Keeping the Tea Out of the Democratic Party

Democrats, embrace your platform. This is the alternative.
Democrats, embrace your platform. This is the alternative.

Sure, most of the nut jobs are proudly out, decorated in Republican teabags this year, so they’re easy to find. We can all appreciate their willingness to label themselves for us. Sure is kind of them.

The religious right has mostly co-opted the Republican Party (certainly in terms of platform this is a fact), but there is at least one nutcase out there and I mean nutcase, calling himself a “conservative Democrat” who seems to believe that our country was founded on the bible, not the constitution, “knows” what God wanted to do with Israel’s land and believes that Islam is “evil”.

Now, when I say nutcase, I mean it. I don’t mean some conservative Democrat who believes in the bible. I mean a nut case who should not be allowed anywhere near any sort of public office. A Christine O’Donnell Sarah Palin type nut case; an Apocalyptic Christian who doesn’t understand the difference between their personal beliefs and the law. I mean a tea partying “Democrat”.

The problem is that this strategy of progressive tea-party-ism was a total failure.

George Erdel ran for state legislator in Tennessee. It seems the good people of the 6th District there rejected him (in keeping with George’s own beliefs, it seems God has spoken – I notice these people never like it when God says things they don’t like; Sarah Palin, 2008 God closed a door, but I digress) – but they weren’t all weeded out by astute voters. These are the kinds of things alert voters need to be paying attention to. A quick Google search can tell you whether or not your candidate is a nut job. Look what Google turns up on George. George attended “town hall” meetings during the summer of TeaNuttiness, expressing his concern over “socialism”.

See, particularly in areas where the Republican Party is predominate, you will find people like George running as a Democrat. If only the Tea Party had become a real party, things like this wouldn’t have to happen. He called himself a “Tea Party Democrat.” He was a 912-er. Needless to say, he lost his primary bid; he only got 3% of the vote. Democrats tend to weed out the crazy.

I give you, in his own words, a self-labeled conservative Democrat who ran for state Leader of Murfreesboro, TN (6th district), George Erdel (so close to George Orwell, no?) — leader of the “Stop the Mosque” group. This video is part of a documentary being produced by Eric Allen Bell:

Anti-Mosque Movement in Mufreesboro, TN from Eric Allen Bell on Vimeo.

See, this is why it’s not funny when Republicans use fear to get out the vote. There are thousands of people in this country who believe those things, and they become even more unhinged after having their fears stoked by a cynical and desperate party:

Regarding a mosque in his area, “I think it has a lot of potential to become an Islamic training facility….” (Mockingly and scornfully, he tries to imitate a “Muslim” accent) “I see this gal out there with her headscarf on, saying “all we want to do is have peaceful religion!” “We are not supposed to allow these types of people to come in here….” “They have no idea how evil what they’re wantin’ to do is.” “Islam is evil.” “Our nation was founded on Judeo Christian values.” “I can tell you God gave that land to Israel years ago.” “God said you go in here and you take over this region, leave no women, no children, totally annihilate everything…. If they had eliminated everyone of the bad people that God told them to, we wouldn’t have this problem.” “For our president to suggest that a two state is right he’s totally off base, he’s not within scripture for him to call himself a Christian, it’s not right.” “Palestinians want that back? It’s not yours!”

As much as the Republicans run on being the party of morality, currently they are lacking both moral integrity and moral leadership within their party. They are a rudderless ship of desperate, angry people who want power more than they want to be right, do good, and be able to look themselves in the mirror. They are knowingly inciting men like George here, to hate other Americans. Hate. And they are OK with him using God to do it.

On the other hand, Democrats tend to be less willing to tolerate certain behaviors from their elected officials. Bigotry and religious craziness are usually a no-no. Clearly, this guy isn’t really a Democrat, since by virtue of his belief system he can not be for many of the civil rights inherent within the Democratic platform. But you see, these people hear what they want to hear and tell you what they think you want to hear. He’s a part of the Right Wing Theocratic take over.

How can any reasonable person think they have a lock on what God wants? The very thing that makes one reasonable precludes the ability to believe that you know for sure what God wants.

That kind of surety only comes from being a religious fanatic. And it is the same kind of surety that drives the Taliban. The Democrats tend to weed these people out in primaries.

