A goodly number of my compatriots are justifiably annoyed at the second-in-line for the American
throne Presidency referring to supporters of a more fiscally-sound budgetary policy as "terrorists", and I can certainly understand where they are coming from.
But, really, Vice-President Joe Biden saying something mind-numbingly idiotic is not much of a concern to me… after all, this is nothing new.
Instead, I am intrigued and – I will admit it – entertained by the sheer number of "progressives" / "liberals" / "left-wingers" who immediately latched onto the new term and gleefully flailed it about, completely and militantly ignorant of the cold reality that it is scant more than a wet noodle.
People trying to save our country’s economy and society from being buried under an obscene and constantly increasing amount of debt are hardly terrorists – we are not strapping explosives to ourselves and blowing ourselves up in crowded marketplaces, we are not driving planes into skyscrapers, we are not releasing clouds of toxins into subway systems, etc. etc. – so why have the left side of the political spectrum resorted to employing that term against us?
Simple: those employing the term are freely admitting that they have lost the debate.
Speciously calling someone a "terrorist" when they are anything but is not part of a rational conversation – it is nothing more than the brute-force application of emotion and hysteria in an attempt to forcibly silence the person you are targeting. In other words, those misappropriating the language in the current debt debate are attempting to poison the well by getting you to buy into the red herring of whether or not a person is or is not a "terrorist".
When someone is grabbing for logical fallacies that hard and fast, you have to wonder what they are trying to hide… in this case, it is fairly obvious – the Democrats did not get anywhere near what they wanted, despite Our Glorious President trying to bully everyone into shape, and they are afraid of what that means for the future. Oh, sure, no matter how much the Republicans might slap themselves on their back, this was not even close to a win for them either (as I hope they will discover the next time they are up for re-election), but one side walked out of this fight with a bloody nose, and one side walked out cheering.
And that scares the crap out of the "progressives".
Both major political parties in this country are driving us towards the same exact cliff, just at different speeds… But, right now, put aside the the righteous indignation that springs from being unjustly stuck with a label you do not deserve, and turn your attention towards why those people are flailing it about*, and rejoice in the knowledge that those "liberals" know they are failing, that they know the American people are getting tired of their failed policies, that they know we are getting more and more involved. That cliff is fairly inevitable at the moment, but maybe we can stave it off a bit longer yet, especially if those once at the helm succumb to self-induced hysteria.
Being idiotically called a "terrorist" for wanting to ensure our country’s continued solvency is not an attack, it is a gift, and one that Vice President Biden would be likely to regret in the future… if he had the capacity to identify his mistake.
(* – This is not to say that all of the blogs I linked to did not do this, but you know me… I have to say my piece.)
(Image found at Monster Hunter Nation.)