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So what does that have to do with the current 'crisis'?
The rhetoric coming from Fox/MSNBC Reid/Bohner and the full cast of characters is verging on the insane viciousness of Radio Rwanda/RTLN that catapulted the Hutus and Tutsis into a murderous rage. During the run-up to the genocidal massacres in Rwanda the radio station broadcast hate filled diatribes against Tutsis, referring to them as cockroaches who did not deserve to live. The station called on Hutus to exterminate all Tutsis and Hutus who sympathized with them. It was truly a nightmare as day and night listeners to the popular station had this invective poured into their ears. No, it isn't at that point here in the United States of America, but beneath the veneer of politeness the 'Tea Party' is being accused of holding the country hostage.
Who is the Tea Party? It seems that just as people in this nation began to become fully engaged in examining their government's actions they were corralled and claimed. I have met many Libertarian Tea Party members, conservatives, moderates, former Democrats, a few current Democrats, Independents, decline-to-states, and, certainly, Republicans who identify as being in the Tea Party.
These people are now being vilified. The issues that they are concerned about are being buried under mountains of accusations of obstructionism, racism, and careless cruelty. It's starting to feel like the 'Two Minutes of Hate' in George Orwell's 1984.
We need to remember that all Americans have a duty to question their government and to demand transparency and full analysis for all programs that affect us. We have a duty to challenge adherence to UN Agenda 21 as it manifests as regionalization, data collection, inventory, control, surveillance, forced indebtedness, and educational manipulation. We know social engineering and behavioral modification when we see it, and we won't be dragged into a vicious attack on each other.
It's just UN-American.