Tea parties are symptom of outrage

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The letter from Lowell Greenbaum ("Republicans brewing some bitter tea," April 20) is an insult to all the Americans who participated in recent "tea party" protests.

The protests were not for the benefit of the GOP. What Greenbaum, Newt Gingrich and Paul Broun, other long-time political participants and even our own political representatives, along with the liberal media, do not understand is that this is about the failure of the two major parties and the government to serve the people and the country. They ignore the governing documents that are the cornerstones of our republic.

Feeling like aliens in a strange land, we ordinary Americans have seen the rule of law, our freedom and liberty, perverted by the judicial branch of government and the U.S. Constitution stomped on by both the executive and legislative branches of government. President Obama and the present Congress are just the tipping point.

Far from being "little girls' tea parties," the protests are the volcanic bubbling up from the silent majority who are finally speaking up, stepping out and treading the path back to the America intended by the Founding Fathers. It is the warning rumble of citizens who are saying "Enough is enough!"

We are Americans! We stand firmly alongside the spirits of Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and all the signers of the U.S. Constitution who gave their lives and their fortunes for freedom and liberty under God. We are, first and foremost, Americans! The Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, character, principles and a nation under God all stand at our backs and uphold us.

Mr. Greenbaum should understand that it's not about Republicans, Democrats or any other political party. The volcano is just beginning to rumble. We are Americans!

Bonnie Alba

Aiken, S.C.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 04/24/09 - 02:42 am
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Well said Bonnie. The TEA

Well said Bonnie. The TEA parties are not partisan, but ALL of the opposition seems to be.

GGpap
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GGpap 04/24/09 - 03:11 am
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PT, for once you are correct,

PT, for once you are correct, concerning the TEA parties; they were nonpartisan. BUT, the organizers, promoters, and those that cover them in the far right media ARE, beyond a doubt, partisan! Further, SOME of the opposition is also nonpartisan; we are merely amazed at the number of folks that would gather to protest a matter that is really not the major concern that should be protested in America today; namely: the corruption in government on both sides of he aisle, lobbyists deciding the course of America rather than our elected representatives, and the outright violations of our moral upbringing and of the Geneva Convention. I won't even go to the shredding of the Constitution. GGpap

CH
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CH 04/24/09 - 06:42 am
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GGAP, didn't your boy say he

GGAP, didn't your boy say he was going to eliminate all of this with his "change?" Looks like mo de same with this bunch in office. Of course, according to O, I'm just an arrogant American.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 04/24/09 - 07:07 am
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Yes GGpap and retarded army,

Yes GGpap and retarded army, the brown shirts are back. O can do no wrong.

shivas
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shivas 04/24/09 - 07:28 am
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These tea parties are really

These tea parties are really taking steam. When you have the power houses showing-up that's listed in this letter, then you know there's a change in the air. Blocker-Adams is a fast rising Republican star. Known nationally. Probably will get to share a oxycodone or 2 with Rush pretty soon.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 04/24/09 - 07:53 am
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Very Dem understanding

Very Dem understanding shivas. Your party is proud of your "loyalty".

ITDoc
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ITDoc 04/24/09 - 08:18 am
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GG: "It's the economy,

GG: "It's the economy, stupid."

1941
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1941 04/24/09 - 08:25 am
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Why was the volcano silent

Why was the volcano silent for the past eight years? You people can say what you want, but we all know why the volcano, is about to bubble over.Bring it on.

Steve Wylie
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Steve Wylie 04/24/09 - 08:29 am
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I would be glad to either

I would be glad to either support or argue these tea parties, but the truth is that after so much coverage of them, I still do not understand what people are angry about. I do see the agitators on the right encouraging tea parties, and I do see people on the left making great humor of them. In the end, I am left with only this conclusion: the teabaggers are a mob of tools. You think you are angry about something, and maybe you are. But the truth is, you are being used by both sides to show how stupid the other is.

Talkatoast
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Talkatoast 04/24/09 - 08:39 am
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I don't think people

I don't think people understand anything anymore. Bunch of stupid Americans. I wouldn't care if a French person said it to my face anymore. That French person would be right. People are too lazy to do their own research anymore. I don't think I have to explain myself anymore.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 04/24/09 - 09:10 am
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TALKATOAST, are these the
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TALKATOAST, are these the same French that got their butts kicked twice in one century and their country invaded both times? You'd listen to them? Smart...really smart!

ITDoc
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ITDoc 04/24/09 - 09:23 am
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Talk: Right on (8.39).

Talk: Right on (8.39). America is full of people without the ability to learn and think for themselves.

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corgimom 04/24/09 - 09:43 am
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Maybe a whole lot of people

Maybe a whole lot of people would prefer to voice their outrage at the voting booth, instead of doing ridiculous things like wear tea bags.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 04/24/09 - 10:12 am
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corgimom: The only problem is

corgimom: The only problem is that we have a whole year to wait before we can go back to the voting booths. A lot of damage can be done between now and then. Just look at what has been done since January.

Steve Wylie
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Steve Wylie 04/24/09 - 10:24 am
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If you honestly believe that

If you honestly believe that "the damage" occurred between january and today you probably need to get on a boat and sail away to France. I've heard they have a number of les idiotes over there.

justus4
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justus4 04/24/09 - 10:28 am
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This lady's, and others like
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This lady's, and others like her, understanding of America is flawed. That much is clear. And until she, and others like her, are straighten out on the history, they continue to get it wrong. "We stand firmly alongside the spirit" of Jefferson, Franklin, Ha! Those guys, in my view and millions of others, were not pillars of the community, so this idol worship of flawed individuals have lost a lotta steam. In fact, many believe they violated their own Constitutional & Bill of Right writings. Does that behavior deserve a place of honor?

