Published: Monday, May 26 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
If the establishment Republicans do not feel heat from the Tea Party we will
have the Democrats controlling the Administration and the Courts and Democrats-
lite controlling Congress. Remember that under Bush Congress spent a lot of
money. Of our total national debt on $17,000,000,000,000, $12 trillion was
amassed by Bush and Obama and there is no hope of reaching a balanced budget in
the next 10 years.Does anyone think we can keep adding hundreds of
billions to the debt year after year without it finally catching up to us?
Putting "tea party" in the title of an article is a great way to
guarantee page views, numerous comments, and almost no productive dialogue.
I'm confident that the response to this article will follow that script
pretty closely.Rather than spending so much time on whether the tea
party has influence or how much we hate them, I wish we could instead focus on
the main issues that led to the tea party's inception.A major
point of concern was the complete inability of Congress to deal in any
meaningful way with our nation's budget challenges. This has not
changed.The budget deal in December is a perfect example. Hailed by
the "problem-solvers" and "moderates" as a great compromise, it
reduces the deficit by a pitiful $23 billion or so over ten years. That almost
matches exactly the estimated cost of the government shutdown.It
won't matter if the tea party exists in ten years. What will matter is if
our representatives can begin addressing seriously our fiscal challenges. All
attempts to this point have been so timid as to be meaningless.
The Tea Party is finally on it's way out. Too many of our mainstream
Republicans are tired of being hijacked by the Tea Party and their extremist
view points. I for one will not forget the takeover and shut down in Washington.
When Mike Lee runs again, I will vote for anyone but him, even if it is a
Thanks Bob Bennett. Um.., we'll take Mike Lee. Next.
It really insults the intelligence of the informed reader to propagate the
notion that the Tea Party was really all about fiscal accountability. Yeah, the
Tea Party folks headlined a shout-out about fiscal responsibility. However,
their main message in governance and policy is to establish theocratic
principles into law. Serious analysis of Tea Party influence on the Republican
party and their governance would reveal this. Stop abortion, restrict voting
rights, fight against gay marriage, prayer in schools, and all the other
socially conservative platform items are what most Tea Party politics have
brought to us. These dog whistle messages send the older, predominately male
and religiously conservative into paroxysms of ecstasy.Has the
national Republican party campaigned to end our national deficit spending, and
told us how they plan to do it? Does it make sense to lower taxes when we have
so much money to pay back that we spent? Can we afford the massive military we
have? Do we intend to turn the United States into a Christian Iran? These are
questions that need to be asked of the Republican party, and which our tone deaf
media refuse to ask.
What is the "Tea Party" Platform?1. Eliminate Excessive
Taxes2. Eliminate the National Debt3. Eliminate Deficit
Spending4. Protect Free Markets5. Abide by the
Constitution of the United States6. Promote Civic Responsibility7. Reduce the Overall Size of Government8. Believe in the
People9. Avoid the Pitfalls of Politics10. Maintain
Local Independence===Which of those platform planks do
the "anti-tea party" people disagree with?America is a
nation where the people tell the government what to do and how to do it. Many
in government find that concept restrictive. Obama finds the Constitution
restrictive. He finds Congress to be an impediment. He mocks the Court. Maybe
it's time to read what the "Tea Party" is all about before throwing
stones at those who want the Constitution to be the Supreme Law of the Land.
The Tea Party groups talk about money while trying to get elected, but when and
if they do so, it's clear that they're really about legislating
I respect former Senator Bennett and I respect Mitch McConnell and think
he's done a reasonable job as minority leader. I also have no doubt that as
soon as Republicans control the Senate and the House and possibly the Presidency
then we're back to business as usual in DC with Republicans getting the
pork instead of Democrats. Then the Democrats will start whining about the debt
and deficits that don't bother them now. It's so predictable. And in
24 years Mike Lee will be running commercials about saving Hill AFB. And no one
will really care about deficits as long as the Social Security and Disability
checks don't bounce. But I would like to suggest that Mr Bennett
write his next column about Richard Lugar, Arlen Specter, and Charlie Crist.
They were all "wonderful Republicans" also as long as the mood suited
them. Then they turned on the Republican party out of sheer selfishness. Because
it was always about them and not any real principles other than pork and power.
Mike Richards,Avoid the pitfalls of politics? Seriously? Is THAT
what the Tea Party has done? No. They have been the most politically strident,
my way or the highway folks in Congress.
@Mike, I contend the tea party is certainly not about your ten points. Not at
all. The tea party is about racist reaction, denying science, starving our
schools, eliminating Muslims from the planet, and leaving poor and dependent
people to get sick and die (cf. the loud calls for that very thing at one of
their venomous meetings last year). The chief values of the tea party are
selfishness, ignorance, and vengeance.
