Far-Right Conservative Groups Now Admitting That They Want to Hijack GOP for Radical Agenda

jim-demintFor 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.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • rockit robb

    Tea party = American Talaban

  • strayaway

    Who would have guessed that progressives would ever have become empathetic supporters and cheerleaders, to a point, of neocon Republicans who screwed up the budget surplus, started stupid wasteful wars, and expanded police state policies? Cheney, Rumsfield, Bush, and even Rove (?) are now the good guys? Too funny! It’s an admission that neocon Republicans are the kissing cousins of mainstream Democrats.

    • TheDivineMisterM

      I’d never kiss a Republican even if they WERE my cousin.

      • regressive rightwing trash

        Id go down on and “drill baby drill” palin,,,,,otherwise U are correct

      • Quasi Hedron

        Ewwww! She is a skank and an evil person.

      • Yee-gads! Have some self respect. I wouldn’t fuck Palin with a stolen dick!

  • Wilson

    OK, GOP, it is simple, if they primary your candidate simply threaten to run as an independent or actually do run as an independent. This either guarantees your dem opponent wins or the TP backs off. Really will normal GOP members actually give in and vote for these radical candidates??? I can’t believe it.

  • Gary Menten

    The GOP is like a ship with it’s rudder jammed in a hard-right turn. Instead of trying to free the rudder though, the crew just keeps stoking the boilers, making sure the ship just steams in a circle, slowly going nowhere at great expense. The sad part is that they’ll just keep doing it as long as they have big bucket loads of corporate cash to fuel them. If you want to stop the GOP, find a way to separate them from their corporate sponsors.

  • regressive rightwing trash

    vote republican,,,,,so we can all have white trash regressive jeeeesus freaks tell women/blacks/latins/gays/martians/kids to just shut up and “be American”

  • sherry06053

    “A group that was driven by fear, paranoia, hatred, ignorance and bigotry.”
    You forgot greed and cold heartedness…
    What I would like to know is why the main stream Republicans allow them to dictate the direction the party heads. Why are they allowed to decide what they are for and against (other than the opposite of what Obama wants). None have been in their offices for very long – most are freshman. Is it because they raise the most money? Is it because they represent the wealthy and corporations? Because the SCOTUS certainly are making things easier for them, and some of their rulings certainly aren’t what the majority of what Americans want. Someone is supporting them, and making the rest of the Republicans go along with their actions.

  • Mara

    No difference between the forward progressive types on the left and the freedom work types on the right…..both have their agendas and are viewed as radicals by both……period