The following are my OWN assessments and views of the political situation over the past two years. For the record, I am an independent “swing” voter. I’ve attended one Tea Party rally and thought I would share my assessment.
Both Democrats and Republicans will face a political uphill battle in November, especially, incumbents.The economy is in the tank, investors fear a double dip recession, and congressional trust is at an all time low. As if things were not bad enough for politicians, the “Tea Party” is making their voice heard. But who are they and why are Republicans funding them and kooks like Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin speaking for them?
The answer is simply this, during the 2008 presidential elections, America wanted a change in policy. So they elected, overwhelmingly, a Democratic Congress and our first president of color, Barak Obama. Obama and the Democrats promised “change in policies and the way Congress conducts itself” and “transparency”. In April of 2008 (tax day), Glenn Beck instructed his listening audience to peacefully gather around your local government office and protest IF you feel the federal government is frivolous with our tax money. Send them a message that we are “Taxed Enough Already” and cut out the wasteful spending. Hundreds, and in some places, thousands of people showed up on a grass roots level to protest wasteful government spending. Most of the people I talked to in my local area 9-12 project “tea party” were independent swing voters.
As I’ve watched this “Tea Party” movement from the sidelines, which I contend are made up of independent swing voters, I became aware that Freedomworks and other Republican fund raisers were sponsoring these events, I began to worry that this movement would just turn into another branch of the Republican party. Then, of all people, Sarah Palin begins to takes charge and creates chaos and confusion within the National Republican party, helping to oust non-conservative incumbent Republicans for “anyone else”… and this idea is growing.
While this might seem like a “radical idea” to some; is a rookie who makes an honest mistake in Congress not better than the professional politician who plays us against each other to make a living? Quite honestly, I don’t understand why the Republican party didn’t see this coming from her. She cleaned house in the Republican party in her own state before going after progressive ideals.
What is the Democratic party’s stance on the”Tea Party”? First, it was denial that these demonstrations were even noteworthy. Then I watched in horror as the Democrats (including the President of the United States) call these people racists, radicals, and homophobes that only preach hate. Then it turned nastier with comments such as, “what do you people want?” and “you should be thanking us.”
If my assumption, that the tea parties consist of mostly independent swing voters, is correct. Then Congress is in for a 12+ year ride of tied up legislation and ineffective incumbent removals. This is not strictly due to Democrat policies, nor Republican policies. It is both.