When the red flags are waved the bulls get moving and attacking and acting foolishly as they are led to slaughter at the hands of the Matador (from “matar” which in Spanish means “to kill”) after first being tormented into rage by the Picador. Republican bulls are being prepared for slaughter as they bellow in triumph. Democratic bulls have been slaughtered yet many of them don’t realize it yet.
Right-wing bulls, left-wing bulls, middle of the road bulls, libertarian bulls, Clinton supporting bulls, Clinton hating bulls, Social Security supporting bulls, Social Security hating bulls – all snort and stomp hooves the very moment the red flags come out. When the red flags wave all the bulls act in their accustomed manner from their respective corners. [For more on how red flags are used by both parties to gull their respective supporters read one of our discussions of the red flag strategy written during the 2008 primaries.]
From early stirrings post-TARP in late 2008 until birth post Obama stimulus scam, the Tea Party has been an object of mockery. Many on the left mocked those in the Tea Party who demanded that “government keep your hands off my Social Security/Medicare”. Instead of recognizing potential allies who appreciated Social Security the “creative class” left delighted in mockery. “Government is Social Security you dumbasses” chortled the “creative class” left to Tea Party activists.
Now Tea Party activists are called “Hobbits” by well known Republicans and hoity-toity editorial pages that never liked the Tea Party rabble. The “Hobbits” battling Mordor and its evil president Sauron won the battles and the war, as Sarah Palin supporters smartly replied, so this was not the wisest of literary choices with which to attack the Tea Party.
Why any Republican who purports to oppose higher debt and deficits attacks the Tea Party or their supporters in Congress is a mystery. The fact of the matter is that for genuine opponents of higher debt and spiraling deficits the current bills under consideration are a joke. Even the much ballyhooed $4 trillion dollar “grand bargain” was a joke – if mathematics is a consideration.
There is an argument to be made by Republican leadership that cutting the legs off from Speaker Boehner by not voting for his proposal was counterproductive in the fight against debt and deficits. But then again, if it wasn’t for the Tea Party resistance to Speaker Boehner’s original proposals the Republicans would have agreed to much weaker terms. Indeed, Speaker Boehner had agreed to Obama’s demand for $800 billion in new taxes and only balked when Obama demanded an additional $400 billion in new taxes.
Tea Party activists also have an argument to make from the experience of Democrats during the Bush years. If the Republican leadership does not share your debt/deficit aims now (all they want are the better offices that come with the majority) they will have the same excuses and less incentive to do what you want once they are in power.
Remember during the Bush years how every demand made to House or Senate Democrats was met with the excuse ‘we can’t do x/y/z until we have a majority and we can’t even so much as try to get x/y/z done because it will hurt us in the elections and then we won’t get a majority and then we won’t be able to do all the wonderful things we will do when we get a majority and a president.’ Then they got big majorities as well as the White House and… nothing but scams and thefts. We wrote about this in “Grand Unified Theory: The Obama Scams And The Dimocrat Scams Exposed (And Why You Can Ignore The Side Stories Like – Nancy Pelosi, Notre Dame, Torture, Gay Rights, The CIA, Wall Street, GM, Chrysler, Guantanamo, Cheney, Military Tribunals, FISA, Renditions, Abortion Rights, Universal Health Care, Swine Flu, Immigration, The Environment, Foreign Policy, The Economy, Inflation, Deflation, Unemployment, TARP, Credit Cards, Israel, Russia, China, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Debt, Deficits, and The Supreme Court)“.
Democrats who mock and attack the Tea Party activists should also recognize the reality that if it was not for the Tea Party activists, Barack Obama would have sold out Social Security. That’s right – if the Tea Party had not torpedoed the “grand bargain” Barack Obama would have sold out Medicare and Social Security, (and if necessary sleeveless Michelle, the two daughters, the dog, Kal Penn, and thrown in the kitchen sink). It was unintentional but the Tea Party saved Social Security from treacherous Barack Obama who wants to gut Social Security.
[Why Obama wants to gut Social Security still deserves a full article but we have addressed the reasons before:
“The reasons for Obama wanting to destroy Social Security may be boiled down to two. Reason #1 is the old Willie Sutton reason, “that’s where the money is.” Reason #2 is the Obama coalition hatred of the FDR/Hillary Clinton coalition (hint: black male life expectancy is about 67 while white women live longer and younger voters who loved Obama in 2008 never valued Social Security they way older voters do). But that discussion is all for another day.”]
