Who is the 'Tea Party'?
It (Tea Party) seems to have been incepted as a direct result of the Republican Party being 'thrown out' of office in a seeming total disenchantment of them by the electorate. The Tea Party has embraced 90% of GOP's candidates and the balance of candidates that are being supported and have allowed Sarah Palin(extreme right-wing fringe of the Republican Party) to be their face, are running on the issues and political positions parallel to what the GOP platform is based. Major issues being; Pro Life, Tax and Spend cliche accusations of the Democratic (liberals) Party, which ironically the spending was most manifest in the G.W. Bush years which took the country into a portentous economic down turn; The Tea Party candidates are also running on the issue, in opposition, to the 'stimulus and 'bail out' of Banks and other major companies which is a program initiated by the Bush administration as one of it's last initiatives to try to correct the damage created during their (GOP's) 'watch' via the deregulation and lack of oversight. They now are pointing the finger at the Obama administration as if it was their conception. The Tea Party seems to be running on a platform that hinges them directly to the disgruntled loser, the GOP, but wearing a mask or disguise, after all it is the season for 'trickery'.
We must not forget the reasons why the electorate voted the previously presiding administration out of office (GOP) and the issues that created such disenchantment: The Iraq War was deceptively conjured; sole source contracts awarded to defense contractors conspicuously with a direct association to V.P. Chaney; Soldiers being sent to war without basic provisions for battle i.e. flack jackets, armament (Hummers not battle worthy) soldiers having to pay for own rations,etc; the economy going from a surplus to the worst deficit in it's history; home mortgage debacle (deregulation and lack of oversight); unemployment rising to unprecedented levels monthly; despairingly significant gap increase between the wealthy and the poor; deregulation of large industry causing grave increases in levels of destructive earth gases and overall degeneration of Earth's atmosphere; polarizations and bifurcation of ethnic and race related issues. Last but not least, let us not forget 'Katrina' which was the 'true gauge' and emulation in underlying nuances of our societal comportment during the GOP's watch, specifically the G.W.Bush administration, and its attitudinal manifestations, seemingly and sadly, unempathetic, unsympathetic, uncaring for the faces of 'the least of us'.
In spite of our disappointment that the economy has not recovered quickly enough from this devastating, almost abysmal, period imparted by the last administration, finally it is now showing signs of recovery in every sector of the economy, six months of GDP growth, significant diminished monthly lay-off figures with signs that businesses are hiring again, Banks have finally started lending to Small Businesses and new start ups, American battle troops have been pulled out of Iraq as promised, the universal health program has been passed (97 % of the GOP opposed), etc. Just as important, the worlds attitude toward America has slowly transitioned back to a more favorably respectful perception and a world leadership role. We must continue as an electorate to elect representatives that are in pursuit of this direction and not one that will throw us back into the 'abyss' and world perception of a country in total 'dysfunction'.
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