(Dr. Jerome R. Corsi) – On the eve of the 2013 CPAC meeting in Washington, D.C., scheduled for this coming March 14-17, the Obama administration is stepping up its attack on the Tea Party, once again trying to marginalize Tea Party activists as dangerous political extremists.
The latest attack comes from Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton, who has argued in an editorial entitled “The Sequester and the Tea Party Plot,” published first on his blog and republished on the left-leaning political website Salon.com.
Reich asked readers to take a look “at what’s happening in Washington since Tea Party fanatics gained effective control of the Republican Party.”
Characterizing Tea Party members as radicals out to destroy the government simply because Tea Party activists as wanting to overthrow the government in terms suggesting revolution, simply because the Tea Party dares to oppose President Obama for the out-of-control federal government spending and expansion of the federal bureaucracy under his presidency.
Here is what Reich wrote about sequestration:
Tea Party Republicans are crowing about the “sequestration” cuts beginning today (Friday). “This will be the first significant tea party victory in that we got what we set out to do in changing Washington,” says Rep. Tim Huelskamp (Kan.), a Tea Partier who was first elected in 2010.
Sequestration is only the start. What they set out to do was not simply change Washington but eviscerate the U.S. government — “drown it in the bathtub,” in the words of their guru Grover Norquist – slashing Social Security and Medicare, ending worker protections we’ve had since the 1930s, eroding civil rights and voting rights, terminating programs that have helped the poor for generations, and making it impossible for the government to invest in our future.
Truthfully, there never has been a more important CPAC meeting. Now is the time for Tea Party members to join together under conservative principles to reject the demonization of Robert Reich and his Obama-led determination to turn the United States into a grand scheme European-like social welfare state.
Reich mischaracterizes the Tea Party as being funded by the “Koch Brothers Billionaires” as he insists the goals of the Tea Party “plotters” are to “infiltrate Congress and state governments, reshape their districts to give them disproportionate influence in Washington, and use the media to spread big lies about the government.”
In making these attacks, Reich is aligning himself with the far left that currently controls the Democratic Party and the Obama White House. Rather than understanding Tea Party activists are patriots who want to return to the principles of small government and Constitutional authority established by our Founding Fathers, Reich chooses to demonize Tea Party members so as to give the impression Tea Party members are right-wing extremists.
Now, Reich accuses Sen. Ted Cruz, R – Texas, of “McCarthyism” simply because Cruz dared pose tough questions to Chuck Hagel during his confirmation hearings over his nomination to be Secretary of Defense.
Again, Reich suggests that Cruz and other who doubt Hagel’s qualifications to be Secretary of Defense are part of a Tea Party conspiracy “to undermine the government of the United States.”
Reich’s accusations could be dismissed as irresponsible, except his charges mirror similar charges that repeatedly have come out of Janet Napolitano’s Department of Homeland Security.
A DHS report leaked in 2009, entitled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” set the stage for the attack we are experiencing at the start of Obama’s second term to limit Second Amendment rights by branding anyone who takes seriously the right to bear arms as a “extreme right-wing, ethno-nationalist/separatist, likely to join revolutionary militia cadres.”
Tea Party members preparing to participate in CPAC 2013 must realize that our fundamental freedoms under the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights are under attack by a group of Saul Alinsky-trained left-wing radicals who see under Obama the opportunity to transform the United States into a socialist nation.
Our Founding Fathers wrote the First and Second Amendments in full awareness that the greatest threat to freedom would come in the form of an overreaching federal government that sought to subjugate the population, while justifying their expansion of federal government control as steps necessary to achieve social justice and public safety.
At CPAC, Tea Party members must take the few days together to form alliances among one another to turn back the propaganda advanced by the Obama White House and their supporters in the mainstream media.
Increasingly, Republican Party establishment types, commonly portrayed as RINOs, or “Republican In Name Only,” will shy from the Tea Party simply because establishment Republicans lack the resolve to stand up for truly conservative principles because they secretly desire to be accepted by Democrats.
The Tea Party is not an extremist movement. To the contrary, the Tea Party was born out of the conservative movement – given birth by American citizens who fear placing an unmanageable burden of trillions of dollars of debt upon future generations.
Tea Party members must not shy from our duty to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution – including First and Second Amendment rights – with a determination to turn back the demonization of the far-left, rejecting the proposition that we are extremists simply because we desire a return to a balanced federal budget and increased states rights under the Tenth Amendment.
Jerome R. Corsi, a Harvard Ph.D., is the founder of the 1776 Nation and chief writer for the Tea Party Research Team of TeaParty.org. He has authored many books, including No. 1 N.Y. Times best-sellers “The Obama Nation” and “Unfit for Command.