Of Hobbits and Acid-Tongued Democrats

On January 8th of this year, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was one of nineteen people shot, six fatally, by crazed gunman Jared Loughner. For nearly a week the national press and Democrats excoriated the TEA Party in general, and Sarah Palin in particular, for creating the environment that nurtured this horrifying act of political terrorism. President Obama, apparently in another example of leading from behind, eventually called for “more civility in our public discourse”, and admonished us to refrain from “lay[ing] the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who happened to think differently than we do”.

Democrats finally heeded their leader’s advice, although it is uncertain whether that resulted from an epiphany that such inflammatory rhetoric was producing more of the division they claimed to deplore, or because they’d lost the moral high ground when it was discovered that the shooter, supposedly driven to his murderous rampage by seeing target symbols on a map of political districts, was actually a liberal, anti-Christian pot-smoker who hated George Bush.

The civility truce was short-lived however, and soon liberal Democrats went right back to ascribing the worst possible motives to their political enemies, simply for holding opposing policy positions. This last week or so, though, has seen liberal vitriol march back into full attack mode. The TEA Party and conservative Republicans have been repeatedly called “terrorists” by the mainstream press and prominent Democrats.

Yet what did they do to deserve such a misanthropic moniker? Did they strap bombs to themselves and their children and detonate themselves in the middle of civilian populations, or take an SUV and run innocents down for holding a different religious viewpoint? Did they behead someone simply to show their unrighteous power? Nope, none of the above. So what did they do to cause this liberal Democrat backlash? They refused to back down in their insistence that any passage of a bill to increase the debt ceiling contain a few morsels tossed to those that think that our government is too large and that we should no longer ignore the fact that we are barreling down the highway to bankruptcy.

The TEA Party and conservative Republicans are not terrorists, and I can prove it. If they truly were terrorists, Obama would not have waited five days to call for civility, he would have been exhorting the American people immediately not to rush to judgment and not to retaliate (as he did with Muslim and Fort Hood killer Nidal Hassan). He would have called on the Justice Department to make sure that their every constitutional right was strictly adhered to. But no, it was just TEA Partiers, so he opens up with both barrels blazing.

It is now open season on conservatives. In a closed-door meeting of the Democratic Caucus, Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA), complained that conservatives are a “group of terrorists [who] have made it impossible to spend any money”, apparently unaware total federal spending has risen more than 25% under Obama. Vice President Joe Biden was in attendance and reportedly expressed agreement with Doyle, although he later denied ever saying so.

They weren’t the only ones to the attack conservatives though. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that Democrats were ‘trying to save the world from the Republican budget. We’re trying to save the planet as we know it today”. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said Republicans were playing “Russian Roulette” and “want to shoot every bullet they have at the president”. Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver, head of the Congressional Black Caucus called the final deal a “sugar-coated Satan sandwich”. Former Obama “car czar” and counselor to Treasury Secretary Geithner said that “These TEA Party guys are, like, strapped with dynamite, standing in the middle of Times Square at rush hour and saying, ‘Either you do it my way, or we’re going to blow you up, ourselves up, and the whole country up with us.” Former leftist radical and Obama “green jobs czar” Van Jones said the TEA Party was putting “a gun to the head of 310 million people and say[ing] ‘if you don’t do it our way we will blow your dreams away, we will blow a hole in the American economy’, that is un-American…”.

Even some of the establishment Republicans joined in, most notably Senator John McCain, who called them TEA Party “Hobbits”. Of course, if he knew his literature, he’d recall that the Hobbits were the heroes, fighting against the massive forces of evil arrayed against them in an effort to save their land and all that was virtuous. I guess that makes Obama and the Democrats collectively the dark lord Sauron, and McCain the traitor Saruman, who joined forces with Sauron so he could rule over a portion of the rubble that remained after the destruction of his world.

The supposedly unbiased press was quick to pick up the narrative as well. NYT columnist Thomas Friedman cautioned that “if sane Republicans do not stand up to this Hezbollah faction in their midst, the TEA Party will take the GOP on a suicide mission”. NBC’s Ann Curry questioned whether the TEA Party “understand[s] that standing up for a cause in not the same thing as governing?”

Of course, we should note the Democrats are simply following the example of their Dear Leader. This is, after all, the same man who has a long history of hate-filled, deceptive partisan rhetoric. This is the man who told Latinos that they “should punish our enemies” and “get in their face”, telling them that Republicans wanted to build a moat at the border and fill it with alligators, and that Republican immigration legislation would have police arresting them every time they took their kids out for ice cream simply because of the color of their skin. He claimed that the Republicans’ budget bill would require America to leave children with Down Syndrome and autism to suffer so that the rich could get an extra tax break. Regarding the tax and debt debate, he called Republicans “hostage takers” who had decided to engage in “hand to hand combat”.

Of course, hand to hand combat is better than Obama’s preferred alternative as noted in his campaign when he said that “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun” (he must have just watched Connery in the classic mob movie “The Untouchables”).

This hateful language has been spewed by Democrats, all because freshmen Republicans decided to honor their campaign pledge and push for lower taxes, spending cuts and fiscal responsibility. No bombings, no beheadings…just fiscal sanity. Spending under Obama has risen exponentially; unemployment has been at or above 9% since he took office. Average annual deficits under Obama are triple what they were under the worst Bush years. We now borrow $4 BILLION per DAY to fund government spending. The madness must stop and begin to be reversed.

We should also remember that TEA Party Republicans are not the only terrorists, if we define votes against raising the debt ceiling as terrorism. If so, those ranks would include Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (who voted against every single increase under Bush), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, former Democrat presidential candidate and Sen. John Kerry, and current president Barack Obama, who called it a “failure of leadership” to raise the debt limit. It would also include actual shooting victim Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who voted twice against an increase in 2010, saying, ““What is the purpose of having a debt limit if we vote to increase it every time we hit the limit?” Preach on, sister, preach on.

As for the rest of the foul-mouthed Democrats I’d say, get off your high horse before you get hurt.


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