We've had birthers, deathers and God knows what other mendacious idiocy from the Republican party. The newest thing is "Tenthers." You might as well get used to the term, because it is going to be with us for a while.
The name "tenthers" comes from a typically lunatic right wing reading of the tenth amendment to the constitution. Here it is, so it will be fresh in your minds:
"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people."
Now, over the entire history of our country, the legal and legislative systems have taken a reasonable view of such constitutional phrases as "promote the general welfare." The entire history of the legal system supports the notion that the material in the preamble to the constitution lays out what the legitimate functions of the Federal government are.
But not to the tenthers. Here's a quote from one of them: "“Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, federal education funding, the Veterans Affairs health system and the G.I. Bill are all illegal… [and] beyond Congress' power to enact."
In fact, it turns out that anything the Democrats want to do is illegal. Whatever the Republicans want, of course, whether it's more useless wars, more benefits for the rich, the right to rape our environment, or anything else, well, that's just fine.
Here's how ludicrous things have gotten. From Think Progress: "A group of (Georgia) Republican state senators on Thursday said they want to amend the state’s Constitution in an attempt to stop Democrats in Washington from enforcing health care reform here." And this is not the only state where Republicans are trying to cook up such action. This is barely a step away from the loons that want to secede from the country, and then see themselves as great patriots.
Now, on the one hand, my reaction is, go ahead. Turn it all down. That will sure help the rest of us afford to have a decent government. In fact, you idiots in the South want out, go ahead. Please.
But on the other hand, we know that is not what they are up to. They are not going to abide by any election won by a Democrat (or a black man,) and they are going to go on throwing their violent fits until they get what they think they want. If they can't win fairly, the "moral majority" will cheat their way to victory, and if that doesn't work, threats and violence will be next. They are out to make this country ungovernable, regardless of the cost. This is just the latest in their malicious, vindictive, hateful campaign to drive Democrats out of the government, by any means that will work.
Will this contemptible right wing strategy reach a level which the world hasn't seen since 1920's Germany? We'll just have to wait and see.