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Venomous views refuse to see Tea Party for what it is

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Imagine going to a movie with two friends – and having one of them think they’re seeing a horror film, the other a comedy, while you thought you’d just seen a documentary.

This is the everyday experience of the Tea Party.

The “mainstream” media and those who believe their hogwash seem to think the Tea Party is – well, here’s a description from Jeff Daniels’ character in the HBO left-wing drama The Newsroom:

“Ideological purity, compromise as weakness, a fundamentalist belief in scriptural literalism, denying science, unmoved by facts, undeterred by new information, a hostile fear of progress, a demonization of education, a need to control women’s bodies, severe xenophobia, tribal mentality, intolerance of dissent and a pathological hatred of the U.S. government. ...

“They can call themselves the Tea Party. They can call themselves conservatives and they can even call themselves Republicans, though Republicans certainly shouldn’t. But we should call them what they are. The American Taliban.”

If you didn’t know any better, you might believe this piffling propaganda. In which case, you see a horror flick.

If you’ve been around actual Tea Partiers, or you are one, you’d know that such depictions of the movement are as laughable as any Steve Martin comedy.

The “mainstream” media have imagined this stuff, pure and simple.

Check it out for yourself.

The modern Tea Party was born of a grassroots frustration with government spending that became acute in the final days of the Bush administration and first months of the Obama administration. The movement’s name was inspired by an on-air rant by financial network CNBC’s Rick Santelli, who – out of frustration with the Obama administration’s plans to bail out some homeowners – whimsically suggested staging a Tea Party protest reminiscent of the Revolutionary era’s.

Millions of good, patriotic, concerned citizens found their rallying cry and coalesced into the loose-knit Tea Party movement.

They come from all walks of life, but they believe in one thing collectively: The federal government’s size and spending are out of control, and must be reined in, if this country is to be saved from itself.

Period. That’s the beginning, the end and the everything-in-between of the Tea Party movement.

Again, this is a bottom-up movement, so the various incarnations of it around the country are fairly self-directing. But a good summary of the movement can be found at www.teaparty-platform.com.

You will notice in the platform, or at any Tea Party event you attend, that there’s nothing about “denying science” or “demonization of education” or “a need to control women’s bodies.”

Moreover, we’ll put the Tea Party’s record of civility and lawfulness up against the left-wing Occupy movement’s any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

That little girl Virginia, who famously wrote to a New York newspaper in 1897 to ask if there is a Santa Claus, noted in her letter: “Papa says, ‘If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.’”

To all the little Virginias of today: We’re so sorry to share this little dose of adult reality – but these days, if you see anything in the media about the Tea Party, you need to double check it.

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TParty
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TParty 09/04/12 - 10:29 am
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Voting for Romney will be

Voting for Romney will be voting for the same Bush policies, JTF, if you believe what he is saying today. Or, voting for Romney will be voting for a democrat, if you believe he'll run the White House like he did as Governor.

allhans
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allhans 09/04/12 - 04:35 pm
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TParty..The Bush Congress?

TParty..The Bush Congress? They spent like drunken _____(fill in the blank..Democrats). Congress passed a bill and Bush signed off on it. Thank goodness we have Romney this time.
We hear complaints about Bush passing the drug bill for the elderly but the Dems are now adding to it..Now..Isn't that something

TParty..Romney is no more like George Bush than Obama is like Bill Clinton. (Actually Obama has been more like Bush, he has continued his policies.) These people are individuals, they aren't clones.Smart people know that no two people are alike.
Obama is being juvenile and getting no where with that "going back" "black and white" "rabbit ears" j talk...

justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/04/12 - 10:36 am
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LOL

I'll take my chances with the unknown Romney vs the known President Obama. But, hey, keep pushing your man. It's what you should do. Although you really should stop the charade and come clean.

TParty
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TParty 09/04/12 - 10:41 am
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Allhans:

"Actually Obama has been more like Bush, he has continued all of his policies."

Yes!! Exactly!! This is what I don't understand- how can the left be so in love with Obama when is so much like Bush, continuing his policies?! And how can people who love Fox News and Bush hate Obama, call him a socialist when Obama is continuing the Bush policies?!

"Actually Obama has been more like Bush, he has continued all of his policies" needs to be said all the time.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 09/04/12 - 11:05 am
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People keep wanting to make

People keep wanting to make this an Obama/Bush election. That is not what it's all about. A lot of people were not happy with the Bush/Republican spending. Many were not aware of it until it became an issue during the collapse. But it is not the issue this election. We are aware of Bush's spending and we have seen Obama's spending and we have seen how much Obamacare and Stimulus I & II have added to those totals. And we have seen the results, or lack thereof. This is not an Obama/Bush election. This is now an anybody but Obama election about Obamacare, energy policy, size of government, intrusive government, anti-business, and wealth redistribution. I am not voting for or against Bush....I am voting against Obama and hopefully for someone who has been listening to the people who pay the bills instead of the people who speak from the sides of their mouth because the center of their mouth is clamped firmly on the government teat.

