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Democrats Need Something Better Than A Tea Party

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Democrats Need Something Better Than A Tea Party

Left needs to organize like Tea Party

Reprinted with permission from USA Today.

You can understand why some on the left are drooling for their own Tea Party movement.

Only eight years after Republicans suffered a nearly cataclysmic defeat, they are roaring back into “unified” power. It all started with a movement that seemed to appear out of nowhere to challenge GOP orthodoxy, only to be handily co-opted and weaponized to win both houses of Congress and control of more state legislatures than at any time since Republicans actually were the Party of Lincoln.

Now, thanks to the grabby hands of Donald Trump — who marched the GOP establishment through all the stages of mourning as he led a sort of one-man Tea Party movement of his own — Republicans will soon add to their trophy case the White House and possibly Supreme Court control for another generation, coasting on the winds of the best economy any new president has inherited since 1988.

Trump’s campaign is almost impossible to imagine without the equally unlikely candidacy of Sarah Palin and the Tea Party movement she once inspired by being a know-nothing, Obama/lamestream-media-bashing straight word-salad shooter.

Like Palin, Trump was supposed to be a Frankenstein’s monster lacquered with bronze toner who turns against its creator, punishing the party’s donor class for indulging the worst instincts of a Republican base driven into a frenzy by the “conservative entertainment complex,” as David Frum calls it.

Instead, conservative donors are now preparing to live out fantasies they’ve had since they were their mistresses’ ages.

Forget slicing taxes for the rich, their kids, their corporations and their kids’ corporations, along with uninsuring millions. Too easy. Soon they’ll be ready to gut Medicaid and possibly Medicare while deregulating and privatizing everything from the Department of Veterans Affairs to roads to schools. And Trump, like Mitt Romney before him, has adopted wholesale much of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s Ayn Rand-on-Red-Bull agenda.

Why wouldn’t the Democratic Party want all this — a chance to live out its wildest dreams, freed from the constraints of consequences, facts, promises, transparency, tax returns, news conferences or any experience in public service?

The past six out of seven presidential elections proved that there are more Democrats than Republicans, Liberals just happen to enjoy living around each other too much to maximize their electoral clout. As for what Democrats stand for, even as Arizona went for Trump by 3.5 percentage points in 2016, it passed a ballot referendum by nearly 18 points to raise the minimum wage.

Democrats obviously just need a presidential nominee named “Raise T. Minimumwage.”

America is a majority left-wing country that has been gerrymandered into a distorted reality, right? With sprawling protests already planned for Trump’s inauguration Jan. 20, it should be easy to spark a national uprising against the biggest popular-vote loser elected president in modern American history.

So why aren’t liberal donors trying to spark a Tea Party of the left?

They know as well as anyone that the “spontaneous” uprising of 2009 was fed or led by an extremely well-financed web of conservative networks. How else do you get a movement enraged by teacher’s salaries and government regulation during an apocalyptic financial crisis caused by bankers exploiting a lack of government regulation?

Conservative donors have spent tens of millions of dollars and decades building a movement that revolves around resentment of liberals and the government. The gains of tax breaks, deregulation and privatization are massive — so massive that the donor class is willing to suffer some demands from an activated grassroots, as long as those demands don’t get in the way of tax breaks, deregulation and privatization.

Big Democratic donors also tend to have their pet causes, such as guns and climate change. And in some cases, such as climate and immigration, a Demos study shows, these funders actually push the party to the left. But the story is different when it comes to “pocketbook” issues such as the budget and taxes.

Democrats in general were nearly six times as likely to support raising taxes to reduce the deficit as Democratic donors who gave $5,000 or more, the Demos research found. Organized labor, meanwhile, the backbone of the left, has been systemically hollowed by the right while Democrats failed again and again to strengthen unions when they had the chance.

Yes, the left needs a movement that rivals the Tea Party movement’s passion, reach and influence. But rather than happening with the encouragement and funding of the party’s rich donors, it might have to happen in spite of them.

