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The Tea Party is the Problem

Clay Bennett
© Clay Bennett

Commentators like to appear unbiased by declaring that our biggest problem is partisanship in Washington.

What a joke.

The problem is not partisanship. In fact, according to Jon Favreau, the problem isn’t even the partisans. It is not Democrats (including Obama), and it isn’t even Republicans. The problem is the Tea Party.

The Tea Party is the most destructive force in American politics today. Over the last few weeks, it has demonstrated again that its intent is not to shake up the establishment but to burn down the village.

Democrats and Republicans can argue all they want over the role of government, but we cannot allow the Tea Party to continue holding the country hostage over its kamikaze mission to destroy government. The vast majority of Americans reject that mission, and we’re not about to sacrifice ourselves or our democracy as collateral damage. It’s time for all of us to get together and fight the crazy.

The Tea Party has made itself wildly unpopular, and yet they still hold a ridiculous amount of power over the government. Let’s hope we remember this during the next election and use the vote to solve the problem.



  1. TJ wrote:

    Here, here!

    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 8:44 am | Permalink
  2. LGN wrote:

    Tea Party? Hardly, nor a Sunday School picnic.
    Jihadists, right in the middle of the Republican Party, with a big I, as in ME!, in the middle, or
    JRIPS. or jrIps.

    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 8:47 am | Permalink
  3. westomoon wrote:

    Yes, the Tea Party is an abomination.

    Does that make the Republicans, who have fed and housed and raised, and until recently, loved the Tea Party, blameless?

    Please remember that “Maverick” McCain, who gloried in briefly donning the persona of “reasonable man”, or even “grownup”, chose one of the TP’s most flamboyant — and most archetypal — spokespeople as his Presidential running mate just a few years ago.

    Yes,the path the R Party chose to follow has left them in an untenable, pitiable position which also endangers America. But let’s not descend to another round of false equivalency — they dealt this mess, and until they butch up enough to put sanity over political dominance, we are all stuck with the mess the Republicans created.

    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Permalink