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The Tea Party and Political Ignorance

The Tea Party is an interesting monster in the world of Republican politics.  Since this publication is based in Alaska, there is a unique perspective that is here.  Sarah Palin has been one of the driving voices of a movement that was very quick to spring up, and very quick to be taken in by the GOP.  The Tea Party stands as a referendum of political ignorance and as a backlash against minority voters getting the rights of any kind.

There have been a lot of statements by the Tea Party that were it not for minority voters, Obama wouldn’t have been elected in 2008.  This is true, very true.  However, when they say it, they say it like this is something to lament.  Why?  Why is the fact that the minorities get a right to vote something that we should look down upon?

They are told by the talking heads Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, and people like that that they are being oppressed.  They criticize those who are getting social security, or medicare, not seeming to understand that they are almost all on the bottom 50% of the social strata, and therefore, are either getting these services themselves, or not paying into them, so it doesn’t really matter.  But the talking heads tell them what they want to hear, so it doesn’t really matter.

The Tea Party seems to not care about the fact that they are not being oppressed in any way.  They are told that we need to go back to a time when only the white and the rich had the ability to vote.  Oh, and they also have to be men.  Were it not for women voters, the Democrats would have lost every single election of the 20th centure with the exception of Goldwater vs. Johnson.  The Tea Party has been mobilized to further the agenda that those who follow it believe in.

Their agenda has been pretty clear – lower taxes to unsustainable levels, and what we do pay, only the poor should pay.  They want to get rid of the rights that the minorities and the gays have fought tooth and claw for.  They want to massively increase this nation’s military industrial complex, not seeming to understand that conventional war is out-dated.  All of what they want is nothing more than political ignorance.

But really, when one thinks about what they want, the left’s response has been pathetically worthless.  One thing that the liberal politicians don’t seem to understand is that while it used to be good politics to negotiate with your opposition, giving and getting, it is not longer palatable.  But compromisers like Obama seem to not understand this key fact.  The left has spent years trying to stave off the endless onslaught of attack from the Tea Party, and every compromise that is made is losing ground on the social front.

This is a culture war, and the left is losing, badly.  The fact is that if something is not done soon, there won’t be a left-wing side of politics.  It has to be a grassroots movement.  From the ground up, we need to get more left-leaning politicians who aren’t hardcore.  They have to be articulate, they have to be level-headed.  They have to understand that things are not as simple as 1,2,3.  They have to be willing to stand tall, though, and not endless compromise with the right.

One reality is that Obama is a compromiser.  He is probably going to get reelected not because of his merits, because he has very few of those, but because the GOP competition is so unbelievably weak, and the GOP don’t seem to understand that the American public is not dissatisfied with Democrats, we are dissatisfied with the system at large.

Liberals, it is time for you to step up.  We need a unified plan, to counter this ignorance-driven narrative that the Tea Party lives by.

Here is what the liberal plan should look like –
1. We want a stronger social safety net, including (but not limited to) universal health care.
2. The rich need to pay more taxes.  There is no good reason to bleed them dry, but asking them to pay more taxes is not unreasonable.
3. We want an end to our military actions in the Middle East.
4. We want nation-wide right to gay marriage.
5. It is time for the federal government to legalize, regulate, and tax individual drug use, on all narcotics.  Just because it is dangerous doesn’t mean it is going away.  If we bring all drugs under one banner, control their quality, and control how much people get, we can make this business safer.
6. We need to get god off of our money, tax churches, and make the priests who fondle little boys get to find out what happens to a child molester in a typical American prison.
7. We want a ground-up reformation of an all but broken education system.
8. We want a police force that is accountable, and who is held to a higher standard, and trained to help people.  The Occupy movement has shown that the police are above the law, and they know it.

So, that is the agenda that the left needs to adopt.  Sound simple, no?  The Tea Party has destroyed moderate Republicans.  There are almost none left.  Mitt Romney might be considered one, but he goes wherever the wind blows.  This movement has taken over the Republican Party, and if we don’t do something fast, then all the progress that people in this country have made will be lost.  The Tea Party, no, all of the Republican Party has become a machine heading toward a single goal – to destroy the rights of all minorities, and to take America back to the 1800’s, or at least the 1950’s.  The time for compromise is over.  Now is the time for action.

Are you on board?

