The hyperbolic rhetoric and nuclear verbal attacks against fiscally conservative members of Congress and the Tea Party in general continues unbated.
A Democratic member of Congress, Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), continued the left’s categorization of the refusal to continue fiscally irresponsible behavior on the federal level as an act of terrorism. The sad, but unsurprising fact is, the Vice President of the United States continued the meme:
Vice President Joe Biden joined House Democrats in lashing tea party Republicans Monday, accusing them of having “acted like terrorists” in the fight over raising the nation’s debt limit, according to several sources in the room.
Biden was agreeing with a line of argument made by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) at a two-hour, closed-door Democratic Caucus meeting.
“We have negotiated with terrorists,” an angry Doyle said, according to sources in the room. “This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money.”
Biden, driven by his Democratic allies’ misgivings about the debt-limit deal, responded: “They have acted like terrorists.”
Biden’s office initially declined to comment about what the vice president said inside the closed-door session, but after POLITICO published the remarks, spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff said: “The word was used by several members of Congress. The vice president does not believe it’s an appropriate term in political discourse.”
If you think this wasn’t an organized defamation of the Tea Party by the professional Left, you are seriously underestimating the lengths these Marxists will go to destroy the opposition. Newsbusters shows how everyone from Congress to the media to the President himself were acting in lockstep to promote the message:
Prior to the Norwegian massacre, references to the Tea Party as extreme were prevalent, but making the leap in logic to terrorism had been scant. After the Norwegian massacre however, liberals defining the Tea Party as hostage-taking terrorists have become far more frequent. In the last few days it has become practically commonplace.
This past Friday Politico ran an op-ed titled, The Tea Party’s Terrorist Tactics, which featured an illustration of an individual with a dollar sign-shaped bomb strapped to their chest, and argued that the party had progressed from hostage-taking to “the intentional infliction of harm on innocent Americans to achieve a political objective – terrorism.”
Joe Klein penned a piece for Time in which he accused Republicans of being beholden to ‘Tea Party robots’, and worse, that their perceived unwillingness to compromise is something that would have made Osama bin Laden proud. The exact quote being that were he alive, bin Laden “could not have come up with a more clever strategy for strangling our nation.”
Rush Limbaugh ran a montage on his radio show to demonstrate that these attacks on the Tea Party aren’t limited to the ever-biased media, but have been coordinated with their liberal leaders in government. That montage features Democrats echoing the same sentiment ad nauseam, with over 16 different politicians referring to the Tea Party or Republicans as holding the American people hostage.
Former Democratic Congressman, Martin Frost, also in the Politico, cuts right to the chase with an op-ed titled, The Tea Party Taliban. Frost argues that “like the Taliban” the Tea Party sees “compromise as an unacceptable alternative”. He claims that the party’s quest for political purity gives them “much in common with the Taliban.”
In lockstep with the sentiments of his colleagues, the President himself delivered a weekly address in which he denounced the Republican solution to solve the debt crisis as a plan that “would hold our economy captive to Washington politics.”
It is enough to make one wonder, where did our healing President go?
Here’s the transcript of the montage Rush ran on his show:
STENY HOYER: (rotunda noise) The Republicans are holding hostage the credit of the United States of America.
DEBBIE “BLABBERMOUTH” SCHULTZ: …our Republican colleagues to hold our economy hostage.
DINGY HARRY: The Republican Party is holding our economy hostage.
CHUCK-U SCHUMER: (rotunda noise) It didn’t say, “Hold America hostage.”
LOUISE SLAUGHTER: …hold the debt ceiling hostage.
SHELDON WHITEHOUSE: One party is holding the country hostage.
JOHN OLVER: The debt limit has never before been held hostage.
BARBARA LEE: Republicans are holding our economy hostage.
EARL BLUMENAUER: …willing to take hostage the debt ceiling.
JASON ALTMIRE: Stop holding America’s credit rating hostage.
ROSA DeLAURO: The Republican majority continues to hold the American economy hostage.
CHRIS VAN HOLLEN: Let’s not hold the entire American economy hostage.
JOHN LARSON: …ideological hostage situation…
LLOYD DOGGETT: The only belt they’re really tightening is right around the neck of those hostages.
JAMES CLYBURN: Holding the American economy hostage.
JESSE JACKSON, JR.: This president is being treated differently!
SPEAKER PRO-TEM: (gavel banging)
JACKSON: No other president has been stuck up, shook down, or held hostage!
The Democrats understand this is a battle for the minds of a sound byte nation. They crafted a message and a goal: convince the public the Tea Party is responsible for the debt ceiling problem and paint them as terrorists.
I’m sure there were conference calls involved where the whole thing was discussed and the marching orders given out from senior Democrats in Congress to the most junior freshman Democrat.
How can I be so sure? Because it’s been caught on tape before:
Moments before the start of the call, Schumer — not aware that many of the reporters were already on the line — went into spin doctor mode, instructing his fellow senators on how to talk to the media about the federal budget.
“I always use the word extreme,” Schumer told Sens. Barbara Boxer, Benjamin Cardin, Thomas Carper and Richard Blumenthal. “That is what the caucus instructed me to use this week.”
Boxer (D-Calif.), Cardin (D-Maryland), Carper (D-Del.) and Blumenthal (D-Conn.) listened as Schumer told them to paint House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) as someone who had been backed into a corner by the Tea Party.
About a minute into Schumer’s instructions, he apparently became aware that reporters were on the line.
What ensued were a few moments of silence.
Once the call began in earnest seconds later, the Democratic lawmakers were on message.
“We are urging Mr. Boehner to abandon the extreme right wing,” said Boxer.
That was just three months ago.
The Democrats fully intend to paint those who have become involved in the national debate because they oppose the unlimited reach of government and the dangerous fiscal irresponsibility of Washington not only as political opponents but as dangerous enemies of the state, comparing them to those who target innocent children for slaughter and hold hostages for ransom.
They have willing accomplices in the media who not only refuse to confront the rhetoric, but parrot it.
Remember that the next time you are advised to check your message because it’s over the top. The Democrats will not hold back, but will enforce limits on what the right can say if allowed.