English: Official photo of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
To be a successful, TEA Party conservative, a politician must have a short name of 7 or 8 letters combined that supporters can remember and spell, such as Mike Lee, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. At 10 letters, Marco Rubio is too long; perhaps he should consider shortening it to Mark Ruby. Jeb Bush at 7 letters could make it if he changed some of his positions. Michele Bachmann failed as a successful TEA Party politician since her name is too long and too hard to spell. Here in Utah, Mia Love lost narrowly in 2012 and is expected to run again for Congress in 2014. Although her name is only 7 letters long, she has other factors against her success, including youth and gender.
Tea Party supporters (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)
The “fiscal cliff” is just the latest episode in the contest of wills about who is running the country, Barack Obama who was just re-elected by a majority of the voters or the GOP dominated by a small number of TEA Party fanatics. The GOP decided on a program of obstruction on inaugural day 2009 and apparently plan to continue that obstruction until they win control of the White House again. The GOP could not implement their full program of voter suppression in this year’s election, so they will continue to try to have their way by means of gerrymandering voting districts.
Mitt Romney (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)
Next week, the discussion will begin on why Mitt lost. Some will say that Mitt was not conservative enough and others will point out that American voters rejected the tired, old ideas that he presented until the last few weeks of the campaign. The TEA Party wing of the GOP, if it still exists by 2016, will support an even more conservative candidate, searching for a true believer that other true believers will support. More moderate and sensible conservatives will have left the GOP to start another party or label themselves as independents.
When he declared his candidacy in Springfield, Illinois, on February 10, 2007, Barack promised to seek a more perfect union. I believed him then and I believe him now. I am disappointed that there has not been faster progress, but I recognize that the GOP has obstructed from day one of his presidency. I will not become discouraged because that is what the GOP want. They want Obama supporters to become discouraged enough to slacken in our donations and our efforts to re-elect the President and Democrats to Congress. It is all part of their dastardly plan.
The GOP are now being held captive by a far right-wing group of Ayn Rand fanatics and TEA Party conservatives. I hold the belief that the TEA Party is an Astroturf group manufactured by the 1% to oppose the Affordable Care Act. In 1934, the 1% of that day and age created the American Liberty League (1934-1940) to oppose FDR and used some of the same tactics now being used by the TEA Party.
GOP obstruction is endangering the economy and our democracy, and their antics are being watched closely around the world. That is because what happens in the US affects people around the world because our economy and our military are so dominant. The rest of the world not only notices what is happening here, they are beginning to speak out. Please see this article that repeats the views of Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Wayne Swan.
It is imperative for the sake of ourselves, our children and the people of the rest of the world, that we defeat the presently configured GOP. They resist reason and compromise; only repeated defeats will cause the GOP to rethink their policies. If the current GOP must be replaced by another party, so be it.
Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Dave Camp (R-Michigan) (Photo credit: Michael.Jolley)
Orrin Hatch, echoing Mitch McConnell, has just blamed Barack Obama for obstructionism. I had hoped that Hatch would retire this year, and I was prepared to vote against him at the local caucus. That question was never put before the caucus attendees, but I had a chance to vote on Hatch during the runoff election. However, I voted for Orrin, reluctantly, because I did not want Utah represented by two TEA Party Senators. I will vote for his Democratic opponent in November, but Hatch is almost certain to be re-elected. This should be Hatch’s last term and I had some hope that he would begin to speak and vote his own mind, as Tom Coburn of Oklahoma is beginning to do. No such luck.