The Hijacking of the U.S. Government by the Republican TEA Party
The United States of America was created with three check and balance components meant to allow governing of the country through the representative process. The United States is not a true democracy; it is a republic.
The country is governed through its citizens voting for representatives that in turn vote their constituents' interests within the U.S. Congress, which is comprised of two branches, the House of Representatives and the Senate. The third component is the office of the President of the United States.
In July 2010, a House committee approved Minnesota Republican Party Representative Michele Bachmann's request to form the TEA Party Caucus. She is currently seeking her party's nomination for the office of President of the United States in 2012.
In the spring 2009, during the faux outrage over attempts to reform health care and the insurance industry, the faux outrage having been orchestrated by conservatives and the Republican Party, at townhall meetings across the nation, the nation and the world were first introduced to the TEA Party, the Right Wing of the Republican Party.
Since then, those calling themselves the TEA Party have been cultivated and organized by conservative money from those like the billionaire Koch brothers, Dick Armey, the creator of FreedomWorks, the insurance industry and other conservative corporate interests.
The TEA Party freshmen, elected into Congress in the House of Representatives in the fall of November 2010, taking office in January 2011, and those TEA Party leaning freshmen, are said to be less than 90 freshmen. They have held the United States of America hostage and caused great concern in the world's financial markets, as they pushed their Right Wing minority view of how and what should be done by the U.S. government.
The House of Representatives, one third of the United States' governing process, currently has 435 members with two vacancies, 193 Democrats and 240 Republicans. The TEA Party Caucus and TEA Party leaning freshmen, all Republican Party members, are about 20% of the entire House of Representatives and less than 50% of the Republican Party, actually 33% of the Republican Party in the House.
Yet, the Republican Party has allowed the TEA Party to dictate how and what the Republican Party would negotiate during the Republican Party generated crisis involving raising the debt ceiling.
As long as the TEA Party has assumed control of the Republican Party, the American people will continue to be held hostage, as long as the Republican Party allows the TEA Party to control their party, as the Republican TEA Party uses tyranny to force the United States government to give in to their demands while proclaiming loudly how much the TEA Party despises tyranny.
Well, it seems the TEA Party only hates tyranny if it isn't wielded BY the TEA Party.
By Tuesday afternoon, August 2, 2011, both houses of the U.S. Congress, the House of Representatives and the Senate, passed legislation that tied debt reduction, a Republican Party demand, to raising of the debt ceiling, an act which normally, until this year, had been a fairly routine matter. The debt ceiling stall lasted for nearly six months and was spearheaded by Republican TEA Party activists.
On Friday evening, August 5, 2011, giving a detailed explanation for why it chose to take this action, Standard and Poor's (S&P) issued a press release that announced it had downgraded the United States of America's sovereign credit from AAA, the rating the nation has held since 1917, to AA+.
While noting Congress' recent passage of the "fiscal consolidation plan" with the support of both Democrats and Republicans, " .... falls short of what, in our view, would be necessary to stabilize the government’s medium-term debt dynamics ...." , it further explains:
.... We have changed our assumption on this because the majority of Republicans in Congress continue to resist any measure that would raise revenues, a position we believe Congress reinforced by passing the act. ....
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