Two Tea Party Movements? That’s right. The original I name after Ron Paul because it came out of his 2008 presidential run while Bush was still in office. The other is a media-driven creation which I’ve dubbed the RuPaul Tea Party after the celebrated drag queen entertainer.
During his campaign, Ron Paul was mocked for saying the Bush economy, based on deficit-spending and borrowing from China, would tank. When Wall Street imploded before Bush was even out of town, Ron Paul’s credibility soared upward.
Like a lightning strike on a dark summer night, all of a sudden the hidden machinations of the liberal corporate state are revealed. With conservative mouths open and sucking air and liberals swooning with Obama Kool-Aid, the only critique in town was that of Ron Paul.
But the original Tea Party is sounding familiar Ron Paul themes: Audit the Fed, Blast the IRS, Down with NAFTA, quit empire-building on borrowed money, et al. This is anathema to the ruling Oligarchy. Besides, the movement was out of their control.
If there was a book out there entitled HI-JACKING A MOVEMENT FOR DUMMIES it would detail how to cast aside the original movement by becoming THE movement. You do this with media. First a trial balloon by carnival barker Rick Santelli on CNBC, then by summer all-out on Fox.
A subtle twist turns the original Tea Party inside out. To the Ron Paul rhetoric of responsible spending and constitutional government they ADD support for the Neo-Con wars in Iraq & Afghanistan and pine for a new one in Iran. That rips the guts out a movement originally focused on liberty, including opposition to the Patriot Act.
The RuPaul Tea Party is made to seem hip and cool. Because it’s not officially Republican Party, it can go against Obama without causing cringing. Still, hordes of people who voted for Bush & McCain populate the faux movement; Liberty becomes neo-Liberty. Needless to say, this sour puss crowd is not going to embrace libertarian positions against the war, military-industrial complex, war on drugs and the growing police-state.
And speaking of media creations: Who else but Sarah Palin is installed as figurehead leader of the RuPaul Tea Party. Handpicked by lead Neo-Con Bill Kristol to be John McCain’s running mate, the photogenic Palin, a former broadcaster, delivers a knockout speech at the GOP convention. A cult of idolatry around her develops among right-wing Republicans. Trouble is, she didn’t write her own speech nor did she pen her best-selling book. Yeah, you betcha, you’re darn tootin’.