**Written by Doug Powers
Count Chuck Schumer among those who aren’t even pretending that we have a Constitution anymore, though it doesn’t seem he’s been paying very close attention to the news:
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) proposed using the Internal Revenue Service to curtail Tea Party group funding during a speech on how to “exploit” and “weaken” the movement at the Center for American Progress on Thursday.
Arguing that Tea Party groups have a financial advantage after the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, Schumer said the Obama administration should bypass Congress and institute new campaign finance rules through the IRS.
“It is clear that we will not pass anything legislatively as long as the House of Representatives is in Republican control, but there are many things that can be done administratively by the IRS and other government agencies—we must redouble those efforts immediately,” Schumer said.
Come on, Chuck, try and keep up. Been there, done that.
After serving up an example of how big government and its proponents can present an unchecked threat to liberties, Schumer identified the Tea Party’s weakness:
He said the small government mantra espoused by Tea Party leaders is the “core weakness of the Tea Party, and one we can exploit to turn American politics around to the benefit of our nation.”
Shorter version: “Big government can crush small government every time.”
Thanks for making the point, Chuck.
Schumer did not mince words in his critique of the tea party. He compared the movement to angry, backward looking populist movements throughout American history, including the Know-Nothings an anti-Catholic immigrant movement prominent in the 1850s, Prohibitionists who he said were reactionaries responding to the urbanizing culture of the U.S. in the early 20th century, and to “Father Coughlins and Huey Longs” in reference to the anti-semitic Catholic priest and radio host in the 1930s and the radical redistributionist governor of Louisiana in the same era.
Long in 1934:
In a national radio address on February 23, 1934, Huey Long unveiled his “Share Our Wealth” plan (also known as Huey Long’s “Share the Wealth” plan), a program designed to provide a decent standard of living to all Americans by spreading the nation’s wealth among the people.
Democrats including Schumer in 2008:
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s comment to “Joe the Plumber” about his intended policy to “spread the wealth” is a good idea, according to Democratic leaders.
Project much, Chuck?
**Written by Doug Powers
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