him for stuff he has done, so criticize him for not being Superman and not having done everything. RP is one honest man in a very large coven of murderous witches. It's hard enough just to stay alive, much less be your savior.

iDealMeat's picture

Funny that I get junked for criticizing RP.  He was in govt for what ?40 years? Yes, he does have some integrity, intelligence, and some honesty.. He was chairman of the Domestic Monetary Policy Subcommittee and Never called on the Bernank or Corzine to explain themselves..  MF Global was the 22'd primary dealer for the FED that went Bankrupt for fuck sakes.. What was more of opportunity to act upon his beliefs regarding the FED?

He's been around the "murderous witches" long enough to know who is behind JFK.. He's smart enough to know that Building 7 didn't just burn down..

How about calling some bitches out?


He's a player..  Feeding your false sense of hope you have for any constitutional freedoms..

rustymason's picture

You know nothing about RP but criticize him intensely, just like that psychotic blowhard Karl Denniger. I've been following RP for over ten years now. I've been to his talks, I have talked to him, and I have read dozens of his articles, I watched him many times on TV and listened to him on the radio. I have investigated the bills he has sponsored, the committees he has chaired, and the "movements" he has worked in or lent help to. A more honest, hard-working man you will not find in Washington. You should try actually knowing something about what he has done and the hard time that other politicians have always given him over the years, and how he is always the last man standing against any bill that is unconstitutional. The MSM, D.C., the Israel lobby, and the banksters are his bitter enemies. Oh, and you, too.

He is one of the few people who constantly criticize the Fed and the IRS, but that it not enough for you. What do you want? His blood?

iDealMeat's picture

You're right, frankly..  I really don't know much about RP..  I don't care.. No.. I don't want any of his blood. I want some accountability..  and WOW, It seems you're pretty enamored with the good Dr. Paul.

You know who else He's had quite an impression on?  His own Son, Rand.. 


Oh...., wait...  never mind.


Jack Napier's picture

All I want is for Ron Paul to admit his a masonic plant for controlled opposition. His entire family is in it except for him and Rand. That way they have plausible deniability.

iDealMeat is right. Paul was in politics for 3 decades. What change did he ever make? Idealism is great and all but it doesn't get things done. HR1207 to Audit the Fed was a joke, no teeth, nothing promised was ever delivered. He's shining us on.

DosZap's picture

iDealMeat is right. Paul was in politics for 3 decades. What change did he ever make? Idealism is great and all but it doesn't get things done. HR1207 to Audit the Fed was a joke, no teeth, nothing promised was ever delivered. He's shining us on.


Get real, ONE Representative can do NOTHING!,he has been the LONE voice in the wilderness up in that shithole for 30yrs.


Jack Napier's picture

If any you guys follow Dr. Paul as closely as I have you will remember how popular HR1207 was to finally audit the Fed. All the C4L peeps were counting the congressional votes cheering every step of the way (I was one of them for a time), and then it gets gutted in the 11th hour and no audit has ever taken place. That's bullshit. I dropped the Paul ticket like a hot rock after that.

A lone voice isn't going to get anything done except to placate people.

If he was serious about getting elected he never would have run as a Republican as it was obvious he'd never get the party nomination, and wouldn't have run off with all those money bombs without even seeing through a candidacy.

His wife and daughters are practicing freemasons, and so was his father. His job is to keep you complacent. He is the vampire killer, Bernanke is the vampire, and they're both marionettes in this play.

Ron and Rand are both career politicians. Rand was even willing to support Romney in spite of his Bain Capital history just to have a longshot at VP. They are just getting theirs like everybody else.

I don't enjoy ripping these guys apart but I was duped by them until I did enough due diligence. There isn't anybody out there who's going to be our champion. We have to do it ourselves.

iDealMeat's picture

+1, The one thing the "Leaders" hate is losing their followers..  The system simply is not fixable. Not worth it to lose days/years of your life by stressing about it.

Cut your consumption in half, sit back, and enjoy the show as the elite turn on one another.

Winston Smith 2009's picture

"You know nothing about RP but criticize him intensely"

That wasn't directed at me, but to it I say, RP was the chairman of this committe and what did he ever even attempt to do with it?

The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology includes—

(iv) domestic monetary policy, and agencies which directly or indirectly affect domestic monetary policy, including the effect of such policy and other financial actions on interest rates, the allocation of credit, and the structure and functioning of domestic financial institutions [such as the Federal Reserve System];

He should have gone balls to the wall at least after he decided to not run for another term.  He didn't.

