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For more than a year now, we’ve been hearing from Republicans, tea party people and Glenn Beck’s chalkboard about how big government is destroying American liberty and freedom. Much of the shrieking is literally accompanied by the yellow Revolutionary War “Don’t Tread on Me” flag.

Every tea party lawn concert and misspelled sign regatta features people dressed in colonial drag with tea bags dangling from their tri-corner hats, waving banners in support of tax cuts, liberty and freedom and against the allegedly tyrannical Obama government. They’re really scared and they want their country back from the (somehow) black liberal Nazi.

We’ve heard about how the “czars” are unconstitutional, even though the name “czars” was invented by the press as clever pseudonym for “advisers.”

We’ve heard about how the Recovery Act, which has created hundreds of thousands of jobs and cut taxes for 95 percent of working families, is unconstitutional and an attack on states’ rights and individual liberty. We’ve heard about how it’s “generational theft” for the government to spend money to solve an economic crisis. We’ve heard about how the tax cuts in the Recovery Act are just a scam and should be returned to the government in protest.

We’ve heard about the crazy conspiracy theories involving the IRS invading our neighborhoods with armed goon squads — rounding up anyone who purchased one of Glenn Beck’s dozens of McBooks. Of course this meme turned out to be entirely untrue as there is no enforcement mechanism in the health care reform law should you simply choose not to pay the tax penalty for not buying insurance.

Republican attorneys general across the nation are challenging the health care law in court because, they say, it’s unconstitutional. House minority leader John Boehner once called the bill “Armageddon” because of the tax penalty for Americans who choose not to buy insurance. Armageddon!

Throughout all of the misinformed and contradictory right-wing antics of the past year, I’ve been wondering how post-Bush Republicans and conservatives can possibly square all of their newly found affinity for freedom, liberty and the Constitution considering their eight year support for Bush era policies. Policies like illegal wiretaps of American citizens, the USA Patriot Act, suspension of habeas corpus (it’s in the Constitution) and all the rest of it.

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