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#Thread: Here's a phrase we don't hear often enough anymore, "The Tea Party." We don't hear it anymore because they have become the Republican Party. And they are destroying the country they claim to love. Here are some facts about the Tea Party you may not know.
The Tea Party came into power during the 2010 midterm elections. They had nearly 150 candidates for Congress that year, running for both the House and the Senate. Over 30% of them won their races, sometimes unseating an incumbent Republican or taking a reliably Democratic seat.
Nikki Haley, the current Ambassador to the United Nations, was one of those candidates. She defeated three Republicans in that primary and the then-current U.S. Representative in a run-off election.
Some other names from that election you may recognize now: Scott Brown, Mike Lee, Tim Scott, Rand Paul, Dean Murray, Christine O'Donnell. There are many others that could be added to this list.
Two years later, four Tea Party candidates won a seat on the Senate. With a body of only one hundred, that's not insignificant at all. And Michele Bachmann was re-elected to the House. This was significant because she was the Tea Party Caucus founder.
Paul Ryan, Mike Pence, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Deb Fischer, Adam Kinzinger, Sarah Palin, Devin Nunes. and many others, are all products of the Tea Party movement.
In case it's not obvious, the Tea Party Caucus is now known as the Freedom Caucus. Why the change? Because they aren't an outlier anymore. They're effectively the Republican Party itself now.
By 2014, only four years into its rise, all the major journalism outlets wrote them off as practically non-existent anymore. They failed to warn us about their dangerous rise in politics/nationalism. They failed to tell us that the Tea Party had infiltrated the Republican Party.
The co-founder and leader of the National Tea Party movement endorsed Donald Trump as soon as he announced his candidacy. He continued to defend him throughout the primary, no matter how vile his behavior became.
The Tea Party are in power now. And they were/are largely bankrolled by the Koch Brothers and other prominent members on the right. And they mean to destroy what it means to be American.
We cannot win this fight if we don't recognize who it is we are fighting against. We don't hear the words Tea Party or Koch Industries or "Americans For Prosperity" nearly often enough. We don't say the names of our enemies because I guess we just don't realize who they are.
We do not have a functioning government anymore. All the mistakes they've made this year are because they're essentially new at this. These aren't the Republicans of the past. But they're learning. And they're learning quickly.
The conditions necessary for hyper nationalism are here with us, and most of the people on the right have no idea they're even being played. It's pretty much impossible to help them at this point. But we don't need to.
We need to tear down the conditions that make the Tea Party possible. And that most especially includes getting money out of politics. There was a time in our history when we would never have allowed these corporations to grow to the heights they have.
And in case I need to drive that point home, Koch Industries is the second largest privately held conglomerate in the United States of America. The power they wield is substantial, and we're not doing anything about it. In a sense, we're shooting ourselves in the feet.
Why? Because companies on the left also don't want to be subjected to this kind of scrutiny: Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft (whom it probably started with during their "anti-trust" years). Liberals who put self-interest above collective-interest, community-interest.
I don't have the answers and this thread isn't meant to provide them. I only want you to think about this more, as I do. Somewhere along the way, we have to decide what our goals are and how we're going to go about achieving them. At the core of that must be this. Agreed?
Here's a somewhat comprehensive list of politicians associated with the Tea Party movement, but keep in mind they don't have to be affiliated with them anymore and carry the stigma of that association. They're just Republicans now. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_p…
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