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Riverman1 09/04/12 - 11:14 am
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Bush Congress

When the Republicans had control of the Congress under Bush things were going along pretty good. When the Democrats got control in 2006 things fell apart.

Under Bush AND a Republican Congress regular gasoline sold for $2.19 a gallon, the unemployment rate was 4.5% and the DOW JONES hit a record high.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/04/12 - 11:26 am
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Listening to apologists for

Listening to apologists for Obama is like watching a Michael Moore film with fact-challenged theatrics. Or the Al Gore, Inconvenient Truth, film using styrofoam to appear like floating ice chunks.

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harley_52 09/04/12 - 11:36 am
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The Tea Party....

....wasn't called the "Tea Party" when it initially sprung up. It really didn't have a name. It was grown of American citizens of various political affiliations all sharing a common belief that the American government had grown too big and too intrusive, and that taxes were way too high. In fact, the name TEA was an acronym for "Taxed Enough Already" and it was never really a "Party" per se. The name Tea Party just seemed to go well with the historical event in Boston where citizens were similarly protesting a government too big, too intrusive, and too willing to raise taxes.

Many on the left (and even some on the right) have tried to tie the Tea Party to social issues. Never were social issues the purview of the movement. It was, and is, all about big government and high taxes.

The Editorial has it exactly right.

harley_52
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harley_52 09/04/12 - 11:56 am
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George W. Bush...

...will be treated well by historians, I believe. His response to the 9/11/01 attacks by radical Islamists was a stroke of genius. There's no way to know for sure, but I don't think there's been another President during my lifetime who could have done it better. And I'm further convinced that having Cheney and Rumsfeld on his team had a lot to do with the skill, fortitude, and tenacity with which we initially responded to the attack.

There are several areas where GWB can be fairly criticized, in my opinion. Most of them have to do with bending too far to accommodate liberals either in their feigned compassion for the "poor," or in their demands for political correctness, even in prosecuting wars. He was a big spender, not always for good reason and often without adequate regard for the deficit and debt. His biggest mistakes were failing to fight Iraq and Afghanistan to WIN, and leaving the democrats to deal (or not deal) with a nuclear Iran.

TParty
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TParty 09/04/12 - 12:23 pm
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dichotomy:

"We are aware of Bush's spending and we have seen Obama's spending and we have seen how much Obamacare and Stimulus I & II have added to those totals."

What is the Stimulus I & II?

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faithson 09/04/12 - 12:40 pm
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reality vs ideology

the reality is We as a nation must get our financial house in order. When ideological answers come from the Tea Party, they own them like dogma from a church, no compromise, a position in the body politic that marginalizes their message.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 09/04/12 - 12:50 pm
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TParty....Stimulus I was

TParty....Stimulus I was "the" $787 billion dollar stimulus of 2009.

The American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010 was commonly called Stimulus II.

TParty
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TParty 09/04/12 - 12:58 pm
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What is wrong with: Restoring

What is wrong with: Restoring credit to small businesses, extending tax incentives for American R&D and energy, rebuilding American infrastructure, expanding summer jobs for young people and providing tax relief for middle class American families??

dichotomy
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dichotomy 09/04/12 - 01:03 pm
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faithson.....It's about time

faithson.....It's about time SOMEBODY in this country had a little dogma about cutting spending and reducing the size of government. Dogma is exactly what we need when it comes to the simple principle of not spending more than we make. The only "marginalizing" I worry about is how this nation has been marginalized by the crazy amount of debt we have accrued and are still accruing.

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burninater 09/04/12 - 01:22 pm
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Chuck Norris has proclaimed

Chuck Norris has proclaimed that re-electing Obama will usher in 1,000 YEARS OF DARKNESS.

I fully agree that we need to bring government spending under control, but please don't let it be at the expense of mental health funding.

There's a boatload of looney trolling these waters.

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burninater 09/04/12 - 01:39 pm
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Oh, my mistake, it appears

Oh, my mistake, it appears the 1000 years of darkness began in 1964 when Goldwater was not elected. That's a relief, only 952 years of darkness left.

It's good that we can combine prophecy and apocalypse with our political discourse. It makes it easier for people to forget they have their own thoughts.

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happychimer 09/04/12 - 02:35 pm
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Hello jack234! I can hear

Hello jack234! I can hear that train justa tooting! Yeah!

KSL
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KSL 09/04/12 - 02:40 pm
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No need to knock on my door,

No need to knock on my door, jack.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 09/04/12 - 03:07 pm
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No burninator....the 1964

No burninator....the 1964 election ushered in 1000 years of the modern day welfare system.......which is pretty much the same thing as darkness for those trapped in the system and those paying for it.

