Tea Party Part two—And A Couple Of Other Issues
This post is partly in response to a response I received from MS Dana in her being disappointed in what I had previously written about the Tea Party, and it is quite possible that she will be disappointed with this reply also. I had intended to add my personal beliefs at the end of that article but chose not too so I am going to make up for that issue now. I had hoped that the Tea Party when it was first starting up would be a third party unto itself and I still think that would be a good idea to divorce themselves from the Republican Party because it is plain that the main body of the Republican Party is at odds with the Tea Party agenda. The leaders of the Tea Party know that this is a fact, that is why they keep running their own candidates against sitting Republicans in the Republican Primaries.
For us folks who are old enough to remember when Ronald Reagan was trying to become President in 1980 he made the statement several times that “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party left me” as for most of his life he had been a Democrat . The issue was that their policies, the things the Democratic Party platform stood for evolved away from his beliefs. Rush Limbaugh on one of his radio shows many years ago (I believe that the time frame was about 1993 or 94) he compared the policies of President John F Kennedy to the current time and made a very good argument that in todays politics (93-94), that this Idol of the Democratic Party would have been considered a conservative Republican.
I grew up in a family that were poor southern factory workers most all of their lives. My parents were strong believers in unions so that the working people could have at least some job protection. Back then when I was a little kid and started going to church I remember several times seeing drawing illustrations that were in black and white where the preacher that was the dark shade of the two was always the democrat. This was because of the church peoples belief that the Democratic Party and the Church had the same belief system, and if I remember correctly I don’t ever recall seeing anyone but white folks in those Churches back then.To me the way that Churches of today that are mostly black (it seems) to still be aligning themselves with a Party that is so ferociously pro abortion is a disgrace to the Christian faith. President Reagan was the first Republican that I ever voted for, as he used to say, I say the same, I didn’t leave the Democratic Party, they left me.
What I was making note of in my Tea Party part one article about how our government is totally gridlocked almost everything is done on straight party line votes. If there were the three parties that I have been speaking of, by most of my personal beliefs I would align with the Tea Party. With the system that is in place now most everyone knows that our government is completely broken. With just the two parties (choices) in place the Republican Party is dysfunctional at best. You know that only about half of the people in our country that are eligible to vote even bother to register, and in the biggest elections (Presidential) only about half of the registered voters bother to go to the polls. The reasoning is simple, people do not believe that either sides candidates care anything about the people or the country, only about themselves and their parties.
Most people that I have spoken with for years now feel that when they go to vote that mainly they are voting for the ones they think will do the least damage to our country, it is sorta like which crook do we vote for and most Americans have made it plain that they wish they could vote for none of the above. With the Tea Party they say they are for things like less taxes, smaller government, and better border security. These things I agree with but still there are other issues like their fervent anti union stance that I totally do not agree with. You see, I believe that most Americans want more than the two choices that is being forced on us. Example of this personally would be my split of feelings about weather to vote for a party that is blatant anti working people or vote for a party that is for the mass murder of defenceless babies. We the People deserve much more and better choices than what we are given. I believe the Tea Party breaking away from the Republican Party or the Republican Party divorcing the Tea Party would be a very good first step for all the people.
So that I can make one thing clearer about my pro union stance, I feel I should add this last paragraph to this article. In the last Presidential Primaries Newt often railed about how the unions were destroying our country, that is sorta novel being the union workforce is only about 2% of the workforce. But then again he railed about the welfare system in America and then included in his rant things like government pensions, social security benefits including disability, military retirement pay and VA disability payments that are things that are destroying our country. I never heard him ever directly say that pensions that he does except himself like the golden parachute he personally gets each month from being in the Congress is a problem for him.—Sorry about getting off subject there for a moment but hypocrites really bother me.—Unions, I have seen first hand many times when I went into union shops, factories, warehouses ect how anti production the union had made it’s members. I spent most all of my working life as a long haul truck driver so through about 30 years I was in many hundreds or more union shops and non union shops. Unions are mainly set up to get the most possible dollar value for their members while at the same time making it to where their members had to do as little as possible. Companies are just the opposite, they want to maximise their profits for their stockholders or owners so they want to pay as little as possible for the work being done and they want the employees to work as hard as possible to produce more. A good example of this issue is a large paper company that has a mill in Louisiana where I picked up a load of big rolls of stock paper, once you bumped the dock and walked onto the dock you were sent to pick up your paperwork at the office about 200 feet away. You go in, sign your bills and go back to your trailer that is now loaded. At this location you could literally hear the forklifts squealing their tires as they rushed about, needless to say they were a nonunion shop. This load went to one of their warehouses on the north side of Indianapolis Indiana which was union in whats called an in house move. Their warehouse was huge, if I remember correctly it had about forty dock doors with no trailers in any dock, I had to just wait in their dock for four hours before anyone would leave the break room and spend the ten minutes needed to unload. Or, like a load I did a couple of times bringing parts into a General Motors assembly plant, you must be there one hour before your appointment, you check in and they give you a dock number to line up on but you can’t back into the dock until told to do so. Example, 5 am appointment, check in at 4am about 4pm they finally get the evening shift to unload the five rack’s that take about five minutes to off load. All day long the work crew sat in the break room drinking coffee, watching TV and reading papers and the such. Even telling their foremans and their union reps to go to hell, and I’m being polite, when they would as them to please leave the break room and go unload the trailers.
On the other side of the coin are examples like when we moved here to east Tennessee. I went to the DMV when it opened to get my tags and the such and there were a lot of hispanic folks lined up to get their state ID’s so that they could work. After a few minutes of waiting my turn in line a lady came and got me from the inside, she was the one who let me know why all those folks were there. She told me her story while waiting on me about how she had worked here in town at what was the town’s largest factory for fourteen years until one Monday morning she was waiting at her station for the bell to ring and her foreman came up to her with a very young hispanic male who could not speak english and the foreman told her “here’s your replacement, youre fired”. When you are in an area that is nonunion and you are only making minimum wage or very close to it, with no benefits at all, and you are let go so they can put a new person on, it’s not to hard to figure out how much these people are going to get paid. And this folks is one of the reasons why union protection is needed.
I know that this was more drawn out than I intended for it to be but finally here is my relation between policies and political parties. Just as unions and companies need to work together to help make the whole work for the good of everyone so do we the people need options like the Tea Party to be it’s own party and for those who are following the Democratic party as the least of two evils in their eyes to have splinter parties come off of the Democratic Party also, for the good of the country as a whole because it is obvious that the two party system we have now is broken. O, by the way, that large factory after they had gotten rid of almost all of the local workers they decided they could make more profit to just close down the factory and move everything to Mexico, I guess it was cheaper than bussing all those poor folks all the way up here. In my opinion we as a people need more caring by corporations, unions, and political parties. We are either going to work together or we as a nation are going to implode. O,by the way, I nor any of my family have ever bought any of this companies chairs since nor will we ever buy anything from the company that sold this town and her people out by taking their business out of our country. If everyone would protest these companies that do these type of moves we could hit them in the only heart and soul they have, their bank accounts. Okay, I will quit gripping now, goodnight everyone.