Is Anyone Else Frightened By Tea-Partiers in Congress?

Recently, I've come to the realization that it is inevitable we are going to have a few tea party "patriots" in Congress after the midterm elections tomorrow.  Whether it be the rabble-rousing 5 o'clock shadow known as Joe Miller in Alaska, or fundamentalist Floridian Marco Rubio, a candidate bearing the tea party dark mark will no doubt find themselves inside the hallowed halls of the Capitol building.

The regressive, and sometimes radical, views of candidates like Miller are what genuinely scares me a bit when discussing their potential to get elected into the major legislative body of our United States of America. Miller holds strictly conservative, and many times embarrassing, views on homosexuality.  He came under fire earlier in October when it was leaked that he had an anti-gay activist on his campaign's payroll. 

According to Miller's campaign disclosure forms, Miller has paid Terry Moffitt of High Point, North Carolina, $2500 for consulting services. Moffitt is not known as a political consultant. But he is a man of many interests. He's been a dean at a Christian high school (where hetaught creationism), and he has traveled around the world to promote Christianity. (He refers to himself as the "Christian Indiana Jones.")

Moffitt's Family Policy Network runs a project called "Hope for Homosexuals"  that encourages "practicing homosexuals to 'come out' of that destructive lifestyle, and to 'come home' to the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ…While the homosexuals celebrate their perversions, they are confronted with the truth that there is hope for deliverance in Jesus Christ."

Source: Mother Jones

And then you have people like John Raese, who is currently running on the Republican ballot in West Virginia for Senate.  Raese believes we don't need public education, and therefore is in favor of abolishing the Department of Education.  This is a horrible and preposterous idea, and for a state like West Virginia it would be detrimental to the entire education system.  West Virginia would fall even further down the education ladder.  What would happen to the children who receive free and reduced lunches at schools that are publicly funded? Raese's plan is a "voucher" system with many private and charter schools being instituted.  Nobody knows where the money will come from.  The kids who can't afford it will, I suppose, not attend school.

Raese is also in favor of getting rid of the minimum-wage, Department of Energy, and would rather make money than create jobs.  Class act. 

Are these really the kind of people we need in Congress?  No, but unfortunately some of them may be on their way to Washington.


Tags: Terry Moffitt, Marco Rubio, Joe Miller, Tea Party, JOHN RAESE, West Virginia, Florida, Alaska, Senate, midterms (all tags)




There will definitely be members of the legislature who explicitly deny the constitutional separation of church and state, who believe that the President is an anti-American Indonesian Marxist South American Dictatorial Jihadi, who fear and hate immigrants, and who believe that the Federal Government is a tyrannical force that must be eviscerated.  They also think corporations are people and that the State should decide when a fetus becomes a person and force women to carry them to term, even when their own health is at immediate risk.

But the worst part, is that they think this is an appropriate time to simply obstruct ANY action and try to score political points.  And the unemployed can discover their "entrepreneurial spirit" in the mean time.

by Strummerson 2010-11-01 10:56AM | 0 recs
RE: Yes.

Its going to be an unfortunate mess regardless of what happens.  And I can't imagine them getting along well with McConnell, at least some of them.  The mindset of some tea partiers is to "Take america back" and be an individual in Congress.  They'll learn quickly thats not how things operate there.

by Chuckie Corra 2010-11-01 01:18PM | 0 recs


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