2010 Elections: Fear And Loathing of Tea Party Politics
Do you fear the Tea Party? Well fear not: political parties do not wield power in America. Even if the Tea Party swept into the political majority, nothing would change. Why? Because money rules this country; and money writes policy. Congress only follows the money and does what it says.
That said, there are some amazing politicians who need our support. Three come to mind in their ability to think critically and independently: Dennis Kucinich, Russ Feingold and Ron Paul. Of course Ron Paul is a Republican, a party who always supports corporate power over people, but a lot of what he says is right on the money. He floored me (and his rivals) in the 2007 GOP presidential debates when he mentioned our covert policies and the CIA's overthrow of Iran in 1953. Guiliani, who apparently flunked history as most of the others on that stage, was flabbergasted. And the debate was hosted by Fox News so Paul was in a losing battle. But it was an admirable performance that you can see here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BB3NrSpRGE.
Kucinich and Feingold, like Paul, are both anti-war. They are also against printing dollars to finance war. Because, when you think about it, how do we do it? How do we have a financial collapse while sustaining two full-fledged wars, a dozen covert wars and well over 1000 overseas military installations? (Sure the official number is 865, but there are too many sites that are not on the books.) The answer is one that any child could guess: magic. The Federal Reserve makes money out of thin air. They are lucky because that money just happens to be the world's reserve currency, and therefore all commodities are priced in dollars. But with each dollar they make, the U.S. Treasury (which buys those dollars for T bills, notes and bonds) goes into debt by exchanging that debt for dollars. Since the U.S. Treasury is us, it's more like "we the people" who are in debt. And since the Fed is not us, that means we're in debt to whoever they are, which is beyond the scope of this conversation.
But the above politicians know this, and it's them and people like them are our smartest and only hope. They embody much more than any Obama democrat. And the Tea Party? Well they're not the smartest or brightest politicians, as their members tend to be all over the map policy-wise and only the crazy ones get attention. But the one thing they all agree on is reducing the national debt. Which is a good thing, since our wars are funded by debt, as seen above. If they had half the brains of Paul (Ron, not Rand!) they'd adopt all of his policies. A lot of those policies are in line with any progressive leftist. And in this leftist's opinion it is only the extremes that will solve the many real problems America faces. Hint: it's not gays in the military. Hint 2: we only get away with murder because the dollar is the world's reserve currency. Hint 3: we're making dollars out of thin air, thereby reducing its value.
If you connect the dots, you can see that the real problem is not illegal immigration or gay marriage, it's the impending collapse of the dollar through horrible policy. If the world decides at any point against using the dollar as it's currency, the American way of life is over. So more of the same policies of moderation, negotiation and compromise will only drive us further into deep waters by enforcing the status quo. Sure we were at Jon Stewarts Rally To Restore Sanity and it was a great event. But promoting center-of-the-road politics ala Obama will not solve any of our real problems. Jon Stewart knows that, which is why he grilled Obama on his show last week. The real problem lies with big corporate driven government fighting big endless wars that will only finally be lost when the dollar collapses. Is this really what we want? Or would we rather fight this freight train to nowhere by fighting the moderate politics of the status quo?
Real mavericks know that continuing on our current path will not end well. And these people are America's only hope and deserve our support and votes..