I don’t know if you’ve heard this said before, but I sure have. People who are anti-Tea Party often call the baggers “Tea Party Terrorists”. Wow. That’s pretty harsh, but is it accurate? I wonder…can you call them “terrorists”? Let’s explore this. First, you may be surprised to find that I’m a bit in support of where the Tea Party movement began from. It was kind of cut from the same cloth as the whole “$250 for an ice cream scoop” thing. We’ve always heard it but many of us were like a teenager in front of a news program–couldn’t give a shit less. However, something magical started taking place a few years ago. It seems that as soon as recession hit, the “ice cream scoop” people came out of the woodwork. It didn’t matter that the recession didn’t have much to do with the government or its deficit in the beginning. The government got dragged into a mess caused by societies addiction to credit, greedy mortgage companies, and investment banks with a gambling problem. But all that aside, it caused would-be Tea Baggers to get concerned with how much government was spending on crap, and rightfully so.
In any other normal situation, the Tea Party, like so many other grassroots movements of old, would have been ignored like a white-bearded “end is nigh” man on the corner that smells like curry-fried dog shit. They would have gone on with crowds of a dozen or so Ben Franklin-clad folks marching down Main Street ruining perfectly good bags of tea. But they instead caught the eye of some resourceful people in the GOP that saw an opportunity. We can’t forget that the Republican Party (again, not conservatives in general) is the party of money and power. I can’t think of many major GOP pushes in the last thirty years that didn’t have to do with money. Think Reagan deregulation of corporations and finance, think George H. W. Bush and “no new taxes”, think overseas wars in oil-rich countries that can benefit the corporate contractors and oil companies who contribute billions to GOP campaigns. They will cut anything out of the budget except things that benefit big business. When they talk about socialism as evil and privatization as the way to go, that’ all about personal wealth of people that want to stay that way. Making the world safe for democracy is really Americanizing and broadening economic empires in those places. It’s all about money, and when they see people pissed off at what the government spends money on, they’re on it like Bobby Brown on a crack rock. They figured they could give the little movement a shot of steroids in the form of some Wall Street capital contributions, send it mainstream, and then ride it into the House of Representatives.
The GOP set to energizing the Tea Party with slogans and notions about socialism being bad. One memorable Tea Party sign read, “Keep your government hands off my Medicare and Medicaid, you damn socialist”. Yeah, keep your government hands off my taxpayer-funded, socialist program, you damned socialist. Yes, there’s a reason you keep hearing the same slogans in the Congress Tea Party as you’re hearing at the corner store from Aunt Maude. The GOP Tea Party leadership has millions of people actually convinced that the national debt has doubled under Obama. First, they count 2009, which was under Obama administration, but was not under his budget–it was under Bush’s. Second, Obama inherited two wars, a recession, and the lowest revenue intake in the modern age. And it’s his fault? But no one explains this to the common people who support the Tea Party. They have their loyal, trusting constituents convinced that government economic legislation operates on third grade math. Really? I guess that’s why they’ve so easily figured this whole thing out, huh? They’ve simplified something to the constituents that is complicated enough to spur debate among Ivy League economics professors. You can’t simplify these things. Don’t patronize the American people with its “simplicity”. Just tell them the truth–it’s really fucking complicated. They actually have people basically convinced that every economic problem we have has to be Obama’s fault just because he happens to be in office for it.
It’s a shame that an organic, meaningful grassroots movement had to be sold out to politicians and funded by the corporate execs that the GOP keeps rich and powerful. But the good news is with the debt ceiling fight, people have begun to see how retarded the Tea Party congress members have been acting. They had John Boehner turning down deals in which every left wing aspect had been removed, inching us closer to default over faulty information and a general lack of understanding of the economy on their part. Putting Tea Party congresspeople in charge of the economy is like letting a retarded chimpanzee defend you in court. But the people have watched these assholes make a fool of themselves and put the whole economy in jeopardy over faulty ideology. The Tea Party is about to collapse in on itself. And with the division they have already caused in the GOP, we could see those guys sink to the bottom of the tea pitcher as well.
So what do you think? Blind, idiotic ideology driving their governing. Scaring the shit out of people to get them to support whatever the Baggers want. Toying with our economy over stubbornness, rhetoric, and childishness. Calling everyone who supports human compassion or progress a socialist. Supporting the cut of education and healthcare so we don’t have to raise taxes and cut defense. I guess you can call these guys terrorists, but I wouldn’t. It might give real terrorists a bad name.