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The Five Factions of the Tea Party Movement: Part 2 – The Left Flank

In part one of the series we discussed the five factions that make up the Tea Party. Part 2 will define the group at the left most position in the Tea Party. Depending on one’s point of view, these people could be considered the moderate faction.

The number of members of the Left Flank would fall pretty much in the middle when comparing the membership of each faction. This group would contain the largest numbers of disillusioned Obama voters. Some are Democrats, but not necessarily Blue Dog type Democrats. Many voted for George W. Bush in 2004 and Obama in 2008. They became disillusioned with Bush and thought Obama represented a step in a different direction. And they have come to realize that Obama’s leadership has taken us in the wrong direction, or at least the same direction as Bush, only faster.

Many of these people do not identify with any particular party and often say they vote for the candidate, not the party.

What they all have in common is the fact they are looking for leadership. The ideological and philosophical direction of the leadership is of little concern. They follow the leader that seems to have the strongest belief in themselves.

Of the five factions, this one is the most likely to see it’s members leave to join another faction as their knowledge advances. They came into the TEA Party movement with the least amount of prior knowledge of things political and quickly began the education process.

The Left Flank is the entry level for most people that have never really cared about politics, but have become anxious over the future of the country.

These people begin with the least amount of animosity towards the establishment, as they were perfectly happy to drift back and forth in the prevailing political currents as they change year to year. Most were not regular voters, not really caring which way the country goes. They probably average one vote every four years. Mostly in presidential years.

As this group learns more and more, many will become fairly active in politics and they now pay attention to all races national or local.

The importance of this group to the overall movement cannot be overstated. For many who were previously not engaged in politics, they are astonished to learn how things really work. The workshops and training sessions available through various organizations are the main tool that turns these formerly huddled masses into informed, engaged voters.

For those of us that have been political junkies for years, it is always encouraging to see those that decide to educate themselves and become involved get off the sofa and actually form an opinion.

No matter how the mainstream media views the TEA Party movement, it is never a bad thing to see people move from blind indifference to our political leaders to educated voters. And this is the worst thing that can happen as far as career politicians are concerned. An informed electorate is antithetical towards ineffectual leadership and holds them accountable.

What a concept!

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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