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jack234 09/04/12 - 03:08 pm
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I will not discriminate, I

I will not discriminate, I will knock on all doors within knuckle reach. Everyone should have a chance to get on the Obama train. Some failed to get on the last time and my phone has been ringing off the hook with regrets. KSL, I will save you a seat up front with the engineer (me) like I did in "08. I might even let you blow the whistle one time as we roll down the tracks to Washington, again. Can't hardly wait until tonight. My eyes and ears will be glued to the convention where the par-tee is held. We will raise the roof tonight. I missed Gov. Cristie's speech. I checked all channels. Then, it occurred to me what channel he might be on. I checked, and he was not on the "food channell'. My bad, I shouldn't have said that. Oh well, got to go oil the wheels on the Obama train. We only burn clean coal. TOOT!! TOOT!! Rolling down the track to your house. TOOT! TOOT!

KSL
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KSL 09/04/12 - 03:17 pm
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Good post

Dichotomy

justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/04/12 - 03:21 pm
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Stay tuned

Looks like they may move the President's speech from the 74K seat Bank of America Stadium to the 20K seat Time Warner Arena. Apparently, dispite giving tickets away and busing in folks from the black churches, it appears the Dims are having trouble filling the stadium. Hey Jack, you may need less passenger cars on your train. LOL.

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allhans 09/04/12 - 04:42 pm
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Watching CSpan it appears

Watching CSpan it appears that most of the folks milling around around are not whites. Did they actually bus thes people In? I wonder wherre they slept. I saw where some of the poor was put out of their motel rooms to make room for visitors. The rates were going for $250.00 a night, they had no place to go. Perhaps they will be allowed to sleep in the buses that brought the out of towners in.

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Conservative Man 09/04/12 - 05:02 pm
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Then vs. now..

The spending spree under Bush's tenure was wrong. But what's happened under the so-called leadership of Obama is ineptitude on parade...

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DanK 09/04/12 - 05:27 pm
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The quoted description from

The quoted description from HBO's The Newsroom is right on target in every regard. The Tea Party is a group of radical right wing extremists. I wouldn't call them American Taliban, though. They are American fascists.

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 09/04/12 - 05:40 pm
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Wrong...

Look up the definition of "fascism"...The Obama administration is a classic example of the textbook definition of fascism.......

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allhans 09/04/12 - 06:43 pm
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And now the DNC has left the

And now the DNC has left the word God and the fact that Jerusalem is capital of Israel out of their platform after it was there last year. What does this tell us. Watch out, maybe.

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burninater 09/04/12 - 06:45 pm
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Fascism ( /ˈfæʃɪzəm/) is a

Fascism ( /ˈfæʃɪzəm/) is a radical authoritarian nationalist political ideology. Fascists seek elevation of their nation based on commitment to an organic national community where its individuals are united together as one people through national identity. They are united by suprapersonal connections of ancestry and culture through a totalitarian state that seeks the mass mobilization of the national community through discipline, indoctrination, physical training, and eugenics. Fascism seeks to eradicate perceived foreign influences that are deemed to be causing degeneration of the nation or of not fitting into the national culture.

Huh. Sounds like church. Except for the part where people are encouraged not to be fat.

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TParty 09/04/12 - 07:20 pm
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"And now the DNC has left the

"And now the DNC has left the word God and the fact that Jerusalem is capital of Israel out of their platform after it was there last year. What does this tell us. Watch out, maybe."

Yeah, I saw that on Fox News too. First of all, who cares about god, it's your personal belief. And secondly, was Afghanistan- a war we are currently in with people still dying- on the RNC platform? Because I didn't hear Romney say one word about it. Don't you think that is more important and telling?

EDIT: I downloaded the PDF file of the RNC. Afghanistan was mentioned 4 times. One in reference to brain injuries of those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The second mention was the toll the war in Afganistan put on Pakistan, and our strained relationship with Pakistan. The third mention is a complaint about troops being withdrawn from Afghanistan. And finally, the fourth mention was a thanks to Europe for helping out.

RNC: Iran was mentioned 8 times. Terrorists 17 times. Seniors and poor mentioned twice. Abortion 19 times. Debt and Deficit get a total of 23 times.

DNC: Afghanistan 18 times. Iran 19 times. Debt 5 times. Deficit 9 times. Seniors and Poor get a total of 8 mentions. Abortion 4 times. Israel does get 15 mentions.

Non-believers get zero mentions in both platforms... sad. :(

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Fiat_Lux 09/04/12 - 07:19 pm
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I think I'd far rather be called a fascist inaccurately

than accurately called an advocate for the murder of inconvenient unborn children.

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