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Harry Reid compares tea partiers to WW I anarchists – again

Tea+Party+GroupsFor at least the second time since April, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid , D-Nev., compared tea party members to early 20th century anarchists, this time during an interview Friday with Las Vegas radio station KNPR.

“Who is the tea party?” he asked rhetorically, according to The Daily Caller. “Well, understand, when I was in school, I studied government, among other things, and prior to World War I and after World War I we had the anarchists. Now they were violent — you know, some say that’s what started World War I, the anarchy moment — but they were violent. They did damage to property and they did physical damage to people.”

Okay, we’re with him so far. Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated by Gavrilo Princip and was one of the events pre-staging World War I.

“The modern anarchists don’t do that — that’s the tea party,” Reid claimed. “But they have the same philosophy as the early anarchists: They do not believe in government.”

Actually, tea partiers do believe in government — just the government envisioned by the founders — you know, a “government of the people, by the people and for the people.”

“Anytime anything bad happens to government, that’s a victory to them. And that’s what’s happened. We have absolute gridlock created by a group of people who represent few Americans. But it makes it extremely difficult to get things done.”

Watch the video from Reid’s April 24 floor speech when he also compared tea partiers to anarchists. It simplifies life when one has a few stock speeches to fall back on — like Obama’s “endless parade of distractions and political posturing and phony scandals” speech. That’s a good one, though I think he’s been overusing it a bit.

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