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Too Soon for Populists to Become Part of the Political Process

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Submitted by FactsRule (United States), Jan 19, 2015 at 18:35

The TEA Party is an example of how not to attempt to join the established political system too early. Now, they're not only tarnished, but frequently wasting money running against establishment Republicans & trying to change the Republican establishment with little success. Gatherings and rallies should have continued to grow & gain strength. They would have been able to insist that the media focus on the TEA Party theme of saving America from out-of-control governments at all levels. This would have resulted in a far larger base of newly educated people who would have been a greater more effective voting demographic that would have grown far faster after some additional momentum than has been the case.

Instead, the movement suffers from continuously being mischaracterized & maligned from every angle. The greatest obstacle to the TEA Party has been the establishment Republican Party. The later is more concerned with personal enrichment & kicking the can than about beginning the daunting task of popping the economic bubble created by the Federal Reserve. Individuals have tried with some, but not much, success to run for political office. But, since they are a minority in Congress, they are a target for ridicule more than an effective force for necessary change that the Republican establishment is so reluctant to make.

In Europe, the establishment is too concerned about the feelings of 50-70 million Muslims to do anything to save their countries from looming doom.
Concerning proof of this looming doom can be seen by watching the compelling 48-minute inside look at supposedly moderate Islamic mosques in the UK, Dispatches: Undercover Mosque, www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJk_AiK-4No

So, while I agree with you, Daniel, I think it early to stop the attention-getting & the accompanying education that growing numbers of attendees gain.


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