“They don't get to define the terms!”
an audibly agitated Rush Limbaugh told a caller yesterday. The topic of discussion was the loathsome campaign by our own government and mainstream media to demonize and criminalize the thousands of patriotic, God-loving, law-abiding Americans who are preparing to participate today in one of dozens of anti-tax Tea Parties. Everywhere in the Obama-loving media, from Paul Krugman of the New York Times to the lefty blogs like the Huffington Post, to the left-leaning talk shows, are calling us extremists. There’s even a 10-page report from Janet Napolitano at Obama’s Department of Homeland Security telling people to look out for us! (If only they were as worried about real extremists, like the ones Obama just freed from Club G'tmo ... Such is the upside-down Bizarro topsy-turvy thinking of the Left)
We are not extremists. Those of us who want to protect the founding of this nation and preserve it as it was when we were born and grew up, we are not extremists. They are the extremists. They're not right about this. This is an effort to criminalize political dissent, standard, ordinary everyday political dissent. This is an effort to criminalize it and to categorize it as something people need to be afraid of and perhaps defend themselves against, which is a crock.
Rush is exactly right. In one flash of a moment, namely, the moment George W. Bush and family finished escorting the Obama family to the location of Barack’s swearing in, dissent went from being “patriotic” to “extremist.” Well, screw that! What the Obama administration, his willing accomplices in the mainstream media, want people to believe is that it is somehow extremist to be fed up with the replacement …
of the Constitution with ad-hoc edicts from a power-hungry Congress and unbridled legislating from an activist judiciary,
of liberty with government-imposed “equality,”
of vibrant free-market capitalism with productivity-squelching socialism,
of free speech with politically correct “speech codes,”
of state and local rights as guaranteed by the 10th Amendment with an out-of-control overreaching federal bureaucracy,
of the right to bear arms as guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment with unconstitutional “gun control” laws,
of American sovereignty, pride, and exceptionalism with American disgust, self-loathing and flagelation.
Rush is right about another thing: It is they, the Left who are the extremists. It’s extremist to subvert the protections and rights provided by the Constitution, not to support it! It’s extremist to favor failed oppressive socialist economics on the American people, not to support capitalism! And so on.
In other words, anyone who calls the anti-tax Tea Parties an act of “right-wing extremism” are actually exposing their left-wing extremism. The Tea Parties and its symbolism is the norm, people. It’s centrist. It’s regular, everyday, garden-variety, non-partisan, good ol’ fashioned American. That’s why the Obama administration is trying to criminalize it. That’s why the media is trying to downplay or ridicule it. Because it’s the Left that truly hates all things American. Otherwise they’d be joining the Tea Parties too.
The Obama administration and New York Times and the Huffington Post can dismiss the Tea Parties any way they’d like. They can try to demonize, criminalize, deride, and dismiss its participants. But one thing they—who covered for, and even encouraged—eight years of rampant anti-Bush, anti-American, anti-troop, anti-capitalist actions of the unhinged Left—don’t want to admit: The Tea Parties are in every way shape and form uniquely and beautifully American.
And if that constitutes right-wing extremism, then call me a right-wing extremist.
I conclude with this relevant quote:
I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and disagree with this administration, somehow you're not patriotic. We need to stand up and say we're Americans, and we have the right to debate and disagree with any administration! – Hillary Clinton