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THE TEA PARTY, ESTABLISHMENT REPUBLICANS AND THE AMERICAN LEFT

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The continuing-resolution/debt-limit battle is over, temporarily; but Democrats and establishment Republicans continue to criticize Tea Party Republicans in the House of Representatives and Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) for their hard-line stance on defunding Obamacare. Are they the future of the Republican Party or harbingers of a third-party?  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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9 Responses

  1. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Ed– No doubt that the Tea Party is making a run to control the GOP. Whether it will do so, break away to form a third party, or simply fade away, remains to be seen. The next round of elections will certainly be telling as we see how many Conservatives have been hiding.

    By Ray Deptula

  2. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Ted Cruz, Mike Lee etc are just anarchists. They say they do not like gov’t but as soon as they need something their hands are open for Gov’t handouts. The original TEA party concept was Taxed Enough Already however they are now more representative of Take Emotional Advantage. They complain about government entitlements etc to anyone who is not them. Such Garbage.

    They will or have broken the Republican party unless cooler heads prevail. What the Republican leadership will have to learn is how to tame these folks. It is a new concept for Republicans who are used to everyone carrying the party platform.

    Good luck to them if they want to survive in the long term, or they will have a string of one term tea party candidates who will not vote the party line. The TEA party may need the riot act read to them.

    People need to realize that business is good for some things but not governing. Governing requires long term planning, not the business tactical approach where one year is about as much long term planning that is set.
    Of course this is just in my humble opinion.

    By Harvey Betan

  3. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Maybe we should consider (contrary to the establishment media) that there 3 parties in America right now, the fact of which may even explain some of the ‘gridlock’ we all see let me elaborate: Party 1: Conservatives – this includes social an fiscal conservatives as well as the ‘tea party’, and many of the Christian coalition(s) basically any and all who believe in the Constitution, small government and individual reliance/responsibility. Party 2: Uber-Liberal (Progressive) the party of Obama, Reid and Pelosi – Ever expanding government, social justice, cradle to grave entitlement and guaranteed out-comes, the government picks winners and losers and is the only entity that can ensure ‘fairness’. Party 3: McCain, Clinton and all of the go along to get along Professional politicians (no longer republican or democrat) who come to Washington for a life long job and not as our founding fathers who came to serve their country, do their patriotic duty and once they have served go home and take up (re-take up) civilian life. Party 3 really does not care about us, the folks but only care about their career and getting re-elected. The gridlock is because the rise of the first party (party 1) and being locked in a struggle with party 2 – and party 3 comes to the aid of party 2 only because it is easier -go along and get along than stand up and do what is right. Just remember our founding fathers pledged their: Lives, Fortune and Sacred Honor and that in a nutshell is a lot harder than go along and get along.

    By Bob Bagnell

  4. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Did you see 60 Minutes last night? I believe we need to throw all of them out as quick as possible.

    By Paul Adams

  5. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    The republicans need to be spanked and put in a corner until they remember who they are supposed to be representing.

    By David Allison

  6. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    I think something like this was bound to happen from all the inbreeding in Washington. That the fate of many royal families, they inbred so much they started having children with all kind’s of defects and mentally defective offspring. Some European families in some countries also suffered the same fate.
    This type of phenomenon could only have happened on the right. If it had happened on the left we would want everything free and furnished by the government, and we know that’s not going to happen. So the Right was ripe for the picking. The T-Party wants to be Conservatives on steroids. They believe they are the answer to saving this nation, that regular Republicans were not successful because they were to soft, and what this country needed was a party that could scare and intimidate the voters to keep the elitist in charge. They took a lot of umbrage when this nation elected it’s first President of color, they get indignant when you say it, but it’s true. They hate that the Obama administration will look better than most Presidents of recent times, especially given the Right has balked, screamed, and obstructed every step of the way.

    What they fail to recognize is that the diversity of America is growing. It is no longer the upper crust in control, and that frightens them. This gives way to all having a voice, and it is giving a different message. Picture it as a swimmer in the middle of two islands. They have to pick one to swim to. They look the islands over and chose the one that appears to offer them better conditions. Thats what diverse groups of people are doing. The Right thinks they can say anything and it’s true. Maybe it was that way 20 years ago, but now people are waking up and not voting on sound bites during an election.
    Mr. Cruz and his cronies will be sorted out, and be replaced by Democrats or Republicans who now should realize that it has to be a government run by non partisan leaders. These “Ralph Nader” types never seem to get off the ground. These types of fanatical’s never do well i.e. Ross Perot, Goldwater and LeMay, Ralph Nader. Put a little mustache on Cruz and you have a modern day version of Hitler, we can’t let that happen, and we won’t.

    By Frank Fox

  7. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Fox, you are an idiot.

    By David Allison

  8. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Frank– When I read your posts I can’t help but believe that your idea of a “good” Republican is a lap dog that may disobey now and then but generally just goes along with the Democrats. I think you fundamentally misunderstand that our political system is based on hard disagreement (with the ability to compromise). You have every right to dislike the Tea Party and call them fanatics just as those on the right will dislike the president and call him a tyrant. But in the end the Tea Party will exist, or not, and the GOP will remain the same spineless jellyfish, or not, because that is what a large enough mass of people/voters want. The current situation is nothing more than business as usual along the spectrum of our political history. We will stop being the U.S. as we know it when folks like Obama get their way and wipe out all disagreement with the leading party. When you start to label someone like Cruz as a dangerous fanatic, like Hitler, it is not hard to see that you do not understand our government and would be most comfortable in a one-party system. It is actually Obama that has a psycological profile more like Hitler than you obviously can grasp. But unlike with Germany almost a century ago it is the genius of our system, that feeds on disagreement, that will allow our country to continually renew itself politically rather than allowing one group to seize control.

    By Ray Deptula

  9. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Well gentlemen it would look like we are both wrong but with one reservation. You haven’t been right since 2008. Gives the idiot remark a different twist. According to you all, the majority of Americans are idiots because we don’t buy your brand of politics. Guess what the way you all are going, which is backwards, you won’t see the inside of the White House until possibly 2024. That’s if we don’t go to war with the other America, Texas according to that reprobate Cruz.

    By Frank Fox

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