Why the silence from the tea party lately?

 

This is a fair question to ask in light of recent events, particularly in light of the fact that this movement claims it’s all about fiscal restraint.  What I refer to here is the situation of yet another bank bailout; this time our tax money has gone to bail out Greece and the European Union via the International Monetary Fund.  Moreover, our Federal Reserve is setting up more “stealth taxes” by printing up yet more dollars to set up swap lines to help out the EU.  This entire affair is more about bailing out the banks who have extended loans to the PIIGS than it is about bailing out the EU or Greece.  That’s really not that difficult to understand, so surely the same tea party stalwarts who were in the street about healthcare are gearing up to raise hell about this.  Right?  But where are they?  Why are they silent?

There is an answer that should be obvious to any observer.  The Tea Party is a cruel fiction that’s been hoisted upon the public by a republican party with a damaged brand.  So they figured they’d create a “movement” and install Sarah Palin at the head in an effort to create some excitement around their tarnished brand.  For good measure, they’d figured they co-opt the libertarian message as well, or at least those parts that aren’t anti-war and anti-interventionist.  In other words, they’re attempting to take same old stale wine, put it in a different bottle and try to sell it as something  fresh off the wine presses.  I predict that this effort will fail miserably with devastating results for the republican party.

In a way, the Tea Party’s co-opting of the libertarian message is an attempt to hem them in and prevent their rise as a third party. They definitely don’t want the libertarians to assume a leading role as that almost certainly will lead the movement away from the republican party towards the direction of a true third party. That would only destroy the republican party.  The libertarians are much more of a threat to the republican party than they are to the democrats at this point and that’s perhaps the reason why Ron Paul had to face primary challenges from tea party sponsored opposition.

So, I’m betting that Sarah Palin and the mindless prattle that she engages in will run up against the more intellectual libertarian dogma and like oil and water, they won’t mix.  Unlike the Tea Party, the libertarians haven’t been silent on what’s now an international bailout of the banks by the US taxpayer. 

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10 Responses to “Why the silence from the tea party lately?”
  1. Not only is the Tea Party crowd silent, the American electorate is silent. Where’s the outrage! Tea Partiers don’t seem to mind when the government gets chummy with corporations, they just don’t want the government getting too chummy with the American people (healthcare reform).

    For them, corporate socialism is okay (we taxpayers absorbing the risk when banks gamble with our money), but any other socialism is out of the question.

    Unfortunately, we’re living an era of “too big to fail.”

    Not only are some banks too big to fail, Massey Energy Company is too big to fail, British Petroleum is too big to fail, and the Eurozone is too big to fail. We export billions of dollars of goods to these countries annually. If they fail, we’ll lose big time, at a time when our economy is still teetering. Our stock market is a reliable indicator of that–and the recent volatility seen there is a reflection of Greece’s economic woes, and fear of the domino effect across Europe, an economic calamity which could lead the PIIGS to slaughter..

    Rather than the Tea Party being a true, relevant, force and voice for the people, it’s pushing a political agenda, dumping tea on Obama, and the Dems, in order to elect their ultraconservative candidates who, we all know, will create alliances with their Republican kin, and be indistinguishable from the Republican Party.

    • Greg L says:

      Rather than the Tea Party being a true, relevant, force and voice for the people, it’s pushing a political agenda, dumping tea on Obama, and the Dems, in order to elect their ultraconservative candidates who, we all know, will create alliances with their Republican kin, and be indistinguishable from the Republican Party.

      Yep, but somehow they want to try to paint themselves as a voice for the people along with the right wing entertainment network. The presidential campaign never ended for them and their sole goal is to continue it mainly as a distraction from the very real issues we face. Their silence in the face of recent events leaves absolutely no doubt as to their purpose and function and that’s really a sad situation for our nation in the sense that they really prevent a reasoned debate/discussion about the real issues; something that we really need to have.