SamAdams's picture

While Ron is careful not to step over the line, RAND IS THE WEASEL.  Rand will be the republican distraction for president in 2016 and will throw all sorts of liberty minded people under the bus.

Here is Rand in Jerusalem, in front of the Israeli flag, stating how America should not have a king?  Way to confuse your base you **** moron!!!

seek's picture

Boris, our president was appointed, not elected. You of all should know this.

mess nonster's picture

Ron Paul is anti-Israel and anti-Semitic. I know this is true because he opposes the Federal Reserve, which is run almost exclusively by Jewish Zionists. If the Fed were ended, then the power of Jewish patriots of Israel to tax Americans and use their money to support a Jewish homeland would be greatly compromised.

I am very glad to see that ZeroHedge has recently implemented an anti-hate-speech policy in order to restrain the racist and anti-semitic comments of certain ZH readers. I am sure the ZH management did this on the proimtings of their own conscience, without any pressure from the ADL, SPLC, or other heroic defenders of free speech, such as the IDF.

I cannot tell you how relieved I was to see Ron Paul marginalized by the interpid and courageous reporters of the major news networks. The RNC also did a fantastic job in stonewallling and silencing Ron Paul supporters in the run-up to the most recent election. I give the officials at the RNC kudos for their heroic support for Israel and for free speech everywhere.

Israel has been a beacon for freedom and liberty throughout the world. The Israeli's enlightened treatment of the aboriginal population of their ancient homeland is a model of modern humane relocation and containment procedures.

Again, if Ron Paul had been elected, we would be taken back to the darkness of the Enlightenment, where such concepts as God, and God-given natural rights were the witchcraft and superstition of the day.

 We would be hamstrung by the outdated proscriptions of that worthless rag called the Constitution, which was written by anti-Semitic white men who would today call for the destruction of Israel, were they alive. Imagine! The Constitution forbids the direct taxation of private property by the federal Government! if this bizarre directive were actually followed, how would Israel be able to defend herself from the enemies that surround her?

Ron Paul is a menace, and all who support his policies should be monitored and surveilled by the State. If they get out of line, Ron paul supporters should be detained indefinitely, until some sort of evidence can be found to charge them with a crime, or they are re-educated, whichever is the more effective control.

Freedom is taxation.

War is shopping.

Ignorance is Google.

Long live Ingsoc!

SamAdams's picture

Million Dollar Bonus, is that you?

rustymason's picture

Ron Paul does not personally hate anyone. In personal terms, he is quite the modern liberal. He has no real problems with foreigners. That fact may disappoint the haters, but its completely true. He's just a nice guy. Meet him, you will see for yourself.

OTOH, he is a strong, unwaivering believer in the vision of the Founders, in the Constitution, and in property rights. That is what moves him, much more than his personal beliefs about race, ethnicity, or smoking pot. Sean Insanity, Lush Rimbaugh, Bill the Leprachaun, and Michael the savage weiner are all lying media whores when they say otherwise.

RP also recognizes that several American institutions have been totally taken over and corrupted by hostile entities (it's illegal in die Schweiz to tell you who they are) and he works hard to stop them. Unfortunately, he is an army of one and is unable to get much real work done on Capitol Hill.

mydogisprettierthanyou's picture

"Ron Paul is anti-Israel and anti-Semitic."


Why? Because he wants the US to stop the purse strings and stop being an older brother against the bullies?


I say if Israel wants to pick a fight with Iran, Syria, Lebanon, etc...let them back up their BS.

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

Yeah team Marxism is in full control of both sides of the aisle and has captured the MSM, higher education institutions, wall street, banks and finance. This whole shit show is nothing more about trying to reestablish public confidence in the system and an internal turf war for team Marx between the left wing faction aka the Fabian Socialists like Hillary, Obama, Chucky Cheese Schumer, etc and right wing communistic faction like Lindsey Graham, John McCain etc for who is going to be the favored party come 2016. It has to be Hillary or else they have real competition from the Libertarians and Tea Party types though they might be able to undermine them like they did in 2008 by buying people off like Marco (Ricky Retardo) Rubio. If anyone who isn't on team Marxism grabs too much power they are going to get suicided if they don't coalesce and become strong and organized enough to counteract team Marxism. The Neville Chamberlain approach is not going to work with team Marxism, the sooner people realize the paradigm has shifted and this not longer a left vs right, democrat vs republican issue but Team Marx and Team Keynes vs Team Capitalism and Team Austrian for what truely makes for a free and diverse and prosperous society and economic system. I think it is obvious Team Marx and Keynes are failing miserably and can't function without the use of lies and deceit to foward their agenda.

