By Cireal Americanus
A far cry from the 1773 Boston Tea Party, the political landscape of the Republican Party has been expanded to include the emergence of an extreme right faction known as the Taxed Enough Already Party or Tea Party. Although, both the 1773 and the 2009 movements originated as a result of frustrations over what was believed to be unjustified, unfair and over taxation levied by “Government”, their final impact, however, on their overall causes is turning out to be very different.
Today’s Tea Party, consisting of a large coalition of small groups, is more primarily focused on “fiscal responsibility, limited government, and free markets”, while deliberately avoiding the more traditional conservative social philosophies such as banning Gay Marriage and Abortion. This dramatic move from the parties more traditional social focus is an attempt to attract/retain potential allies found in the younger Republican, Independent and disenfranchised Democrat voters. Party leaders justify their break in tradition on the basis that social issues hold little value when faced with the threat of passing on enormous debt to future generations.
The Tea Party’s emergence, however, does not come without a cost to the GOP, i.e. Matthew 12:25 (amplified) “…..no city or house divided against itself will last or continue to stand.” Many Republican Incumbent candidates seeking election have found that fear of this movement has forced them to take positions far to the Right of the same fiscal values that initially got them into elected office.
While recent elections held on June 8th found Tea Party backed candidates to be the victors in some of the GOP Primaries, i.e. Meg Whitman ( Gubernatorial Candidate CA), Susana Martinez (Gubernatorial Candidate NM), Nikki Haley (Gubernatorial Candidate SC), and Sue Lowden (Senate Candidate Nevada), political analyst have expressed concerns that these same candidates may have now alienated essential voting demographics necessary for them to secure sought after offices in November, thus providing dramatically weakened opposition to their Democrat opponents.
Although the Tea Party started out with a lot of steam, the final impact may result in a great bit of fizzle. Only time will tell………..