As a wise man once said, “Matt, what you don’t know could fill a book.”
I need some help understanding this “Tea Party” movement. Â It makes me a little nervous, quite frankly.
I keep getting these Facebook messages from someone inviting me to a “Tea Party” and I was like, “Hmm, a tea party. Â That sounds fun. Â My friends and I used to have them at the bottom of the pool.”Â Â But upon further inspection, it’s a party called “America Rising – Albany Tea Party”.
What is it? Â The description said this:
There comes a time when it is necessary for citizens to rise and resist a corrupt and out of control government. It is our duty to educate the electorate, educate the youth, and vote out the politicians that do not listen to the voices of the people. We are looking for statesmen to fill these positions, using the groundwork the Primary Challenge has laid.
We want FREEDOM, LIBERTY and to BE HEARD.
Yikes. That is definitely not like the tea parties we used to have at the bottom of the pool.
First of all, and correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t this whole “Tea Party” movement being brought to us in high definition from the ultra conservative Republican right? Â Aren’t these the people that are pissed off that the Democrats cleaned house in ’08, and have now reinvented themselves as the Tea Party? Â Do I have this correct? Â Or is it an independent party made of people who don’t want to associate themselves with either Democrats or Republicans? Â I’m pretty sure it’s a hard core Republican movement. Â In which case I might sit this party out.
I’m certainly not against change. Â Change is a good thing, obviously. Â But what change does this Tea Party want? Â Because if I know one thing about the conservative right, it means a lot of bad things for young girls who are pregnant, for immigrants,Â for gay people,Â for the environment, for non-religious folk, for science. Â Just to name a few.
I want to like the Tea Party. Â I really do. Â I love the name. Â I think the marketing behind it is genius. Â And I almost feel like a traitor for NOT belonging to it already. Â I don’t doubt that there are a lot of very fine folks who are joining this party, Â I’m just worried it’s a very cutesy, deceptive name for a very harmful political force.
The other thing that makes me nervous is how quickly and vehemently the Tea Party will rally against someone who doesn’t share their agenda… even Republicans. Â Note the Republican Florida Governor Charlie Crist. Â He was a very popular governor, widely believed to be a potential for President or VP, and then he foolishly gives President Obama a hug when the President was visiting Florida. Next thing you know, the Tea Party opens up a can of whoop ass on him, and now he might not even be reelected! He’s currently losing by 20 points!
The Washington Post wrote, “According to polls, Crist was once ahead by about 30 points in a primary contest widely viewed as a certain rout, a steppingstone for the 53-year-old Crist toward a bigger national stage and a future White House run. Now, targeted for extinction by “tea party” activists and the right-wing of his party, Crist is behind by more than 20 points, yet another reminder of the intraparty dangers awaiting Republicans viewed as too moderate.
How does that not make you nervous? Â I am seriously worried that this Tea Party is going to back some crazy christian candidate (no offense, but you know what I mean) who will somehow get elected, and then it’ll be George W. Bush 3.0 all over again.
Speaking of which, is there actually a real chance that Sarah Palin will be in the running for President in 2012? Â I mean, there’s no way, right? Â Please tell me there’s no way.
I cant’ imagine that Friday Puppy has a ton of Tea Partiers reading this blog, but I would love to hear what I can expect at this Tea Party. Â And if I am confusing the conservative right movement with the Tea Party movement, I apologize.
Ok, back to dogs…