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Wednesday, February 19, 2014 

European Tea Parties gaining strength

Tony Lee at Big Peace tells that there's variations on the American Tea Parties forming in Europe, comprising people fed up with the corrupt, abusive governments still running the show on the continent:
Soon after President Obama took office, that movement congealed into a Tea Party movement in America that The Economist noted is unified by those who "share three convictions: that the ruling elite has lost touch with the founding ideals of America, that the federal government is a bloated, self-serving Leviathan, and that illegal immigration is a threat to social order."

Those ideals are spreading to Europe and attracting not only Europeans who want to hearken "back to simpler times," but also those of all political stripes who "worry about immigration." They often "spring from the squeezed middle – people who feel that the elite at the top and the scroungers at the bottom are prospering at the expense of ordinary working people. And they believe the centre of power – Washington or Brussels – is bulging with bureaucrats hatching schemes to run people’s lives."

The American equivalent of the "squeezed middle" are voters of all ethnicities who are not wealthy enough to never have to worry about their tuition bills or the cost of health care, but not poor enough to get full-ride scholarships or completely subsidized Obamacare.

The Economist mentioned that, like in America, the mainstream media and the permanent political class have "tried to marginalize the insurgents" in Europe by "portraying them as unhinged, racist or fascist."

"But it is not working," The Economist writes, noting that while "attacking the insurgents as fascists worked when Hitler’s memory was fresh," many of today's Europeans "rightly see it as mostly a scare tactic."

Described as anti-elitist, anti-Brussels, and against unchecked immigration, European Tea Party leaders like Geert Wilders, who leads the Freedom Party in the Netherlands, Marine Le Pen, who leads France's Front National (FN) movement, and Nigel Farage, who leads the the UKIP (The United Kingdom Independence Party), are heading movements that "are populist and nationalist." Their supporters are fed up with those who got Europe into the political and fiscal mess that it is in today. And similar movements are gaining strength in Italy, Austria, Poland, Romania, and even Greece. Those who support the European Tea Party movements have said they are not against institutions, but rather fiercely opposed to the "cosy mainstream consensus" in which "the left and right... says the same."
The best way for the dinosaur-ish politicians dominating Europe to apologize would be to admit their beliefs are awful, I'd say, not to mention admitting how they often make mountains out of molehills like attacking a simple health lesson that not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration.

The new European revolution is on the way, and sooner or later, it will succeed.

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