Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich has joined the ranks of liberals intent on demonizing the Tea Party. Apparently calling Tea Partiers racist is no longer good enough. In a recent blog post, Reich took his rhetoric to an all-time low. He writes the following:
Imagine a plot to undermine the government of the United States, to destroy much of its capacity to do the public’s business, and to sow distrust among the population.
Imagine further that the plotters infiltrate Congress and state governments, reshape their districts to give them disproportionate influence in Washington, and use the media to spread big lies about the government.
Finally, imagine they not only paralyze the government but are on the verge of dismantling pieces of it.
Far-fetched? Perhaps. But take a look at what’s been happening in Washington and many state capitals since Tea Party fanatics gained effective control of the Republican Party, and you’d be forgiven if you see parallels.
A plot to undermine the government? Dismantling pieces of the government? Spreading lies about the government? As a Tea Party conservative, I am not sure where Reich is getting his information about the goals of the Tea Party. It sounds like nothing but more fear-mongering and scare-tactics that we have come to know so well from the Left.
One of the core values of the Tea Party is fiscal responsibility. It doesn't take hyperbole or over-the-top rhetoric to point out the fact that our nation is a fiscal basket case. All you need to do is report on the facts. Pointing out the fact that we now have $16.6 trillion in debt – $6 trillion of it thanks to Obama – is hardly an act of treason; It is simply the truth. But liberals don't seem very fond of the truth if it doesn't support their political ideology. Being for limited government doesn't mean that you don't believe in government. It doesn't mean that you support dirty air and dirty water, as Obama himself has claimed. It simply means that we need a government that lives within its means, that does not borrow $.46 of every dollar from future generations and that does not limit our Constitutionally protected, God-given freedoms.
Robert Reich isn't the first liberal to disparage the Tea Party, and I highly suspect that he won't be the last. This will be the case, so long as Tea Partiers hold true to their values and challenge the liberal mantra of more spending and bigger government.