"The Tea Party this'or the Tea Party that'", according to the nightly news, the President, and the mainstream media, the cause of our government shutdown rests upon the shoulders of the Tea Party. While I have very little in common with the Tea Party philosophy, I dislike being misled even more so, and set out to examine the issue of the Tea Party's influence on the Federal government shutdown.
Three things became of instant notice and required even more research, those issues being: One, what exactly is a Tea Party representative? Two, how could they rule over the House of Representatives comprised of 432 total members? Three, who benefits from blaming the Tea Party?
What is a Tea Party member? Think of the imagined Reagan era (of pretend small government, limited budgets, and privatization utopia), now add in a few noble virtues (limiting taxes and intrusions upon certain natural rights), and wrap it in a cozy pro-property (especially over the means of production) copy of the 1776 Constitution and viola, you have a Tea Party philosophy, and anyone adhering to those principles' would be a Tea Party representative.
Usually, if not exclusively, these representatives' come from a conservative political philosophy, classical liberalism in some cases. According to every major news network, the House of Representatives is filled with Tea Party members, so much so, everything on the Federal level has come to a halt because of them alone.
Can that really be the case? In my search for answers, I could really only find about 50 Tea Party representatives in the House of Representatives, which means over 380 other members of the House (the majority by a long shot) are not Tea Party members. So why is this small minority of the House being blamed for the shutdown?
Do both mainstream Republicans and Democrats want to push responsibility for the shutdown off on this growing third-party, challenging the established Republicrats own sovereignty within Congress? Do neo-cons (Koch Brothers) masquerading as Tea Partiers want to use the party to regain power in Congress to enact nefarious deeds as some U.S. Senators believe? Do Conservatives beholden to corporate interests and big-government want to kill off this populous movement within their own base, so they can continue representing big business and themselves?
One thing is for certain, the Tea Party Representatives in Congress neither have the numbers to sway or move Congress, but Tea Party supporters voting in the elections can alter the behavior of non-Tea Party conservatives, forcing them to acquiesce to the Tea Party leadership.
If that is the case, then the American people in those districts have every right to representation, and if the media and President Obama want to blame anyone, blame those voters, blame representative democracy, but don't blame a super-minority in a House of 432 Representatives that govern by direct democracy (majority rule).