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America's once-model government is resembling something uglier

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Fidel Castro, asked recently if the Cuban model is still worthy of exporting, had to admit it "doesn't even work for us anymore."

It's an amazing admission. We'd take issue with the "anymore" part, of course.

Sadly enough, though, we must conclude the same about the American model.

For wildly different reasons.

The Cuban model was a clunker all along, and wouldn't have survived this long without the patronage of the former Soviet Union. Now, with the sugar daddy gone and hard times getting even harder, it seems the Cuban government will be laying off some 1 million workers by next March. The government employs some 85 percent of the work force.

Cuban officials are encouraging laid-off workers to become self-employed -- in other words, start businesses.

Hmm. Sounds strangely like capitalism. Can it be?

Meanwhile, the American model worked well for more than 200 years, and led to the greatest nation on Earth. So we know the engine -- the Constitution -- purrs like a kitten. But due to operator error, the American model is in a ditch it may never get out of.

It's not as noticeable or as jarring as the Cuban pileup because America still has a sugar daddy: China.

Yet, what happens when, as Margaret Thatcher suggested of socialism, we "run out of other people's money"? That day may be coming, and soon -- unless we rebuild the country around the engine that got us here: the Constitution.

That principle, plain and simple, is what the Tea Party movement is all about, regardless of what elitist liberals in the media -- and race baiters from the NAACP wing of the Democratic Party -- want you to believe.

"I wish I could get involved in (the Tea Party) more," says Augusta school board candidate Bill Law, who happens to be black. "A lot of people would, but they don't understand it. It's been slandered.

"I think the Tea Party is doing this country a great justice."

Some, like the NAACP in a "report" last week, are intentionally trying to hurt the Tea Party movement by smearing it as racist in a transparent attempt to help Democratic candidates in the Nov. 2 election. Others simply don't get what's going on -- largely because a hostile national media haven't told the movement's story.

Seeds of the movement had been germinating for years, as Americans watched an out-of-control government take our freedoms bit by bit and our children's financial futures chunk by chunk. The movement sprouted after a famous and inspirational spontaneous rant on cable channel CNBC by Rick Santelli, in which he decried the government's bailouts and taking from productive members of society and called for a Boston-style tea party in Chicago. The video went viral on the Internet and galvanized what Peter Berkowitz of Stanford's Hoover Institution called "one of the most spectacular grass-roots political movements in American history."

Indeed, fans of the civil rights movement might appreciate that more than others.

Most tea partiers will tell you they're fed up with both political parties. They won't talk about race, either. But if you want to, we can: When the bill comes due for all the immoral spending in Washington, all our children will feel the pain -- but those who are already disadvantaged will feel it the most.

Tell that to the NAACP.

Some branches of the civil rights organization get it; in Rome, Ga., recently, the NAACP and Tea Party cooperated on a candidate's forum.

"It was a historic evening," wrote Doug Walker in the Rome News-Tribune . "America's largest and oldest civil rights organization, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), hosted a political forum in Rome, with cooperation from one of the youngest political movements in the country, the Tea Party. And the event went off without a hitch."

That's not supposed to happen, according to the national media. The NAACP and Tea Party are natural enemies, right?

The media wish! The truth -- which you aren't hearing in the national media -- is that African-American interests and the Tea Party's are quite the same: a more prosperous, free America.

Writes Berkowitz in The Wall Street Journal , Tea Party activists "and the sizeable swath of voters who sympathize with them want to reduce the massively ballooning national debt, cut runaway federal spending, keep taxes in check, reinvigorate the economy and block the expansion of the state into citizens' lives."

One reason the elite and their audiences don't understand all this, postulates Berkowitz, is that universities have stopped teaching the fundamental principles of constitutional government that lie at the heart of the Tea Party movement.

"Our universities have produced two generations of highly educated people who seem unable to recognize the spirited defense of fundamental American principles," he writes, "even when it takes place for more than a year and a half right in front of their noses."

If our system is starting to resemble Cuba's in effectiveness, that may be why.

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chascush
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chascush 10/24/10 - 09:51 pm
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Great article AC

Great article AC

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Rozzie2003 10/24/10 - 10:51 pm
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Propaganda again. The Tea

Propaganda again. The Tea Party was created to be manipulated
I woud have respect for it had it been organized by grassroot persons.It was organized by a former congressman and several
billionaires for their own benefit.

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faithson 10/24/10 - 11:49 pm
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Progressives have Micheal

Progressives have Micheal Moore, Tea Party have Sarah Palin... Repubs have Bohneour, Demos have Pelosi. If this whole thing goes down the tubes we only have 'ourselves' to blame.

