Here is a different opinion from that I posed yesterday written by my friend Al Ramirez:
Christine O’Donnell, Joe Miller, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul have their supporters as their victories prove. But their victories don’t mean I have to support candidacies. You see I have been a Republican all my life and I believe in a Two-Party system not a coalition system of 3 Parties.
The Tea Party Express is nothing new. In the 90’s it was “United We Stand” lead by Ross Perot. In the 70’s it was the John Birch Society lead by a bunch of angry white conservatives who pretty much sound like the Tea Party. In 1912 it was the Bull Moose Party and lead by Teddy Roosevelt against his own Party whom he had lead as President.
All failed because the American political system really does flourish in a two-party structure that demands compromise and bi-partisanship and while it may be to the frustration of many it beneficially provides the stalemate and challenge to ward against swift social trends impacting the core of our Constitution. But now personalities like Glen Beck and Sarah Palin are convinced that the problem with the Liberal Agenda of the Democrat Party is at its core a problem that starts with the Republican Party. I disagree.
It is this far right, out of step and out of touch with reality right wing terror squad of hate, fear and anger that keeps the GOP from being able to execute its best core principals. Those principals being: National Defense, Economic Opportunity, Personal Liberty and Responsible Governance. I know they use the same words but when the Teabaggers say them I hear: Social Intolerance, Austere Self-Reliance, Regressive Social Mores and Mob Rule.
Now I understand I paint a broad brush but the approach of the Tea Party has been no less an affront to the good sense of the Republican Party at times than the Leftwing radicalism of MoveOn or Code Pink. They are the same in their strategy to act out disruptive politics that squash productive politics in pursuit of their fascism and purity of ideology. That to me is un-American.
I don’t believe that these candidates will win in Nov. If they are however elected regardless of the Party designation their affiliation will be first and foremost I fear for the 3rd party which is the Tea Party. Worse if their agenda truly becomes the core of the Republican Party at which point the Teabaggers become the RINOs as they will be in my opinion “Republicans In Name Only” instead plainly presenting themselves as of United We Stand, The John Birch Society or The Bull Moose Party or just registering as the 3rd Party they are which is The Tea Party Express.
There is room for the issues that Tea Parties raise make no doubt. But there isn’t room for two-parties in one organization. As for me I’m still just a Republican and as I’ve said before these kind of politics are not my cup of tea.
Copyright 2010 by Al Ramirez. Used with permission.