Opinion

Alan Grayson’s disgrace

The recent controversy over funding the government and our nation reaching the statutory debt limit was resolved like most problems in Washington today – by doing nothing of substance and engaging in hateful, outlandish language. Neither contributes to solving the serious economic problems facing the country.

Americans are frustrated and angry at a government that refuses to deal with excessive spending, an unsustainable debt and a slow-growing economy. It’s bad enough that politicians’ idea of a solution is the proverbial can-kick but they compound the injury by engaging in such outrageous attacks against conservatives that civil discourse has become nearly impossible.

For the Democrats, vicious anti-Tea Party hate speech has become regular and no one seems to hold them accountable, certainly not the compliant major media. This loss of civility is no way to conduct a national conversation.

Democrat Congressmen Alan Grayson of Florida and Steve Cohen of Tennessee both exemplify the problem, and it is a sorry state that any voter can find them worthy of re-election. This past week Grayson sent out a fundraising email comparing the Tea Party to the Klu Klux Klan, while Cohen called Tea Partiers “domestic enemies.”

After seeing rhetoric like that, it’s no wonder a Rasmussen poll earlier this year found 26 percent of Obama supporters view the Tea Party as the nation’s top terror threat.

When liberals view concerned Tea Party-affiliated Americans as domestic terrorists, more dangerous than Al Qaeda, that should be a hint to everyone that it is time to tone down the rhetoric. Unfortunately, the left has shown an unwillingness to take a stand and condemn even some of the most outrageous smears.

President Obama ran as a candidate willing to bring civility back to D.C. How can he continue to speak about bipartisanship when Democrats are engaging in barbaric smears? Hate speech, especially from our leaders in Washington, should be unacceptable and condemned.

According to the New York Times, Tea Partiers are wealthier and more educated than the general public. Additionally, a Yale professor recently found that Tea Partiers are more scientifically literate than the average American. These are hardly profiles of enemies of the state, or radical, fringe elements of the Republican base.

Contrary to the perception perpetuated by the mainstream media, the Tea Party movement is made up of Americans from all walks of life.  Within the movement there is a wide variety of beliefs on social and foreign policy issues. The one shared concern that has galvanized this movement is the unsustainable size, cost, and intrusiveness of the federal government with the obscenely growing national debt, now over $17 trillion.

If you are part of the 64 percent of Americans that think spending cuts are best for the economy, you may be surprised that Washington won’t cut any spending. Budgets from both Republicans and Democrats only cut the increase in spending – that means they still increase spending, just not as much as they planned. It’s that kind of deception that Americans are fed up with.

If you are one of the 11 million people that cannot find work or know someone that falls into that category, it is only the Tea Party that has proposed meaningful, pro-growth policies. This, of course, includes the delay of Obamacare. Yet, Democrats have been unwilling to abandon their failed policies that are hurting individuals and damaging the economy.

In the end, we all want the same thing: to ensure that America remains the greatest country in the world. What we may differ on is how we get there. But that is the beauty of our republic — we have the freedom to disagree and the obligation to govern. That can’t be done, though, when one side tries aggressively to alienate their opponents from the discussion.

If the president really wants to lead America like the voters elected him to do, he must rein in his party’s rhetoric so all sides are welcome at the table. And he must recognize the need to resolve America’s fiscal crisis.