A Mad Tea Party

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There are good reasons why the tea partiers are mad. However, their solutions are equally mad.

The movement is being joined by Independents, Republicans, and even some disenchanted Democrats who have come to believe their government has failed them and that neither political party is doing anything to fix it. This is true; however, all of us are being manipulated by the big corporations and the wealthy elite, who use their corporate-owned, mainstream media to mislead the people into acting against their own interests.

The corporations and wealthy elite have been highly successful in using their money to seize control of the government and the media to spread their lies, most recently in the debate about health care.

When the March Hare tells Alice in Wonderland that she should “say what you mean,” she replied, “I do, at least – at least I mean what I say – that’s the same thing you know.” To which the Hatter replied: “Not the same the same thing a bit! Why, you might as well say that ‘I see what I eat’ is the same thing as ‘I eat what I see!’” The March Hare added, “You might as well just say that ‘I like what I get’ is the same thing as ‘I get what I like!’” The Dormouse said, “You might just as well say, that ‘I breathe when I sleep’ is the same thing as ‘I sleep when I breathe!” The Hatter concluded, “it is the same thing with you.”

And so it was for the workers, the middle class and small business owners of the United States, who became convinced by a litany of repeated lies that the democrats were trying to impose socialized health care with one hand and were trying to destroy Medicare with the other.

The Republicans successfully tricked the Democrats into passing a Republican health care plan that primarily benefitted the health care, pharmaceutical and insurance industries, over the clever “opposition” of the Republicans. The losers were the American people who suffer from the worst health care provided by any industrialized nation, while paying the greatest cost.

The next targets are social security and all other social welfare programs, including unemployment insurance, and free public education. The burden of taxation has already been shifted to workers, the middle class and small business owners, and now the people are being convinced that they cannot afford the very programs that most benefit themselves. Sheer madness!

The people have every right to be angry; however, they had better wake up, smell the tea, and recognize that they are being played for fools, before it is too late.

The future of democracy and the last few remaining freedoms hang in the balance.

William John Cox is a retired prosecutor, public interest lawyer and political activist. His is the author of the book, You’re Not Stupid! Get the Truth: A Brief on the Bush Presidency and is currently working on a fact-based fictional political philosophy. His writings are collected at Mr. Cox can be reached at , and he can be contacted at

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5 Responses for “A Mad Tea Party”

  1. Amerikagulag says:

    I find it difficult to believe the Republicans “tricked” the democrats with anything.

    If that were the case, you might just as well say the democrats are the more stupid of the parties.

    I’ve maintained for years that there is only ONE party in this country and it has 2 faces. Both controlled by money. Owned my the media and big oil, gas and drug. They’re all in it up to their necks. Please don’t try to use the poor innocent democrats line. It hasn’t worked for about 6 years now and it won’t work now.

    Jonathan Turley wisely pointed out, ‘only a fool believes there are two parties in Washington”.

    The sooner this nation lets go of the Dem/Rep myth and gets on with a SECOND party, the better off the nation will be.

  2. As I do not disagree about the absence of a competitive two-party system, I suppose I was using literary license in saying the Democrats were “tricked,” when in fact it was the American people who suckered in the shell game.

  3. Pauli says:

    glad to read your reply William.. but it would have been much better in the meat of the article. I would hasten to add that the true owners of the United States government are the kings of the Military Industrial Complex and their financiers the owners of the Federal reserve Bank. The resource companies and big pharma are their underlings and the mainstream media their tool. They make up one big dysfunctional family.

  4. Jesse Hemingway says:

    “well Wyatt their just lost souls” Doc Holliday circa 1881

  5. dobropet says:

    “For far too long we have allowed ourselves to be deluded into thinking that our fight resides with and is encompassed within the framework of political and social ideologies.

    As such we use labels such as right and left; liberal and conservative; or socialist and communist to define either foes or ourselves. It is time we realize that these labels are smoke screens designed to justify and persuade us as to why we should be plundered.

    Historically the real battle resides not in philosophical gibberish, but in the reality within society that there are powerful criminal elements that will always seek to justify their self-serving, selfish need to rob, maim, imprison and murder others. The conflict always has been between criminal action of the few and the resistance (and/or lack of it) by the mass of intended victims.
    – Tim Case”

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