It is time for the reset button and change in approach...........

It is time for a full house cleaning by any means necessary of as many of these Marxists whether they are left or right leaning and replace them with left and right leaning capitalists to heal and restore the republic. The cronyism on Wall Street don't give a fuck which end of Marxist scale we lean as long they can control both sides of the coin in their playground because corporatism and Marxism share one common element which dehumanization of the average person where they are nothing more than resource to be controlled and used as needed for the advantage of a select few, socialist approach deals with psychological while the corporate is the business approach to for this means to an end.

It is quite fucking simple when you take all the bullshit out of the equation as Ayn Rand once said.

"When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion - when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing - when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors - when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you - when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice - you may know that your society is doomed."

Ident 7777 economy's picture

"team Marxism is in full control of both sides of the aisle " No

Maybe seen from the perspective of say, a Mussolini?

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

Survey says wrong. Try better than character assassination there Spanky. I am not the one running for office or trying to be a politician. People have to do for themselves first and foremost which means change comes from the individual and within first then radiates out. A control freak like Mussolini (who is just another team Marxist) wants to control that process. A guy like me who is a Libertarian doesn't, we only want to empower people to commit to trying to walk the path and help along as needed. If they don't do they get Marxism and progressively more repressive Marxism as the resources dry up.

Ident 7777 economy's picture

heh 'survey', not logic or reason. Thanks for playing.

Creepy Lurker's picture

If you have a refutation of what Dewey says, spit it out. If it has merit, people will listen. Poor attempts at snark don't convince anyone.

Ident 7777 economy's picture

What about a third option, that of an approving (or disapproving, as in this case) critic, whose review may be presented without further comment? A 'summary judgement review' if you will.


Additionally, when what is proffered in the first paragraph (followed by supporting argument) FAILS on its face, why do I need to argue against what follows?

Maybe you can clear that up ...

Anusocracy's picture

Team Marxism and team Fascism have performed a Vulcan Mind Meld and are in control of both sides of the aisle.

IamtheREALmario's picture

Intersting view.


A. The creators and distributors of money control everything in a world where all money is created from debt. The government and the politicians are simply slaves (with an ego complex) to the distributors of money.

B. Having read some of Marx's writings, it is clear that his portrayal of communism is simply a ploy to fool the people into handing power from one group to another group. People have always suffered under communist rule. The only equality under communism is an equality of oppression to outsiders and corruption and abuse from the insiders. It is a poisonous lie... dressed up to look like a chocolate chip cookie.

For the parasite class, it is all about draining so much blood out of the host that it cannot fight the infection but survives in a semi-comotose state.

MachoMan's picture

We only have the law of the jungle...  self interest dominates all.  Our descriptions of a present state of the economy are simply fleeting and fickle...  I'm not sure we can even accurately describe mixed economic systems (all of the ones that matter).  The only consideration is how much power to grant central authority...  who has that power is completely irrelevant (and changes fairly frequently).  We're all part of the parasite class if given enough power... 

Anusocracy's picture

Self interest is fine as long as it is not backed by a legalized use of force.

If that happens, a competition between increasingly nasty people vying for control will ensue. The US is a prime example.


MachoMan's picture

Pretty much, but the problem is that self interest always leads to the legalized use of force...  it's a quandry humans haven't quite managed to overcome.

Anusocracy's picture

If desire to control is a bell curve distribution, then only the tiniest minority lacks the desire.

Most everyone is social and that means that they desire to 'influence' others.

Hulk's picture

Rand's last paragraph describes us to a t...

slightlyskeptical's picture

Nice rant but the reality is that capitalism is not much different than marxism. Capitalism is the ownership of the means of production by those who have the capital. Ultimately it means these same folks end of controlling the government,so the re4ality is that marxism is simply the end result of Capitalism.

What I believe you want is free unfettered trade dependent upon true unmanipulated supply and demand which isn't capitalism at all and never will be.

Ident 7777 economy's picture

"What I believe you want is free unfettered trade dependent upon true unmanipulated supply and demand which isn't capitalism at all and never will be."

It does look as if you've fully decoupled the horse from the cart. Nicely done.

tmosley's picture

A martyr would only help the cause of liberty.

Burt Gummer's picture

I will never understand why or how the American people did not elect Ron Paul in 2008 and 2012, apparently they like being slaves.