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sjgraci 10/25/10 - 12:11 am
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The operators that drove

The operators that drove America into the ditch were tea party republicans. Now they want the keys back.

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HTN007 10/25/10 - 03:13 am
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Much more than Pelosi, the

Much more than Pelosi, the Demos have their raison d'etre....the advancement and promotion of the principles, practices and causes of secular humanism. Secular Humanism dates to the teachings of Holyoake in 1851. Its principal goal is the replacement of God and religion from the activities of government and the substitution of a focus on secularism, reason and the rights of individuals. It has been the foundation of socialism, communism, the Soviet Union and the communistic takeover in Cuba, all of which are and have been miserable failures. And the fight against this from happening here in the US, an ever increasing threat, is what the Tea Party movement is ultimately all about.

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Mad Hatter 10/25/10 - 03:26 am
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sjgraci....are you aware that

sjgraci....are you aware that the economy didn't start to tank until the dems took over both houses in 2006? (and the tea party didn't exist then.) Never let the facts get in the way of your rhetoric. Here's some facts for you liberals to ignore as usual.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04y35I-r3Xw

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johnston.cliff 10/25/10 - 03:56 am
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Socialists hate the success

Socialists hate the success of capitalism and the constitution of this country. From their perspective, obama is a success because every move he makes destroys more of America. Ignorance continues to reign supreme for the radical left. (Dems)

orgpsych
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orgpsych 10/25/10 - 04:08 am
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This is article a lot of

This is article a lot of political rhetoric to stir up the masses. It would have you believe that there is this vast organization called the Tea Party at work out there representing the majority of Americans.

The Washington Post did an extensive survey to try and determine just how widespread the Tea Party is and what it stands for. The following 3 paragraphs show some of the basics of what they found.
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In all, The Post identified more than 1,400 possible groups and was able to verify and reach 647 of them. Each answered a lengthy questionnaire about their beliefs, members and goals. The Post tried calling the others as many as six times. It is unclear whether they are just hard to reach or don't exist.

Virtually all said that economic concerns were a factor, and nearly as many cited a general mistrust of government. Opposition to President Obama and Democratic policies was a big factor, but only slightly more so than dissatisfaction with mainstream Republican leaders.

Eleven percent said that Obama's race, religion or ethnic background was either a "very important" or "somewhat important" factor in the support their group has received.
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Certainly there is more to the article than what I have posted here and I think it is worth the read for everyone who has an interest in what is happening in the country right now.

Tea Party groups range in size from a few thousand members to just one member. Each is registered as a Tea Party chapter. Claims of hundreds of thousands of members across the country are a bit misleading, especially in light of this information.

There is no unifying message other than the economy and distrust of government, regardless of party affiliation. The 11% who said President Obama's race and ethnicity are major factors for them clearly cast a racist pall over the movement. Certainly not all are racists but the taint is there and not being adequately addressed by the more active Tea Party groups except through empty rhetoric.

What is extremely important is that this is a somewhat focused statement of what many Americans are concerned about. It's nothing new, but the focus helps make the message harder to ignore for those who wish to be the political leaders of this country, regardless of party.

What does concern me a great deal is the quality of candidates that are being touted as Tea Party Candidates. Christine O'Donnell, who appears to be a Sarah Palin protege', actually said that researchers are cross-breeding rats and humans to produce a lab rat with a fully functioning human brain. I don't believe that Ms O'Donnell is typical of all Tea Party candidates but she certainly garners more than her share of the spotlight and casts a different pall over the Tea Party as a serious political movement. There are better candidates out there that deserve more attention.

I am also concerned that fringe groups are being heavily funded by other players to appear as if they are speaking for the entire Tea Party. Most of those surveyed didn't cite same sex marriages, abortion rights, or social issues as their key hot button issues. Yet, these are the rallying cried we keep hearing. That hardly seems representative of the entire Tea Party.

Look at the candidates closely. Vote your conscience, not what someone else tells you to vote. It's YOUR vote, not theirs. Make it count.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 10/25/10 - 04:50 am
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The only way to save America

The only way to save America is to end the killing, bleeding, counterproductive, bankrupting wars immediately; bring all the troops home; cut the Pentagon's budget by 50% or more; and invest in a sustainable, post carbon based economy. Education and universal basic health care are important factors in moving the country forward and uniting Americans for the common good. Put people before profits. Respect for human rights is the bottom line politically. Muddling along with the status quo or taking a right turn toward fascism will not save this country.