Peace out,

Lefty

The Liberal Agenda that Needs to Exist

A common statement amongst the conservatives and the Libertarians is that there is a “liberal agenda.”  While this has been a very effective tool for the Tea Party and the Ron Paulites to exploit to death, it is a concept that simpy doesn’t exist in the world of modern political discourse.  The problem with politics these days is partly due to the fact that there is NO liberal agenda.  They really could use one.

The Tea Party and the people who pull their strings have a very simple agenda, and it is one of the reasons that the liberals are losing a very open culture war that is going on.  The right wing of this country has discovered a very clear and very effective tool to get whatever they want – total attack, total offense.  People will complain about the endless political battle, but what those who do fail to understand is that this is not just an isolated incident.  The Republican Party has realized that this strategy can work.  And it is working.  Every single day, the liberal side of this country is losing ground.  Every single “compromise” that Obama has made has been worth nothing.  It has been nothing but the liberals losing ground on the social progress front.

The Tea Party is actually deserving of some acknowledgement.  They are able to motivate their base in a way that the liberal side of politics couldn’t hope to.  This is one of the reasons that the liberals are losing the culture war that is happening right now.  Progress is stopped dead.  Their agenda is simple – keep us constantly defending, knowing that the left-leaning politicians are not strong enough to stand up and fight back.  Keep us constantly in retreat, and they will inevitably win.

Those who follow the Tea Party are viewed as laughable by some of the more scholarly political commentators, but it is not a laugh to me.  Their strategy is not only effective, it is very sinister.  In order to get elected, Republicans now have to please the Tea Party base.  They have to promise them whatever they want.  It has sunk a couple of political campaigns, like Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell.  But others have done very well, like Allan West.  The fact is that the Tea Party is being used by scum like Eric Cantor to completely eliminate all the moderates from the Republican Party.  As these racist and often impoverished white people scream about how the hispanics and the blacks and the gays are what is wrong with this country, the liberal community on the whole does nothing.

This is part of the real problem in America – the liberals need to, and pardon the frankness, grow some balls.  There is NO liberal agenda.  There should be.  There should be a very clear agenda that the liberals, not the most hardcore, but those who are left-leaning enough to be helpful, along with the moderates, should support.  Why support it?  Look at what the other side wants – to get rid of voting rights for minorities, and women.  They want to roll back a woman’s rights to her own body.  They want to take away a woman’s right to vote.  They want to make it illegal to be gay in this country, as many states already have laws in place to have.  They want a lock-step attitude toward the goal of taking away the freedoms of everybody who isn’t white.  They want to lower taxes to completely unsustainable levels.  They want to take away public education (Ron Paul, anyone?).  They want to get rid of America’s social safety net entirely, even though most of those ignorant Tea Party Republicans are using it.

So, what should be on this liberal agenda that people should actually be fighting for?  Well, that’s simple.  To start with, there needs to be an expansion of the social safety net, while cutting out the waste that we do have in it.  We need to have universal healthcare in this country.  We need to fix the education system that is absolutely a joke to the rest of the world.  We need to advocate for an education system that doesn’t teach that one side is right, the other is wrong.  Just give us the facts, and we’ll be the judges.  We need to leave the Middle East and slash the budget of a military that is outdated in the first world.  We need to increase taxes on the wealthy.  We don’t want to bleed them dry, but there is no reason that a guy who is making $5,000,000 a year can’t pay a little more.  That is just bologne.  We need to bring back secularism to how our country runs.  Even those who are religious should get behind this.  There is no reason that Christian doctrine should govern how America does things.  We need a police force that is actually working for the betterment of the common man, not as a machine of the state, and not as people who are continually busted abusing their power.

So, that is what our agenda should be.  You know what else we need?  We need to get rid of these politicians who are always advocating for compromise.  Obama was weak because he failed to realize that this strategy that the Republicans put into play was a very clever play to keep us always on the defensive, and every single “compromise” has screwed social progress.  The liberals get next to nothing, and in return, they give up nearly everything.

There was a time when it was not only considered good politics, but generally being a good person to compromise.  You give somebody some of what they want, they give you some of what you want.  That was a good way to do business.  But in this country, that isn’t how it works anymore.  It is now a mess of people using the system to drown out the voices who speak against them.  It is the Republicans very cleverly keeping the liberals doing nothing, and every day, we are losing ground.

So that is what our agenda should be.  They say only the bad guys have an agenda.  Well, as my favorite YouTube vlogger pointed out, they are right.  Only the bad guys do, because the good guys are too afraid to say that they have one too.

Peace out,

Eli

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