Soap Box:  The Tea Party

April 15, 2010

1846 lithograph by Nathaniel Currier entitled "The Destruction of Tea at Boston Harbor"

When President Barack Obama was elected as President of the United States of America, and Democrats retained control of Congress, a ďnewĒ group popped up and started making the news.  They labeled themselves the ďTea PartyĒ, borrowing from the famous Boston Tea Party that protested taxed tea.  This new Tea Party claims that they are a bi-partisan group, made up of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.  They not only claim to protest against taxes, but they also protest against other government and politician acts.  They claim to be a grass roots organization that wants to take back the country from government excess, and give control to the average citizen.  Are they being truthful?

Sadly, the Tea Party is NOT a bi-partisan group.  They are nothing more than Republicans/Conservatives that have re-invented themselves after stunning defeats in the presidential general election and the congressional elections.  Sure, a few Democrats and Independents might be part of the group, but itís still overwhelming Republican.  They support Republican causes, Republican philosophy, Republican politicians, and when they go into the voting booth they will be voting for Republican candidates.  Itís as simple as that.  Donít fool yourself into thinking otherwise.

You only need to listen to their rhetoric to see their true agenda.  They condemn Liberals and Democrats, not Conservatives and Republicans.  They support Republican ideas and candidates.  They protest anything and everything our President does, even if Obamaís policies benefit all.  They are holding a protest against taxes today, April 15th, and blame the Democrats for tax increases.  But under Obama and the Democrats, my taxes actually went down this year, significantly.  The fact of the matter is that Obama is a Democrat, the Tea Party is Republican, so they are going to oppose anything he says or does, even if it was something previously supported by the Republican party.  Hypocrisy runs rampant in the Tea Party group.  And sadly, another reason that some of the Tea Party protest against the President of the United States of America is because he is a black president, our nationís first.  Unfortunately the evil of racism does still exist and some have taken to using the Tea Party as a way to exercise their racism under the guise of political dissent.

In reality, itís actually a pretty smart move by Republicans to pretend that they are something they are not.  When you lose big in elections like they did, you need to see what you did wrong and figure out a way to get the publicís vote back.  Given they arenít going to actually change their political philosophy, the natural path to take was to invent a disguise that makes you seem different from what was previously rejected.  Thus the Tea Party was born.  Sure, intelligent, thinking, and observant people should be able to readily see through their smoke screen, but the average American voter doesnít employ those attributes when it comes to politics.  Weíre are reactionary and often single issue voting beasts and if someone says something that gets us going, weíll fall in behind that flag without giving it much thought.  Weíll willfully ignore the clues that point to a reality different that what is being projected.  And thatís the case with the Tea Party.  They claim to be bipartisan, and working for the average American that is sick of taxes and government control.  Yet their actions show that they are just your common everyday Republicans in brand new wrappings.

I donít blame the Republicans for devising a plan to take back control of Congress and the White House.  I just donít like the lies, deception, and hypocrisy of their method.  And that is certainly what the Tea Party is doing.  Feel free join the Tea Party if you want, and protest the American President and Democrats.  Protest against their ideas, speeches, and policies all you want.  You can even protest if they claim the sky is blue.  But donít pretend that you are anything other than a Republican trying to further a Republican agenda.

The Tea Party is, and always was, the REPUBLICAN Tea Party.


 Jeff Polston

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