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After a few years of seeing the success of the tea party, you’d think that the GOP would see the value of it. Perhaps even begin to drift toward more-conservative policies. Heck, the overwhelming victories in 2010 should be a clear indicator of the power of “tea party” type support. But recent events tell a much different story, that your opinions and values don’t really matter…that you are are being taken for granted. This is not some emotional assertion; rather this is based on direct observation of events.
Many of you may not be aware of the delegate and convention rules shenanigans that just took place during the republican convention. Below I will list several links/articles about what is reported to have happened during the convention, as well as a few links that indicate how the GOP views your values/opinion. Although I have not exhaustively vetted all of the material presented, much of it comes from sources I trust or is direct video evidence.
The most egregious event that transpired during the convention was a rules change that would dramatically limit the influence that the grassroots could exert in the convention process. Morton Blackwell provides a summary and commentary:
Michelle Malkin provides a recap of the events during the convention. If you read no other links, read this one:
There were also reports that the entire event was scripted, and that the outcome had been preordained. Why even construct the nomination sideshow if it didn’t matter? Why waste everyone’s time, and considerable money?
Additionally, some recent commentary (or lack thereof) provides a glimpse into the minds of the GOP leadership.
Was there a memo released to agree to not mention the tea party *at all* during the convention?
Would you have expected that the tea party wouldn’t even be mentioned, essentially? It’s almost as if the GOP is embarrassed by you. In the face of the withering attacks against the tea party that we all had to endure, the GOP could have stood up for us…could have defended us loudly and proudly. Could have used that momentum to champion our conservative principles. But no…we find ourselves now in a situation where the GOP will not even speak our name publicly, lest they be tarnished with our “extreme” ideas. Could it be that the GOP just wants us to shut up, work as community activists, and then vote for their favored candidates?
Let’s not forget Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner’s recent comments about people who were against the TARP bailout.