If you don’t agree with everything that Obama does, that’s racism. If you object to 200 armed government employees surrounding a ranch in Nevada, you are a “domestic terrorist”. If you don’t agree that higher taxes are acceptable, you are unpatriotic. If you believe that there should be a limit on how much public debt can be accumulated, you are heartless bigot who wants welfare recipients and old people to starve. If you believe that the only way to get the president to listen to your concerns is to refuse to fund the government, you are an anarchist.
These are all comments used by Democrats against their opposition within the last year…and all have one thing in common.
Harry Reid revealed perhaps more than he intended when he said of Cliven Bundy, “Well, it’s not over. We can’t have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it. So it’s not over.”
That was followed by a remarkable lack of self-awareness a day or so later when Reid followed with “They’re nothing more than domestic terrorists…I repeat: what happened there was domestic terrorism.”
Perhaps I give Harry too little credit – on second thought, I would bet that the “domestic terrorist” crack was focus group tested as a winner for the Democrat denizens of the fever swamps.
Be that as it may, when critically reviewed, what an incredibly arrogant – and one might say “aristocratic” – statement for a supposed “servant of the people” to make about his own constituents. Combined with his “domestic terrorist” remarks about the supporters of the Bundys, it illustrates the deep seated condescension that the leadership of the Democratic party feels toward anyone who is not an illegal alien, an environmental radical, a welfare queen (or even a GLBT queen) or a rich, power hungry donor – essentially anyone that they can’t use or be used by them as a piggybank.
Please keep in mind that this issue is over grazing fees – this was not Timothy McVeigh or the Tsarnaev brothers – this was over cows grazing on thousands of acres of uninhabited ranch land. The first guns drawn were by agents of the federal government and as far as I can tell, the reincarnation of the Prohibition era “revenuers” were only ones responsible for property damage, the destruction of endangered desert tortoise habitat and a spike in the Nevada cattle mortality rate.
The commonality that I mentioned earlier is that every comment that issues forth from a Democrat is rooted in defense of the government and its actions – not a single one was issued in defense of an individual in this situation, the state was portrayed as the victim, the Bundys and their supporters were slandered as “terrorists”.
Harry Reid’s comments are certainly arrogant but they are also eerily personal. Reading them yields only the first layer of his apparent acrimony, viewing the clips of him making those statements indicates that he sees this civil disobedience as personal effrontery, much as a feudal lord would react if one of his vassals had objected too loudly to one of his edicts.
At one time or the other, the phrase “When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny,” has been attributed to Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams or Thomas Paine. No matter who actually said it, it is true. Entrenched, connected, well-funded politicians like Harry Reid have no fear of the people because they control the Leviathan that is the federal government. The Democrats are the party of the state and with the help of “progressive” Republicans, they seek totalitarian control.
Fossils like Reid and Nancy Pelosi are the rear guard for the younger collectivist radicals like Barack Obama and it is through them that people like Obama and Hillary Clinton can be defeated. All it takes is more Cliven Bundys standing up to say “Enough!”
Cliven Bundy is being painted as a criminal – and a criminal he well may well be – but it is important to remember that our Bill Ayers, Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky educated leftist brethren see the Founding Fathers in a similar light. This is the view that allows them to justify surrounding the Bundy ranch with armed revenuers for a claimed million dollar debt while another million dollar debtor, Al Sharpton, gets invitations to dinner with the President and a show in a news network (albeit a very lightly watched show on a very lightly watched network).
America was forged in a furnace of revolution over a king who saw effrontery in the act of his subjects petitioning for representative government and a voice in their own future.
It is far past time that these “public servants” learn to fear the people again.