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Tea Party Bomb Throwers FreedomWorks Call For a Break From Politics

Tea Party Bomb Throwers FreedomWorks Call For a Break From Politics

One of the loudest and most aggressive conservative advocacy groups of the past decade is asking Americans to calm down and stop talking about politics, if only for a day.

FreedomWorks, the libertarian outfit that rose to prominence through its hard-line opposition to Barack Obama, the Affordable Care Act, and the Republican establishment, has unveiled a new campaign that encourages Americans to tone down the rancorous political rhetoric. Dubbed “Celebrate Americans,” the initiative proposes setting aside Labor Day as a politics-free day of national harmony.

It’s a message that most would expect to see from a kumbaya centrist organization like No Labels, rather than an organization instrumental in the founding of the Tea Party and the Republican Party’s Obama-era lurch to the right. But FreedomWorks’ conspicuously measured tone is a reflection of how disjointed American politics—and its various institutions—has become in the Trump era. An organization that just last year was scoring Democratic presidential candidates on their adherence to socialism—and just last week facing scrutiny over apparent vote-by-mail misinformation—is now imploring Americans to dial back the heated rhetoric.

 Asked whether he felt FreedomWorks contributed to the very atmosphere of political divisiveness it’s now trying to combat, FreedomWorks spokesman Peter Vicenzi said the acrimony in contemporary American politics is largely the result of the very policies FreedomWorks has fought for over a decade.

“We’ve supported things that have always been part of our political culture, our constitutional values, and what we saw towards the end of the Bush administration and certainly in the Obama administration took us away from that,” he said. Policies like Obamacare and 2008’s Wall Street bailouts are “what we think made it a more divisive atmosphere.”

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