The rhetoric from liberals, the media, elected Democrats, and even the President towards the tea party, Ted Cruz, and conservatives for that matter has been irresponsible and over the top lately, and in my opinion not healthy to any type of constructive debate, hence my absence from the blog as of late and possible departure altogether. When I am called an arsonist, a terrorist, or hostage taker for standing up for what I believe in, it doesn’t encourage me at all to find any compromise, or especially to back down. In fact, it does just the opposite. The more heated and prolonged the rhetoric, the more steel willed people like me become, and when people like Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen calls Tea Partiers “domestic terrorists”, then you know that we have a divide in this country that may be too deep to heal. I personally have lost a lot of respect and interest in American politics lately because of the rancor, rhetoric and progressive direction of the country and am thankfully in a position to charter a new course if I choose, and that may include putting this country in my rear view mirror.
The hope amongst liberal activists and political bureaucrats obviously is that the tea party conservatives will be shamed and marginalized by personally attacking them, but again, I wouldn’t expect that. All that the progressives are really accomplishing is picking a fight – a fight of which may actually materialize soon and one of which they may regret. Let’s look at the numbers – Ted Cruz garnered 4.4 million votes in his Senate victory, and won by a decisive margin over his Democratic opponent 56%-40%. Furthermore, Mitt Romney secured 61 million votes compared to Obama’s 66 million in last November’s election, and many of those 61 million voters are in some fashion behind the Tea Party effort, so we’re not talking about a fringe group here. I can not for the life of me understand what is so wrong with a desire for a smaller, more efficient government, less taxes, and more personal responsibility. Someone has to convince me why that is such a ridiculous goal. But what’s even more aggravating is that liberals and Democrats refuse to talk about the details and results of the growing central bureaucracy, preferring instead to talk about personalities and intent of those who question it – the TMZ approach to politics in my opinion. And when the “theocracy” card is played, you know that the liberal rhetoric has entered the freak zone. Strange how Obama’s 20 year relationship with Rev. Wright and Black Liberation Theology went completely unexamined, but when Ted Cruz speaks to a Values Voters group, the claws come out.
The reason that there is a divide in the GOP is because there is an entrenched bureaucratic faction within the party that understands if they just go along to get along, they can fleece the tax payers and bring home goodies to their home states and win more elections. Sadly that describes the entire Democratic party at the moment. People who are more interested in their positions of power and privilege than they are with governing responsibly. I am thoroughly disgusted with everything about our current culture and society. To put a spin on what Michelle Obama asserted back in 2008 – “for the first time in my life, I am actually proud of this country.” (I guess that was because her husband was leading in the polls), well for the first time in my life, I am embarrassed for this country. As Mitch likes to incorporate musical lyrics – allow me to offer the following from The Beatles; Revolution:
You say you’ll change the constitution
Well you know
We all want to change your head
You tell me it’s the institution
Well you know
You better free your mind instead
But if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao
You ain’t going to make it with anyone anyhow