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July 30, 2011

Tea Party Reps Far from Reality

Filed under: Uncategorized — trp2011 @ 1:54 PM

When the Tea Party became visible, people sometimes looked at them as sort of kooks, outside the fringe and unknowledgeable but maybe having good hearts. Those days are now behind us. After their Congressional antics in the past few weeks, Tea Party representatives have clearly shown themselves as fanatic, dogmatic ideologists whose minds are ruled more by their emotions (especially fear and anger) than by rationality.

Their separation from reality is clearly demonstrated by the wide schism in perceptions between themselves and the public view regarding why they were elected and what positions constituents want them to take.

1. Tea Partiers believe they were elected to stop Obama and Democrats from destroying the country. Most people voting for the Tea Party candidate did so because of bad economy and high unemployment—unhappiness with the status quo.

2. Tea Partiers believe that Obama’s “socialist policies” have added to the deficit and burdened business. Most people think that the problem is lack of jobs.

3. Tea Partiers want to solve the deficit by giving more money to corporations and the wealthy; cutting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid; deregulating; and cutting spending except for the military. Most people believe that increasing government revenue needs to be a big part of the solution.

4. Tea Parties think that failing to raise the debt ceiling is no big deal. Most people think that this lack of action is insanity.

So who are the House Tea Party members? About 45 percent of them attend an evangelical church, compared to 13 percent of the other representatives. Another 30 percent are Southern Protestants. Many of them come from small towns or rural communities and own farms and ranches or small businesses. They live in a white world with little diversity. The 60 official Tea Party members come from states with only 16 percent of the population, yet they claim to know what’s best for the entire nation.

With their ideology coming from Ayn Rand, they are anti-government, not small government, and violently so. George W. Bush’s “Axis of Evil” speech writer said, “Their objective is not the correction of error but the cultivation of contempt for government itself.” Their goal is to show how tough they are and create chaos for everyone around them.

Ironically, they believe in government welfare when it applies to them. To most people, farm subsidies, for example, are really welfare going primarily to the huge farmers. Because several representatives receive this welfare, however, the entire rank-and-file refuses to eliminate it.

With their strong sense of “individualism,” they do not see anyone unlike themselves as part of the “Real America” (to quote Sarah Palin). Because they see government as “rigged” to benefit only liberals, Democrats, people of color, the disabled, and members of the LGBT community, they have the need to destroy government, thus eradicating this part of the population

In the past, they have gotten their own way through bullying, experiences that now reinforce their lack of willingness to compromise. Even if they get their own way, they turn it down to get more—and more—and more. They identity with John Galt in Atlas Shrugged who worked to destroy his nation or Samson who pulled down the pillars of theTemple of the Philistines to kill all the people inside.

Their bigotry and ignorance have led them to the philosophy that the government is useful only for protecting private property and that everyone is so honest that an unfettered free market will support all people if they are just willing to work. They believe that people should adjust to a much hotter world rather than trying to affect the climate in a positive way. Reasoning with these people is useless because they refuse to accept any evidence that does not fit their ideology. As long as their cult remains intact, they would be delighted if the country goes down in flames around them.

These are people who flaunt the Constitution as second only to their bible. The founders of this country (who were primarily deists and not Christians) believed that, through a balance of powers, men and women of reason could solve the problems facing the country. The founders believed in compromise, non-existent in the Tea Party, but Tea Party members have no ability to reason.

Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) shows the detachment between personal perception and reality. Calling himself “the tip of the spear in this current debate,” he has continually denounced President Obama’s “reckless spending,” which he says has “bankrupted this country.” It appears that Walsh knows something about “reckless spending” and “bankrupted.” He won his seat after he showed that he was part of the “real America” by the $300,000 foreclosure on his condo. He failed to file his personal financial disclosure form as required by federal election law. His entire campaign was marked by allegations of financial mismanagement while he paid $3,300 per month for a house in upscale Winnetka.

After he took office, he did the Tea Party thing of refusing health care for himself and his wife despite the fact that they briefly had no insurance while his current wife had a pre-existing condition and needed surgery. At the current time, Walsh’s ex-wife, Laura, is suing him for $117,437 in unpaid child support for their three children during the past ten years. He first stated that this wasn’t true and then said he had no money in spite of the $35,000 he loaned his own campaign and the international vacations he enjoyed. Since then he has paid himself at least $14,200 for these loans but nothing on child support. Former campaign manager Keith Liscio is also suing Walsh for $20,000. Walsh’s annual salary is $174,000 with a little over $25,000 taken for child support.

“This is where real America is,” Walsh said about his unpaid child support. What a sad commentary that Joe Walsh and others like him can take money from the government and keep others from getting jobs because of their restrictions on the U.S. economy while they brag about saving the country for their children.

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