Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) has gone off the rails again. During an interview Nevada Public Radio, the Senate Majority Leader attacked the Tea Party presence in Washington, comparing them to “anarchists” who want to destroy the government.
The host of the segment asked Reid about the “gridlock” in Congress and any way out of the legislative “standstill.” Reid called the current Congress the “least productive in the history of the country.” And that’s when he took the opportunity to slam the Tea Party.
“Who is the Tea Party? Well, understand, when I was in school, I studied government, among other things, and prior to World War I and after World War I we had the anarchists. Now they were violent — you know, some say that’s what started World War I, the anarchy movement — but they were violent,” Reid told KNPR. “They did damage to property and they did physical damage to people.”
“The modern anarchists don’t do that. That’s the Tea Party. But they have the same philosophy as the early anarchists,” he continued. “They do not believe in government. Anytime anything bad happens to government, that’s a victory to them. And that’s what’s happened.”
“We have absolute gridlock created by a group of people who represent few Americans. But it makes it extremely difficult to get things done,” he added.
Reid has made this accusation before. “They don’t say ‘we’re against government’; that’s what it all amounts to,” he claimed during a discussion with Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) back in April on the Senate floor. “They’re not doing physically destructive things to buildings and people, directly; but they are doing everything they can to throw a monkey wrench into any form of government — whether it’s local, whether it’s state, or federal government. That’s what it’s all about.”
“Government is inherently good,” said Reid. “That’s why we have a Constitution; that’s what direct the activities that this government is based upon.”
Despite what Reid says, the Tea Party aren’t anarchists, by any measure of the word. The Tea Party has been focused on the $17+ trillion national debt, out of control regulations that are hurting businesses and job creation, and a healthcare law that seems to be falling apart at the seems.
Those concerns coupled with recent revelations that the IRS wittingly singled out Tea Party and conservative groups and admissions that intelligence agencies are spying on Americans, it’s no wonder why there has been pushback against Washington.
The members of Senate who Reid is ostensibly referencing — people like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Mike Lee — are representative of a segment of Americans who are tired of business as usual in Washington.
They believe in the founding principles of the Constitution; a government that does have some power, though limited, but empowers states and the people to run their lives how they see fit. None of them are trying to tear down the system, but they are trying to change it to bring the government back to its constitutional limits.