There are some models for this, including the genuinely spontaneous Black Lives Matter movement, the Fight for $15 effort birthed by the Service Employees International Union, and the Bernie Sanders campaign for president, which was able to marshal small donors and large crowds even with much of the Democratic Party’s establishment working against it.

The left needs something better than a Tea Party movement because the party base needs to drag its donors’ economic agenda toward the people and not the other way around. And in American politics, dragging is expensive.

True equality of opportunity that enshrines health care as a right and puts workers on equal footing with their bosses might not have the same obvious economic constituency as eliminating the inheritance tax. But there are more of us than there are of them. And that has to be worth something.



  1. plc97477 January 12, 2017

    We can call it the “cocktail party” to show our diversity.

    1. dbtheonly January 12, 2017

      Too ritzy.

      “Real Americans”?

    2. FireBaron January 12, 2017

      You will find more Republicans than Democrats at cocktail parties.

  2. mike January 12, 2017

    Obama did you a great disservice by neglecting the party. The Democratic Party is now the Demolished Party with no leader, no identity and with little power. The party walked away from its base and now has to find a way to get them back all the while as the republicans go forward with an agenda for all Americans. How the demolished party walks away from identity politics so pushed by Obama and the left and finds a balance will be interesting to watch.

    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 12, 2017

      Please refer to my comment after the one you made. You may gain some useful insights as to how to direct your pent-up hostile feelings. (Share this with Godzilla, will you?)

      1. mike January 12, 2017

        Right A-aron I’m going to waste my time following your instructions. I don’t think so.

        1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 12, 2017

          I wouldn’t have expected you to, because you’re too wrapped up in your own little fantasy world, being just a Binary Man.

          1. mike January 12, 2017

            A-aron A-aron
            T-8 days for the big day and the riddance of the bulls*it social-warriors.

          2. Independent1 January 12, 2017

            And the fascism just grows with each one of your inhumane posts. Why haven’t you put your KKK T-shirt up as your avatar?

          3. mike January 13, 2017

            You’re insane!

          4. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 13, 2017

            Those social warriors are waging a battle of equality which your parents and grandparents benefited from. Were it not for social programs, many of your ancestors here would have wasted away in the big cities upon their arrival, and back in Europe would have perished during the Great Famine in the wake of the aftermath of Tambora’s eruption. Then there would have been no little mikey here.

    2. I Am Helpy January 12, 2017

      OK thanks for the deep thoughts, guy who doesn’t know what “median” means.

    3. Independent1 January 12, 2017

      Really? Is that why Hillary won the popular vote by almost 3 million votes and the 48 Democrat Senators represent 79 million voters while the treasonous 52 Republicans represent only 54 million??

      Better start counting voting citizens there worthless, because it’s only through Republicans treasonous stealing of 3 out of the last 5 elections as to why they have the numbers in Congress today and a worthless unqualified guy for president. It’s all been about being crooked, nothing short of being gangsters, that’s gotten you right-wingers where you are!!!

      Is that what you’re really proud of?? Being nothing but of a worthless lowlife that’s abetting murder and robbery???

      1. mike January 13, 2017

        Yes Really!
        T-7 days and counting.
        You just don’t get it, again. Popular vote means zilch. This country is a republic. The founders were geniuses when they wrote the constitution. Good luck with trying to change it. The left is mainly a bi-coastal party.
        When obama was on the ballot he won when not the party lost. He ignored the mid-terms and the party continued to lose. Here’s his legacy. The Demolished Party lost the House-2010, Senate-2014, WH -2016, 12 Governorships and 1000 democratic state seats legislative seats all in 6 short years. It was all about him, screw the peons. So glad they findly caught the real hacker. What a relief for the country the Hacker has been exposed. Enjoy!

