Senator Lindsey Graham's dangerous blend of stupidity and arrogance
By J.J. Jackson
So there I was, getting ready for a nice long weekend with my family and preparing to take a break from politics when wouldn't you know it? Something happens that is just so stupid, so arrogant and so off the wall that I was drawn to scrap my plans not to write an article for this week and hit the keyboard running. Thank you Senator Graham for helping to add to my workload.
Mr. Graham, I have come to find, is one of those Republicans that has always been rather full of himself. He is one of those elitists that just don't belong in Washington waving his finger at the people with a scalding tone as if to children that they need to settle down and let him just rule them. He doesn't take criticism at all well and he certainly doesn't take it from us common folk at all.
His flirtations with progressivism are numerous and his willful disregard for the Constitution is quite clear. He has, for example, supported giving law breakers crossing our borders illegally (hence making them criminals by default) amnesty and he has never taken a serious stand against government spending that falls outside of Congressional powers. Sure, every now and again he might stand up against some token unconstitutional spending but, like most Republicans, he has never, not once, seriously worked to end any of the major programs from the Department of Education to Medicaid, Medicare, Unemployment Benefits and Social Security which are eating up sixty percent or more of our federal budget and the real reasons our children and grandchildren will be slaves to Washington for generations to come. He supports Cap and Trade and voted proudly for TARP.
Of course Lindsey Graham does not ever admit that he is a progressive, socialist liberal and he finds all the ways in the world to add words to the Constitution and lie about what it says to justify his quest for power. No, he claims he is a moderate. If moderate means that one violates the Constitution on a weekly basis then perhaps he is right. However that is not what a moderate is.
It is our Constitution that is moderate. It strikes a fine balance between lawless anarchy and oppressive, tyrannical government. By violating it and helping to accrue powers not assigned to the federal government to Washington based politicians and bureaucrats Senator Graham however is on the left side, the tyrannical side, of the federal Constitution. He is, to be blunt, on the same side as Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and President Obama are. Sure he may not be as far to the left as they are but let us face facts – he is to the left.
And like most leftists, perhaps due to a mental defect I suspect, they just do not understand who they are, that what they are doing is wrong and that sizeable numbers of people these days have really just about had enough of them. Leftists like Graham actually think they are great people with brilliant ideas that will save us all from ourselves. It borders on psychosis.
So it really comes as no surprise, at least not to me, that Senator Lindsey Graham would make the comments he has recently regarding the Tea Party and his status as a leader. According to Senator Graham the Tea Party movement will "die out." Why? Because, according to Senator hey I need some toilet paper, where's that old Constitution thingy, the movement lacks "vision."
Really? Are you serious Mr. Graham? The Tea Party movement which is standing up for the Constitution and against rampant federal spending that is putting our country in hock lacks vision? Oh, ok, but you have "vision" right Mr. Graham? Your policies of tax and spend, coddle to criminals and bailout companies that make bad decisions and let the government lead them around by the nose ring, hey what's a few more trillion dollars in deficits are "visionary"? Is that seriously what you want us to believe? Ok, maybe it is if your vision of America is some sort of dysfunctional state of leaches taking more and more from the producers and ripped right from the pages of Atlas Shrugged. But it is not my vision of America by a long shot. Oh, and FYI Mr. Graham it is not the vision of a lot of Americans either.
No, no, no Mr. Graham, and this is why you are a fool who should keep your mouth shut rather than open it and prove your status as such to the world. The fact is the Tea Party movement has a vision. It just is not the same as your vision.
Their vision is bringing the government in Washington back to its Constitutional foundation. Their vision is protecting America's borders from invaders. Their vision is getting government off the backs of the American people. Their vision is to expose all the little tricks progressives like you pull to make it look like you are helping us while actually hurting us and stripping upwards of fifty cents on every dollar from the paychecks of the middle class in direct, indirect and hidden taxes.
Give me the Tea Party's vision any day of the week and twice on Sundays over yours Senator Graham. I will gladly take it. As for your vision; a vision that is a dangerous blend of stupidity and arrogance? Well I will gladly let you keep that.
Hopefully the only place you will get to share it with others is in the retirement home.
J.J. Jackson is a libertarian conservative author from Pittsburgh, PA who has been writing and promoting individual liberty since 1993 and is President of Land of the Free Studios, Inc. He is the Pittsburgh Conservative Examiner for Examiner.com. He is also the owner of The Right Things - Conservative T-shirts & Gifts. His weekly commentary along with exclusives not available anywhere else can be found at http://www.libertyreborn.com.
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