By Seth Richardson
Political pitchman and presidential adviser David Axelrod is puzzled by the recent Tea Party protests. “The thing that bewilders me is this president just cut taxes for 95 percent of the American people. So I think the tea bags should be directed elsewhere because he certainly understands the burden that people face.” Axlerod said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” He went on to say “I think any time that you have severe economic conditions, there is always an element of disaffection that can mutate into something that’s unhealthy.”
Axlerod’s bewilderment is either indicative of a degree of ideological blindness to reality and a gross misunderstanding of the moral and ethical underpinnings of this nation, or it is dissimulation typical of the Statist Left, meaning he understands all too well the import of the Tea Parties but is trying to “Astro-turf” the protests as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did. The latter is most likely.
But let’s assume for a moment that he’s just an ignoramus and really doesn’t understand what’s going on and explain it to him.
Mr. Axlerod, there’s nothing “unhealthy” about the disaffection manifested in the Tea Party movement. It’s an example of the most fundamental and sacred liberties we Americans enjoy; the right to speak out against wrongdoing by our government. Far from being misdirected, the ire is being directed exactly where it belongs and for exactly the right reason.
The reason that people are responding negatively to your suggestion that Obama just cut taxes for 95 percent of American citizens is that Obama has done nothing of the kind just yet. He doesn’t cut or impose taxes, Congress does, and Congress hasn’t done much of anything but throw good money after bad, in the process burying the nation in debt that our grandchildren will be paying off.
That “95 percent” of the American people you refer to are also not the easily deluded proletarian idiots you think they are, to be shown a trough full of government swill and deluded into believing that feeding at it is sustainable. They understand full well that what Obama says today is a lie, and that down the road we will all end up paying through the nose for this out-of-control tax and spend Democrat orgy of fiscal destruction that Washington is engaged in right now.
We know that whatever Obama says about tax cuts for the middle-class, it’s all a tissue of lies and empty rhetoric because we see the massive, unprecedented debt being piled on the backs of all Americans that will eventually require raising taxes on everything just to try to keep the country solvent.
President Obama is playing a shell game with the public. He’s promising middle-class tax cuts to gain political coinage while minting money at a record rate, which will devalue the actual coinage of the realm and cost even the middle-class trillions of dollars in inflation, which is nothing more nor less than a hidden tax on everyone that could amount to a fifty-percent tax on every dollar on the planet.
The Tea Partiers also understand something called “fundamental fairness” and “capitalism,” which is something that the Statist Left and Democrats don’t. They understand that cutting taxes for “95 percent” of Americans means that the burden of paying for massive new social entitlement programs is shifted onto the backs of the remaining five percent, and they believe that this is unfair, unreasonable and unjust.
You see, Mr. Axlerod, most Americans are fair-minded people who, unlike the Statist Left, don’t wallow in class envy and jealousy, and don’t have the abiding hatred for those who have been successful under capitalism that the President and the Democrat party does. Most Americans revel in the successes of those who work hard to create actual wealth, and actual companies, and actual jobs that create an economy that lifts all ships. They understand that Obama’s make-work social engineering programs create nothing and only shuffle extracted taxes from one place to another and will work no better than the massively wasteful and fraudulent WPA and other Depression-era socialist government entitlement programs worked in the 30s.
Most Americans want to preserve their opportunity for success, and they don’t mind if others succeed because it’s an indicator that their opportunity remains available to them. They understand the falsity of the Statist Left lie that equality of opportunity requires equality of outcome, and the falsity of the socialist precept that one man’s success diminishes the opportunity of others to likewise succeed.
That, Mr. Axlerod, is why they protest the massive, uncontrolled government spending that is going to destroy our entire economy and our nation. They demand fairness in taxation. They demand that all Americans, not just the wealthiest among us, share the burdens of operating our government equally. They understand that binding the mouths of the kine that grind the grain and killing the goose that lays the golden egg out of a misplaced and ignorant desire to impose socialist playing-field leveling is not going to help our economy recover, and will in fact destroy it utterly.
And what is manifesting itself in the Tea Party protests is not “unhealthy,” it’s the very essence of liberty and a healthy disrespect for governmental excess. It is we, the People exerting our ultimate and plenary authority to control our elected representatives and public servants. You are correct in saying that the protests are peaceable exercises of our right to petition our government for redress of grievances, and President Obama and Congress would be wise to pay careful attention to those grievances rather than trying to denigrate and dismiss them as Speaker Pelosi so arrogantly did last week. Remember where the root of government power lies in this nation. It lies with the People, who have the power to revoke the grants of government authority if they find it necessary to do so.
What you saw on April 15th was a peaceable and polite request for reconsideration of the president’s policies that is bound to be repeated with an ever-louder voice the longer it is ignored. Please pay attention and amend your behavior so that things can remain that way.
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