A Tea Party Dawn? A reality check for the morning of November 3rd.
the reality is that Tea Partiers engage with the Constitution in such a selective manner, and for such nakedly political purposes, that they’re clearly relying on it more as an instrument of self–affirmation and political division than a source of policy inspiration. (Andrew Romero)
In a couple of weeks we’re going to find out the extent to which the idiocy that is the Tea Party Movement influences the mid-term elections, and if you listen to the mainstream media, it’s clear that they are still obscenely obsessed with the Tea Party narrative because on just about every outlet, the Tea Party candidates are given credibility that makes no sense given their lack of substantive policy ideas or principles.
As a result, we find ourselves as a nation seeing a Delaware Senate candidate open a campaign commercial by saying “I’m not a witch”, a New York Gubernatorial candidate threatening violence against a journalist and unapologetically emailing porn, and one of the candidates for the Colorado Senate seat say on ‘Meet thePress’ that “homosexuality is a choice because people can choose their partner.” It’s as if we’ve descended into an alternate universe in which what would have once been regarded as bizarre is now the accepted. And sadly we have both the Tea Party, and the media’s slavish love affair with the movement, to thank for this.
I mean c’mon folks, let’s face facts. The Santelli rant on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade in February 2009 over the government’s bail out of homeowners, an event widely credited with being the spark that started the Tea Party movement, was a choreographed stunt created and scripted by Wall St. interests to enrage misinformed Americans so they would help protect corporations intent on continuing their practice of generating profits no matter the consequences or the casualties. Hell, within hours of Santelli’s performance, Tea Party websites and chapters seemed to appear out of thin air, with all the money and effort behind the launch coming from mysterious benefactors and interests that the media decided were not worth looking into or questioning. Likewise, the media never seemed to question other odd inconsistencies like the fact that Santelli said nothing three months earlier while his banker buddies got bailed out with billions in taxpayer dollars. Nope, the blatant dishonesty of the forces behind the Tea Party movement, and the stunning stupidity of the people seduced by it has never really been talked about by most of the mainstream media. And why is that?
Simple…exposing the truth about the Tea Party would have effectively killed it long ago, and the media would have had to go back to the mundane task of reporting what really mattered, like who was or was not governing in the people’s interests. Of course, in the 24/7 cable media circus, where the fight for ratings and revenue is paramount, this was really not an alternative. So the inconsistencies and inconvenient questions about the Tea Party were ignored while the shrill, discordant and often incoherent rhetoric coming from the movement fueled Sunday talk shows, dire leads on the evening news, and propped up an entire cable network, Fox News, that has since dropped all pretense of being anything other than the Tea Party’s propaganda engine while becoming the most anti-American media voice since the glory days of Pravda.
So, as the mid-terms approach, we now have an election populated with Tea Party candidates that make serial POTUS hopeful Lyndon Larouche, the wack job who accused some of his followers of being “brainwashed by the Soviet secret police” and called non-believers “subhuman”, look like the second coming of Abe Lincoln!
Of course the closer the big day gets, the more hyper the media becomes as they scream louder and louder about the Tea Party and the angry electorate. The result, as you can see in comments posted to this site in recent weeks, is many Tea Partiers getting into an ‘orgasmic’ state of mind, anticipating a cataclysmic and sweeping wave of retribution that will result in ‘libtards’ being neutered to prevent them from procreating, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin taking the reins of power and imprisoning Pelosi and Reid, and the launch of endless and groundless investigations of the Obama Administration akin to the Clinton witch hunt ofthe 90’s that accomplished nothing save for paralyzing the government and costing taxpayers billions.
Yep, for the Tea Party it is less about what is good for the country and more about winning at all costs so they can force their vision of the Constitution on everyone, regardless of what the Founding Fathers intended.
But here is the real kicker…what the sad, manipulated Tea Party fails to see is that come the morning of Nov. 3rd, regardless of who wins or loses, we’ll all realize that what we are left with is the same dysfunctional, dishonest, corporate controlled government intent on increasing the wealth of the already wealthy at the expense of the average American. Those that now call themselves the Tea Party, and that follow the pied pipers of Fox News, FreedomWorks and Americans for Progress will soon realize that what Roger Daltry said so many years ago has never been more accurate…“MEET THE NEW BOSS, SAME AS THE OLD BOSS!”