Party hasn't stopped

Five years on, Tea Party continues fight for better, stronger America

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The testament to the strength of the Tea Party movement is that its mere mention still causes liberals to cringe.

It’s hard to believe it’s been five years.

That’s how long a peaceful yet consistently vocal organization of Americans has been fighting for our nation’s return to
rational economic policy and limited government – as envisioned by our Founding Fathers.

Seemingly overnight, groups mobilized nationwide to speak out against high taxes and high spending, and about how it’s high time our elected officials turn their reckless behavior around if America is to be saved.

It’s worth looking back to the first shot that started the grassroots revolution. Many people agree it began Feb. 19, 2009, on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, where CNBC reporter Rick Santelli launched into a spontaneous but erudite rant on the Obama administration’s mortgage bailout proposal announced the previous day.

In what Santelli calls “professionally the best five minutes of my life,” he suggested the economic stimulus was “promoting bad behavior” by rewarding people in foreclosure for buying homes they knew they couldn’t afford at the height of the housing bubble instead of looking out for those who lived responsibly.

“I’ll tell you what, I have an idea. You know the new administration’s big on computers and technology. How about this, (Mr.) President and new administration,” Santelli shouted. “Why don’t you put up a website to have people vote on the Internet as a referendum to see if we really want to subsidize the losers’ mortgages, or would we like to, at least, buy cars and buy houses in foreclosure and give them to people who might have a chance to actually prosper down the road, and reward people that could carry the water, instead of drink the water?”

Traders on the floor around him began to cheer and shout.

Santelli made a throwaway comment about having a tea party protest in Chicago – and with that, the movement
coalesced around the patriotic theme. Within days, concerned citizens staged dozens of heavily-attended protests across the country.

Now here we are five years hence. The Tea Party’s members and their ideas for turning America around have not gone away, though liberal mainstream media likely wish every day that they would.

It seems like every left-leaning talking head with access to a microphone has taken a slanderous shot at the Tea Party in the past five years. One CBS reporter even went as far as to compare good-hearted Tea Party patriots to the foot soldiers of radical Islam.

The latest roundup of Sunday-morning TV talk shows barely sniffed at the Tea Party’s anniversary. Credit ABC for at least inviting two Republicans to put things in perspective on This Week with George Stephanopoulos. One of them was Rich Lowry of National Review:

“This new generation of conservatives who were brought into the Senate because of the Tea Party,” Lowry said. “Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Ted Cruz – these are people (who) will have an impact for decades.”

CBS didn’t mention the anniversary at all. National Public Radio missed acknowledging the anniversary, even though it made sure to acknowledge the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street in 2012.

You remember Occupy. You might better recall its protesters’ recurrent chaos and lawlessness than the fizzling movement’s actual warped views on social and economic inequality.

But the Tea Party, now five years old, still is standing for meaningful issues and fighting for our country’s future.

And it’s always looking for new recruits.

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myfather15
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myfather15 03/04/14 - 06:53 am
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They won't mention it because

They won't mention it because the left is consumed with themselves and ANYONE who tried to detract from that, they hate!! They are also consumed with jealousy; especially for the Fox News Network!! They attempt to demean and discredit them, attacking them whenever and whereever they get the opportunity!! But Fox News simply hits back with RATINGS!!! Ever week, the PEOPLE give their credit to them, by the audience continuing to grow and SMASH left leaning news networks!!

This only fuels the hatred that is deep inside the left!! The narcissism of the left is so strong, they simply can't keep their mouths shut!! They must open their mouths, in an attempt to discredit those like the Tea party, no matter how legitimate it is!! If you can't beat them, call them names!! That's exactly what the left does!!

ymnbde
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ymnbde 03/04/14 - 07:03 am
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taxation with misrepresentation

that is one big pile of money in Washington
and it has corrupted the government
the tea party is simply a name put on the hard working people
who have always been voting
and behaving and helping others
and working and raising children
and basically doing all the right things to live
harmoniously with common sense and their neighbors
they don't need a government law to know what is right and wrong
that such people would have enemies and slanderers
shows the character of their enemies and slanderers
and their enemies and slanderers have caused
THREE SCHOOLS IN RICHMOND COUNTY HAD ZERO STUDENTS PASS THE AP EXAMS LAST YEAR!
that should get the outrage given by liberals to the tea party
that should be shown for what it is
and it is actually racism in practice

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TrukinRanger 03/04/14 - 07:48 am
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actually the tea party is a
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actually the tea party is a group invented by the ultra rich to trick the poor people into believing they are working in their interest. It has been designed for the religious right, the easily manipulated into doing the bidding of the 1%. This group is hateful, has no clue as to what really needs to be done and eventually will fail. You cannot have a right wing group out there by it's own. It was never a multi-party group. If you want real change keep out the right wing views.

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localguy55 03/04/14 - 07:54 am
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The left has been, for years,

The left has been, for years, making fun of, and dismissing the tea-party as radical fringe group. This administration has used the IRS against them to silence them. The main stream media has lied about them. And yet, we are still around.

Try as you might liberals but don't get too comfortable in your moocher lifestyle, the tea-party is not going away and sooner or later we will prevail.

