During all of the discourse over the past few years, one thing has been consistent. The constant attack mode of the left towards anything remotely conservative.
The reason for attacks? The left has no possibility of winning the argument on the basis of logic and facts. So they follow Saul Alinsky’s advice from his book Rules for Radicals and attack the messenger. This is old news to you and I. All we can do is keep on keepin’ on. Articulate the message clearly and eventually it will get through to most.
The evidence of our reaching the masses through our persistence is very clear. We got the message out on Obama care. Although it passed and was signed into law, a very large majority did not support the law. And several Representatives and a few Senators paid the price. We got the message out over the budget issues. Many didn’t listen and in 2012 there will be a few more Congress-critters and hopefully a president who will be joining the ranks of the unemployed.
Through all of this, the left continues to fire at us with both barrels. The first started to call us nothing more than an Astroturf movement (note 1). When that didn’t work, next came the calls that we were violent (note 2) and racist (note 3). When that proved to be nothing more than spitting into the wind, they started to call us terrorists (note 4). All this does is to make us stand stronger. As an added benefit, people have been looking in to what we do and they are finding that we are neither racist, nor are we violent, and we are certainly not terrorists. (See Notes below)
Now, there are some calling for the leftist media (aka main stream media) to boycott or ignore us. John Kerry had this to say about the Tea Party:
“And I have to tell you, I say this to you politely. The media in America has a bigger responsibility than it’s exercising today. The media has got to begin to not give equal time o equal balance to an absolutely absurd notion just because somebody asserts it or simply because somebody says something which everyone knows is not factual.”
“It doesn’t deserve the same credit as a legitimate idea about what you do. And the problem is everything is put into this tit-for-tat equal battle and America is losing any sense of what’s real, of who’s accountable, or who is not accountable, or who’s real, who isn’t, who serious, who isn’t?” (Source: The Blaze)
Sen Kerry, we have made YOU accountable. Those we could reach are no longer serving in Congress. Your job is reasonably safe, but many others are not and we are going to go after them. Yes, and I will use the word, we will target them for unemployment in 2012.
The leftist has failed to turn the American people against us. In fact, they have made us stronger. As the left and progressives continue to call us all these names, more and more people are joining us. The left is afraid and they are rapidly running about of ammunition.
Note 1: So Princess Nancy, what do you think about our Astroturf movement now? How are you feeling now that you no longer hold the gavel as Speaker of the House? Any thought to reconsidering if the Tea Party is an Astroturf movement now that many of your democrat colleagues are no longer serving with you? Have you asked Alan Grayson how he feels about that Astroturf movement?
Note 2: Other than fabricated stories and leftists who infiltrated tea Party protests, there have been absolutely no verified incidences of violence at Tea Party functions. The trouble with these fabrications is that the MSM won’t retract or report the false allegations. In the story linked here there is mention of “racial epithets and spitting at members of Congress…bricks thrown through office windows…” The racial remarks have proven to be false and the brick thrower was actually a left-winger. The others mentioned in this article have also proven to be false or mis-reported
Note 3: In the article that I linked here the author provides supposed examples that have proven to be completely unfounded or have nothing to do with racism. She mentions the “reports by black legislators that Tea Party activist hurled racial epithets at them.” This has been a complete fabrication by the left. There has been absolutely no proof this ever happen. Shortly after the passage of Obama care and the supposed incident Andrew Breitbart offered up $100,000 for any proof of this allegation and so far there have been absolutely no takers (because there is no proof).
Just because there are some who believe that Obama is not eligible to be president, doesn’t make someone a racist. Did anyone call Senator Barack Obama a racist when he, along with a large majority of Congress made John McCain prove he was a US citizen? Nope! Just for your reading pleasure, go to this link to refresh your memory about how those on the left insist that Tea Partiers are racist.
Not sure if you guys have seen this, but the department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has dictated that insurance companies must provide birth control to women free of charge. That means zero out-of-pocket dollars. A woman who wishes to be on birth control will not be required to pony up a co-pay.
In a column at The Daily Beast, writer Amanda Marcotte can’t seem to understand why those with conservative ideals would reject this. She goes on, blathering about reduced costs as pregnancies are supposedly reduced and all that. I think she either misses the point or intentionally has her head buried in the sand. I will agree there is a morality issue here but that is not part of the argument from the point of view from most on the right. It has to do with money and the federal government’s lack of it and it also has to do with the feds sticking their nose where it doesn’t belong.
SIDENOTE: Bill O’Reilly can be a knucklehead at times.
I really have no issues with women obtaining birth control in any form. I am also not so much a prude as to say that pre-marital sex is a bad thing and that it can or should be controlled. This is a personal choice. I do counsel my boys on the responsibilities of sex before marriage and do tell them the wise decision is to wait at least to a point where you are able to either get married (don’t support “shotgun” weddings) or at the very least, provide for the child. And I always counsel them that until they are married, birth control should be at the forefront of their minds. The responsibility lies with both, not just the woman.
What I do have troubles with is using tax payer dollars for this. I also have a problem with the increased insurance costs I am going to face as insurance companies pass along to costs to consumers. I also have a problem with the feds continually making decisions that have an impact on my pocketbook. I am smart enough to realize that tax payer dollars are not a factor is this decision, at least not right now. But it will be. This decision by HHS is just a small step towards a government funded single payer system, which is the progressive (re: Obama and his cronies) goal. As more mandates are handed down from HHS that increases the cost of health insurance (can free abortions be very far in the future?), the more people are going to clamor for the government to pick up the tab.
I sincerely doubt this will reduce unwanted or unplanned pregnancy. When you really dig into the dynamics of unplanned or unwanted pregnancy you will find that many of those pregnancies are to people who already have access to little to no cost birth control and family planning through Planned Parenthood and other state level health services. The American taxpayer currently funds PP to the tune of over $360 million, much of which is used to provide birth control. If people in the lower economic stratus want birth control, they can get birth control at little to no cost.
BTW: It is a falsehood that PP uses taxpayer money to fund abortions. HOWEVER, if this taxpayer money was not available, then the private monies they do get and use for the abortion program would have to be directed away from abortions to the other services (such as birth control and women’s health services) now covered by taxpayer funds.
Also we need to consider that most forms of birth control are relatively cheap. The pill costs $15 to $40 each month, while a condom costs less than $.50 each. Not terribly expensive. Most women can afford this and if they can’t there are other resources available to them. Of course, the left will try to throw this right back at me by saying, “See, it is not that expensive for the insurance companies to pick up this tab.” (When the left uses logic, it tends to be faulty logic.) Taken one by one, sure the cost isn’t all that high, but it soon begins to add up. If birth control and other women’s health services are so cheap then why does PP need nearly a billion dollars in funding (government and private) each year? And this money is used only for those who otherwise cannot afford these services through insurance or pay as you go. When you add in the rest of the women who are currently on insurance or pay as they go, the costs are going to reach into the tens of billions of dollars. This is going to be passed on to the consumer.
Note 4: Throughout all of the complete lack of civility from the left towards anything conservative, the name calling has been something to laugh at. But to equate folks in the Tea Party to people who kill women and children indiscriminately is beyond low. This is a sign of absolute desperation.