        1. Independent1 January 13, 2017

          Wow!! You really are a sicko!! She happened to have contracted a case of pneumonia while she was campaigning and all your sick mind can do is make a nonsensical post about it?? Wow!! You really are sick!!!!

          1. mike January 13, 2017

            Get a life!
            I just thought you wanted the hacker caught. LOL!

          2. Independent1 January 13, 2017

            You clearly don’t have one. You’re living a fraud!!

    4. Independent1 January 12, 2017

      You prove just how big a lowlife you are by trying to flaunt the results of what you know very well was just one more stolen election.

      1. mike January 13, 2017

        TDS has you by the cojones.
        T-7 days and counting. Have you heard? Hacking Hillary lost the presidential race!

        1. Independent1 January 13, 2017

          No! All the losses the Dems have suffered since Obama took office have been due to the 24/7 right-wing propaganda machine brainwashing the American public into believing lies upon lies upon lies: built by one fake scandal after another about Obama and Hillary and every nonsense imaginable thing the distorted/corrupt conservative mind could create. And the GOP has turned virtually every state they’ve grabbed the governance off into just one more fascist state after another where GOP operatives have created unprecedented voter suppression, gerrymandering and corrupt voting processes to steal control via the vote. You are the raving idiot!!!

        2. Independent1 January 13, 2017

          And why is it that you’re so hellbent on creating a country where more people live in poverty and on the verge of bankruptcy? And with more people dying younger? And with more babies dying at birth or before their first birthday? And with more violence and homicides by gun? And with more corrupt governments? And even with more people dying in auto fatalities because of the lax almost non existent regulations about who can drive and how fast and because GOP-run states also lead the nation in auto fatalities related to drugs and drunk driving and on and on.

          How far does America’s life expectancy have to fall because more and more people are dying prematurely and at younger ages in GOP-run states? How much further behind the rest of the world does America’s healthcare delivery outcomes have to get because the healthcare delivery systems get even worse in GOP-run states as more and more hospitals close?

          Just how much closer to a 3rd world nation does the GOP have to drive America before you think that’s enough?

          1. mike January 13, 2017

            I think you need to get back on your meds. You are thinking stupidly.

        3. Independent1 January 13, 2017

          Here’s a list from a couple years back of the auto fatalities per million miles traveled by state. Go ahead. Give me some excuse as to why 22 of the 25 states with the most fatalities/million miles travel just happen to be GOP-run states. The fact that GOP-run states even lead the nation in auto fatalities (and that’s on top of leading the nation in every way people can die younger that you can imagine) is just indicative of the governance failure of conservative governance.

          The fact that Republicans are so hellbent on destroying about government that was created to protect the people, even from themselves, is shown by the fact that people in GOP-run states live miserable lives always much closer to dying than people in Democrat run states. Why is it that you right-wing nut jobs are trying to turn the entire country into the hell holes you’ve created for yourselves in that state that Republicans govern???

          (22 of the 25 states with the highest highway fatality rates
          are red states or have been governed by the GOP for more than 6 years)

          W. Virginia/2.10
          S. Carolina/2.09
          N. Carolina/1.62
          S. Dakota/1.62
          New Mexico/1.54
          North Dakota/1.42

          1. mike January 13, 2017

            Keep ranting and looking delusional. It means nothing. No one cares!
            “the fact that people in GOP-run states live miserable lives” what a load of garbage.

          2. Independent1 January 13, 2017

            Certainly everyone doesn’t, but in GOP run states you can be sure there are more and more of your neighbors who do. And the chances that the misery will fall on you eventually is much higher as the GOP continues to dumb down the economy and kill more and more jobs.

            Note in the article below the fact that the 10 most miserable states, are ranked as miserable because of high unemployment and poor social practices prompted by lax GOP governance:

            TheIndyChannel.com Staff

            11:06 AM, Feb 28, 2015

            10:53 AM, Mar 2, 2015

            Copyright Associated Press

            INDIANAPOLIS – For all of the positive national press Indiana,
            Kentucky and Ohio seem to receive on a regular basis, a recent breakdown
            of the Gallup-Healthways 2014 Well-Being Index makes the region look less appealing.

