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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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specsta
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specsta 09/04/12 - 06:22 pm
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The Quiet, Gentle Tea Party...

It's no surprise that the Chronicle Editorial Staff would be in support of the Tea Party.

http://www.naacp.org/news/entry/naacp-delegates-vote-to-repudiate-racist...

The Tea Party attracts extremists who have no problem spouting off their racist vitriol concerning our President. Their only goal, at whatever cost, is to see the nation's first African-American President removed from office.

It's no wonder that The Atlantic magazine has a cover story this month called "Fear of a Black President".

TParty
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TParty 09/04/12 - 06:33 pm
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Can we stop with the "Your group is racist" talk?

The Tea Party are not racists, okay. Can we agree on that? Are there white people who don't much care for black folks and others in the Tea Party? Sure. When you have such a large group, there are going to be jerks around. But the party is not racist, and does not have a platform supporting it.

I do not call the democrats racists, even though it's a large group of people that most certainly have people that are jerks involved in the party. Liberals, democrats can agree there are black people who do not like people for simply being white? And they vote and support democrats.... right? But the party isn't racist. There are even white folks who don't like others in the democratic party. It's not an either/or. There are jerks everywhere... in both parties, in all sectors of life.

So stop with the racist talk.

Sargebaby
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Sargebaby 09/04/12 - 07:05 pm
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Still blaming Bush for sins

Still blaming Bush for sins of the last four administrations! That's rich!

carcraft
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carcraft 09/04/12 - 07:05 pm
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Specsta I don't like Obama

Specsta I don't like Obama because he is a narcissus, lying, egotistical clown who let his alligator mouth over load his canary butt! If they press didn't cover for Obama he would not have been elected! Obama once said he could cut world poverty in half! Obama promised to cut the deficit in half, yet we have trillion dollar deficits every year. I sent money to Herman Cain and love Allen West. West put his career on the line for his troops!

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harley_52 09/04/12 - 07:05 pm
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Where Did You Find...

...that odd definition of "fascism," burninater?

It's nothing like any I've read previously. But I suppose if you're looking for one that minimizes the fascist elements of what's going on in the Obama Administration to more typical descriptions of "fascism" then you've accomplished your mission.

burninater
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burninater 09/04/12 - 07:09 pm
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These are the citations for

These are the citations for "that odd definition". I suppose it is odd, if the new definition is "whatever the administration I am dissatisfied with does".

Turner, Henry Ashby, Reappraisals of Fascism. New Viewpoints, 1975. p. 162. States fascism's "goals of radical and authoritarian nationalism".
^ Larsen, Stein Ugelvik, Bernt Hagtvet and Jan Petter Myklebust, Who were the Fascists: Social Roots of European Fascism, p. 424, "organized form of integrative radical nationalist authoritarianism"
^ a b Grčić, Joseph. Ethics and Political Theory (Lanham, Maryland: University of America, Inc, 2000) p. 120
^ Blamires, Cyprian, World Fascism: a Historical Encyclopedia, Volume 1 (Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, Inc., 2006) p. 140-141, 670.
^ Robert O. Paxton. The Anatomy of Fascism. First Vintage Books Edition. New York, New York, USA: Vintage Books, 2005. pp. 144.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 09/04/12 - 07:10 pm
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That is completely absurd, Specsta

Surely you have better analytical skills than to fall for the idea that rejecting Obutthead has nothing to do with what he has done while in office and only to do with his race. And, in reality, he is as white as he is black.

Your comment is the epitome of racism, and you insult me and innumerable others by insinuating we can't judge for ourselves when faced with such blatant evidence, just what a bad President he has been vis a vis the American ideal and the liberties granted by our Constitution.

For shame.

jack234
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jack234 09/04/12 - 07:14 pm
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I am watching the convention

I am watching the convention on c-span and it has me all excited. I can't hardly sit down. C-span without all the commentary. No spin, just the facts. I am so excited, I don't want to leave the TV. The REP convention was so dull. I am so excited I might go crank up the Obama Train and toot the whistle a few times. You might hear it in your neighborhood and give me the thumbs-up. I guess all those old republicans made it back home safe. My bad, I shouldn't have said that. But I will say, TOOT! TOOT! with no apologies. Again, TOOT! TOOT!!!

KSL
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KSL 09/04/12 - 07:21 pm
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Quick, get somebody some Gas X

Quick, get somebody some Gas X.

KSL
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KSL 09/04/12 - 07:29 pm
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Specsta

Can you explain something to me? Tparty folks oppose Obama because they are basically racists. But many gleefully support Alan West, Herman Cain, Condi and countless others. Square that up for me.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 09/04/12 - 07:53 pm
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Just wish

my post by Michael Richards was not pulled today.

It stated well why only the Whites are Racist.

harley_52
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harley_52 09/04/12 - 07:54 pm
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Here Is A More...

...thoughtful and rational description of what "fascism" means along with some historical background. Read it for yourselves and make your own judgements about whether or not it sounds like what's happening with the current Administration and ask yourself what might happen during the next four years if they remain in charge.

