It might be time to take ol’ Harry Reid out to pasture, as the elderly statesman seems to be slowly slipping into senility right before our very eyes, and the watching cameras of C-Span. Opining about Republicans inserting amendments into S. 1392, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act that would delay the individual healthcare mandate in Obamacare, plus one that forces Congress to abide by the same rules as everyday Americans and use health care exchanges, Reid slandered anarchists in multiple ways. From The Hill:
“We’re diverted totally from what this bill is about. Why? Because the anarchists have taken over,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “They’ve taken over the House and now they’ve taken over the Senate.
First off, how dare he equate good, kindhearted anarchists with what the Tea Party has become? Anarchists the world over should be appalled. Second, how in the world can Harry lump the Tea Party in with anarchists in any way? The Tea Party has many agendas, but Anarchy and Anarcho-Capitalism ain’t one of them. The Tea Party wants lower taxes and smaller government, not zero government – I doubt many Tea Partiers would accept the concept (intellectual or practical) of privatized services taking over for entrenched (roads, police, military, etc.) government services (BTW, I encourage everyone to read Lion’s Editor Marc Clair’s series on Anarcho-Capitalism when the chance arises). The Tea Party these days is simply Neoconservatism light with a splash of Constitutionalism and a pinch of debt hawk.
Reid is just angry that someone is pissing in his punchbowl, using the same tactics that both sides of the aisle have utilized for centuries. Were the anarchists truly to take over, there would be no need for Harry and the rest of his cronies, who would be out of a job and hopefully doing manual labor in some sort of manure plant.