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Don’t Tase Me, Bro!

Once again, a new poll has emerged to tell us that which we already knew. The Pew group of pollsters has released numbers that say that 76 percent of Americans don’t trust our government. A month ago, it was a CNN poll that said the same thing. When faced with these numbers, the administration went on the attack. Not against themselves, mind you, but against the people who don’t trust them. The ever-vigilant media gave time to both Bill Clinton and Janet Napolitano, who began to deride the citizenry as violence prone lunatics.

The former commander-in-chief, Bill Clinton said that  “legitimate” comparisons can be drawn between today’s grass-roots anger and resentment toward the government and the right-wing extremism that bubbled up prior to the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City 15 years ago. Just as a counterpoint, let us remember that both Ruby Ridge and Waco happened on his watch. Let us further remember that McVeigh gave both of those incidents as motivating factors behind his bombing.

Clinton went on, quelle surprise, to say that “This tea party movement can be a healthy thing if they are making us justify every dollar of taxes we raise and every dollar of money we’ve spent.” He added,  “But be careful with what you say and do not advocate violence.” I would point out his use of the words “they” and “us.” Implicit in his language is his belief in the distinction between the masters and the serfs. One wonders how a man so careful with language that he needs to know what your definition of the word “is” is, could be so reckless with these words. The answer is, of course, that he is not careless. He said exactly what he meant. It’s us against them.

In a speech delivered the same day, Clinton went on to say,  “Civic virtue can include harsh criticism, protest, even civil disobedience. But not violence or its advocacy.” I can only turn to one of the founding fathers of the country, Thomas Jefferson, to see if Bill has it right. And what did Tom have to say? “The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it always to be kept alive.” And, “I hold it, that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.” Apparently, Bill didn’t read that. Violence is as necessary to politics as ideas. Our forefathers knew that on at least three occasions in our history: the revolution, the civil war, and the war of 1812. To suggest that violence is never the answer to government’s depredations is to, at best, ignore our history, and at worst, label Washington and the rest of them as mere criminals.

Janet Napolitano was on the idiot box as well.  After a speech at the Oklahoma City memorial, she was asked about the DHS memo that suggested that returning veterans were at risk to become “right-wing extremists.” Taken aback by the question, she replied that, on the contrary, she wants veterans to work for the DHS. From terrorists to patriots in less than a year! Miraculous.

She had no difficulty referring to Timothy McVeigh as a terrorist. He may have been one, for all I know. But I find it funny that earlier in the year she kept referring to muslim terrorist incidents as “man-made disasters.”

She went on to say that Americans have the right to be angry, and the right to express that anger, but not the right to resort to violence.  This is what passes nowadays for the kind of bold and visionary thinking that propels one to the Supreme Court.

Both Clinton’s response and Napolitano’s response seem to be saying the same thing. They both seek to marginalize the Tea Party activists, mostly by suggesting that they are, somehow, the  “lunatic fringe.” Clinton went as far as to suggest that people are “disoriented,” and that that disorientation is apparent today in “the fact that you ought to be able to pack a six-gun into Starbucks and order a Cowboy Latte.” Aside from the mockery, he seems to believe that anyone exercising a constitutional right in a legal way is “disoriented.”

When coupled with the recognition that eighty percent of the citizens distrust their own government, the message from both Clinton and Napolitano seems to be, “Please don’t shoot us.” Perhaps the Tea Party activists should borrow the Commonwealth of Virginia’s motto: “Sic Semper  Tyrannis.”

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