Tea Party Movement led astray by pro-war partisans
(LA Nonpartisan Examiner) -- Robert Stark --
The tea party movement began as a grass roots protest against big government and the out of touch political establishment. The movement revolved around the campaign of congressman Ron Paul and the liberty movement but since Obama's election has been promoted by establishment conservative sources such as Fox News, which were hostile to Paul during the campaign. Ron Paul's movement was unique because it was completely independent from any powerful special interest. However that is changing with the new tea party movement.
On MSNBC's Rachael Maddows Show, Ron Paul warned that "neocon influence" is "infiltrating" the movement he helped create. He said "the message gets somewhat diluted" with large movements of this nature. Everybody likes to join what looks like a popular movement, then they want to come in and influence that movement." He added "his core issues, such as creating transparency at the Federal Reserve, recalling overseas soldiers and ending the drug war, are "not what is generally heard from the Republican party." However it is Republican activist who make up much the tea party movement and three of Ron Paul's primary challengers with ties to the tea party movement are smearing Paul for his non-interventionist foreign policy.
Tea Party Figure Sara Palin, who is now a Fox News pundit asked by Greta Van Sustren if the Tea Party should merge with the GOP, responded that "they need to merge, definitely, they need to merge. I think those who are wanting the divisions and the divisiveness and the controversy -- those are the ones who don't believe in the message. And they're the ones, I think, stirring it up." While grass roots conservatives see this as an opportunity to bring the Republican party to principle this would be the loss of a truly independent movement which the country so direly needs.
Palin is now advocating that President Obama attack Iran. On a recent Fox News Interview she said "Say he decided to declare war on Iran or decided really to come out and do whatever he could to support Israel, which I would like him to do." She added "the military attack changes the dynamics in what we can assume is going to happen between now and three years." Former PNAC Chairman Bill Kristol advised John McCain to pick Palin as a running mate and was her foreign policy adviser. PNAC was the think tank that lobbied for the Iraq War on behalf of the Israeli Government.
Tea Party activist have launched a new site called SaveOurMovement.com claiming that RNC Chairman Michael Steele has tried to hijack the movement. Everett Wilkinson, Florida coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots told Newsmax Magazine that Steele "wants to hijack the tea-party movement to promote his own name, rather than focus on the issues facing his party," he added "Steele would be well advised "to remove the plank out of his party's own eye on fiscal responsibility before he tries to take on the tea party."...MORE...LINK