For a while now most liberals have been well aware of the fact that the tea party is nothing more than a tool used by far-right conservative groups to manipulate the Republican party, and by result, our government. Though at first the tea party tried to masquerade as some “grassroots” movement of ordinary Americans sick and tired of the “business as usual” politics in Washington, their true intentions became clear with every rally they held and candidate they endorsed.
The tea party was a carefully crafted PR stunt by the Republican party to “rebuild” themselves after eight years of George W. Bush nearly destroyed their entire party—and our country. It was also a group that racism flocked towards in response to the United States electing its first black president.
After some time, the tea party exposed itself as nothing more than a representative of the most far-right reaching “values” of the Republican party. A group that was driven by fear, paranoia, hatred, ignorance and bigotry.
But at its core, it was nothing more than a group meant to manipulate millions of Americans into support the ideology of a few radically right conservative groups like FreedomWorks, the Club For Growth and Heritage Action for America.
However, for the most part, these groups stayed in the shadows as the tea party continued to claim that it was still a grassroots movement of Americans pushing for a return to “traditional American values.”
Well, they are in the shadows no longer. Following the attention the government shutdown put on the GOP, and even more so Texas Senator Ted Cruz (a huge tea party favorite), it appears these groups are now embracing the limelight and admitting they fully intend to hijack the GOP to push their more radical ideologies.
Now these groups are publicly threatening current Republicans who stand in their way of completely radicalizing the Republican party.
Essentially, the only thing a current Republican needs to do is compromise and work with President Obama to be considered a target by these groups.
In fact, the Club For Growth has launched a website titled “Primary My Congressman.”
If you visit their page, you’ll see a picture of a rhino in the upper left hand corner. Why a rhino? Well, R.I.N.O stands for Republican In Name Only, alluding to the fact that they feel these particular Republicans who they’ll be trying to “primary” aren’t real Republicans.
You know, kind of like a cult. “Either you’re with us, or against us.” That’s basically the mindset of these groups.
But just how radical are these groups? Karl Rove is actually someone who often opposes many of their tactics. That is how bad it’s getting. The GOP is shifting so far right that the mastermind behind some of the more radical conservative movements of the last few decades is seen by these groups as “too moderate.”
Because let’s not forget, the healthcare mandate was actually a Republican idea not too long ago. Now it’s seen as “radical liberal socialism” taking over the country.
But what it really breaks down to is this: Any Republican who tries to work with President Obama to actually help move our country forward, and build our economy back up, does so at the risk of being shamed and called out by members of their own party.
That’s basically the only parameter these radical right-wing groups are using to determine who’s a “real Republican” and who’s not.
In the past, these groups mostly kept their hands clean with their intention to push the Republican party to the far-right stretches of conservatism — they’re now publicly admitting that’s exactly what they’re trying to do.
And if any current Republican gets in their way, or won’t go along with that plan, they have no problem trying to “take them out” as well.
Because nothing says “freedom” and “good Christian values” (you know, what Republicans claim they represent) quite like blackmailing politicians to do what you want, otherwise you’ll unleash millions of dollars attacking them in an effort to ruin their political careers.
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