So a week ago I stumbled across an article stating that the Tea Party is dead. The author’s reasoning is as follows.
Take the recent series of storms and tornadoes that recently hit the South, causing so much death and destruction. When tornadoes swept across Mississippi and Alabama, and when severe flooding struck Nashville, the pattern was the same. Local officials, unable to cope alone, called for help. FEMA officials arrived on the scene. Soon thereafter, President Obama declared the most severely impacted areas of those states as federal disaster areas, making residents eligible for grants for temporary housing and home repairs and low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses.
Coupled with other incidents such as the Times Square attempted bombing and the police response, the gist of the article is that we are dependent on the government and we can’t avoid it.
All of which makes a mockery of the entire tea-party movement. When trouble comes, those who complain the loudest about big government are the first ones with their hands out for federal help. Until tea partiers are willing to tear up their Social Security cards and Medicare cards, and reject all help from the FBI, Coast Guard, EPA, FEMA or any other federal agency, they’re nothing but a bunch of phonies.
I find the above to be total bull crap since BP is covering the costs of the oil spill, FEMA didn’t respond immediately to all affected areas, there are still people waiting from Katrina, and national security is actually the job of the government. We never said that we wanted public services such as police, fire and ambulance destroyed. Our issue is with bailouts and entitlement programs that reward failure and redistribute the wealth from those who earn it to those who do nothing. The reason I am post this now is that I just stumbled across an article talking about how Tea Partiers are being courted for their stance on Kagan’s nomination.
Some conservative activists, including Curt Levey of the conservative Committee for Justice and Gary Marx, executive director of the Judicial Crisis Network, have said they hope the surging Tea Party will play a role in the Senate’s consideration of Kagan. “I think it could certainly give the Republican senators even greater backbone to push for a strong debate,” Marx said.
I find it quite ironic that some are claiming the Tea Party is insignificant yet their opinion is being sought. I would like to say though that supposedly there has been no opinion formed on Kagan by the Tea Party leadership.
Tea Party coordinators last week said they’re still assessing Kagan’s nomination, and it isn’t yet apparent whether it will become a priority for them.
She’s anti-gun, dislikes free speech, and is obviously a leftist judge. Obviously she doesn’t support the main crux of the Tea Party, limited government and fiscal responsibility. If they can’t figure out a stance on Kagan, it shows issues in the party. While it may not be a priority of contention, they still need to stand somewhere. What else do they really need to know to make a decision?