"Mussolini defined fascism as a collectivistic ideology in opposition to socialism, classical liberalism, democracy and individualism. He wrote in The Doctrine of Fascism:

Anti-individualistic, the fascist conception of life stresses the importance of the State and accepts the individual only insofar as his interests coincide with those of the State, which stands for the conscience and the universal will of man as a historic entity…. The fascist conception of the State is all-embracing; outside of it no human or spiritual values can exist, much less have value…. Fascism is therefore opposed to that form of democracy which equates a nation to the majority, lowering it to the level of the largest number…. We are free to believe that this is the century of authority, a century tending to the 'right', a Fascist century. If the nineteenth century was the century of the individual we are free to believe that this is the 'collective' century, and therefore the century of the State.[13]

Since Mussolini, there have been many conflicting definitions of the term fascism. Former Columbia University Professor Robert O. Paxton has written that:

Fascism may be defined as a form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation, or victim-hood and by compensatory cults of unity, energy, and purity, in which a mass-based party of committed nationalist militants, working in uneasy but effective collaboration with traditional elites, abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or legal restraints goals of internal cleansing and external expansion."[14]

Paxton further defines fascism's essence as:

…a sense of overwhelming crisis beyond reach of traditional solutions; 2. belief one’s group is the victim, justifying any action without legal or moral limits; 3. need for authority by a natural leader above the law, relying on the superiority of his instincts; 4. right of the chosen people to dominate others without legal or moral restraint; 5. fear of foreign 'contamination.' "[14]"

http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Fascism

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 09/04/12 - 07:58 pm
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I have one word for it

I have one word for it all....Treason.

burninater
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burninater 09/04/12 - 08:09 pm
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Harley, replace "State" with

Harley, replace "State" with "Church" in the Mussolini definition. Interesting.

And the Paxton definition has remarkable similarities of the far Right reaction to pretty much any Democratic administration.

"a form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation, or victim-hood"?

It's like he was weaned on ACES editorials.

KSL
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KSL 09/04/12 - 08:10 pm
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That applies, Willow.

That applies, Willow.

specsta
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specsta 09/04/12 - 08:11 pm
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Similars Attract

There is a reason that the Tea Party attracts individuals who have no problem bearing signs that call our President all manner of racist names and disrespectful terms.

There is something about the Tea Party agenda that fosters this environment of disrespect.

Also, politicians like Allen West (who was brought up on charges of violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice for torture), Condi Rice (one of the Iraq War architects of deception) and Herman Cain (9-9-9, bless the rich and tax the poor) are not the kind of people that anyone should be bragging about.

burninater
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burninater 09/04/12 - 08:12 pm
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…a sense of overwhelming

…a sense of overwhelming crisis beyond reach of traditional solutions; 2. belief one’s group is the victim, justifying any action without legal or moral limits; 3. need for authority by a natural leader above the law, relying on the superiority of his instincts; 4. right of the chosen people to dominate others without legal or moral restraint; 5. fear of foreign 'contamination.' "[14]"

-----

And this line? Wow. Is that the 2nd amendment remedy, or the Nugent "I'll be in jail" mentality, or the calls for secession by various far Right voices, or ...

KSL
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KSL 09/04/12 - 08:13 pm
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Church?

Church?

harley_52
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harley_52 09/04/12 - 08:13 pm
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"Just Wish my post by Michael Richards.... was not pulled today.

.... was not pulled today."

Another victim of Political Correctness, CG.

jack234
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jack234 09/04/12 - 08:16 pm
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Perhaps the tea party

Perhaps the tea party realizes that neither of the three listed could be elected to national office. TOOT! TOOT! on down the track.

KSL
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KSL 09/04/12 - 08:21 pm
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Watched a video today of

Watched a video today of people in Virginia. Did not see a single racist sign. Some you could call disrespectful. Don't thing conservatives have a lock on disrespectful. At least I didn't see anyone dressed up as part of female or male anatomy.

harley_52
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harley_52 09/04/12 - 08:24 pm
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"Is that the 2nd amendment remedy,..

...or the Nugent "I'll be in jail" mentality, or the calls for secession by various far Right voices, or ..."

Neither. It's a fairly apt description of the way the Obama Administration currently governs America and a preview of what's in store if he gets reelected.

Congress won't pass the laws you demand? Ignore them and rule by executive fiat. Threaten the Supreme Court. Refuse to pass a budget. Reward your cronies with billions of dollars of taxpayer funds through fake "green energy" projects and small businesses destined for failure, but funded because the elite few decide to reward them anyway. Buy General Motors with billions of taxpayer dollars and then give it to the Administrations labor union cronies.

Fascism. Alive and well right here in the USA. A vote for Obama is a vote for fascism. Fortunately for most of us, I don't think Obama has a prayer in the next election.

The Administration

KSL
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KSL 09/04/12 - 08:27 pm
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And Obama has done nothing to

And Obama has done nothing to earn respect. Plenty to buy votes, though. He continues to have little knowledge of earning, but he is well versed in buying, Chicago style.

KSL
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KSL 09/04/12 - 08:33 pm
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Spec, whether you agree or

Spec, whether you agree or disagree with the individuals I brought up, you can't claim racism. Time to give up on that lame whine.

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allhans 09/04/12 - 09:34 pm
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What will happen to a country

What will happen to a country that is becoming more and more incapable of any moral responsibilty.
No belief in God, no value on the unborn (and too often each other..note local police reports and a special long look at Chicago)....

I shudder for their souls.

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