Robert Reich: Tea Party Is A Conspiracy To Undermine Government Of The US

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, in light of the recent attacks on Tea Party favorite Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), charging him with “McCarthyism” simply because he ruffled a few feathers with his line of questioning about Chuck Hagel’s confirmation as Secretary of Defense, has written a piece in which he claims the real McCarthyites are those in the Tea Party. He likens those of us to a conspiracy “to undermine the government of the United States.”

Reich who is a tax and spend liberal, a big supporter of Barack Obama and big government claims that these Tea Party “infiltrators” have “infiltrate(ed) Congress and state governments, reshape(ed) their districts to give them disproportionate influence in Washington, and use the media to spread big lies about the government.” He also claims that we are going to paralyze government and “are on the verge of dismantling pieces of it.”

Well, I’m sure many of you in my audience are saying with me right now, “Oh if that were only true!”

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Reich in putting this little “conspiracy theory” together, asks, “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.”

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Reich quotes Representative Rim Huelskamp (R-KS), a Tea Party Republican elected in 2010, as “crowing” about the sequestration cuts that began on Friday, he forgets that the entire sequestration idea came from Barry Soetoro, I’m sorry Barack Obama. He even had the audacity to suggest that the Tea Party wants unemployment to rise so that they can employ fearmongering and anger from the American people towards the Federal government.

Newsflash for Mr. Reich. The Tea Party was a grassroots movement. Sadly, it has been infiltrated by the neo-cons and we must rid ourselves of them if we are to be effective. Second, the fear and anger are a result of what we see Washington currently doing: spending like drunken sailors (my apologies to sailors because I know once you run out of money you have to stop spending, Washington just prints more), ignoring the Constitution, carrying on discussions about gun laws as though they are legitimate and thumbing their collective noses as the people whom they serve.

If there is a side that is set on orchestrating fear and anger, it’s the Democrat Party, but that is indeed orchestrated. It doesn’t come because the people are actually either of those. Robert Creamer, who used to be the leader of Citizen Action in Illinois, is the founder of Illinois Public Action, runs a political consulting firm, the Strategic Consulting Group, which has clients such as ACORN and SEIU and was ultimately convicted in 2006 for bank fraud and tax evasion decided to write a lengthy manual on how Democrats can win. Remember, he wrote this while serving a five months sentence in federal prision in Terre Haute, Indiana, followed by eleven months under house arrest. Among the many things that Creamer wrote, he added:

“To win we must not just generate understanding, but emotion—fear, revulsion, anger, disgust.”

Reich, uses the Alinsky strategy to target the Tea Party. He writes, “The President should let the public see the Tea Partiers for who they are — a small, radical minority intent on dismantling the government of the United States. As long as they are allowed to dictate the terms of public debate they will continue to hold the rest of us hostage to their extremism.”

While many of us are not necessarily looking to “dismantle the government of the United States” but rather bring it back to its Constitutional limitations, that certainly is a right of the States who are the creators of the Federal government. Neither of these are extreme. Additionally, I actually think Reich has us mixed up with the Socialistic Democrat Party. After all, they are the real underminers of the Constitution, along with RINOs in the Republican party.

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