“The Tea Party: Just Another Political Group or A New Revolution?”

America is fully aware of the “other” party that exists within the Republican Party known as the Tea Party, the growing group of conservatives that have become an influential force within the Republican Party and are successfully shaking things up on the hill. The Tea Party, a grassroots movement that started off on a small scale through rallies and protests, found its legs and gained momentum and is now finding a voice on the hill. 

These Tea Party loyalist have been at center of much of the controversy in the Senate. They were the power behind the partial shutdown of the government earlier this month. And although a bipartisan agreement was reached last week that ended the shutdown and extended the debt ceiling debate, you can bet Tea Party loyalists did not support the agreement and were disgusted with the way Republican leadership seemed to fold to fold to Democratic demands without getting anything of substance in return, primarily the defunding or delaying of Obamacare that they were aiming for. Yeah they were definitely not happy campers.

Since last week the Tea Party has taken some heavy hits and been under attack from all sides. Democrats as well as fellow Republicans have been busy taking pot shots at them. They’ve been called obstructionists, radicals, anarchists,  and in the latest attack even compared to the Ku Klux Klan by controversial Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson on an MSNBC news show. But it isn’t as bad as it sounds, I mean he did say something about the Tea Party and the KKK in the same sentence but the media once again has taken it out of context to make the statement more news worthy. Go figure.

When asked about the Tea Party what the Congressman actually said was “At this point, the Tea Party is no more popular than the Klan.” Now that wasn’t really so bad was it? But what he later posted 6cebf439-356a-42c5-a6d4-219414925844_GraysonTeaPartyon his website was completely out of line. It featured the image of  two hooded Klan’s men and a burning cross! I tell you there’s no excuse for the hateful images he chose to post, none whatsoever. I’m sure he found it amusing but come on, get a clue! This type of political rhetoric is just another example of stupidity from the fools on the hill and what has Americans so upset with Washington.

Despite being criticized for his post Grayson stands behind his actions saying that the Tea Party is guilty of doing far worse citing offensive signs displayed at Tea Party rallies and the alleged circulation of altered pictures depicting President Obama and the First Lady as monkeys. He went on to accuse the TP of calling fellow members of Congress the ‘N’ word and ‘faggot’. He further stated  “there is overwhelming evidence that the Tea Party is the home of bigotry and discrimination in America today, just as the KKK was for an earlier generation. If the shoe fits, wear it.” Wear it indeed! Pretty rude, crude and over the top wouldn’t you say? Just another example of the political mudslinging we’ve all come to expect from the fools on the hill. Guess we’ll have to see how the Democratic Party decides to deal with Congressman Grayson. My bet is they won’t do much.

So now the party within a party finds itself receiving its fair share of abuse from all sides just as Dems and Reps have gotten for decades. Welcome aboard TP.  I think its fair to say that those talking heads guilty of slamming the TP know as well as we do that the Tea Party Movement and KKK have absolutely nothing in common and Grayson’s comment is ludicrous. They just seem to get some sort of sick pleasure from attacking the credibility of others. I also believe that some of those very same naysayers are secretly afraid of the TP and what they represent. Funny, but the more I read about the TP the more I find myself agreeing not with their actions on the hill, but in the principles behind those actions. Perhaps some of the talking heads see it too.

You know as well as I that we’ve all had those conversations with friends, workmates or neighbors in which we complain about the poor job government is doing, the runaway budget, misappropriation of funds, taxes, term limits and lifetime politicians, and the enormous debt we are leaving for future generations. At some time or the other we’ve complained and hypothesized about what could be done to bring America back to its former glory. We talk about the power of the vote and getting rid of the dead weight in Washington and sometimes in the heat of discussion the word ‘revolution’ arises. Well maybe the time is right for a revolution of sorts, maybe the Tea Party is the revolution we’ve been waiting for. No one can dispute that the Tea Partiers are changing the political landscape in Washington.

In principle the Tea Party is exactly what we’ve been waiting for. They are anti-big government, anti-big business, anti-national debt and anti-taxes. Isn’t that what we’ve all been bitching about. They detest government bail outs and believe the money would be better spent serving the needs of we the people. Again, isn’t that what we all want? Sarah Palin  who is sometimes recognized as the unofficial leader of the TP once commented that  “America is ready for another revolution,” and she may be right. The Tea Party may be the beginning of just such a revolution.

Although I do not agree with the Tea Party’s power play methods of holding the government hostage, I can’t find fault with their ideology. Perhaps with a little fine tuning they will learn to wield their growing power on the hill in an effective and more  productive manner and live up to their claim of representing the voice of the true owners of the United States: WE THE PEOPLE.

PtPLove them or hate them, the Tea Party aren’t going away anytime soon and we definitely haven’t heard the last of them and the new revolution.                                     Power to the People!

Just a Thought,

JS

 

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2 Responses to “The Tea Party: Just Another Political Group or A New Revolution?”

  1. Paul McCully says:

    Although I am not a Tea Party Member I did go to see one of their rallies at a park. I saw no sign of racism whatsoever in fact one of the speakers was black. Most of the crowd reminded me of the hard working people you and I grew up knowing. They just seemed fed up with the out of control laws and taxes. I know the media looks for the one wacko with the stupid t-shirt or sign because the media has their own agenda. I have seen clips where tea party members tell racist wackos to please leave. You wont see those clips in the established media.
    My question is if a person is fed up with an out of control system where can they go? Both parties have been compromised with the failed progressive ideas of big government. It’s just that one party will take us down faster then the other. Tea Party is now just a name given to anyone that supports the idea of returning to the concept of limited govt. What about Libertarians ? Their are organizations such as Freedom Works, Americans for Prosperity, and others that a starting to join the fray.
    The established Washington elite are afraid of this grass root movement because its real, not your phony, paid, bussed in, organized rallies. The media is threatened because they are losing their power of influence because of the revolution of the internet. Now people can finally search out the truth without the prism of them. They, the media, can’t have an honest debate on the issues. They can no longer defend their failed visions of a social utopia, they can only now discredit anyone who opposes them. Racists, bigots, homophobes, on and on.
    Have you noticed how the press talks about who’s winning and losing in the political arena rather then looking into depth the problems we are having. They have made Obama the victim, rather then one of the causes of what’s happening in our nation. That way he remains above us. What a joke. I heard a perfect example of this the other day when Chuck Todd from NBC asked the press secretary Jay Carney who MISLED the president regarding the failed roll out of Obamacare. Poor Obama its not at all his fault even though he spearheaded this whole thing. I’m not a George Bush fan but did they ever say who misled the president about weapons of mass destruction or why was the president not informed about the mortgage debacle? Who misled him? I’m just saying look and see who really is being misled. The American people. However because of the rise of the internet and some new fresh media, people are beginning to see through the BS and are seeing how bad things really are. The forgotten man is finally standing up, the one who works or wants to work, who is forced to pay for people who sit on their ass knowing they don’t need to work, the one who pays the weasels in Washington, the one who pays for the roads, the schools. without them you have nothing. They are the ones with the power they just don’t know it yet.

    • contento49 says:

      Some valid points bro! United we the everyday people do have the power. Everyday more and more of us are discovering that truth.

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