U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, took to the floor of the Senate on Friday and said the tea party is just as dangerous for the country as the Civil War, as reported by The Hill.
Not long ago, President Barack Obama called for a more civil and honest public discourse in the country, reminding us that “we can question each other’s ideas without questioning each other’s love of country.” Words that clearly had little impact on Sen. Harkin.
“A small group of willful men and women who have a certain ideology about how our country should run and what we should do cannot get their way in a normal discourse and votes,” Harkin said. “Since they can’t get their way, they’re going to create this confusion and discourse and hope the public is so mixed up in who to blame for this that perhaps they’ll blame both sides.”
Harkin then takes his demagoguery to an unprecedented level:
“That is the path they see for taking over the government. It’s dangerous. It’s very dangerous. I believe, Mr. President, we are at one of the most dangerous points in our history right now. Every bit as dangerous as the break-up of the Union before the Civil War.”
For the record, the Civil War was America’s bloodiest conflict that cost nearly 1,100,000 casualties and claimed more than 620,000 lives. But this is how the Democratic senator chose to describe average everyday Americans who simply ask for a fiscally responsible government with a limited role in their lives.
Harkin made the contemptible comments as the Senate prepared to vote on a continuing resolution that would fund the government past Sept 30, as reported by The Hill. The chamber is expected to advance the bill today after adding an amendment that restores ObamaCare funding that was nixed by the House.
While listening to Harkin denigrate the “minority” he speaks of, it’s brings to mind the words of the man known as the father of the American Revolution:
“It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” ~ Samuel Adams