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jackfruitpaper833 04/24/09 - 10:35 am
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Helen Blocker has been trying

Helen Blocker has been trying for YEARS in Augusta to BE SOMEBODY and STILL, she's lowly on the totem pole and will STAY there. Where was this outrage in previous years, heck I voted for both Bushs' and Reagan.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 04/24/09 - 10:45 am
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Steve Wylie: I was referring

Steve Wylie: I was referring to the policies that have been implemented since January. It is true that a lot of damage was done before Obama took office, but his policies don't seem to be correcting anything. If I do decide to go to France, I will probably be sitting beside you on the boat, because if you think Obama is going to do anything to benefit either of us, you will also be among the "les idiots" arriving there.

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grouse 04/24/09 - 11:29 am
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Where were the protests when
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Where were the protests when Bush was screwing up the country and invading another country?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 04/24/09 - 11:36 am
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grouse, jismirjr just asked

grouse, jismirjr just asked that question on another thread. CNN must have reposted it. It's been asked and answered several times a day the past two days. You'll have to wait until you're given another quote before you get to look smart today.

Steve Wylie
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Steve Wylie 04/24/09 - 12:14 pm
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I just think that any set of

I just think that any set of elected officials would have to respond in the same way or a very similar way to that which the present administration has. We knew back in September that our options were narrowing. By January, the problems had fully erupted. By the time Obama was sworn in, we were in a dead optionlock. As much as people are complaining, I challenge them to imagine how their lives would be and what would happen in their towns if the government slammed the brakes, stopped the flow of money, and just let everybody suffer. Instead, the elected leadership chose to restucture America in the same fashion any business would during a serious reduction in value or even bankruptcy. I cannot declare it a fact, but who really believes that any other elected official would let the constituents just go flat broke? None of them would; they would attempt to preserve the American way of life and make what changes they could to get the economy running again. It is going to hurt; things will get worse, but we had to choose a new path through a changed global economic landscape. Like those founding fathers everyone gabs about, we are changing things hoping for better.

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lifelongresidient 04/24/09 - 12:56 pm
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hey pat why are concerned how

hey pat why are concerned how many times a question has been asked??? how about putting forth an answer??? question have been asked over and over throughout history wouldn't you think the quickest way to stifle any question is to put forth a valid answer to the question...oh by the way pat just so you know i am a registered republican and voted for "W" twice(be willing to prove it to you any time)...so you can put the rush limbaugh talking point(s) to bed now. what you fail to, or don't want to realize is the make of a "true" conservative is the abiliy but more importantly the WILLINGNESS to point out were the party went wrong....which i guess you maybe hesitant to do...failure mr. pat to criticizes ones own party, or self for that matter leaves onesself lacking in the ability to look at the whole picture and identify shortcomings whether it be in political philosphy or ones own shortcomings..but i guess you believe the republican party did not wrong and it is always someone else's or the other party's fault

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 04/24/09 - 01:13 pm
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Too bad, Ms. Alba -- it was

Too bad, Ms. Alba -- it was people like YOU who made every single protest during the Bush regime about Republicans and Democrats when the anti-war rallies (and the March for Women's Lives) were ALL non-partisan. The GOP could have joined us, but they chose to support EVERY little THING Bush did instead.

KSL
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KSL 04/24/09 - 01:45 pm
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willi, why don't you take a

willi, why don't you take a day and go back and read past comments? You will find a lot of instances where conservatives did not "support EVERY little THING Bush did." Within the last 30 minutes or so I have caught you in two factually incorrect statements that you have posted.

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 04/24/09 - 02:03 pm
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KSL, your statement is the

KSL, your statement is the factually incorrect statement here. the conservatives supported EVERYTHING Bush did without question.

KSL
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KSL 04/24/09 - 02:10 pm
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No they didn't. I said go

No they didn't. I said go read the past comments and you will find plenty of conservatives criticizing Bush. It's right there in the archives. By the way, did you look at the pink and red picture I posted for you?

southernguy08
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southernguy08 04/24/09 - 02:21 pm
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KSL, are you asking WILLISTON
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KSL, are you asking WILLISTON to read something? Don't you know it's much easier to whine, moan, and blame others than actually do a little research. Shame on you, asking Williston to do something that hard.

apex24
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apex24 04/24/09 - 02:58 pm
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Williston, take your Zoloft.

Williston, take your Zoloft.

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jedex6 04/24/09 - 06:28 pm
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There was plenty of anti war

There was plenty of anti war protest, but the so called liberal media didn't give them much coverage. The Right was nowhere to be seen, except as cheerleaders for the abominable war of choice perpetrated by bush and cheney and the rest of their cabal. Now they are outraged? About a duly elected president giving them a tax break? About a 3% tax increase for those making over 250K a year? It's an outrage! Taxation without representation!

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KSL 04/24/09 - 06:55 pm
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Come on jed, the media

Come on jed, the media followed Cindy Sheehan everywhere. Obama is talking about raising the cap even more than the scheduled increases on FICA taxes. That will be quite a tax increase, especially to self employed folks. And it is estimated that his energy plan will add about $3000 a year to a family expenses.

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