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Friday, August 08, 2014

Paul Waldman, Washington Post: Over the course of this primary season, the Tea Party has been able to claim only one significant victory, unseating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. From that, you might conclude that that the Tea Party is waning, beaten back by a Republican establishment determined to rid itself of this meddlesome faction. But the truth is that in some ways the movement continues to get stronger. The Tea Party wins when it wins, and it wins when it loses.

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Five years after it began and long after many people (myself included) thought it would fade away, it continues to hold the GOP in its grip. For a bunch of nincompoops prancing around in tricorner hats, it's quite a remarkable achievement.

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"Five years after it began and long after many people (myself included) thought it would fade away, it continues to hold the GOP in its grip. For a bunch of nincompoops prancing around in tricorner hats, it's quite a remarkable achievement."

I disagree. It only shows what a pathetic state of disarray the GOP is currently in.

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#1 | Posted by Dave at 2014-08-08 04:26 PM | Reply | Flag:

Three factors will cause the Tea Party to go away:
-corporate interests will find it hard to control such candidates, and will not want to support the gun freaks, flat-earthers, religious kooks and bigots that gather in the party
-voters will get sick of elected representatives who don't bring home tax dollars for roads, schools and other public works
-most of these jerks are pyromaniacs who eventually set themselves on fire while trying to act like 'freedom fighters'

It will take a while, but they will go away. Mark my words...

#2 | Posted by catdog at 2014-08-08 04:56 PM | Reply | Flag:

The tea party exists because the media takes it seriously, because it fits with the pro corporate agenda.

OWS was a much more geniune populist movement, but it vanished because the media mocked it since it ran counter to the corporate consumer agenda.

The tea party simply harnessed racist rage at president brownie to get support behind the plutocrat agenda. Dubya RUINED the republican brand, so they rebranded themselves as the tea party.

#3 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-08-08 05:40 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

"OWS was a much more geniune populist movement, but it vanished because the media mocked it since it ran counter to the corporate consumer agenda."

No, it vanished because it was populated almost entirely by lazy pseudo hippies who hadn't the balls to have a real sit down as existed in the 60's.

That and eponymous stupid goals like
"I deserve a job!"
*Job offered*
"I'm too good to work labor or retail!"

#4 | Posted by soheifox at 2014-08-08 06:20 PM | Reply | Flag:

No, it vanished because it was populated almost entirely by lazy pseudo hippies who hadn't the balls to have a real sit down as existed in the 60's.

That and eponymous stupid goals like
"I deserve a job!"
*Job offered*
"I'm too good to work labor or retail!"

#4 | Posted by soheifox

Somebody likes the fox news version of OWS, which is of course, FICTION.
Just because fox focused on finding and portraying the lazy hippies doesn't mean that's what the movement was.

The banks are glad you bought it though.

#5 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-08-08 06:22 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

The banks are glad you bought it though.

#5 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY AT 2014-08-08 06:22 PM | REPLY | FLAG:

Are you telling me there's still people out there having sit ins? The media refuses to cover them?

Because that would mean they have balls to really protest. All I saw was a bunch of lazy trust fund hippies who bailed the instant it got tough. I get it, you saw superheroes that were disheartened by the "media".

I saw people who shame the civil rights fighters of the 60's by comparing their lazy camping trips to what those groups did.

Where are you in this? That's right, sitting on your butt crying about how everyone else shut it down. Point the finger everywhere else but at yourself. You can BE the change you want... or you can cry like a little girl that "the man" keeps you down on an anonymous blog.

Civil rights protestors fought for a cause. OWS was an outdoor party and nothing else. I know this not because the "banker owned media" told me so, you loon; I know this because they stone cold lacked the balls to follow through.

#6 | Posted by soheifox at 2014-08-08 06:37 PM | Reply | Flag:

Civil rights protestors fought for a cause. OWS was an outdoor party and nothing else. I know this not because the "banker owned media" told me so, you loon; I know this because they stone cold lacked the balls to follow through.

#6 | Posted by soheifox

No, you "know this" because that's what the corporate media told you it was. You didn't go to any rallies. You didn't see them getting assaulted by the banker's police officers.

