(I wrote this article very tongue in cheek. I wanted it to come across as a bit sarcastic, but it was hard for me to pull off, as I hated talking bad about these folks. I hope you understand that I am trying to illustrate the stupidity of the Democrats in labeling the protesters as a mob, or political terrorists, when they are following the role models below, the first Americans to rage against the tyranny of the established government. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks.)
With the overwhelming amount of chatter coming from the Democrats about the uproar Americans are causing at town hall meetings, I thought it would be important to take a look at the people who were behind this attitude, this belief that the people should come before those in government and demand they listen.
There are a select few who are the most outspoken, some more extreme than others. Some of these “political terrorists” simply demand liberty, while others speak plainly of the need for bloody revolution every now and then. They all, however, are quoted and inspire the rabble-rousers disrupting today’s town hall meetings.
Read the words they use. When you do, you get a look at the attitude of today’s town hall protester.
Nathan Hale was so extreme that, when seeing he was to be martyred by the British, wished he could die over and over again. That’s some hard core right wing lunacy.
Hale was a spy for General George Washington, another right wing extremist who we’ll get to in a moment. When Hale was caught and sentenced to hang, he reportedly told the British soldiers, “I only regret,” he said, “that I have but one life to lose for my country.”
While Hale didn’t actually say much, it’s the extremist nature of his most remembered comment that earns him a spot on the list. Wishing you could die repeatedly for libertarian values? This kind of thinking empowers others to keep fighting for ideals such as freedom, individualism and liberty. You can see how the left finds it dangerous.
Sam Adams, besides being a very tasty beer, was another right wing nutcase who caused nothing but trouble. He and his cousin, John Adams (who also made the list) were an integral part of a right wing movement that ended in bloodshed. We call it the American Revolution.
If you think this guy isn’t behind the town hall protests, think again. Here are his instructions, which you can see played out in town hall after town hall:
“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds”
I’m surprised no one has torched one of these buildings yet, with reckless rhetoric like that. He also told people to go out and fight:
“The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending against all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks.”
What liberties is he talking about? He spelled that out as well:
“Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: First a right to life, secondly to liberty, and thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can”
This guy is telling people to defend their property against all attacks, in the best manner they can, and to set brush fires. Dangerous? I guess if you are a statist bent on the redistribution of people’s property, that kind of thinking would be bothersome, especially if a lot of people starting reading and remembering it. (Hint: Stumble and Tweet this article and many will.)
The first President of the United States on the list, John Adams was a dangerous man. As noted above, this fella started a war before war mongering was even cool. And then, in typical right wing fashion, he skirted the blame:
“The Revolution was effected before the War commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations. This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution.”
There is no doubt John Adams inspires this mob of misfits. Look at the type of extreme mentality he espouses:
“The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing”
“There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.”
How can a group be expected to be civil when people like John Adams continue to spread fear of government in this way? All in the name of liberty…
The father of the Constitution was another trouble maker. I’m sure if he were alive today, Nancy Pelosi would accuse him of wearing a pair of Nazi pajamas. James Madison sets the mob off, especially with comments like these:
All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree.
Again, spreading fear. This is becoming a common theme, not only on the list but in the town halls. It lead poor Claire McCaskill to wonder aloud, “You don’t trust me? I don’t know what else I can do?” But Madison isn’t finished. He, like other right wingers, puts property above the collective:
By rendering the labor of one, the property of the other, they cherish pride, luxury, and vanity on one side; on the other, vice and servility, or hatred and revolt.
He’s justifying the behavior of the rabid mobsters at these town halls, by blaming the leftists who are trying to impose a government health care system the people don’t want. Outrageous!
Here’s another justification of the irrational behavior of the right wing masses:
We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties.
Now this guy, he’s trouble.
Benjamin Franklin not only stirred up things in America, but he was know for recruiting trouble from all around the world. Right wingers back in his day used to send him places so he could bring back folks to fight with them. Sort of a colonial “Astroturf” genius.
But he also had a smart mouth and like to use it. For example:
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
This quote was bandied about during the Patriot Act days, but it is equally usable by the anti-health care reform crowd. After all, they think they are giving up liberties, such as what doctor to use and what operation they can have, for the security of government coverage. (It’s still liberty and it’s still false security, right?)
