Here is the story:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday equated the Tea Party to a non-violent “anarchist” group because, in his mind, Tea Partiers don’t believe in any form of government. He was speaking about the sequester and other financial issues on the Senate floor.
“We have a situation where this country has been driven by the Tea Party for the last number of years,” Reid said. “When I was in school, I studied government and I learned about the anarchists. Now, they were different than the Tea Party because they were violent. But they were anarchists because they did not believe in government in any level and they acknowledged it. The Tea Party kind of hides that.”
OK, straight up: this is bull poop! Harry Reid KNOWS that the TEA Party is not an anarchist organization. He is a U.S. Senator. This means he has access to the government’s intelligence reports on the TEA Party, and that means he KNOWS the TEA Party is not against “all government,” but is in favor of constitutionally limited government.
There is a huge difference between no government and constitutionally limited government. Had Reid had just stopped here, all he would be guilty of is the fallacy of straw man. But Reid didn’t stop there: he made the following assertion:
“The Tea Party kind of hides that.”
This is an unsupported assertion and, as such, it means it is a lie! In fact, the TEA Party has not only said it is in favor of limited government, it has demonstrated it in word and deed. Unless Reid can show evidence to the contrary, his statement is what it is: a lie told to further a political agenda.
And that, folks, is what happens when we apply logic to the utterances of the irrational.