Tea Parties Increasing Stakes
September 29, 2010 8 Comments
Gaining Senate control is looking increasingly possible for Republicans as races once thought safely in the Democratic column now appear in play and in a big way.
—Frank James, NPR (Republicans Improve Chances For Senate Control)
RALEIGH— In spite of the persistent name calling and attempts to marginalize and dismiss the Tea Party, recent polling is show big gains with all but 1 of the Tea Party candidates in the lead.
Many on the liberal left have been quick to make reference to a report by The New Yorker that attempted to show Mr. David Koch of Koch Industries funds the Tea Party movement albeit in a very indirect way. For synopsis, the report found that Mr. Koch contributes to many, many causes, sits on many boards, has many billions, and has started various political and non-political groups with respective agendas. One such group is the Americans for Prosperity Foundation which, among many things, lends support to the Tea Party movement. What the Americans for Prosperity Foundation does not do, nor does Mr. Koch, is specifically fund every and all Tea Parties across the nation. Nor does either sources pay Tea Party rally goers to show up at rallies. Nor does either pay for mass produced signage for rally goers to hoist over their heads. The Tea Party signature is basically poorly worded phrase smeared across marker laden poster board.
Does this supposed “secret funding” have any major implications of the Tea Party? Should it? Is it fair to call the Tea Party, or any political group/rally a scam if said group or rally indirectly, or directly receives money from a wealthy benefactor? If so would it not seem the entirety of the US government is a scam? Is it logical to distrust a group which may or may not have a wealthy benefactor? The truth is, the wealth of the man should not be the point. If we as a nation are to rise up and show how tolerant we are of a Muslim Mosque built on the site of a building ruined by an Islamic Terrorist attack, then we must also be willing to accept the rich man in times of economic peril. Just as we should not seek to pass laws to discriminate against Muslims in America we should not seek to pass laws which discriminate against those who are successful in business.
The Tea Parties are scaring the ruling class. It has been quite fascinating to watch. Accusations that the Tea Party is merely “Republican” is a gross over simplification and a complete denial of what the Tea Party has accomplished. The Tea Party has brought havoc to the Republican establishment. This is a rebuke of the former Republican party as a whole. America as whole rebuked the Republican Party the last two election cycles. This recent election cycle appears to be a continuation of this same rebuke as well as a rebuilding from with in the party. A similar movement occurred recently with in the Democratic party. A group of like minded liberals tired of DINO politicians picked a candidate and pushed him into the Oval Office, officially toppling the Clintonian Establishment.