you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Tea Party or any fellow
traveling subversive organization?" is a question that some day may be
asked by a Congressional committee investigating threats to the American
way of life.
How this small group of freshmanic members of Congress managed to
take the government hostage heads any list of the top stories of 2011.
Who ever dreamed that The Gang of 69 dedicated representatives --
during the raising-the-debt crisis this summer -- could come so close to
shutting down the nation, plunging the country, if not the world, into a
black hole of financial repercussions. It continues holding the power
of seriatim-shut down threats on any issue it deems necessary and
No reforms of financial system and healthcare? No financing for
Planned Parenthood? No more family visits to Cuba? No military chaplain
officiating legal same-sex marriages? No new or old enforcement of
environmental regulations? No federal spending on needle exchanges?
That's what the party stands for -- and, by golly, we don't care who suffers. We have our principles.
Why not play kick the can down the road? Save the Republic for two or
six months at a time, rather than allowing us to focus on other serious
problems like fixing the financial or other infrastructures that need
attention. Let the country hang by the thumbs!
Forget that old our country right or wrong. We have the country in a Double Nelson. And it better cry "Uncle Sam."
This is not to say the Tea Party did not have help: fellow travelers
in the Republican Party and the unwitting dupes in the Democratic Party,
who have been like deer in the headlights during the power grab. The
President himself bent so far backward compromising that he could win
the limbo dance contest. As Lenin and Stalin taught the Mensheviks and
Social Democrats, compromise gets you the bullet in the back of the
I have lived through threats to the American way of life before by
our enemies. Growing up, there was the WPA. The Dies Committee went
after subversives painting murals in the post offices, writing state
guidebooks, and seducing citizens in the federal art and theater
The House Un-American Activities Committee blew the whistle on
Commies in the film industry in the 1950s. Red Channels got the networks
to cleanse sitcoms and children's programming. Sen. McCarthy had lists
of Moscow agents in the State Department and under every American's bed.
The FBI knew who JFK and Martin Luther King Jr. were dating.
But none of these alleged internal threats had the power to actually
shut down the government over any issue that did not meet their high
standards: bringing down the president, no new taxes, and balancing a
budget that hasn't been balanced since the Hoover administration. The
kind of discipline these doctrinaire party hard-liners demonstrate
reminds me of the post-revolutionary period in Russia, if you'll pardon
So my question is: Does the Attorney General have the Tea Party and
its network of local groups on the Attorney General's List? And if not,
Do they have on their list the financial supporters of the movement?
All they have to do is run the Rolodex of the Koch brothers as a start.
And when will the House Un-American Activities, currently comatose,
begin launching its long overdue investigation into the plot to bring
the nation to its knees, something all of the terrorists out there
trying to destroy us couldn't do even in their wildest fantasies?
At the risk of being ahead of the times, by 15 minutes, I want to be
the first to sign a loyalty oath swearing that I am not -- not now, nor
have I ever been -- a card-carrying member of the Tea Party or any
alleged sympathizer organization of pinheads.