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By now all conscious people have seen how American Tea Party Republicans, especially those in the House of Representatives and Senate, are widely seen as radical, unreasonable, mad, stupid, extreme, anarchists, delusional and worse.   My view is that the best and most useful way to see these people is this: They are political terrorists.

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They have developed their own form of violence.   They are filled with hatred.   Sure, they see themselves as the only genuine US patriots, but that should not fool anyone.   They can and do twist, undermine and distort provisions in the US Constitution.   The power they now wield has been developed over many years by the actions of more mainstream Republicans, especially manipulating House districts through gerrymandering. 

They are ready and willing to bring down the US government and even the global economy despite rhetoric often used to cloak their real goals with tactical objectives like ending Obamacare.   The biggest mistake people make is not seeing just how fundamental, counter-democratic and nihilistic their real goals are.   Nor should they be seen as legitimate Libertarians.

Face reality, these Tea Party terrorists in Congress did not work hard to go to Washington, DC to compromise and govern; they went to bring down the system.   Their antics have amped up public discontent with the federal government.   Fine, the terrorists surely love to see that result because they think it builds support for them.   They do not want a government that works; they want a very different kind of government.   Taking the oath of office for them is a farce.   They see themselves as persecuted, when they should be prosecuted. 

The core of their thinking is that their long term goals transcend everything seen by the rest of us as terrible near term consequences and pain.   No matter how much harm is caused to many millions of people in the US and worldwide they are willing to pursue their beliefs.   Tea Party zealots should be seen as revolutionaries trying to overthrow the US government, political system and economy, not figuratively but literally.   Moreover, to the extent that there are elected Tea Party believers in both the House and Senate, their efforts are also akin to an attempted coup.   Forget the notion that when the time comes these terrorists will act reasonably.   They have the passion (or insanity) to go all the way.

The main irony is that this Tea Party revolution does not use guns, so widely held and defended by multitudes of Americans that many of us associate with those on the conservative right and with revolutions.   But not all violence or revolutions require guns. 

The absence of guns and explosives should not mislead the general public and media about the true nature of these political terrorists.   What everyone should start fearing is what these terrorists may do in the future if they do not succeed very much in the immediate policy battles in the House and Senate.   They are not likely to limp away.   They are more likely to escalate their tactics.   Some talk about the Tea Party movement becoming a national third political party, but I doubt this.   These terrorists and subversives are unlikely to expend their energy on trying to convince the majority of Americans to more widely elect them to important positions rather than Republicans and Democrats.   This is not the path for true revolutionaries.   Politicians with very big egos and ambitions, like Senator Ted Cruz, are likely to distance themselves from the Tea Party at an appropriate time.

How can these political terrorists be defeated?   One key action that has already begun is to remove funding for their many organizations.   What we now see is that some of the billionaires on the right rightfully fear the collapse of the national and global economy that supports them.   For self-preservation they act reasonably.   This may not totally kill the Tea Party movement, but it can cripple its power and impact. 

Second, we need more mainstream media focus on the true nature of the movement and, especially, how it undermines democracy and the US Constitution, and not merely as a fight between Democrats and Republicans with mainly short term objectives.   In 2011 there was some legitimate use of the term terrorist.   For example, William Yeomans said of some House members "they have now become full-blown terrorists;" "They have joined the villains of American history who have been sufficiently craven to inflict massive harm on innocent victims to achieve their political goals."   Things have gotten a lot worse since 2011.

Third, we need more of the general public to openly express their denial and condemnation of the Tea Party movement.   Sure, vote out congressional incumbents, but pay particular attention to Tea Party candidates that should be rejected.   Fight for overturning gerrymandered districts. 

I write this as the government shutdown continues and a few days before the debt ceiling hits with its feared default of federal payments.   Even though more mainstream Republicans may step in, finally, and thwart Tea Party objectives, no one should stop despising and fearing the Tea Party movement.   Sure, in any revolution there are casualties, but what this Tea Party movement is willing to sacrifice and harm is far too much to support.   Yes, we need a Second American Revolution, but not one so driven by very stupid, obsessed and irrational people.

 

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Joel S. Hirschhorn is the author of Delusional Democracy - Fixing the Republic Without Overthrowing the Government. His current political writings have been greatly influenced by working as a senior staffer for the U.S. Congress and for the (more...)
 
