A Test for the Tea Party and the Downfall of the GOP Establishment

There are a number of big elections across America today. Georgia has one. The GOP establishment wants us to vote for a tax increase for transportation. It’s called the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax or T-SPLOST. The proposed 10-year, 1-cent regional sales tax will raise some $18.7 billion statewide. It’s been described as a bloated boondoggle.

There’s a sign near our home touting a 2006 tax that was passed by the voters. The multi-acre tract has a small shed and some garden plots. I think we’re still paying the tax, and now they want to add another penny to the sales tax. “It’s just a penny,” they always say. In terms of percentage, it’s a huge increase.

You’ve heard of the “bridge to nowhere”? We have sidewalks to nowhere. I go by them two to three times a day, and I’ve never seen anybody walking on them. Weeds grow up through the cracks and expansion joints.

Texas politics is also in the news. Ted Cruz is running against establishment Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. Latest polling puts Cruz at a 10-point lead over Dewhurst. The Tea Party is not dead, as so many liberals and GOP establishment types keep telling us. Talk to Richard Lugar about the death of the Tea Party. Scott Walker won a recall election in Wisconsin because of a national campaign led by Tea Party loyalists and donors.

Tea Partiers don’t make a lot of noise, but they do vote.

Even the liberal Huffington Post is acknowledging that the Tea Party is alive and well in Texas.

Cruz . . . has proven a tough challenger in the race for retiring GOP Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s seat. Cruz, former state solicitor general, has drawn a crowd of Tea Party leaders to his side, including Sen. Jim Demint (R-S.C.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). Sarah Palin has also campaigned for Cruz, including a trip to a planned community called the Woodlands with Cruz on Friday.

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“Cruz’s victory is driven by four things: the Tea Party, the enthusiasm of his supporters, a generational divide within the Texas Republican ranks, and the lack of regard the party base currently holds for Rick Perry,” Public Policy Polling wrote.

If you want more information on Ted Cruz, here is his site: http://www.votetedcruz.org/

If you are from Texas, vote early and vote often (just kidding on the often part).








Gary is a graduate of Western Michigan University (1973) and earned his M.Div. at Reformed Theological Seminary in 1979. He is the author of countless essays, news articles, and more than 27 book titles.

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  • brewerrff

    Commenting on the run off election for Texas Senator, between Ted Cruz and David Dewhearst. Over the past 20 years or more the liberals were able to capitalize on the fact that moderate Republicans ( those who were will willing to work across the isle). That fact has put our Country in the dire situation that is now in! In Politics there is no middle ground, only right and wrong! Unfortunately we have found out that compromise is not the way to do our Country’s business! It’s time to repopulate our representation with people who will not bow to the pressure of the Liberal Media in order to hold their position! Out with the old establishment Republican and and in with the Conservative Republican! Its time to revitalize the GOP! This is now more important than ever now that our Country is in a strangle hold by Obama’s Socialism Plan for America, ( This is the CHANGE He was talking about in 08!)
    It is VITALLY important that we keep the House and take the Senate because of the chance of another term by the Obamanator! If Obama is defeated so much more the better! Maybe then we will be able to get to the real problem. The demise of our Socialistic Media and the imbedded socialist teachers in our education system!

  • bakertech

    I cannot help but see a comparison between this election and the
    last. However the process accomplished the nomination of McCain, I am not sure.
    He was a Patriotic hero, beyond normal call of duty. He unfortunately had to suffer captivity. As
    far as him being my choice for president, no way. He conveniently became a
    choice, a lackluster, fence jumping candidate with the likelihood of being no
    threat. What I want is an American that desires to be the leader of our
    country, with love of God and country, with the ability to abide by the
    constitution. Cream of the crop, the best we have. For how many years now has
    the winner basically bought the job?

  • JAS64

    The liberal left is again trying to speak into existence. Tea party rolls are longer than ever and getting more support than ever. The Libs are running scared.

