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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.

  • Ron Krandle

    Funny. You have no problem using the word “terrorist” to describe the Conservatives in this country, but you absolutely cannot bring yourselves to use that word to describe our enemies like ISIS who are now beheading little children even and placing their heads on sticks. They are referred to in the mainstream media as “rebels”, or “militants.” Another point, you complain that the Right wing in this country is trying to bring the government down, yet that’s precisely what the Left in this country called for in the 1960′s. A “violent overthrow.” “Armed revolutionary struggle.” Or…..did we whitewash all that by now and teach our kids that it never happened. The Leftist is at heart, a total hypocrite who seeks to impose rules on others that they refuse to follow themselves.

  • Ron Krandle

    One lie in your little diatribe. You claim they won’t accept anyone who isn’t a straight White Christian male. I’m Jewish, and I find myself a lot more accepted by people from the right than people from the Left right now. The blatant anti Semitism is coming from the Left. When the Occupy movement was going on, which side did the KKK support? I can cite links to that too. One of the rare times the CPUSA and the KKK was on the same side. The anti Israel lobby is almost solely coming from the Left. The American Jewish Liberal has got a real tough choice ahead of them. Stick with a party that hates Jews but believes in all the other dogma the Party puts out, or align themselves with a party that respects Jews and will support Israel. The sad pathetic thing is the Leftist hates religion, but sticks up for Muslims. I think it’s an attempt to try to convince them of your love for them, that they’ll let you live once they take over. Nah, they’ll just kill you last. You’re too valuable to them right now as propaganda tools. “Useful idiots” Lenin called them.