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Go ahead: What are you best ideas on how to effect... by Joel Hirschhorn on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 10:03:59 AM
"Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperou... by Xman2 on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 2:35:52 PM
Hello Coward: Why are you so afraid to use a real ... by Joel Hirschhorn on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 2:41:42 PM
The republicans may be jackasses, but what they ar... by terrilian on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 5:19:14 PM
Their abusing the political process to extort Obam... by David Vicks on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 6:45:46 PM
Democrats never purposely hurt society or threaten... by terrilian on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 1:59:54 PM
And let's not forget the federal reserve bank and ... by Bill Johnson on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 8:14:13 PM
Good list of Democrat accomplishments! Then add 'f... by Xman2 on Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 at 10:15:31 AM
"it is the democrat administration that chose to c... by David Vicks on Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 at 11:56:18 PM
Voting for Democrats must lower IQ and erase moral... by terrilian on Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 3:04:55 PM
You are dead wrong; to believe this you must be ei... by Joel Hirschhorn on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 8:46:04 AM
Did any of you ever see that photo of obama gettin... by Bill Johnson on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 3:17:31 PM
And that proves he wasn't born in the U.S.... by David Vicks on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 6:46:56 PM
How much blame do you give the Tea-Party Republica... by David Vicks on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 3:26:04 PM
You can lead a radical, liberal Obamacrat to water... by Xman2 on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 1:29:34 PM
"The absence of guns and explosives should not mis... by Bill Johnson on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 12:31:22 PM
Instead of bashing the Tea Party Movement, why not... by Nicholas Ginex on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 1:34:50 PM
There is no desire to end the debt. I just watched... by Bill Johnson on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 2:26:35 PM
Seeing the shortcomings of Obama does not justify ... by Joel Hirschhorn on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 2:43:49 PM
Has the Tea Party targeted American Citizens for a... by BARBARA BF on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 2:58:33 PM
Indirectly and generally yes.Just not obviously, s... by David Vicks on Friday, Oct 18, 2013 at 4:26:18 PM
Barbara, One can not convince an ObamaCrat that th... by Xman2 on Saturday, Oct 19, 2013 at 4:05:49 PM
Dear Joel,Do not side step my comment that Obama h... by Nicholas Ginex on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 10:37:08 PM
You look like another right wing troll hitting thi... by Joel Hirschhorn on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 8:48:55 AM
Ok Joel, you have proven you are full of ObamaCrap... by Xman2 on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 1:33:50 PM
Damn right more spending!That's right government c... by David Vicks on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 3:49:36 PM
Dam right more spending and the government creates... by Bill Johnson on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 8:16:55 PM
WRONG! WRONG! WRONG! I Am RIGHT... your Right Wing... by David Vicks on Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 at 2:42:06 AM
And what should you be flagged for? Failing first ... by Bill Johnson on Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 11:05:01 PM
I'm glad you are trying to be nice.However...Imply... by David Vicks on Friday, Oct 18, 2013 at 12:32:10 AM
You Republicans created the debt with the Bush Tax... by David Vicks on Friday, Oct 18, 2013 at 8:03:06 PM
This is just more left-wing drivel.  The TEA ... by R Mansel Haynes on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 1:43:17 PM
You know you're on the right track when those who ... by Sara Cope on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 1:48:56 PM
Your post is contradictory and confusing.What is y... by David Vicks on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 3:55:22 PM
Scratch my last post reply to Sara Cope about bein... by David Vicks on Friday, Oct 18, 2013 at 8:20:53 PM
Good point they really must be upset by this artic... by David Vicks on Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 11:53:44 PM
I laugh out loud every time one of these tea party... by Sara Cope on Friday, Oct 18, 2013 at 3:45:51 PM
For all those anti-Tea Party bloggers: If you thi... by Xman2 on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 1:59:39 PM
Political Terrorists. Absolutely. They deserv... by David Vicks on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 3:57:06 PM
Were you referring to the Tea-Party as political t... by David Vicks on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 4:07:49 PM
And the TeaParty differs from the Repubs and Dems ... by Textynn N on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 2:23:44 PM
Well finally someone who can see the forest is the... by Bill Johnson on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 2:28:38 PM
tea party does not exist. instead there is a very ... by Mark Sashine on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 2:35:02 PM
Tea Party terrorists???  I don't recall the T... by BARBARA BF on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 2:53:24 PM
Kind of funny to hear the party that communists su... by Bill Johnson on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 3:12:43 PM
Are you against invading IRAQ or Afghanistan for t... by David Vicks on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 4:01:37 PM
Totally Agree.The Tea-Party are domestic terrorist... by David Vicks on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 3:23:19 PM
what you are suggesting would only grow them.... by Bill Johnson on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 3:40:04 PM
How so?... by David Vicks on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 4:03:15 PM
As a liberal, I condemn the use of word "terrorist... by Jeremiah P on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 8:24:56 PM
Misguided?They don't deserve to be treated with re... by David Vicks on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 10:27:37 PM
So, you think they should be rounded up, indefinit... by Jeremiah P on Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 at 1:58:52 AM
That would be dream come true.However we can't leg... by David Vicks on Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 3:32:18 PM
Hey, Joel, I agree the tea partiers are sociopathi... by Peter Warner on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 10:19:31 PM
As far as I can tell, one of the primary objective... by Vernon Huffman on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 10:22:48 PM
I agree with the bottom paragraph.But the Republic... by David Vicks on Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 at 1:49:43 AM
After reading this article and these posts I wonde... by Elizabeth Hanson on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 9:17:06 AM
Very true but presently the little people at the b... by Bill Johnson on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 9:54:10 AM
Lots of good point, but the key thing to understan... by Joel Hirschhorn on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 12:06:51 PM
Outstanding article!'Fight for overturning gerrym... by 911TRUTH on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 11:18:18 AM
I have said since Bush/Cheney regime that they wer... by Barbara M. on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 11:23:04 AM
Just listen to how Limbaugh and other right wing n... by Joel Hirschhorn on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 12:11:28 PM
Even though I find it hard to believe that anyone ... by Mike Stewart on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 12:59:03 PM
This loser is yet another right wing conservative ... by Joel Hirschhorn on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 1:52:14 PM
"This loser"....That is called hate speech."attack... by Mike Stewart on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 2:03:17 PM
How stupid can you be?  The federal reserve i... by terrilian on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 2:39:36 PM
Republicans don't want to solve ANY problems or fi... by David Vicks on Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 at 1:58:38 AM
The Tea Parties loyalties are: 1. To their race, 2... by Brian Lynch on Sunday, Oct 20, 2013 at 7:42:33 AM