Not your little sister’s tea party

Remember when Natalie Maines, lead singer of the Dixie Chicks proclaimed during a concert that she was “ashamed that the president [George W. Bush] was from Texas”? Well, I’m ashamed that Republican New York gubernatorial candidate, Carl Paladino is from Buffalo. Simply, he’s a homophobic, elitist jerk and I don’t want him running the state that I’ve lived in my entire life.

The Tea Party and their crazy, tri-cornered hat shenanigans used to intrigue me but honestly, with their big victories in last month’s primary elections, they’re starting to scare me. They could very well take the government by storm in November and then what happens? All hell breaks loose and the rest of the world doesn’t respect America again.

These people are insane! They’re anti-government spending (unless it’s being spent on them). They’re homophobic and they like to throw religion into places where it doesn’t belong. They’re elitist and power-hungry. Matt Taibbi explains it best in his latest Rolling Stone article:

A hall full of elderly white people in Medicare-paid scooters, railing against government spending and imagining themselves revolutionaries as they cheer on the vice-presidential puppet [Sarah Palin] hand-picked by the GOP establishment. If there exists a better snapshot of everything the Tea party represents, I can’t imagine it.

I can understand where they’re coming from–I really do. The Tea Party candidates talk a big game–especially to middle class, middle Americans. I’m sick of corrupt politicians rolling in piles of money while I’m struggling to go to school, keep my loan interest rates at a manageable level and keep a roof over my head. I want reform, too. I want more money for college and a way to ensure I get a post-graduation job so I can get out of my student-loan debt. The Tea Party talks a lot about remedies for all these things for average Americans–but what Tea Party supporters don’t seem to understand is that these politicians who are appealing to their wallets are the same politicians who are rolling in cash and taking government tax kick backs.

A loose definition of the Tea Party might be millions of pissed-off white people sent chasing after Mexicans on Medicaid by the handful of banks and investment firms who advertise on Fox and CNBC.–Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

While I understand how the Tea Party is gaining supporters I can’t even fathom how their supporters don’t see through their mushroom clouds of bull shit.

I choose to believe that the Tea Party isn’t as popular as the media portrays them to be. President Obama won the election (basically) with the college vote, what I think the problem is, is that so far, he’s pretty much ignored us. Yes, he’s accomplished 70 percent of his platform. Yes, I can stay on my parents’ health care until I’m 26…but where’s my loan reform? Why aren’t my interest rates fixed? Why is there no money in TAP and why hasn’t the FAFSA been reformed yet? I know the economy needed fixing and I know you had two wars to deal with, but President Obama, with the midterm elections coming up you need to start paying attention to us again otherwise the Tea Party might just become not only your worst nightmare, but your worst REALITY.

This is politics after all, Mr. President. The Tea Party has a very clear strategy and Generation Y should be yours. If not, then Matt Taibbi’s prediction for the Republican Party might just hold true for America itself:

This, then, is the future of the Republican Party: Angry white voters hovering over their cash-stuffed mattresses with their kerosene lanterns, peering through the blinds at the oncoming hordes of suburban soccer moms they’ve mistaken for death-panel bureaucrats bent on exterminating anyone who isn’t an illegal alien or a Kenyan anti-colonialist.

 

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One comment

  1. Meg · October 11, 2010

    Girl… I love you. Especially for this. You bring joy to my liberal heart ❤

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