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The Tea Party is Nothing More Than a Bunch of Cowards and Hypocrites

ted-cruzFollowing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s stunning defeat in his primary election to David Brat, the tea party is riding high with many of their supporters claiming that this is a “clear sign that Americans support tea party values.”

I love how arrogant these people can be.  They love gloating about their “stance for our Constitution,” how much they love guns and how they represent true American values.  Heck, many of their candidates run on the premise that the “Republican establishment” is far too liberal for real conservatives. 

Which begs the question, why doesn’t the tea party run candidates as their own party?  If “the Republican establishment” is so awful, why do they run candidates as Republicans?   Hell, they call themselves “the tea party,” why not create their own actual political party if they think that they represent the “voice of the American people”?

Oh, I know why!  Because they’re cowards and hypocrites.

See, they know if they ran their own candidates as a third party, they’d split the conservative vote between the two resulting in quite a few gains for Democrats.

I guess when it comes to these tea party supporters “standing up for their values,” that doesn’t extend out to having the courage to stand on their own and let the American people decide who they want.

They also love the spotlight that the Republican party gives them.  Running as Republicans, they get all the attention that the GOP provides while laughably trying to claim that they’re “not part of the Republican establishment.”

Essentially they run on the premise that they’re “true conservatives, not Republicans.”

Except when being a Republican benefits their political aspirations.  Think Ron Paul for example.  He’s a Libertarian who ran as a Republican because running as a Libertarian would have cost him significantly politically.  He used the Republican party’s resources while essentially condemning much of what they stood for.

It’s exactly what the tea party does.  Many of these candidates and their supporters love to bash the “Republican establishment,” yet sure as heck don’t mind using all the resources that those they consider part of the “Republican establishment” bring in to the GOP – that they directly benefit from.

But the bottom line is the tea party is too spineless to try to stand alone.  Instead they’ll bash “moderate Republicans” (basically any Republican who might dare work with Democrats to get something done in Washington), and most of the Republican party, while hypocritically using every resource provided to them by the GOP – because they know if they did try to stand on their own two feet, they’d get absolutely crushed.


About Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives, and author of the popular Right Off A Cliff column. He is also the founder of the Right Off A Cliff facebook page, on which he routinely voices his opinions and stirs the pot for the Progressive movement. Follow Allen on Twitter as well, @Allen_Clifton.

  • Neil DeLury

    While I don’t question you assertion as to the cowardice of the tea party, let me add this: ballot laws. The laws are so rigged in many states toward the 2 major parties that it is very difficult if not impossible to get a 3rd party candidate onto the ballot. This goes for tea party, libertarians, greens, pretty much anyone other that republicans and democrats.

  • Altreg01

    I hardly see winning a primary in Va as America has spoken, dont forget Dems can cross vote in those primaries. Put a Tea Partier up for POTUS and he will get crushed in landslide. Winning a primary in an ignorant congressional district does not impress me.

  • Jan

    May your chains set heavily on your cowardly sheepish ASSES! You little progressive tit-sucking sheep! You’re too chickenshit to take care of issues on your own you have to use the gov’t to hurt people and shut people down. Your ideas are bullshit and you fear the truth that Humanity is individualsim and freedom. Surrenduring your humanity to chronie-capitialist world fascist rule makes you lower than a little sheep and you will get slaughtered! Libertarians will live on! Libertarians will defeat this!
    DIE BITCHES!

    • Michael Keville

      Libertarians are a joke. Charles Koch ran for VP as a libertarian in 1980. He wanted to abolish ( and still does) all the entitlements that shit for brains idiots like yourself take for granted.