            Analyzed by Yahoo’s 24/7 Wall St. blog, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio landed among the nation’s 10 most miserable states, according to key measures of the index.

            such as poverty, unemployment, obesity, mental health, smoking habits,
            vaccination and insufficient sleep were highlighted in Yahoo’s ranking.

            Indiana fared worse than Ohio, ranking number 3 on the list with a 31.8 percent obesity rate, among other measures.

            Ohio ranked fourth on the list that also included Tennessee, Missouri, Michigan, Alabama, Arkansas and West Virginia.

            Ohio that meant a 16 percent poverty rate, 7.4 percent unemployment
            rate, 30.4 percent obesity rate, and 23.4 percent of adults with a
            smoking habit.

            Neither state could beat Kentucky with its 18.8 percent poverty rate, 8.3 percent unemployment, and 33.2 percent obesity rate.

            a matter of fact, the only state to do so was West Virginia, a state
            that sat at the top of Yahoo’s worst list for six years, with a 35.1
            percent obesity rate.

            For those curious about the state with the highest level of well-being, the Gallup index put Alaska at the top.

            Read the full 24/7 Wall St. report here.

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          3. mike January 13, 2017

            Nice try! No cigar.
            Now you are becoming even more deranged.

          4. Independent1 January 13, 2017

            With each of your posts you make it clear that other people’s lives mean nothing to you and you’re not even concerned about the fact that what the GOP is doing is even making the probability that you will die younger even more likely. By governing in a way that provides you with worse healthcare and increases the probability you will die in some form of violence or auto accident. So in a sense, you don’t even care much about your own life by letting the GOP’s failed governance kill you off younger than if you lived in a Democrat run state. That’s sad.

          5. mike January 13, 2017

            OMG! Quit wasting my time. The GOP is not the Bogeyman.

          6. Independent1 January 13, 2017

            And your denial of reality continues, you are a worthless, hate mongering person who chooses to believe lies and live in your own fantasy land; caring nothing about anyone but yourself .

            Just for the record, here is an indictment of Donald Trump and as she puts it ‘the extreme fringes of the Republican party’ from the only legislator in Congress to not vote to give George Bush authorization to start war against Iraq: Representative Barbara Lee from California:

            “Inaugurations are celebratory events, a time to welcome the peaceful transition of power and honor the new administration. On January 20th, I will not be celebrating or honoring an incoming president who rode racism, sexism, xenophobia and bigotry to the White House.

            “Donald Trump ran one of the most divisive and prejudiced campaigns in modern history. He began his campaign by insulting Mexican immigrants, pledging to build a wall between the United States and Mexico and then spent a year and a half denigrating communities of color and normalizing bigotry. He called women ‘pigs’, stoked Islamophobia, and attacked a Gold Star family. He mocked a disabled reporter and appealed to people’s worst instincts. I cannot in good conscience attend an inauguration that would celebrate this divisive approach to governance.

            “After the election, many hoped the president-elect would turn toward unifying our country. Instead he has shown us that he will utilize the same tools of division he employed on the campaign trail as our nation’s Commander-in-Chief. We need look no further than the team he is assembling to find signals that the era of Trump will be one of chaos and devastation for our communities.

            “The president-elect has named Steve Bannon, a white nationalist as his chief strategist. He has nominated Senator Jeff Sessions to the office of Attorney General, despite his long career of opposition to civil and human rights. And in perhaps the most damning sign of the chaos to come, the president-elect has expedited the process to repeal the Affordable Care Act and make America sick again.”

            “To make matters worse, after the intelligence community reported Russian interference in our election, Donald Trump frequently and forcefully defended Vladimir Putin. He insulted senior intelligence officials in order to preserve his reputation and disguise the truth. The American people will never forget that when a foreign government violated our democracy, Donald Trump chose the interests of another nation over our own.

