When Tom Freidman of the N.Y. Times writes a column about the Middle East, I want to read it.  Having lived there early in his career, he appears to know more about that part of the world than anyone else I know.

On the other hand, I also know his views on domestic policies and politics are so skewed to the left as to be off the rails.  His column last week, along with the many other flame-throwing pundits at MSNBC and elsewhere, were so outrageous about the Tea Party tactics you wonder what civics courses they flunked.  Here are some of the most outrageous statements:

Tom Freidman, N.Y. Times

“What is at stake in this government shutdown forced by a radical Tea Party minority is nothing less than the principle upon which our democracy is based:  majority rules.

“Where extremists (Tea Party) feel insulated from playing by the traditional rules of our system, then our democracy is imperiled.”

Dana Milbank, Washington Post

“What Speaker Boehner said was the legislative equivalent of the stick up man who says, ‘Give me the money and nobody gets hurt.’”

Cokie Roberts, ABC Commentator

“The Tea Party are racists.”

Tom Freidman, N.Y. Times

“These ‘legal’ structural changes in money, media and redistricting (he’s referring to the inane Citizen’s United court decision, talk radio hosts, web sites and Fox News) are not going away.  They are super-empowering small political movements to act in extreme ways without consequences and thereby stymie majority rule.  If democracy means anything, it means that, if you are outvoted, you accept the results and prepare for the next election.  Republicans are refusing to do that.  It shows contempt for the democratic process.”

Shame on you, Tom Freidman, and all the other Kool-Aid drinking, left-wing pundits and lemmings of our leaderless president.

Here are the facts:

  1. We are not a democracy.  We are a representative republic.  In a democracy all citizens vote on every issue.  If they did, we would not have Obamacare.
  2. Yes, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed Congress in spite of a significant majority of citizens against it then as well as now.
  3. The ACA was passed in the middle of the night in somewhat less than a “democratic” fashion, i.e., unread and not understood.
  4. Obama was elected by one constituency.  The Tea Party congressmen were elected by a separate and individual constituency.  Both have the right and the obligation to pursue the expressed wishes of their constituencies.
  5. Contrary to all the hysteria, the so-called government shutdown has affected no more than 30% of all government services.  Wait until you can see the ways the White House is pursuing their political agenda with what’s shut down.  Remember the “sequester” last spring and the horror it would create.  Still looking for it.

Having said all that, I personally think the actions and tactics of the Tea Party are self-defeating and will not advance their cause at all in any way.

Because of the changing demographics, as well as the conservative Republican Party primary candidates, I also believe the Democratic Party will likely control the election of the president for the foreseeable future while the House of Representatives and maybe even the Senate at times will be controlled by the Republicans and the Tea Party.

It’s hardly a rosy picture for anyone who thinks all this Washington polarization is a fad that will pass.

Somewhere, sometime a centrist movement will emerge.


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