Liberals love GOP senator

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U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is certainly popular with Democrats, if not with the Republicans who elected him to office. MSNBC host Chris Matthews called Graham his favorite Republican senator, while U.S. Sen. Michael Bennett, D-Colo., cites him as a “good” Republican.

Why all this liberal love for our senior senator?

Graham is a supporter and cheerleader of most of the liberal agenda. He supports cap-and-trade, President Obama’s judicial nominees and National Security Agency surveillance on American citizens, while opposing key conservative initiatives such as tort reform.

Graham’s support for amnesty for illegal aliens is a wonderfully delicious morsel for his liberal friends. Passage of such legislation will guarantee Democratic majorities for generations and they know it – even as Graham turns a blind eye to the implications.

Liberals also love Graham’s arrogantly condescending attitude towards his fellow Republicans. To Graham, his opponents in the GOP are “angry white guys” and “bigots.” To Republicans who disagree with him he thunders: “If you don’t like me, there’s the door.” It’s all beautiful music to liberal ears.

And of course, Graham reciprocates the love. He calls Ted Kennedy “one of the most principled men I’ve ever met,” and gushes that Hillary Clinton was “a smart, prepared, serious senator” whose “political future is both unpredictable and unlimited.”

Frankly, it’s Republicans who need to show Graham the door. Graham certainly has no love for his own party.

Teri Sullivan

Aiken, S.C.

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deestafford 12/20/13 - 01:13 am
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I only hope and pray that whoever...

I only hope and pray that whoever wins in the primary to see who runs against him has the guts to lay it all out on the line as to what an insider he has become. He acts like this it 50 years ago whereby he can come home and talk a good game to the home folks and then go back to DC and continue his RHINO ways.

There is enough ammunition against him to easily send him packing. I'm not sure who his backers are in SC but they should be concerned...very concerned.

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GACopprhed 12/20/13 - 03:11 am
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More insanity from the

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More insanity from the minority who don't know what they are talking about. Tea Party is going to disappear, sooner or later. Let's all pray it's sooner. They have to come up with acronyms and schoolyard little child misspelled insults, because they have nothing else. Even John Boehner is tired of the junk. Grow some intelligence, Tea Party.

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bubbasauce 12/20/13 - 04:37 am
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Grow some intelligence Tea

Grow some intelligence Tea Party? Are you kidding me? The Tea party are every day Americans who are sick and tired of being taxed to death so people such as you can sit around all day and watch soap operas or reality shows. What a joke. Next time you go grocery shopping how about picking me up some of them rib eyes that I refuse to buy so they can redistribute my income. I am sure I've totally lost you on that.

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GACopprhed 12/20/13 - 04:49 am
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bubbasauce, your post shows

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bubbasauce, your post shows that you don't know me. I work 50-60 hours a week in a good, respectable job. I pay my taxes, without trying to get every deduction that I can. Do you? Do you deduct your religious donations? I don't. You obviously have no idea who it is out there who are getting assistance, and the majority aren't the people you are presuming to know, but that's ok. Things will continue to go Democrat as long as there's the Tea Party.

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carcraft 12/20/13 - 07:02 am
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Gacopperhed is right, the

Gacopperhed is right, the Democrats have shown the people they can vote themselves a check from the treasury! Food stamps up, disability up, lowest employment participation in decades. Who doesn't want more of that. Oh lets tax the producers till their as poor as the moohers.

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nofanofobama 12/20/13 - 07:06 am
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GA .we do know who you

GA .we do know who you are...a progresseive liberal who is like all progressive' quility of the tenth commandment and mad about everything...you like to insult your opponents..and if you think things are going well under OBUMLER , you are delusional and you are in the minority in all the recent polls...and if you want to give more taxes to the feds.go right ahead...they will just waste it

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GACopprhed 12/20/13 - 07:28 am
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They can't spell, use correct

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They can't spell, use correct grammar or punctuation and have no humanity. That is the Tea Party. They call themselves "producers". I call them Scrooges, and throughout history, society and Christianity has railed against what they stand for; no humility, no humanity and no charity. The Tea Party advocates the same type of laws as Sharia, yet they try to pass bills against Sharia. This is hypocrisy at it's height, when they run admitted adulterers and defend drug addicts, as long as they like the politics. They shut down the government, costing the rest of us TAXPAYERS 24 billion dollars. To quote the Speaker of the House, "they've lost all credibility".

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TrukinRanger 12/20/13 - 07:38 am
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GA - just ignore them.

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GA - just ignore them. Eventually this pocket of uniformed, backwards thinking people will disappear. The teapublicans are on the way out the door and the sooner the better. If the republican party doesn't get up-to-date then it will disappear as well. They claim they need to reach out in grass roots campaigns to get new blood into the party, but they still do get the fact that their party is out dated and their backwards views are no longer the majority of the nation.