The red flag strategy works because the brain shuts down and few question their assumptions. Inadvertently perhaps, but the Tea Party saved Social Security from Obama’s clutches. Still, Social Security supporters see the Tea Party as the enemy even though many (certainly not those in the Tea Party leadership which have been co-opted by the Republican leadership) support Social Security. The “creative class” left prefers to be clever and snobbish – too stupid and over-educated to see the opportunity staring them in the face.
For those willing to shut their eyes to the red flags waving and keep the brain functioning, the bottom line in the entire debt ceiling tempest in a Tea pot is exactly that – not much – a tea pot tempest. The fact is, as we have written before, there is only one issue that remains a controversy.
The only issue that remains at all a controversy, the only issue that Barack Obama will fight on, the only issue Obama demands Harry Reid protect him on is this: keep the discussion dead until after the 2012 election.
The danger is that this strategy is one that many Republicans share with Obama. Many establishment Republicans do not want to see the Tea Party take center stage again during the general election and thereby heighten their influence even more. And has anybody seen Willard “Mitt” Romney lately?
Willard Romney wants to avoid the debt and deficit discussion almost as much as Barack Obama. While everyone has asked “Where’s Waldo” about Obama, the same can be asked of Willard Romney.
Tea Party activists want an election year discussion of the debt and the deficit and what cuts need or don’t need to be made. Does the Pentagon deserve a trillion dollar cut over the coming years? Get rid of agriculture subsidies that bribe Iowa voters? Dismember the Hitlerian monstrosity called the Department of Homeland Security and restore many of its functions to manageable agencies? Kill the Education Department, the Energy Department, the Commerce Department, and turn their operations to agencies that are less expensive? These are all issues that should be discussed. And where is all the money taken from Social Security to fund general government purposes?
Barack Obama and Willard Romney as well as the establishment of the Republican and Obama Dimocrat parties do not want a discussion about the economy/debt/deficits when the American people are paying attention.
Activists from the left and the right are constantly admonished ‘now is not the time to have a divisive fight’. Hillary Clinton supporters recall how Obama Dimocrats demanded she remove herself from the primary challenge to the treacherous Boob especially as she beat him repeatedly. We were told ‘primaries are not the time to have a divisive discussion’ because those evil Republicans will profit – the red flags were waving.
Now we are told by Barack Obama ‘we must not have a divisive fight over debt and deficits in an election year because look how bad this fight has been.’ But isn’t that what elections are for?
Drug addict or not, Obama does not want to have that discussion. That is the Barack Obama plan so many can’t seem to find. Stop looking for the plan, reelection is the plan. Sauron Obama will agree to just about anything as long as the next debt ceiling hits him on the head after the November 2012 elections. That is why the only thing Obama cares about in this debt ceiling debate is that he avoid having to explain himself to the American people during the election of 2012. Willard Romney does not want to have that discussion either.
“Joe Scarborough: “I have got to clear this up. Mika heard two days ago on Capitol Hill Democrats all saying the same thing. And that is, this president has been invisible, he is not a leader. They said this all behind closed doors. Democratic leaders, Democratic rank-and-file. In fact, 40, 50 of the most powerful Democrats on the Hill. I will just stop right there. The complaints were all the same. The president has vanished. He has left us here alone again like he did with health care. Where is he? Now, they didn’t call him a loser, but they sure as hell didn’t call him a leader.”
Tea Party activists do not have as their top priority helping the Republican leadership. Harry Reid, who worked behind the scenes in 2008 to destroy Hillary Clinton and gift the nomination to untested corrupt Boob Barack Obama will do anything now to save the Boob. The tricks and “deals” and gimmicks will multiply – from all sides – as the fake deadline approaches this Tuesday.
The debt/deficit debate is not about money or numbers. The debt/deficit debate is about the bankruptcy of the political parties as they collude to delude, distract, and circumvent, the will of the American people.
Elections are the time for citizens to seize the reins of power and decide who will be entrusted with the majesty of their authority. We don’t need phony “grass-roots” campaigns designed to bamboozle. We need a debt/deficit/economic debate in the full heat and light of an American election decided by the American voter – not debt Kabuki. Isn’t that what elections are still for?