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A tea party demonstration. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty. A tea party demonstration. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty.  

The Tea Party Is Still The Future Of The GOP

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Niger Innis
Executive Director, TheTeaParty.net
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      Niger Innis

      Niger Innis is the Executive Director of TheTeaParty.net and a spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Mr. Innis' Civil Rights and political activities led to regular and various television and radio appearances around the world. Mr. Innis has been a guest on CNN, BBC, CBC, Al-Jeezera, Fox News Channel, ABC News ,and CBS News. In 1996 NBC News launched its 24 hr all news channel, MSNBC. Before its launch Mr. Innis was hired to be one of the networks political/social commentators. He worked there from 1996 through 1999. Mr. Innis was a political commentator for NPR (National Public Radio) from 2005 through 2006. In 1990, Innis attended Georgetown University and pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. Innis, born and raised in Harlem, New York, currently lives in North Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Tea Party and, indeed, constitutional conservatism as a whole is under assault from the mainstream media elite, the Democrat Party and their adjuncts in the federal government bureaucracy. As reprehensible as this all may be it is entirely predictable.

What hasn’t been as predictable is that some of the most vicious attacks on the tea party have come from our supposed political allies in the Republican Party — ironically a political party that has benefited greatly from us since our birth. With the slings and arrows the tea party has received from far too many establishment politicians and campaign consultants, it makes for an irresistible, downright Shakespearean drama.

As I rejoin TheTeaParty.net, the largest national Tea Party organization in America, I reengage with this fine organization at a time when some very ugly accusations are being made against us in the tea party movement.

We have been besmirched as racists, as misogynists and bigots of every kind. It’s been appalling to see these relentless and absurd accusations being slung not only from Democrats, from whom we’ve come to expect such incivility, but also from many within the establishment GOP.

There remains a bitter divide within the GOP. Media outlets love to convolute the facts and have labeled it the “Republican Civil War,” but in truth, the Tea Party is what the Republican Party should have been all along, and what it purports to be in various GOP platforms. The Tea Party promotes limited government, sound fiscal policies and accountability in government. These principles should not be anathema to a Republican Party that has the intention of being the party of principled constitutional conservatism — not merely “Democrat lite.”

No place is this adulteration of principle more evident than in Mississippi. Americans are focused on the election in Mississippi to witness what will emerge from what is, perhaps, the most bizarre election to have occurred in several decades. One would think that with a history of electoral shenanigans, Mississippi, perhaps more than any other state, would work harder to make sure their elections were both sound and transparent.

Moderate incumbent Senator Thad Cochran disgraced his office and has come to illustrate exactly what is wrong with the establishment GOP. So concerned with winning reelection, Cochran’s campaign affirmed what conservatives have long contended: the line between the Democrat and Republican establishment has been fully eroded.

Cochran’s campaign reached out to Democrats for cooperation in beating Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel. They courted Democrats to vote in the Republican primary by painting McDaniel and the tea party as a whole as racists.

Robocalls peppered Mississippi Democrats, asking that they vote in the Republican primary for Thad Cochran, demanding that they help put an end to the tea party’s “disrespectful treatment of the first African-American president.”

The Cochran campaign is now mired in a legal challenge as reports emerge that Cochran staffers paid for Democrat votes, courting the black community for help to defeat the allegedly “racist” tea party candidate.

This is what has become of the Republican Party? In order to win reelection, the establishment GOP is willing to stoop to the lows we have seen from such Democrat cowards like Alan Grayson and Charlie Rangel? Is this what we can now expect from the establishment GOP, to simply shout “racist!” and campaign based on race-baiting and fear instead of leadership and good ideas?

These are dark days not only for the Republican Party, but for the American republic.