The Tea Party Is Slowly Dying, But It’s Being Replaced By Fascism

teapartyRemember when the Tea Party was the dumbest thing that the Republican Party had going on? Remember when we had Michele Bachmann and the half-term governor from Alaska as the best examples of how mindless GOP voters had become? Boy, those were the days, weren’t they?


Just a few years ago, the Tea Party was all the rage in the Republican Party. Armed with “Don’t Tread On Me” flags and tri-cornered hats, they held rallies around the country while political grifters warned about Obamacare death panels and promised to “take back America” while peddling their books. Now the Tea Party has hit a new low in support since the last poll in October as the Republican Party enters a new, far more bizarre chapter in its history.

Via Forbes:

Gallup noted in a recent release that support for the Tea Party peaked at 32% nationally after the 2010 election. In Gallup’s October poll, 17% described themselves as “supporters” of the movement. Another 24% described themselves as “opponents,” and slightly more than half, 54%, said they were neither a supporter nor an opponent. Among Republicans, 52% in Gallup surveys in 2010 called themselves supporters. In Gallup’s combined polls from 2014–2015, support among Republicans had dropped 14 points to 38%.

A new online poll from the Public Religion Research Institute asks a question with different wording, but it, too, reveals a drop in support. Five years ago, 11% in a PRRI poll “identified” with the movement. Today, just 6% do. The new poll also shows that among Republicans, the movement has lost considerable luster: 22% identified with it in 2010, and 14% do so now. (Source)

Although the Tea Party is beginning to fade away, there is still plenty of resentment and anger within the Republican Party, as perfectly illustrated by the current popularity of Donald Trump. However, the sheer stupidity and hatred demonstrated by his supporters makes the holders of misspelled signs about socialism at Tea Party rallies look like a gathering of political Einsteins in comparison.


The fact that the Tea Party is declining in popularity but the GOP continues to tack ever further to the right-wing fringe should be very troubling, not just for the Republican Party, but for our country as a whole. Considering that out of the top presidential contenders, only Ted Cruz seems to have the full support of the Tea Party and sits in fourth place, this shows the GOP has moved to the right of the Tea Party in a very short period of time.

Part of the blame can certainly be placed on the conservative media. For a period of time, the Tea Party was considered revolutionary and websites like TPNN.com flourished. Eventually, simply spreading conspiracy stories about gun confiscation and Obamacare death panels wasn’t enough. This explains why Donald Trump has such a “yuuuuugge” lead in GOP polls; he’s willing to say the things that many Tea Party leaders would have considered just a bit too much, and voters are eating it up.

The Republican Party is lurching away from the Tea Party and toward a frightening marriage of religious fanaticism and fascism. Based on history, this cannot end well, at all.



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  • Reynardine

    Re-reading “Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” did not make me comfortable.

  • JosephEngel

    What do you expect? Where are you giving them to go? It’s often referred to as polarization, but in reality it’s absolutism. Either you’re absolutely with me or you absolutely against me. And the left is just as guilty of this as the right is.

    • Jo Clark

      Well, I don’t agree that the left is just as guilty. That’s a total load of crap. But let’s just entertain, for the moment, your idea that they are. The ideas that you think the left are so “absolute” about happen to serve, protect and aid the broad swath of the US population. The ideas proposed by the right aid no one but the wealthy and white.

      It’s a whole different thing when you’re promoting good things, such as the left does. Some leftist politicians may have some differences in how to go about it, but bottom line is, they do all serve the people. Are you suggesting we shouldn’t be absolute about opposing the right? They’re racist, homophobic, xenophobic, controlling and vile, and generally act like trash, and you think we should not be absolute about it?

      I’ve been saying for years that the only method to get rid of this group is to ostracize and marginalize. Make them understand, they are not accepted in society and neither are their extreme beliefs. They can’t be reasoned with. They have zero critical thinking skills. They refuse to even entertain immutable facts that don’t fit their narrative. We’ve been yapping facts at them for years and it’s done virtually no good.

      “Where are you giving them to go?” Good question, but I remind you, we didn’t make the bed they’re sleeping in. They did this 100% to themselves. Have they dug themselves a hole they can’t get out of? You bet they have. Is it our job to gently lead them out? No. It’s our job to ostracize them as the dregs of society. They refuse to accept that society is moving in a progressive direction. Religion is on the wane. And they’re terrified.

