The Tea Party Candidates Are Religious Extremists Obsessed With Sex, Abortion, Religion -- Why Doesn't the Media Get That?
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Are we talking about Tea Partier Joe Miller, running for Senate in Alaska, whose platform states: "I am unequivocally pro-life and life must be protected from the moment of conception to the time of natural death." That Joe Miller? Or the same Rand Paul who not only wants to go back to the days when businesses can discriminate against customers, but who also believes he knows "when life begins?"
Nikki Haley, Pat Toomey...every single one of these candidates has been talking about so-called "social issues," and more to the point they have articulated the most extreme of the extreme positions that exist in the minds of the fundamentalist right wing of this country and had been kept under wraps by campaign managers...until now.
Moreover, they are getting support from a wide range of sources from within the Republican party and from corporate sources. This is no "bake-sale-fueled" grassroots movement, yet the media continues to treat it as such. In Virginia, for example, Ginni Thomas, founder of Liberty Central and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, gave a talk to a group of women in Virginia organized by the conservative group Smart Girl Politics. She said:
"I see more than fiscal issues being answered by the tea parties," Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, told a crowd of conservative women gathered to discuss—among other topics—overturning Roe v. Wade.
AlterNet has a theory that goes like this:
"Here’s how it works: Tea Party Inc. is vying for control of the Republican Party. One of the biggest players in Tea Party Inc. is the AstroTurfing group, FreedomWorks, which is chaired by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, for whom Ginni Thomas worked while the former Texas congressman occupied his leadership post in the Republican Party. Thomas also worked at the Chamber of Commerce, a pro-business organization with Matt Kibbe, who is now the president of FreedomWorks. Keeping it all in the family…"
And continues Karoli:
It more or less goes without saying that whoever the specific players are, they represent the mainstream heart and soul of the Republican party. My question: Is there a way to link up or develop a relationship between specific power players in the Republican party and Liberty Central?
Yes, there are folks at the local level affiliated with Tea Party politics (whatever those politics are beyond undirected disaffection) who do not see so-called social issues as their main concern. Yes there are people disaffected with politics as usual who want change and see this as a means of getting "change," however ill-defined.
And yes there are women leaders. But they are all extremist conservatives on social issues. Ali of Congress.org, writes:
About 55 percent of tea partyers are women, according to a Quinnipiac poll conducted in spring. So are six of the original eight board members of Tea Party Patriots, the largest national coalition group.
Jenny Beth Martin, an oft-quoted Patriots leader, has strived to keep the focus on three guiding principles: constitutionally limited government, fiscal responsibility, and free markets.
Yet at the local level, many tea parties are passionately anti-abortion.
Much of the media has failed and continues to fail to do its job on the Tea Party in any real sense. How many of reporters have read and incorporated any of the info in Jane Mayer's excellent investigative article in the New Yorker on funding, training and sponsorship of the Tea Party by the billionaire Koch brothers whose fortunes are based largely on oil, and who have taken what was an inchoate group of disaffected people and created a "movement" that serves their own corporate interests? Which one of these media outlets, even such respected and beloved outlets as NPR and the NYT, taken this further and examined how much money self-proclaimed Tea Party candidates are getting from such sources?