Friday, May 17, 2013

Scandal-Plagued Obama May Have Jump-Started Tea Party Movement

tea partyBy JAVIER MANJARRES / The Shark Tank

In the wake of numerous scandals involving the Obama administration and its outrageous suppression of political dissent, the fractured Tea Party movement appears to have received the necessary kick in the behind that it badly needed and is in the process of reconstituting itself for more organized political activity.  
Why do we need something in addition to the steering committee?…My concern is that politicians all of a sudden start co-opting the mantle of “Tea Party”. If all of a sudden being in the Tea Party is not something that is happening in Main Street, but rather something that’s happening in Washington D.C., the “Tea Party” all of a sudden becomes some sort of movement run by politicians…it’s gonna lose its effectiveness and I’m concerned about that.  I think that the real power of the Tea Party comes from its ability to drive the debate and the issues from the grassroots up, as opposed to from the politicians down.”- Senator Marco Rubio (Video)
In a show of unity, Tea Party organizations such as Freedomworks, Tea Party Express, Tea Party Patriots, The, and others, joined Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Senators Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, and Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to denounce the IRS and its targeted audits of Tea Party groups.

Since its success in the 2010 election cycle, the Tea Party movement has been co-opted by organizations and politicians which has splintered the movement and gutted its effectiveness.

In addition, the Democratic Party and its minions have been able to effectively dismiss and demonize the movement as a bunch of crazy conspiracy theorists and racists without any effective counter-messaging from either the Republican Party or the Tea Party organizations themselves.

But with the disappointments of 2012 in the rear-view mirror and the upcoming 2014 mid-term elections looming larger by the day, the Tea Party movement could be poised for a comeback, as the focus will be to pick off more seats in the House, and  in the Senate.

In addition to the recent Benghazi, IRS and Associated Press scandals that are dominating the news cycle, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s sponsored bill to repeal Obamacare has passed in U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 229-195.

Bachmann said that Obama care is nothing more than a “monstrosity full of taxes, fees, and thousands new regulations.” Florida Congressman Bill Posey (R-FL) summed it all up by calling the law for what it really is– the Obama administration’s “dangerous experiment on our families, our businesses and the overall economy.”

Other members of Florida’s congressional delegation also weighed in on the bill’s passage-
“The only way to make health care more affordable for families here in Florida is to repeal this law and start over with piece-by-piece plans written specifically to bring down costs, like medical liability reform, small business health plans, and purchasing insurance across state lines.” -Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL)
“The full and complete repeal of Obama Care is one of the most critical issues of our time.  The law’s budgetary costs are prohibitive, its bureaucracy is vast and unaccountable, and it harms Medicare recipients, jeopardizes the health plans of millions of Americans, and causes insurance costs to soar.- Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL)
In light of the latest news that the IRS official who targeted the Tea Party is now in charge of running its health care office, no longer can any argument be advanced by Democrats to assert that the IRS has any credibility whatsoever to act without bias as it attempts to enforce an already unworkable and coercive federal law.  

Will these scandals serve as sufficient motivation for Tea Party organizations to coalesce and regain the same momentum that led to decisive across-the-board electoral victories in 2010?  Stay tuned…

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