Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton, compares the Tea Party to a conspiracy “to undermine the government of the United States.” When people like Reich make extreme comparisons, you know they’ve lost the argument. All they can do is pull the racist, homophobe, sexist, Nazi, and extremism cards from the bottom of the deck and try to play them as a legitimate hand.
People involved in the Tea Party are not engaged in a conspiracy. Everything the Tea Party does is in the open. Its card-carrying and philosophical members use the political system that anybody can take advantage of to make changes to our government. Reich calls this “infiltration.” Our political system calls it “getting people elected.”
The Tea Party’s goal is not to subvert the Constitution, which is the goal of Reich and his fellow-liberals, but to insure that those elected to office and took an oath to uphold the Constitution legislate in terms of the limitations of the Constitution and do no more than that.
Here’s Robert Reich’s Tea Party conspiracy theory:
“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.”
This is a perfect description of what liberals have been doing for decades.
But let’s get to the real point. Is it wrong to oppose the government when it violates the Constitution? Is it wrong to oppose the government when it spends the nation into debt? Is it wrong to oppose elected officials when they will not curtail spending? Is it wrong to work against policies that take more of our money in taxes? Is it wrong to work within the system to stop the implementation of a government mandated healthcare system? Is it wrong to fix what’s broken? No!
There’s no conspiracy. The Tea Party has been very open about what it wants to do, and the whole world knows it. The Tea Party has used the electoral process to implement their constitutional agenda. Reich is upset because the force of his liberal argument is losing credibility.
The history of America is the history of governmental opposition. The Declaration of Independence is a hallowed document of government resistance. The document’s opening paragraph is an indictment of Reich’s duplicity:
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”
What would Reich have written in the lead up to the rise of Adolf Hitler and his implementation of his blood-thirsty Third Reich? Would it have been wrong — considered to be a ‘conspiracy’ by the powers that be — to gain political influence to overrule the tyranny that was about to be unleashed on the German people and the rest of Europe and beyond?
What should we make of Poland’s Solidarity movement? How about the “conspiracy” to end apartheid in South Africa or even the Civil Rights Movement in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s?
What were liberals doing during the Bush Administration? They opposed George Bush at every turn, and so did a lot of conservatives. In fact, for four years President Obama blamed everything on George Bush.
There’s more in Reich’s article that needs to be addressed. I put it in the same category as those who wrote articles defending the former Soviet Union. Reich is a “useful Idiot,” a propagandist being used by Obama to help him destroy America.