      Just as a side note to the article, I’ve been pasting, in different threads for at least 6-7 years, the 14 points of fascism and comparing them to the tea party. I saw this coming long ago. The fact that it’s gotten as far as it has is a terrible thing and we should all be very concerned about it, and fight it tooth and nail. This is the GOP platform in essence; all Trump has done is say these things loudly and vulgarly, but they’re all thinking it. The only difference between Trump and the rest of the candidates is the size of his mouth and his vulgarity.

      • JosephEngel

        You just proved my point for me. Look at some of the assertions you just made. You’re the good guy, anyone Republican is the bad guy and that’s all there is to it.

        The problem is that in this upcoming election cycle all your preconceived notions are going to be turned upside down.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        It really isn’t my side is the “good guy” and yours in the “bad guy”. The TEA party and Democrats aren’t equivalent at all. We are talking the BASE of the GOP, which are the teabagger/libertardian/religious extremists. What is the GOP offering Americans who are actually reasonable? They seem to only be catering to extremists and America is not full of extremists even though their presidential candidates mostly are. The moderate GOP candidates are getting pummeled because of the monsters they have had to keep riled up based on fear of the “others” and selling outright lies. They have waged a propaganda campaign of lies over the last 7 years over fears of socialism, selling of baby parts, government taking your guns, the president is a secret Muslim, etc. The GOP is full of outright stupid people today who are not rooted in reality. If you, or they, believe any of this garbage, you and they are the problem.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        The left vs the extremist wing of the GOP are not equal at all.

      • Edward Krebbs

        As an example, while Obama catches a lot of guff as being an extreme leftist (along with Marxist, Leninist, Kenyan, …) reality is that he is also criticized a lot from the left as not going far enough. Reality is that he is a centrist.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Except your examples of Marxist, etc are not rooted in reality. Those are purely ridiculous examples of what mentally challenged people believe.

        Him not governing from the “left” enough is a legitimate complaint since he was elected in a landslide twice to do so.

      • Jake Spooz

        Correct, the left is equal only to lying, corrupt, uneducated and misinformed scumbágs.

      • Gail Sims Smith

        The TeaParty-led faction in the GOP have dragged the party so extremely far to the right, often with threats to “primary” any moderates, that even the moderate, centerists look “extremely far left” to the new Teapublican Party. The ideals of the moderates, regardless of party affiliation, really have not moved much, but the point of view of the average Teapublican has changed so much that most everyone seems to be extremely far left of where they stand. That is, of course, scary, but isn’t an accurate picture of where the moderates are actually standing when the whole spectrum of political beliefs is included in the picture.

      • Sparrow

        “The ideas proposed by the right aid no one but the wealthy and white.” what a load of racist and divisive nonsense. Even labels like Left & Right are meaningless. Talk about the merit of policy decisions, not sweeping generalizations about social clubs- because that is what the political parties have become. Many policies supported by conservatives actually benefit all citizens and are, in fact, based on quite a bit of reality.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Just curious, but what have conservatives, on the national level, gotten correct in the last 25 years? What policies are you pointing to that benefit all citizens? They had total control from 2001-2007 and then control of everything other than the Presidency for most of the past 3 years. What have they gotten right?

      • Sparrow

        For example- one issue is the economy. There are different philosophies as to how to make the lives of the average working person better- stimulus driven (Dem) or organic growth (Rep), and there are merits to both sides. How can there be a meaningful discussion if both sides vilify the other, and just line up along party lines? (witness the gridlock we have now). I happen to believe in the conservative approach to this, which is reduce government spending, lower taxes, while making the tax code more fair (which ironically is what Trump proposes! close loopholes for corporations, raise taxes on the wealthy, and lower taxes on middle class and people making under 25K pay nothing). It almost sounds like a Democratic platform. I think most people on the Left, have their hearts in the right place, but I think there is just as much control by special interests, including big Wall St. banks that pull the strings on that side. I also think that a lot of the money for social programs never really gets to the people that need help, and is diverted to large administrative budgets that enrich a lot of people (who happen to be Democrats). So it doesn’t seem so B & W to me. There’s “policy” and then there’s unintended consequences. On social issues, I lean more toward Bernie Sanders, but on economy I side with Trump. Go figure!

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Trump is an idiot and will never, ever be President. He is just another example of a racist blowhard, born on third base (+) who thought he hit a homerun. He is writing Democratic attack ads on republicans as I type this. He has absolutely zero chance in a general election, which is why we as Democrats are currently staying quiet. Never interrupt when your opponents are in the middle of a mistake. He is just bullying the GOP field right now and I find it hysterical.

