Alice In Wonderland v. The Boston Tea Party

Four years since its eruption on the American political scene, the TEA Party movement appears to be guided more by Ayn Rand's fiction and less by an understanding of fundemental US history.

After President Obama gave his annual State of the Union speech, the Republicans followed with two rebuttals. Both Republican rebuttals were given by TEA Party darlings. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul gave the Republican TEA Party view from the crazy uncle side of the GOP and Florida Senator Marco Rubio gave the rebuttal from the angry-white-man’s side of the Republican Party that desperately wants a non-Caucasian on its Presidential ticket in 2016.

Both rebuttals covered the similar ground. However, Paul hi-lighted his flimsy grasp of reality when he said, “America is exceptional because we were founded upon the notion that everyone should be free to pursue life, liberty, and happiness. For the first time in history, men and women were guaranteed a chance to succeed based not on who your parents were but on your own initiative and desire to work.”

Apparently, the only required reading to qualify for the TEA Party is the Constitution and an Ayn Rand’s novel. For some reason, the pro-abortion atheist Ayn Rand has become the patron saint of the God-fearing, pro-life Republican TEA Party. Paul has said he is “a big fan of Ayn Rand. I’ve read all her novels.”

Perhaps Rand Paul should read some actual United States history. He might learn the Constitution was ratified in 1788 and contains more than just the Second Amendment. When it was ratified, five black slaves were counted as the equivalent of three whites and the importation of slaves could not be banned for 20 years. Another provision basically stated that slaves are property not people.

The Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery was ratified in 1865. This of course was after the bloodiest war in our nation’s history was fought. In 1868, the Fourteenth Amendment was ratified making African Americans citizens and guaranteeing all citizens “the equal protection of the laws.”  Of course, most Native Americans were excluded from this Amendment, as the government was busy trying to steal their lands and eliminate them through genocide.

In 1870, the Fifteenth Amendment was ratified stating that the right of citizens to vote “shall not be denied of abridged…on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. Of course, this didn’t mean women could vote. It also didn’t mean Southern states couldn’t keep blacks from voting or the local law would look the other way as hundreds of blacks were being lynched.  Even though a Constitutional amendment to grant women the right to vote was introduced in 1878, women didn’t get the right to vote until the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified in 1920.

Rand Paul’s statement that everybody was “free to pursue life, liberty, and happiness” when this country was founded is pure fiction. Paul and his TEA Party patriots should spend less time reading Ayn Rand’s fiction and more time reading American history. They might gain a broader understanding of reality and lose their latent teenage fantasies of being a fictional character in a poorly written novel by Ayn Rand.

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Marty McFly March 01, 2013 at 09:02 PM
James, Sorry but my goal in life isn't to be your filter. I do lean to the right, I will not deny that. If you don't believe that what you have posted so far is left leaning, you probably think that the media is honest. . . By the way, I have a bridge for sale, would you like to buy it?
Marty McFly March 01, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Looks like JP is sharing a bit more of the left's tolerance. . .
Rich Petersen March 01, 2013 at 10:31 PM
"Imagine a plot to undermine the government of the United States, to destroy much of its capacity to do the public’s business, and to sow distrust among the population." The Sequester and the Tea Party Plot - http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/03/01-6
Robert Burke March 02, 2013 at 12:12 PM
From Wikipedia- "On February 19, 2009, in a broadcast from the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, CNBC Business News editor Rick Santelli criticized the government plan to refinance mortgages, which had just been announced the day before. He said that those plans were "promoting bad behavior" by "subsidizing losers' mortgages". He suggested holding a tea party for traders to gather and dump the derivatives in the Chicago River on July 1. A number of the floor traders around him cheered on his proposal, to the amusement of the hosts in the studio. Santelli's "rant" became a viral video after being featured on the Drudge Report. According to The New Yorker writer Ben McGrath and New York Times reporter Kate Zernike, this is where the movement was first inspired to coalesce under the collective banner of "Tea Party". By the next day, guests on Fox News had already begun to mention this new "Tea Party"." And once Fox got their hands on it the propaganda machine kicked in and it became a Republican Extension. I'm meeting many disaffected former Tea Party members who now see clearly, this is now about electing Republicans- Who have now voted for a tax increase. They say it was on the wealthy, but of course, we all know taxes get paid at the register so that was just another tax increase...on us. Nice Job Tea Party. Let's elect more Republicans...
Robert Burke March 02, 2013 at 12:16 PM
James- We had an excellent start thank you. Very nice article in the paper. March 12 at UWRF 7 PM. Subscribe to our YouTube.com/LibertyValleyWI channel for updates. Nice thing about this way is you can stay informed whether you join or not. Peace-


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