While 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.