How the Tea Party Happened

There’s a common saying to people who complain about the government, that if they hate it so much, they should run for office and make changes.

That’s how the Tea Party happened.

According to teaparty.org, the movement was founded in 2004 under this belief: “The Tea Party is a grassroots movement that calls awareness to any issue which challenges the security, sovereignty, or domestic tranquility of our beloved nation, the United States of America. From our founding, the Tea Party represents the voice of the true owners of the United States: WE THE PEOPLE.”

By itself, and taken out of context, this statement is easily seen as patriotic and perhaps inspiring. The American population is never one hundred percent pleased with how our government functions. However, the statement which follows the quote above, is unsettling: “The Tea Party includes those who possess a strong belief in the foundational Judeo-Christian values embedded in our great founding documents. We believe the responsibility of our beloved nation is etched upon the hearts of true American Patriots from every race, religion, national origin, and walk of life sharing a common belief in the values which made and keep our beloved nation great.”

The first half of this quote contradicts the second half. Yes, our Constitution was founded by Christians, but specifically white male Christians. Even though this country employs freedom of religion, the United States government is not a theocracy. The Constitution was written during a time when people were bought and sold like cattle. Because of this, this country’s “foundation”, and racial equality, cannot go hand-in-hand. The intense desire to uphold these religious beliefs and use them to define patriotism sounds dangerously close to another group of people known as the Ku Klux Klan.

Here is where their beliefs become very sketchy: “We stand by the Constitution as inherently conservative. We serve as a beacon to the masses that have lost their way, a light illuminating the path to the original intentions of our Founding Fathers. We must raise a choir of voices declaring America must stand on the values which made us great. Only then will the politically blind see and deaf hear!”

Conservative beliefs are based on traditional values, often times religious. Conservatism is generally associated with pro-life views, gender roles, Second Amendment rights, and the Defense of Marriage Act. The Founding Fathers did intend for the Constitution to grow with the American population, but only the white male part of that population. The abolishment of slavery, women’s right to vote, and the civil rights movement of the 1960’s, are all things which were added to the Constitution long after it was written.

Focusing on the “15 Non-Negotiable Beliefs” as the website calls them, several of these stand out, especially “Gun ownership is sacred”. Nowhere in the Second Amendment does it state that for religious reasons Americans are allowed to own guns. The Second Amendment was created so that people who could be trusted as soldiers were called upon to fight and kill Native Americans to claim ownership of their land. As a result of these battles with the native people, they were also enslaved. Since a large majority of Native Americans were killed from battles and working on plantations, slave-owners turned to a more plentiful supply of people. Given that our society today does not employ this behavior, these “original intentions” are something many people probably don’t want to uphold.

“English as our core language is required”, moves especially close to the English-only laws. English-only is typically associated with the paranoia of being surrounded by people who are speaking a foreign language. Sometimes business owners prefer English-only so that all staff members can communicate easily without confusion. Sometimes people prefer English-only because “Illegal aliens are here illegally”, as teaparty.org states. Sometimes people prefer English-only because it fits nicely into the vision of two white parents in their white house with a white picket fence, 2.5 children and a dog named Fido.

Upon further reading, the statements of taking back the nation, that the people own the government, “special interests must be eliminated”, “intrusive government must be stopped”, and “In spite of ongoing hateful ridicule from socialists and leftists” are frighteningly radical and extreme notions. Democrats and Liberals are often referred to as “leftists” and “left wing”. President Obama is often referred to as a socialist by members of the Tea Party and Republican party. These statements make it sound as though the Tea Party plans to rise up and physically seize the government, then eliminate those in office. When this possibility is combined with the Second Amendment, it no longer looks like a political party, and rather, a terrorist organization.

Now that all of these things have been analyzed, let us dive into the history and beliefs behind the Ku Klux Klan. In 1865, the KKK was founded by veterans of the Confederate army. The first Klan movement acted “as a secret vigilante group, the Klan targeted freedmen and their allies; it sought to restore white supremacy by threats and violence, including murder, against black and white Republicans.” (Ku Klux Klan, wikipedia.org)

Though the Tea Party is nowhere near as secretive, by returning to the original intentions of the Founding Fathers, isn’t that considered a restoration of the United States? The KKK believe all around that there is an attack on white Americans, by blacks, immigrants and basically anyone who is not white. Why is the Tea Party so upset by “illegal aliens”? Furthermore, the KKK is classified as a “subversive or terrorist organization”. Like the Tea Party, the KKK is a massive movement of people who were unhappy with the government and wanted to change it. Their activities were violent, by burning churches, murdering numerous people and by covertly allying with police departments and local officials in Birmingham, Alabama. The Ku Klux Klan has never been successful in restoring America to an all white society with slavery as a major economic component. The Tea Party has been successful in worming their way into the United States government, for example, individuals like Steve King, Tim Huelskamp, Rand Paul, Jeff Landry, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, Eric Cantor, and many more listed here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_politicians_affiliated_with_the_Tea_Party_movement

Ron Paul may not speak for the Tea Party as a whole, but the “Dr. Ron Paul’s Freedom Report”, which he denies he is the author of, utilizes many of the terms associated with white supremacy. One quote in particular, “Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks”, uses that term ‘restore’ again. This quote, and others, can be found here: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/12/the-story-behind-ron-pauls-racist-newsletters/250338/

Now that the KKK, excuse me, the Tea Party has infiltrated our Congress, and various other political offices, they have successfully shutdown the United States government. They have temporarily seized our government. They own our government. What will they do next, eliminate other politicians holding office? This is beyond frightening, and the best thing we, as the American people can do, is cast our vote for non-Tea Party members. That is true patriotism, because we are not led by terrorists, we are led by sane Americans who behave far wiser than this.

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