When Tea Party Takes Over

March 15, 2013
By Allie Gregory | 3 comments

CPAC 2013 begins and it is clear that the GOP looks more like the Tea Party than ever before.

Despite all the past failures it seems the Republicans are taking their new lead from the disastrous Tea Party movement. From Donald Trump’s offensive ‘birther’ stance to failed Vice President nominee Paul Ryan’s delusions of Obamacare overthrown, the Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC, is increasingly out of touch with the American people.

Here’s a list of the top seven most outrageous, problematic, and head-shaking moments seen at CPAC so far (prepare yourself they might be cringe worthy and eye rolling).

1.  Wayne LaPierre: "To protect our schools, we recommend trained professionals with a gun. They recommend scissors. And they say we’re crazy." First, the NRA advocating for zero gun legislation—even with the majority of members in favor of background checks—is kind of crazy. Secondly, we’re pretty sure no one is promoting scissors as part of school security. Arts and crafts, absolutely.

2.   “Grow up and assume the responsibilities of life, it’s fun!”—Michele Bachmann, kids. Bachmann gave a bizarre speech focusing on social media (we think?). She began by stating no one uses Facebook anymore…sweet... Introduced as a “true Tea Partier to the core” and “one of the number one targets” of the Liberal news media,” the congresswoman from Minnesota is a great addition to the nonsensical GOP house.

3.  Marco Rubio walked on to a “One Direction” song. And if you don’t know who that is then congratulations, you are not a teenage girl.  Rubio didn’t even mention immigration—as it would be unpopular with the crowd. Instead, he gave a fairly wishy-washy speech which included a few water jokes—because that isn’t old yet.

4.  “Stale and moss covered,” a surprisingly moment occurred when Rand Paul called out the current members of his own party. However the Kentucky Senator’s hope to revitalize this party would create a whole new third party…so really, he’s kind of at the wrong conference… but moving on.

5.  Donald Trump.

6.  CPAC brings you the man who brought Ted Nugent to the State of the Union: Lou Gohmert. The new member of the US Congress is treated like a Rock Star on the CPAC stage. This guy who has said a series of endless inflammatory, stupid, and outrageous public statements. (remember his ideas of “oververt homosexuality in the military” to “repealing the 17th Amendment”) This guy who has no significant legislation accomplishments whatsoever: thus, he is the GOP Tea Party Elvis, naturally.

7.  Alas, Mitt Romney returns. Nothing like starting a new chapter with the old one that failed - and Texan Gov. Rick Perry mocked as not a true conservative. Romney give CPAC his first public speech since his 2012 defeat because—well, we’re really not sure why.

All in all, one thing is abundantly clear: the GOP is tied to the Tea Party more than ever before—from the guest list onward it is clear this Republican party is indeed the Tea Party. From Rick Perry’s cries for a true conservative to take the Republican nomination (because Romney was not conservative enough…) to their continued efforts to hurt middle class American families by shunning education, healthcare, marriage equality, and women’s rights—CPAC is a celebration of all that is wrong with the GOP Congress.

For 2014 DFA is committed to taking the house back for the people. Let us know what you think of the Republican Tea Party. 


