Parties-Shmarties – Get Me Some Tea!

As the current political season begins to unfold and the first republican debate is at our backs. The establishment pundits are incredulous, mostly with fear, because the comfort of their corrupt system is under threat. Their partisan potentates have fallen to the bottom of the list. Their crony candidates have been summarily rejected. The most staggering thing of all is they do not comprehend the degree to which they have been rejected.

The 2014 election was marked by some very interesting things. Joni Ernst snuck up on the establishment and took the Iowa senate seat. But she was not supposed to win. The republicans didn’t have a chance against the Democrat Tom Harkin. No attention was given to this race. But there was another race where the establishment GOP became actively involved. Mississippi! Their crony incumbent, Thad Cochran, was in big trouble. Mississippi senator Chris McDaniel was about to trounce the old GOP hack. The establishment, under the leadership of Mitch McConnell, could not let that happen.

Look at the lengths to which the GOP went to insure that senate candidate Chris McDaniel did not win the primary. Thad Cochran was about to go down in flames. The establishment GOP rallied in support raising over a million dollars the last week of the campaign. But the fight was futile, Cochran was going to be crushed in a landslide. The conservative people of Mississippi were going to send the old GOP establishment crony packing.

But not to worry! The old political hacks had some tricks up their sleeves. The GOP would leverage the arch-rival democrats to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Working with democrat operative James “Scooby Doo” Warren, they put together the GOTV campaign used by the Mississippi Conservatives PAC to get black voters (democrats who did not vote in the primary) to turn out in the republican primary to vote for Cochran. The campaign consisted of a flyer and a robo-call. Here are the transcripts of the robo-call and a copy of the flyer:

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The GOP actively leveraged the Democrats in Mississippi to secure victory for their chosen crony Thad Cochran. The republican electorate be damned the GOP establishment would get their guy one way or the other. Chalk one up for the GOP establishment untouchable corruptibles!

So what was the objection to the Tea Party? Was the Tea Party and Chris McDaniel trying to suppress the African-American vote? Is the Tea Party and Chris McDaniel obstructionist?

Let’s take a brief look at Senator Ted Cruz. This representative of the people was viciously criticized by GOP leaders for crossing Mitch McConnell on the Export-Import Bank amendment. Many believed that the Ex-IM Bank is nothing more than corporate welfare and in June the charter for the bank was allowed to lapse into history. The Ex-Im Bank had been allowed to lapse but the quick and decisive action of the lobbyists in Washington. GOP leadership was coerced to revive the bank in an amendment attached to the highway bill which was labeled “must pass”. The bill passed 67-26 and the establishment stuck it to the American people once again. Lobbyists once again won the day at the expense of the taxpayer and the GOP once again did not represent the people that elected them. Since when does any bill constitute a “must pass” status? Since when can the government do anything with money that makes sense? The honorable Senator Ted Cruz called the dishonorable Senate majority leader on the carpet and was chided, ridiculed and ostracized by the GOP and Democrats alike. Why? Because he did not bow to the flowing robes of the GOP establishment potentates.

The GOP constantly talks about the eleventh commandment instituted by Ronald Reagan: “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.” But are they really fellow republicans or are they corrupt GOP cronies only interested in power and position at the cost of the American taxpayer? The problem is simple. Reagan was not a republican at all costs, he was a common sense patriot. In today’s world I believe that Ronald Reagan would have some choice words for the kinds of things going on in the GOP. I believe that corrupt actions like the Thad Cochran chicanery would have drawn strong criticism from the former statesman. But alas, the great president is not here to witness the debauchery of the GOP at the expense of it’s own electorate.

Blah-blah-blah Blah-blah-blah-blah!

Parties-Shmarties – Get Me Some Tea!

Let me ask a question at this point:

“What is the difference between a ‘good bill’ with bad amendments and a ‘bad bill’ with good amendments?”

The answer is pretty simple. All you have to do is look at the 19 trillion dollar debt and you have a clear answer. Neither! They both do the same thing to the American taxpayer. They put something in one pocket but they take “more” out of the other pocket. These kinds of egregious “deal-making”, as the establishment crony pundits put it, is how you get things done! Right!

Wrong!

When you look at the republican held Senate and House of Representatives you have to ask the question: “With Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, are these two legislative bodies one pair of sunglasses and one wig away from Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi?”

Parties-Shmarties – Get Me Some Tea!

What does the Tea Party Represent and why does the GOP and the Democrats seem to loath Tea Party candidates (and members I may add)? Here are the 15 core beliefs of the Tea Party:

1. Illegal aliens are here illegally.
2. Pro-domestic employment is indispensable.
3. A strong military is essential.
4. Special interests must be eliminated.
5. Gun ownership is sacred.
6. Government must be downsized.
7. The national budget must be balanced.
8. Deficit spending must end.
9. Bailout and stimulus plans are illegal.
10. Reducing personal income taxes is a must.
11. Reducing business income taxes is mandatory.
12. Political offices must be available to average citizens.
13. Intrusive government must be stopped.
14. English as our core language is required.
15. Traditional family values are encouraged.

No implications of denying voters the right to vote. No radical policies exemplified or even implied. Just common sense, every day, American values. These folks want people to have jobs, they want peoples rights to be protected, they want everyone to have the opportunity to serve in government, they want legal residents to have the rights afforded by the Constitution as opposed to those who have broken the law to enter this great nation.

The real issue is that the Tea Party believes that the elected official represents the people who elected them rather than the party to which they belong. Over the decades the party system has become a twisted convolution of logic that is counterintuitive to the rhetoric they purport. The GOP spouts “conservative principles” but they completely ignore the rights of people who make up the base of their party. Evangelical Christians, the Reagan era “Moral Majority”, have been summarily pushed to the side. Freedom of religion for these people have been now defined as that which happens inside the church building. These are the very people that stayed home and did not cast a vote for the GOP establishment candidate in 2012.

The GOP crony pundits on Fox News are pining that “they’ll get over this”, “they’ll be back”, “they won’t be able to bring themselves to vote for someone that has not held public office”.

Parties-Shmarties – Get Me Some Tea!

Party-PoliticsThe risk that these establishment indoctrinated minions do not understand is that to reach across the middle to grab a few votes, that they probably will not get the next time around, will cause the people who have traditionally supported the party to just stay home. The more Evangelical Christians that “just stay home” the less the chances that the establishment GOP will have success.

When all is said and done. The problem with the Tea Party is principles. You know, those things that mean the same thing no matter what. The establishment GOP has proven that they are agenda oriented just as much as the Democrats are agenda oriented. Morally wrong, unethical, lying, cheating, stealing. None of those things are off the table if they support the agenda and the parties have gotten away with it for so long they don’t even know the difference (the Mississippi senate – case in point). These parties, both GOP and Democrat, believe that the candidates belong to the party as opposed to the people who elected them into office. Looking at Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Joni Ernst and others, the chief complaint is that they will not deal party politics. They won’t line up with the party agenda and dutifully bow in the presence of the partisan potentates. They stand up for the beliefs, constitutional rights and desires of the people who elected them.

I have posted on this “agenda” before and I think that we are at a crossroads where the American people are fed up with the Washington corruption that is rampant in both political parties.

Tea Party candidates feel their loyalty is to the people who elected them rather than the party with which they identify.

So!

Parties-Shmarties – Get Me Some Tea!


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