According to Glenn Beck’s news entity, The Blaze (an excellent news service – keep up the good work, guys and gals!), “a new Gallup poll found that Republican support for the Tea Party has dropped 41 percent, down from 61 percent support in November 2010 when the GOP took control of the House of Representatives.
“That seems to be reflected in establishment Republican primary victory this week over Tea Party challengers.
“On Tuesday, Thom Tillis, the candidate widely perceived as representing the GOP establishment in the North Carolina Republican Senate primary, easily beat Greg Brannon, who was positioned as the Tea Party’s choice. Tillis will face incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in November.
“Meanwhile, the Tea Party opponent for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell – Matt Bevin – appears to be struggling to gain traction ahead of the Kentucky primary at the end of the month. In Mississippi, incumbent Republican Sen. Thad Cochran is pulling ahead of Tea Party insurgent Chris McDaniel, but the race is still fairly close.
“That’s a big change from 2010, when now-Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah captured their party’s nominations from establishment GOP candidates.
“The Gallup poll found that 11 percent of Republicans are actually opponents of the Tea Party, while 48 percent are neither supporters nor opponents. The drop in support for the Tea Party among Republicans coincides with the overall drop in support from all Americans, from 32 percent in November 2010 to just 22 percent now.
“That general public support has remained steady at 22 percent since September 2013, however, opposition to the Tea Party has risen to 30 percent of the public, according to the Gallup poll.
“Tea Party support, more than anything else, appears to substantially correlate with the more straightforward characteristics of being a core, conservative Republican,” Gallup Editor-in-Chief Frank Newport said in a statement.
“Thus, these trends may suggest that the GOP is on a more moderate track in general.
“Newport said the nomination of Mitt Romney for president in 2012 indicated the overall GOP was moving to the center, but he was cautious about a final verdict.
“The results of several high-profile primary contests later this month will be important indicators of the reality of the Tea Party’s influence,” Newport said. “Still, whatever else happens, Tea Party supporters will continue to be a presence in American politics because of their apparent motivation and interest in election outcomes, factors that, more than likely, will translate into support for candidates, and higher Election Day turnout.”
The Blaze’s entire article is here, not to criticize The Blaze, but to clear up some misconceptions about the Tea Party and its relationship with the GOP. Never, at any time since the Tea Parties formed in 2009, did the Republican Party show any real support for the Tea Parties because they were Conservative in nature, in contrast to the GOP’s moderate stance on just about every issue.
The Tea Party groups were as angry with the Republicans as they were with the Democrats. Republicans showed great interest in taking control of the Tea Parties, but our local Tea Party at the time told them in no uncertain terms where to go (and I was the chief “attack dog” for the Tea Party).
When we organized the Tea Party, we really didn’t think the name was such a good idea. We worried that people would confuse us with an actual political party (which they did; and we weren’t). We felt sort of stuck with the name.
Also, we were concerned about the early videos of Tea Partiers run amok, especially in Florida. That’s not the way we did things in our state. Garden Staters are as sedate as turtles. They don’t like coming out of their suburban shells, I told the organizing group, and they don’t like making “trouble”. Rocking the boat, as it were, was a sure way to be castigated. Here in the northern part of the state, we live too close to the city. Street and school rules apply; the law of jungle – don’t do anything to attract attention to yourself.
We didn’t want to attract attention ourselves; we wanted to attract attention to the corruption politicians in Washington, and on the state and community level. We wanted to attract attention to the ballooning deficit and the trillions of dollars of debt incurred by the federal government.
We wanted to attract attention to the problems of illegal immigration, the growing size of government bureaucracy and the concomitant regulations and taxes driving businesses – and our jobs – out of the state.
And I, at least, wanted to draw attention to the unrealized problems of education and indoctrination going on in our schools. I made the speech but was promptly yanked off the platform.
We stuck with the Tea Party name because it was in vogue. The naming was done, and for the time being, there was nothing we could really do about it. Many groups that spun off from the Tea Party adopted different names that didn’t have the monicker – and liability – of the Tea Party name.
In retrospect, I wish we had changed the name immediately to something with the word “Conservative” in it. Many arguments and challenges would have died on the lips of our adversaries had we made it absolutely clear, in the name of our group, where we stood.
The Tea Party name is not going to get Conservative candidates anywhere. It’s absolutely true. First, it confuses voters who think we’re fostering some sort of insurrection when we’re actually trying to return the country to its original principles of limited government, reasonable taxes, and the Bill of Rights, among other things. There’s also too much youthful, ignorant prejudice against the name for it to be an effective tool politically, thanks to late-night comedy shows, those forums of intellectual might and perspicacity.
What name would I choose, personally? Something like the Conservative Action Network. Conservatives for Freedom. Steve Lonegan has a great name, though a bit limited – Americans for Prosperity. It’s held up better than Tea Party. Americans for Conservatism. Conservative Americans for Freedom. Conservative Patriots.
Rush Limbaugh is right when he says that “Conservatism works every time it’s tried”. Well, it didn’t work so well in 1964, but Kennedy had just been shot the year before and everyone was feeling nostalgic. Pundits tend to credit voters with more intellectual and ideological scrutiny than they actually exhibit. For the low-information voter, they look at the political party headers, then close their eyes and press the buttons, having no clue about or particular affinity for the names on the ballot. They might as well be voting for the local garden committee.
