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It’s Time to be Honest: The Tea Party Has Become a Terrorist Group

nevada-ranch-wannabeWhile I’m sure many liberals who come across this headline will have some response like “Duh” or “Tell me something I didn’t already know, ” I think it’s time to put hyperbole aside and get real for a moment.

Sure, for a while many liberals have called tea party supporters domestic terrorists and have accused them of actively trying to sabotage our government.  And with valid reasons – they have been trying to blatantly sabotage our government ever since President Obama moved into the White House.

They’ve done everything possible to hold our country back economically, threatened to force our country to default on our debt for the first time in history, shut down the government and have wasted millions of taxpayer dollars blatantly trying to sabotage the Affordable Care Act.

But as time goes on, more of these tea party politicians are speaking out against civil rights (even suggesting the Civil Rights Act is unconstitutional), pushing for laws that allow for religious discrimination and the anti-government rhetoric continues to expand within the Republican party.

Take for instance the escalating standoff in Nevada where anti-government activists came armed, talked about a strategy to use women as human shields, and Cliven Bundy apparently brought in his whole family (including his 54 grandchildren) to his location in anticipation of possible government action against him for violating federal law.

Because nothing says “good family values” quite like putting your children and grandchildren in harms way while your supporters considered using women as human shields if federal officers decided to enforce federal laws.

And while the situation in Nevada is an extreme instance of anti-government lunacy being represented by these far-right Republicans, I’m seeing more and more people rally in support of such radical, and potentially deadly, actions.

While there’s always been those nut jobs tucked away in the most insane corners of our country who hoard guns and “prepare” for the overthrow of the government, these people are now pushing their way into the mainstream with politicians who are actually representing their delusional beliefs.

These people have a sole purpose of destroying all the progress we’ve made in this country.  Their main goal is to oppose anything and everything related to the federal government because they’ve been brainwashed into believing that the government is some evil boogeyman that’s out to get them.

These are the people who years ago were seen as the “tinfoil hat” people, yet with the emergence of the tea party, they’ve now been given a voice.  But add into the equation the fact that they basically hate anyone who isn’t a straight white Christian male.

Could you imagine if a group of Middle Eastern Muslims was armed on some ranch threatening federal officers?  Then imagine if one of these people admitted that they were planning to use women as a human shield.  Conservatives would be freaking out.  Instead, many of them are looking to Bundy as some kind of anti-government hero.

The reality is he’s nothing more than some lunatic who doesn’t want to pay the fees he’s accumulated by illegally allowing his cattle to graze on federal lands, and he’s doing everything he can to avoid paying these fines, going to jail or both.

But the longer these people are given a voice, the more they’ve moved from a political movement to a domestic terrorist organization.  In politics, they’re doing everything possible to sabotage our country for political gain while outside of politics they’re becoming even more brazenly radical than ever before.

And much like traditional terrorists, these domestic tea party terrorists have a main goal of demonizing and destroying the United States government.

About Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives, and author of the popular Right Off A Cliff column. He is also the founder of the Right Off A Cliff facebook page, on which he routinely voices his opinions and stirs the pot for the Progressive movement. Follow Allen on Twitter as well, @Allen_Clifton.

  • usmcdan

    So you wish to silence them, take away their voice? Because you disagree with them and they are the lunatics. Sounds narcissistic to me.

  • WFP

    Look, you don’t want to call Muslims terrorists just because “a few” have been, so you’re going to lump the whole Tea Party in with a few folks who’ve taken their 2nd amendment right a bit far? Let’s get real and decide which side of your mouth you’re going to talk out of.

    • Paul Smith

      Religion kills. . .or hadn’t you noticed.

