Conservative Talk Radio host Rush Limbaugh has gone on record as saying that the Tea Party is a way of life and that it is here in America to stay. Limbaugh made his statement in the midst of an almost constant barrage from the Left, saying exactly the opposite. As proof, Limbaugh cites the Rasmussen poll labeled “Whom do you consider the most influential person in 2013.” The poll reveals that the “Tea Party” Republican Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz is the third “most influential leader” in the world, behind the Pope then President Obama.
Limbaugh’s logic seems to be that if the Tea Party were as outre and marginal as their detractors want to claim, one of their most vocal icons – who is only a freshman Senator – would never have made the list; let alone, placed in the top three with 11 percent of the total vote. Two other Republicans also made the list: House Speaker John Boehner and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who tied at three percent each. The two Republicans were bracketed by Russian President Vladimir Putin at four percent, and pop-star Miley Cyrus with two percent of the vote.
The voices on the Left who claim the Tea Party is no longer of any consequence, usually point out individual pieces written by others on the Left, who seek to diminish Tea Party influence on the political process. What amounts to one blog citing another blog, in the hopes that readers will mistake them both for news articles. On some points, those writers are of course, correct; in a political environment as large and varied as the United States, any point of view will suffer an occasional loss or setback. The Tea Party seems able to learn from those losses and adapt as necessary. Wins for the Tea Party, like this Rasmussen poll, appear to baffle their detractors.
If the Tea Party is here to stay, as Limbaugh insists, what does that mean for the 2014 mid-term elections? The Republican “establishment” and other career minded politicians, seem to want Tea Party influence to decline, almost as much as the liberal wing of the Democrat Party. Evidently, they feel that too much conservatism is bad for the GOP brand. A position which requires them to completely ignore the 1980 and 1984 wins of President Ronald Reagan, in which he garnered 44 states and 49 states, respectively; something no Centrist or Leftist has ever managed.
Reagan was clear and concise in his Right Wing views on Capitalism and Foreign Policy. He gave us such notable quotes as “peace through strength” and “trust, but verify.” The Left lambasted him as a “cowboy without a clue” and yet he ushered in the longest peace-time economic expansion in American history. The American people respond positively to the conservative message, even when the Left does everything it can to shout it down. Therefore, it is easy to imagine that the more vocal of the Tea Party political ideologues will fare extremely well, in the 2014 elections.
The political Left wants America to believe that Republicans can only win elections, if they become more like Democrats; abandon conservative principal and embrace an ever expanding bureaucracy, to support the ever growing welfare class. The Republicans would do well to remember that Senator John McCain was spoken highly of by the Left, until he won the GOP Primary; then he was said to be a tired old rehash of the “Failed Bush Doctrines.” No team ever won a championship by allowing the opposition to choose their champions.
After his inauguration, Reagan faced a much deeper economic hole than Obama did, and yet he had turned the economy around in less than three years. President Obama is starting his sixth year in office and every economic “gain” he can say he presided over, is a direct result of the Fed continuously pumping “funny” money into the economy.
Fiscal conservatism will win over social liberalism, every time the American public is allowed to vote on the two. The politicians who run on a Tea Party platform are in a position to take advantage of that fact. If Rush Limbaugh is correct about the Tea Party being here to stay, that kind of governance could lead to a win in 2016, as well.
Editorial by Ben Gaul