Friday, September 24, 2010

Concerning the Tea Party Movement


After reading my friend Dillon Jones’ article about the failure of the conservatives to produce a Tea Party like movement during the spending frenzy of Bush 43’s presidency, I decided to expand on this idea in exposing the selective and hypocritical nature of mainstream conservatives’ proclaimed position as supporters of fiscal responsibility and limited government. I also intend to shine some light on the origin and subsequent infiltration of the movement known as the Tea Party.

The modern Tea Party was born out of the populist anger to the GOP led (and Dem. complacent) government maleficence, that occurred in the wake of 9/11. The patriot act, warrant-less wiretapping, preemptive wars, the clear usage of the 9/11 myth as a political weapon, and unanswered questions about 9/11 itself. These were the issues that brought about the 9/11 truth movement, which then resulted in the huge popularity of the Ron Paul presidential campaign. The common element people were/are protesting is that the government had carte blanche to sacrifice our liberties in return for "security".

The "original" Tea Party (not the original, original) was a 9/11 truth event. I remember seeing the promotion for this in 2006. The idea was then picked up by Ron Paul supporters (the majority being conscious of 9/11 truth) in 2007. I attended one on 12/16/07 (anniversary of the real event) in Austin. An estimated thousand people attended and there was a reenactment of the Boston tea party, with boxes labeled Iraq War, Iran War, NEOCONS, NATO, Patriot Act, GITMO, CIA, Homeland Security, National Debt, Federal Reserve, etc. thrown into the water. Notice that this is the antithesis of the philosophically bankrupt GOP establishment. The original tea party had a unanimous consensus condemning both parties. The tea party has been hijacked from the 9/11 truth/ Ron Paul/ Libertarian uprising by the very people it was protesting.

Although the current tea party still has legitimate concerns about out of control spending, skyrocketing debt, and the growing bureaucracy, these concerns ring hollow unless you strike at the root of the problem, i.e. the "Federal" "Reserve". The Federal Reserve is the mechanism by which the out of control spending and debt is allowed to continue. The original tea party understood this, even as late as April of 2009 (the last tea party I attended in San Marcos). After examining photos from the event, the content of the protest was over 90% about the Federal Reserve and bailouts. When we (college students) were joined later by older citizens donning American flag garb, the content seemed to steer away from specifically the federal reserve to taxation in general, income tax (it was tax day), the stimulus bill, debt, and the bailouts. People knowledgeable about the Fed will recognize that our current tax schemes, debt, and bailouts are all made possible via the Fed, (and a compliant congress, white house) yet these, what I'm assuming would self-identify as "conservatives", appeared ignorant of this fact. Keep in mind that Bush, McCain, Palin, and Glenn Beck all supported the Federal Reserve bailouts which costs are now estimated at being as high as $23.7 TRILLION. This fact alone makes the idea that Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, and the GOP are going to now spearhead a "fiscally conservative" movement laughable. Under the GOP the government bloated in size, doubled it’s debt, and spent $5 trillion on wars abroad and “homeland security” in six years. The insane costs of the “defense” and intelligence institutions is the elephant in the room when it comes to the GOP establishment movement towards fiscal conservatism. This is so glaringly obvious, yet the new self-proclaimed leaders of the tea party, especially Sarah Palin, say nothing of this.

Military Budget of the United States
Breakdown of the United States 2011 Budget

Military/security spending is 63% of the total budget. The total for defense spending is between $880 billion and $1.03 trillion in fiscal year 2010. The non-military “national security” costs are at $520 billion. By the end of 2008, the U.S. had spent approximately $900 billion in direct costs on the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Indirect costs such as interest on the additional debt and incremental costs of caring for the more than 33,000 wounded borne by the Veterans Administration are additional. Some experts estimate these indirect costs will eventually exceed the direct costs. The classified "black budget" has increased to an estimated $50 billion. The Washington Post published a bomb shell series called “Top Secret America” which described “A hidden world, growing beyond control. The top-secret world the government created in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work.” Miami Herald writer Glen Garvin’s article “It’s Still Welfare” nailed it spot on when he wrote, “A most peculiar thing happened last week: The Washington Post ripped a federal welfare boondoggle to shreds, exposing tens of billions of dollars of waste, duplication and bureaucratic excess . . . and conservatives didn't erupt in astonishment and praise. In fact, they didn't raise a peep.
That's because the welfare queens ripping off taxpayer dollars in this case aren't poverty pimps waving the bloody flag of race and class, but military-industrial hustlers exploiting the war on terrorism to build themselves opulent and powerful fiefdoms.”

Let’s not forget the GOP championed, so called “War on Drugs”. As one SFL writer puts it “In short, the war on drugs is probably the most egregiously wrong, wasteful, and harmful policy of the United States over the last 40 years. By any standard - ethical, practical, historical, etc. - the drug war is a complete failure.” By the way, if this complete failure was ended, it could save American taxpayers $44 billion every year.

Does anyone else not see the insanity and hypocrisy in ignoring all of this while spewing rhetoric about excessive debt and spending?

Perhaps this is why on one hand the Army, Homeland Security, FBI, and Israeli Defense Forces are spying or training to engage on tea party protests, while on the other hand the GOP and Democratic establishment is infiltrating or demonizing the tea parties in an attempt to shift them into dimensions more friendly to the establishment and left/right paradigm. The topics no longer include the Fed, ending the wars, or abolishing the CIA. It's about neocons griping about spending and taxation that doesn't go to bombing broken back 3rd world countries, or setting up an Orwellian "national security" state here in America, while the ridiculous and discredited corporate media babbles about "racism". The Tea Party movement currently taking place however has not become completely controlled. I estimate that half of the tea party protesters are suspicious of the Republican hijacking and understand that the GOP is a part of the problem and not the solution.

A video of a 2009 Tea Party in Chicago illustrates perfectly how the liberal media has ignored the legitimate, non-partisan aspects of Tea Parties that still exist (in this case a sign reading “Republicans suck too - End the Fed). Of course the other side of the coin of the GOP take over was getting the controlled left to present just the half that was establishment GOP friendly. This worked as a recruitment technique for all the neocons the world over to act as useful idiots, hijacking an anti-establishment, grassroots movement, which I once personally saw, symbolically throw over the neocons themselves into the water. I can only hope that the Tea Party candidates that are set to oust the incumbents this November are truly and not just selectively fiscally responsible, and that they remember the message of the Tea Parties in 2006, 2007, and 1776.

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