Democrats have a plethora of populist economic issues that are popular with the people, for example, tax cuts for the middle class, preserving social security and the minimum wage. There’s no need for them to embrace the faux-populism of the Tea Party. In other words, when you actually have a populist platform, you have no need to hide yourself under the crazy fear-mongering of the far right Tea Party.

Now, more than ever, America needs the Democratic Party to provide sane, solutions-based alternatives to the phony jingles of the Tea Party that are threatening to take our nation down the path of dangerous religious fanaticism. Instead of running away from their platform, Democrats need to embrace it fully and claim the mantle of sanity. Democrats who run away from their platform are sure to fail.

Keep the tea out of the Democratic Party.

Photo Credit: This picture was taken from a real church in Murfreesboro, TN where mosque opponent Pastor Darrel Whaley is the sinister minister. (Photo credit: John Mack Green

17 Replies to “Keeping the Tea Out of the Democratic Party”

  1. Tea Party Democrat, eh? If there was ever a logical impossibility, that would be it, a true contradiction in terms.

  2. Thanks, Baheert. Rather disturbing to see where this country is going. It would be great if we had real alternatives when voting.

  3. Sarah, seems that the nut jobs will be ejected next month by the hated tea baggers.

    Haw!! I can’t wait to rub it in, too. Odumbo the Kenyan Messiah will be crippled! Reparations agenda stopped!! Hee!!

  4. Smarg, smut, whatever…hate to break it to ya but…you are in for a rude surprise. There are more Sane than insane in USA, USA!
    I hope after the elections you will like all good cockroaches crawl away from the light. Day after day the SUNLIGHT is being shined on your shitty teabagger’s and its leading up to others like SarahPalin. Oh joy I can’t wait until the MSM investigates her ties to AIP and Alaskan Militia like Joe Miller….who BTW is TOAST!!! TOAST!!!
    And I have news for you I saw this tweet today:
    DD214-#Joseph Miller Joe if you won’t tell we will find out! Left Army b/c #DADT???
    Chew on that & ask why is he so afraid? Why are all of the so afraid? b/c they are liars & grifters and dishonest. He also has tax issue. EPIC FAIL!
    You lose and you won’t have the guts to come here after the elections.
    Oh, smarg, keep it up with your kenyan whatnot. Don’t forget eyes are watching. :)

  5. I thought Christianity taught love and forgiveness and kindness? This seems to be hate filled and goes against their own beliefs.

    This stuff actually influences people. It is absurd.

    Come on Rally to Restore Sanity! RESTORE IT.

    I will be there.

  6. As much as I want the Republicans and Tea Party to lose, it doesn’t look that way to the recent polls taken. Not that polls are iron clad.

    I am just saying, unless there is a MASSIVE turn around, I do not see the Democrats winning. I am holding on to hope that the Rally to Restore Sanity will help the Dems, because, to be honest, it scares the hell out of me that these people can win, Boehner? REALLY? It is people like him that scares me to death. And O’donnell, and Palin and all of them.

  7. Why if it isn’t our favorite Texas Teabagging Troll!

    BTW. Thats not what 2 corinthians says (In that image above). It says, and I quote:

    But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

    I knew it had to be false because Islam post dates both Christianity and Judaism. Anyways, just shows how they keep distorting truth to fit their altered reality. One were we teach hate and fear in our schools and force their beliefs upon us all.

  8. It’s about as true as the Koran teaches peace in that both the Bible and the Koran words can both be twisted to meet any reality. For instance, in the Koran they say it says something like suicide is wrong, and to kill 1 person is to kill all of man kind. Then in another sentence it says to kill someone in the name of god is glorious and you’ll get 40 virgins or something like that (paraphrasing) – The radicals take that last part and say it negates the first 2 and you’ll be a holy warrior.

    I just think that when the Koran was written they meant that if you die on an actual battlefield, fighting in the name of god, you will go to heaven, blah blah..

    Anyways, there are tons of things in the bible that are similar and these Religious Terrorists (fear == terror) are twisting the truth, I don’t believe in the Christian doctrine (though I have nothing against it either, to each his own!), I’m Deist myself but I’m on the fence about the whole “Lucifer” fallen arch angel thing but if it is true, and maybe it is to some extent, I think that the Lucifer walks amongst us today and is holding a bible in one hand, waving american flag in the other (or wearing a flag lapel pin!) and calling (him|her)self a Christian and American Patriot!

    My Favorite quote..