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Riverman1 03/04/14 - 08:10 am
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Who Are Actually the Extremists and Whackos?

Liberal media calls the Tea Party dangerous extremists and whackos trying to destroy America. How in the world can people who simply want to cut spending be so vilified? We have people who pay no taxes screaming those paying don’t pay enough with the press glorifying such insanity. What have we come to?

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jimmymac 03/04/14 - 09:49 am
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TEA
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I've attended several TEA party rallies and I can honestly say most detractors have never been to a TEA party event. There's no racism, no hatred just honest Americans tired of what our government is doing with our tax money.

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deestafford 03/04/14 - 10:02 am
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The TEA PARTY has been an anathema and a thorn...

The TEA PARTY has been an anathema and a thorn in the sides of both the left and the establishment Republicans since its founding.

The beliefs of the TEA PARTY are simple: Smaller government. Individual Responsibility. Lower Taxes.

Those are the things the Founders used as the framework of our government.

The Founders fought against taxation without representative. Well, we have taxation with representation and I shudder to think what taxation without representation would be like.

localguy55
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localguy55 03/04/14 - 11:16 am
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deestafford

We are being misrepresented and lied to after the fact. So, as I see it we are not being represented by many of those we elected. The very few voices that are following up on what they were elected to do are being drown out by the Libs., establishment Republicans, and RINOs.

DanK
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DanK 03/04/14 - 12:22 pm
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A cacophony of conservative conformity

Exactly what is it that Americans are supposed to celebrate? The war on women, the poor, the elderly, the disabled, our veterans and the unemployed continues unabated. The struggle to transfer more and more of America's wealth into the hands of the richest, at the expense of the poor and middle class continues. The effort to turn America into a theocracy of intolerance continues. Thankfully, the tide has turned for these extremists. The percentage of Americans who agree with Tea Party politics is small and dwindling, but due to gerrymandering, we are destined to continue putting up with their cacophony of conformity and destructive extremism for awhile longer. Hopefully, America will fend off this assault, just as it has all other extremist movements historically, and emerge to regain its strength.

And now, let us see if I set a record for the number of thumbs-down votes here in the realm of conservative conformity. Because dissenting opinions are certainly not accepted here.

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dichotomy 03/04/14 - 12:22 pm
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There is no better testament

There is no better testament to the influence of an organization than having the administration use the power of the IRS to attack it.

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harley_52 03/04/14 - 12:32 pm
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Taxed Enough Already (TEA)....

...the founding premise of the Tea Party. No social agenda, nothing "extreme," not even a political "party" in the usual usage of the term.

The "Tea Party" is an idea. A notion. A belief in how America's government should be reformed. Smaller, less intrusive government and lower, non-punitive, non-wasteful taxes.

The overwhelming majority of American citizens are supporters of "Tea Party" principles. The left has done its damnedest to confuse the issue with all sorts of claims about the Tea Party being "extreme," or "racist," or anti-homosexual, or whatever.....ALL of it is baloney. Their ONLY hope to diminish it is to lie about it and demonize it. That's why they do it. It won't work.....

The Tea Party is alive and well and it will be a major factor in American politics forever, but most notably in November 2014 and 2016.

Don't believe anybody who tells you it won't be.

localguy55
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localguy55 03/04/14 - 12:43 pm
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Everyone

Just ignore DanK and don't respond to his comment. His words are antiquated wishful thinking in an time when a majority of the public are seeing through the lies his side is attempting to pass as fact. There is light at the end of the tunnel of tyranny and it is blinding the leftist.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 03/04/14 - 12:43 pm
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dank, celebrate your war on black kids! you're winning!

your side is really winning!
THREE SCHOOLS IN RICHMOND COUNTY HAD ZERO STUDENTS PASS THE AP EXAMS LAST YEAR!
maybe next year you can get it to four!
the unemployment rate for young black males is at an all time high!
you're winning!
when people can't read and can't get jobs, you win!
then even more people will believe your other "wars"
my goodness but racists make up the darndest things

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 03/04/14 - 02:30 pm
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editorial

"It’s hard to believe it’s been five years."

I wonder what "regular and moderate" Republicans say about this and about The Tea Party Members??!!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 03/04/14 - 02:35 pm
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editorial

"The testament to the strength of the Tea Party movement is that its mere mention still causes liberals to cringe."

Number one: I am of the FIRM belief that "regular and moderate" Republicans think this same way!!

Number two: If the Republican party elects a moderate to be your presidential candidate, this moderate Democrat MAY VERY WELL consider coming over to your side of politics!!

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corgimom 03/04/14 - 02:47 pm
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The liberals don't cringe

The liberals don't cringe about the Tea Party, they laugh.

They have proven to be ineffective and weak. Nobody would cringe or be afraid of them.

Remember when the AC told us the Tea Party was going to bring in sweeping changes?

Well, where are they? What are they?

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corgimom 03/04/14 - 02:50 pm
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Remember when the AC told us

Remember when the AC told us that "thousands" of people were going to be attending the Augusta Tea Party rally? We saw how that turned out.

