I’m a Liberal and I Love the Tea Party — No, I’m Not Crazy

crazy-people-tea-partyAlright, hear me out, because it’s true — I do love the Tea Party.

But obviously not for the same reasons many right-wing Republicans do.

Since the news broke that Michele Bachmann wasn’t going to seek re-election, many liberals have been celebrating.  It’s easy to see why — the woman is insane.  She believed God “told her to run for president” and that you can “pray away the gay.”  We’ve rarely seen such a well known politician from one of the two major political parties openly behave so radically, yet be accepted so strongly by the “mainstream” of their party.  Usually, characters like this are hidden away in Congress and rarely heard from.

But not Bachmann.  She quickly became a leading face for the Tea Party movement, and in essence, the Republican Party.

And that’s why I love the Tea Party.

It has put front and center the true nature of where conservatives want to take this country.

People like Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Rick Perry and a few others have become the face of the Republican Party.  While the legend of Reagan still gets brought up when Republicans try to cheer lead for their side, even his memory has begun to fade a bit as many of these out of touch right-wing radicals have become more nationally known.

It’s hard to continue to claim to be the “party of Reagan” when many who worked for, and with, President Reagan say he wouldn’t even win a Republican primary with the extreme right shift of conservative ideology these last few years.

I don’t fear the Tea Party — what I do fear are the moves being made by Republicans like Governor Chris Christie.  He’s recognized that a Republican can’t win a general election embracing these radical Tea Party tactics, and has made a conscious effort the last few months to try and appeal to the more moderate voters.

He’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

But Tea Party Republicans are fantastic for liberal Americans.  As our society as a whole continues to become more liberal, these radicals have made the most fringe parts of conservatism the cornerstones of the Republican Party.

Sure, in the short-term these Tea Party Republicans have been a giant obstruction for progress in the United States — but their popularity has plummeted since 2012, bringing the Republican Party down with them.  And while this has happened, liberal ideologies continue to become more widely accepted by the majority of Americans.

And we’re on the brink of maybe the best chance liberals have had to finally put a final nail in the Republican coffin.  We are headed towards 8 years of President Obama, and possibly 8 years of Hillary Clinton.  That’s 16 years of Democratic leadership.

As our economy continues to improve, the Affordable Care Act proves its doubters wrong and we continue toward a sensible plan to balance our budgets — what could Republicans say then?

The answer: Absolutely nothing.

They would be left doing what they’ve done since September — creating fake “conspiracies” that the majority of Americans don’t care about.

The Tea Party has been a great thing for liberals.  It’s taken the Republican Party and turned it against itself.  It’s created a situation where for these candidates to win their GOP primaries they have to appeal to the far right fringe of their party, but while doing this Republicans choose candidates who often struggle to win general elections.

So while it’s easy to celebrate the end of Michele Bachmann in Congress because she is insane, let’s not forget that her insanity being front and center of the Republican Party has been a great weapon for Democrats to use against the GOP.

Luckily for liberals, there are plenty of crazy Tea Party Republicans out there to continue to be the face of the GOP.

And that’s great news for Democrats all across the country.

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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