The Tea Party Crashers: Rick Perry and Glenn Beck

I am not now nor have I ever been a member of the Republican Party (nor the Democratic Party for that matter). What Glenn Beck did to Debra Medina on Wednesday is just another reason why. Immediately following Beck’s attack, Rick Perry began running thousands of “robo calls” using Beck’s attack. The Governor “doth protest too much, me thinks” (Shakespeare), and might be running a wee bit scared (Linda Curtis).

My advice to Rick Perry is to keep running – down your toll roads. The fact that Beck, Perry and now Kay (shame on you girl!) are attacking Medina makes me want to support her all the more.

You see, independents love a fair fight and we detest the party machines for their dirty tricks. Although independents span the political spectrum, and therefore many of us don’t exactly fit into the Tea Party movement, we appreciate what is going on here. Medina is standing up to the party hacks and saying that ordinary people have – quite simply – the right to think and say whatever they believe without being demonized. The party hacks will never stand for that. But you knew that already, right?

Beck’s attack on Medina should be taken as a signal and a warning to tea partiers that the Republican Party will do and spend whatever it takes to crash and burn your party. There is a better place for you. It’s called the independent movement. But let me give you fair warning. We are of the belief that nothing is going to change about policy in this country, unless we build a united movement (across the ideological divide) for political reform.

We tried to build a united front for reform back in the 1990’s when Perot-led independent movement came on like gangbusters. But the Republican Party co-opted and then killed our agenda (deficit reduction, term limits and campaign finance reform). The rest of the movement killed itself off arguing about which litmus test we would use to denote a “true reformer”. Let’s not keep replaying this bad movie.

Linda Curtis

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2 Responses to “The Tea Party Crashers: Rick Perry and Glenn Beck”

  • Sharon S.:

    Hi Glenn,

    I just listened to your interview with Debra Medina and realized I owe a lot of people an apology. You see I have defended you many times, boy was I wrong. You are just a corporate sell out like the rest. What you did to Debra Medina on the air was the best example of liberal BS I have ever seen, even from the liberals. Shame shame on you Glenn. You might as well be french kissing Perry cause your already licking his rear end. Not only did you dis Medina but you kicked the tea party people with the same swoop. Thanks buddy. Do yourself a favor and stay out of Texas politics, you don’t have a clue what is going on down here. We got a real person, not a career politician, to take a stand and you put her down and try to pin labels on her and discredit her. WTF is wrong with you?

    I got news for you Beck, most of the country thinks, those that do think that is, that something was very fishy about 9/11 and if you weren’t bought and paid for you might be pushing for further investigation to get to the truth. Seems you use that word when it suits you, hmmm just like a liberal.

    Sharon from Texas Voting for Medina

  • Rikki:

    I guess Glenn Becks motto, “Question with boldness” is only appropriate when he is asking the questions. His reaction to people who question the government (“Birthers” & “Truthers”) has really enlightened me as to which side of government he really stands. I am so disappointed in him but, I am also really grateful to know the truth. Not the truth about Medina’s stance (or lack of stance) on the “Truther” issue, which I couldn’t care any less about but, Glenn Beck’s stance on our individual right to question those who are blatantly lieing to our faces and stealing from our families on a daily basis.

    Seems to me that Beck had his mind made up about Medina before the interview even began. He sure was talking up Rick Perry (whom he had previously called a Progressive on his TV show a few days earlier)and he sure did kiss up to Perry after the interview was over. I have to wonder if Becks vision is clouded by his enchantment with Sarah Palin. By the way, does anyone think Glenn Beck is aware that Palin is (by Beck’s own definition of the term) a “Truther”? Think Perry is aware of this fact? He sure did demonize Medina for her opinion on it! Here is video proof that Palin supports a new investigation into 9/11.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPDbmQmV6O8

    Rikki, Proud Medina Supporter from San Antonio

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