Representative Steve Cohen calls the Tea Party “domestic enemies” while misrepresenting the oath of office
I cannot recall another time in my lifetime when there was such an effort by a political party to criminalize opposition to the president. The Tea Party has been called hostage takers, terrorists with bombs strapped to their chests, extortionists, arsonists, extremists, and the list goes on and on. What is this hateful rhetoric if it is not an attempt to silence all opposition to the president and create what amounts to one party rule?
The latest Democrat to try to criminalize the Tea Party is Representative Steve Cohen from Tennessee. This is what he had to say:
“But I know some of the members there — and a lot of those members — they’re rabid, they’re sophomoric, literally, they’re second term in Congress, never worked in politics before, and they think they are somehow like — it’s all talked in military terms. They think they’re some kind of guerrillas there to strike a blow for freedom
The implication here is clear: Career politicians are good while the whole idea of a citizen legislature is something to be abhorred. This, of course, is contrary to the very founding of this nation because the founders believed that citizens could govern themselves, in fact that is the whole premise behind the constitution and our founding.
It is interesting to note at this point that people like Steve Cohen see the Tea Party as guerrilla fighters who are fighting against the government but these same people refer to al Qaeda fighters as freedom fighters and not terrorists, but I digress.
But he doesn’t stop there, he continues:
I think they may try to pull this off again,” he continued. “What John Boehner is going to have to do is decide that he’s not going to be speaker in 2015 and work with the same crew that gave us the opening-up of government. Nancy Pelosi’s Democratic caucus and give or take 80 reasonable Republicans and pass some bills to avoid another CR problem and shutdown and avoid the debt crisis, protect the country from these people, who really, you got to think, we take an oath to support the country against all enemies foreign and domestic, and these are the domestic enemies
There you have it, if you oppose the Democrats you are a domestic enemy. This is the mindset of the current Democrats in Washington. But the part of the comment I find most interesting is when Steve Cohen states that all members of the Congress take an oath to “support the country” against all enemies foreign and domestic.
There is not one member of the Congress, nor the president, who has ever taken an oath to “support the country.” Every member of the Congress, and the president, has taken an oath to protect and defend the constitution not the country and the difference is great, they are not always one and the same as we have seen. The difference between “supporting the country” and protecting and defending the constitution could not be more clear.
When the government acts contrary to the constitution it is the responsibility and the duty of all members of the Congress to protect the constitution over the will of the government. It is not the responsibility, nor the duty, of the Congress to support the government when it refuses to adhere to the constitution and this is the very foundation upon which the United States was founded.
But this concept is foreign to people like Steve Cohen who obviously feels as if the government is always right and always has the best interests of the people at heart. People like Steve Cohen want the American people to blindly follow the government even when it is at odds with the constitution and it is clear to me he has no concept of the principles upon which this nation was founded.
I find this mindset to be more disheartening than anything else this government has thrust upon us over the years because I fear this mindset is prevalent on both sides of the aisle by the ruling class elite and I consider anyone who holds this idea at the heart of their policy decisions to be a domestic enemy to the constitution for they care not about their oath of office as is evidenced by Steve Cohen’s misrepresentation of the oath of office.