So, this op letter entitled ‘Radicals Are Threatening America’ was posted in the Kingsport-Times online site today. Radicals are threatening America? More like radicals are threatening to make America a better place for EVERY American. The letter goes off on the typical Glen Beck rant, opening with alarmist statements about how Van Jones is a “radical” with a “protest arrest history.” Then it veers off into fearmongering about “America is at a point where we are caught with our pants down” and “all it will take is one small disturbance to push this country into martial law.” And then finishes with the usual martyred cries about not being silenced by the government and fighting for the love of the Constitution.
I, for one, am sick to death of this false marginalization posturing of the Teabaggers. You Teabaggers are NOT a marginalized group. You are NOT being threatened or silenced or disenfranchised. Just because people disagree with you, or take issue with your logic, or question the veracity of your shrill assertions, that does not mean that you are some sort of victimized minority group. And get a grip – you aren’t rebels. You are the easily manipulated puppets of Beck and his ilk. And all the ‘tea parties?’ You aren’t doing anything that “radicals” and “protesters” haven’t already been doing for centuries. The only difference is that for the first time in a LONG time, the people YOU don’t like are in a position of power.
Likewise, you teabaggers are not the ‘Spirit of America.’ We are ALL Americans. And patriots. You, Joe Teabagger, as an individual do not get to define what is “American” and what is not. Just because you don’t like what someone stands for, that doesn’t mean that they are un-American just because they don’t agree with you. And while I am at it, I am also OVER the thinly-veiled (or open) threats of martial law, “incidents,” secession, etc. Especially in a letter like this one where you begin by ranting about someone’s “radical” nature and protest history and how their very existence is a “threat.”
Teabag all you want. I couldn’t be happier to see so many people vigorously enjoying their First Amendment rights. Because I, too, love the Constitution. So much so that I have taken an oath in three states and four federal districts to uphold it. So much so that I racked up over 150 grand in debt to learn about it. So much so that I have actually taken the time to read it AND understand what it means. You Teabaggers need to quit acting like you are the only ‘Americans’ out there, and that only people that think like you have the right to be called ‘patriots.’
America isn’t caught with her pants down – you are. Pull them up and act like a grown-up.