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May 13, 2014
What the Tea Party can learn from UKIP
Posted by Laura
Look out, European Elites: the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) led by Nigel Farage, whose main focus is to force Britain out of the European Union, is riding high ahead of the May 22 EU Parliamentary vote. Watch one of the most powerful political videos I have seen in ages, which was launched last month by UKIP. The UKIP has been rallying support on many of the same issues that Tea Party and other traditional Reagan conservatives are concerned about in the U.S.—a declining middle class, stagnating wages, unrestricted immigration, an expanding dependency class, and affronts to national sovereignty. People laughed off the UKIP a few years ago, but it has served an important function in forcing the EU-friendly Conservative and Labour Party leadership to defend their abysmal records. Now the mainstream parties are coming closer to the UKIP position on EU membership and falling all over themselves to convince skeptical voters that they, too, are Euroskeptics. Polls suggest Euroskeptic parties could win between 25 and 30 percent of the 751 European Parliament seats. The conversation about a declining Britain (and how to turn things around) is vital—and the elites in both major parties had largely been able to skate on the question—until the UKIP came along. The various tea party organizations in the U.S. would do better to unify their efforts, clearly state their views on some of the same issues, and use their resources to advance a real pro-American, populist, pro-growth agenda. When is the last time you saw a powerful Tea Party television or internet ad? We can do better.
05/13/14 4:11 PM
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