            “Donald Trump has proven that his administration will normalize the most extreme fringes of the Republican Party. On Inauguration Day, I will not be celebrating. I will be organizing and preparing for resistance.”


          7. mike January 13, 2017

            Time’s a-wastin start now to organize.

          8. Independent1 January 13, 2017

            Millions are!!!

          9. mike January 13, 2017

            Good luck with it. 2018 is your first chance and with the history of mid-terms and turnout you lefties have an uphill battle.
            Should trump get this economy/country moving in the right direction you lefties will be eating dust for years. Even if you make some headway in 2018 it will be years before you even get close 2008.
            PS we will celebrating the peaceful transfer of power and Obama out of office. Hallelujah!

          10. Independent1 January 13, 2017

            Sorry! You’re living in La La Land. There’s zero chance of that happening – Trump helping the economy. Trump is going to do so many things that freak Americans out and cause them to quit spending, that America will be in a recession within 100 days.

            Actually that’s about the time Bush2 took to do it – create a recession in 3 mos. It only took Eisenhower and Reagan 6 months. And Hoover only took 8 months to start the Great Depression. Nixon took 10 months. Since Hoover, only Bush 1 went over 1 year to drive the economy into a recession.

            While during that time 3 Democrats never had a recession start during their times in office: only Truman and Carter presided over a recession and both of those were driven by forces outside of their responsibility like Iran’s revolution and war with Iraq causing the late term recession under Carter.

            So keep on living in La La Land. Just sit and watch the destruction about to unfold!!!

          11. mike January 13, 2017

            No I am far from la la land.
            Assumptions! Assumptions! Nothing but your Assumptions of the future and they mean nothing much like Hillary was going to win.
            You are very silly and

          12. Independent1 January 13, 2017

            And there you go forgetting that Hillary didn’t lose – the election was stolen!! Trump is an illegitimate president. He’s been disowned by over 50% of the population.

          13. mike January 13, 2017

            You’re an imbecile!

          14. Independent1 January 13, 2017

            You know. When a total idiot calls you an imbecile, it really doesn’t have much meaning.

            I thought you might enjoy seeing how your guy’s favorability ratings are plummeting as of 1/10/17 from USAToday:

            New poll has Trump approval rating at 37%, Obama at 55%

            At this point at least, many voters don’t have much confidence in Donald Trump’s presidential abilities, a new poll says.

            Trump “will be a worse president than Barack Obama, 45% of voters say, while 34% he will be a better president and 15% percent say he will be about the same, according to the Quinnipiac University Poll released Tuesday.

            Trump enters office on Jan. 20 with a favorable rating of 37%, the poll said; Obama exits the White House with an approval rating of 55%.


            I don’t think any previous president has been 13 points underwater on his inauguration day.

          15. mike January 13, 2017

            No, you’re imbecile!
            On the 20th it will Trump not Hillary taking the oath of office.

          16. Independent1 January 13, 2017

            And if the GOP is not the Bogeyman, why are thousands of Americans dying every month in red states because of their clearly failed governance???

          17. Independent1 January 13, 2017

            And I know you consider me strange, but I care that the GOP is working to create a nation where government doesn’t really care about how long and well people live other than those earning in the upper one to ten percent. It really bothers me that these Republican politicians will deliberately enact laws that they know beforehand will result in thousands of people dying prematurely.

            Here’s some statistics I compiled from the CDC’s projections of longevity. Note that all the states where the CDC does not even project people to live past 77 are GOP-governed states. And the main reason why these people are dying younger is because more and more live in poverty and are not provided with the government’s help when they need it to just get the right food or medicine they need to live longer lives. I consider that the GOP’s deliberate actions at committing premeditated murder.

