I’m reluctant even to link to this column at the Huffington Post, the title alone reveals how muddled some people’s thinking is. Bob Burnett allowed his name to be attached to a piece entitled “Disarming Republican Anarchists,” in which he declares that “Over the last five years, the Republican Party has veered to the far right and, in the process, been taken over by anarchists, Tea Party extremists who do not believe in centralized government.”
Never mind that this is the same Republican party that nominated John McCain and then Mitt Romney, two of the party’s most interventionist members. The very idea that anarchists would even loosely associate with the GOP, let alone take over, is patently absurd.
Burnett decries “inflammatory talk suggesting the federal government threatens individual freedom.” Because, after all, there’s no possible way in which the federal government would such a thing. He is terrified that 4% of the Senate, and 11% of the House, are in this anarchist wing. Assuming he’s correct (most certainly he’s not), I fail to grasp how such a tiny minority could be categorized as a “take over.”