Friday, September 13, 2013

Reid: Tea Party Equals Anarchy. Harry, You Couldn't Be More Wrong

Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D - NV), in a startling display of ignorance, attempted to label the Tea Party as "anarchists." He criticized the new class of senators, who were sent to Washington to stop the extreme leftward lurch this administration is taking against the will of the people in defiance of the Constitution.

“People who don’t believe in government — and that’s what the Tea Party is all about — are winning, and that’s a shame.”

This is a gross mischaracterization of the movement. Perhaps someone in a position to do so will make sure this article finds its way to Mr. Reid, for he is in dire need of correction.

The Tea Party is not a group of anarchists. It believes in government because there can be no civil peaceful society without it. What it doesn't believe in is a Progressive form of government where the basic law of the land, our Constitution, is ignored or misread. It doesn't believe, as Mr. Reid apparently does, that government should be so large, so intrusive and so expensive that it begins to have a deleterious effect on the everyday life of Americans.

It doesn't believe that government has the right to snoop on emails or telephone calls of innocent citizens without probable cause presented before a judge.

It doesn't believe that the IRS should discriminate against conservative political action groups in order to affect the outcome of a national election.

It doesn't believe that the government should be powerful enough to shut down or take over entire sectors of the economy as we are seeing with the destruction of the coal industry and the takeover of the health care and student loan industries.

It doesn't believe that government should be able to issue tens of thousands of pages of onerous regulations to "solve" a fabricated environmental "crisis" that has cost trillions in lost wages, lost productivity and lost careers.

It doesn't believe that government should treat some citizens differently than others.

It doesn't believe there should be open borders.

It doesn't believe that schoolchildren should be indoctrinated into radical, far-left, anti-American thought.

It doesn't believe that law should be passed before we know what is in it.

It's not that the Tea Party doesn't believe in government, Mr. Reid. It's that it doesn't believe in your Progressive vision of it.

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