  • Michael Lawrence

    You actually know very little about the Tea Party….Your very opening lines show me this. The very first Tea Party protest of anything was in 2005….2005, wasn’t George W. Bush in office at that time? That protest was against Illegal immigration. The Tea Party is a grassroots organization that really was not organized until 2009 and the passage of the Stimulus bill. This nearly trillion dollar spending bill was felt to be far too expensive and in light of Obama’s statements during his 2008 campaign claiming Bush was UnAmerican for adding 4 trillion dollars to the debt, this bill also seemed very hypocritical. As it turned out, the “shovel ready” jobs that were promised, weren’t that shovel ready. In fact, unemployment went up. Yes, the Tea Party organized to protest the expansion of government, the overspending by government. Do you really think the Tea Party is a bunch of terrorists? Their goals are a smaller, less intrusive government that spends less, and will leave you alone. Or is it the Obama administration that is the terrorists that are arming agencies that have no business with automatic weapons….really? does the USDA need automatic weapons? Those chickens that they are inspecting are sure dangerous, they’d better be careful out there….they’d better be wearing their armored underwear when they go to inspect the meat.
    How about all that NSA spying? How about that NDAA? Sure, Bush signed NDAA into law, but it had an expiration on it and Obama resigned it to continue it….How about all those conservative or Tea Party groups being targeted by the IRS? Or the secret waiting lists at the VA? How about the DOJ selling weapons to the Mexican drug cartels? And you say that the Tea Party is a terror organization….you’re joking, right?
    This does not even get into credible reports of Obama’s half brother being the Al Qaeda money guy for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt or his being placed on the terror watch list….and where did he come up with the money in the first place? Many of the US government agencies are missing large amounts of funds….for example…the State Department is short 6 billion dollars. Interestingly, the Egyptians claim that 6 billion dollars were given to the Muslim Brotherhood as “bribes”. How about those weapons given to the Al Qaeda Syrian rebels? Did you know that one of the Stinger Missiles that was given to the Syrian Al Qaeda rebels turned up in Afghanistan and was used to shoot down an Apache helicopter? I wonder how it got into Taliban hands… Maybe we should also look at the 5 terrorists that Obama traded illegally for Sgt. Bergdahl. At best Bergdahl is a deserter that should be tried under the UCMJ, Uniform Code of Military Justice….at worst, he is a traitor. Those 5 terrorists are not a problem….if that is true, why did Mullah Norullah Noori state that he was going to return to the fight against America?
    When it come to determining who is a terrorist, you might want to reconsider who you are claiming to be the terrorists. As for the action on the Bundy ranch….that was a militia action. Militias put out the call to go to Bundy’s ranch because of the goon squad tactics being used by the BLM. If Bundy does in fact owe grazing fees, sending automatic weapon wielding storm troopers into the situation is not the way to handle it. Bundy claimed that the land belonged to Nevada and he was paying grazing fees to Nevada. Nevada claimed the land belonged to Nevada….the BLM…not so much. This over a damned tortoise, really? NO, actually it was over Harry Reid’s son making a deal with the Chinese for a several billion dollar solar plant. If it was about the tortoises, the BLM would not have been killing them in their Las Vegas facility when they ran out of funding for it. Can you honestly say that Bundy was completely wrong? I don’t think he is completely right, but there is some truth to what he says. Before you call someone a terrorist, you damn sure better take a look in the mirror and then look to the man you elected to be our president.

  • Tommy Mullen

    The use of women to hide behind in this situation is nothing more then cowardice. And Cliven Bundy is nothing more that a criminal. Who should be in prison. He is by refusing to follow a court order is committing contempt of court. A situation that is punishable with jail time.

  • Mike Crane

    Im sure you aren’t going to hear anything the opposition says but the person that wrote this described exactly how we feel about liberals.. I can assure you that the person that wrote this is ill informed but you will believe it because it falls within your beliefs. I suggest you start looking into things for yourself with an open mind. You are being taken in by a pack of lies. As long as you look at everything like your opposition is a tin foil hat wearing crazy person you will never allow yourself to see the truth. The problem is by the time you figure out you were wrong, it will be too late