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Friday, June 24, 2011

What DOES the Tea Party Stand For?

Sure, it’s easy to stand up to a desperate woman who’s seeking an abortion, or a cancer patient who just got dumped by his/her HMO. But when the time came to actually take a stand and show some courage, the screaming teabaggers whimpered and bent over.

What happened to those George Washington costumes and “We’re Taking Back Our Country!” Would our Founding Fathers invade Libya?

The House has defeated an attempt to cut off funding for air attacks on Libya. Twenty-seven members of the House Tea Party Caucus (out of a total of 59 members) voted against the funding cutoff.

Some representatives — including Michele Bachmann — used the age-old copout of “I voted against it because it didn’t go far enough.”

Judson Phillips of Tea Party Nation said:

“We have no congressional authorization for military action in Libya, but our brilliant GOP leadership did not cut off funding. Could they possibly be any more gutless?”

In other news: Jim DeMint has warned all Republicans NOT to vote for increasing the debt limit, saying “if you vote for it, you’ll lose.”

And just a few days ago, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce warned Republicans that they’d better vote FOR increasing the debt limit. Anyone who votes against it — “we’ll get rid of you.”

Awkward. Maybe there won’t be any more Republicans.

And finally: Hey, it worked for Blackwater.

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Blogger Jerry Critter said...

"Maybe there won’t be any more Republicans."

Sorry, Tom. That's just wishful thinking. We should be so lucky!

June 24, 2011 at 10:05 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Considering that the Chamber said they'd get rid of the Republicans who voted against increasing the debt limit, and considering how influential the Chamber is, it seems they would be more likely to listen to the Chamber than to Jim DeMint.

The money doesn't come from DeMint or from the Tea Party. It will come from business, which the Chamber represents.

The Tea Party faction seems to think it is running the country, but thankfully it is a minority within its own side of the political aisle. The Republicans will ultimately cast their votes in the interests of keeping their jobs, and that will be based more on where their money is coming from than on what the Tea Party leadership believes the majority of America wants.

But they will also vote for what the people want, which is a negotiated deal on ways to control spending while working to reduce the debt, while keeping our country from defaulting and catapulting the entire world into economic chaos.

The Tea Party may not entirely be a paper tiger right now, but I predict it is going to look like one for sure over the next couple of months.

June 25, 2011 at 10:45 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jerry: But wishful thinking is fun.

Snave: I think the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is more feared than most Wall Street CEOs and all of Congress put together. The Chamber has jillions of dollars to spend on advertising and character assassination (most of it donated anonymously) and they probably know where all the bodies are buried.

It's sort of fun to see all the tea party factions and "moderate" Republicans going after each other. Maybe they'll all cancel each other out.

June 25, 2011 at 5:14 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

That's what I'm hoping for, Tom.

Or, that the Tea Party continues to bray and make noise, and it ends up splitting the GOP because it refuses to opt for negotiation.

Tea Partiers like to think they would attract loads of independent voters if that happened, but I think they have a sadly inflated opinion of their power.

I believe people who lean to the right would vote for someone closer to the center, even someone like Mitt Romney, before they would vote for a Tea Party candidate for president. And I think the Tea Party pols will soon wear out their welcome in the Senate, and sooner or later in the House as well.

Let's see what happens with the debt ceiling. I believe an agreement will be reached that the Tea Party types will not like, but that it will come back to bite those Republicans who voted not to compromise more that it will come back to bite those who did.

The Tea Party must be smoking or drinking something pretty good if they really think the American people want them to shut down our government, default on everything, and plunge the global economy into chaos. They seem to value their ideology to the point where it takes precedence over all else.
"Ayn Rand be praised!" LOL...

June 25, 2011 at 11:29 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

yeah but at least the Independents are straying form the democrats,or should I say the Independents.

June 27, 2011 at 6:40 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

The Tea Party stands for smaller government because look at how Bush is trampling on our civil rights:


June 27, 2011 at 10:37 AM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Trust me, Tom, there will always be more cockroaches. There will always be more cold germs. And, there will always be more Republicans.

June 27, 2011 at 9:28 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Lisa, tea party types stand for smaller government because they've been brainwashed into thinking that bashing, shrinking and starving government of money is the answer to nearly all their problems.

If they ever get their way, tea partyers will relive an experience all too common among gullible folks of earlier generations. That is, not only did the the snake oil they paid good money for not cure what ailed them, it made them worse off.

June 27, 2011 at 9:38 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: LOL, Republicans are one of life's nuisances, like ants at a picnic, people who talk on their cell phones during the movie, etc.

June 28, 2011 at 7:51 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Lisa, tea party types stand for smaller government because they've been brainwashed into thinking that bashing, shrinking and starving government of money is the answer to nearly all their problems.

Not all but definitely most.

June 28, 2011 at 11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Tea Party is a group of people that does not believe that we can spend our way out of trouble. They are fed up with the crazy spending of our government. Basically lets balance the budget, have a sound monetary policy, get out of these foreign wars, get our entitlements sustainable, stop all wasteful spending and give our future generation a America that’s no longer bankrupt. We will default even if it’s through inflation. Unless we balance the budget we are just climbing higher for our fall

August 18, 2011 at 9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Tea Party movement is a grassroots movement of millions of like-minded Americans from all backgrounds and political parties. Tea Party members share similar core principles supporting the United States Constitution as the Founders intended, such as:

• Limited federal government
• Individual freedoms
• Personal responsibility
• Free markets
• Returning political power to the states and the people

As a movement, The Tea Party is not a political party nor is looking to form a third political party any time soon. The Tea Party movement, is instead, about reforming all political parties and government so that the core principles of our Founding Fathers become, once again, the foundation upon which America stands

August 18, 2011 at 9:16 PM  

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