My belief that the tea party is a form of terrorist group has sparked quite the debate. While I don’t consider them a terrorist group in the same sense of the stereotypical radical Islamist militant group most people think of, in my eyes they’re still a domestic terrorist organization.
I fully believe that if it wasn’t for the fact that we live in a modern society, they’d be every bit as violent as the terrorists who hide out in the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
These individuals hate the federal government. I’ve been to a couple of tea party events. I’ve talked to many of these radical right-wing tea party “patriots.” Many of these people are dangerous, and a lot of them are sitting around waiting for something to give them an excuse to “rise up” in some kind of armed rebellion against the federal government.
Heck, many of them are hoping for it. How many images can we find on the Internet with people at tea party events carrying signs that allude to the fact that they’re not armed “this time”? Many of these people hoard guns and cling to our Second Amendment, for the sole belief that they’re preparing themselves for the violent overthrow of the federal government.
Just look at the situation in Nevada with Cliven Bundy. I’ve asked several conservatives I’ve spoken with since that story broke to tell me why they sided with Bundy. Outside of him being a white male rancher facing off against the “big bad federal government,” most of them had no idea what the whole situation was about. That’s all they needed to know to support armed protestors aiming guns at federal officials.
But what these people are really upset with is they live in a world where they believe what they want to be real is more important than reality itself. To them, “freedom of religion” only applies to their religion. To them, “freedom of speech” only applies to speech they support. When the Supreme Court grants rights to certain individuals who they don’t feel should have them (a power given to the court by our Constitution), they’ll argue that those rights are unconstitutional.
They so badly want this country to be founded on Christianity, but it wasn’t. And despite the fact that the words “Christian” or “Christianity” don’t appear even once in our entire Constitution, they’ll still maintain it was founded on Christianity.
What the tea party really wants is to tear this country down to such a level that they can then rebuild it the way they think it should be built. Only if the United States completely crumbles will they be able to rebuild it, not based on the Constitution our Founding Fathers wrote, but based on the ideology they wished our Constitution supported.
These people want a government based on theocracy where they can use religion to justify any kind of hate and ignorance that they feel should be justified. Our history shows that almost every time ignorance seeks to deny rights to certain groups of Americans, those opposing those rights almost always cite “religion” as their main reasoning behind their opposition.
Deep down, these people are hoping for our nation to fail. That way when we hit our lowest moment, when we’re at our weakest, they can seize that opportunity to try to remake this country in the image they wished our current Constitution supported – but doesn’t.
And for growing number of these tea party radicals they’re simply looking for any reason to fire that first shot, to take that first step towards a second revolution against our government.
To me, any group that almost boasts about some kind of impending armed revolt against the United States government, while seemingly doing whatever they can politically to see this country fail as a means to better set the stage for such a revolt, constitutes a terrorist threat to this nation.
Because everything about their most hardcore supporters – from their propaganda, to their rhetoric and their political ideologies – points to a radical fundamentalist group driven by religion, hate, judgement and ignorance. A group that doesn’t discount the effectiveness that violence might have to achieve their goals.
So if someone comes to me asking if I think the tea party is a form of terrorist group, I say “absolutely.” They’re doing everything they can to tear this country down with the hope that by doing so, they can rebuild it based on what they believe. Because apparently our current Constitution just doesn’t seem to support their idea of what “the United States of America” should be.