They're not still having sit ins because the bankers beat them. When you're doing the banker's bidding like tea party does, the cops leave you alone. They only assault you when you're an actual threat to those that are actually in power.

#7 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-08-08 06:41 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Nothing can change the fact that this so called "Tea Party" is actually contrary to the original "Boston Tea Party" which was protesting the monopolistic practices of the world's first global Corporation, the British East India Company (BEIC) which controlled colony commodities including tea. Possibly the world's first Government bailout.

In most US history classes the Boston Tea Party is portrayed as a tax revolt. The protest was in response to the Tea Act 1773 by the British Parliament. But, the Act's primary purpose was to reduce the massive surplus of tea held by the financially troubled BEIC in its London warehouses and to help the struggling company survive. The Act granted the Company the right to directly ship its tea to North America and the right to the duty-free export of tea from Britain, although British taxes remained in place.

Without realizing it, today's so-called "Tea Party" stands on the side of a police State, Corporate personhood and American "exceptionalism". This philosophy is vastly different from that which fueled the American revolution, wherein the sanctity and pre-eminence of the individual was paramount.

Political battles revolve around words and ------ wordsmiths like Frank Luntz have cleverly turned meanings on end in order to achieve their political goals. This problem is at the heart of most disagreements between the right and left. The success of the Rethugs relies on the gullibility and stupidity of the average American. It is a uniquely American problem. In other parts of the world people understand what their best interests are and who their oppressors are. But not in this country.

#8 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-08-09 11:02 AM | Reply | Flag:

DAVE disagrees..

I feel even better now. Knowing this I KNOW we're on solid ground....

NUT...brilliant historical information...

just one small problem..........the TEA party isn't named just for that...in fact LESS that than what's it's real name is

Taxed

Enough

Already

your comment about police state is so wrong, it's comical IF so many stupid bigoted voters didn't believe it. IE ....the 'low information voter" that TIME magazine says put obama back in the WH....

the rest of your effort is just hate filled "bigotesque" dribble that's off the mark, incorrect but yet typical.

These are groups filled with a generation that literally saved the world and they deserve more respect than what blind, radical left wing zealots afford them both IN THE MEDIA and the WHITE HOUSE.

thank you for your effort,

#9 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-08-09 01:07 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Only goes to show that "tea partiers" really are delusional.

Anyways, tea parties are for little girls and their imaginary friends.

#10 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-08-09 02:43 PM | Reply | Flag:

#9: You are exactly right. The soreheads are just having a hissy fit because somebody disagrees with them.

#11 | Posted by Daniel at 2014-08-09 03:11 PM | Reply | Flag:

The Tea Party will continue to grow and for all the faults with the zealous actions of some of its members, it's still the strongest counter to the continued corporate driven political structure that puts everything on the backs of public while spreading little of the benefit.

Democrats and traditional republicans can continue to spread as much ignorance and malicious commentary on the subject all they want, but a considerable number of independents and democrats are siding with the Tea Party largely because of the above statement.

#12 | Posted by daniel_3 at 2014-08-09 05:20 PM | Reply | Flag:

The Tea Party, though their gullible minions don't think and/or don't want to think so, are funded by the the likes of the Koch brothers through their various political action committees.

Grass roots? Na. Astroturf.

#13 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2014-08-09 08:05 PM | Reply | Flag:

ASTROTURFING

the act of creating a small organization and making it appear to represent something popular for the purpose of promoting a particular entity, cause, etc. (a play on grassroots in the sense of a popular movement originating among the common people, ultimately from AstroTurf, a brand of artificial grass)

The practice of astroturfing a widely used form of propaganda, as evidenced by the media coverage it receives.

#14 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2014-08-09 08:23 PM | Reply | Flag:

no more or less grass roots than any democrat group or function....ALWAYS tainted with the cash hawg known as Soros...

#15 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-08-09 08:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

#9: You are exactly right. The soreheads are just having a hissy fit because somebody disagrees with them.

#11 | Posted by Daniel at 20

yeppers....AND as OUR patron saint so correctly called even todays' liberal hypocrites......he NAILS IT...

Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.

