When we talk about enemies of the United States, we often cite Islamic terrorists who misuse and misinterpret religion to further a questionable agenda that attacks the American way of life.
Which sounds like the terrorists who spout Islam are just like those in Congress who misuse Christianity to support questionable tactics to bring about the shutdown of the American government.
In other words, the tea party and its rabid core of cult-like followers post just as much of a threat to the United States as any turban-wearing fanatics setting off bombs and waving AK-47s.
In many ways, terror organizations like the tea party represent a worse threat to the safety of the United States because it is group that operates inside the system.
I was still living in the National Capital Region when the government last shut down 17 years ago during one of these politically-driven “budget crises” but was not in Washington when it happened. I was in Manilla in The Philippines and read about the shutdown in the local papers.
A meeting I had scheduled at the time at the American Embassy was cancelled.
“The embassy is closed,” the caller said when she left a message at my hotel.
Pundits in the Manilla Bulletin made fun of the American government, comparing it a third-world country where insurgents had overturned normalcy and rationality.
While on assignment there I interviewed a warlord from Mindanao Island who compared the actions of the Republican Party to shut down the government to terrorism.
“It is obvious their goal is to overturn the government of America,” he said.
I laughed privately at the time but now, after watching the recent posturing in Washington by the same party, I realize more than ever that this warlord from the Philippines had a better grasp and I on the real and dangerous organizations from within that threaten Amercia.
When outright hatred of a President or one of his laws — which was passed by Congress — drives the agenda of the party controlling the House of Representatives and that hatred is used to shut down the government, one has to wonder if those supporting the actions are putting their own selfish interests above what is best for a nation.
While there are legitimate questions that can — and should — be asked about the questionable health care “reform” law that went into effect today, those issues should be raised as part of the normal legislative process and not used as a means to shut down the government or threaten the already shaky economy.
I spent six of my 23 years in Washington working on Capitol Hill as a Congressional staff member to three Congressmen — all Republicans — in positions ranging from press secretary to chief of staff and learned the hard way that too many political agendas are driven not by service to the nation but by lust for power and personal greed. This latest action smacks of political terrorism that has nothing to do with love of country.
Yes, the terrorists who want to destroy America are among us — and the fact that the government is shut down today is proof they are winning a war that threatens America in far too many sinister ways.
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