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InChristLove 12/20/13 - 08:17 am
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I'm a little late responding

I'm a little late responding to GAC and I'm sure she has high-tailed it out of here by now (as always) but GAC, since you don't take deductions and don't seem to care that you give the governement your money why would you be concerned about the government shutting down and costing taxpayers (yourself) more money. After all you don't mind giving it to them.

And to find fault with someone's spelling and grammar just to demean a person is just rude and childish. This nana-nana boo-boo mentality is ridiculous and you wish to speak about Christianity....you talk the talk but don't walk the walk.

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GACopprhed 12/20/13 - 08:39 am
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ICL, I demeaned an entire

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ICL, I demeaned an entire party, not any particular person, so that no PERSONAL offense is taken. It is common, since the less educated and more selfish are the ones who usually go for the "they're taking our money" type of mantra. It's the same idiocy that led to the Civil War, and to the rise of Nazi Germany. Hitler railed about many of the same things and used the same tactics being used by the Tea Party against the Jews. the Tea Party's religious side sounds no different than the extremist Muslims, and sounds TOTALLY unlike those of Jesus, who they claim to follow. In reference to the money that the Tea Party game cost, not ONE penny is worth what the Tea Party advocated for and lost.....again...and again....and again. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results. The only result they get is to become less popular than they already were. I also seem to see a personal insult towards me in your post, ICL, but whose actions, willingness to help the poor, or judging who is worthy, is more Christlike?

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Bodhisattva 12/20/13 - 08:41 am
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It's so handy being a right

It's so handy being a right winger. Look at all of the money and travel time you save by not having to go to Disney when you have Fantasyland in your head 24/7. I know easily hundreds of liberals and none, zero, nada, zilch love Lindsey Graham. His opponents and the Tea Party want to take the nation back to 50 years ago. Pre Civil Rights Act, pre Voting Rights Act, pre Medicare, pre Medicaid, pre school integration. They just don't want the same tax rates, the same rate of unionization, or the draft. All of those rich kids being inductees? The again, maybe we should try it.

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carcraft 12/20/13 - 08:55 am
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I can't spell and never could

I can't spell and never could spell very well. Gacopperhed you should read your Bible more. If a man won't provide for his family he is worse than an unbeliever. That's found in 1st Timothy 5:8. Yet liberals think it is OK to foster behavior and set up systems to allow people to avoid the responsibility of providing for their families. Liberals think it OK to be generous, with other people's money. As to your other accusations look at the area where a Tea Party rally was held then compare to condition of the area after an occupy wallstreet, million what ever march and all the other liberal gatherings. Let's compare rhetoric to reality (something the current liberal in the White House has trouble with)! About generosity, Joe Biden's tax return says it all!

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nocnoc 12/20/13 - 08:57 am
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There is a reason there is a word called RINO

Mr. Graham, does appear to be a,

Republican In Name Only

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GACopprhed 12/20/13 - 09:06 am
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To the Tea Party.....look at

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To the Tea Party.....look at the last Presidential candidate's little recorded description of the "47%" and then look at the country's response to it. It didn't mirror those of the narrow-minded, judgmental ideals of the Tea Party. Thankfully, the REAL Republican Party has finally had enough of it and is fighting back. We do need real conservatives as we need real progressives to balance each others' views, but the ONE thing that this great country DOESN'T need is to go back to the Civil War standards and ideas that those in the Tea Party would like to see.

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GACopprhed 12/20/13 - 09:08 am
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Ya'll must really hate what

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Ya'll must really hate what Pope Francis stands for.....

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InChristLove 12/20/13 - 09:19 am
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No personal insult at all

No personal insult at all GAC, just calling it as I see it. I never read where Christ condemn someone who could spell or speak as well as He. You condemn the Tea Party, as you say as a whole. Your quote "They can't spell, use correct grammar or punctuation and have no humanity." Sure sounds pretty personal to me and not a general comment about what they stand for. Do you even know what the Tea Party platform is? I seriously doubt it.

1. They want our governemt to be fiscally responbile and elimnate excessive taxes.
2. By being fiscally conservative we can elinimate the National Debt
3. Responsible adults balance their check book at home, why doesn't our government be responsible and balance our government budget.
4. The Tea Party wants to protect the Free Market. A free enterprise system allows businesses to thrive, providing better services and products
5. This one should be self explanatory. Abide by the Constitution of the United States
6. Promote Civic Responsiblity (self explanatory)
7. Reducing the overall size of our Government will result in reducing our deficit spending.
8. The Tea Party believes in the American people. Government of the people B Y THE PEOPLE.
9. Avoid the pitfalls of Politics which has become burdened with big money and lobbyist.
10. They want to maintain local indepence and are a peaceful movement. One who disavows hate speech and violence, and values opinions and views even if they do not all agree.

