The NAACP’s chairman emeritus, Julian Bond, told MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts that he’s not at all upset by the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups. Although Bond does not view Obama as being involved in the targeting, he believes conservative groups deserve the added scrutiny. Bond said it is the right of the government to investigate “overtly racist”groups like the Tea Party and called the group the “Taliban wing of American politics.”
Bond went on to reveal that his organization was singled out after he made a 2004 speech critical of President George W. Bush. The NAACP was later cleared of any wrongdoing.
Because of his organization’s trouble with the IRS, Bond does not believe that the IRS unfairly targets conservatives.
“I don’t think there’s a double standard at all,” Bond said. “I think it’s entirely legitimate to look at the Tea Party.”
“I mean, here are a group of people who are admittedly racist, who are overtly political, who tried as best they can to harm President [Barack] Obama in every way they can,” Bond concluded.
“They are the Taliban wing of American politics and we all ought to be a little worried about them,” Bond asserted.
Later Bond was asked if his criticism of the Tea Party went too far and replied, “The truth hurts.”
However, Bond should remember that governments always target fringe groups first and then expand, as Glenn Greenwald previously reported:
It is always the tactic of governments that seek to abuse power to select the most marginalized and easily demonized targets in the first instance (Anwar Awlaki): because they know that once the citizenry cheers for that power on the ground that they dislike the target, the power then becomes institutionalized and impossible to resist when it expands outward, as it always does.
An IRS witch hunt is not a chicken most people would like to see come home to roost.