Teabagging Racists Vs. Socialist LiberalsIn this post-partisan age of Obama there is certainly a lot of name calling from everyone. Conservatives and Republicans regularly refer to liberals as socialists. Liberals and Democrats regularly refer to conservatives and more specifically, the “Teabaggers” as racists. For what it's worth, my opinion is that both of these ideas have taken hold with die hard members of each party. You may think my humble opinion isn't worth much but I will remind you all of my mantra. “I Know I'm Right, Are You?” There are always two sides to an argument but often one side has a terrible baseless line of reasoning. Let me take a moment of your time to flesh out these two arguments.
Recently liberals have led a smear campaign against the “Teabaggers.” The best, most obvious example is Frank Rich of the New York Times. He compares the outrage over Obamacare to Kristallnacht which is at the very least an overstatement. “Teabaggers” are concerned with our national debt and deficit as a ratio to GDP. They are worried we are burying our children in insurmountable debt. They are worried by the history of entitlement programs and their excessive growth concerning government expenditure. They are worried about expanding an entitlement culture in America and the tax increases that are sure to be a result. They are worried what tax increases mean for private industry and small business (the primary employers in the nation) while we are still mired in a recession with abhorrent unemployment rates. They are concerned with this administrations conduct regarding jobs. In the State of the Union Address we were all told that we were pivoting towards “jobs, jobs, jobs” but we got more health care we didn't want. Obama reads us sob stories from the ten letters he reads a night to “stay in touch” with the American people then had a bill forced down our throats that didn't reflect what American people wanted. Now in the aftermath of passing an unpopular drastic social bill using sketchy tactics, liberals want to define the “Teabaggers” as racists.
I ask this rhetorically, but what does the Tea Party stand for that is racist? Nothing that “Teabaggers” are upset about is a racial issue. Debt, taxes, an unpopular bill passed in a sketchy way? What about that is racist? The entirety of the racist claim stands on a flimsy premise that someone or some folks shouted the "N" word when a black congressman walked by the protests and some windows were broken at headquarters of Democratic congressmen. How can that argument stand? There has been no evidence offered that anyone said the "N" word at the protest. The video evidence certainly doesn't support that theory. How long ago was it? A year? Two years? A democrat vandalized a democrat's headquarters because they thought it would play well with the media. Let me take the worst case scenario. The "N" word was hurled fifteen times at a black congressmen and every instance of vandalism against democrats was by “Teabaggers.” At most that is maybe twenty people in a movement with millions behind it. If there are only a million “Teabaggers” then that is .00002% of the movement. That is less than the amount of arsenic allowed in canned goods. Would any reasonable person define a movement by .00002% of their constituents? Absolutely not. A movement towards fiscal responsibility can't be judged as racist by any means. Ultimately the claim holds no water. To believe that the Tea Party is a racist movement you would have to suspend reality.
Now for the other side. Liberals get pretty upset when you call them socialists. To set the record I will clarify what socialism is for everyone.
Socialism: any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.
Since this administration took over, the government has taken over GM, they are setting executive pay in banking for some companies, and now they are mandating that people buy insurance as a requirement for being alive.. I can't even begin to conceive an argument that says this isn't moving towards socialism. If liberals don't agree with this assessment then they fundamentally don't understand what socialism is. The only reason their antics work is that many Americans don't really understand what socialism is. To be sure Americans know they don't want socialism but it hurts society that some Americans cannot recognize it.
Ultimately, liberals are thin skinned and handle issues like a lynch mob. They say something completely false and expect their advocates to take their argument as absolute truth and pass the lies on. The sad thing is that it is working. Go to a tea party rally and see for yourself. Experience it and then try and tell me anything I have said is wrong. As always I say, “I'm Right, Are You?”