From my perch here in mid-Michigan, it's far too easy to think that Tea Party types are just a bunch of drooling rednecks who are bigoted and who have below average IQ. Am I wrong in how liberals characterize Tea Party types.
Television political commentator Chris Matthews, in this video clip, reminds everybody of the reality that these are real middle-class people who are fed up with government and it failed promises.
This was on Facebook late this morning. This is Amash's take on what's happening.
When I grew up in Bay City, everybody knew there were two Republican groups. There were those whose attitudes were epitomized by their membership in the country club and who had liberal and very establishment political views.
Then there were the everyday people who believed that there dangers in big government and who were way of its dangers.
That same scenario is being played out all over the country. Michigan's big dog Republicans who only get close to real people on their way to the club are trying to take down U.S. Rep Justin Amash from Grand Rapids. They're using a big business guy from the area who might have trouble identifying a real conservative if it crossed his path.
They are trying to make Amash sound like some reject from a mental hospital. Amash has insisted on following the U.S. Constitution and has admonished leaders for cutting corners or completely missing them.
How will this play out? Can Amash keep his seat? Can he get out his voters on election day?
Barry Goldwater from Arizona served a distinguished career in the U.S. and he ran unsucessfully for president on the Republican ticket in 1964. He has firm conservative credentials. He was very principled in the same way that Rand Paul is. Goldwater was respected and he was influential in legislation passed during that time.
It seems, right now, that we are on the brink of not being able to govern ourselves because of all the acrimony and division. In the early sixties, the division came from Richard Nixon and his criminal acts. Goldwater brought people together during this time.
What would be his take and what would be his advice on handling what is happening now. He adhered to his principles, but he also knew that we had to govern ourselves. And, he knew that there were a wide-range of views.
I was going through my Twitter feed this morning and I found this quote from Rand Paul who is frequently mentioned as a possible presidential candidate on the Republican side. I had to share it.
I spent most of my working life around the Michigan Legislature and I've read plenty of bills and I've helped draft them. I've been blown away by the number of legislators who never read them. They take the word of a partisan analyst or special interest lobbyist.
Is that what happened with the passage of Obamacare? Did your member of Congress read the bill and understand it?
Rand Paul nailed it. But, does he read the bills? How do we find out?
Rick Santorum who ran for president in 2012 wrote a new book: Blue Collar Conservative and it seems to show a unique understanding of the volatile electorate. More and more blue collars have jumped over to the Republican side. But, they are getting ready to go someplace more sympathetic to them. They stayed home from the polls two years ago.
“As many as six million blue collar voters stayed home from the polls, and there’s good reason to believe that a large majority of them would have voted Republican if they had voted,” the former Pennsylvania senator writes in “Blue Collar Conservatives: Recommitting to an America That Works,” which is out Monday, according to a story in Politico.
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Everybody complains about the partisanship that exists at all levels of our government, especially the federal government. One thing seems to be missing in all the sharp and angry words and with the heated name-calling is respect. If you raise a different point of view in many circles, watch out. You're going to find yourself full of verbal urine. Watch this piece from Sean Hannity which includes cuts from MSNBC's Ed Shultz and from Al Sharpton. Both sides do it. Anybody tired of this? I am.
When you have time this is worth a look. It's Dylan Ratigan of MSNBC talking about why Washington, D.C. is getting us mired in a morrass of partisanship and impotence. After the expected snowstorm today and tomorrow, I'm going to watch it again.
He says we have a "bought" Congress. It all revolves around money in politics. It's hard to rebut.
But could the over-arching problem be character, that of the members of Congress and the people who elected them?