Thursday, March 1, 2018

Obama Snubs Billy Graham Funeral

It should come as no surprise the World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer has no plans to attend the funeral service for the late evangelist Billy Graham. The best he could muster was a tweet for the fallen spiritual leader.
Contrary to his claims of sharing the faith of Americans, he showed his contempt by referring to working-class voters as, “bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
His administration engaged in an eight-year-long campaign of political payback and heavy-handed bullying and intimidation by the IRS that specifically targeted their political enemies.
One of its enemies was America’s pastor.
The IRS sent agents to review the tax-exempt status of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in the fall of 2012 because they purchased newspaper ads urging voters to support candidates "who base their decisions on biblical principles and support the nation of Israel."
Billy Graham’s son, Franklin, sent a letter to President Obama outlining how Samaritan's Purse and the BGEA were the subjects of an IRS probe during the 2012 campaign season.
"In light of what the IRS admitted to on Friday, May 10, 2013, and subsequent revelations from other sources, I do not believe the IRS audit of our two organizations last year was a coincidence─or justifiable. I am bringing this to your attention because I believe that someone in the Administration was targeting and attempting to intimidate us. This is morally wrong and unethical─indeed some would call it 'un-American.'"
Soon after, Attorney General Eric Holder stated the Federal Bureau of Investigation would look into what was happening at the IRS during the 2012 election season.  Holder failed to conduct a criminal investigation of the IRS or enforce the contempt citation issued against Lois Lerner by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
According to a published report by Forbes, “Congressional leaders fumed when sources indicated no criminal charges would be filed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation following a lengthy investigation into tax exempt organization scandal. Reportedly, investigators never found evidence of political bias or "enemy hunting" that are considered to be criminal. No criminal charges were ever filed against any IRS employee or official related to this scandal.”
The report continues, “The DOJ advised Congress that it was closing its investigation and confirmed it would not recommend criminal charges against Lois Lerner or any IRS official. The investigation found ‘substantial evidence of mismanagement, poor judgment and institutional inertia leading to the belief by many tax-exempt applicants that the IRS targeted them based on their political viewpoints’ inside IRS. ‘Poor management,’ said Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik, ‘is not a crime.’"
Personally, I’m elated Obama will not attend.  As his legacy edges ever closer to the dust bin of history, his attendance would only show how weak and insignificant a man he is.  If he wonders why our nation is so divided he need only remember his role in those divisions.

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