No More Bullsh*t: The Tea Party Should Run its Own Slate

ELDER PATRIOT – When Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell surrendered control of the Congress to their puppet masters minority leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer in budget negotiations over the weekend, they removed all doubt that a single-party oligarchy is running Washington, D.C.

There can no longer be any misconceptions about whether Left-Right paradigm is anything more than a political construct intended to make the unwashed masses believe they actually have a choice in the running of their own government.

The Framers had expressed in writing their concerns about the growth of a two-party but that fear turned on the belief that the party granted power by the people would act vengefully towards the minority party.

John Adams, Letter to Jonathan Jackson, October 1780:

“There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”

George Washington’s Farewell Address 1796:

“The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism.”

Jefferson went further and warned us that no matter how many parties were to come into existence it wouldn’t matter if corporations were permitted to grow so large and powerful as to control the members of those parties.

Thomas Jefferson to George Logan, 12 November 1816

“I hope we shall take warning from the example and crush in it’s birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and to bid defiance to the laws of their country.” 

It seems Jefferson accurately predicted the situation we find ourselves in today.

When we elected Donald Trump president we hoped he could change this.  He is clearly trying to restore, at least to the extent that he can under the executive’s Constitutional limitations, the will of the majority in governing the nation. 

Unfortunately, it is just as clear that the vast majority of the members of both Houses of Congress stand defiant of Trump in their commitment international corporations and bankers.

In 2009, the Tea Party movement was launched in response to President Obama and the Democrats’ legislative overreach that resulted in the further consolidation of wealth and power of what today can only be described as Mega corporations and banks.  Since that time the Tea Party, working under the cloak of the Republican Party, have been successful in filling more and more congressional seats with Republican Asses, pun intended.

Over the past three national elections the Republicans used the support of the Tea Party to win control over every lever of government and in return Republican leadership, with the support of the majority of their caucuses in both houses, have increasingly thumbed their collective noses at those who worked so hard to put them in power.

The Tea Party is unique because it answers to no central (national or even regional) authority.  Each organization is local in nature making it a true grassroots representative of the people.

The time has come for the Tea Party to stand on it’s own and run it’s own slate of candidates in the upcoming primaries in districts where Republicans have consistently lied and voted against conservative principles and initiatives. 

In these districts they must identify candidates now so that they can begin campaigning immediately for many reasons:

  • Name recognition is key to getting elected.
  • Time spent in the district meeting constituents can be maximized.
  • Perhaps it will pressure sitting Republicans in Congress to vote in line with their campaign promises.  That would make the effort worth it, wouldn’t it?
  • In districts where sitting Republicans continue to break their promises it matters little if the result is a split of the vote that allows a Democrat to break through.  Where this happens it will send a loud and clear message to the surviving establishment types that they better shape up or they too will be jettisoned.

We need a caucus that doesn’t take its marching orders from Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell or any other establishment Republican.  We must send men and women who embrace the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, who revere and honor the trust that is placed in them by the constituents who elected them, and who answer to God in order to help President Trump Drain the Swamp.