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April 23, 2013

Tea Party Republicans: Fighting Tyranny or Causing It?

Filed under: Politics — Steve Ruis @ 12:18 pm
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From the NRA and a number of Tea Party advocates the word tyranny has come to be applied to our own government. This may just be a form of “Obama Derangement Syndrome” but what if they are taken seriously? What has been their response?

I consulted my favorite dictionary and it’s first definition of the word tyranny is “1. arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority.” And while in office, President Obama has followed the rules as created by those preceding him. He hasn’t done anything sneaky or underhanded, at least not sneakier or more underhanded than previous presidents, so where is the tyranny coming from? What form does it take? All of the President’s legislation has been passed with majority votes in both houses of Congress.

Maybe I can’t identify the tyranny they oppose, but since the 2010 election, what kind of behavior has the Republican House majority and Senate minority shown? They have attempted repeatedly to shut the government down or to hold the government hostage to get “reforms” they couldn’t get though normal legislative processes. They are using obscure rules to excess so that we have the rule by a small minority in the Senate.

So, are Republicans and Tea Party Republicans fighting tyranny or causing it?



  1. You know the answer, Steve.

    Quick poll: 2014, will the Dems retake the House?


    Comment by john zande — April 23, 2013 @ 1:53 pm | Reply

    • It is possible but not likely. It will take a carefully crafted campaign, highly organized … something Dems are not known for, prior to Obama that is.


      Comment by stephenpruis — April 23, 2013 @ 2:53 pm | Reply

      • Pity. Bachmann isn’t up again, is she? The rest of the 2010 Teabilly’s though are… could be a good cull.


        Comment by john zande — April 23, 2013 @ 3:26 pm | Reply

  2. The Tea Party is in a weird spot… They were a big deal in 2010 and now they’re not. But they got multiple Congressman and Senators elected so they still play a big role in the thing that actually matters – policy and law. Weird spot.


    Comment by Jason — April 27, 2013 @ 2:03 pm | Reply

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