Monday on Hannity’s show, he and Eric Erickson threw Ronald Reagan under the bus. According to them, the Reagan Revolution was not about conservative, but personality. That is how far afield the Tea Parties have gone. They are NOT Republican.
The Republican Creed
I do not choose to be a common man.
It is my right to be uncommon.
If I can seek opportunity, not security,
I want to take the calculated risk to dream and
build, to fail and to succeed.
I refused to barter incentive for dole.
I prefer the challenges of life to
guaranteed security, the thrill of fulfillment
to the state of calm utopia.
I will not trade freedom for beneficence,
nor my dignity for a handout.
I will never cower before any master,
save my God.
It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and
unafraid. To think and act for myself, enjoy the
benefit of my creations; to face the whole world
boldly and say, “I am a free American.”
The Pink Flamingo has repeatedly stated that I agree with about 80% of the Tea Party agenda. Unfortunately, that does not make me pure. I gather I must be purged because I am not pure. There is a problem with such thinking: It is downright UnAmerican!
Andrew Pavelyev at Frum Forum does a wonderful job of saying exactly what I think.
“…But what have we witnessed lately? Glenn Beck acts like Oprah. A lot of conservative politics is driven by feelings – e.g. feelings that the country is not the same as it used to be. Recent rationalizations for O’Donnell’s nomination in Delaware often amounted to saying that it’s just so much fun to stick it to the establishment. Can somebody please tell me what exactly is the difference between purging a moderate Republican just because it feels good and, say, dramatically increasing education funding just because it feels good?! Sarah Palin and many others whine about their victimization by the media, the elites, the ruling class, etc. And we are supposed to trust that leaders who cannot defend themselves from Katie Couric can defend us all from nuclear-armed China, Russia, Iran and North Korea? Tea Party demonstrations often have a carnival look. Latte sipping, arugula eating, windsurfing and vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard are now political matters – for conservatives! Many political topics nowadays cannot even be mentioned on the right, while on many others there’s only one correct opinion. Anyone who disagrees with Sen. DeMint is not welcome in the Republican Party – even when the balance of power is at stake. It is not necessary to actually analyze President Obama’s policy proposals – it is much more important to figure out whether he has a Kenyan anti-colonial worldview and how many degrees of separation are between him and Saul Alinsky. “Elites” and “ruling class” are now dirty words for conservatives, and there are two kinds of Americans: real Americans and Democratic voters. People living on the coasts are not merely mistaken about some policy issues, but their very lifestyle is highly suspicious and vaguely un-American.
I’ve been suffering from this cognitive dissonance for quite a while now. Are we really sure that Palin et al. are not liberals in conservative clothing?…”
I’ve stated the thing thing to my friends Sally Vee and Sharon, and anyone else who will listen. My problem with the Tea Parties is the fact that they are ego driven, big buck passing platforms for a few opportunists who are after power and money. While the original movement and sentiment may have been sincere, it has evolved into a circus promoted by FOX for FOX for Rupert Murdoch to make even more money.
Like Andrew Pavelyev I am becoming rather delusional to the point where I swear there would have been no tea party movement without FOX, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and a few other talking heads like Laura Ingraham, and Rush Limbaugh who will do anything to destroy Republicans he dislikes. Walter Dellinger (see below) has the right idea. Why is not one following the money trail?
From the Politico: Why is no one following the money trail? Is the entire tea party movement created by a few opportunistic souls who are disparate for power and political favor?
The Pink Flamingo has also been castigated because I don’t think the movement is as large as it is alleged to be. Glenn Beck’s tour de force fiasco at the Lincoln Monument is held up as a testament to the tea party power. Looks to me like the crowd was representative of the movement as a whole. Even if they were the tip of the iceberg, the numbers suggested in very mis-leading polls are just that – very misleading.
I don’t like large groups of people who are massive. They are a borderline mob. If one reads the tea leaves carefully, and knows anything about history, when there is talk of purges, purity, and a tendency to denigrate anyone who disagrees, things can get a little dicey. The lessons of history tell us that when purity, purges and that tendency to denigrate and silence those who disagree, violence soon follows.
Perhaps violence follows because through ridicule and denigration those who are to be marginalized are then dehumanized. At the bottom of the post you will find a screen shot of an AT piece by Phil Jacobson. His new rules for Republicans are chilling. He suggests the GOP ridicule and denigrate those with whom they disagree. We are better than this. When a somewhat brainwashed group of well meaning men and women who are attending something like the Glenn Beck extravaganza, that dehumanization of the “enemy” is terrifying.
