Reid continued his diatribe by saying, in part,
People who don't believe in government — and that’s what the Tea Party is all about — are winning, and that’s a shame.
The Tea Party, a grassroots movement that believes in Constitutional principles as endorsed by the founding fathers, is a constant thorn in the side of people like Harry Reid, whose "career in public service has ended up being remarkably lucrative," as reported by Betsy Woodruff at the National Review.
One of those people who helped make Harry Reid wealthy is Harvey Whittemore, who was "was convicted...of using family and employees to funnel illegal campaign contributions to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in 2007," as reported by Martha Bellisle of RGJ.com in May. Whittemore has previously been involved in shady investment dealings with Reid, as reported by the LA Times.
Harry Reid is right about the Tea Party, as they do not "believe in government." Instead, they believe in the people of America, just as the founding fathers did.
Thomas Jefferson, for example, said
"A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
Of course, the Tea Party does not consist of "anarchists," but the Occupy Movement certainly did, as anyone with access to Google can easily find. Mark Levin discussed Harry Reid's comments on his show Thursday (around the 15:00 mark). He exclaimed in part, "
"Those of you who believe in the Constitution? You are anarchists! Is there a Republican in Washington, D.C. who is capable of confronting this lightweight? "Anarchy?" Levin continued, "He stands for tyranny!""
This is not the first time Harry Reid made the comparison between the Tea Party and anarchists. In an interview with NPR earlier this year, Reid said,
"Who is the tea party? Well, understand, when I was in school I studied government, among other things. And prior to World War I and after World War I we had the anarchists. Now, they were violent. Some say that's what started World War One, the anarchy movement. But they were violent. They did damage to property and they did physical damage to people. The modern anarchists, don't do that. That's the tea party. But they have the same philosophy as the early anarchists. They do not believe in government. Any time anything bad happens to government, that's a victory for them."
Mark Levin continued with his justified rant against Reid by calling him a "brazen, serial liar." He said that "this isn't about anarchy! This is about the nation's survival."