It has become obvious over the past four years that any challenge to the status quo in Washington, D.C. will be met with extreme hostility by the elites in both parties. The Tea Party’s surge in popularity among frustrated conservatives has flummoxed establishment politicians to no end, leading to countless efforts to discredit the grassroots movement.
Of course, the further to the political left an individual resides, the more hatred he or she is likely to have toward the Tea Party. Thus, it should be no surprise that deeply partisan Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer recently laid out his game plan for permanently silencing the greatest collective conservative voice in the nation.
Primarily, he advocated for the implementation of strict two-party primaries, which he claimed would relegate actual conservatives to a position of electoral insignificance.
Schumer, the Senate’s third-highest ranking Democrat, expressed his desire to see only moderate Republicans have an opportunity to face members of his party in elections.
“The way to lessen the grip of the Tea Party on the electoral process would be to do what a handful have done and have a primary where all voters, members of every party, can vote and the top two vote-getters then enter a runoff,” he said.
In his estimation, such a rule implementation would “prevent a hard-right candidate from winning with 22 percent of the vote and force even the most extreme candidates to move further to the middle….”
During the same incendiary speech, delivered in front of a receptive crowd at the far-left Center for American Progress, Schumer demonstrated his utter failure to comprehend what the Tea Party represents.
He described the Tea Party movement’s “fundamental weakness” as the difference in opinion between “plutocrats like the Koch brothers” and the average member within its ranks.
According to Schumer, a typical Tea Party supporter “likes government-run Medicare, likes government-built highways and water and sewer lines, likes government support for education, both higher and lower.”
Of course, millions of conservatives are completely disgusted with the rampant waste within Medicare and the political propaganda being foisted upon students in government-controlled classrooms. Schumer, however, apparently cannot imagine any citizen would believe the private sector could perform a task more efficiently than a federal bureaucracy.
His comments prove not only that he doesn’t understand what the Tea Party actually supports; he is also greatly underestimating the determination of conservatives working to restore America to its former greatness.
The more leftist ideologues attempt to destroy conservative movements like this one, the harder patriots behind such efforts will fight to make their voices heard.
–B. Christopher Agee
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