Voter apathy (and turnout has never been very good) is a bad sign for a country as vested in freedom as ours. People don’t seem to understand that the Founding Fathers were trying to make politics easier for them by having them vote for representatives so the people themselves wouldn’t have to make long treks (at the time) to the nation’s capital to find out what’s going on and make their voices heard.
But those in power, once ensconced behind the fortifications of the Capitol Building, the White House, and the Supreme Court, isolated themselves from The People. Then they began to establish bureaucracies, entirely unaccountable to the voters, that would rule the people in perpetuity.
America was never supposed to be “ruled.” That’s why we had a revolution, to free ourselves from the tyranny of monarchs, dictators, and figurehead leaders. Yes, by consent, we agreed to follow the rule of law because we are, or were, a civilized society. As the decades when by, beginning with Theodore Roosevelt, and then Woodrow Wilson, we gradually lost our freedom.
More precisely, we sold them out for entitlements. Big Brother (my) is a sell-out. We had the same teacher for the same U.S. History class. That teacher threw out the American history agenda halfway through the school year and proceeded to teach us the “glories of Communism.”
Big Brother didn’t listen to our parents’ warning about the advent of Communism. In that class, all he knew was that if he didn’t conform to the teacher’s lesson plans, he’d fail, and wouldn’t get into the college of his choice. He was the good boy.
I, on the other hand, was the black sheep of the family. Who says girls can’t rebel? Four years later, in 1976, when I took the class, I stood up with four other students to protest the change in the curriculum. I didn’t mind learning about Communism. But that was a subject for World History in Senior Year, not U.S. History II in Junior year. Two of the students, one of them on his way to being class valedictorian, backed down along with his girlfriend.
The teacher patted him on the head, assured him that his scholarship was secured, and then proceeded to excoriate and discourage the remaining three students. He was a vile, crafty scoundrel. He whispered in my ear that my brother (meaning, the better student) passed the class.
If he though sibling rivalry would aid him, he was wrong. I told him I knew brother very well. Big Brother was a wimp. Always had been. He’d do anything, just about, for a grade or very money. I was not my brother. So, Big Brother passed and I failed. Or did he fail and I pass?
If the soldiers in Normandy and on Iwo Jima could sacrifice their lives, I could sacrifice my grade, a lowly B that it was.
That’s the trouble today. There’s no courage. We want to be seen as getting along, not fighting our way, standing our ground, sticking to our guns, even if meant standing alone, like Gary Cooper in “High Noon.” But today, that kind of behavior is defined as anti-social by liberal sociologists who want desperately to discourage individuality.
The Drive-By Media has pretty much shot holes through the Tea Party name and made it impossible (they think) for candidates to run with an endorsement from the Tea Party. It’s poison, the kiss of death for a candidate. That’s what the Media is gloating about.
They’re wrong, though. Their bashing of the Tea Party has not helped our cause, certainly. However, it’s the original videos that stick in voters’ minds and the name “Tea Party” itself that makes them think the candidates are trying to usurp the Republican Party.
Well, actually, we’re not so much trying to usurp as return it to its original, better principles. Right now, you can hardly tell a Republican from a Democrat, and that’s a problem in a country where politics should be an open forum. People shouldn’t be thinking all the same way. There should be debate, disagreement, and dissension. It’s called freedom.
If you don’t have debate, disagreement, and dissension, then you have dictatorship, tyranny, and communism – a one-party system where it’s their way or the highway. We see that every day in the news when some small Liberal group protests something like the Pledge of Allegiance or a school board arrests a parent for exceeding the two-minute time limit for questions. By the way, the news report didn’t tell you that most school boards and town hall meetings will not accept comments, only questions which turns the microphone back to the governing board and away from the people.
A small group of left-wing radicals succeeding forcing Condoleezza Rice from speaking at Rutgers University. Since when did America censor public speakers? They’ve found ways to make speaking in public very difficult if not impossible. But for a university to cave into a small politically-oriented faction to prevent the other side from presenting their viewpoint is decidedly un-American.
Just what kind of idea about the Tea Parties is going on in the minds of low-information voters is hard to fathom. America has taken a decidedly wrong turn and they have their heads buried in the sand. They stay home from elections in swarms. One day, they’re going to wake up and not recognize their country. Or maybe they won’t even notice. At least, not until they’re forced to sell their homes, or their children are taking away from them by the nationalizing entity of the Department of Children and Families, as happened to the Pelletiers. They’ll wake up and find their children unable to memorize their multiplication tables and won’t know the Pledge of Allegiance.
At that point, one of two things is bound to happen: the American flag will be pulled down (and probably burned) and these disgusting ostriches won’t even stop to look. They’ll just shrug. Or American boys are going to have to take up arms to take our country back and die in the process.
That’s when Conservative voters (like my brother) give a populist sneer at the Tea Parties. Well, he votes. But most don’t. And when the boys start dying, and the body bags pile up, I’m going to be god-damned mad. Be well assured, I’m going to demand to know where these people were on election days of yore when they could have prevented all this with the simple press of a button.
What the hell were you people thinking? And how dare you sneer at us, the Tea Party?
Long live the Tea Party! And God Bless America!