Men in authority will always think that criticism of their policies is dangerous. They will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find criticism subversive. -- Henry Steele Commager (1902-1998), Freedom and Order, 1966

The Washington Establishment is falling all over themselves trying to discredit the Tea Party movement. But of course, this should be expected. Because it's always this way.

During the last administration, critics of the wars were slurred as "unpatriotic," and/or "anti-Semite." Anyone who dared challenge the government's decades of meddling in the Middle East, was criticized for "blaming America."

Today, if you're not down with shovelling trillions of dollars we don't have into the coffers of government-connected corporations, socialistic health care, and a government that's grown bigger than its worth ... You're a dangerous, racist, radical, extremist threat!

This is how the Establishment works. If you dare question it, or gasp! ... oppose it, and you're mentally ill.

It must never be unpatriotic to support your country against your government. It must always be unpatriotic to support your government against your country. -- Stephen T. Byington

Today, however, is a great day to celebrate liberty and the never-ending struggle between the individual and the State. Because April 19 marks the anniversary of Lexington and Concord (1775), the Warsaw ghetto uprising (1943), and also the day the United States government killed 76 Americans (including more than 20 children), during their siege on Waco, Texas.

Yes indeed, the struggle for liberty never ends.

No wonder 80% of Americans don't trust the government!

Washington is not America. It has become an alien city-state that rules America, and much of the rest of the world, in the way that Rome ruled the Roman Empire. -- Richard Maybury

But the Establishment cannot accept that you don't trust them, especially the progressive technocrats. So they will continue to berate Tea Partiers, call them slanderous names, apply pop psychology, whimsically throw out the race card, and "warn" of the "dangers" and pending "violence" that "could erupt" at any moment ...

Just remember ... The State is defined by its monopoly on the use of violent force. As an example, it was not protesters carrying signs in a park who killed all those people in Waco, Texas. It was the State.

In fact, the government is not only willing to resort to violence, but it threatens more violence, commits more acts of violence, and kills more people in any given year, than any other said group of Americans the Establishment wishes to paint as the enemy ... combined!

You, the Tea Partiers, are not the violent racists the Establishment claims you are. They are merely reflecting their own shadows onto the movement. Ignore their abuse.

A concern for states rights, local self government and regional identity used to be taken for granted everywhere in America. But the United States is no longer, as it once was, a federal union of diverse states and regions. National uniformity is being imposed by the political class that runs Washington, the economic class that owns Wall Street and the cultural class in charge of Hollywood and the Ivy League. -- Michael Hill, professor of British History, University of Alabama

More on the Establishment slander of the Tea Party Movement:

To be governed … is to be watched, inspected, directed, indoctrinated, numbered, estimated, regulated, commanded, controlled, law-driven, preached at, spied upon, censured, checked, valued, enrolled – by creatures who have neither the right, nor the wisdom, nor the virtue to do so. -- Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

  • John Carey

    Once again CL, another outstanding post. You nailed it when you said;

    This is how the Establishment works. If you dare question it, or gasp! ... oppose it, and you're mentally ill.

    How true.

    • theCL

      You know ... "We the people" have to realize the bigger picture in politics, that it's "us vs. them!"

      Sure. "We the people" have different points of view on a lot of issues and those should be debated. But that can't be done honestly, until we all realize how the State plays us against each other for their benefit.