By Wellington C. Ramos
If the Democratic Party in the United States does not expose the relationship between the Republican Party and the Tea Party, they will not pick up the seats they need to regain control of the House of Representatives and can risk maintaining control of the Senate. Americans who think that the Republican Party is bad, will find out when the Tea Party makes the Republicans look like saints because they are far worse for the poor, working class, gays, lesbians, women, minorities, and the non-white ethnic groups in America.
Born in Dangriga Town, the cultural capital of Belize, Wellington Ramos has BAs in Political Science and History from Hunter College, NY, and an MA in Urban Studies from Long Island University. He is an Adjunct Professor of Political Science and History
This party is comprised of mostly white people who believe that they are losing a grip on this country and believe it is because of the other ethnic groups who are migrating to America. Just like how their ancestors migrated years ago, slaughtered all the Native Americans and took over the country from the native people to make it theirs, other immigrants are looking for a better life in a new homeland. They include some other moral and fiscal wedge issues like same sex marriage to try and confuse the American people and divide the electorate but their ultimate goal is to control the politics of this country and regain power.
According to a research I conducted, the moral values of the Tea Party are the following; universal gun rights, cracking down on illegal immigration, small government, lower income taxes, sanctity of traditional family values and greater military spending. However, they differ substantially from traditional conservative approaches in their willingness to change the status quo.
Politically, the Republican Party has always adhered to maintaining the cultural climate. When thinking back to most cultural and social revolutions of the past century, such as women’s rights, racial equality, reproductive equality and sexual equality, all ran counter to mass popular opinion and were championed by the Democratic Party. The Republican Party and most conservatives were against rocking the culture boat in these situations.
Conservatism is a psychological trait that is highly associated with dissatisfaction, ambiguity, intolerance of uncertainty, need for closure and fear of threat and loss (Jost et al., 2003). Experimentally, conservatives value fairness and the unwillingness to harm less than liberals when making moral judgments unrelated to politics (Graham et al., 2009). This means that, independent of political issues, people defined as psychological conservatives (who tend to vote for the Republican Party) do not like change and do not like ambiguity, both of which are hallmarks of the morally liberal and politically Democratic Party members’ mindset. Nonetheless, psychological liberals tend to vote for the Democratic Party, while psychological conservatives vote for the Republican Party.
The Tea Party kicked out Arlen Specter, Richard Lugar and several other liberal Republican senior congressmen and senators out of the Republican Party for compromising on issues with the Democratic Party in the best interest of our country and people. They almost got rid of Orin Hatch from Utah, who is a Republican conservative and has been in the US Senate for almost forty years, because they accused him of not being conservative enough for them.
They have taken over the Republican Party to the point where all the moderates are either retiring or getting kicked out of the party completely. They are not even asking them to change their morals and philosophies. Either you agree with them or get out the party. The Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be forced to support their positions on most of the issues or else he too will not get their support come November. Knowing him for his willingness to change positions on most issues, he will succumb to their demands.
The Democratic Party must bring this information to the American voting masses because the Tea Party is not that popular in this country. In fact, the more the Republicans associate themselves with the Tea Party, the more unpopular they will become as a political party in the United States. As a lifelong Democrat, it does not really matter to me because I have never voted for any Republican and worse if there was a Tea Party candidate on the ballot. The Republicans and the Tea Party do not care about the poor and the working class and this election is about improving everybody’s economic standing in America.
Creating opportunities for our citizens can only occur if the government provides the funds to our businesses to invest in our country’s future as opposed to taking the businesses out of this country. The Republicans are talking about cutting back on spending, so how will these businesses that need the funds get it to help the people who are not working. For the millions who are unemployed today, they do not have the time to be fooled by the Republican and the Tea Party’s political rhetoric and propaganda politics.
I am calling on all citizens to rally their friends and relatives to vote and stop this Tea Party madness that is trying to take over our beloved country. The United States belongs to all of its citizens and not just the members of the Republican and the Tea Parties.