William F. Buckley, Jr.

#16 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-08-09 08:35 PM | Reply | Flag:

Sure, AFLAC

That's why Fox News has HOW many 'liberals' on their shows a regular basis as opposed to MSNBC?

#17 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2014-08-09 08:49 PM | Reply | Flag:

As opposed to MSNBC regularly having 'conservatives' on their shows ...

#18 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2014-08-09 08:56 PM | Reply | Flag:

AFLAC

The Tea Party is unique for supposedly being a 'grass roots movement' funded by billionaires

#19 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2014-08-09 09:23 PM | Reply | Flag:

ASTROTURFING

the act of creating a small organization and making it appear to represent something popular for the purpose of promoting a particular entity, cause, etc. (a play on grassroots in the sense of a popular movement originating among the common people, ultimately from AstroTurf, a brand of artificial grass)

The practice of astroturfing a widely used form of propaganda, as evidenced by the media coverage it receives.

#14 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY

DISINFORMATION

: false information deliberately and often covertly spread (as by the planting of rumors) in order to influence public opinion or obscure the truth.

#20 | Posted by Daniel at 2014-08-10 12:15 AM | Reply | Flag:

DISINFORMATION

: false information deliberately and often covertly spread (as by the planting of rumors) in order to influence public opinion or obscure the truth.

#20 | Posted by Daniel

Good description of the Tea Party!

#21 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2014-08-10 02:02 AM | Reply | Flag:

This article from the Guardian, a British newspaper with no ax to grind one way or the other about American politics, explains how the Koch brothers are the financiers of the Tea Party 'movement'.

Heck, the Koch brothers gave the money to found the Tea Party. Ever head of "Americans For Prosperity"? It's their organization!

The movement began when CNBC's Rick Santelli called from the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange for a bankers' revolt against the undeserving poor. (He proposed that the traders should hold a tea party to dump derivative securities in Lake Michigan to prevent Obama's plan to "subsidise the losers": by which he meant people whose mortgages had fallen into arrears.) On the same day, Americans for Prosperity set up a Tea Party Facebook page and started organising Tea Party events.

www.theguardian.com

In summary, the Koch brothers, through their funding of the Tea Party, have duped gullible low information rednecks everywhere into supporting big business .. against their own best interests.

PT Barnum was right: "There's a sucker born every minute."

#22 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2014-08-10 02:15 AM | Reply | Flag:

Oh, and the Koch brothers fund 30 other libertarian/conservative "thinktanks" whose aim is the same: screw the middle class, do away with regulations, etc etc

Yep, Tea Party people are very, very gullible.

Between them they have constructed the philosophy that informs the Tea Party movement: its members mobilise for freedom, unaware that the freedom they demand is freedom for corporations to trample them into the dirt. The thinktanks that the Kochs have funded devise the game and the rules by which it is played; Americans for Prosperity coaches and motivates the team.

#23 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2014-08-10 02:18 AM | Reply | Flag:

Picture this: millionaires and billionaires gathering under tight security in fancy hotels with powerful politicians and operatives to plot how their network of secret-money groups can engineer a permanent realignment of American politics.Only, it's not the Koch brothers. It's the liberal Democracy Alliance.

The 21 groups at the core of the Democracy Alliance's portfolio intend to spend $374 million during the midterm election cycle -- including nearly $200 million this year -- to boost liberal candidates and causes in 2014 and beyond, according to internal documents obtained by POLITICO.While growing sums of that cash are being spent vilifying the billionaire conservative industrialists Charles and David Koch over their own network's political spending, the documents reveal the extent to which the Democracy Alliance network mirrors the Kochs' -- and is obsessed with it.

Read more: www.politico.com


You are quick to point out smoke coming from your neighbor's house yet, you fail to see you own house burning to the ground with your hypocrisy.

#24 | Posted by Daniel at 2014-08-10 10:59 AM | Reply | Flag:

#24 | Posted by Daniel

You're comparing apples and oranges

The two major political parties have always had thousands of donors.

The Tea Party is not a 'grass roots movement'. They're AstroTurfers.

#25 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2014-08-10 12:42 PM | Reply | Flag:

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