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20130613_TomMcLaughlin_at_CPAC_2010By Tom McLaughlin ~6cebf439-356a-42c5-a6d4-219414925844_GraysonTeaParty

Who are the extremists? That’s the only question I’m left with after watching last week’s capitulation of establishment Republican “leaders” to Democrats who want to spend another trillion dollars we don’t have. Yeah, those quotes mean I don’t actually consider McConnell, Cornyn, Boehner or Cantor to be leaders. They’re surrender monkeys.

Vitriol flowed thickly. The president, other Democrats and their media allies scared Republican surrender monkeys much the way Putin, Assad and the Iranian mullahs scared them. President Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats called Republicans arsonists, domestic abusers, hostage-takers, the Ku Klux Klan, even terrorists – because how else should we interpret White House advisor Dan Pfeiffer’s remarks about negotiating with Republicans: “What we’re not for is negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to their chest,” he said. I mean, heck, the White House doesn’t even call Major Nidal Hasan a terrorist and he shot 42 Americans, killing thirteen. They don’t call the Muslim Brotherhood terrorists even when they kill Christians and burn down their churches.

Democrats are afraid to call our enemies terrorists but they’re not afraid to call Republicans terrorists. Why? Because they know most Republicans these days are even more cowardly than Democrats are. In a game of chicken with Republicans, the outcome isn’t in doubt. There’s no price to pay for gloating after they fold either. Spike the ball? Go ahead. No worries. After all, Democrats know who the real terrorists are and would never think of taunting them. That’s why they expunge all references to “jihad.” That’s why they never utter the “terrorism” word in the same sentence with “Islam” or “Muslim,” but have no trouble using it with “Republican” or “Tea Party.” They don’t worry because they know establishment Republicans will wimp out. They know what the pecking order is, and so do their mainstream media allies. Everyone knows Republicans are at the bottom, hiding in the corner of the chicken coop, afraid of being pecked completely clean of feathers while Reid and Obama strut around like cocks of the walk, and throw our money all around.

Washington Post columnist EJ Dionne, ever a sycophant for Democrats, said Sunday on Meet The Press: “The era of the Tea Party is over.” Three years ago, just before Tea Party Republicans took over the US House, he wrote: “The Tea Party is nothing new. It represents a relatively small minority of Americans on the right end of politics, and it will not determine the outcome of the 2010 elections.” I suspect a much bigger surprise for both Democrats and establishment Republican wimps on election day in November, 2014. According to a Rasmussen poll last week, 78% of Americans want to throw out the entire Congress and start over.

0801-ted-cruz-Texas-Senate-Race_full_600Because the Tea Party Caucus in the US House of Representatives represents ordinary people much more closely than the Senate does. Yes, there’s Texas Senator Ted Cruz. There’s Utah Senator Mike Lee. There’s Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and a few others, but most Senate Republicans lack political courage. Those three weren’t elected by people who want them to bring federal money projects home to their states like Mitch McConnell did with his $2 billion Kentucky dam project that was attached to the “compromise” bill to reopen government. No. They were elected by people who believe America will cease to exist if we don’t drastically change course very soon. They were elected by people who fear national bankruptcy, who believe the federal government has vastly exceeded its constitutional authority and must be scaled back drastically.

The Tea Party Caucus in the House were elected by the same kind of people – voters who’ve been hearing Congress and the President say for years that we need to do something about our multi-trillion-dollar debt, but who continue to make it worse year after year. Are these Americans worried about a sequester? No. A government shutdown? No. Default? No. Why not? Because they know those things are inconsequential compared to what will happen if we continue borrowing and printing money – the collapse of America as we know it.

Are they extremists because they want their senators and their congressmen to stop talking about it and actually stop it? Ted Cruz is doing what Texans want him to do. He’s not backing down. He’s not playing nice with Democrats or establishment Republicans because Texans who elected him told him not to. Imagine that! When he went back to Texas last Saturday he got an eight-minute standing ovation, after which he said: “After two months in Washington, it’s great to be back in America.”

So back to my original question: “Who are the extremists?” Are they Democrats and establishment Republicans who keep our federal government’s foot on the gas as America drives off the cliff?

Why are we told the ones yelling “Stop!” are extremists?

Contributing Editor   is a (now retired) history teacher and a regular weekly columnist for newspapers in Maine and New Hampshire. He writes about political and social issues, history, family, education and Radical Islam.

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