A member of the local tea party got in my face during a break at the monthly board of supervisors meeting Tuesday and claimed I was “biased” and “not a real conservative.”

Well, he was half-right.

I’m not a conservative. I’m not a liberal.

I’m not a Democrat. I’m not a Republican.

I’m an American and there is a difference that those who blindly follow the folly of partisan political action can never understand.

It drives partisans crazy when they can’t stereotype someone. It drives members of the fake grassroots movement called the tea party insane when someone shows true independence from their idea of lockstep ideology.

As for “biased,” I consider that a compliment when it comes from a tea party fanatic. It’s hilarious that members of the so-called tea party call themselves a grassroots movement. Their so-called party was created not by the grassroots but by two billionaire brothers named Charles and David Koch with the help of former Republican House leader Dick Amery and GOP mega-consultant Eddie Mahe. I know. I once worked as the senior communications consultant for The Eddie Mahe Company and part of my job was to create phony grassroots movements like the tea party for well-heeled corporate clients. It’s not something that I’m proud of but I was drinking a lot then and the money was good.

To the rabid right wing, being “biased” means having independent thought and an open mind. There’s no place for either in the tea party.  It means evaluating each issue on its own merits and not being swayed by the ideologues that want to stifle independence and freedom.

It’s also interesting that someone who considers Fox News fair and balanced has the gall to call me “biased.”

Conservatives claim liberals oppose freedom. Liberals say the same thing about conservatives. The sad truth is that any political “movement” demands rigid compliance to an dogma that restricts freedom and independence.

The right-wing labels any Republicans who shows some independence or moderation as “RINOs” (Republican in Name Only) and vows to defeat them at the polls and put in their place only those who subscribe to the narrow point of view of their restrictive beliefs.

That’s how we got intellectually-challenged members of Congress like Michelle Bachmann.

God help us.

For the record, I’m a political agnostic. I don’t believe in any political party or philosophy. I’m conservative on some issues, liberal on others. I’m a gun owner who supports freedom of choice when it comes to abortion.  I’m an environmentalist who supports free enterprise.

That kind of independence doesn’t sit well with partisans.

Good.

They can’t handle real freedom anyway.

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