Published: Sunday, April 14 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
The tea party is still bringing the crazy. I do admire consistency.
If belligerent irrationality, willful ignorance, mendacity, bigotry,
fear-mongering and short-sighted greed are principles that appeal to you, then
sure, the Tea Party is for you.Fortunately, an expanding majority of
voters recognize the Tea Party for the hollow fraud that it is.When
Republican Governor Bobby Jindal warned earlier this year that, "We've
got to stop being the stupid party," he was directing that admonishment
squarely at the Tea Party faction of the GOP.We need a thoughtful,
reality-based conservative perspective in our national politics. The Tea Party
isn't it. Rather, it is the primary (excuse the pun) reason the GOP is
losing political power and social relevance.The Tea Party is the
reason why the GOP of today would be unrecognizable and a profound embarrassment
to GOP leaders of just 20 years ago.
"I identify and support their stands of protecting our freedoms and avoid
trusting the government to make decisions for us, smaller government, the family
unit and the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman."I
see you are also against proper grammar and punctuation.
The Tea Party is a joke. It is opposed to anything Obama, doesn't like
spending money on people and programs it doesn't like, but LOVES receiving
all the benefits its members receive from the government. It is composed
primarily of old, white men angry with the worldAdditionally, the
Tea Party has moved away from a focus on economic issues and now embraces the
fundamentally conservative social issues that is driving the Republican Party
further to the extreme Right. It is not interested in making America better.
It is only interested in re-branding the policies of the old John Birch Society
in a nativist isolationism hostile to a changing world.
The Republicans lost the election big time, The main reason for that was their
extreme right wing and the obstructionist Tea Party members of congress. Keeping
your word is good, but not if what you promise to do is wrong, wrong, wrong.
Great article! Whether you like the "TEA Party" or not, America has
moved away from the principles that made her great and have replaced those
values with stateism, socialism and a new aristocracy of the elite located in
the White House.
Depends what you want out of a political movement Sandra. I too was an early
supporter, but unfortunately the morphed into something pretty distasteful.
Here’s how I saw it:1. Tea Party starts as outrage over
bailouts and its early message was one of fiscal responsibility.2.
Glenn Beck jumps on board and those who have never spent any time in
“crazytown” begin to get nervous.3. Small government
conservatives get on the bandwagon and they become the movement (and in 2010,
the party) of “no.”4. Movement gets co-opted by social
and religious conservatives, and that combined with #3 pushes the message of #1
totally aside causing them to lose all credibility with Independents and
Pragmatists (who were on board with message #1).
For me the most revealing thing about the Tea Party is their stand against
government regulations, other wise known as laws to protect and promote the
general welfare of the people. It is the law that makes us free.
The only way I can reconcile the views of the Tea Party is to
believe they have different meanings to words like people, freedom, government,
and such. To the Tea Party people are only those who profit from
the labor of others. Because of their ferocity and power they think they
don’t need the protection of government and don’t want that
protection put upon those less deserving human beings, of another name. Freedom seems to be only that which matches their concept of morality,
and is applied differently to their people from that which is applied to others.
They seem to feel that government should protect their people and
their customers from foreign enemies but should not protect the ordinary people
from internal enemies.If the Tea Party is able to control our
government we are allowing the destruction of America and it’s people.
Respecting the Tea Party for its (in)action in Congress is akin to respecting a
four-year-old for throwing a temper tantrum in a department store. They decry
that government is the problem and prove that to be true every time they are
elected. This "party" is nothing more than the hard
right's visceral reaction to Obama's election; they'll be gone in
a few years.
The GOP "losing power and social relevance", which a contributor
references has more to do with the fact that the Republicans are little, if any,
better when empowered (when they controlled both houses and the Presidency) than
the Democrats.They support the same big wars (which they initially
avoid referring to as wars) as the Democrats, practice massive deficit spending,
and powerful bureaucracies that harrass the people, and do nothing for the
"general welfare". They feather their nests as spineless career
politicians, with most of them apparently quickly becoming millionaires in net
"worth" and in practice despising the relatively poor on whose incomes
they prey. They partake of the same premium health care plan, retirement plan,
etc while secretly coveting and spending the surplus Social Security
contributions of the people. Having eaten so many of those particular golden
eggs they now seemingly plan on consuming the hen by course.
Sorry Sandy Thackeray but this country has only flourished when it
'progressed' through the issues of the day. Even the Tea Party moniker
is a distortion of American history since the Boston Tea Party was all about
giving a corporation special tax breaks, something the current crop of Tea
Partiers are in opposition of. In fact, it is bankrolled not by the grassroots
but corporations that have conned it into doing their bidding.
to MountanmanWhich administration was referred to as the Imperial
Presidency? Oh, that's right it was the previous one.re: Tyler
DAgreed. As a Libertarian, I could deal w/ the tea party when it was
exclusively message #1. It lost all credibility when it was hijacked by
Professor Beck, Alaska's favorite 1/2 term Gov, & their special brand
I had a hard time keeping a straight face while reading this letter. The tea
party is a parody of what true political reform should represent. Sadly, many
Utahns fall for the tea party façade of conservative idealism that would
set this country back at least 50 years and destroy what remains of a real
progressive political transformation that looks to the future and not the past.
Any group funded by the Koch brothers is suspect in my view.
@Mountanman 7:42 a.m. April 14, 2013In a way you're right.
America HAS moved away from the principles that made her great and has replaced
those values with stateism, fascism and a new aristocracy of the elite that was
located in the White House during the administration of its just-previous
occupant (GWBush), and is now perpetuated through the policies and programs of
the far right extreme.
They will soon start throwing that gold they were promoting by trying to ruin
the economy overboard as the bubble burst.
Read through the comments.Who are the real haters here?Not the tea
The tea party hyped gold is sinking fast.
Consistency is one thing. But being consistently wrong is no feather in
"wastintime" Any group funded by George Soros is suspect in my view."one vote" gold prices are up 2.5x from the time Barack Obama
DeseretNews.com encourages a civil dialogue among its readers. We welcome your thoughtful comments.— About comments