If the Tea Party is made up of good people with honest concerns looking for some changes in how the government operates, what do you call those who lurk within the Tea Party in order to conduct self serving mischief?
I call them TEAhadists, zealots at war with all-ideas-not-their-own: a cult. Hidden like insurgents in the midst of real grassroots folks, they spread their poison the same way we accuse al Qaeda of spreading their theocracy.
The latest mischief is to win an election by keeping you from voting. The True the Vote campaign sorts people off the voter rolls by challenging details of residence, like apartment buildings inaccurately on tax rolls as commercial property. Bullies at the Ballot Box is their plan to recruit 1,000,000 people to harass voters even once they reach the polls, stalling the lines and forcing as many as possible to leave before they have a chance to vote. We have all been watching the new Voter ID laws attempt to prevent the vote of the elderly, the poor, and millions of women who have not changed their names on their voter ID after they married. Even free ID is not free if we count the time and money to obtain the documents it takes to get it. We can all thank ALEC for that one.
All this back-to-pre-civil-rights-movement behavior happens with a backdrop of a propaganda paparazzi on radio, TV, and the internet that loves a well altered fact. Anger. Hate. Frustration. Hopelessness. The angst behind the faked “news”, information, and opinion would make the infamous Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels proud.
We pat ourselves on the back when people in Iraq dip a finger in ink: we promote voting-for-all in broken nations, yet fight like hell to keep “undeserving” fingers OUT in America. Our hypocracy is not lost on the rest of the world.
In my mind it is just too hard to tell a TEAhadist from others in the Tea Party Army, and too hard to tell a Republican from a TEA, so I cannot vote for any of them. If the last two years have taught me anything, it is that even the “good ones” surrender their common sense in order to comply with orders once elected. Their voice and vote are too unanimous to be truly grass roots: there IS a man behind the curtain and we NEED to pay attention.
Join me: shun the TEAhadists and the party they use as an air bag. Register. Vote. Don’t take NO for an answer.