What Cha Got?

Thursday, 10 February 2011
I thought I'd listen to a couple of Tea Party leader speeches online today. I'm not fully liberal or fully conservative but I am against extremism so I don't buy into the Tea Party. However, every political movement, in my opinion should at least get a look from people who believe in democracy - unless it is full of hate and racism.

Most Tea Party leaders seem very passionate but they seem passionate about only one thing: getting President Obama out of office. Okay, so that's a common goal among the party, but what plans does it have for the future of this great nation? The only thing that really sticks out to me in the discourse (granted I only sampled four speeches) is an anti-immigration, anti-Obama, anti-big government string. I understand what the party is against. What is the Tea Party for? How will they make life better and equal for all Americans?

My loyalty at one point in the last election was behind the great John McCain. He knows what it's like to be in government, he knows what it's like to go to war but some feel his party made a major mistake when it selected his running mate. After that, many people who preferred him lost respect for the party because of the vice presidential candidate. Granted, ultra-conservatives LOVE her and she is a Tea Party supporter but here's my point: you win an election on votes, not on taking chances.

Should the Tea Party and GOP get back into the same groove and grasp this next presidential election season in a more practical way - together?? There are fringe voters. There are Democrats who are disillusioned by the current administration but will they go for Tea Party ideals? If the Right could come back to a more objective position, a place where more religions, races and people in various socioeconomic statuses feel welcome, then this next election could shape up to be pretty competitive.

However, the Tea Party does not seem friendly to those who are not patriotic, hard-core Christians. This nation is made up of voters who fall into different categories and may not feel comfortable wearing a red, white and blue, star-spangled sweatshirt to protest at the Arizona border.

Please post your opinion here. I respect what you have to say. 

5 comments

Michiel Tjitze Willems said...

Interesting piece Denae, and I agree with what you are saying. I was not one of those leftie Europeans who blindly followed Obama back in 2008 and rejected everything Republican. Initially, I actually thought McCain was a much stronger candidate. He had been around for so long, an impressive Vietnam record, seemed to know what he was talking about and came across much more as a wise, experienced leader than the 'celeb-style' Obama. But then came Palin. I remember her first speech, at the Republican convention in (I think it was) Minneapolis, and she made a stunning impression on me. She was refreshing, charismatic, a woman (not unimportant), easy to approach and engage with and relatively young, which was great because of McCain's age.
It was in the weeks after her first speech, however, that people (including me) started to realize she had no experience and her views were not only hard-core patriotic (nothing necessarily with that), but she did not seem to tolerate much criticism and rejected other views (and especially other cultures and religions) a bit too easily. And that is why the Tea Party loves her so much. I think many within that movement strongly feel that their opinion had not been heard enough and has not been taken seriously in the last decade (especially since Obama launched his liberal movement which turned into a great success). Palin has given the 'Tea Partiers' (is that actually a word) a strong voice and a public face, a face America is familiar with and a face that is not, like so many times on the Republican side of the political spectrum, an old, gray, dull senator who survived two world wars but a refreshing, young, easy going hockey mum. If they moderate their language slightly, bring in more of those 'refreshing faces' and 'filter out' the weirdo's (like that witch in Delaware), then the Republicans/Tea Party movement actually have a pretty good chance of kicking Obama out of the White House; their one and only wet dream.

Teri's Blog said...

So true. Most politicians are against whoever is in power, but don't have solutions to the problems. My Rep is Jason Chaffetz, the one who sleeps in his office.

overtly trite said...

I tend to lean left more often than not but I am not a party line voter by any stretch. I really think the GOP needs to take back it's party from the the tea party crazies as well as the uber-religious right. Religion is great but they need to come back to a clear separation of church & state.

LizP said...

I was a McCain supporter until he started talking like GWB. He was supposed to be the Maverick of the Republican party! I changed my affiliation and voted for Obama.

I have not been able to figure out the whole Tea Party thing. Are they *for* anything?

Maybe I've been living in Eugene too long??? ;-)

Denae said...

Excellent input from each of you. Thank you for reading and sharing your opions.