If there's anything we've come to expect from the Obama administration and his media lackeys, it's demonizing those opposed to his agenda. So it was no surprise when his campaign's immediate response to Mitt Romney's Vice Presidential pick of Paul Ryan was to label him "radical". In the same predictable fashion, Democrats cheered at another chance to play the radical card:
"I haven't been this happy waking up since I was 12 and got a BMX for Christmas," said one top Democrat working for an outside group that is helping to reelect Obama."
A former senior administration official agreed. "I think we're all licking our chops this morning," the former official said. "The president has spent the last several months attacking the Republican budget and who better to be the VP pick than Ryan? Fits into our narrative in the best possible way."
It wasn't that long ago that the Tea Party was painted as radical, right wing, extremists. Democrats and the media associated thousands of Americans with the Oklahoma City bombing, claiming their fight for gun rights was actually to incite a revolution. Even after Tea Party candidates swept the polls in the November 2010 elections, the rhetoric continued. As recently as last week, Real Clear Politics boasted the old familiar Radical Tea Partiers headline. With the selection of Ryan, the Democrats believe they can achieve rhetorical perfection: weaving the old radical Tea Party with the new radical Paul Ryan. It would be tired if it wasn't so laughable. As is usually the case with the Democrats, they fail to learn the lessons history has taught.
Our Founding Fathers, the original Tea Partiers, were also known as radicals. They fought against an overgrown government that seemed to know no limits. Their story is remarkably similiar to ours today, except without the vast ocean to separate the people from the tyrannical government. Great Britain created a monopoly on a popular product, overtaxed it and then lost money when the people found ways around the heavy tax burden. Seeking to make up for the loss of income, the British did what every fiscally irresponsible government does, they increased taxes. This time they targeted the colonies who, by today's standards, probably assumed could handle more taxes given their new prosperity. Ultimately, as we know, the colonies decided they had had enough and the rest is our history.
The current administration has offered no solution to the unsustainable path we are on. Our national debt is coming quickly upon 16 trillion dollars. Paul Ryan brings to the fight that which the Democrats fear most: a budget. His priorities harken back to those of our founders...
"I, however, place the economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared." - Thomas Jefferson
"We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our selection between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debts as that we must be taxed in our meat and drink, in our necessities and comforts, in our labors and our amusements... If we can prevent the Government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy." - Thomas Jefferson
"To say that the United States should be answerable for twenty-five millions of dollars without knowing whether the ways and means can be provided, and without knowing whether those who are to succeed us will think with us on the subject, would be rash and unjustifiable. Sir, in my opinion, it would be hazarding the public faith in a manner contrary to every idea of prudence." - James Madison
"No pecuniary consideration is more urgent than the regular redemption and discharge of the public debt. On none can delay be more injurious or an economy of time more valuable." - George Washington
"There are two ways to conquer and enslave a country. One is by the sword. The other is by debt." - John Adams
We've been enslaved from within. President Obama, blinded by statist ideals, doesn't see the present situation in the same light. He, and the those around him, believe Ryan is radical because they don't aspire to the same principles. While Ryan's influences can easily be traced back to our founders, Obama's can be found only linked to those that don't exactly espouse the same sentiments -
"As an organizer I start where the world is, as it is, not as I would like it to be. That we accept the world as it is does not in any sense weaken our desire to change it into what we believe it should be — it is necessary to begin where the world is if we are going to change it to what we think it should be." - Saul Alinksy
"The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing 'God Bless America.' No, no, no, God damn America..." - Jeremiah Wright
"I don't regret setting bombs...I feel we didn't do enough." - Bill Ayers
"I get up every morning and think...today I'm going to end capitalism." - Bill Ayers
Perhaps the Democrats' assessment has been correct after all. Paul Ryan (and the Tea Party) are radically American, and it's about time we got back to that.