        Honestly, President Obama did his best to work with Republicans and they proceeded to lie about and vilify him endlessly for the past 7 years, which started from day ONE. Republicans have demonstrated that they wanted to sink this country every step of the way. They DO know how to get elected during low turnout elections though, based on fear of the “others” and preaching that the government is broken and doesn’t function; then they get elected, and PROVE it doesn’t function (when they are in office). The government actually does function when you have adults in office who are committed to its success, not its failure. The GOP has only dreamed of the failure of the US government for the past 7 years and have devoted all of their energy to assuring those dreams are realized. (see Ted Cruz)

        And yes there are incidences where people abuse the social safety net, but that doesn’t mean EVERYONE does or even a meaningful percentage do. Those instances are greatly exaggerated by the right wing echo chamber. For some reason, those same people don’t vilify Halliburton, Northrup Grumman, Blackwater, etc who stole from the US government, and continue to this day. It is much easier to pick on poor people (especially if they don’t look like you want them to look).

      • strayaway

        Wow! Can I join your self-righteous hate brigade?

      • Jim Valley

        Every word he wrote is correct. You see “hate” in everything you don’t like the sound of, never once realizing that YOU are the hater.

      • strayaway

        Jim, You must be a member too. Self-aggrandizement is always so befitting a fascist personality. Didn’t fascists once “ostracize and marginalize” a group, as Jo Clark proposes, “to get rid of this group”? “It’s our job to ostracize them as the dregs of society” Jo Clark goes on. Duty calls. What next, Kristalnacht?

        “I have the DUTY to be a fighter for truth and justice.” – National Socialist leader Adolph Hitler

        It is the DUTY of the revolution to put an end to compromise, and to put an end to compromise means taking the path of socialist revolution. -Lenin

      • Jim Valley

        “Didn’t fascists once “ostracize and marginalize” a group, as Jo Clark proposes, “to get rid of this group”? “It’s our job to ostracize them as the dregs of society” Jo Clark goes on. “It’s our job.” Duty calls. What next, Kristalnacht?”

        This is such a stupid argument! By your same logic, our effort to stamp out ISIS (or any other terrorist group) is also fascist and should be abandoned. Surely you can do better than this.

      • strayaway

        Try to follow the conversation. Jo Clark claims it is “our job” to “ostracize and marginalize” Americans he disagrees with. Fascist eliminate their domestic opposition. Joe McCarthy had the same idea. ISIS, in contrast, is a foreign entity as long as we don’t vet them as ‘refugees”.

      • Jim Valley

        What about al Qaeda sleeper cells in America, composed of American citizens? What about the KKK? Just leave them alone so we’re not fascists? Please. This is such a stupid argument to make.

      • strayaway

        Re-write Jo Clark’s post to be about blacks and, yes, it would have sounded like it could have been written by a Grand Wizard. Tell us about the Al-Queda sleeper cells in America composed of American citizens. I want to hear more. Or were you comparing the 2,996 Al-Queda homicides committed on 9/11 with the 21 KKK homicides since 1960? Both organizations conducted terrorist acts although I’m not sure if the word “fascist ” fits either group as well as “terrorist”.

      • Jim Valley

        Did you know that since 9/11, more Americans have been killed by right-wing terrorists than by radical jihadists?

      • strayaway

        Here I was being really nice to you and spotting you an extra 40 years to make the KKK statistics more comparable to Al-Queda statistics if you were equating those two groups. The left aways sets the starting date as “Since 9/11” instead of, for instance, since sometime before 9/11, or beginning with and including 9/11.

        The left also ignore the possibility and potential of WMD attacks which could be exponentially worse than 9/11. I’m guessing that such possible attacks would be more likely committed by Islamic groups than domestic terrorists. So even if the KKK has killed 1/24th as many people in the US in the last 55 years as Al-Queda has in the last 14 years, I don’t think the KKK has as much incentive to destroy NYC or our economy as Al-Queda or ISIS.

        How about if we compared the number murders committed by right wingers with the number of murderers who probably voted for Obama? There were 8 murders in Chicago over each of the last two weekends.

      • Prairiegale

        Your side note is my thoughts too, as I have read and posted in various news sites for quite some time also. The tone of posts were changing and little by little and I was aware of Fascism creeping in. When I would mention it, I was called a naysayer or worse.
        It has been rare the media, at least the MSM, has called out the lies and propaganda put out and only since the Right’s rhetoric has become so blatantly vile and Fascist. I think some people are starting to call the Right what they are. Unfortunately, the Right’s base is to ignorant to see what has happened or is happening. Thanks for the post.