News stations didn't mention the anniversary because it's not worth mentioning.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 03/04/14 - 02:59 pm
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GUESS YOU ARE RIGHT..when the

GUESS YOU ARE RIGHT..when the tea party helped take control of the house in 2010..we didnt realize how ungrateful the many rhinos .were...corg..you mock and laugh...do you have children or grandchildren??? what so funny about stealing from them and sticking them with an unsustainable debt..libs gotta be really proud of that..

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InChristLove 03/04/14 - 04:04 pm
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Corgimom, just how many

Corgimom, just how many turned out for the Rally? Do you even know? Were you here to witness it? What was the headcount?

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Bizkit 03/04/14 - 04:41 pm
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Funny how Dems always like to

Funny how Dems always like to talk about diversity and how great it is, but then like to pick on one particular faith and seem completely intolerant of the tea party political movement. Like freedom-means they want gay marriage but then want to eliminate the right to arms. Mindless isn't it.

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Bizkit 03/04/14 - 04:47 pm
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Well incumbent Rep are

Well incumbent Rep are shaking in their boots a tea party or anybody else will oust them out of power. People are sick of the ole school politicians. While Palin maybe an idiot Pelosi (we gotta pass this law to see what's in it) makes Palin look like Einstein.

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myfather15 03/04/14 - 04:51 pm
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There is no war on women, the

There is no war on women, the poor, the elderly, the disabled, our veterans and the unemployed!! Well, there actually is a war on our Veterans, coming from Obama and the leftists who dispise American Exceptionalism!! They are the ones cutting benefits to veterans and giving them PATHETIC health care!! The rest is nothing but left wing political WMD's!!

The LEFT lies and demagogues to further their point!! That is true and enough said!!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/04/14 - 05:22 pm
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Who would have thought Obama

Who would have thought Obama would have beat Hillary so my bet the next president will likely be a tea party candidate-just cause no one expects it.

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mrenee2003 03/04/14 - 10:18 pm
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Anniversary

Anybody happen to know how many showed for the extravaganza? Several news outlets reported that it was only a few hundred. I want to know if anyone has a reliable source. Perhaps the media didn't show because the partiers didn't show. If anyone is cringing at the TP, believe me, it's not because they're a threat.

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KSL 03/05/14 - 01:01 am
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The nature of tea party

The nature of tea party supporters would preclude them from taking time out to celebrate an aniversary.

myfather15
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myfather15 03/05/14 - 07:44 am
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Exactly KSL, they would be

Exactly KSL, they would be WORKING, to support the Occupy wall street BUMS, that NEVER work!!

Someone in this Country MUST WORK!! We can not ALL be bums, who sit around smoking weed and not showering for a week!! So WE must work so that they don't have too!! Thank you Obama!!

mrenee2003
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mrenee2003 03/05/14 - 09:29 am
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Ksl Mf

By that logic, that means they were unemployed at all of the other well-attended rallies in previous years. Let's assume your argument holds (they are busy working), why did the leadership spend all that money on an anniversary party at the Hyatt? Makes so sense. Fact is, they are losing steam and nobody is interested in their message, or more precisely, the way they sell their message.

myfather15
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myfather15 03/05/14 - 02:29 pm
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mrenee

It was a pun!! We shall see whether "nobody is interested" this November!! Right now, it isn't looking good at all for democrats. Especically with every democrat running away from the ACA, trying to denounce their support of it and distanting themselves from it.

But, It also wouldn't surprise me if they democrats do well!! People have actually become that shallow!! They listen to politicians WORDS only and the democrats are MUCH better with WORDS!! What democrats are not good at is actions!!

Like Benjamin Franklin once said "Once the people discover they can vote themselves money, it will herald an end to the republic." Democrats are taking advantage of those very words and the TRUTH behind them!! Because it IS TRUE, that if you tell people you'll give them everything, they will vote for you; whether or not you actually do anything for them or not!!

Democrats are masters of deception and lies!! And the people are just shallow enough to believe them!!

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AutumnLeaves 03/05/14 - 06:02 pm
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I am not surprised if

I am not surprised if thousands of people were not in attendance to the Tea Party rally. I happened to be off work that day so I had some free time I could go and there were many people there, but a few hundred maybe at most. Most tea party supporters or interested persons have JOBS or are SEEKING jobs and have other responsibilities not always compatible with being available for political rallies. As far as another poster saying they must have been unemployed at other rallies, not likely, it was more likely it was just a holiday, weekend, or a day that was more easier to take the day off, like a Friday. If I remember correctly, the Tea Party rally I attended was not on a Fri, Sat, or Sun.

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Darby 03/06/14 - 06:50 pm
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"Exactly what is it that Americans are supposed

to celebrate? The war on women, the poor, the elderly, the disabled, our veterans and the unemployed continues unabated."

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All distorted figments of the fertile but diseased liberal imagination!

You want to see a real war on women, look to failing but growing welfare programs that assure that they will remain dependent and NEVER climb their way out of poverty. Look to Obama care. A program that forces millions out of the middle class down into poverty.

These are facts that CAN be substantiated as opposed to the crap that oozes constantly from the DNC and their subservient media at CNN and MSNBC, etc.

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