Name-calling is par for the course in politics, from the earliest days of our republic until now. Usually, the angrier the tone, the closer the opposition is hitting to home. Undoubtedly, this is the case with Obama’s latest rant on how conservative “extremists” are foiling his plans for amnesty.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill addressing the border crisis before their August recess, but it failed to satisfy Senate Democrats and the President. It would restrict the President’s ability to continue or expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which he instituted through an executive order and has threatened to expand through another executive order if Congress doesn’t cooperate.

But they won’t do what he wants them to do. And he is not happy about it.

Though trying to show restraint, Obama couldn’t help pointing fingers at the Republican party for congressional ‘gridlock,’ specifically those holding to “ideological extremism and [a] maximalist position.” This “grassroots conservative movement” keeps getting in his way.

Obama called his opponents’ values “wacky ideological nonsense” and held that the Democratic consensus is “commonsense,” “fact-based and reason based.” He hopes that the Republican will come around and be “sensible.” Because if everyone just agreed with him, the country would be fixed! And woe to those who get in his way.

The President is not the only one getting annoyed at these grassroots conservatives.

Sen. Harry Reid, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and President Barrack Obama have all tried to marginalize the tea party movement because it threatens their tax-‘n’-spend status quo. Respectively, they have called these citizens “extremists,” “Astroturf” (the opposite of grass roots) and “haters.”

But perhaps the insult that best captures the attitude of government gone adrift came from embattled former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner. She calls them “a–holes.”

Name-calling may be a normal part of politics, but discriminatory actions spells trouble for a free society. The right to free speech entitles even politicians to say what they think about their opponents and critics, but that must be coupled with the protection of those who hold differing views. In exercising rights, no one is free to infringe on another’s.

Yet the Obama administration has taken license to insult its critics while ignoring their obligation to protect them from discrimination – even so far as instigating the targeting of conservative groups by a federal agency through the IRS.

Sherman Frederick says those “extremist” conservatives should wear whatever names they might be given loud and proud.

Redcoat generals no doubt called George Washington an “arse” regularly. The tax collector in Boston cursed the Sons of Liberty when they dumped all that tea into the harbor in 1773. And the assistant city transit chief in Montgomery, Ala., probably had more than a few salty words for Rosa Parks when she refused to sit in the back of the bus.

These people stood up and were called names – but they also changed the nation.

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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