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Riverman1 10/25/10 - 05:39 am
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It's great school board

It's great school board candidate Bill Law appears to be a conservative, but another school board candidate is the epitome of conservativism and that's Taylor Bryant.

The nation, and the world, finally understand we have to get capitalism, competition and individualism back on track. It's not going to be easy coming back from the precipice of socialism, but it has to be done.

Look at the violence in Europe and economic unrest there as they try to reel in the neoMaos. It's ugly.

We have to rally the people to join our army and march on Washington Nov. 2. It's going to be like the Battle of Bull Run when the elite sitting in their carriages, drinking champagne and laughing, suddenly had to break-up their picnic in a hurry as their side was routed.

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wizzardx1 10/25/10 - 05:48 am
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To ANY hussein

To ANY hussein worshipper:please explain the "shovel-ready"projects that hussein now says never existed

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 10/25/10 - 05:55 am
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Dems should try to explain

Dems should try to explain why they are allowing non-citizens to vote in Me.

So crates
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So crates 10/25/10 - 06:24 am
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I think the AC does a

I think the AC does a disservice to its intentions with this editorial. I don't think that any rational person can have lived through the birth of the tea party without identifying its racist and other contentious origins. However, I will say that the group has tuned its message to the ideal the AC proposes here. What the AC wants is for reasonable people to see this recent intent as emblematic of the tea party now. I think that it is, too. Unfortunately, while I see the ideal favorably, many of the candidates date back to the more frightening, earlier formation of the tea party. Moreover, I cannot see how inexperienced legislators will benefit the country at this time, nor do I believe that they would be able to do any significant change, even if they all got in. Bureacracy don't work that way. For this reason and for a principle I hold that it doesn't matter who is in power when the options are so limited, I think the only logical way to vote is to give the executive branch as much support in Congress as possible. Anything less will only lengthen this present turmoil.

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wizzardx1 10/25/10 - 06:31 am
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hussein worshippers that say

hussein worshippers that say he does not lie PLEASE explain the "shovel-ready"projects that hussein claimed while passing the stimulus never existed.

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seabeau 10/25/10 - 06:32 am
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The NAACP is not the nations

The NAACP is not the nations Largest and Oldest Civil Rights Organization , that distinction belongs to The NRA . The Elite of this country , both Rep. and Demo. have failed We The People time and again . Our Government has been controlled by the Rich since the 1860's to their advantage .When government go bad we can fall back on the Second Admendment if needed.

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Riverman1 10/25/10 - 06:33 am
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"Racist and other contentious

"Racist and other contentious origins."

Care to back up your charge the tea party began as a racist movement? What are the nefarious other "contentious origins"?

I have seen black supporters welcomed with open arms at Tea Party rallies from the very beginning. You are mistaken.

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Riverman1 10/25/10 - 06:36 am
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"I think the only logical way

"I think the only logical way to vote is to give the executive branch as much support in Congress as possible. Anything less will only lengthen this present turmoil."

So the constituional division of powers means nothing? Heh. Just do away with individual elections and pull the lever for a party because the only way to govern is to have Congress and the executive branch of the same party? This is a novel idea that goes against our history about as much as anything can.

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wizzardx1 10/25/10 - 06:41 am
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So crates;please give

So crates;please give examples(FACTS)that support your claim that the tea party is racist

Taylor B
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Taylor B 10/25/10 - 06:58 am
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Riverman, I SPOKE at the Tea

Riverman, I SPOKE at the Tea Party. I think the problem is that I'm not a Republican or a Democrat. Oh well. For the record, I like Bill Law, and for that matter, Charlie Hannah too. District 2 has a tough decision this year.

If you want a true independant candidate that's not tied to the "powers that be", I could use your vote on November 2nd.

getalife
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getalife 10/25/10 - 07:31 am
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Great article!! Obama keeps

Great article!! Obama keeps talking about the car in the ditch, he should know all about it, he drove it into the ditch!

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corgimom 10/25/10 - 07:53 am
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I'm still trying to figure

I'm still trying to figure out what freedoms I've lost. Or what freedoms anybody else has lost.

As for this-Writes Berkowitz in The Wall Street Journal , Tea Party activists "and the sizeable swath of voters who sympathize with them want to reduce the massively ballooning national debt, cut runaway federal spending, keep taxes in check, reinvigorate the economy and block the expansion of the state into citizens' lives."

How do you reduce debt without revenue? How do you reinvigorate the ecomony without Federal speding? "Keep taxes in check"- if taxes go up for the rich, what impact will that have on their lives- a 14,000 square foot house versus a 15,000 square foot house? 6 vacations a year versus 7? 9 cars instead of 10?

