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Trampling on the TEA Party
David Jeffers
March 22, 2014
Some 240 years ago on December 16, 1773, a pivotal and historical event occurred in the advent of the American Revolution. Famously known as the Boston Tea Party, colonial patriots in Massachusetts, known as the Sons of Liberty, dumped an entire shipment of tea in protest of the British Parliament's Tea Act.

Two-hundred and thirty-five years later, a 21st Century political protest known as the TEA Party movement was birthed from a famous rant by CNBC's Rick Santelli, in which he criticized the Obama's administration's plan to refinance mortgages.

This movement swept the Republican Party into the majority in the House of Representatives, after having lost it in the 2006 midterm elections. With this sweeping victory, even the least informed political observer would expect a great deal of admiration and gratitude toward the TEA Party movement on the part of Republican Party leaders. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Acting as a modern-day Thomas Hutchinson, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed "to crush them everywhere" while speaking of the TEA Party's chances in the 2014 midterm elections.

Less than 10 days after McConnell's boastful prediction, Scott Wagner won a Pennsylvania special election for the state Senate as a TEA Party favorite candidate. Apparently Pennsylvania voters (a blue state) didn't get the "We have to vote for the GOP primary winner" memo and wrote in their own choice.

This victory was no small feat by Wagner and Pennsylvania voters; they had to overcome the typical GOP Establishment shenanigans as reported by Jeffrey Lord at The American Spectator:

The election was set in motion by the resignation of a sitting Republican senator. The GOP establishment, in this case both in York County (located in the heart of central Pennsylvania) and in Harrisburg, decided to back state Representative Ron Miller. With the Pennsylvania primary already scheduled for May 20, it was assumed that Wagner would face off with Miller in the primary. Out of the blue, the state GOP conspired to hold a special election on March 18, the winner to take the seat immediately. Miller was quickly endorsed and an incensed Wagner was out. He could still run in the May primary, but would then be up against a sitting senator in the GOP leaning district. The only way Wagner could participate in the March election was as a write-in candidate. In other words, Wagner was supposed to be out -- quite deliberately targeted by the Forces That Be.

This needs to be a wake-up call to all political participants. We are living in a new political paradigm. Using the old model to measure a new electorate is a big mistake. We are in the midst of a Republican revolution. There are two sides; the colonials and the Loyalists. We still have the Red Coats (Democrats) to battle, but you must purge the Loyalists from among the ranks.

Today's Loyalists are Karl Rove, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, and their merry men. The colonials are the TEA Party movement.

No more straddling the fence to stay in favor with whoever ends up winning.

It is time to choose sides.

David Jeffers is the publisher of Truth Watch. He is the father of fallen military hero Eddie Jeffers, who penned "Hope Rides Alone."

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