With Joe Biden about to jump into the Democrat race for President, it is instructive to go back to when he was vice president and the time he called conservatives “terrorists.”
This was originally posted in August of 2011:
Vice President Joe Biden joined House Democrats in lashing tea party Republicans Monday, accusing them of having “acted like terrorists” in the fight over raising the nation’s debt limit, according to several sources in the room.
“We have negotiated with terrorists,” an angry Doyle said, according to sources in the room. “This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money.”
Biden Says You are a ‘Terrorist’
Joe Biden called Tea Party members “terrorists.” That’s right. People who believe in the Constitution, the right to vote, curtailing spending money that we don’t have, and stopping the creation of money out of thin air are terrorists. The terrorists I know blow up polling stations, kill government officials they don’t agree with, fly planes loaded with passengers into buildings, slit the throats of captives, blow up churches, kill ministers, bomb synagogues, use women and children as human bombs, hijack planes, kidnap foreign hostages, and so much more.
So Mr. Biden, can you name a single Tea Party advocate who has engaged in ANY of these practices? Just one will do. Of course, you can’t. But since the media offers similar comments about the Tea Party, I doubt that there will be much coverage of your comments from the once mainstream media. The media coverage I have seen is supplying cover for the Vice President’s latest ‘gaffe.’
If former Vice President Cheney had made such an idiotic statement, he would have been excoriated in the media. Every Democrat would be calling for his resignation. “How dare he sully the reputation of citizens who only want a rightful voice in their government,” they would charge. As far as I can see, there’s been so outrage, just some scant reporting by the rising alternative media.
Maybe it’s time the Vice President took a look at the Constitution, in particular the First Amendment. Not only does it protect us against Congress establishing a religion and prohibiting its free exercise, but it also gives us the right to speak about what our government is doing, write and publish what our government is doing, assemble to make our voices heard in protest against unconstitutional government, and the privilege to “petition the government for a redress of grievances.” That is, if we don’t like what our government is doing, we can go directly to our public officials and tell them and hold them accountable in the next election.
Like you, real terrorists are afraid of elections. We who identify with the Tea Party see elections as a way of peacefully changing a bad government for a good, less intrusive and more responsible one. That’s why the Tea Party sent a message to the Vice President, the President, and Congress in 2010. Mr. Biden, follow the Constitution that you took an oath to uphold. We don’t use or need terror to accomplish our goals. We have the ballot box.
Describing the Tea Party as a terrorist organization is an insult and borders on paranoia. It’s the ramblings of someone who identifies more with a dictator than an elected official. Hopefully in 2012 the ballot box will give you an opportunity to retire. I’m counting the days. I can say this because the Constitution says I can.