GAC, please show me in the Tea Party platform where they do not want to help the poor or judge who is worthy? Sounds to me their issue isn't against others but against our worthless government.

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nofanofobama 12/20/13 - 09:23 am
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ga --i would rather

ga --i would rather occansionally misspell etc...than expose hatred and ridicule because my ideas are bankrupt...a sign of intelligence is to discuss ideas ....yet you like to paint everyone who disagree with you with a broad brush...as my grand daddy told me years ago..there is no one more intolerant than a self proclaimed tolerant liberal...debate the issues, we will all be better served...

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GACopprhed 12/20/13 - 09:37 am
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The issues have been debated,

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The issues have been debated, and the majority of our government sides with me. Time will complete the job. Who is in the government reflects more the peoples' opinions than current surveys or what Fox News and Rush says.

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InChristLove 12/20/13 - 09:41 am
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GAC, can you please explain

GAC, can you please explain to us what it is that Pope Francis stands for?

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nofanofobama 12/20/13 - 09:42 am
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ga---using your logic if i

ga---using your logic if i make a disparaging remark about the blacks, no one in particular is hurt...and i shoud not be held accountable for my comments...

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robert2410 12/20/13 - 09:42 am
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Being told to grow

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Being told to grow intelligence by GAC is akin to being told to be dignified by Miley Cyrus

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nofanofobama 12/20/13 - 09:47 am
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history has shown your side

history has shown your side is wrong...show me where redistribution has worked and centralized planning....and it the height of arrogrance to say that anothers person opinion doesnt matter...i thank the good lord every morning driving to work that i have so much in this great country..it must hurt to always be so bitter..

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carcraft 12/20/13 - 09:49 am
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Gacopperhed "the majority

Gacopperhed "the majority side with me "? Latest poles I have seen show Romney would beat Obama today. Poles show majority believe Obama isn't trust worthy. Poles show majority believe big government is the major threat to America. Poles show majority want Obama care repealed. The next election will determine if the poling data is correct. Democrats running for election act like the poling is correct!

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Humble Angela 12/20/13 - 09:56 am
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"More insanity from the

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"More insanity from the minority who don't know what they are talking about."

This from the person who just yesterday opened with his/her best argument of "Blah, blah, blah."

When you establish yourself with such credible arguments, who can debate you?

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deestafford 12/20/13 - 10:01 am
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There was a recent poll by the NY Times...

There was a recent poll by the NY Times analyzing the education level of the members of the Tea Party versus that of liberals. What they found (I'm sure much to their dismay) was that at all ages groups the Tea Party members were more educated than the liberals.

I think the TEA Party members are more likely to look at a situation in depth than merely look at talking points as does the left.

I would like for those who criticize the TEA Party to cite their source(s) of their information as to the TEA Party and its objectives. If I had studied and believed what I see the liberals here saying about the TEA Party I would not like them either; however, I have done my studying of original source information and participation of the TEA Party to reach my positions.

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Humble Angela 12/20/13 - 10:06 am
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GAC....yesterday you also

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GAC....yesterday you also claimed that the GOP had a meeting where they discussed opposing EVERYTHING Obama proposed.....you failed to provide evidence that the meeting every occurred......speaking of not knowing what you are talking about.

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deestafford 12/20/13 - 10:06 am
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Would it be possible...

Would it be possible for the resident liberals to cite the portion of the Constitution which justifies Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Obamaphones, Food Stamps, WIC etc.? Please go to the Constitution itself and not to some court ruling. I'm searching for original source information/guidance not what a majority of the SCOTUS said.

Let's just do this as an exercise as if we had only the Constitution as written by the Founders as our guide.

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teaparty 12/20/13 - 10:08 am
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"The Tea Party advocates the

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"The Tea Party advocates the same type of laws as Sharia, yet they try to pass bills against Sharia."
GAC, that statement proves you are to ignorant for me to have a discussion with

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GACopprhed 12/20/13 - 10:42 am
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GAC, that statement proves you are to ignorant for me to have a

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Now that's humor. To try to legislate morality:anti-gay marriage laws, to constantly advocate for Christian prayers in schools, to try to influence educational systems against evolution and for Creationism. All these are directly opposed to the Constitution's mandate against respecting or establishing a religion. This is a secular government, intended to be that way by the Founders. Thomas Jefferson was the first to describe a "wall of separation between church and state". Any laws intended to force religious views on others is no different from Sharia law and is opposed to the 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. There's NOTHING to discuss, the Constitution said it, the Supreme Court has upheld it.

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itsanotherday1 12/20/13 - 11:10 am
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Here is the platform

Where does it mention gay marriage? Religion?