    “The Government of the United States is not in any sense founded upon the Christian Religion.” 1797 the treaty of Tripoli, signed by President Washington, and approved by the Senate of the United States

    Religion is a dangerous tool, it can be used to kill scores of people and to force your belief upon someone else is to take away what it means to be an American, the founding fathers knew this because Britain had done it to them for so long.

    Stand strong, Be Vigilant and Stamp out these Ignorant Revisionists – Don’t let them rewrite history or we lose everything we’ve learned!

    On God I swear, the Internet will be the death of us all, the fools didn’t have a voice till the Internet, blogs and message boards gave them one. If we turned off the power today, I think we could still save this planet, but that can’t (or at least won’t) happen and therefore I think we’re all doomed. I’ve never been so afraid in my life as I am now. I feel like something awful is going to happen at any moment, like the next great american tragedy is about to fall upon us all – maybe I just need to be more medicated! hahaha.

    Be educated and stop the stupidity!

  9. There are nut jobs on all sides, and this just proves it. Bottom line the ‘change’ and ‘hope’ we got isn’t good enough, which just allows for more nut jobs to get the microphone and gain followers. It’s clear this country needs some non-corrupt leadership and the Tea Party (both the extreme side and legitimate aspects) is resonating with those intelligent enough not to be blinded by a bunch of smooth talk and poor action. Too bad we’re stuck with a bunch of idiots in office no matter the direction Nov 2nd goes… Democrats have just as many nut jobs as the Republicans. It’s too bad so many of the nut jobs are able to keep their positions, converting all those with potential to nut jobs before the next elections.

  10. It’s sad that while one side of our bi-partisan system is driven by fear of foreign peoples, the other party is driven by fear of domestic peoples. Is election time always driven by fear and not by hope, creation, and insight?

  11. gotta love the first paragraph with the words “tea party” and “nutcase” therefor for me already voiding the rest. using lamestream media talking points never wins me over. especially since the idea of small government to a liberal seems pretty”nutcase”like to them. A lot of people are addicted to big government and monopoly money. talking anything against government handouts is ludicrous to them. i have yet to find any bigot or nutcase in the tea party. most poeple in the tea party care about the future of their wallet and middleclass familys suffering from a government that spends out of control. how thats nutty? i dunno.

  12. As interesting as I find the article, I find it more interesting and ironic that in a piece criticising fanatical religious thinking and the creep of “wingnut” thinking into US politics, 2 of the three ads that peppered it are for the “church” of Scientology. I’m aware that the author probably has little control over what ads actually appear, but I can’t help thinking it dents their credibility somewhat when an organisation that more and more is seen by the world as a dangerous and exploitative cult features so prominently on their page.

  13. Google ads. You’re right, it is disturbing. I don’t think sites can do much about it. I see these ads everywhere right now and i’m so sick of it. Facebook and every other site like social media is just littered with crazy Republican crap. That’s what corporate dollars buy.

  14. Sarah wrote:

    “The religious right has mostly co-opted the Republican Party (certainly in terms of platform this is a fact), but there is at least one nutcase out there and I mean nutcase, calling himself a “conservative Democrat” who seems to believe that our country was founded on the bible, not the constitution, “knows” what God wanted to do with Israel’s land and believes that Islam is “evil”. ”

    Now, I don’t pretend to know what God wants but how can you deny that this country was founded on the concepts of God and the bible ? I offer the following quotations from people you might call “nutcases” for your consideration (and hopefully response):

    George Washington
    It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.

    John Quincy Adams
    Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the world, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day [the Fourth of July]? Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity?

    Benjamin Franklin:
    God governs in the affairs of man. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without
    his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been
    assured in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this. I also believe that, without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel

    Alexander Hamilton
    For my own part, I sincerely esteem it [the Constitution] a system which without the finger of God, never could have been suggested and agreed upon by such a diversity of interests.

    Patrick Henry
    It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason, peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.

  15. I love Sarah’s bio: “…staunchly defends the right to free speech and open dialogue.” And then goes off in her report that free thinking individuals in the Democratic Party who believe in Tea Party ideals, which are:

    Reducing government size, reducing government’s influence in our economic lives, allowing free people to enter freely into mutually beneficial relationships as they themselves see fit, stop spending our children and grand-children’s lifeblood, stop borrowing and overspending,

    …Is somehow a religion that needs to be extracted and removed from the pure Democratic Party! So much for free thought, free speech and dialogue! Sarah, you must be targeting NPR for your future career!

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