Politically Correct Strategy Failing Tea Party

Conservatives (mainly Tea-Party type conservatives) continue to espouse the virtues of low taxes and a large military. They’re basically a two trick pony with the exception of the government shut down in which some actually rallied to protest the Obama administration.

There has been one thing I have noticed about Republican / Tea Party members and that is the fact that while they are split on how to proceed in taking back our government, they universally have shown that they are scared beyond all belief of being labeled a racist.

No greater proof of this can be found in their condemnation of the Confederate flag.  You can bet that when a leftist tries to use a Confederate flag to label a whole group of people racists, Conservatives will either demonize the person holding the flag, or tell stories of how they once “flew” it on their bedroom wall as a kid, but grew up and came to their senses and took it down.

The internet has been full of such stories as of late.

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Take for instance an article published on the PJ Media.Com published on its website on October 14, 2013:

“Yesterday, I covered the Millions Vet march, which was a great rally urging this administration to re-open the Veterans memorials.  Did I see any confederates? No.  Yet, there was ONE person that waved a Confederate flag, which has the liberal media foaming at the mouth.

Is this the best thing to do at a Veterans rally? No.  Does it create bad optics? Possibly.  No, it does, but what about the media turning a blind eye to the serial rapes occurring in Occupy Wall Street camps across the country?  That’s worse than one person waving a flag.  Nevertheless, the hit pieces rolled out.”

Note how the writer condemns the “liberal” media by stating they were foaming at the mouth, yet ultimately agrees with them when it comes to the Confederate flag.  The writer states that it’s probably not the best thing to bring to a veterans rally.

So in this politically correct age we live in Confederate Veterans were not veterans.  If you look at the image above , which I found at New Republic.Com you will see that the person in question was carrying a United States Marine Corps Flag as well as the Confederate Flag, this would indicate that he is a veteran, yet if you listen to PJ Media, a veteran shouldn’t bring a Confederate flag to a veteran’s rally.

Do you see where I am going with this? The Republican / Tea Party types who espouse freedom and smaller government and veterans rights, are , in reality, trying to control what kind of flag that a veteran can bring to a veterans rally!

These so-called patriots, who supposedly stand for freedom and veterans right, aren’t really worried about either, what they are worried about is perception.  They have spent a lot of time promoting their “brand” and every brand has a trademark symbol.

So what is the Tea Party brand symbol?

Gadsden_flag.svg The Gadsden Flag , a flag which holds historical significance in America’s revolution.  Wikipedia states that:

“The Gadsden flag is a historical American flag with a yellow field depicting a rattlesnake coiled and ready to strike. Positioned below the rattlesnake are the words “Dont tread on me”. The flag is named after American general and statesman Christopher Gadsden, who designed it in 1775 during the American revolution. It was also used by the Continental Marines as an early motto flag, along with the Moultrie Flag.”

Wikipedia also states:

“Beginning in 2009 at Tea Party rallies, the Gadsden Flag has been adopted as a symbol of the American Tea Party movement.[13][14][15][16] It was also displayed by members of Congress at Tea Party movement rallies.[17] Some lawmakers have called it a “political symbol” because of this association.[15][18] In March, 2013, the city of New Rochelle, New York ordered the removal of the Gadsden flag from the city’s vacant armory building because they feared that the flag would be seen as political.”

The “Tea Party” chose what symbol you would use to represent “freedom” … they chose a symbol that they felt was politically safe and “patriotic” to represent their “brand”.  Despite all of their careful planning and manipulation the media has still attacked them.   Recent attacks against the “Tea Party” have included calling them secessionist and the resurrection of the Confederacy .

Neither of which is true, but it does show the utter failure of the Tea Party’s choice of a politically safe “brand” image, which begs the question; If you are already being accused of racism and a revival of the Confederacy , why get your tighty whities in a wad over a Confederate flag, especially since their “politically safe choice of a “brand” image has its own ties to the South and slavery?

As mentioned earlier the Gadsden flag was named after Christopher Gadsden, who was a defender of Charleston, South Carolina during the Revolutionary War.  Teaching US History.Org states:

“Gadsden became a merchant dealing furs, slaves, land, and country produce. His business acumen resulted in a chain of stores in Charleston, Georgetown, and the Cheraws as well as plantations in the Pee Dee region”

As mentioned earlier in this article, the Gadsden Flag has already been attacked and labeled “too political” in New Rochelle, New York and it hasn’t taken long for the “too political” label to catch on.

kitty-hawk-fnj-dtom-450x294Front Page magazine’s website is now reporting that Navy SEALS have been ordered not to wear the “Don’t Tread on Me” patch because it resembles the Tea Party {Gadsden Flag}.

“The Jack is too closely associated with radical groups.” We must assume that this thought policeman embedded in the SEAL community is speaking of the Tea Party, whose flag (which also dates from the American Revolution) depicts a snake with the same defiant slogan as The Navy Jack.”

So as the Tea Party is hurriedly conducting damage control of  either distancing themselves of owning a Confederate flag in the past or condemning a veteran for flying one at a veterans rally, their carefully selected “politically safe” brand symbol ( the Gadsden flag) is suffering the same fate.

What will the Tea Party choose as it’s next “brand” symbol? The Christian flag? Nope, it might alienate the Muslims and the Atheists and besides, in certain government circles Christians have been labeled as “radicals”

The truth is that they will probably do nothing because they never had the guts to do anything in the first place. Call me what you want but I consider myself a proud Southerner and I have never been ashamed of this fact and I have never been afraid to defend my “brand”

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About aldermanlacy

I am just an average blue collar American who works hard and tries to be a good dad. I have a passion for history, music and freedom.

One Response to “Politically Correct Strategy Failing Tea Party”

  1. Apropos of nothing:

    Kanye West is using the Battle Flag on his merchandise.

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