You have to get taxes from somewhere. The poor don't have the money, they wouldn't be poor if they had money. The middle class can't pay any more. So who does that leave?

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corgimom 10/25/10 - 07:54 am
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"I have seen black supporters

"I have seen black supporters welcomed with open arms at Tea Party rallies from the very beginning."

That's right, all 10 of them were warmly welcomed.

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justthefacts 10/25/10 - 07:59 am
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How do you reduce debt

How do you reduce debt without increasing revenue? Cut spending. How do you reinvigorate the economy without Fed spending? Employ policies that encourage the private sector. The last question, driven by envy, is solved by action of the first two.

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dani 10/25/10 - 08:37 am
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I am a supporter of the TEA

I am a supporter of the TEA Party but I am not a member of any organized group. Therefore, if polled I say yes, but you won't find my name on a list.
The racist charge is simply a made-up talking point by the Dems because they can see the inroads being made by the group.
It is not hard to understand why the TEA Party gained strength, Obama and the Dems believe in government control (more power for them, you know), that is NOT what this country is about.
The TEA Party is not and never was about race, religion, wealth, or political party. It is about freedom of all people, whoever and wherever they are.
BTW Some would be greatly surprised to know the number of southern Democrats who support this group. Not all Dems like the big spending of the current administration.

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Chillen 10/25/10 - 09:02 am
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That is the liberal way. If

That is the liberal way. If you disagree with it, attack it, slander it or accuse it of racism. Anything is on the table. Fortunately for them, they have the majority of the media outlets on their side to help them spread their hate and rhetoric.

They are like robots, using the same arguments over and over and over. Watch this video. It's about 7 minutes and it is absolutely deadly accurate but sadly accurate. Someone posted it yesterday. It is worth a watch/listen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGwtG8nVpUU

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chascush 10/25/10 - 10:46 am
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corgimom. ‘That's right, all

corgimom. ‘That's right, all 10 of them were warmly welcomed.’
If you have never been too a tea party you are speaking from ignorance.

Chillen
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Chillen 10/25/10 - 09:03 am
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WARNNG. If this election

WARNNG. If this election does not turn around the socialist machine we are in very, very serious trouble as a nation. We have seen a switch over to socialism that occured at lightening speed. A hybrid China communist/capitalist model is on the horizon for us if this continues. The problem is, China's model is only successful because it is propped up by Capitalism. We, the former Capitalists, buy the crappy products they are turning out. Without us, China's model would not have worked. And because of our socialist turn and economic peril, China has found their model faltering a bit.

Stop the insanity. Socialism has never, ever worked. What in the world makes us think we can successfully implment it? Because George Soros, the financial terrorist and democrat supporter, tells us it's great? Because the "hope & change" socialist says it will work for us?

Sorry, not buying it. Stop Socialism.

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usafvet 10/25/10 - 09:28 am
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"How do you reduce debt

"How do you reduce debt without revenue? How do you reinvigorate the ecomony without Federal speding? "Keep taxes in check"- if taxes go up for the rich, what impact will that have on their lives- a 14,000 square foot house versus a 15,000 square foot house? 6 vacations a year versus 7? 9 cars instead of 10?"
Corgimom, this ranks right up there along side your most asinine posts, and is liberal and socialist through and through. So much wealth envy. You do something that will work in the home, at local levels of government, state and federal levels also. YOU CONTROL SPENDING. It is so simple that even a democrat should be able to understand it. I'm sorry Justthefacts, I scrolled back up and saw your answer, not trying to copy, but we agree.

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usafvet 10/25/10 - 09:33 am
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Of course, I also agree with

Of course, I also agree with Chascush, Madhatter, Johnstion.cliff, Wizzardx1, Getalife, Chillen and Dani. Pretty obvious, I don't often agree with liberals, socialists, or the entitlement group.

Chillen
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Chillen 10/25/10 - 10:35 am
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rozzie2003. You have the

rozzie2003. You have the start of the Tea Party all wrong. It IS a grass roots movement. Here is how it started.

In early 2009, CNBC's Rick Santelli called for a "Chicago Tea Party", leading the charge for calls to revolt against the Obama Administration's mortgage bailout plan.

This started the Tea Party. He was mad about bailouts & big govt. So was every other responsible, tax paying person and hence the tea party was born.

Here's the insipring video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp-Jw-5Kx8k

To disagree with the Tea Party's simple message of Smaller Government and Personal Repsonsibility is just un-American. You are part of the problem, not the solution.

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