  • olddawg

    DAMN, WAKE UP PEOPLE. I CAN’T AFFORD TO DONATE. BUT; I DO NOT
    BUY ANYTHING GM OR GE. I DO NOT GO TO THE MOVIES. I DO NOT WATCH NETWORK TV
    CHANNELS OR ANY OWNED BY ABC, NBC OR CBS OR THE REGULAR FOX CHANNEL OTHER THAN
    FOX NEWS/BIZ. SOME MILITARY CHANNEL.
    IF I CAN HELP OR KNOW IT, I DO NOT BUY ANYTHING UNION MADE.
    EVEN GROCERY WISE, IF U CHECK, THE STORE BRANDS ARE MADE IN THE US AND CHEAPER
    THAN THE NAME BRANDS THAT USUALLY COME FROM OVERSEAS. EVEN LIGHT BULBS AND OTHER
    STUFF.
    I DO NOT EAT IN ANY RESTAURANTS THAT ARE NOT LOCALLY OWNED
    MOM&POP TYPES OR THAT I CAN NOT SMOKE IN.
    I DO NOT BUY GAS FROM OR REFINED FROM OVERSEAS OIL. I DO NOT
    BUY GAS WITH ETHANOL IN IT.
    I ONLY WATCH ANY SPORT ON TV THAT HAS AMERICAN CITIZENS IN
    THEM, EXCEPT FOR THE OLYMPICS.
    AND I COULD GO ON, BUT YOU SHOULD GET MY DRIFT HERE. DONATE ALL
    U WANT TO. HOWEVER UNTILL YOU ARE WILLING TO TOUGHEN UP; DO WITHOUT; GET
    SERIOUS; STAND TALL AND BE A TRUE CONSERVATIVE/TPP, YOU ARE SUPPORTING THE
    DEMOS, LIBERALS, PROGRESSIVES AND SOCIALIST.
    SO AS LONG AS YOU ARE SUPPORTING THEM (ONE MOVIE DOES) AND I AM
    NOT, I CAN NOT SUPPORT THE SO CALLED CONSERVATIVES/TPP UNTILL YOU/THEY WAKE UP
    AND THINK ABOUT HOW YOU LIVE AND HOW MUCH YOU ARE SUPPORTING THE LEFT, (ONE NEW
    GM, ETC…) SUPPORTS THE LEFT BIGTIME AS DOES ANY OF THE ABOVE
    MENTIONED.
    BOBBY WALKER
    HEIDELBERG, MISSISSIPPI

    FIRST; You have to talk about putting GOD back in our schools
    and teaching plain old 3 R subjects. Let people choose their kids schools.
    (after all this is a freedom of choice country) whether it’s schools, unions,
    personal land, etc….
    SECOND; You have to support the 2nd amendment big time. But you
    have to have some kind of check up system in place. The right minds could come
    up with a system. I know I will never give up my guns, which are ALL legal. AND
    I do not believe any law abiding citizen that lives in the south or rural areas
    will either. PERIOD!!!!!
    THIRD; YOU HAVE TO DRILL, REFINE AND SELL, FEDERAL LAND OIL.
    You could pay off the debt, build the fence (triple strength), STRENGHTEN our
    military plus give the troops a raise and probably fund many federal programs.
    Just by selling oil, gas and coal to OUR ALLIES/ friends only. which would help
    their economy, in return, helping ours automatically.
    FOURTH; You do away with the EPA, get out of the UN, do not
    deal with OPEC and you put our troops in friendly nations, such as POLAND,
    ISREAL, etc…. and you stop giving countries money, PERIOD!!!! Except maybe
    friendlys for defense. CLOSE about 50% of our overseas military installations
    and open new ones on our southern border. Bringing thousands of civilian support
    jobs to those basis home to the US. Creating millions of jobs and new towns and
    new businesses.
    FITH; You create a fair tax. TWENTY CENTS on the dollar
    PERIOD!!!!! FEDS GET 10, STATES GET 10. NO OTHER TAXES, PERIOD!!!!! You exempt
    people making less than 25,000 a year (households) with an ID acquired from the
    govt by showing a monthly or yearly or even weekly pay stub. Small businesses
    pay the state they operate in 10% of their profit only. { the right minds could
    work all this out}
    SIXTH; You do away with 50% of all stupid ass grants and ALL
    earmarks and ALL lobbyist .
    THESE 6 THINGS, ACTUALY DONE /
    IMPLEMENTED WOULD; turn this country around 180 degrees in
    one year. 3 to 6 months when people just start talking about actually doing
    it.
    ROBERT WALKER
    HEIDELBERG, MISSISSIPPI

