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U.S. Politics: A party divided by race, ignorance or both?

Updated on June 12, 2015
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The Tea Party Movement- What they know or better yet, don't know

Has the Republican Party used the Tea Party to get ahead?

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GOP claim to be patriots and rule by the constiution...

...then why are they being so contrary when it comes to the constitution?

Paul Broun of Georgia won his seat by defending the Constitution, then decided it needed changing, he wanted to get rid of birthright citizenship, federal income taxes and implement the castration of child rapists.

Republicans are not alone, but the difference is that the Democrats proposed twenty seven amendments of their own, most by Jesse Jackson of Illinois; asking for new rights to quality housing and education.

  1. The Republicans have proposed about 42 amendments in the current Congress; such as the now famous repeal of the 14th Amendment's birthright citizenship,
  2. restrict the president's ability to sign international treaties,
  3. repeal Congress' power to regulate the economy,
  4. repeal Congress' power to spend money,
  5. repeal the equal protection of the laws,
  6. repeal fundamental rights
  7. repeal the 17th Amendment which requires direct election of senators.

When Broun was questioned on his contradiction, he said "it's not picking and choosing", basically that it's (THE CONSTITUTION) that just needs tweaking.

Followers of the Constitution and Patriots

Since 2008, when Obama was sworn in, the GOP began wrapping themselves in the American flag, calling themselves patriots and saviors of the Constitution. While, this is all within their "constitutional" rights; it lead the Republicans into a path that at most times contradicted with their party politics, even creating erratic behavior and spin-off party groups like the Tea Party movement.

Why did they choose to lead by fear, rather than lead by results? Because their agenda became, WIN at any cost. They had one wedge issue after another that they have jumped on.

  1. First, they used all power within their means to include distractions to fight Health Care Reform and while they fought against the reform, they didn't offer any of their own solutions or ideas. They spent the entire time looking for and pointing out, what they saw, as bad policies in the reform effort using lies and scare tactics to divide Americans.
  2. When those efforts failed, they went after the large Hispanic population, with the Immigration attacks. Which turned out to be unpopular among many Americans and quickly showed America and the world how racist Americans really can be.
  3. As this issue was hot and heavy; they were also fighting against Financial Reform, blocking the Jobs Bill. And while crying out about the deficit, they were quietly asking for Government assistance for their states.

The Tea Party Republican

When the Tea Party began, they vowed to fight for smaller government and fiscal responsibility, individual freedoms and up hold what they refer to as a "conservative" view of the the U.S. Constitution.

February 2010, the Tea Party held it's first ever convention. Their guest speakers, Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin, to name a few were nothing more than viral agitators. They spoke to incite anger and fear, their speeches misleading and less than factual. At this point, the party went extremely to right.

They called themselves the Tea Party, had their own convention and own rules....why didn't they establish their own party? The Tea Party continued to run and support members of their party against Republicans running on the ticket that are long known Republicans.

Yet, the Republican Party continued to let them run on their ticket. Why? As more and more Tea Party candidates were being elected over traditional Republicans, it was creating dissension among party members. Former head of the RNC, Michael Steele said they needed to support these candidates, Jim Demint was forced by party heads to pay out of his campaign coffers for Tea Party candidates support for openly supporting and pushing for their acceptance.

John Boehner let the GOP sentiment known when speaking about the Tea Party. He said some GOP members want to co-op the parties, but John Boehner prefered to walk among them and listen to them, but not include them.

Leave the Constiution Alone and Concentrate on Jobs!!

As the country was slowly mending, the GOP and Tea Party were constantly trying to remind Americans that the Democrats are not creating jobs and the economy is mending way too slowly.

The GOP and the Tea Party were spending most of their time arguing over the changes needed to the constitution and other "busy" work.

What they should have been concentrating on was solutions to getting Americans back to work, immigration settled and health care reform and leave the constitution and all other fear mongering distractions alone.


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    sir slave 7 years ago from Trinity county CA.

    they have disintergrated into two scared herds that need each other so bad they dare not stray from each others pack...but the tea party is insisting on purism, as they rejected McCain until he chose palin. they will likely have to do something like that again, and this time it will be Romney /Bachmann! yippee! this purging and orthodoxy has obliterated the moderate republicans in much so that the democrats led by Obama is co-opting their positions one by one as they run from them....the next thing you know tax cuts for the rich will be the standard democratic position while the republicans position will be abolition of all taxes and the IRS with the huckster on the way!!

