By William A. Jacobson, Washington Times
For years, there has been a multipronged attempt to drive conservative speech from the public square.
These prongs include misuse of government powers to target conservatives, attempts to keep conservative voices from being heard on mass-media outlets, and redefinition of language in order to taint conservative speech as unacceptable.
That first prong, though, the misuse of government power, has become more prevalent during the Obama era with the targeting of conservatives and particularly Tea Party groups by the Internal Revenue Service serving as the most prominent example.
We now know, and the Treasury Department’s internal reviews have acknowledged, that the IRS delayed and deferred action on tax-exempt applications by using, among other things, screening mechanisms keyed to words such as “Tea Party.”