    • Jim Valley

      Your false equivalency is annoying. The left is nowhere near as “guilty” of ANYTHING bad as the far right. The left favors helping people and doing good. The right favors hurting people and tearing down everything others have built. Talk about an easy choice! And no, the parties are NOT the same, let’s get that right.

      • Sparrow

        I wish I could see it from your point of view, that it is such an easy choice (see my post above). On social issues I side with the Left, but on the economy, I side with the Right. I think the stimulus program has 1) covered up the mess created by Wall St., holding no one accountable, giving bankers a pass (both Obama & Hillary are very cozy with big banks and 2) created an “artificial” recovery that has ONLY enriched the wealthy (those that hold substantial assets) at the expense of all other Americans, created MORE income inequality, and all done in the name of “doing good.” Is there no duplicity there? I just think it’s an oversimplification to think that people with conservative ideas have nothing to contribute, have ill intentions and no compassion.

      • Jim Valley

        ” I just think it’s an oversimplification to think that people with conservative ideas have nothing to contribute, have ill intentions and no compassion.”

        How I wish there were not so many conservatives who can be described just that way. Most of the politicians have found ways of speaking that mask these factors. Conservatives who post comments online, alas, have not.

      • Sparrow

        That’s true. A lot of nasty people out there, from reading the blogs! I can’t believe what people write online, actually, because they are anonymous. Hopefully the people you are reading are the extremists, and not representative of everyone. On a side note, I met Donald Trump (by accident) a few years ago. He was looking through magazines in the newsstand in the Trump Towers lobby (we went in there out of curiosity with my wife’s family, who are Mexican-American/Cherokee) and he was surprisingly gracious to them. He asked “how do you like NY?” and made small talk. He didn’t seem racist at all. So I guess that colored my experience of him. Although he is saying some outrageous things now! Anyway, I admire your ideals. Hopefully I am not a fascist!

      • JosephEngel

        You speak in vague generalities and platitudes, you should try being specific.

      • Jim Valley

        “And the left is just as guilty of this as the right is.”

        That’s a whopper of a vague generality you put out there yourself, Sport.

      • JosephEngel

        Which “left” are you talking about? The American left or the global left. Because if you’re talking about the global one then you’re going to lose that debate. The American left? Well, considering that all the American left never had a real hold on power in this country I would have to agree within some respects but if stanch liberals do get full power then you might be in for a big surprise as to how much damage they could really do.

      • Jim Valley

        The fact that this article is about the Tea Party and American politics should have given you a clue that “the left” would imply “in America”.

      • JosephEngel

        Ok, well then I can give you an example of the kind of damage that leftist groups have already done, one in particular is call “PEG”, or the “Pacific Educational Group”. Are you familiar with them? They exemplify extreme leftist ideals applied to education. And they were contracted to handle education for a variety of St. Pail schools and do you know what the end result was? Anarchy. No real improvements were made and the damage to the education the students there will probably never be known.

        But it serves as a lesson on runaway leftist ideology applied in the real world. No extreme political ideologies are really functional, left or right. Whenever applied they eventually fail spectacularly. We need to get back to addressing the real issues and finding pragmatic solutions instead of chasing fantasies.

      • Jim Valley

        I never heard of them. I assume that you are claiming that their national impact has been as big as that of the Tea Party on the other side?

      • JosephEngel

        I’m claiming that their national impact would have been disastrous if implemented on a national scale. Read about their goals and methodologies, it’s textbook modern extreme leftism. And it is a striking example of what happens when you attempt to apply it.

      • Jim Valley

        You can find a lot of individuals and small groups of Americans whose ideas “would have been disastrous if implemented on a national scale”. But they haven’t been, and they won’t be. So why are we talking about it?

        I take it you feel that conservative ideology frees one from behaving like a typical human being, and thus that there are not and have never been any groups similar to this one on the right. Correct?

      • JosephEngel

        What do you mean “why are we talking about it”? We’re talking about it because you stated that conservative ideology is more destructive than liberal, and I gave you an example of extreme leftist ideology applied to children in a educational institution and the results are clear and measurable. So what if it wasn’t implemented on a national scale? Thank God that it wasn’t. And I don’t throw in with conservatives, haven’t you been paying any attentional to what I’ve been saying? I’m saying that purely ideological political tactics, positions and actions are destructive. I want pragmatism, not ideology.