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The GOP Establishment Should Think Twice Before Trying to Undermine the Tea Party

muhl Wrote: Feb 27, 2013 2:39 PM
From what I have seen, the "Tea Party" backs the goals of the Republican Party WITHOUT any political influence. I view the Republicans and Democrats as "RepubliCrats", swayed by politics rather than the will of the Folk Who Vote, who are the conservatives active in the "Tea Party". My confusion derives from the conflict of the goals and actions as portrayed by the "Tea Party" and the "Republican Party". The goals appear to be the same, but the actions of the "Republican Party" appear to assail the goals of both. WHY IS THIS?!?
Earl29 Wrote: Feb 28, 2013 12:55 AM
The reason, muhl, is Power. Ayn Rand said the desire for power over others is the mark of the second-rater. I agree with her.
bhahn Wrote: Feb 27, 2013 3:30 PM
Because the "old guard" of the republicans have conspired with the dems. The Tea Party's platform are the real conservative platform.

Even though it changed the terms of the political debate, thus giving them a majority in the 2010 elections, many in the Republican establishment deeply resent the Tea Party. They don’t like being monitored by taxpayer-friendly groups that will expose them when they side with special interests (as they have in recent months on Export-Import Bank subsides and housing handouts).

And they really hate the idea of being held accountable at the polls when they side with the corrupt...