      I think they’re figuring that with lower overall voter turnout on the mid-terms that they’ll pick up some seats–which could very well be true, but I really don’t think that will spell victory in any way for them in the long haul. I think as folks get a taste of the next leg down economically, the political situation will start to get very interesting and I think when things are uncertain and look scary, most folks will want to stay with the incumbent president and that favors Obama particularly since they got the vacant Sarah Palin as the face of the tea party. For the life of me, I can’t figure why they’d choose her as the face of anything unless they have some sort of death wish. Everytime I hear that woman speak, I just shake my head thinking they can’t be serious.

      I just think that any successes they have will be based on a suppressed voter turnout which may allow their energized base to throw out a few folks like they did with this guy Bennett and possibly McCain, but I don’t think they’ll have the widespread success they’re planning on mainly because the country rejected them by a wide margin in November 2008 and I just don’t think that there’s been the sort of sea change that would sweep these guys back in. I could be wrong on that. I guess we’ll see soon enough.

      For them, corporate socialism is okay (we taxpayers absorbing the risk when banks gamble with our money), but any other socialism is out of the question.

      You know, I’ve felt for sometime that their railing against healthcare is almost like a mini IMF prescription. At one level, I agree that entitlements, whether they’re state pensions or federal type entitlements, have gotten out of hand, BUT, so has stuff like military spending and foreign aid. I feel the real issue behind their opposition is that ultimately our fiscal situation will force folks to choose between the entitlements or continued military spending. Obviously, most folks will choose to reduce the latter and a health care entitlement is just another thing that would push folks to not choose to spend money on the military (which winds up in the coffers of the weapons manufacturers and those who finance them—damn, those banks again!), so the opposition is merely a pre-emptive move to keep an additional item off the table that competes with the corporate entitlements. Like you say, they want to preserve corporate socialism and that’s why they’re full of it.

      • Brother man – your response still didn’t address my claim.

        Go back and look at your original post.
        You claimed that the Tea Party was merely a distraction from the real issues. I AGREE.

        The part that is left unspoken is that the ATTACKS ON THE TEA PARTIES have ALSO been a distraction.
        In fact yesterday I thought up a new blog post after seeing that in Atlanta “Bloody Summer 2010” is in Full effect:

        The title: “Tea Parties, Racial Profiling, Street Pirates – Which Two Of These Are Mass Distractions From The Real Issues Facing Black America?”

        If we focus exclusively upon the FEAR that has been generated indexed to the real world impact upon our people the numbers are not even close.
        There is no other explanation but MANUFACTURED FEAR for the purpose of ideological advantage.

        The thing that is most angering is that the very people in the communities that are directly suffering sit in silence as their leaders abuse the trust and power entrusted to them as they go on this mass diversions.

        Fortunately in Atlanta and elsewhere communities are standing up to, YES, “Take Back Their Communities” – as I saw on the news yesterday.

        Sadly the national political operatives are left to politic while the people on the streets fight the real battles.

      • Greg L says:

        If we focus exclusively upon the FEAR that has been generated indexed to the real world impact upon our people the numbers are not even close.
        There is no other explanation but MANUFACTURED FEAR for the purpose of ideological advantage.

        CF, there are two concerns I have; those that involve the macro economic/political situation where things like the tea party or government bailouts occur that affect all demographics. So based on where I sit as a small business person, taxpayer, investor and etc., this sort of stuff is a problem. Of course, this is not the only stuff that can impact me and considering the African-American political subset, I’d agree that the tea party has little direct impact on the conditions within our communities. As a matter of fact, we need our own tea party like revolt against the entrenched interests that are doing the greatest harm to black folks–the miscreant element and the corrupt political class. It’s long overdue for a coup to put these elements out of the community and demand some accountability. Actually, such a move would position black folks more powerfully than the tea party mainly because there’s a bunch of interests making their living off our misery and who would love nothing better than for the dysfunctional situation to continue as their business model is driven by that.

