E.J. Dionne: The Tea Partiers Are John Birchers

If you want the government to NOT destroy itself and the country by limitless spending, then, you are the equivalent of a John Birtch Society member.

So says E. J. Dionne:

The reaction to Obama has also radicalized parts of the conservative movement, giving life to conspiracy theories long buried and strains of thinking similar to those espoused by the John Birch Society and other right-wing groups in the 1950s and ’60s.

If you believe in the Constitution, then you are a John Bircher.

The language of the new anti-statists, like the language of the 1950s’ right, regularly harks back to the U.S. Constitution and the Founders in calling attention to perceived threats to liberty.

How dare they hark back to the Constitution and the founders. Could they get any more disgusting (to E.. J. Dionne)?

Just listen to this horrible, inflammatory language:

A group called Tea Party Patriots (many Tea Party groups include the word “patriot” in their names) describes itself as “a community committed to standing together, shoulder to shoulder, to protect our country and the Constitution upon which we were founded!” Tea Party Nation says it is “a user-driven group of like-minded people who desire our God given Individual Freedoms which were written out by the Founding Fathers.”

How could anyone even think those horrible thoughts?

If you do not submit to the rule of the upper class, and admit that they have all the answers and the rest of the country should just shut up and be ruled, you are a John Bircher:

The rise of the Tea Party movement is a throwback to an old form of libertarianism that sees most of the domestic policies that government has undertaken since the New Deal as unconstitutional. It typically perceives the most dangerous threats to freedom as the design of well-educated elitists out of touch with “American values.”

…Attacks on a highly educated class that are a staple of conservative criticisms of Obama and his circle also have a long right-wing pedigree.

Now class, what did the Communists do when anyone objected to their rule?

Answer: They accused them of being a reactionary.

What does E.J. Dione do in this column?


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