Tea Party Patriots Lay Claim to the Political Center in Debates to Come

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Wednesday, November 03, 2010 at 11:41 am

The Tea Party Patriots, one of the the largest Tea Party umbrella organizations, with over 1,000 local chapters, hosted a press conference this morning to offer its reactions to last night’s elections and its vision going forward.

Co-founder Mark Meckler tried to pre-empt expectations among the faithful that Washington would shrink and the federal deficit would close overnight, instead alluding to a “forty-year plan” that the group was busy working out with its members. The plan, according to Meckler, was a highway with four lanes, only one of which was explicitly political. The other three were educational, judicial and cultural.

“All civilizations and empires have fallen because their cultures became decadent,” Meckler said. “We need to lift up conservative culture, family values and wholesome things by supporting conservative musicians, writers, artists and producers.”

As far as immediate steps, however, the group’s other co-founder, Jenny Beth Martin, announced that the Patriots would be hosting a freshman orientation, to which they were inviting incoming legislators of both parties. “If they uphold our values, we’ll give them the political backing to stand up to insiders in Washington,” Martin said. “If they don’t pay attention to that pressure, we’ll be back in two years to do it all over again and get people who will do it right.”

Martin’s comments illustrate the intense pressure that freshman GOP legislators, and really all Republican House legislators for that matter, will face upon taking office. With Democrats still in control of the Senate and the White House, they’ll have to compromise in order to see any part of their agenda enacted, but in doing so they’ll risk facing the wrath of the groups that put them in office.

Meckler underscored the complicated Tea Party attitude toward compromise when he reminded GOP House Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) that the “American people are not in a flexible mood,” but told President Obama that the group is “happy to work with [him]” to the extent that he supports the values of “fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets.”

One might reasonably argue that the president is already a supporter of all three concepts, but the Tea Party Patriots certainly aren’t intending to imply as much. Instead, the group is essentially willing to work with Obama to the extent that he is willing to enact exactly the agenda — repealing federal health care reform, cutting taxes — that the group demands. It’s a strange vision of how politics works, but it makes sense if you are convinced that your vision represents the dead center of American politics.

“Americans know that the center of American politics is with fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets,” Martin concluded, “and we encourage all parties to move to the center.”

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Dittos-Rush.com
Comment posted November 3, 2010 @ 8:41 pm

America has voted for hope and change, something the Democrats know nothing about!


Swami_Binkinanda
Comment posted November 3, 2010 @ 8:41 pm

Let me guess, the book version will be called “My Struggle” and it will name names, like which ethnic group is responsible for all the trouble in the world, and how to purify the white race and what Utopia will look like when they get the mud people out of the way.
I mean, they should have been in heaven under Bush II after a corrupt Supreme Court determined the election for the son of the guy who put most of them in office. Scratch my back and all. Total control of the government by one party, 2000-2006, and they didn't manage to deliver any of the awesome utopia they promised. They just increased the size and intrusiveness of government, abandoned the Constitution as “some stupid piece of paper,” and created unfunded giveaway programs that bankrupted the nation while abdicating any role in regulation or management. Don't tell mom the babysitter is passed out again.


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Kheyvon
Comment posted November 4, 2010 @ 1:46 am

“We need to lift up conservative culture, family values and wholesome things by supporting conservative musicians, writers, artists and producers.”

As long as that doesn't mean censoring liberal musicians, writers, artists and producers, I can respect that.


Fearghoul
Comment posted November 4, 2010 @ 1:53 am

Kheyvon, it means exactly that. The Tea Party's intention all along is to turn this country into a christian version of Iran.


Calvert
Comment posted November 4, 2010 @ 1:54 am

The concept of government approved musicians, writers, artists and producers is doctrinaire Leninism. I thought the Tea Partiers were supposed to be conservatives, not communists. Why not let the market decide what musicians, writers, artists and producers succeed or fail based on their merits and keep big-government out of it. Wouldn't that be the truly conservative thing to do?


Fearghoul
Comment posted November 4, 2010 @ 1:55 am

You are an idiot


Guest
Comment posted November 4, 2010 @ 2:00 am

I have a problem with that…If they (conservative musicians, writers, artists and producers) can't cut it in the free market then why should we have to lift them up? No one has been keeping conservative musicians, writers, artists and producers from working or trying to scrape a living like any other musician, writer, artist or producer…So their (Tea Party Patriots) demand that we start supporting conservative musicians, writers, artists and producers is just a demand for a bailout so they can move their agenda forward, not sink or swim like the free market intends. Sorry but I thought Tea Party Patriots were against bailouts of any kind?


Guest
Comment posted November 4, 2010 @ 2:01 am

They know plenty about hope and change, they just don;t know how to deliver it.


Calvert
Comment posted November 4, 2010 @ 2:26 am

Actually, there was a country in the recent past that attempted this: having state-mandated musical performances meant to reinforce the political ideology of the ruling party. They were known as “Revolutionary Operas” and were a very prominent feature of Mao Zedong's “Cultural Revolution.” As a limited-government conservative myself, I am very disturbed to see people who consider themselves conservative wanting to adopt the failed political policies of Maoist Communism. The Tea Party may be many things but one thing they most certainly are not is conservative.


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Comment posted November 4, 2010 @ 3:18 am

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Daganawidah
Comment posted November 5, 2010 @ 3:02 am

There was second country, one Mao copied from — USSR. Soviet control extended to all aspects of the arts. Revolutionary Operas were restricted to Mao. “Correct” Soviet material carried VIA label of approval.

In actuality, there is a considerable resemblance to Wedge Document of the Discovery Institute, in regards to pushing agenda of control of the literature, music, and other media. I am suspecting a shift here, as IDiot movement abjectly failed.


Daganawidah
Comment posted November 5, 2010 @ 3:09 am

I have been seeing a very Soviet tendency, Stalinist to be particular, in post-bush years. Prominent Bush era leaders, Bush, McCain, and The Governator, have all been denounced as false conservatives. Much literature can be compared closely to Stalinist agitprop.

From Soviet era, no approved musicians are remembered. Underground groups like Kino, Aqvarium, and Nautilus Pompilius are remembered and still popular.


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