Thursday, April 22, 2010

Liberalism as a Mental Disease Exhibit 1 - Bertha Lewis of ACORN

If you've ever wondered what it is that drives the political enemies of America, look no further than ACORN's president Bertha Lewis's latest rant against the Tea Partiers. Having seen mental illness up close and personal in my own family makes it easy to spot.

In this case, it's paranoia, the unsubstantiated belief that someone's "out to get you". Throw in a bit of psychological projection (which is taking your illness and accusing another of having it in order to avoid the unpleasant reality of imperfection) and you have the gist of this incoherant speech. I'd go so far as to invite a psychologist to examine Lewis's speech to get a second opinion.

If you've attended a Tea Party rally in the past year, you've probably found a friendly atmosphere. Anger and hostility aren't allowed. The grounds are dutifully clean. Folks from all over gather to peacefully protest the immense size and scope of American government today and offer solutions to the problems that inevitably follow. The crowd is a cross-section of America: young, old, middle-aged, white, black, Hispanic, Asian, strollers and wheelchairs. The thing that ties them together more than anything is the fact that few in the crowd have ever taken to the streets in protest of anything. This is the New Silent Majority. Except we're not new and we're not silent. We are, however, in the majority.

For most of our lives, we've trusted the politicians whom we've sent to Washington. We've tolerated special interest groups. We've also tolerated a bit of a gap between what we want for our country and the beliefs of our representatives. However, it's become glaringly apparent that in recent years, extreme left-wing special interest groups have exerted a growing influence over our representatives, so much so that common sense has been replaced with the screetching of these groups over any percieved deviation from their agenda, as if a vocal minority were in charge instead of middle America.

This gap is now larger than the Grand Canyon, to the point that we can't even drill for our own oil, despite polls that show overwhelming public support for it. The average American has had enough of this disconnect and is taking to the streets to inform those in Washington that things need to change. We've allowed our country to be unduly influenced by those who clearly don't embrace traditional American ideals such as personal responsibility and the rule of law.

ACORN has been chief among those whose goal is to change America from a democratic republic into a democratic Socialist nation, in direct opposition to the Constitution. In other words, ACORN is actively working to overthrow our republic. That this has been going on for decades speaks of America's great tolerance for dissent and embrace of the Constitutional right to free speech. But, radical speech has given way to open sedition. It took two brave young journalists to expose the seamy underbelly of this organization to the world, resulting in the near elimination of this blatently anti-American organization.

Their leader, Bertha Lewis, perhaps seeing the end of her seditious group, has now joined the leftist meme that attempts to disparage the Tea Party by accusing it of all manner of ourtageous behavior, none being true. Take a look:

Any of these groups that says, "I'm young, I'm Democratic, and I'm a socialist," is okay with me. You know that's no light thing to do -- to actually say, I'm a socialist. You've got to know, actually, we are living in a time that's going to dwarf the McCarthy era. It is going to dwarf the internment of World War II. We are right now in a time that is going to dwarf the era of Jim Crow and segregation.

They are coming. And they are coming after you. And they are going to be brutal and oppressive. They've already shown it. ... This is not rhetoric or hyperbole -- this is real. ... This tea party so-called movement -- a bowel-movement in my estimation -- and this blatant uncovering and ripping off the mask of racism...

She attempts to scare the Young Democratic Socialists at this meeting. This is a classic case of blaming someone else for a self-generated problem. When she states that her words aren't rhetoric or hyperbole, she's denying reality. Anyone can see that her words are indeed rhetoric and hyperbole, meant to plant a lie into the minds of the gullible. She points to non-existent internment camps. She thinks that the Constitution will be revoked in a return to slavery.

In other words, she has only the merest toehold on reality. Would she like to tell us where the internment camps are located? Would she be so kind as to point out the brutality and oppression at any Tea Party rally, the details, the where and the when? As for her charges of racism, please tell us about the Tea Party that consisted of none but white people.

I'm sure we'd all like to hear the details of your accusations, Ms. Lewis.

We'll wait.

We're patient like that.

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