Members of the black caucus are on a mission, a mission of making themselves completely irrelevant. And I must give them credit; they are doing a masterful job of it. I'm sure you've already heard the always delightful Congresswoman Maxine Waters' (D-Calif.) insightful comments concerning the tea party, where she invites them to 'go to hell'. And not to be outdone in the arena of well thought out debate, we find Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) indicating to her constituents in Miami that the 'real enemy' is (you guessed it) the tea party again.
And these are just a few of our esteemed members of congress who hold this view of the tea party. Now, I am not one to shirk an argument, but if all the other side has is name calling and disparaging remarks there is no discussion to be had. That being said, the issue these folks have with the tea party goes much deeper that a difference of opinion. In fact it goes to the core of the liberal's power base. If the tea party succeeds in reducing the level of government involvement in everyone's lives, then the game is truly up for Waters and her ilk.
Why? Simple, she and her constituents have enjoyed unlimited access to the treasury for over forty years without having to participate fully in the democratic process. And now, here comes these dastardly tea partiers trying to upset the gravy train. Unbelievably to the liberal side of the aisle, the tea party can't be bought off. No, they do not want access to the treasury; they simply want to keep some of what they earn.
This concept of individual choice, without government interference, is both foreign and terrifying to the establishment. The tea party is bound by its principle to (re) create this country as it was intended to be. And in order for that to happen, all of those who choose to live in this country must participate fully. That means, not only exercising the right to vote, but to pay taxes as well. Currently, almost half of the county's citizens do not pay income taxes. Thus, the incentive of these people is to keep voting for people that will continue giving them something for nothing. As a closing argument against this fiscal policy, I give you a quote from the great Alixis de Tocqueville (emphasis mine):
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years."
— Alexis de Tocqueville
— Alexis de Tocqueville