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article below posted November 28, 2010    Bookmark and Share

The Progressive Tea Party?

Well, at least some progressives see overlap with the Tea Party regarding traffic cameras and TSA screening

by Doug Collins

Many progressives apparently see eye-to-eye with the Tea Party from time to time. That's evidenced by recent emails we've gotten in the WA Free Press mailbox regarding government surveillance topics.

One long-time progressive reader emailed us, "Election day wasn't all bad. The mainstream news didn't cover some of the nation's vote decisions. There's a clear undercurrent of opposition to security state policies."

He was referring to votes against traffic surveillance cameras, equipment which seems to be quite unpopular among different segments of the population, including many conservatives and progressives.

Even the sleepy ferry town of Mukilteo WA got into the anti-camera action. Mukilteo was one of at least five localities in the US which banned red-light and/or speed cameras in this November's elections, reports TheNewspaper.com (www.thenewspaper.com/news/33/3311.asp).

cartoon by Dan McConnell


The local initiative vote in Mukilteo was 70 percent against automated ticket cameras. Homegrown anti-tax poobah Tim Eyman, often reviled by progressives, spearheaded the effort. Eyman had to fend off a legal attack from American Traffic Solutions (ATS), a company which operates many such camera systems. A state supreme court order denied the attempt of ATS to block the camera vote.

Other localities which just voted to ban such cameras were, Houston TX, Baytown TX, Anaheim CA, and Garfield Heights OH, which is now the fifth city in Ohio to ban such cameras. Most such votes have resulted in landslide opinion against the cameras. ATS spent over one million dollars in its campaign against the Houston ballot measure alone.


In other matters of surveillance, another progressive long-time reader emailed us with her complaints about Transportation Security Administration (TSA) full-body scanning, and the plans for the flight passenger boycott of the scanners on November 24. A couple days after that email, we got a press release (we get many press releases) on the same subject from none other than TeaParty.org:

The backlash continues over those new TSA screening measures, and now one Central Florida airport has decided to go with a private security screening firm.

"The Tea Party is speaking out about this invasion of privacy. We will not forget the 4th Amendment!" said Steve Eichler, Executive Director of Tea Party/TeaParty.org, referring to the Constitutional right of the people to be secure against unreasonable search and seizure....

The TSA points out that even if an airport decides to use a private firm for security, the screeners still must follow TSA guidelines. That would include using enhanced pat-downs and the full-body scanners if they are installed at the airport.


Eyman and the Tea Party, even though they are usually associated with the Republicans, are largely tapping into sentiments which are neither Republican nor Democrat. Another example of this is the Tea Party's fervor for balanced budgets, a goal which many progressives certainly also support. Perhaps this "crossover appeal" is a sign that political ground is shifting.

Personally, the shift is not enough for me. The difficulty I see in supporting Eyman and the Tea Party is that they seem to put government in an impossible double-bind. "Balanced Budget" plus "No New Taxes" equals a big head-scratch for anyone trying to lead in a time of already decreased tax revenue and huge national debt. One consequence of such a tough political stance is that it increases the likelihood that the federal government will simply print still more money, which increases the chances of out-of-control inflation in the future.


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#1 - jans - 11/28/2010 - 12:13
"Balanced Budget" plus "No New Taxes" equals a big head-scratch...

No, it's the spending!
Government needs to do, only that which must be done by the government. Get out of the car business, get out of the loans (housing and students),
stop dictating to local school districts, and stop proving income transfers - private/local groups can do all of these much better than the government.

#2 - jans - 11/28/2010 - 12:37
BTW:
The reason the Tea Party and the progressives agreed is because the basic principles of the Tea Party are common sense: fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets. These principles are in our founding, and have produced the most prosperous and free society to ever exist.

The Tea Party considers itself to be Non-partisan in that they are trying to push both political parties (and the electorate) towards these three principles and the individual liberty that goes with them. In the 2010 election, it meant going with more Republicans because their platform is more aligned with the Tea Party - but it is the Tea Party taking over the Republicans not the other way around. In 2012 look for Tea Party supporters entering primary races in both parties.

#3 - Essence - 01/08/2012 - 11:10
Essays like this are so important to broadening poeple's horizons.

#4 - mpceyyl - 01/09/2012 - 04:44
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