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Another word about the Tea Party…as well as the GOP

Not everyone likes politics.  If you are not into politics, however,  just take a few moments to read this blog post.  (If you are into politics, than  please encourage others who aren’t to get involved in a political issue that they may care about.):

The Tea Party Patriots is a political action committee (PAC) that was formed within the last year to gather support for reduced government spending and control, as well as to gather support for politicians who oppose the Obama administration’s and other liberal political parties social, economic, and energy policies.  Information about the Tea Party can be found by visiting their website.

The Tea Party is headed by Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska and the 2008 Republican Vice-Presidential nominee.  Information about Sarah Palin can be found by visiting the Wikipedia article about her.

The tea party’s politicians and agenda are largely supported by the Grand Old Party (GOP), which is the organization that lobbies for the election of Republican politicians in the United States.

The reason I am bringing up the Tea Party and the GOP  is that within the last few years, these  groups have gained a tremendous amount of voter support.  In upcoming elections, it is possible that they will win many government seats across state and federal lines.  Also, in the upcoming 2012 presidential election, it is highly possible that a conservative president associated with these groups could be elected.  I’d like to inform you, the reader, of why it is imperative that  individuals from these groups must not come to power.

The views and proposed policies of the Tea Party and the GOP regarding conservation and the environment are inherently disastrous and dangerous.

Offshore Drilling

In her highly media visible speech, Sarah Palin made clear that they intend to support off-shore oil drilling in her“Drill Baby Drill” speech.  However, offshore drilling is extremely risky and environmentally destructive, as indicated by the recent Gulf of Mexico oil spill and the 1989 Exxon-Valdeez incident in Alaska.  There is no 100% secure way to extract oil from coastal areas.  The new method of vertical fracturing is claimed to be not as harmful, but in fact it is quite destructive, as well.  Also, oil is a finite resource that pollutes.

Sarah Palin’s Environmental Record

Sarah Palin herself has a troubling environmental record, especially with regards to her time in Alaska as governor.  She has repeatedly ignored environmental group’s request to ban airborne shooting of wolves and other large predators, and has even made attempts to chance policy so that environmental groups will have a more difficult time launching protests.  She is also a proponent of opening up the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, despite concerns from environmentalists and geologists about the potential negative impacts oil drilling would have on the local wildlife and indigenous cultures.

Government Spending

Tea Party and GOP politicians are seeking to limit government spending, including erasing the Department of Education (claiming it is unconstitutional).  We need a federal department of education to help coordinate a variety of education programs across the United States, including environmental education. In addition, they propose cutting and eliminating money towards environmental regulation,  and giving more tax breaks to the coal and gas industries.  Finally, many of these conservative politicians are in favor of privatizing parks and other public services, which would it make it harder for people and governments to ensure a clean and properly managed natural environment.

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If you are reading this, I ask that you attempt to inform yourself about the Tea Party and the GOP’s environmental views, as well as their views on topics of your own personal interest.  Vote for politicians that reflect positive change, not just legislation that cuts spending  or reverses previously approved laws.  It is imperative that this reactionary political movement must be stopped from coming to power.

Thank you,

Alex Palmer

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One response to “Another word about the Tea Party…as well as the GOP

  1. Dad June 6, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    I never did care much for tea, even at a party. Welcome back to the 18th century.

    Dad

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