The tea party was initially embraced by the Republican party as a mechanism to reinvent itself after the Bush administration. See, for all their finger pointing at President Obama, they went out of their way to try to wash away any remnants of G.W. Bush. Yes, the tea party was also a response to Barack Obama being elected president, which is evident in the clear racial overtones within the party — but it was also the Republican party’s way to try to say, “We’re conservatives, and this time we mean it!”
But what was once meant to usher in a new era in the Republican party has now turned into a disease that’s not only threatening to rip our country apart, but also destroy the very political party which it was supposed to be saving.
When Republicans embraced the tea party’s philosophies, they were embracing the worst elements of their own party. Both parties have their radical bases, but liberals don’t put theirs in charge. Hell, we don’t even give them much attention.
Sure, some Republicans think President Obama and the current crop of Democrats are “radical liberals,” but what they don’t get is that real “radical liberals” think President Obama and this current crop of Democrats are no better than Republicans. Which proves they’re far from anything “radically liberal,” as many Republicans like to imply.
However, as the years go on, the tea party has eaten away at any semblance of sanity that remained within the GOP. Now you have Republican senators calling out “tea party favorite” Republicans for simply not understanding how government works. But even when these non tea party-backed Republicans do oppose the radical nature of some of their tea party-supported members, they usually end up treading that water very lightly. By opposing these radical antics by some of their colleagues they could possibly expose themselves to weakness in their primary battles, and ultimately lose their seat to a candidate the tea party supports.
And that’s where the danger lies.
See, liberals can’t defeat the tea party. Sure, we can expose their lies and vote for Democrats that will stand against them—but that doesn’t stop the tea party from engulfing the Republican party and sending this country into a perpetuate battle between common sense and radical right-wing idolatry of some kind of mythical reality.
For the tea party to truly be defeated, it’s going to take Republicans to stand up and take their party back. It’s up to sensible Republicans (yes, I know some do still exist) to stand in fierce opposition against the most radical elements of their own party. Because if the antics of Ted Cruz have shown us anything, it’s that these tea party Republicans simply don’t operate on rules that are based on reality. They operate based on whatever they want to be real instead of what is real.
Liberals simply cannot remove tea party influence from the Republican party. Trust us, we would love to be able to. But any time we try to take a stand against one of these clowns, it just comes off as some sort of partisan attack.
And if Republicans don’t stop the tea party from continuing to infect their party, it’s ultimately going to destroy it. While I would love for liberals to have ultimate power, I understand that’s never going to happen. Our best chance is to have representatives from both sides that are willing to work past differences to find a compromise which can push our country forward.
So if Republicans don’t act (and soon), the tea party is going to continue to slither its way into more power and more influence. Ultimately the GOP will be left weak, fractured and in a state of “civil war” between those Republicans who understand reality and the tea party Republicans who seem to like to invent their own. And as much fun as that sometimes may be to watch, it’s still terrible for our country and the progress we need to be making.
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