        What I’m suggesting is that there’s economic hitmen who thrive on the conditions within our community. They’re hidden from view, but are there and are quietly influencing conditions just as they do in Greece or on a national basis here in the US. Indirectly they’re the one’s manufacturing the debate through the politicians and talking heads they control. There’s not one talking head and very few politicians who are funded or paid by us, yet they all claim to speak for us. Well, if I didn’t “pay you”, how can you speak for me? Moreover, if I didn’t pay you, how can I hold you truly to account? The real question/issue black folks face is controlling the turf in front of us. This “pay” issue is a big one and really accounts for all the non-relevant stuff that’s pursued across the board from the confederate flag to other stuff. If you review the funding of any major so called black organization (i.e. NAACP, Urban League and etc.), you will find that the majority of their funding doesn’t come from black folks but from corporate america–so who are they really accountable to? Al Sharpton and Jesse ain’t paid by black folks, so who are they really accountable to? Who do they really represent? This is the reason why issues of direct relevance aren’t addressed. In the main, we don’t control the turf we’re on–we’re just fooled into thinking we do and the best way to do that is for a paid talking head or politician to put in appearances purportedly on “our behalf”. If you want to know who’s in control of something in any community, but particularly ours—just trace the money.

        Any move to better the community is going to bump up against these interests and I’m all for that. We just need to realize that they ain’t going to go quietly into the night.

      • [quote]Actually, such a move would position black folks more powerfully than the tea party mainly because there’s a bunch of interests making their living off our misery and who would love nothing better than for the dysfunctional situation to continue as their business model is driven by that.[/quote]

        Greg L:

        I do agree that there is a need for a Black focused Consciousness Movement.

        The problem is that when an operative like Dr Ronald Walters – a long time “Democrat who is Black ” operative – is the one calling for a ‘Black Tea Party” with the expressed goal of going HARD LEFT and thus drawing the Democrats more to the left – I have a problem.

        Here is the deal – the very same people who have architected the strategy by which they went to the Democrats and told them what they must do to win the Black vote and then went home into the “Racial Nucleus” of the Black community and worked as the Democrat’s “Inside Men” to insure that they kept up their end of the contract to deliver the Black vote – I have a problem with this.

        I cannot allow the people who showed their previous duplicity to lead us along in the next interval.

        In fact BOTH “Progressive” and “Conservative” ideologies should be placed on trial.
        IF we who stand inside this “racial nucleus” are looking for actual solutions then it seems to me that the scientific method requires that you stop taking the placebo drugs that the body is presently addicted to and you put everything on the table in pursuit of an actual solution.

        My analysis tells me that there is a very different disposition required between a group that is on the OUTSIDE and thus is struggling to get favorable voices into power as compared between what is needed once you place your favored people into power and now need to field a SYSTEM that works for the interests of the people in question.

        At present there is no TRANSPARENT entity that evaluates the best interests of our people. The majority of those who are positioned with this power are Progressives and Democratic Loyalists. The very same people who demand TRANSPARENCY with banks, corporations, and governments need to look themselves in the mirror and implement the very same thing when it comes to the management of our community/racial affairs.

        They stand at the same point that many African leaders stand – the choice between YIELDING their power to a greater authority for the long term good OR to leverage their monopoly power to avoid such transparency and thus stifle the growth potential of the entity in question.

        At present there is no consequence.
        We are now living in the “Mission Accomplished” phase from the last interval of STRUGGLE. Instead of being held accountable for the shortcomings those with power merely get to say “You see!! We stuck together AND GOT A BLACK PRESIDENT!!! We need to stick together and we will accomplish more!”. In their perverted view OBAMA being elected WAS the “racial victory”. No mention of our state of Education, the safety of our streets (Chicago is debating the use of the National Guard), the state of our local economies, the state of our relationships.

        I, for one, will not agree to such a partnership with my long time ideological adversaries UNTIL a system that drives transparency and accountability above their own self-serving interests.

      • Greg L says:

        At present there is no TRANSPARENT entity that evaluates the best interests of our people. The majority of those who are positioned with this power are Progressives and Democratic Loyalists. The very same people who demand TRANSPARENCY with banks, corporations, and governments need to look themselves in the mirror and implement the very same thing when it comes to the management of our community/racial affairs….They stand at the same point that many African leaders stand – the choice between YIELDING their power to a greater authority for the long term good OR to leverage their monopoly power to avoid such transparency and thus stifle the growth potential of the entity in question…At present there is no consequence.