            From the CDC’s longevity projections:

            GOP-run states by far lead the nation in every form of people dying prematurely – be it at birth or giving birth, be it by disease, or by gun, or by some other form of violence even by auto accident: All 15 of the states with the lowest life expectancy in the U.S. are RED STATES?? Such that there is a large disparity in longevity between Red States and Blue States: on average, residents of blue states live 2 years longer than residents of red states. To the extreme, the Blue State residents of 9 states with longevity projected to 80 and older, live as much as 5-6 years longer than the residents of the 4 shortest-lived GOP-RUN STATES of MS, WV, AL & LA.

            Follow this: starting with longevity projections for red states of 75 in: Miss., W. Va., Ala. & LA.; to 76 in: Arkansas, Kentucky
            & Tennessee to 77 in: S. Carolina, Georgia, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio & N. Carolina; while no Blue State has a longevity projection of less than 78, and many Blue/purple states have longevity projected to 80 and over: N.J.,N.H., Vermont, N.Y., Mass., Calif., CT, Minn. & Hawaii; Only one red state has longevity projected to 80 Utah (80.2), while 2 Blue States have longevity projections of over 81 –Minn. & Hawaii)

          18. mike January 13, 2017

            Wasting your time.

          19. Independent1 January 13, 2017

            And yes, maybe I go to the extremes sometimes. But I’m struggling to get the message across to people like you who don’t want to listen, the real bottom line effects of what today’s Republicans are doing. I’m not convinced that idiots like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell and others really realize what they’re doing – committing premeditated murder by deliberately enacting laws that result in hundreds, maybe thousands of people dying every month because of their failed governance. Ryan and McConnell are so caught up in trying to rig the legislation they create and pass to funnel more monies into their pockets and those of the already wealthy, that they appear oblivious to the fact that in the process of doing that, they are committing murder in one way or another: either by depriving people of the food and medicines they need to live, or by allowing violence and other forms of premature death to run rampant.

          20. mike January 13, 2017

            Get a life. Only in your eyes is the GOP the bogeyman.

          21. Independent1 January 13, 2017

            Oh I see! So it’s just by happenstance that virtually every state with the most people broke and on the verge of bankruptcy are run by the GOP?? And it’s only by happenstance that virtually every state where people live shorter lives and where there are the most people living in misery are run by the GOP?

            With every post you prove that it’s you that is living in denial and in a total fantasy world of your own creation. Keep living in La La Land SUCKER!!! You living in misery isn’t far way!! It’s coming to your state and town and maybe even your door.

          22. mike January 13, 2017

            T-7 days to the end of the world in your mind. ????????????
            So silly and ridiculous.
            Get lost numbskull!

          23. Independent1 January 13, 2017

            And if anyone needs to get a life IT’S YOU!! You may not be long for this world the way the GOP is starting it’s destruction of the entire country.

          24. mike January 13, 2017

            You’re nuts!

  3. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 12, 2017

    The “Tea Party” was a rank and crude expression of discontent, devoid of civility, rational thinking, courtesy—just purely gut instinct fueled by an atavistic longing for a primitive setting demarcated according to race, skin color, ethnicity, and political affiliation.

    It would be beneath the dignity of any normal human being or group to want to come up with any model that even remotely resembles the antics of such a rag-tag collection of malcontents and ne’er do wells as the Tea Party represents.

    But even beyond that, this tendency to want to set up strict lines of division along political sentiments is a lose-lose concept that will be a hindrance in the fulfillment of the Vision of “The Oneness of Humanity” rather than a means of achieving such a goal. Partisanship rests on the foundation of divisiveness, and in a divisive society, the unity of humankind as a reality in everyday life clearly dictating social interactions is impossible—leaving only a hope. A hope which society would find itself immobile by paralysis of willpower to set in motion the process, thus stalling unnecessarily, and perhaps with tragic consequences in the interim, the eventuality of an event foretold in all the Holy Books.


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