By Robert A. Vella

Late last night, the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives once again cowered before the radical extremists in their party.  After the firebrand Tea Party senator from Texas – Ted Cruz – had brazenly scuttled House Speaker John Boehner’s border remediation plan the day before, Republican leaders acquiesced to the rabid right-wing pressure and passed an even more draconian pair of bills in the media shadow of a Friday evening (see:  House passes $694 million border bill).

Sooner or later, Republicans will have no other choice but to directly confront this insurgency within their political party.  Otherwise, the Tea Party will inevitably win this escalating GOP civil war.  Why?  Because what drives the Tea Party is unrelenting zealotry for an irrational ideology based on hostility:  hatred of democratic governance, hatred of ethnic, racial, religious, and sexual equality, and a profound resentment over losing the privileged status in society enjoyed for so long by its members’ ancestral lineage.  With moderates now largely purged from the ranks of the GOP, party leaders have little support other than from their enormously wealthy financial benefactors.  But, they have no passion, no compelling emotional motive.  The GOP establishment coldly serves the interests of big business, nothing more.  Their situation is analogous to the South Vietnamese government which, despite a massive U.S. military commitment, was violently deposed by a determined people who felt they had nothing left to lose.

The Tea Party, quite perversely, feels that it too has nothing left to lose.  The existential threat (wrongly) perceived by its followers has manifested into a political movement that knows no ethical bounds, no limit to its actions.  It will win at all costs, or lose everything in trying.  Like The Terminator of science fiction film legend, “It can’t be bargained with.  It can’t be reasoned with.  It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear.  And it absolutely will not stop…

Such primeval devotion to a cause almost destroyed the United States once before.  It must not happen again.  Republican leaders took on that responsibility then, and they will have to do so now for the sake of the nation.  However, this time they will be facing their own.

From the Huffington PostNot Just Whistling ‘Dixie’: Peroutka Stands Up for Southern Secession

Michael Peroutka, the Republican candidate for Anne Arundel County Council, stood up for secession and the white nationalist League of the South, at a hastily called, standing-room-only press conference on July 30 in Glen Burnie, Maryland. Peroutka has been under fire for months for his involvement in and leadership of the League of the South, a white nationalist group that advocates conservative, Christian theocracy and secession to form a Southern Republic. Top Democratic and Republican leaders had called for him to resign from the group.

Most prominently, Maryland Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan, Jr., recently disavowed Peroutka because of his involvement in the racist and theocratic group. Hogan campaign spokesman Adam Dubitsky said: “Larry absolutely disavows him. Those views have never been a part of the Republican Party and they never will.”

But before the state press corps, Peroutka refused to resign from the the League, which he calls “a Christian, free market group.”

5 thoughts on “Sooner or later, Republicans will have to confront their Tea Party extremists

  1. Excellent article, Robert. I was reminded of an article written by Chris Hedges in 2010: He writes:

    “Tens of millions of Americans, lumped into a diffuse and fractious movement known as the Christian right, have begun to dismantle the intellectual and scientific rigor of the Enlightenment. They are creating a theocratic state based on “biblical law,” and shutting out all those they define as the enemy. This movement, veering closer and closer to traditional fascism, seeks to force a recalcitrant world to submit before an imperial America.

    It champions the eradication of social deviants, beginning with homosexuals, and moving on to immigrants, secular humanists, feminists, Jews, Muslims and those they dismiss as “nominal Christians”—meaning Christians who do not embrace their perverted and heretical interpretation of the Bible. Those who defy the mass movement are condemned as posing a threat to the health and hygiene of the country and the family. All will be purged.

    The followers of deviant faiths, from Judaism to Islam, must be converted or repressed. The deviant media, the deviant public schools, the deviant entertainment industry, the deviant secular humanist government and judiciary and the deviant churches will be reformed or closed.

    There will be a relentless promotion of Christian “values,” already under way on Christian radio and television and in Christian schools, as information and facts are replaced with overt forms of indoctrination. The march toward this terrifying dystopia has begun.

    It is taking place on the streets of Arizona, on cable news channels, at tea party rallies, in the Texas public schools, among militia members and within a Republican Party that is being hijacked by this lunatic fringe.”


    We should be very concerned. I think the Supreme Court’s rulings on June 30th are a good indication that this lunatic fringe group has taken hold of America. Thank you so much for continuing to bring awareness about this daunting reality.


    • Thank you so much, Victoria. Hedges is spot-on. If you haven’t already, read his 2006 book American Fascists – The Christian Right and the War on America. It’s amazingly prescient.


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