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 on 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.
Just a Thought,