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    Abecedarian 7 years ago from These United States, Texas

    Go right ahead Jillian Barclay. Unlike Palin, I like to hear from both sides, it makes it interesting instead of a love fest.

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    Jillian Barclay 7 years ago from California, USA

    So tired of hearing about government workers destroying the economy. I thought it was illegal immigrants? Maybe it is anyone the Republican party hates today. It is much like "Flavor of the Week". What government workers should lose their jobs? Please give me a proposal for whose jobs you will cut? Firefighters, police, teachers, garbage men, sewer workers, FBI, CIA, IRS, Food and Drug, CDC, Border Patrol, US Marshal Service? By the way, my son is one of those government workers. He has such a cushy job. He cleans the sewer lines every day, coming home daily covered in you know what. We probably don't need him, because then the sewage would back up into your home and that would be ok? Think about what you are saying, Opinion Duck. Sorry, Abecedarian, I should just be commenting on your great hub. Again, you make sense and deal with the facts. Thank you.

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    OpinionDuck 7 years ago

    My point is that California is an example of damage caused by Democrat Controlled Government. We see it now on a national level since Pelosi took over.

    Having said that the Republicans didn't do well for the people and the country when they were in control.

    Again, the real problem is the two party system, in which neither party is helping the middle class.

    Supporting either party as a loyal party member is detrimental to the health of the country.

    The proof is undeniable that Congress has failed the country for the last seventy years. The energy problem for example started in the seventies, and Congress failed to take any measures that could have prevented the problem we still have today.

    Their inaction cause the demise of the American Automobile Industry to the foreign automakers. The oil crisis of the seventies now has made third world countries in control of energy for the world, and made them powerful creators of terrorism and war. An alternative energy program that could have been created in the seventies would have been implemented and perfected long before the end of the last century.

    There would have been less of an issue with global warming, and more domestic resources for energy.

    Flat out Congress has been inept or corrupt but in any case ineffective in protecting the people and the country.

    The size of the government is at least double the size that it needs to be, and it continues to increase in size even since the economic meltdown of 2008.

    Each government worker is a tax liability and lowers the GDP.

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    Abecedarian 7 years ago from These United States, Texas

    American Romance, if that's how you really feel, you have issues. You are "a" typical of what I wrote. Like you and yours, you did not make 1 single comment supporting anything you say...just hateful name calling. Thank you for proving my point.

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    American Romance 7 years ago from America

    All propaganda and too many biased movies directed by flaming libs! Nice try aint nobody buying but the yahoos who slather at the mouth to praise someone in their diminished mental league!

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    Abecedarian 7 years ago from These United States, Texas

    Opinion Duck, I'm not picking on anyone, everything the Republicans have done and everything I've stated is true and public knowledge. And I never said the Democrats were free from blame, however, the Democrats are not out there feverishly trying to change our constitution as a political strategy or to instill fear. Every party out there has individuals that shouldn't be in position of power because their egos have gotten larger than their belief in doing what's right for the American people. And granted, California wasn't doing great before Schwarzeneager took over, but he's totally destroyed that state. In 2007- we had the largest amount of Californian's flee the state and move to Texas, why? They all gave me the same answer, it's getting unbareable there. Here we can build a home twice the size for half the cost and still put away $100,000+ for retirement after selling our home there. And what's best, we don't have to pay a state tax.

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    Abecedarian 7 years ago from These United States, Texas

    LRC Blogger, thank you. I'm glad to see that I'm not completely alone in my thinking, because to be honest, some days I wonder what the heck people are thinking with all this mess that's going on. And you are so correct, I'm still waiting to hear some form of concrete idea they come up with about anything.

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    OpinionDuck 7 years ago

    You are missing the problem which is that Congress whether democrat or republican controlled has failed the people.

    I wouldn't be putting down the republicans because of the pathetic record of the democrats. Neither party has the interest of the people in mind.

    The democrats have had ultimate and singular control in California for over a half a century, and look where California is today.

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    LRCBlogger 7 years ago

    Very well said, I hope this hub gets a lot of attention. He GOP is using fear and smear to blind the truth. As you pointed out so well, no conservatives complained when Bush opened a room of the pentagon for a mosque (nor should they).

    The current Republican leaders are masters of spreading mis-information and blatant lies. I would love to see honest campaigns on the actual issues. By the way, we still have not heard the agenda from the GOP?

    What is their plan if they take control of congress?


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