Tea Party, or not Tea Party…

The 2010 midterm election is looming over the Democratic Party like an acid rain cloud. The political fervor opposing it is led by a ragtag group of small-government enthusiasts called the Tea Party. In recent months the Tea Party has come into the public eye for its “radical” views on lowering taxes, cutting government expenditures and balancing the budget, albeit with mixed reviews. “Racist” and “homogenous” are common terms used to describe the Tea Party, though there is no evidence for this other than a few racially charged signs held by participants at rallies. No one is excusing those signs, but they do not define the movement. The Tea Party is defined by firm beliefs in fiscal responsibility, capitalist economic principles and patriotism. John Fund, a Wall Street Journal columnist who recently spoke at UNC, had this to say: “Even if you don’t agree with the Tea Party, what has happened in the last two years has been in the best of the American character. It has been remarkably peaceful and effective.” This is the perception that those who hold disdain for the Tea Party do not see. Instead, chumps like Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews feed us lies about Tea Party members being “haters” and white supremacists. In reality, the Tea Party is bringing politics back to the common man and working to eliminate the elitist thought in Washington. For the first time in decades, there are “normal” people (who are not witches) running for powerful offices in the United States. The pool is not restricted to groomed political thoroughbreds. Any old mule can get it on the action. Even if the Tea Party fails at completely stopping the fiscal bleeding on Capitol Hill, they have already succeeded in engaging people in politics again.

2 thoughts on “Tea Party, or not Tea Party…

  1. joetote Reply

    This is the most important election of my time. As I say below, our country's very survival depends on the electorate to come to their senses and stop this mad march to soviet style socialism.

    "Finally, I want to once again address the past primaries and the future of our country in general. It is apparent beyond all doubt that the establishment on both sides are deathly afraid of the so called Tea Party (and thus the electorate in general) and they well should be! For those of you who prefer to live in a cave, the Tea Party from my view is not just about returning to conservative principles. The people who are aligning themselves behind this movement are looking for so much more. We are looking for men and women of principle! We want representatives that obey the will of the people, not their leaders or their own power lust! We want a return to the bedrock principles this country was founded on! We sure as hell do not want to be told we are racists, hate mongers or all the other names we are called just because we disagree with the direction this country is being taken. We believe in free speech, not "Obama says you will think and say as I want".

    The Tea Party movement is many things to many people. To those in power, it is a threat. To those who believe in the hard core Marxist principles being espoused by this administration, it is a threat! For those who believe our country needs to subvert itself to the whims of Islamic Fanatics, or Euro Socialism or whatever else, it is a threat!

    As such, there are way too many people who do not remotely understand what is happening here. Our fighting men and women, our forefathers who gave their blood and lives for this country, they understand! Unfortunately, the folks that have either had everything handed to them or instead have chosen to ride on the back of others instead of being responsible for themselves combined with the elected morons who realize keeping people reliant on government insures their power, they do not understand!

    The Tea Party movement is not a fight for the heart and soul of the Republican party! A co-opted media led by a hard core left wing wanna be dictatorship government would want you to believe that it is in fact all about the Republicans. And they would be dead wrong! The Tea Party movement is a fight for the heart and soul of our country! It is a fight to return us to what made us the greatest country in the world! How sad that entrenched politicians on the right along with the garbage on the left cannot or refuse to understand such a basic tenet!

  2. ___0_ Reply

    '"Racist” and “homogenous” are common terms used to describe the Tea Party, though there is no evidence for this other than a few racially charged signs held by participants at rallies.'

    When Tea Party organizations give a platform to known anti-semites and white supremacists, or their leaders publish racist screeds online, that's a bit more damning than a "racially charged" sign. You can't even bring yourself to apply the word "racism" here, can you?

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