Senator Harry Reid recently called Tea Party Republicans anarchists who have taken over the House and the Senate. Reid added that, “People who don’t believe in government — and that’s what the Tea Party is all about — are winning, and that’s a shame.” For the record, people who align themselves with the Tea Party do believe in government, but one that is limited by the Constitution and one that has enough checks and balances in place to thwart the dangerous machinations of tyrants like Senator Reid. The anarchy theme is one that Reid has been pushing for months. Back in April of this year he said “when I was in school, I studied government and I learned about the anarchists. Now, they were different than the Tea Party because they were violent. But they were anarchists because they did not believe in government in any level and they acknowledged it. The Tea Party kind of hides that.” In all likelihood, Reid studied from one of the progressive textbooks that portrays the American government as a force for good and an engine of prosperity while casting aspersions on the founding fathers for creating a system that impedes the free-flow of government policies.
That Reid is making these comments is troubling on one hand because so many people believe the erroneous characterizations of the Tea Party, but is a positive sign that those who associate themselves with the Tea Party movement have successfully tinkered with the Progressive Machine. After all, Reid’s party controls the Senate. There is nothing that a Rand Paul or a Ted Cruz can do to stop the progressives from implementing any program they desire. The Tea Party has no real power in the government, yet Reid speaks as though they are the majority and have shut down the Senate’s ability to act. Reid’s comments are nothing new. Tea Party activists have been characterized for years by Democrats and establishment Republicans as terrorists and Nazis in order to diminish the appeal of the movement. This is the modus operandi of the Left, to silence all opposition and destroy all political opponents.
The irony in all of this is that the real anarchists are the progressives, for they seek to erode our checks and balances and to govern without any limitations on their power. The Tea Party is interested in constitutional law and order, not the lawlessness of the Left. The Tea Party is interested in a government that is subservient to the people and restrained by constitutional limitations, not one that acts in its own self-interest while destroying our liberties. To Reid, who has spent his political career expanding government power, undermining the Constitution, and eroding our precious liberties, it is no wonder that he thinks Tea Party members are anarchists. Reid and his fellow progressives will resort to any tactic that enables them to diminish the relevancy of those who challenge their power, and the focus on the Tea Party symbolizes the left’s concern about losing control.