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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Tea Party Fades..What About the Cancer Left in Congress? Southern Ideology Vs. The Ideal House

Tea party ralliers wave flags outside the Capitol. | Jay Westcott/POLITICO
The only thing missing at the event attended by three senators? A big audience. | Jay Westcott/POLITICO
The Tea Party is fading like an Alka Seltzer in four ounces of tap water! However, the cancer has taken a toll on American society.

There are few in the United States who are unaware of the Koch brothers (Charles and David). Well, I should qualify my statement, "...the Koch brothers well-known among people who follow contemporary politics, current events, and the erosion of US politics for the people."  The Kochs are two of the world's richest men with family DNA including co-foundling the John Birch Society, have a stranglehold on the majority of conservative politicians. We posit there are few legislative initiatives, decisions or agreements from the GOP that are not in some way influenced by the Koch brothers. 

The Kochs have disavowed intimate involvement in creation of the Tea Party. Rest assured the position is a deep and straightforward a lie as any told from conservative America. The Koch Facts Dot Com page offers the following graphic for media inquires regarding the Kochs and Americans for Prosperity (AFP) and Americans for Prosperity Foundation. 

The proliferation of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), receives major support from the Kochs, thus providing a Mixed Martial Arts "rear-naked choke hold" on state legislatures.

As John McCain and Sarah Palin fizzled-out of the 2008 General Election, Koch money and their conservative/libertarian support structure led to development of a movement with a singular purpose. Conservative America needed a strategic hold on US Federal government via control of both Houses of the US Congress. What better way to excite a movement than an opportunity to leverage the election of a Democrat president and an African-American in the Oval Office.  The 2010 Elections for conservative plutocrats offered tantalizing prospects. 


A Koch public relations statement from the page.
Koch and Americans for Prosperity
Among the hundreds of organizations that have received monetary support from Koch companies, Charles Koch, David Koch, and/or the Koch foundations are Americans for Prosperity and Americans for Prosperity Foundation. 
AFP and AFP Foundation’s overall mission of promoting sound economic thinking is one in which we firmly believe. In addition, they stand for ideals that are critical to our nation’s future and the well-being of all people: limited government as set forth in the Constitution; fiscal responsibility; removing unnecessary barriers to entrepreneurship; and restoring fairness to our judicial system. 
AFP and AFP Foundation operate independently of Koch Industries. We are not involved in their day-to-day operations and we do not direct the activities of either organization.
As a matter of fact, the Kochs contribute to organizations numbering in the hundreds. They are reported to be contributors to the arts, but they also provide significant support for a cancer that is now eating away at the US House of Representatives. The cancer is the aforementioned Tea Party. 

Within the week, the National Journal has accessed previously (and published) non-public IRS documents that clearly show Koch involvement in organizations that have and continue to provide bed-rock financial support for the tea party movement. AFP (and Freedom Works) provided the money seeding for the tea party. The document you are about to view, lists the Kochs as top donors for the  2003 (then) newly formed AFP.

The National Journal also links to the following 2001 documents.

The National Journal article illustrates conservative plutocrat financial foundation for the state of US politics. A foundation that many years later has the US House is in (Saturday evening) session crafting a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the Federal Government.  A CR that will be so full of Koch brothers idioms and efforts to supportive big business, it will be comical once released. The Journal September 24 article is a must read: linked.
The day after Donald Trump pull out of this fake primary

 campaign! Some people are seriously bull-headed. Most 
would have seen this action and simply left the scene.

Time has passed and the movement has changed, but the tea party served its purpose. The GOP won enough seats in the House of Representatives to claim a majority and shepherded John Boehner, Eric Cantor and their tea party cancer into the leadership role.  

Koch money to Freedom Works and publicity from Fox News impressively swelled the predominately white and older American tea party rally crowds.  It is amazing the number of protesters and rally attendees from a generation that (I personally know) had nothing, but contempt for minorities who protested for civil rights throughout recent US History. A quick peep at tea party rally crowds of old (excuse the pun) yields a picture of America that is not as diverse as the nation the picture also reflect demographics of the GOP.


