It's been awhile since the Tea Party gathered in protest, but an IRS scandal is taking the political group back to its roots.
“We're going to be there in front of the Federal building in Nashville and we're going to say to our government, 'We are going to hold you accountable. We are not going to allow you to abuse the power which we grant to government,'” said Nashville Tea Party President Ben Cunningham.
The Nashville Tea Party, a newly formed group of the larger party, is currently applying for the same tax-exempt status that similar groups were denied.
An investigation by the Treasury Department's Inspector General revealed the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) singled out such groups based on names and policy positions.
“We are being targeted for our political views. That is about as un-American as you can get,” Cunningham said.
The IRS is the Federal agency responsible for administering and enforcing the Treasury Department's revenue laws.
“This is the IRS. This is the organization that probably most people fear the most in the federal government,” Cunningham added. “They have extraordinary power over our lives, and they clearly have been abusing this power. And that's why we must protest!”
Tea Party groups are usually non-profit and dedicated to three core values: limited government, fiscal responsibility, and free markets.
The party began as a grassroots movement that used rallies to protest unpopular government practices or policies, but has shifted into a more hands-on approach.
Following the release of details regarding the IRS investigation, Tea Party supporters gathered last week in Washington.
On Tuesday, local groups will gather at the Federal building in downtown Nashville and across the country to rally again.
“We're going to standup and we're going to demand that our government, and it is our government, treat us fairly,” said Cunningham.
The rally is scheduled for noon Tuesday in front of the Federal building at 801 Broadway.