The best way to defang a verbal attack is to own the label being applied. The past few weeks have shown that the newest label for Tea Partiers is "terrorist". Perhaps it's because the accusing liberals are struck with fear every time they realize the Tea Partiers really were elected with a mandate, refuse to back down and actually gain strength by standing strong against politics as usual. Perhaps it's just political hackery at it's most base. But when even the Vice President is using the smear (a charge he has since denied), you know it's gone mainstream. Go figure - the tea party movement is all about defusing the debt bomb progressives from both parties have spent decades building, but they are the terrorists. Huh.
So I have a suggestion. For all you tea partiers who are offended by the slur (as was I at first), rethink your offense. Let's take it and make it work for us. They want to call us terrorists? Well, okay. Let's take a look at the movement first, and what motivated it on it's current...well, for want of a better word, jihad. It really has its roots in the Bush administration, specifically those who voted out republicans in 2006 due to their RINO tendency to spend like a debutant with daddy's credit card. The grumbling grew in the summer of 2008 when the TARP scheme was hatched and ushered in the age of Obama. The movement really exploded in 2009 in the run-up to the passage of the failed nearly trillion-dollar "stimulus" bill and has established itself as a fiscal conservative David battling the Goliath of tax and spend Washington. They dealt the beast quite a blow last November and gained some power as a result. The victims of the Tea Party onslaught were strewn across both sides of the aisle then; the only common thread being their profligate, politics-as-usual ways.
It might help to swallow the bitter pill of the terrorist label to know that you are, actually, in excellent company.
The newly minted "Debt Terrorists" should release their manifesto:
Be warned, all you big spenders on Capitol Hill, your days are numbered. The agenda is clear. There will be no stopping until these demands are met:
1) Cut spending on a deep, meaningful, long term level
2) Cap spending levels by tying them to GDP
3) Balanced Budget Amendment
4) Reform Social Security (a good place to start is means testing)
5) Reform Medicare (means test here, too)
6) Repeal of the economy killing ObamaCare legislation
7) Rein in the out of control EPA and NLRB
8) Revamp tax code - lower it, flatten it out and get rid of the loopholes
If you do not give in to these demands, you will be replaced with someone who will in the next election. If you think we're not as good as our word, consider the sixty-three who didn't come back in 2010. We mean business.
Please note "create jobs" is not on the list. Why? Because government doesn't create jobs it only creates the conditions to create jobs, that's why. But if the things on that list are done, jobs will follow.
If that is what the left calls "terrorism" these days, then terrorists we are. And if part of the jihad is having to stomp on Harry, Barry and Nancy's toes to get them to open their mouths and take the medicine We the People voted for last year, well so be it.
The debt jihad has begun.