Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul had a few words of advice for the extremist base of the conservative movement, the Tea Party Patriots, at a gathering celebrating the group's five year anniversary of pretending to be something other than the extremist base of the Republican Party.
Who were the far rightwing political stars invited to speak at the five year anniversary celebration of the extremist base of the Republican Party?
Sens. Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz; Reps. Michele Bachmann, Raul Labrador, Steve King, Matt Salmon, Jim Jordan, and Louie Gohmert; the Heritage Foundation’s new chief economist, Stephen Moore; Tea Party Patriots President Jenny Beth Martin, and radio gas-bag extraordinaire Mark Levin.
If you don't recognize those names, know that those folks, more than any other group of people, are responsible for communicating the most, ignorant, mean-spirited, deceptive, divisive and borderline-lunatic "messages" ever spouted in America.
Those GOP celebrities rarely get through a 24 hour day without saying something purposely intended to offend at least half the nation. Provocation to Tea Party Patriots is a feature, not a bug. Google any one of those names to learn that truth for yourself.
Further, Mark Levin was the keynote speaker at the 5 year anniversary of the extremist base of the GOP. Mark Levin. My god. Here's Levin waxing apocalyptically at the Patriot gathering....
"The Tea Party movement is the only thing left that stands between what remains of our republic and the tyranny of run away government. And I say this from the bottom of my heart and my soul."
Enter the Tea Party Whisperer.....Rand Paul. The Hill describes Paul this way....
Paul is a favorite of Tea Party groups but has at times sought to straddle the gap between the grassroots activists and the Republican establishment.
Rand Paul's self-appointed role seems to be one of assuring that the extremist base of the GOP doesn't split away from the host of the national Republican Party. In this role as Tea Party Whisperer, Paul thought it important to issue this mild almost-warning.....
"In order for us to be a bigger party, we have to reach out to more people, not just those of us here. It has to be a bigger party, it has to be a bigger movement," Paul said at a Tea Party Patriots event in Washington, D.C.
"There are times, and I don't think it is our movement, but there are times when people are using language that shouldn't be used," Paul said.
"I'm not saying that's our problem, I'm just saying there are people out in public who are taking away from our message and let's try not to be a part of that. ... Our message has to be a happy message, one of optimism, one of growth," he said.
You see, the Tea Party Whisperer isn't saying that anyone on the stage, or any attendees gathered to celebrate the 5 year anniversary of the extremist base of the GOP, have a problem with saying ignorant, divisive, or hate-filled stuff. Oh, no. "I'm not saying that's OUR problem." Whatever Rand Paul was saying, he wasn't saying THAT.
Well, what was Paul saying then? "Our message has to be a happy message, one of optimism, one of growth,"
Tea Party Patriots are singularly focused on cutting federal government spending and limiting the size and reach of the federal government. At face value, that all sounds high-minded and principled.
But as we have witnessed, that singular focus in real life amounts to cutting federal safety net programs urgently needed during our worst modern recession, stripping women of their dignity and their legal right to choose, and pushing to keep poor working Americans from obtaining much-needed health insurance. That singular focus in real life amounts to deregulating Big Industry and shuttering the EPA at a time when Big Corps are swimming in excess cash and global climate change threatens the future of mankind.
There's nothing "happy" about that "message." Except, maybe, to sadists. There's nothing "optimistic" in the Patriot message. There's nothing about cutting government spending for the poor, the elderly, the sick, the hungry or the children....there's nothing about the further deregulation of Big Corps.....that will produce "growth."
So, Senator Tea Party Whisperer.....it would seem, has his work cut out for him.
Which brings us full circle. The Tea Party Patriots are nothing new or worthy of some 5 year anniversary celebration stunt. Everything that the "principled" Patriots espouse has been GOP boilerplate for forever. Whether Rand Paul can corral the nasty and very hateful-sounding "messaging" of the Patriots is actually irrelevant.
The GOP, the modern conservative movement, itself,.....is out of touch with average Americans. Five years of "messaging" from the Tea Party Patriots has only reinforced for voters just how out of touch and destructive-minded conservative zealots really are.
Tea Party Whisperers can try to tame the "messaging" coming out of the mouths of these revolutionary zealots on a daily basis....all they want. But all the "happy" talk in the world won't change the hateful, sadistic, divisive and destructive proven-failure POLICIES of a Republican Party too stubborn and too angry to reform itself.
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