The Tea Party Crashes

I confess that since November I’ve been holding my breath, watching the clock for how long Tea Party newcomers could hold out against the entrenched Republican elite on Capitol Hill. Collapse was inevitable, however I admit to feeling bitterly surprised at how rapidly they have thrown in the towel. 

For the record, most of the Tea Party quit their principles of liberty on February 14, 2011—20 days into the new Congress—when Tea Party leaders abruptly abandoned their opposition to the Patriot Act and voted to extend intrusive domestic surveillance, wire tapping and warrantless searches of American citizens. In so doing, they exposed the fraud of their soaring campaign promises to defend the liberty of ordinary Americans, and fight government intrusions on freedom. All those wide eyed speeches that flowed with such thrilling devotions, all of it proved to be self-aggrandizing lies. 

The Tea Party didn’t even put up a fight. Briefly they rejected a sneak attack to renew three surveillance clauses of the Patriot Act on a suspension vote. That filled my heart with hope. One push from the Republican elite, however and they went down with a loud thud. 

My disappointment is particularly acute. Rather notoriously, I am distinguished as the second non-Arab American to face indictment on the Patriot Act, after Jose Padilla. 

My status was pretty close to an enemy non-combatant. One would presume that I must have joined some terrorist conspiracy? Or engaged in some brutal act of sedition, such as stock piling weapons and munitions to overthrow those crooks in Congress?

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I wear many hats but history, economics and political observance have always been a passion. I am a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Business with a degree in Information Systems and Digital Business with a minor in European History. I work for a small mom-and-pop IT consulting and software design company. We deal in servicing mostly government funded non-profit mental and behavioral health care agencies in the state of Ohio. In this I deal with Medicaid and Medicare funds and have a little insight on the boondoggles of government there. Thankfully the undemanding nature of my daily profession gives me ample time to read and stay aware of our current state of affairs which I find stranger than fiction in many instances. In addition to being in the IT field, I have also been self employed with a small contracting company so I might know a thing or two about the plight of small business that employs 71% of the American workforce. I however don't draw my knowledge from my day jobs, which I have had a few; I draw it from an intense obsession with facts and observation about the world in which I live. I do have formal education in things such as history, economics and finance particularly as it pertains to global issues, but I have come to find much of what I thought I knew from the formalities of a state university I had to unlearn through much time and independent research. I hope you enjoy what I bring you which is not often heard in the mainstream news outlets. I would like to think my own personal editorializing is not only edifying but thought provoking while not at all obnoxious. That last one may be a hard to achieve.


  1. Standish

    February 15, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    I cant believe this site doesnt know what a Tea Party is!

    It started in Boston in 2006, and has since been hijacked by misinformation as to its origins, which is the rejection of the 9/11 Commission / Omission report.

  2. Jason Rink

    February 16, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Standish-I hope you are referring to the site that doesn’t know what the Tea Party is. For clarification to other readers, The Liberty Voice is well aware of the origins of the Tea Party. I think this article is indicative of the fact that the Tea Party moniker has been hijacked since the Truth Movement/Ron Paul movement got it going. The phrase “Tea Party” is now used to refer to a wing of the Republican Party by many authors. Also, at The Liberty Voice, we like to feature articles that are relevant to the Liberty Movement in general, whether or not we agree with all of the perspectives presented.

  3. Andrew McCleese

    February 16, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Dick Armey is so very “Tea Party”…

    Michelle Bachman is so very “Tea Party”…

    Dan Coats is so very “Tea Party”…

    … and Sarah Palin is the keynote speaker at “Tea Party” conferences….

    Whatever the origins were (which can be debated since we are not talking about a monolith here) seem to be immaterial at this point when considering what the “Tea Party” has become.

    Now the Tea Party votes right along Neocon lines for PATRIOT Act extensions… and some want these 3 provisions made permanent…

  4. Standish

    February 16, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Well all of them are americans, but that doesnt change what an american is. If however they turned out not to be american, or using the anaology a supporter of the original tea party then they are not tea party members. They would be frauds.

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