Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Tea Party's (Brief) Moment of Sanity

Hey, even a broken clock is right twice a day, so I suppose the Tea Party is allowed at least one moment of coherent sanity, and it occurred recently in Memphis, when local Tea Party group sat down with representatives of Occupy Memphis to try to find common ground in their causes.

A political marriage between the Tea Party and the Progressive Left has been something earnestly and fondly sought by ratfucker Arianna Huffington, as well as such esteemed political sage hack Joe Scarborough, so you would have thought that any attempt at reconciling Tea Party objectives to those of the EmoProgs would have been one wet dream for Huffington and her trouble-making ilk.

After all, as she so frequently preached in 2009 and 2010, the Tea Party was just as fervently against corporate welfare (even though they were being financed by corporatists)as the EmoProgs were and are.

As the Faux Left MSNBC reports:-

Occupy Memphis member Mallory Pope had just finished telling a group of about 75 Tea Party followers Thursday night that politicians should not allow themselves to be influenced by lobbyists and unions when she received an unexpected invitation.

"It sounds to me that y'all ought to be joining us," said Jerry Rains, a 64-year-old computer programmer and Tea Party member. "You have a lot of the same goals we have, which is to take our country back."

This, of course, begs the question which country it is that which faction wants to take back, especially since the country in question for the Tea Party existed some fifty years ago, whilst the utopia imagined and idealised by the EmoProgs has yet to exist anyplace in the world.

Of course, there were bound to be differences, but are there? The Tea Party famously veer toward Libertarianism, states' rights and "Don't Tread on Me." And although the Occupy movement is disdainful of most politicians in general, the one politician they profess to admire is Ron Paul.

That can be dangerous to people who listen to only the hipster things Paul says and who don't listen to the rest of his rhetoric, which can be summed up in the time-honoured British philosophy of "I'm all right, Jack, fuck you" - economic survival of the fittest and all which that entails - not to mention the ubiquitous "property rights" agenda which Paul pushes.

All that aside, at the end of the event, the Tea Party offered the Occupiers some particularly sound advice, which they would be mete to follow:-

Page Gregory, a retiree in his 60s, stood and praised Pope and Tran for having the passion and courage to stand before the tea party group and address its questions.
Then he said the Occupy groups should go home and work within their community to try to bring about change.

"Get people elected," Gregory said.


Tea Party members praised themselves for using the power of the vote to bring about the change they desired, and that the Occupy movement won't be successful until it does the same.

Look, as despicable as the Tea Party is, they deserve to pat themselves on the backs, because they achieved exactly the goals for which they aimed, even though it meant we now have a passel of inexperienced-bordering-on-ignorant legislators sitting in the House, as well as Rand Paul pacing around the Senate.

At the end of the day, they got out the vote, and in a year when more EmoProgs than not, sat on their haunches, sulked and took the advice of corporate media whores disguised as Left Wingers and operating under the Professional Left banner, who told them to stay at home and punish the President by not voting. And like the recalcitrant spoiled children, they did just that.

Whatever goals the Occupy movement seek to achieve, it's a safe bet to say that they can only be enacted politically, so the Tea Party's advice to go home to their communities and organise from the bottom up to get the right people reflecting those aims elected, was sound.

Funny that, because that was the same thing the President said when - in the bitter words of white privilegist Chris Matthews - he "sent us home." The President has always said that change begins bottom up and it begins with us.

Looks like the Tea Party listened to him.

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