        At bottom here is the issue of power, or more precisely how to acquire it and how to exercise it. When you have a people who are unaccustomed to the trappings of power, then there’s real confusion about what it really is and you might confuse power with the mere presence of a black face in a an elected or appointed position. We will frequently fight for black faces to be hired or appointed somewhere or the other without stopping to consider whether those who are placed in these positions actually have the power to affect anything other than try to keep their their job or appointed position, so the “victory” is simply the sight of a black face and whether they’re actually in a position to actually help someone is not a consideration. I often hear black folks complain about black folks who have a position somewhere or the other who don’t seem to want to or be able to help other black people, but they fail to realize that that’s not happening because that person frequently doesn’t have the power to do much of anything other than watch their back to preserve their own situation and not taking any risks as a result. It works the same way in the political context. Folks want to preserve their careers. Anytime anyone is more concerned about perserving themselves rather than truly helping others speaks directly to their lack of power to do anything else.

        Basically, the people elected aren’t funded by us to run for office. Our partipation mainly is to show up and vote and since we don’t control the purse strings that fund the campaigns, it goes without saying that the black politician is basically accountable to those who supported them financially. This is why they seem unresponsive or irrelevant. Everything and everybody who purports to represent us is paid by someone other than our folks. It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about the NAACP, the Urban League, SCLC, Al Sharpton and etc. The biggest challenge for black folks is to change this power alignment and to put ourselves in charge of the purse strings or develop an alternative form of control. Because we don’t own the turf, we really don’t own the debate so those who pay are creating the issues and “settling” them effectively with themselves leaving the vast majority of black folks voiceless and unrepresented in any significant way.

        IMO, this makes the situation difficult to address but not impossible. Because we’re basically not represented, no one is really working the problems. IMO, that leaves an opening and a low hurdle to jump, so to speak. Basically, a group of people have to come together, target and and visibly solve a problem that’s not being addressed. In other words, demonstrate for all to see the ability to execute and solve a visible problem that’s vexing the community. Any group who did that would find themselves is a powerful position very quickly, because that will have been more than the politicos and talking heads did and effectively put them on trial while having done something to better the community. I not trying to sound like a meglomaniac, but everything we do right now has to have a focus around the acquistion of power and our litmus test on any initiative must be whether the thing proposed adds to or positions us to acquire power. If we had such a test, 90% + of the stuff we currently do wouldn’t meet the muster.

        We need a group of folks who understand that and who are willing to demonstrate the ability to solve problems.

  2. Greg L:

    With all due respect – your question is intellectually dishonest.

    You are promoting an entity with NO ELECTIVE POLITICAL POWER into some thing with official power and “putting them on trial”. You taunt them asking “WHY AREN’T YOU PROTESTING NOW?”. It seems to me that the people in POWER would be the target of your taunts.

    Why wouldn’t you put The Republican Party or the Democratic Party “ON TRAIL” in the very same way?

    Just to underscore my point – Did you realize that the financial markets issued new “Credit Default Swaps” as insurance against the bonds let by Greece? With all of these rhetorical attacks upon CDS’es over the past few years it appears now that they are either legitimate means of spreading risk or they are tools of fiscal destruction.

    The approx $200 billion fronted to Greece by the USA is not backed by any collateral.
    Whereas Iceland was swept into the “US Mortgage Financing Bubble”……Greece is nearly 100% a case of government overspending upon social entitlements it can’t afford.

    What you SHOULD be noting is that in the American press there is gross FEAR about the violence that the Tea Parties MIGHT bring in the future.
    All the while Leftist protesters in Greece ARE violently destroying property all because they refuse to have their entitlements cut. Google about the 3 Bank employees that were burned to death as the protesters set the bank branch on fire. When an employee cried for help a protester gave the finger to him before he died.

    • Greg L says:

      Thanks for your comments CF. Here’s my response:

      You are promoting an entity with NO ELECTIVE POLITICAL POWER into some thing with official power and “putting them on trial”. You taunt them asking “WHY AREN’T YOU PROTESTING NOW?”. It seems to me that the people in POWER would be the target of your taunts.

