In an op-ed at Politico, American University law professor William Yeomans writes that Tea Party Republicans are now “full blown terrorists” and unpatriotic.
The former Justice Department official and chief counsel for liberal lion Ted Kennedy wrote:
They have joined the villains of American history who have been sufficiently craven to inflict massive harm on innocent victims to achieve their political goals. A strong America has always stood firm in the face of terrorism. That tradition is in jeopardy, as Congress and President Barack careen toward an uncertain outcome in the tea party- manufactured debt crisis.
Translated: There was no problem and there was no debt until the Tea Party came along and ruined everything.
Their persistence in rejecting compromise, even as the economic effects of the phony crisis they have created mount, has taken their radicalism beyond tough negotiating, beyond even hostage-taking.
In other words, the Tea Party created the debt crisis they are now trying to fix.
Jim Hoft observes at Gateway Pundit that “because conservatives want to cut spending they’ve gone from being called ‘hostage takers’ to ‘full blown terrorists.'” But Hoft only skimmed the surface of Yeomans incredible rant.
According to Yeomans, those who want the government to live within its means and operate in the framework of the Constitution are undemocratic terrorists bent upon mass destruction:
The tea party faction could not achieve these goals through straight up democratic means because of their unpopularity. So it resorted to its threat of mass destruction. They were able to do so because they formed a disciplined bloc that gave them leverage over the House leadership and because of the threat that members who did not go along would face primary challenges from the right.
For years, the government has spent more than it has received – a fact recently acknowledged by President Obama, even though he has racked up more debt by himself than the first 40 Presidents combined.
Now, the nation faces the very real prospect of defaulting on its debt and having its credit rating degraded.
But in Yeomans’ world, it’s all the Tea Party’s fault because they have the gall to expect government to work with a balanced budget just like businesses and families do.
He derides “purism,” while refusing to address the intrasigence of a President who insists on tax increases and more spending.
He decries “radicalism” while refusing to discuss Senate Democrats who said in so many words they would rather see the economy destroyed rather than approve a Republican bill. Talk about taking hostages!
Raising the ceiling is a pro forma act that Congress has performed repeatedly through Republican and Democratic administrations. Every president – from Ronald Reagan to Bill Clinton – has labeled failure to raise it unthinkable, because to do so would be to intentionally inflict harm on America.
Here, Yeomans is somewhat correct, but the debt in Reagan’s day was nothing compared to what it is now. Even though the debt was higher under Clinton, it still dwarfs the trillions racked up by the current occupant of the White House.
Yeomans’ article is filled with revisionist history and hyperbole – the kind we have come to expect from the radical left these days. But he adds what, at first glance, appears to be a thinly veiled threat:
The challenge for America is to stand firm in the face of terrorism, no matter the source.
Is Yeomans calling for violence against the Tea Party? One could certainly come to that conclusion.
Tea party members must reassess their distorted vision of patriotism and join true patriots in Congress in raising the debt ceiling promptly until 2013, without inflicting further economic harm on already struggling Americans.
Like most on the far left, Yeomans has it backwards.
It is the Democrats and those who embrace Marxist dogma who must reassess their distorted vision of patriotism and reality. It is they who must join true patriots in the Tea Party and tackle the mountain of debt that is crushing the nation. It is they who are engaging in economic terrorism with threats to seniors and veterans.
Implying that it is okay to engage the Tea Party with violence is no way to advance the discussion, and Yeomans should know better.
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