1. Eliminate Excessive Taxes - Excessively high taxes are a burden for those exercising their personal liberty to work hard and prosper as afforded by the Constitution. A fiscally responsible government protects the freedom of its citizens to enjoy the fruits of their own labor without interference from a government that has exceeded its necessary size, scope and reach into the lives of its citizens.

“Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.” --Calvin Coolidge

“A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government.” --Thomas Jefferson

“Any tax is a discouragement and therefore a regulation.” --Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

2. Eliminate the National Debt - By implementing fiscally conservative policies at all levels of government, progress can be made toward eliminating the U.S. National Debt. Massive increases in the National Debt have created and continue to create a huge burden for the next generation of Americans, thus imperiling the country’s short-term and long-term economic health and prosperity.

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” --Abraham Lincoln

“If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” --Thomas Paine, 1776

“As on the one hand, the necessity for borrowing in particular emergencies cannot be doubted, so on the other, it is equally evident that to be able to borrow upon good terms, it is essential that the credit of a nation should be well established.” --Alexander Hamilton, 1790

Tea Party Platform continued:

3. Eliminate Deficit Spending - All deficit spending must be eliminated immediately. We insist that government representatives at all levels maintain a fiscally responsible budget and balance the books as would be expected of any American business.

“Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.” --George Washington

“A penny saved is a penny earned.” --Benjamin Franklin

“Tomorrow, every Fault is to be amended; but that Tomorrow never comes.” --Benjamin Franklin

Tea Party Platform - Home of the Tea Party Movement Platform continued:

4. Protect Free Markets - America’s free enterprise system allows businesses to thrive as they compete in the open marketplace and strive toward ever better services and products. Allowing free markets to prosper unfettered by government interference is what propelled this country to greatness with an enduring belief in the industriousness and innovations of the populace.

“That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.” --Abraham Lincoln

“You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.” --Abraham Lincoln

“The government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” --Ronald Reagan

5. Abide by the Constitution of the United States - The U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land and must be adhered to without exception at all levels of government. This includes the Bill of Rights and other Amendments to the U.S. Constitution and their provisions designed to protect states’ rights and individual liberties.

“A general Dissolution of Principles & Manners will more surely overthrow the Liberties of America than the whole Force of the Common Enemy.” --Samuel Adams, 1779

“The Constitution is the guide which I will never abandon.” --George Washington

“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.” --Abraham Lincoln

6. Promote Civic Responsibility - Citizen involvement at the grassroots level allows the voice of the American people to be heard and directs the political behaviors of our representatives at both the local and national level so they, in turn, may be most effective in working to preserve the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness of this country’s citizens.

“The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.” --Patrick Henry

“To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.” --Abraham Lincoln

“Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light” --George Washington

“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” --Thomas Jefferson

7. Reduce the Overall Size of Government - A bloated bureaucracy creates wasteful spending that plagues our government. Reducing the overall size, scope and reach of government at both local and national levels will help to eliminate inefficiencies that result in deficit spending which adds to our country’s debt.

“My observation is that whenever one person is found adequate to the discharge of a duty...it is worse executed by two persons, and scarcely done at all if three or more are employed therein.” --George Washington

“If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy.” --Samuel Adams, 1802

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” --Benjamin Franklin

8. Believe in the People - The American people, given their guaranteed freedoms, will thrive in a democratic, capitalist environment which allows individuals to strive toward ever greater achievements, innovations and the efficient production of needed and valued goods and services.

“Industry need not wish.” --Benjamin Franklin

“Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.” --Abraham Lincoln

“The people will save their government, if the government itself will allow them.” --Abraham Lincoln

9. Avoid the Pitfalls of Politics - American politics is burdened by big money from lobbyists and special interests with an undue influence on the peoples’ representatives. The Tea Party movement is seen as a threat to the entrenched political parties and thus is the continual target of smear campaigns and misrepresentation of its ideals. We choose not to respond to these attacks except to strongly and explicitly disavow any and all hate speech, any and all violence as well as insinuations of violence, and any and all extreme and fringe elements that bring discredit to the Tea Party Movement. We are a peaceful movement and respect other's opinions and views even though they do not agree with our own. We stand by the Tea Party beliefs and goals and choose to focus our energies on ensuring that our government representatives do the same.

“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.” --Abraham Lincoln

“Honesty is the best policy.” --Benjamin Franklin

“Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” --George Washington

10. Maintain Local Independence - The strength and resilience of a grassroots movement is the ability of citizens at the local level to determine their own platforms, agendas and priorities free of an overriding central leadership. Exercising the clearly stated message of the Tea Party movement by its nature involves discourse about which policies and candidates best hold to our stated principles, and these various opinions should flourish and evolve at the local level.
“Here sir, the people govern.” --Alexander Hamilton in a speech to the New York Ratifying Convention, 1788

“Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories.” --Samuel Adams, 1781

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