      The Tea Party does possess some influence over political events measured mainly by the pressure they’re putting on incumbent republicans right now. They’ve been credited with ending the career of Bob Bennett of Utah and forcing Charlie Crist of Florida to run as an independent. I’d argue that they’re in the mix as much as the dems and the republicans and are as deserving of my ire as those two.

      Just to underscore my point – Did you realize that the financial markets issued new “Credit Default Swaps” as insurance against the bonds let by Greece? With all of these rhetorical attacks upon CDS’es over the past few years it appears now that they are either legitimate means of spreading risk or they are tools of fiscal destruction. The approx $200 billion fronted to Greece by the USA is not backed by any collateral. Whereas Iceland was swept into the “US Mortgage Financing Bubble”……Greece is nearly 100% a case of government overspending upon social entitlements it can’t afford.

      CF, Credit Default Swaps are legitimate insurance against a bond default except when you’re AIG and you don’t have the $ to cover the default event. Then they can literally become instruments of destruction. The fact is that no one, including the taxpayer, really has the reserves to cover a massive default in the first place which is why we shouldn’t be involved in a private transaction of this nature. Greece’s problems are partly entitlements but also partly the result of economic hitman like Goldman Sachs and others who set up public/private infrastructure deals that were effectively guaranteed by Greece’s taxpayers and hidden “off the balance sheet” so as to meet the debt requirements to join the EU. When these deals went south, the guarantees were invoked bringing a boatload of previously hidden debt to the fore. This is as much of a problem as the social entitlements and this, not the entitlements, is the main reason for the bailout. Entitlements will be cut to make room for the banks to get out whole, so that portion of Greece’s debt will be effectively reduced, however the guarantees will not. If things were set up fairly, everyone should be taking a haircut, but that’s not the case.

      As to the US, it’s bad enough that we’re backing up AIG CDS’s, owing Citibank and funneling money to other domestic banks in a effort to keep them from losing, but to put out one thin dime to bail out these same guys internationally is just too much, let alone giving them $ 200 billion via the IMF along with untold billions to be printed up by the fed. This is an outrage. We know that the existing two parties aren’t worth a damn when it comes to defending the taxpayer, but it’s clear that the tea party is simply an extension of the existing political structure and their silence about this particularly after all the hell raising over health care confirms their dishonesty.

      I abhore violence coming from anyone, particuarly against innocents. Certainly, no tea partiers have killed, burned or maimed anyone that I’m aware of, but they do seem to be associated with those who like to brandish weapons and they’ve appeared to have not taken a stance to condemn that as being inappropriate for political discourse. But, I’d tend to agree that the threat on that front is overblown mainly because most of the guys with the weapons and rolling around in the dirt on the weekends aren’t exactly of “fighting age.”

    • @CF: “All the while Leftist protesters in Greece ARE violently destroying property all because they refuse to have their entitlements cut.”

      That’s only partially true. Government corruption is every bit as responsible:

      “Corruption is widely regarded as one of the triggers of the Greek debt crisis threatening the euro common currency. A new study by Transparency International suggests that corruption is part of everyday life in Greece, and claims private households paid more than 780 million euros in bribes in 2009.

      “The Greeks paid an average of €1,355 ($1,830) in bribes last year for public services such as speeding up the issue of driver’s licenses and construction permits, getting admitted to public hospitals or manipulating tax returns, according to a new study by Transparency International, the Berlin-based global corruption watchdog.”

      “Government, Corporate Corruption Not Measured

      “The figures show only a small part of the corruption in Greece because many people did not admit to paying bribes, the study said. “We only measure so-called small-scale corruption, meaning bribes paid by private individuals to civil servants and in the private sector,” the head of Transparency International Greece, Konstantin Bakouris, told Die Welt.

      “He added that TI did not record the corruption going on at the government and corporate level, even though it was widespread.

      Another bone of contention is widespread tax evasion that plagues the country:

      “Greece has one apparently simple option for reining in a budget deficit that has roiled financial markets: Clamp down on widespread tax evasion, which costs the country an estimated €15 billion ($20.5 billion) a year, an amount that would pay off a big chunk of the budget deficit.

      “The trouble is, tax evasion in this Mediterranean country is extremely difficult to eradicate.”

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