President-elect of the Heritage Foundation, Former Senator Jim DeMint, recently gave an interesting speech on the future of the Tea Party Movement. Titled, "Torquemada: The Inquisition and the Purification of Conservatism in America," the speech outlines lessons learned from the Spanish Inquisition and its current application within the current Tea Party Movement.
|"Torquemada understood that the purification of ideas is important for a society to thrive. That is where our movement is at currently. We are weeding out non-believers of modern conservatism. The Contract from America was our Alhambra Decree. Those that lack commitment to the values that coalesce the Tea Party movement will be stricken from our ranks. This political cleansing will reform the Republican Party into a political engine that will reshape how people think of and interact with government."|
The speech received a thunderous applause from the crowd in attendance, although for some the historical facts were a little foggy.
|"I never knew about Tacomada, but I am already a big fan of his way of doing things," said a self-identified Tea Party supporter in attendance. "Everyone has to be on the same page if things are going to work and he knew that. I work in Construction and if one guy is not doing what he is supposed to, the house we're building could come out like shit. That's why this country is going to hell. We need to take this country back, like Tacomada did, and cast away anyone that is not reading from the same sheet of music."|
Professor Karl Pinkus, History Professor and widely regarded as an expert on the Spanish Inquisition, had a different take.
"These people are out of their fucking minds. The Spanish Inquisition resulted in thousands of Jews being tortured and killed. It was not a political philosophy. It was a genocide."
When confronted with the history of the Inquisition in a conference call the next day, DeMint brushed off naysayers.
"The Inquisition, like all political movements, had its casualties. However, it's conservative birth and outlook is something that should be studied and admired. Torquemada was able to excise views that were destructive to society. That's exactly what the Tea Party is trying to do.