Sept 26, 2010
As the US government continues to commandeer the power of the taxpayer and while unemployment and poverty are on the increase, Americans revolt through tea parties.
The Tea Party movement is a populist political movement in the United States, which emerged in 2009 through local and national coordinated events. The protests were partially in response to several federal laws.
PressTV interviewed former US Senator Mike Gravel regarding his views about the Tea Party movement and the current hopelessness Americans are feeling when faced by Democrats and Republicans in the upcoming mid-term elections.
“The Tea Party movement is just the tip of the iceberg of the frustration that exists out there. The Tea Party is not at all constructive in my mind in trying to address these problems in an intelligent fashion,” Gravel said.
“Democrats and Republicans are losing popularity ahead of November mid-term elections. 59% disapprove of how Democrats are handling the economy, while another poll shows 68% frowning on how Republicans are performing. Many citizens are beginning to wonder if there is really any difference between the Democrats and Republicans at all when it comes to the special interests of corporate-run America,” he added.
“Both parties are captive to special interests: corporate America, the military-industrial complex, the insurance industry. That’s the reason why we have high unemployment and we have a continued recession that is affecting primarily the middle class and the lower class,” he went on to say.
Some Americans might be putting their hope in an independent candidate to save America from corporate ‘special interests’ which seem to always manipulate the common good in politicians. Gravel, however, did not have many positive things to say on this prospect either.
“Both parties monopolize the field. They are supported by tax dollars, they are supported by laws, and so a third party finds it very difficult to get a foothold. So it’s a continuation. And yet if any third party rose to the level of a Democratic or Republican party, they would be equally corrupt,” Gravel concluded.
This article was posted: Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 4:30 am