“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”
Clearly Franklin didn’t understand the “General Welfare Clause.” The Constitution gives people the right to anything the Congress says. That’s what the Supreme Court said, anyway. But right wingers still think they understand the Constitution better than the Democrats.
Thomas Paine wrote a pamphlet called “Common Sense” which, in its day and in “relation to the population of the Colonies at that time, had the largest sale and circulation of any book in American history. Common Sense presented the American colonists with a powerful argument for independence from British rule at a time when the question of independence was still undecided.”
It was pretty much nothing but right wing propaganda. Oh yeah, he knew how to fire up a gaggle of right wing nutcases. In his little pamphlet, he wrote all kinds of libertarian nonsense, like:
Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer.
You can see why right wingers think he’s a great mind, what with his hatred of government. Here’s another example:
When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.
I’m surprised this hasn’t appeared on a sign yet. After all, conservatives are saying that this will lead to bad things down the road, despite what Democrats say now. That’s exactly what Paine wrote. Whatever the writers of this bill mean today won’t necessarily be what future Congressmen and Senators think it means, or they might warp it to fit their personal world/political view.
LIke that could happen in America…what a fear monger.
Another nutcase ready to die.
Patrick Henry was so far right, he would rather die than serve a master. He is known for the phrase, “Give me liberty or give me death” but there is more to that speech that those seven words. He said:
Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
History tells us that after he said that, those around him were ready to wage war, shouting “To arms! To arms!” Were this guy at a town hall today, we would probably have a representative dead, shot by one of those gun toting racists black guys MSNBC is worried about.
Here’s another reason this fella is making waves today. He doesn’t want anyone to trust the government either. He told the citizens:
Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.
Not only is he telling them to suspect everyone, but he’s telling them to use force. This guy is all about force. Or death.
John Jay has one quote that right wingers love, especially the more libertarian ones. It’s pretty simple:
No power on earth has a right to take our property from us without our consent.
And despite what the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals says, these folks still consider money their property, meaning whenever taxes are collected, they feel they are having personal property taken from them without their consent. I’ve heard more than one protestor say they don’t like to have their property taken from them and given to someone else. Where do you think they learned that type of thinking?
Hint: John Jay.
He wrote quite a bit as well. He, along with Madison and Alexander Hamilton, wrote the Federalist Papers, which are still used today to try to defend right wing positions.
The General not only spoke of right of center values, but he took up arms for right of center values. This gentleman lead men to war, where they killed for the type of thing these town hall protestors are extolling. Many of the mob find inspiration in this man. They find comfort is the things he said, like:
Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession.
Give you any idea why these people are showing up? Gen. Washington still commands the right. Get in there and stop this from happening. It’s easier than removing it later. No wonder these guys are so rabid. Washington has them terrified.
He also preached about fearing government. Noticing a theme with these extremists? It’s common on the right:
Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
Washington. Demonizing the government since before demonizing the government was cool on the right.
I’ve left the worst of the lot for last. This guy’s words have already appeared at an Obama event, being held up by a guy with a gun.
What were the words? The most dangerous kind. He advocates the spilling of blood:
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Un. Be. Lievable.
How irresponsible is it for this right wing blowhard to say something as outrageous as that. That’s not all. Right wingers love to quote this guy. He may be the Democrat’s man, but look at the rhetoric he’s responsible for:
To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.
A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government.
Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.
Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security.
When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.
Let me be serious now.
The men above were the original right wing mob who changed history. They preached liberty and distrust of a powerful, central government. They understood freedom was fleeting and that eventually, you would either have to submit to a tyranny, or fight for your freedom.
All the people today want is a little bit of the power back that the Founders and the Framers gave to them, not to the Congress, or the White House or the courts. They just want to be heard and understood. But the Democrats not only reject their positions with dismissals, or talk on the phone while they ask questions, they call the protestors vile names like “political terrorists.”
King George said, “I desire what is good. Therefore, everyone who does not agree with me is a traitor.”
When you look at the words the Democrats use to describe the protestors, and compare it to what King George said about the men above, you get a better idea of whose side you should be on.
If one side is for liberty, then what is the other side for?