We are fortunate a political majority in the nation does not reflect the look nor views (social, economic) of people pictured in the early tea party rallies. Yet, these people and voter apathy/turnout resulted in the current House majority  A majority that includes representatives who claim the tea party, as follows.

Party Breakdown (August 2013)
English: Breakdown of political party representation in the United
 States House of Representatives during the 113th Congress.
     Republican (233)
     Democratic (200)
     vacant (2)
Date, 20:28:24
SourceOwn work, using Slashme's Parliament diagram tool. Text taken from
112USHouseStructure.svg. Edited in Inkscape.

Nate Silvers Tea Party breakdown
December 2012

Salon Dot Com's Tea Party Breakdown (numbers and geographic regions. Salon's numbers differ from Nate Silver's numbers.  Possible reasons, House seat losses in 2012 general Election, also and Tea Party members do not carry ID cards nor tea party badges). One can be tea party when one desires or when it is politically expedient.
August 2011

The Tea Party, the debt ceiling, and white Southern extremism
Tea Party protesters (Credit: Reuters)
Problem!  What is it about our social and political state of mind facilitates governance via the American South?  The Atlantic Cities published an set of five (5) maps that clearly show the outcomes of federal and state governance on regions of the nation.  "5 Maps That Show How Divided America Really Is" (June 2013).  We ask that as you review the maps,you consider this map.

The five maps and the election map above show without question how tea party politics shaped our political climate. The five maps also show the futility of GOP southern politics. One would think the party would work to better the life experience of people who vote Right with each election. 

A quick peep at a few who have openly identified with the tea party. 

A WiKi writer's representative images of Tea Party Politicians. 

                     Sarah Palin Ron Paul 
                         Ding-bat Idiot                 Racist                    Anti-Semite 

Wow, the author of the piece, must have been either consuming one of Ron Paul's political platform items ("legalize heroin") or is zany enough to find Sarah Palin anything more than window dressing for a window that needs major Windexing (TM) and a paint job.  

Alas, and without additional verbiage about the horrors of the tea party, we are reading support for the Koch (tea party) machine is fading fast. MSNBC's Jane Timm recently published a "must read" piece about the diminishing tea party. The Gallup graphic linked in Timm article also linked here If you decide to read the piece remember the tea party served well for the Kochs. The GOP has a lock on the House via gerrymandering through 2021. Mitt Romney garnered votes from 47% of eligible voters in the 2012 Elections.

The Tea party fading?

The false movement cannot fade fast enough. Insertion of tea party politicians into both houses of Congress has literally stifled progress towards full economic recovery from the Bush Years. We have seen only one (quasi jobs bill) from the tea party House. Tragically, we have a House and Senate with a record like this...

If the tea party is fading, we can only hope support for a Congress that legislates as indicated in the meme above, will be relegated to a GOP/GOTP House minority.

What is it about our social paradigms and politics supports continuation of a Congress as that of the 112th and 113th Congress?

Would you like a quick look at an ideal House of Representatives? A House actually based on a true representation of the nation (demographically) without regard for the many in Congress who are millionaires. 

Stumbleupon Dot Com

America is getting more and more diverse—for instance, our Hispanic population grew by 43 percent in the past decade alone—but you'd never be able to tell it by looking at our Congress. Here's what the House and Senate look like today, and what they would look like if they were demographically representative of our nation. F
One thing not noted on this infographic is that, besides being nothing like America in terms of race, sex, or religion, our senators and representatives are also wholly different from most Americans in terms of wealth. We've said this before, but it bears repeating: The average American's net worth is $96,000. But the average Senator's net worth? $13.4 million. For House members that sum drops to "just" $5 million.

Does this represent your community?

If the GOP has not raised the life experience of people in "locked-down" districts, what do you think that means for you and me? The tea party is fading as a movement and hopefully fading as a mindset. Isn't it logical we should leverage that erosion via removing the tea party cancer from the House?

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