[2013: With no help from recent Gerrymandering, the Republicans would likely have lost the House of Representatives in the 2012 election. They would certainly lose it if the election were held today.]
[2013: Who knew they would be willing to take the country to these extremes!]
[Back to September 29, 2013]
Elections matter... or should matter. But these Tea Party "patriots" are showing themselves to be anything but.
And now we are seeing exactly what the Tea Party has been willing to do to stop the Obama Agenda, while itself remaining completely free of any new and interesting ideas for the country. Denying the Scientific Revolution is not a platform.
Unfortunately, the U.S. Census of 2010 meant that Republican congressional redistricting (aka "Gerrymandering") ensured that the electoral ramifications of the party's shift to the extreme right-wing would be minimized in the 2012 election.
It is ever so important for concerned citizens to do their part locally now to correct this shift in 2014 and get the House of Representatives back on the right track. Sure, those extreme Tea Party Republicans may be safe in their deeply Republican districts; but they will become increasingly irrelevant as the "blue dog" (moderate) Democrats emerge and fill in the seats of "moderate" Republicans who, with their silence and inaction right now, are just as recklessly complicit as their Tea Party counterparts.