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''ANOTHER FACE OF THE ARROGANT GREEDY 1%" ''This is Class Warfare" Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein came to Capitol Hill to call for cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. A Wall Street banker paid "$16 million last year". THEY HAVE RIGGED THE TAX CODE, NOW IS THE TIME TO HELP MAINSTREET! FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES ARE SHELTERING INCOME IN OVERSEAS TAX HAVENS! We have over 27,000 tax havens inside and out of the us, loopholes for the rich. 2/3 of corporations do not pay any tax. GE has subsidiaries in offshore tax havens in Bermuda, luxembourg and Singapore and many other places. IN 2010 GE HAD 1.5 BILLION IN PROFITS FORM THE US AND 14.2 WORLDWIDE . INSTEAD OF PAYING 1.7 BILLION IN TAXES CLAIMED A REFUND OF 3.2 BILLION. Tax payer bailouts, tax loopholes and offshore tax havens we have lost taxes from GE, EXXON MOBIL, BANK OF AMERICA, CITI-GROUP. up to 1 TRILLION IN TAX REVENUE and they want to cut SS,and all middle class and poor. Why are we not fixing the problem with gas SPECULATORS? Stop Dismantling Social Security and Medicare-We Have Paid Into These Programs Most Of Our Lives. As you know, the large deficit that we are now experiencing was primarily caused during the Bush years by two unpaid for wars. Tax breaks for the rich & a prescription drug program written by the insurance and drug companies. Further, as a result of the greed, recklessness and illegal behavior on Wall Street which drove us into this terrible recession. In order to cover the cost of the unpaid-for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, they want to make significant cuts to Social Security that will affect not only seniors but disabled veterans. They want to do this despite the fact that Social Security is funded by the payroll tax, has not added a penny to the deficit and has a $2.7 trillion surplus. MITCH McConnell - REPLACE HIM WITH ASHLEY JUDD BOEHNER & THE TEA PARTY REPACE THEM WITH PEOPLE THAT WILL COMPROMISE! They give themselves pay raises, top medical, top benefits, top pay, excellent protected retirements plans & are paid extra for each commitee they are on. They have formed in far to many areas a rigged voting district for a lock & win every election time. This has caused us a huge problem for the last 2 years & will not go away until we make them change the system. FOR OVER 10 YEARS THE SYSTEMS HAVE BEEN CHANGED TO MAKE THE RICH GET RICHER & MAKE MAIN-STREET PAY A UNFAIR SHARE! VOICE YOUR OPINION http://my.barackobama.com/Survey WE NEED MORE PEOPLE LIKE ELIZABETH WARREN & BERNIE SANDERS IN POWER! WE NEED THE BUFFETT RULE! GO BACK TO THE CLINTON TAX RATES THAT WORKED! JOBS & STIMULES SUPPORT ELIZABETH WARREN ON THE BANKING COMMITTEE! WE NEED TO REBUILD MAIN-STREET USA! Dennis -- AIG made reckless bets that nearly crashed our entire economy. Beginning in 2008, the government poured billions of your taxpayer dollars into the insurance giant to save it from bankruptcy after it gambled on mortgage-backed securities. And the bailout worked -- earlier this year, AIG reported making billions in profit. But AIG has a funny way of showing its gratitude. This morning, reports indicated that AIG is considering joining a lawsuit against the federal government because the terms of the bailout weren't generous enough. Can you believe it? AIG should thank American taxpayers for their help -- not bite the hand that fed them. The story gets even worse: The government is still bailing out AIG. Right now this profitable insurance giant is getting special tax breaks to give it an advantage and boost its bottom line. Today, I'm renewing my call for an end to AIG's special tax status to avoid paying taxes -- and I want you to join me. Enough is enough. Every time AIG files its taxes without paying a dime, it receives another payment in an ongoing, stealth bailout. Those special tax giveaways give AIG a competitive advantage over its competitors -- all while inflating AIG's profit numbers and compensation for its executives. Washington shouldn't keep giving special breaks to giant corporations while hard-working middle class families get stuck paying the bill -- especially corporations that sucked up billions of dollars in bailouts after nearly crashing our economy. Join the call for ending AIG's ongoing bailout and special tax status. They've received enough of our help. Everyone should have to play by the same rules and pay their fair share -- even giant insurance companies. That's what I believed when I was chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel with oversight on the bank bailout, and that's what I still believe now. Thank you for being a part of this, Elizabeth

DENNIS BARBATO SR

Ignorance is alive and well in the Tea Party and big money loves it.

Brad Bleich

The tea party supposedly bases its beliefs on the constitution and the ideals of the "founding fathers", yet never acknowledges that the constitution never mentions abortion, automobiles, nuclear weapons, assault weapons, homosexuality, slavery, voter suppression, etc. Clearly we are in modern times and need to think outside of the constitution for solutions while respecting human rights, our basic freedoms (speech, right to fair trial), and the needs of the poor. And the constitution never states that this is a christian nation. The tea party also distorts the idea of the 4th amendment. The tea party fails to bring the topic of globalization to the public. We as a country need to address current technologies and trade practices and evaluate what course we should take (GMOs, outsourcing, energy efficiency, jobs, automation vs. human work, the environment, corporate welfare, etc.)

Matthew Peterson
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