Iced Tea: The Diminished Status of the Tea Party Movement

The Tea Party movement is losing steam, cooling down, ice cold. Whichever of these played out puns you want to use to describe the movement, it applies. The protests have mostly come to screeching halt, outside of a rally the group held outside of the U.S. Capitol in late February to celebrate five years of the movement. Oh, they grow up so fast. The movement kept quiet during the 2012 GOP presidential primaries as no candidates showed much interest in backing the cause, but it did show up with a strong backing of Paul Ryan as the final election drew closer. One can only wonder if the Tea Party has anything up their sleeve in the next couple years regarding the race for the White House.

The idea seems good to go at first glance: Low taxes! Small government! Retro flags with snakes on them! Then people realized that between their lofty goals and disorganized, chaotic lack of structure, that their big plans would never come to fruition. Now that kettle’s not cooking. Slowly we started to see that this Tea Party was kind of like that tea party from Alice in Wonderland. So here you got conservatives, now known as Alice, minding their own business. La-dee-la-dee-daaa, reading a nice book, enjoying the weather. Then BAM! Next thing they know, they get sucked down a rabbit hole and end up at a whacked-out tea party featuring an insane guy in a top hat and a giant bunny.

So not to get too nerdy but in the original Alice in Wonderland novel by Louis Carroll, the Hatter and the Hare are always having tea because they are stuck in time at 6:00, a punishment they received for killing Time, who is a character in the story. See? Puns are always funny, even ones that aren’t. Right?

Well, what is funny is that there are any buffoons that still align themselves with the this outdated movement. They must be stuck in time, just like our heroes from the other tea party. See Alice the Republican just wants to get home (specifically that big white home on Pennsylvania Avenue) but she has to get through that topsy-turvy party to get there. Alice had to leave this deranged meeting of the minds to get home, as those who stayed ­­would surely suffer the same fate of time warp madness that plague the Hatter and the Hare. Alice has to skedaddle away from that there picnic faster than a jackrabbit in June. And as we can creep closer to election season, the GOP has to make sure they find the candidate that’s as far away from that scene as can be. We don’t want the screaming, uninformed nutter vibe associated with the Right Wing anymore.

I have this whole other thing about how Obama is the Cheshire Cat with his quarterback smile and vague phrasing, but that’s one for another day. Moral of the story, conservatives want stoic and proud, not picketing and loud. You know who was stoic? Reagan. You know what Reagan would call the Tea Party Movement? Hippies. He would say something creative and catchy like telling those protesters to ‘blow it out their holes’ and nobody would be offended because of how he’d go about saying it. More Reagan and less obnoxious protesting on issues on misinformed notions. Leave that to the Left Wingers.

Michael Killian O'Connor

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  • Jean Jesserer Smith

    The Tea party is not a party at all. There are no elected officers . It is a strain of political thought that not so long ago was considered patriotic and civic thinking.

    Therefore, the Tea Party Americans are those who see no representation going on in Washington . They see a class of elitists bent on maintaining their opulent lifestyles while the country class pays for it and gets the added benefit of being simultaneously maligned by these government types..

    The Tea Party will continue as long as there is a semblance of American exceptionalism extant.The ordinary American is loathe to cede liberty to any government official . Patrick Henry lives and the first Americans who sacrificed all would be at home among Tea Party Americans.

    It is unfortunate that this writer has become the Queen in this Alice in Wonderland scenario he has designed.

  • Catherine

    I don’t think the author thinks it’s a separate political party because the title of the article refers to it as a movement.

    Regardless, I find it ironic that tea partiers are disturbed by a “class of elitists bent on maintaining their opulent lifestyles” when most of the Americans who identify themselves as members of the tea party are educated older white people who have an above average income and advocate a free-market economy that would do absolutely nothing to protect the millions of Americans that have unequal access to a good education and live at or below the poverty line. That sounds a little bit elitist to me. Furthermore, a free-market hasn’t been very helpful with preserving the economic health of America in the past, which probably explains why you don’t see BRIC countries adopting the same economic policies.

    Anyway, the lack of representation that people are seeing in Washington is probably due to the fact that many Americans don’t regularly keep up with what is going on in Washington. A perfect example would be complaining about Obama taxing Americans when in reality he has instilled at least 25 different tax cuts. What an elitist………

    When you say “the first Americans” would be “at home among Tea Party Americans” I think I got a little confused about the “scenario you designed.” The last time I took a course on American history I remember learning about Alexander Hamilton expanding government power by setting up the first national bank that ultimately saved the economy at the time. Weirdly enough I believe that George Washington signed the bill as well. The forefathers created the constitution with the realization that American needs were going to have to change eventually which is why it has been amended and why there is an elastic clause in the first place.

    I’ll admit that there’s a good chance I’m being biased here because I’m not particularly conservative, but I’m finding myself genuinely missing the days of moderate Republicans. At least there was more competition in general elections that way and a better chance of bi-partisanship for the benefit of the American people. The tea party is going hand things right over to the Democrats if they don’t learn the art of compromise.

  • Jean Jesserer Smith

    Well I am the tea party and so is my acquaintance who is a Democrat. We met on the bus to the rally in Washington . She was angry about union card checking in particular and the Democrat party’s embrace of it. We were surprised at the other’s political affiliation.
    I was alarmed about Obamacare and the total violation of Constitutional principles on that issue alone. Now, the violations come so quickly it has become a” long list of grievances “.
    You cherry pick Hamilton and Washington and leave out most of their political philosophy . You left unmentioned Jefferson , Madison , and those pesky others who wrote out and fought over , the wording of the Constitution.
    Today the entire document is being disgraced by people who want total control of America. There is a bill introduced several days ago to eviscerate the First Amendment .
    If you want to keep your head in the rabbit hole it is not unlike the reactions of the Loyalists who preferred King George’s control over their economy .I want the Constitution respected and adhered to. Every citizen and every taxpayer , will benefit from this return to Constitutional principles.
    So people in the tea party are ordinary Americans . There is no party chairman . It is an organic , truly grassroots movement and my first allegiance is to the Constitution and the country’s founding documents. The entrenched political culture in Washington ,DC is despicable . Did you know nearly 94 million Americans can’t find work ? We need more citizenry standing up and this will happen.

  • Michael Killian O’Connor

    If you want to keep leaving in a fantasy world where your picketing and doubletalk will actually accomplish something without political representation in D.C. it is not unlike the reactions of a child who prefers to believe that Santa Claus is real. With the recent success of David Brat, I’m frankly shocked you still have this anti-government attitude. Don’t you want your movement in the hands of someone who can actually get what you want done? Instead of just Joe-Schmoe Everyman who just complains about it.

    • JadedByPolitics

      “If you want to keep leaving in a fantasy world where your picketing and doubletalk”

      Because none of those things worked for leftist for the past 60 years huh? btw brilliant speaker, it is LIVING in a fantasy land.

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  • Michael Killian O’Connor

    And thanks! My brilliant “speaking” wouldn’t have a chance to shine without avid readers like yourself! Consider yourself a brilliant fan in my book Jade.