Janice Shaw Crouse

They are there to ensure that those evil right-wing terrorists who have been running amuck at TEA Parties and town halls all over the country don’t get the idea that they can weaken the grip of Pelosi and company by mounting a disruptive demonstration prior to, during, or after Obama’s health care reform address to Congress. Can’t allow those wicked conservatives to take a page out of Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals! Can’t allow those wicked conservatives to behave like ACORN or the Black Panthers! It just wouldn’t do.

Washington, D.C., is under the thumb of the radical left, and it is going to stay that way. Or is it? This isn’t Iran. Sure, the police will put on a tough-guy show of force when ordered to — hey, it earns them good overtime pay — but it’s very doubtful that they are actually spoiling for a fight with their fellow citizens.

If the left — with its majorities in both the House and the Senate — has everything nailed down as solidly as “I’ve-got-the-votes” Pelosi claims, why all the frustration, anger, fear, and hysteria that we’re seeing? That much is not merely theatre. Those emotions are real and very hard to hide. You can see them in the eyes and body language and hear them in the tone of voice.

No. What we are seeing is something very real. And it certainly isn’t pretty.

Demagogues (or demigods, you can take your pick) know that to mobilize people, there must be an enemy that can be demonized. But the problem at the moment is that the evil right-wing terrorists from the hinterlands (conservatives being the only group to whom the term “terrorist” can be applied and still be politically correct) are on their way to Washington by the busload for Saturday’s national TEA Party. And, if the polls are accurate, it is looking more and more like there are more of these liberty-loving, right-wing terrorists than the radical liberals ensconced in the corridors of power here in Washington have the resources to deal with.

If you demonize and denounce as terrorists a majority of the voting public, it becomes very difficult to govern and harder still to get re-elected.

So, here’s to the freedom-loving Americans who are awakening to the threat of big government and whose growing numbers threaten the dominance of Washington’s power-mad elites.

Now those are the kind of terrorists we can live with.

Janice Shaw Crouse

Janice Shaw Crouse is a former speechwriter for George H. W. Bush and now political commentator for the Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee.
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