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Issue Analysis

    Tea Party Gains New Strength, Left Media Trots Out Old Hysteria

    As the Tea Party movement continues to assert itself in American politics, the panic sweat on the Progressive Left is becoming palpable.

    The tea party movement has become the dead bad-luck bird hanging around the GOP establishment's neck. Its anger-fueled energy has forced moderate Republicans off ballots in places where moderates tend to win. It has burdened otherwise centrist Republicans with radical positions that don't go well with a general electorate. The Grand Old Party is being taken over by an ideological fringe with unclear motives, a loose grasp on reality and little interest in actually governing.

    Froma Harrop at least made the effort to pick up a thesaurus and use the word "radical", a departure from the last six months of talking points that have only used variations of the word "extreme".

    The Left has become so used to controlling the narrative that they're cloaked in ignorant bliss about their inability to do so any longer. A favorite tactic for many years has been to condescendingly lecture the Republican party on what's best for it. The man so many would love to see as Mitt Romney's running mate was, according to concerned Democrats in 2010, ruin the GOP.

    The problem for the Democrats, of course, is that the "crazy" Tea Party people seem intent on purging the Republican party of members of Congress who love to vote with Democrats.

    But here's the thing: The ascendancy of Tea Party candidates like Cruz, while impressive, comes at a cost to the Republican Party: the loss of moderate Republicans who have been knocked off or have resigned. Other Republicans have simply moved farther to the right in order to placate the absurd demands of the Tea Party extremists.

    The problem from the Tea Party movement's view is that the Republican leadership has so often in the past taken direction from concerned Democrats like Jennifer Granholm and Harry Reid about what the GOP needed to do. For almost two decades now, congressional bipartisanship has been redefined to mean "the Republicans eventually come around to what the Democrats originally wanted." Any opposition has been deemed unnecessarily combative.

    Unbelievably, Granholm's article is even more hysterical than Harrop's, who usually writes as if she's stomping her foot and threatening to jump off a high ledge if people don't listen to her. The former Michigan governor even continues to trot out the insane meme that the Tea Party movement is fueled by a bunch of crazy Muslim hating birthers, all the while pretending those views are the same as being against higher taxes.

    Whether it's their Sharia law and birther conspiracies or their unwillingness to buck Grover Norquist's no-tax pledge, the Tea Partiers have hijacked their party and carried it all the way to the right.

    The template for Concerned Democrat Advice is to warn the GOP hierarchy that it can't win elections if it keeps letting these upstarts, you know, win elections.

    Tuesday night's primary was a victory for Ted Cruz, but it also should be a victory for the Democratic Party. Because as the Republicans run to the crazy Tea Party right, they leave behind the huge mass of genuinely moderate and independent Americans that make up the majority of voters. The ones that used to consider themselves now-extinct moderate Republicans.

    Post-2010, this requires a suspension of disbelief usually reserved for watching action movies. It is also, however, indicative of the arrogance still ingrained in the Left after decades of being able to craft political narratives at will thanks to their complicit friends in the media. In their minds, repetition equals truth. They believe if they keep telling Americans that this is all just some plot by the Koch brothers to take over the world that it will stick.

    There was no talk of "hijacking" the Democrat party in 2008 when the upstart presidential candidate defeated the establishment, odds-on favorite to win the nomination.

    What has been happening for the last few years is that the American electorate is awakening and availing itself of the best term limits we've ever had-our right to vote people out of office when we don't like what they're doing.

    And there is nothing more terrifying than that to those who seek to do no more than perpetuate the status quo. 

    2 comments
    Sonny Dee
    08/08/2012

    The GOP Republican RINO establishment, along with the radical far left Obamacrats / Democrats which goes without saying, are liberal progressives would sell out the People, the US Constitution, and America as a Republic in a heart beat, if it allows them to stay in their permanent political class power and control status quo entrenchment, which they are doing, and have been doing for decades. Thus as far as the GOP RINO establishment is concerned, the Tea Party Reagan constitutional conservatives are their #1 priority enemy, and their #2, 3, 4, etc, priority enemy down on their list are the liberal anti-American Socialist-Marxists, Arab Islamic Muslim extremist, terrorists, etc, and so on. This is the absolute absurdity which puts them, the RINO's, at the wrong end of the political ideological spectrum, as always. Thus ours is not to appease and capitulate to them, ours is only to defeat them, which we are doing everyday, every election, every chance we get. The 113th US Congress after the 6 Nov election, will ensure the majority in Congress will be Reagan Tea Party Conservatives, whom will set the agenda and push aside the GOP establishment RINOs, and or dilute their influence down to a point of very little effectiveness.

    The New Republican Party
    Governor Ronald Reagan (R-CA)
    Conservative Political Action Conference, Washington, DC
    February 6, 1977

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    "I have always been puzzled by the inability of some political and media types to understand exactly what is meant by adherence to political principle. All too often in the press and the television evening news it is treated as a call for “ideological purity.” Whatever ideology may mean—and it seems to mean a variety of things, depending upon who is using it—it always conjures up in my mind a picture of a rigid, irrational clinging to abstract theory in the face of reality. We have to recognize that in this country “ideology” is a scare word. And for good reason. Marxist-Leninism is, to give but one example, an ideology. All the facts of the real world have to be fitted to the Procrustean bed of Marx and Lenin. If the facts don’t happen to fit the ideology, the facts are chopped off and discarded.

    I consider this to be the complete opposite to principled conservatism. If there is any political viewpoint in this world which is free from slavish adherence to abstraction, it is American conservatism.
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    The principles of conservatism are sound because they are based on what men and women have discovered through experience in not just one generation or a dozen, but in all the combined experience of mankind. When we conservatives say that we know something about political affairs, and that we know can be stated as principles, we are saying that the principles we hold dear are those that have been found, through experience, to be ultimately beneficial for individuals, for families, for communities and for nations—found through the often bitter testing of pain, or sacrifice and sorrow."

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    Matt Thompson
    08/08/2012

    The cherrished system in Washington that the democrats and RINO's have spent so much time constructing will come crashing down one way or another. They have built a house of cards that can not continue to stand up and hold more cards. The fiat currentcy era is about to end one way or another.
    The fact that so many of the media and government establishment are in denial can not change reality. They are standing on a large building based on a mirage that can now be blown to bits by a simple gust of wind.

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