TEA Party Leader Calls Judge Walton
a "Fool" and his IRS ruling Nonsensical
Kent, OH - Tom Zawistowski, Executive Director of the Portage County TEA Party, released a statement today about US District Judge Reggie Walton and his ruling Thursday dismissing two law suits against the IRS by TEA Party Groups and other Conservatives groups, including the Portage County TEA Party.
Zawistowski said, "The ruling by Justice Walton on the TEA Party suits against the IRS basically argues that if I shot you dead on the street in 2012 but two years later I was no longer shooting people dead, and promised that I would not do it again, then he had no further recourse but to let you go!!! That is in effect what he ruled. In his nonsensical ruling he acknowledges that the IRS targeted TEA Party Groups, and in doing so the IRS did deny American Citizens their Constitutionally guaranteed rights of free speech and political assembly, and basically used it's power to illegally affect the outcome of the 2012 Presidential election but - since they are not doing that now, and they promise not to do it again - then the case is dismissed!!! He is a fool, but that's not just my opinion, I will let his own words demonstrate his foolishness."
The judge still could have granted an injunction to explicitly prevent the IRS from targeting conservative groups, if he thought there was reason to believe that the agency could do it again someday. But Judge Walton said, since the defendant is the government, “there is less concern about the recurrence of objectionable behavior.” Then continued by saying, "[T]he Court is satisfied that there is no reasonable expectation that the alleged conduct will recur, as the defendants have not only suspended the conduct, but have also taken remedial measures to ensure that the conduct is not repeated,” he said, citing IRS documents on the steps they’ve taken to ensure targeting doesn’t happen again. Source
Zawistowski concluded by saying "Are you kidding me? No REASONABLE EXPECTATION THE ALLEGED CONDUCT WILL RECUR!!!! The IRS has been used by the executive branch to target groups and citizens since Kennedy and Johnson and Nixon and every administration since. In each instance they "promised not to do it again" in each case they or Congress put in remedial measures. Did Judge Walton ever hear of the Tax Payer Advocate Service that Congress setup in the 1990's, and funded with millions of our tax dollars ever since, to keep EXACTLY this type of activity from happening and they did NOTHING to stop it - even after we made them aware of it! Apparently he did not. This fool of a judge dares to insult our intelligence by suggesting that citizens should trust the same government agency that just abused us because they promised not to do it again, and then suggest that they not be subject to any punishment as an agency or as individuals for their actions. This is not justice and we can not stop until the individuals in all the involved government agencies are personally held accountable for their actions. Otherwise the American people will never be PERMANENTLY protected from this type of abuse of power and we simply will no longer exist as a free people. How much more egregious can abuse of government power be than illegally affecting the outcomes of Presidential elections? We must, and we will, continue the fight to defend the freedom and liberty of all Americans no matter what the cost."
The TEA Party is not a political party but a grassroots cultural movement. The movement is educating American citizens about the Constitution and the uniquely American form of self-governance that has made our country so successful. Through this education, the movement is attempting to re-define what it means to be an American citizen, by encouraging individual to vote, to run for office and to attend government meetings in their area so that they can participate in their self governance. The acronym TEA stands for Totally Engaged Americans.