Deep in the heart of Dixie, the Tea Party faction of the Republican Party has gained a foothold in state politics with Rick Perry’s Texas gubernatorial primary victory. The incumbent Governor Rick Perry secured 51% of the primary vote and will square off with Democratic favorite Bill White in the race for Governor of Texas. In November, in Texas and across the union, America will decide the validity of the Tea Bagger movement.
The explosion of these Tea Parties throughout the nation may lead you to infer that Americans are launching en masse town hall attacks against an out-of-control government. Reality tells us that these events were corporate funded; including ad space on Fox News, and that explains their immediate popularity. The heralded American uprising with meager head counts of just a few hundred at times or barely over a thousand at most times, the popularity of these Tea Parties are intentionally made illusory by misrepresented numbers and scripted disruptions.
Our next generations of political leaders are being drawn from this lunatic fringe. Challenging incumbents, Tea Partiers in several states are looking to ride the perceived popularity of this movement into public office. Rachel Grubb in Indiana is almost 40 and has spent most of her life in Hicksville, Indiana. She is challenging Mark Souder this year because she has “seen many changes in our society brought on by elitists and globalists”. She will also put a stop to the Socialist legislation and rampant Socialism encroaching on Washington. Sound familiar? She looks a lot like Sarah Palin too.
Their loudest argument is for the children and grandchildren of America. Our government spending is ‘out-of-control’ and ‘unsustainable’. They chant for fiscal responsibility and praise those politicians who chant along. The very people that the Tea Party has put their trust and faith in are using them to propagate the grandest scam in economic politics; government spending is bad. Government spending is not bad, it is necessary. And…it is Corporate America’s only competition. When they shout ‘less government spending’, you should hear ‘less competition’. These politicians are using people who feel left out of their own democracy, people who are uneducated in economics, and not acquainted with politics or reason in order to wrestle control of the economy away from the people (government) by demonizing the government (people). And it’s working.
Here in Florida, Marco Rubio makes Charlie Crist look like a tree-hugger. Both men are Republicans running for the U.S. Senate seat to represent Florida in November. Rubio, the Tea Party favorite, is desperately trying to visit each corner of the state preaching the ‘real’ conservative agenda and he drops the fiscal responsibility bomb in each sentence. Rubio now leads with numbers while Crist leads with cash and in August when the Florida primary comes to a head, rhetoric or reality will decide Florida’s fate. Rubio speaks the corporate lingo and translates it for the regular Floridian into regressive policy stances that conjure the image of Barry Goldwater.
As the Republican Party shatters, splinters such as the Tea Party are embedding themselves under America’s fingernails. You can hunker down and painfully dig them out or you can pack up and leave with Rush Limbaugh, but as an American you celebrate even the voice of the uneducated idiot and while logic may restrict them, democracy allows them to speak. And to vote.