“…12. Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.
This is Alinsky Rule #5, word for word, but we Republicans have a special advantage in applying it to radical leftists because ridicule or satire, to be really effective, must be rooted in truth. That’s why leftist ridicule flops; it’s usually based on lies….”
Ron Paul Bots and John Birchers have been doing this for ages, now. They attack. They ridicule, and they denigrate. When one does not back down they threaten with legal action and very veiled taunts of violence. (Trust me, I’ve been the target of this more than once). It is one of the reasons I have no respect for the libertarian branch of the tea parties, and most of them are losertarians.
If one says anything against them, you are evil, attacking the Founding Fathers, and are a fascist. They pile on, saying nasty things, making fun of you, lying, and harassing you. It’s the tea party way!
Only their version of Freedom of Speech is acceptable. They are claiming that their movement is based on the Constitution and the Bible. If it is based on the Bible, perhaps they need to read up on the teachings of Christ. Try Mark 12: 13-17
“The Question about Paying Taxes
13 Then they sent to him some Pharisees and some Herodians to trap him in what he said.
14And they came and said to him, ‘Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality, but teach the way of God in accordance with truth. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?
15Should we pay them, or should we not?’ But knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, ‘Why are you putting me to the test? Bring me a denarius and let me see it.’
16And they brought one. Then he said to them, ‘Whose head is this, and whose title?’ They answered, ‘The emperor’s.’
17Jesus said to them, ‘Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’ And they were utterly amazed at him.”
Please, explain your “Biblical” Reference.
Napoleon Linardots wrote the following at Frum Forum:
“...In the old days when conservatives fought against what they called elitism they meant the tendency of modern liberalism to dictate the minutiae of daily life. Exceptional minds of the right, from Hayek and Friedman to Charles Murray, developed a serious political literature expatiating on the inability of big government to solve many if not most societal problems.
For the new idiotic right it appears that policy differences are merely the excuse for something that goes a lot deeper. The new war on elitism is not so much about policy but about identity. The elitism they oppose is not a set of policy proposals; the new elitism has a face and often a name. A relatively old Club for Growth political commercial was pointing to the latte drinking, Volvo driving and New York Times reading constituency of Howard Dean. You see, it’s not the policy anymore – it’s the people. The real America versus the coastal elites and their groupies as Sarah Palin would most likely term it.
The new idiotic right has managed to insert resentment and envy into the conservative movement; A kind of class warfare without the ransom note. We need average people in Congress says Christine O’Donnell. Do we? Who of us would consider Washington or any of the founding fathers average? Who of us would even consider present day political figures like Mitch Daniels and Chris Christie average?
I want my government limited but in no way would I like its managers to be average at all…”
B – I – N -G – O!
If you think I choose to be common, you are out of your tea drinking mind.
What happened to the over-achieving Republican, well dressed, clean, and properly behaved going to a GOP meeting, treating everyone with manners and respect? You NEVER saw the likes of cut-offs, t-shirts, athletic shoes, slogans, and the dreaded fanny-pack. Republicans were individual, UNCOMMON, elite, achievers who would never ever think of marching, protesting, or even carrying much of a sign.
Perhaps our Tea Party “candidates” should be forced to sign a pledge adhering to the GOP Creed.
The real problem is the fact that FOX and the conservative talking heads are so busy trying to manipulate the GOP into something it isn’t that with few exceptions, most Republicans don’t have the courage to stand up and say this is WRONG.
Well it is wrong.
I’m a Republican Because…
I BELIEVE the strength of our nation lies with the individual and that each person’s dignity, freedom, ability and responsibility must be honored.
I BELIEVE in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, sex, age or disability.
I BELIEVE free enterprise and encouraging individual initiative have brought this nation opportunity, economic growth and prosperity.
I BELIEVE government must practice fiscal responsibility and allow individuals to keep more of the money they earn.
I BELIEVE the proper role of government is to provide for the people only those critical functions that cannot be performed by individuals or private organizations, and that the best government is that which governs least.
I BELIEVE the most effective, responsible and responsive government is government closest to the people.
I BELIEVE Americans must retain the principles that have made us strong while developing new and innovative ideas to meet the challenges of changing times.
I BELIEVE Americans value and should preserve our national strength and pride while working to extend peace, freedom and human rights throughout the world.
FINALLY, I believe the Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government….”
Now, Phil Jacobson at AT has new rules.