Freedom of speech in President Obama’s America comes with a heavy price, those who oppose the administration’s agenda must be prepared for intense scrutiny, and several critics and opponents of the president have faced subsequent Federal investigations.
The owner of the retail store Gunsmoke Guns in Wheat Ridge, Colo., gun rights advocate and star of the Discovery channel’s show American Guns, Rich Wyatt, has been outspoken about the recent gun-control debate. The Discovery channel reality-show gave him exposure to a national platform and Wyatt may be facing the consequences of gaining the administration's attention.
Before he was elected president, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama learned of the power of the IRS. According to the Washington Post, Helen E. Jones-Kelley, head of Ohio's Department of Jobs and Family Services, authorized unwarranted searches of Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher’s (later known as Joe the Plumber) IRS records. It was then revealed, according to MichelleMalkin.com, that Jones-Kelly was fired for her abuse of Wurzelbacher’s privacy and for using her government email to fundraise for then Sen. Obama.
According to an April 11, 2012 article by the TheDailyCaller.com, over a year later in 2009, President Obama addressed Arizona State University and brazenly stated that he would “send the IRS after anyone who didn’t see eye-to-eye with him.”
That was not an idle threat by the president as explained later in the TheDailyCaller.com article, “In a ‘Chicago style’ attempt to smother the movement before the 2012 election, the Obama administration is using the IRS to attack tea party groups.” The assault on the Tea Party was a step away from the administration going after the individual, and the coincidental closing of Gunsmoke, came soon after Wyatt's gun rights advocacy.
Currently, there is no way to ascertain the Wheat Ridge gun-shop owner’s guilt or innocence. Wyatt did, over the last several months, become increasingly critical of, and vocal about, proposed gun-control legislation and gun rights. Shortly thereafter exercising his right to freedom of speech, the small businessperson’s retail location was raided by the IRS, and it's quite apparent, just like the Tea Party, Wyatt and Obama do not see eye-to-eye. There is no immediate proof that Wyatt's freedom of speech was limited by presidential bully-tactics, but Obama has been known to silence the opposition by using the IRS.
The initial media exposure was immense and local news outlets continue to cover the story daily. The question the media neglects to address is why, again, is a group or individual spoke publicly against the Obama administration’s agenda aggressively investigated by the Internal Revenue? More importantly, is the IRS President Obama's private character assassination tool?