By Charles Jackson
However, my Tea Partying days are over.
The shot gun wedding between the Tea Party and the Republican Party after the 2010 midterm election has been consummated. It definitely wasn't a match made in heaven.
Unelected Tea Party police chieftains are calling the shots. They demand acquiescence to their agenda and intimidate Republican officeholders adhere to it or face a primary challenge.
The Tea Party purist police - with their rigid ideological orthodoxy - presume to know who's a "true" conservative. Now various Tea Party groups, most notably the State of Georgia Tea Party, wants to purge the GOP ranks of heretics.
Tea Party groups around Georgia are mobilizing to challenge Republican state elected officials they’ve deemed RINOs - Republicans In Name Only.
"The Republican establishment needs to understand they are going extinct if they do not start adopting the ideology of the tea party in this state," so proclaims Bill Evelyn, a founder of the State of Georgia Tea Party.
Mr. Evelyn - a promoter of so called "Constitutional Conservatives."- fails to understand that the Constitution itself was authored by the establishment. Ideology? That's part of the purists' vocabulary: their ideology or else: the my way or the highway.
More broadly, the Tea Party's philosophy of legislating - the my way or the highway brand - goes against our democratic tradition of balancing interests and reconciling contrary views
This "my way" mentality is also why - since the doomed 2010 nuptials - support for the Tea Party and with it, the Republican Party, has fallen sharply even in places considered Tea Party strongholds, according to an analysis of new polls.
The Tea Party is now what labor unions are to the Democratic Party: a party within a party. The Tea Party within the Republican Party has become a strident, demanding, threatening voice intent on purging the GOP of those who - in their judgment - aren't pure enough.
The Tea Party's a malignant Achilles' heel on the body of the Republican Party, to wit:"Achilles’ heel is a deadly weakness in spite of overall strength, that can actually or potentially lead to downfall."
"Tea Partiers Past and Present," (Red County, October 13, 2010)
"Us vs Them," (Red County, September 16, 2010)
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