In all fairness, I found source references to Realspokes statements
but am still researching to see if I can
corroborate, compare, and fact check - things I likely won't get to tonight.
So, let me clarify, for the sake of honesty... I was in agreement with the ideals expressed by the initial grass roots movement that became referred
to as "The Tea Party" early on in the process... from watching interviews of actual protesters and agreeing with the things they were saying.
I lost my interest when I began to see hints of troubling things like racism, elitism, and a general fear in those same "from the field" interviews.
The night I lost total interest was a night when I saw a biker/veteran Tea Party guy interviewed and he made a comments to the effect that he was not
going to let "them" "steal" his "Social Security and Medicare". My immediate thought was "Who is 'them' and why are you calling 'them'
'leeches' when you, yourself are receiving these things?" I suddenly realized that this guy was basically saying "I got mine and to Hell with you
getting yours." And it offended me.
As I discuss openly and often, I was diagnosed with PTSD and Bipolar disorder quite a long time ago. I always took pride in working, supporting myself
and my family, and being productive - in spite of my problems. But I also volunteer at a local mental health clinic, and have for a very long time. I
saw first hand who "them" were. People with extreme disabilities who looked normal, on the outside, but who simply could not function in society
with any degree of success. This is where my ideals of social responsibility and my humanitarian side was born. I could no longer live by the credo
that "Real men support themselves, so to Hell with those who won't try". I saw, with my own eyes, the frustration and pain on the faces of decent
people who wanted so badly to do the right thing, but who simply couldn't.
This began my disillusionment with conservatism and the rhetoric that sometimes comes from the far right. We have a culture where you have to be a
square peg or a round peg. Period. Cookie cutter specifications for a cookie cutter society. And, if you happen to be a bit misshapen? Well tough
luck. In being around some of the folks who didn't fit the mold I quickly realized that they weren't failing society, society had failed them. They
had things to offer the world - but, because they didn't fit the right shape, they were prevented ( or at least severely inhibited ) from doing
I've gone a long way around the bush to make my point because I wanted to explain, fully, why
I strongly need to make it.
I do not identify myself with any party label. I don't care you if you call me a libtard and start a national libtard movement in my honor... if the
policies and morals of that movement match my sense of right and wrong I'll gladly vote for any and all libtard candidates that run for office. The
name of the party matters not - It's what they stand for that means something. And, for awhile, the Tea Party seemed to be saying the things I wanted