Three Cheers for the Tea Party! by Sean Fenley

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by Sean Fenley
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April 9, 2010

Alice in Wonderland

I’m not sad to say that I’m cheering for the success of the Tea Party.  Surely if they are to ’succeed’ they will take votes away from Republicans, but more than that they will open up a stale process to a new sort of rebirth and change. They will possibly become nothing more than a Moveon.org of the center-right, but should they begin to break free of their Republican tethers, I will be rooting for them all the way.

A recent poll, conducted by Rasmussen, has already shown the Tea Party as the number two political party in the United States (in a survey that asked respondents to assume that such a party already exists). Many political commentators have read the tea leaves — so to speak — on the emergence of the Tea Party in a myriad of ways; but, in my humble opinion, the best way for progressives to read it, is the beginning of the end for the dictatorial two-headed state. As Nader has called for — more voices and choices, hopefully we are on the cusp of establishing in this country; what parliamentary democracies in numerous other civilized countries have had for some time. Perhaps our political system will finally be stepping out of the dark ages and acknowledging more than liberal or conservative, chocolate or vanilla, muffins or scones.

Rather than reading the Tea Party as what is simply the culmination of the success of Bircher propaganda, and other far right, wing-nut groups; perhaps we are seeing the death knell of a certain kind of ‘democracy’ that never really assuaged much of anyone’s fancies, but that seemed to work for a handful of short-sighted elite causes and interests nearly each and every time. I don’t suspect that getting more ‘voices and choices’ as Nader has put it, will lead to an egalitarian utopia, but when one side of the aisle seems to care about its base and goes to far extremes to placate it, while the other doesn’t even throw its ostensible base seemingly any crumbs from the table or bones; any kind of tweaking or deviation from the standard practice, would seem to me to be some sort of movement, from the muck and mire of longstanding political conventions and codes.

Sean Fenley is an independent progressive who would like to see the end of the dictatorial duopoly of the so-called two party adversarial system. He would also like to see some sanity brought to the creation and implementation of current and future U.S. military, economic, foreign and domestic policies. He has been published by such websites as Pravda.ru, Countercurrents.org, Online Journal, Dandelion Salad and Global Research.

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  11. natureboy ..we are cool . you know me better than that. i was defending the right for more political partys in order to break up the duopoly . thats all.

  12. black people , black musicians ? of course. i live and volunteer at the catholic worker soup kitchen around mostly blacks . i play black blues music . i jam with other black musicians that also love my playing . i grew up in st. louis going to black bars to learn the blues.

    i dont know what that has to do with the tea party natureboy . the democrats use black people to get votes but do nothing for them . that is why i have worked for the green party at times. though i am an independent .
    the republicans are not real conservatives . the tea party ( THE TRUE TEA PARTY PEOPLE ARE ) . for you to call them racsist is in an of itslef racsist. you are too smart for that.

    • All right buddy, my apologies.
      (I once played the blues piano live on Beal Street, if only by accident…)

      All I can say is, once again, notwithstanding whatever the tea party was, what they are now is a very bad scene, yet another fight.

      I suggest you don’t align with this particular klan, they’re about as ugly as it gets.

  13. right on my man . like Nader said ”more voices , more choices ”. go tea party , go green party , go libertarians , go consituitalists , go socialist party , etc….

    • Oh please,

      You’re way too well read to say all those in the same sentence.

      Racists are not a political party, it’s a disease.

      You’re preching a bad sermon.

      You know exactly what these people are about, you’re surrounded by them as am I. This is NOT the good people!

      Don’t reward the dark side in your comments.

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