Witches, Nazis and Whores, Oh My
The Tea Party Movement
In the wake of President Obama's drastic moderate political agenda, the right wing of the Republican Party has banded together to form the Tea Party Movement. Dubbed the teabaggers by Bill Mahr, the Tea Party movement insists that they want their America back. They claim to offer an alternative the the America offered by President Obama. They claim to be true Americans. But when one looks at the people running on tea party agendas, it is hard to believe that this group has taken on such momentum. They are anti-intellectual, anti-government yet running for political office, and more often than not anti anyone who is not white or Christian. They seem to be a collection of witches, Nazis and "whores." And this is apparently the best the tea party has to offer.
The darling and poster child of the Tea Party movement is Christine O'Donnell who is running for Senate in Delaware. A Sarah Palin mini-me clone, O'Donnell has run for the Senate several times before, losing each election. She lost to Vice President Joe Biden in 2008 by 30 points. For a supposed fiscal conservative, O'Donnell's 2008 election campaign shows no evidence that she actually believes in this conservative principal as her campaign ended in debt and she was cited 8 times by the FEC for failing to report contributions. There are also allegations that O'Donnell misappropriated campaign funds for personal use. O'Donnell has been under fire for comments made in the past about her experimenting in "witchcraft" and statements she has made about masturbation.
More troubling about O'Donnell, however, is how out of touch with the issues she is for someone who has spent the majority of the last decade trying to obtain high public office. In a recent debate, in response to her tirade of Supreme Court opinions, O'Donnell was unable to cite one single case in which she had a problem. Shades of Sarah Palin with Katie Couric you may thing, well the same people who prepped Sarah Palin prepped O'Donnell. Oh, by the way Ms. O'Donnell, the case you are looking for is Roe v. Wade.
Yet O'Donnell beat a long time Republican Senator in the Republican primary. How does this happen? Because she has learned that some people only care about talking points. Because she says homosexuals suffer from a phycological defect. Because she says Obama is a Muslim and that China is looking to take over the United States. No evidence for any of this is need. Saying it is enough these days. You are me you say; well I am not oblivious to facts and I do not engage in fear-mongering. So no, you are not me.
In His Own Words
Rich Iott is a candidate for Congress from the 9th District in Ohio. Iott is another darling of the Tea Party movement. Iott has recently made headlines for pictures of him dressed like a Nazi. Iott participated in Nazi re-enactments in order to get "closer" with his son. To be fair, Iott has disavowed Nazi sympathies.
Iott isn't a Nazi, not in the Hitler sense. But he mirrors closely with a lot of their agenda. Iott wants to seal the borders, literally seal the borders and deport all illegal immigrants in one big swoop. Iott, of course is anti-homosexual, against gay marriage, against civil union, and a big supporter of "States Rights." Oh, about the Nazi picture, he did state of impressive the Nazi war effort was.
Tom Emmer is the Republican candidate for Governor in Minnesota. He is a favorite of anti-homosexual groups including Bradlee Dean. He has the support of the Tea Party. While not a Nazi, Emmer is a scary figure with very extreme ideas.
Although a supposed grass roots candidate, Emmer is corporate sponsored as he is the Target and Best Buy candidate. He has sponsored a Constitutional Amendment that would allow Minnesotans to opt out of Federal laws. He sponsored a bill trying to abolish the minimum wage, trying to allow Restaurants to subtract tips from the hourly wage of the serve, and trying to shorten and delay license revocation for for drunk drivers (of which he has been convicted). And of course, since he is a teabagger, Emmer hates homosexuals. He really hates homosexuals. Besides trying to get the State of Minnesota to pass a Constitutional Amendment to "define marriage" as between a man and a women, Emmer refuses to support a bill about bullying if homosexuals are included in the protected class. Wow. Now that is an agenda Bradlee Dean can get behind.
Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina
In the race for Governor in California, much attention was given to a Democratic Staffer being quoted as calling Meg Whitman as a whore. The democratic candidate, Jerry Brown, apologized immediately for the other person's statement. Despite this, Whitman still claims that she is a victim and calls for apology.
The problem for Meg and for Senatorial candidate Carly Fiorina, is that they are whores. And that is not meant in the sexual and gender biased way, Tom Emmer is a whore too. They are political whores. Whitman is the former CEO of EBAY and has spent an estimated 160 million dollars in this election cycle. Odd for someone who never bothered to vote before. Carly Fiorina is the former CEO of HP who did manage to cut spending at HP by outsourcing tens of thousands of California jobs overseas in her tenure.
Yet now these two are running for political office. Neither is a darling of the tea party movement but both are targeting that segment. Whitman has bashed illegal immigrants. Nobody was more hurt by Whitman's comments that her own housekeeper, an illegal immigrant. Fiorina has been running a campaign about jobs, yet believes, and I quote ""There is no job that is America's God-given right anymore. We have to compete for jobs as a nation." This comes from her explanation about outsourcing thousands of jobs overseas.
Really tea party? This is your California tag team. Two CEOs who are corporate sponsored and have done nothing but run two successful business to the ground and then were forced to resign. At least their golden parachutes gave them some seed money. (Fiorinia got an estimated $20 million.)
You Can't Be Serious?
These tea party candidates are only a small handful of the people brought to the forefront by the tea party movement. There is the New York gubernatorial candidate who bashes homosexuals at every turn, yet enjoys their parades. There is the Nevada Senatorial candidate who supports trading chickens for medical services. I am all for new ideas by new types of politicians, but shouldn't the people put in charge at least have some semblance in reason? Can we not have the insane run the asylum? Can we not have the witch please?
But there they are in all their glory. And what scares me the most is the number of people who attend their rallies and how well they are doing in the polls. You can't be serious. These people have support and many of them win will in November. And this is the future of the Republican Party. The Republican Party has gone so round the bend that such socialists as Ronald Reagan, John McCain and Bob Dole need not apply. These people are so bad it makes me miss Dan Quayle. I almost miss George Bush, almost.
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