For any regular followers, you already know that I’m no fan of Obama’s destruction of the economy, I’m dismayed by what the Republican party has turned into, I’m sick of stupid stimulus pet projects, special interests, and dumb legislation with questionable motives…so you’d think I’d love the Tea Party. And I thought I would too.
The Birth of the Tea Party
See, I watched in awe when Rick Santelli of CNBC lambasted the homeowners who knowingly took on liar loans, pulled equity out of their homes to put in new kitchens and swimming pools, and then expected to be (and were) bailed out by the federal government (you and I – nevermind, our children, who will ultimately pay these debts). We were all thinking it but very few were saying it. Here’s this veteran bond trader voicing outrage and reason at what we all knew was about to transpire. From that moment, the Tea Party movement was born.
Unfortunately, I don’t think Rick or other like-minded individuals now identify with the current movement. See, like virtually all politicians that actually make it all the way, he who is the most polarized, outrageous and extreme wins. While the Tea Party could have been a cohesive movement of people and leaders focused SOLELY on fiscal responsibility and smaller government ranks, the way their viewed by America (with plenty of help from the liberal press) is as a bunch of crazy loons – just more Republicans in disguise.
The Idiocy of the Tea Party
I can’t say I blame people for their view of the party. I mean, look at some of the stupid statements and behaviors from prominent personalities in the movement:
- Rand Paul on Racist Businesses – He’s Cool With it. Regardless of what his personal beliefs are on the topic, he’s really dumb to say it. And if he wasn’t a white male, would he really feel the same way?
- Christine O’Donnell on Being a Witch? Not that I care about something she said as a young idiot on Bill Maher’s show. But the notion that she was dumb enough to address it with a ridiculous “I’m Not a Witch Ad“.
- Today took the cake – Christine O’Donnell basically doesn’t understand the 1st Amendment and she thinks local PUBLIC schools should be teaching creationism. Not only is her thinking dead wrong, backwards, and downright dangerous to scientific progress (this country already has a massive deficit of analytical thinking scientists and engineers), but Darwin disapproves big-time!
- Glen Urquhart is similarly crazy: “The exact phrase ‘separation of Church and State’ came out of Adolph HItler’s mouth, that’s where it comes from. So the next time your liberal friends talk about the separation of Church and State, ASK THEM WHY THEY’RE NAZIS.”
Is there really value in questioning whether Obama’s a Muslim or whether he was born in America at this point? What value is that adding to their message? Why are these people talking about stuff unrelated to the core issues Americans care about? Jobs, Government Debt, Business Environment, National Security.
Instead, politicians have to take extreme views on:
- Abolishment of Government Agencies
- Going to a Gold Standard
There’s never a middle ground here. These candidates tend to take the most extreme position in order to get their base fired up. It’s a shame we can’t get pragmatic, centrist politicians elected that oppose the status quo within their own party once in a while.
Here’s the Tea Party Candidate I’d Like:
- They say nothing about religion. In fact, I don’t even know what religion they are, if they even have one. So, they’re not pushing creationism over true science in public schools, they’re not saying God told them to invade Iraq, and they’re not pandering to constituents with Christian values. They’re just plain old good people doing good things because it’s the right thing to do.
- They are for smaller government and less intrusion, but not outright abolishment of entire segments of our society.
- They are serious about cutting the government payrolls and adhering to a balanced budget, especially when NOT in a recession.
- They make rational, sound arguments, supported by FACTS. They are not mocked relentlessly for their extreme views – because their views are reasonable.
- They recognize and admit that they aren’t going to change the world – baby steps. Just move us in the right direction.
- They practice what they preach. Too many politicians are complete and utter hypocrites.
- They find middle ground with both Democrats and Republicans on issues and they DON’T always adhere to party line cliche stances. This will give them credibility with voters and political capital to get stuff done.
Unfortunately, in America, someone like that cannot get elected.