Washington Times: CURL: The tea party IS the third party

Great article and think you will enjoy reading it.  These folks really scare the dems and others as well otherwise, they wouldn't be demonizing them (and us, and anyone who has any common sense left at all). 



Back in 1900, there were six candidates for president — from six different political parties. But since the 1950s, it’s been two main parties, with a Green Party here and a Reform Party there (Ralph Nader seized 0.7 percent of the vote as a Greenie in 1996, and 2.7 percent in 2000; Pat Buchanan pulled down a whopping 0.4 percent as a Reformer in 2000).

The times they are a-changin’. There’s a new power force in Washington, and it’s running the show right now, deciding the very fate of the nation (if you believe the White House on the calamity that would befall America if the debt ceiling is not raised to pay for things we can’t afford).

The tea party is flexing its muscles, and that terrifies so-called moderate lawmakers such as Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who got her clock cleaned by a partyer in the Republican primary but went on to win after she bailed from the GOP. “You have folks who are so black and white, who are so absolutist, that we are in a process now where we are on the brink,” she said.

Democrats are horrified, too. Party strategist Maria Cardona wrote on CNN’s website of the 87 tea party members “whose selfish and irresponsible demands during the debt ceiling negotiations may very well mean either outright default or what could be even worse and too late to avoid.”

What’s more, she said, “these 87 little tyrants have no clear understanding of the fallout” of blocking a debt deal because they “have never governed, have no interest in compromising, and have no clue about the history of government or how government really works.” She says voters elected tea partyers “to come up with balanced approaches that are fair and bipartisan.”

But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Voters elected tea partyers to go to Washington and stop the madness — deficit spending. They were angry at Democrats, angry at Republicans, and seeking a third way, one in which the Constitution (not to mention good old-fashioned common sense) rules all.

President Obama’s catchword is “compromise.” But the Democrats don’t compromise — every D in the House voted against the Republican debt plan, then every D in the Senate followed suit. And is compromise really why Americans elected tea party members? Mr. Obama advocates a $1.4 trillion deficit, so do tea party supporters really want their representatives to accept, say, half that, a $700 billion deficit?


Read the rest of the commentary here:  http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jul/31/curl-the-tea-party-...

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