GOP convention saw hypocrisy by tea party groups
May 20, 2013 08:17 PM | 1184 views | 4 4 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The concern expressed by tea party activists at the Georgia GOP Convention about Karl Rove’s plan to run advertising for Republicans they view as capable of winning a general election is a peephole into what has gone wrong with politics in America: Locally elected officials are no longer locally elected locally; they are nationally chosen and supported and as such they are beholden to the powers that put them in office. Rove’s statement does not actually mean “Republicans they view as capable of winning a general election”; it is Rove-speak for Republicans who support the ideology of the people with the checkbook.

Our government has always been a representative government chosen by the people and sent to Washington to represent the concerns of the people who put them in office. That has changed. Local politics are increasingly controlled by a national agenda fed by an avalanche of special interest money that sweeps aside any opposing idea. The unfortunate Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court poured even more money into an overflowing bucket.

The agenda of the Republican Party is increasingly controlled by special interest lobbyists such as Karl Rove, Grover Norquist and Wayne LaPierre. Rupert Murdock, the sleaze journalist from Australia and England, (check out his overseas publications) who owns Fox Broadcasting and now, sadly, the Wall Street Journal, is their megaphone.

These are not elected officials running the show; they are lobbyists and their ideology and agenda is controlled by the highest dollar.

Arlen Specter, a 30-year Senate veteran, found out the cost of being a moderate when he was opposed by his own party. We witnessed what an unlimited advertising budget and dump of negative ads did to Newt Gingrich in the latest presidential primary. The political kingmakers have found if you control the congressional races you can control the House of Representatives. This is what Tom Delay achieved in Texas by illegally bringing in large sums of money to elect Republican candidates. The districts were then gerrymandered to achieve a permanent Republican seat. DeLay was subsequently convicted of breaking Texas campaign laws and money laundering, but he achieved his objective of altering the makeup of the House.

What we are witnessing is the metastasizing of the K Street Project begun in the mid-1990s by Tom DeLay, Rick Santorum, Norquist and Gingrich to advance Republican ideals and rain retribution upon anyone who did not support their agenda. This is not representational government. The tea party claims to support American ideals and the Constitution; this would be a good place for them to start.

Robert Meredith

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Kevin Foley
May 23, 2013
Well said, Mr. Meredith. You can thank the five conservative justices on the Supreme Court who ruled in favor of Citizens United for the flood of outside money influencing local elections.
Cobb County Native
May 21, 2013
All of the points noted in your letter, Mr. Meredith, can be applied to both parties - Democrat as well as Republican. There is just as much control and money being pumped into Democrat elections for more liberal and progressive candidates. Ask Joe Liberman what happened to his support from Democrat party when he did not support their far liberal agenda but chose instead to continue his moderate views and had to run (and win) as an Independent. And he is still in the Senate today as an Independent. I stand with you in your support of local candidates being supported locally. I believe Karl Rove needs to sit down and let others lead. He has had his turn at the wheel of politics and time to let someone else drive for a change.
from texas
May 21, 2013
This weekend an episode of Mad Men played out with the Republican Party; a bunch of old white guys that might have escaped the assisted living center. The Ron Palatines have been pushed aside along with the Tea Party people. Joe went to the paper and bad mouthed the Russian that seems to know more about the constitution and could bring fresh faces into an almost extinct herd of Elephants. Why would anybody listen to Karl Rove he’s using a white board the Demorat’s are using IPAD’s and working with the AFL-CIO. This herd of Elephants hasn’t even reached out to all the small businesses that can control their employee’s votes and hate high taxes. This herd is being picked off left and right keep wearing those rose colored glasses and driving those big cars with fins!! “ MAD MEN”
May 21, 2013
You're right Texas. Until the GOP comes to the center, where it use to be, the moderates along with people of color and Hispanics will not vote for a GOP candidate. The Republicans will continue to be a party of white, rich men who pay less percentage wise than I do in income taxes.
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