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Grover Anarquist

Who is Grover Norquist, you might ask? Well, find out because he is destroying your Congress, your country and the Republican Party

©Bob Englehart

What do you call a person who vociferously hates our government and works tirelessly to destroy our government? A traitor? Perhaps. What if he also would defund the military, police and fire departments? An anarchist? No, he’s a conservative icon and one of the most influential political figures in America. He’s Grover Norquist, grand doyen of the anti-tax pledge ubiquitous on the Republican aisles of Congress.

Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength, an organization promoting higher taxes on themselves, is now confronting Norquist head on:

[Norquist] raised an issue we get all the time which is, ‘Well there’s nothing stopping you guys from paying higher taxes, just send a check to the government!’ And this to me is frankly an absurd position; I don’t consider it to be a very serious argument. Government is not a charity and we can’t rely on voluntary contributions from people to support the things that government does. And I also said to him, ‘Look would you be willing to sign a pledge where you’re willing to forgo all the benefits that government provides? Are you willing to sign a pledge that says you don’t want the U.S. military to protect you? That you will refuse to contact the police if somebody steals from you? That you will refuse to contact the fire department if your house is on fire? Because that’s the equivalent! Why should you get a free ride? Why should you benefit from my willingness to support the government? Let’s do it together.’ And he said, ‘If I don’t have to pay any taxes for it, I would forgo all those things!’ To which my response was, ‘Well there’s an easy way to do that, move to Somalia!’ And his argument was, ‘Somalia doesn’t suffer from too little government, it suffers from too much government.’ I don’t even begin to understand what that means, but again there’s only so much you can go into in these conversations.

Thom Hartmann’s blog points out the overwhelming evidence that Norquist hyperbole is basically anarchist:

There is evidence of Norquist attempting to defund our government into bankrupcy. There are government records, interviews, articles, and books by Norquist that implicate him as an anarchist out to destroy America as we know it. He imfamously announced during a NPR interview (May 25, 2001) what his anti-government movement was planning, “My goal is to cut government in half in twenty-five years,” he says, “to get it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.

Ironically, many Republicans are very upset about the small number of naive, youthful anarchists complicating the Occupy Movement yet worship at the feet of a truly dangerous anarchist in their midst.
– Iron Filing



  1. Falkelord wrote:

    I honestly don’t understand how people can sign such an un-american pledge. The foundation of this country comes from the spirit of compromise, and Grover Norquist’s pledge is the equivalent of having a bomb threatening to destroy the nation: The republicans sign a pledge saying they will do everything but disarm the bomb, because there are other avenues that don’t require the funds needed for disarming.

    Immediately, you’re cutting an avenue of compromise. And you can bet if democrats signed a pledge saying they would never trim, under any circumstances, the departments of government, you can damn sure bet they’d be called “anti-american” and that they’re “unwilling to compromise”

    This whole pledge thing makes me sick to be an American. We live in such a great country and some retard has to go and fuck it up for the rest of us.

    Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 3:14 am | Permalink
  2. ebdoug wrote:

    How about Karl Rove working behind the scenes?

    Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 4:36 am | Permalink
  3. Arthanyel wrote:

    I do not understand why Democrats have not taken out TV ads in every market pointing people to Norquist’s “starve the beast” plan and it’s implications.

    Here is an emotional, although accurate, summary of what Norquist wants:

    To eliminate Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare, and all social safety net programs. To eliminate all education support. To eliminate all environmental protections. To eliminate all regulations and controls on the rich.

    Norquist and his buddies want to throw 47 million Americans out into the street to be homeless, sicken and die, and his gated community will hire its own armed forces to protect them from the “unfortunate”

    Republicans have no problems using this kind of language to attack Democrats, I simply don’t understand why the Democrats fail to respond in kind.

    Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Permalink