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.hardman.79 John Hardman

    *******A Test for the Tea Party and the Downfall of the GOP Establishment******
    *********************************************************************
    “There is a time for everything under the Sun”. That includes a clique of good old boys who seem to claim tenure for a life time positions, and a continuence of the “Business
    as Usual” SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) that also is need to be Changed.
    ************************************************************************
    There are in excess of 70 Congressmen who are self confessed socialists (Communists) presently occupying seats in Congress violating their oaths of Office. They have sworn
    to uphold and protect the Constitution of the United States of America from all enemies
    both Foreign and Domestic. It is treasonous to work against the best interests of the Constitution they have sworn to Uphold and Protect. The corruption is quite evident when nary a word by others in the Congress has been heard regarding their turn coat fellow Congressmen. A clean sweep fore and aft is needed by the Tea Party.
    **********************************************************************
    The Tea Party holds the only promise of getting our Ship of State back on course before
    calamity befalls our Nation at the hands of TRAITORS.

  • http://twitter.com/MrDrawingguy Alan Alsup

    Sweet Gary…. only what about the zombie thing?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7qMhSx8UsU

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NDTMEL76YS4N2HLMY7BWV2EDGM Yahoo Bob

    The United States of America, lead by an illegal alien, is under pressure to collapse! Only the Lord can save you and I.

  • Glen

    Just a penny?? How much do YOU spend in a year? $20,000? That penny tax for you is 200 bucks! Buying a $30,000 car? That penny tax for you is $300. Wait till next year when the penny tax becomes “just” two pennies.

  • bull57

    Hey people if you want people to read your comments keep them short . I’m not going to read a book..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_564WYMZGBWLIKYGZMWH4WKSYZY Pharoah 0bama

    TX needs to get rid of that RINO, Perry.

  • apache6

    The “TEA PARTY” is “ALIVE,and WELL” in Michigan too !!

  • Frank Bates

    Yes, I will put my name on the same ballot as Mr Romney, am sick of Obi and sick and tired of being sick and tired of the Demos and all of the crap they bring with them, I don’t have the energy to explain this, but we all have heard the same rhetoric about the Obi man, I am very confused about the election, of course my wife and I live in Wash state where the election is all over but the shouting, I mean the ballots are already counted by the time the election is about over. I was looking forward to vote for Sarah Palin, I do think if she was elected, she would be a fantastic leader and do hope she runs again sometime, I think that she is a real winner. Frank from Tumwater, Wa

  • http://www.facebook.com/tony.guthrie.35 Tony Guthrie

    The tea party is alive and well. Finally Black Ministers realize what BO has done and he will send a # of blacks this election in search of tea too. Can’t wait to vote..

  • noelle2011

    If we elect moron romney THEN WE MUST ELECTED A CONGRESS THAT IS 3RD PARTY!
    SUPPORT AND VOTE FOR ALL 3RD PARTY CANDIDATES ON YOUR BALLOTS!
    Maybe this way we could clean up this tyrannical mess caused by this 2 party system!
    it is so time to CUT this govt down and decrease spending AND BRING HOME ALL THE TROOPS!!!!!!! AND END THE USA’S INVOLVEMENT IN THE UN NATO IMF WORLD BANK KILL OFF THE EXPORT IMPORT BANK AND END THE FED RESERVE!