Wednesday, October 23, 2013

GOP Eats Their Tea Party Young

Ah, yes.  It was just a matter of time before the GOP would recoil from its begotten.  The GOP sold its soul to the Koch Brothers long ago.  They were patient in building their Frankenstein’s monster.  It took over 30 years, but it’s here and now it’s turning on them.

The GOP was once a somewhat noble party, or as noble as Republicans could ever get.  The party of Goldwater is gone.  It didn’t just disappear though; it was extinguished by the Reaganites. 

The eleventh commandment as it is called, “thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican” was originally coined by California Republican Party Chairman Gaylord Parkinson.  The commandment was used to solidify the Republican Party after the 1964 defeat of Barry Goldwater in the presidential election.  Goldwater was labeled an extremist for his conservative positions and declared unfit to hold office by fellow Republicans.

Reagan picked up the “commandment” during his first five primaries of the 1976 Republican primary race against incumbent Gerald Ford and lost all of them.  He abandoned this approach in the North Carolina Primary and defeated Ford 52-46.  Reagan’s attacks weakened Ford and cost him the general election.

The Republican party before and after George W. Bush, began threatening its members to vote in lock step or the party would not financially support their candidacies.  They purged the party of any member who did not toe the party line.  This was particularly evident in the Medicare Part D legislation under George W. Bush.

Representative Billy Tauzin R-LA was the architect of the Medicare Part D prescription drug legislation.  The law was a nightmare for seniors and pharmacists but brought huge profits to the drug manufacturers who paid Tauzin handsomely in return.  In order to pass the bill, the party leadership, including Rep. John Boehner R-OH walked the floor, delivering threats and twisting arms.  Boehner passed out checks from the tobacco industry to purchase their votes. 

One former Representative, Nick Smith R-MI was retiring and was against the bill.  His son, who was running for his seat, was offered a $100,000 contribution and national support if Smith would vote for the bill.  If he didn’t they would run a candidate against his son and cut off all money and GOP support.

Well, the rest is history.  So when the “Tea Party” was conjured up like Frankenstein in a GOP friendly laboratory funded by the Koch Brothers and their many conservative think tanks, all was happy in GOP land. 

As these crazy’s, many who appeared to be on Social Security and probably Social Security Disability due to low I.Q.’s and schizophrenia, were bused across the U.S. to show up in Democratic town hall meetings on Obamacare, it was great fun for the GOP to watch. 

These people were filmed dressed in Colonial Tea Party attire with teabags stapled to their hats, like one big Halloween party screaming for smaller government or better yet no government.  What they didn’t know was, with no government they wouldn’t receive their Social Security checks, Disability checks and the Post Office wouldn’t deliver their badly needed Psychotropic drugs.

Well, it’s always fun until someone loses an eye.  Pretty soon these nut jobs were getting out of hand and their puppet masters, the Koch Brothers started running candidates against any Republican with a modicum of sanity.  While their candidates were adored by the Tea Party and won contests on the state level, on the national level they were seen as what they were, nuts.

The Tea Party had a level of success in the U.S. House of Representatives.  The House holds elections every two years, after all how much harm could they do in two years. 

The House Tea Party was pretty well held in check until the Tea Party was able to get a couple U.S. Senators elected, Ted Cruz R-TX (naturally) and Mike Lee R-UT.  Good old Ted told the Tea Party in the House to ignore Boehner and demand the government be shut down if the demands to repeal Obamacare were not met.   

They were told they could blame it on Democrats for not caving to their demands and there was plenty of money and if the government defaulted on their debt, it wasn’t a big deal.

Now that the polls show national revulsion over shutting down an entire government for no reason, the Republicans are boxed in and losing ground fast, very fast.

For instance, we are seeing headlines like:

Texas Judge Carlo Key Flees the GOP: ‘These Are Not My Values’

Carlo Key, a judge in Bexar County, Texas, has left the Republican Party, and he blames the Tea Party. “Rational Republican beliefs have given way to ideological character assassination,” says Key in a video announcing his switch to the Democratic Party, ahead of his reelection campaign. “Make no mistake, I have not left the Republican Party. It left me.”

Fox News is heading for the fainting couches over an Alan Grayson campaign ad seen here:

Ha ha, they have demanded an apology from Representative Grayson, who said “fat chance, if the hood fits wear it”. 

Maybe Fox should be listening to Texas Judge Carlo Key mentioned above.  His reason for leaving the GOP was this:

Key’s big concern, like so many Americans who have voiced their disapproval of the GOP, is with values. His local party supported a San Antonio City Council member, Elisa Chan, who was caught making derisive comments about the local LGBT community, calling its members “disgusting” and “unfit to be parents.” As an elected official, Key was expected to attend a press conference where he—and others—would defend Chan. He couldn’t do it. “I got in my car,” said Key in an interview with The Daily Beast, “and I said, ‘I just can’t go. These are not my values.”

More headlines:

In Utah, tea party favorite Sen. Lee faces GOP backlash over government shutdown

Lee’s approval ratings in Utah have cratered, and prominent Republicans and local business executives are openly discussing the possibility of mounting a primary challenge against him. Top Republicans are also maneuvering to redesign the party’s nomination system in a way that would likely make it more difficult for Lee to win reelection in 2016.

Tea party tactics cause business groups to rethink GOP support

"If I was your political broker, my advice would be that you sell your Republican shares and buy the Democrats," Bill Graves, chief executive officer of the American Trucking Associations, said at the group's annual convention in Orlando, Fla.

Yes, it was just a matter of time.  But Democrats shouldn’t be too excited because their rank and file are not much better.  Democrats would be well advised to take to heart what is happening in the Republican Party and have a real shakeup in their own party.  Hapless Harry Reid and Lousy Nancy Pelosi have to go; they are holding the party back.  We need new leadership, fast. 

Elizabeth Warren needs to be the new Democratic Senate Leader and Alan Grayson needs to be the leader in the House.  It is time for real Democrats to take over and hold the Obama Administration responsible for the train wreck that is Obamacare.  It needs to be completely revamped from an insurance company executive retirement plan to a real healthcare plan for the American people.

We need a new Attorney General, Eric Holder has to go.  There are too many in the Obama Administration that are way too cozy with the criminals on Wall Street. 

Our 100 year commitment to the Federal Reserve expires in December.  It is time to take a long, hard look at the Private Banking Companies that comprise the Federal Reserve. 

What better time to break our ties with the Privately Owned Federal Reserve Bank, than when they have bought up all those worthless mortgage backed securities they have been sticking the American treasury with.

Happy Halloween GOP, your monsters have arrived.

By Patricia Baeten

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