@Mike RichardsSouth Jordan, Utah======= If you had
read the article, nobody - especially former Sen. Bennett - said anything
about principles.Rather, it is the radical, no compromising,
all-or-nothing, My way or the highway, "You Lie!", We'll shutdown
the Government if we do not get our way -- extremism that 80% of America's
disdain about the Tea Party.Sometimes you shoot because of the
message, Sometimes you shoot because of the messenger.
Mr Richards,It does not matter what you say the platform of the Tea Party
is. It matters what it does once it controls the levers of government.The
Tea Party controlled states have made marquis laws out of anti-choice,
anti-immigrant, anti-gay, anti-woman and, anti-minority voting rights. They
promote "Christian" (as defined by them) laws, and make themselves
victims of the "oppressive" expressions of tolerance and acceptance that
most in this country believe in.Say what you will, but acts speak louder
Hey Snack Pack, had the voters in the primary that Sen Lee ousted B. Bennett in
been a true reflection of the voting population, then there would not have been
a "Sen." Lee. Bennett would still be our Senator and Lee would be a
footnote in history. I doubt Lee will win again. The only way he will win is if
he CONTINUES to distance himself from the extremist views of the TeaPartiers.
The few party isn't on it's way out.Quite the opposite.The tea party has been legitimized. It has taken over the GOP
establishment. Mitch McConnell, Orrin Hatch, Jon Boehner all repeat tea party
THose awful Tea Party people, balanced budget? less red tape? lower tases? Heck
no. We want More debt and social spending. We need more folks on welfare and
The list from one comment above represents a typical Republican laundry list.The problem is the Republicans only have the list...When in
power...for example 2001-2006... they spend like Reagan on steroids.The t-party was funded by the Koch Brothers.As soon as the t-party
served its usefulness...unifying the base of the Republican Party...the funding
was funneled toward other Koch Brother priorities.For example...all
those grass roots events were simply astro-turf.When the Koch
Brothers reduced their funding of these events...the events went away.The Koch Brothers are now on a path to make the USA look like a page out of
the John Birch Society playbook.Given their enormous resources to
make things happen...it just might happen.
Wow. Just wow.Some people seem to actually believe the talking
point fantasies of Harry Reid, the Democrats, and even repudiated ex-Senator Bob
Bennett.The charges that the tea party people (there is not really a
"party" as such) are racist bigoted homophobes or somehow funded by two
rich guys are both total fabrications as well as libelous slander on the
millions of good people who support the tea party principles so well articulated
by Mike Richards above. This is the sort of defining your enemy and making it
personal attack urged by Obama's hero, Saul Alinsky in his "Rules for
Radicals."By the way, if big money donors are such anathema to
Democrats, where is their outrage at Soros and Bloomberg dumping millions of
dollars into shady Democrat-allied outfits? They just want to stop free speech
by conservative any way they can.The tea party principles must
prevail, or our nation will surely crumble from bankruptcy, and it is just as
bad done by liberal Democrats as it is when "moderate" Republicans are
the big spenders. Do it for "the children" won't you?
Is it just me, or do you think Bob Bennett is postitioning himself for
another run for the Senate Seat Tea-Party Darling Mike Lee "stole" from
Without putting down the Tea Party too harshly, they're not pragmatic.
Their ideals are true, but the impression I often get from prominant Tea Party
events or individuals is one without much compromise. Not that Democrats or
liberals are any better, mind you-they're equally against compromise, they
just have more media muscle to promote their one-sided iideas.That's not to say that the Tea Party is "wrong", however. After
all, as said, "establishment Republicans" have had to "move to the
right" somewhat to win. Republicans have had control over Congress running
on Tea Party principles. (Granted, the senate and white house haven't let
congress do their job, but a deadlock is better than the one-sided steamroll
that brought Obamacare.) Mike Richards is absolutely correct; THAT IS THE TEA
PARTY. Any and all alternate definitions or descriptions, including ones given
here, are incorrect. They're given by people who -do- oppose some of those
things, because those things put a choke-hold on the centralized power needed to
enforce destructive and wicked ideals.
I don't understand how Snack Pack and others still snakily gloating over
Senator Bennett's defeat some four years after the fact constitute the
"civil dialogue" the Deseret News says it is trying to create. For my part, I think Mike Lee has made a lot of noise and accomplished next to
nothing. Utah made a huge mistake when they tossed aside a respected, effective
senator for someone so ineffective. These latest election results show that most
other Republicans across the country agree with me.
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