Skip to comments.The tea party's terrorist tactics
Posted on 07/29/2011 7:16:25 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
The tea party's terrorist tactics By: William Yeomans July 29, 2011 08:22 AM EDT
It has become commonplace to call the tea party faction in the House hostage takers. But they have now become full-blown terrorists.
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.
As we stumble closer to Aug. 2, it has become clear that many in the tea party are willing to inflict massive harm on the American people to obtain their political objective of a severely shrunken federal government. 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.
As markets fall in anticipation that there may not be a timely resolution; as credit agencies issue dire warnings that the U.S. political system has become so dysfunctional that a credit downgrade may be inevitable, and as America looks weakened in the eyes of the world, the tea partys hostage-taking has evolved into the intentional infliction of harm on innocent Americans to achieve a political objective terrorism.
Terrorism is a tough term, but, unfortunately, it describes tea party tactics precisely. Their first step was to vow not to vote to raise the debt ceiling.
Here, as in many radical factions, there was a split between the purists and the pragmatists. Pragmatists vowed not to raise the ceiling unless draconian cuts were made in the federal government.
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Geez Bill, get ahold of yourself spud.
The time’s a-comin’. Hope everyone’s ready.
not just terrorists, RACIST terrorists!
You don’t say “no” to every proposal, then piss and whine that the one making the proposal won’t compromiise!
What is it with you people! I think half the FReepers have turned into residents of “Rock Ridge” from “Blazing Saddles!”
The democrats see they’re about to get lynched, so they put a gun to their own head and tell everyone to back off or they’ll shoot. And half of you morons are panicing that they’ll do it!
The TEA Party influenced GOP has already passed two budgets in the House — the Ryan plan and CC&B. The Senate has refused to even touch either of them, even to heavily rewrite them for conference committee.
Who are the real terrorists and obstructionists?
If the US government continues to increase spending at the current rates, and if it continues raising the debt limit to fund it, within 8 years there will be no more money left in the world to borrow. And one is a “terrorist” if one thinks that is a problem
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.
Also this very crisis. The Republicans pass cut, cap and balance and it gets dropped in the Senate shredder immediately. No debates, no amendments, no compromises. Just vote to table it without considering it. Then Boehner backs down to his extremely weak "compromise", and the Dems say they will vote 100% against it. Who is the real "terrorists" in the room threatening to destroy the economy if they don't get their way?
I’m pretty sure this is the writer or spewer of drivel. Imagine that, he’s teaching the future leaders of tomorrow.
William Yeomans joined the faculty of law in 2009. From 2006 until 2009, he served as Sen. Edward M. Kennedys Chief Counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He has also been Legal Director of the Alliance for Justice and the first Director of Programs for the American Constitution Society, where he spearheaded the launch of its two publications: the Harvard Law and Policy Review and Advance. Prior to that, he spent 26 years at the Department of Justice where he litigated and supervised civil rights cases in the federal courts involving voting rights, school desegregation, employment discrimination, housing discrimination, hate crimes, police misconduct, abortion clinic violence, and human trafficking. He served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Chief of Staff, and acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.
Bart: [high-pitched voice] Oh, lo’dy, lo’d, he’s desp’it! Do what he sayyyy, do what he sayyyy!
[Townspeople drop their guns. Bart jams the gun into his neck and drags himself through the crowd towards the station]
Harriet Johnson: Isn’t anybody going to help that poor man?
Dr. Sam Johnson: Hush, Harriet! That’s a sure way to get him killed!
Bart: [high-pitched voice] Oooh! He’p me, he’p me! Somebody he’p me! He’p me! He’p me! He’p me!
Bart: [low voice] Shut up!
[Bart places his hand over his own mouth, then drags himself through the door into his office]
Bart: Ooh, baby, you are so talented!
[looks into the camera]
Bart: And they are so *dumb*!
the flak is heaviest when you’re right over the target
The use of “terrorism,” “hostage-taking” and “bombs strapped to their bodies” (the latter I heard out of that filthy criminal union toady Steve Rattner this morning) is a disgrace and an offense to America.
The Left—like the vermin Rattner, not to mention congressional Democrats and the President himself—refuses to recognize actual terrorism in and out of the U.S.
Yet they are quick to throw that vile epithet at those who oppose them politically and morally. I would like to take each of them by the scruff and grind their noses in the Hallowed Earth of Ground Zero to remind them, if only for a few minutes, what terrorism is and what Amercans are supposed to be.
Our country is riven, divided between those of us who love what it was and can be and those—the Left—who despise its very nature.
The battle is coming.
New definition of terrorism:
Not giving a whiny liberal everything he wants.
agreed- lets see the GOP spine continue to grow and bring up both our points...
Just a 'concerned' American here...nope, no partisanship here...nosiree.....
OK... So while I’m a libertarian, and thus favor legalizing recreational narcotics, that doesn’t mean that I’m OK with writing while stoned.
...or editing while stoned.
...or publishing while stoned.
I honestly do NOT feel the debt ceiling is the place for this disussion. I honestly feel they should just raise the debt ceiling apart from any budget ties.
This is a budget issue and it needs to be fought as such. They screwed up when they didn't stick to their guns on the 2011 budget. They should have base-lined the 2011 budget against 2008...and the American People would have supported them...but they went wobbly.
Another tactic would be to pass the democratic budget in 2011 (and pund it home that they should have done it)...raise the debt ceiling...and THEN baseline teh 2012 budget on 2008 lines.
But THIS approach? This is cutting off our nose to spite our face. The ENTIRE GOP looks weak. If they wanted CCB...they should ahve passed it...said this is it...and walked away...then took teh case to the American people.
If we try to go down this road...we will lose politically.