By Tera Ertz
In reading over the Ragin’ Cajun’s remarks yesterday, it occurred to me that I had a new word that was being bandied about regularly lately by liberals in all quarters, and I decided to meander along to dictionary.com to check it out. The hairless mad hatter of the bayou seemed a bit terrified that crazy people are going to start running the asylum, I mean Washington, DC if the President doesn’t find a way to staunch the bleeding support from all spectrums of the electorate. Now, those of back in the real world realize that the lunatics took over that particular town some time ago. But Mr. Carville, and others like Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi aren’t worried about the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue or The Dancing Queen of NYC or Georgia’s own island capsizing predictor. No, they are worried that crazy people like Michelle Bachmann and Rick Perry will soon be resting their keisters in the White House. But I wanted to try to determine exactly what it was about Mrs. Bachmann and Mr. Perry that would lead these folks to believe that they, and presumably those like me who agree with many of the stated positions, are crazy. Now, the definition we generally tend to think of for crazy, especially when said with such hysterical overtones and dire predictions is as follows:
1. mentally deranged; demented; insane.
2. senseless; impractical; totally unsound
Well, definition 1 isn’t particularly helpful since it’s pretty much just a bunch of abstract synonyms, but 2 has some promise. Apparently the liberals in government and the media would like to convince us that the reason we must re-elect President Obama and reject the likes of Mrs. Bachmann and Mr. Perry is because they are senseless, impractical and unsound, as well as of course mentally deranged. Let’s take a look at the record on that.
Mrs. Bachmann, aside from being a sitting Congresswoman, is also a successful businesswoman and a successful lawyer. While in Congress, she has been a driving force behind organizing the Tea Party Caucus to give the incoming freshmen from last year’s election a conservative coalition to help them stand firm in the face of the status quo DC politics. She has raised 5 of her own children, as well as 23 foster children, with apparent success. And she has a solid and successful marriage. While many may disagree vehemently with her stands on abortion and gay marriage, they are logically consistent with the principles she has espoused since she first ran for Congress. And she may openly and passionately love God as well as her country, but last I checked that was only considered a mental disorder by angry liberal atheists who are threatened by other people’s points of view.
So far, it appears to me that Mrs. Bachmann may be conservative, she may be passionate, she may be extremely outspoken and occasionally speak before completely thinking through the words coming out of her mouth, but there’s nothing my psychology book would classify as demented or deranged.
It must be they have her confused with Mr. Perry, surely he and his supporters must be mad. After all Mr. Perry kept taxes and regulation in Texas low, in the deluded belief that this policy would reduce unemployment, attract business and spur economic growth. Oh, wait, what’s that you say… I see, apparently this wasn’t a deluded belief. It was proven to be true as Texas exhibited the fasted job growth and the lowest unemployment numbers in the country. Well, surely it’s because he prayed in public at an event in Texas. Anyone who prays in public must be nuts, right? And isn’t that a violation of church and state or something? It wasn’t a government sponsored event you say? And the government has been paying a chaplain to open Congress with a prayer every day since before the Constitution was signed? Well, surely his stance on Social Security being a Ponzi scheme must be proof of his unsound mind. Oh, liberal economist, Paul Krugmann, along with many liberal and conservative politicians, economist and pundits, has made the same or similar statements in the past when referring to the government practice of robbing the Social Security “Trust Fund” to pay for other projects.
Hmmm. I see evidence of enthusiasm, passion, and conservative political positions, as well as a track record of successful executive governance in the state of Texas. There is evidence that Mr. Perry is indeed a Christian, as are the vast majority of people in this country. And there is evidence that Mr. Perry is a supporter of the 10th Amendment movement and the 1st Amendment. None of this is really evidence of crazy under this definition of the word, and certainly not signs of a dire threat to the Republic that would explain the near panicked attempts of the liberals across the country trying so hard to scare people by smearing these folks currently running for the GOP nomination. Perhaps if we investigate the definitions further.
3. Informal . intensely enthusiastic; passionately excited:
Ah, now the situation becomes a little clearer. The conservative contenders in the GOP field and their supporters are indeed intensely enthusiastic and passionately excited about the things they believe in. They are excited at the prospect of slashing and eliminating government programs back to Constitutional guidelines. They are enthusiastic about leading from the front with strong convictions and great love of country in foreign policy affairs. They are downright psyched about the prospect of adding a lot of bureaucrats and politicians to the unemployment lines as they bring down the unemployment numbers for the rest of us citizens paying for all that wasted government and set the citizens of this country loose to grow the economy. In other words, these folks are downright crazy about dismantling the socialist machine the liberals have been working decades to create. Worse, from the liberals’ perspective, the citizens of this country are downright crazy about electing enough folks who agree with them to all branches of government to get that government project moving along at top speed. So, perhaps we will have a crazy person running the country come January 2013. One can hope at least. Learn the Lingo, and be wary the wielders of words.