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The Two Faces of the Tea Party


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Rick Santelli, Glenn Beck, and the future of the populist insurgency.
Matthew Continetti
6/28/10

As a student in the exciting new field of Tea Party Studies, I’ve noticed that no one agrees on what the Tea Party actually is. Is the anti-Obama, anti-big government movement simply AstroTurf fabricated by Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks? Is it a bunch of Birthers, Birchers, conspiracists, and white power misfits? Is it a strictly economic phenomenon—the inevitable result of high and persistent unemployment? Or are the Tea Partiers nothing more than indulgent Boomers who combine 1960s social libertarianism with 1980s laissez-faire economics? Does the Tea Party draw on longstanding American constitutional, political, and economic traditions, eddies of thought that one can trace back to James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and Andrew Jackson? Or is it of a more recent vintage: Are the Tea Partiers simply the same folks who once were called Reagan Democrats and Perotistas?

All of the above. There is no single “Tea Party.” The name is an umbrella that encompasses many different groups. Under this umbrella, you’ll find everyone from the woolly fringe to Ron Paul supporters, from Americans for Prosperity to religious conservatives, independents, and citizens who never have been active in politics before. The umbrella is gigantic. But there are discernible ribs that extend outward from its central post, and points of shared concern that support the overall structure.

First, the Tea Party is unified by the pervasive sense that the country is wildly off course. It believes the establishment has bent and twisted the rules for its own benefit. America, the Tea Partiers believe, is headed for a fiscal reckoning unlike any it has ever seen......(Snip)
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I agree with the author, Continetti, that there is a grassroots force that is growing even stronger and the Libs and Dims are in trouble. ....He does, however, need to understand that it's the TEA Party movement, not a political party, and that TEA represents Taxed Enough Already.

 

Everyone needs to be aware that the Dims and their allies are setting up "Tea Party" as a third party in some political races in attempts to split the votes for GOP candidates. I've read that it's been done in Nevada, Florida and (not sure?) Colorado. They are hoping to suck votes away from the true conservative GOP candidates so the DIM candidates can win. ....Research before you vote. Don't believe the BS as gospel regarding who is really backed by the TEA Partiers, who tend to opt for conservatives instead of RINOs. OCTex

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I agree with the author, Continetti, that there is a grassroots force that is growing even stronger and the Libs and Dims are in trouble. ....He does, however, need to understand that it's the TEA Party movement, not a political party, and that TEA represents Taxed Enough Already.

 

Everyone needs to be aware that the Dims and their allies are setting up "Tea Party" as a third party in some political races in attempts to split the votes for GOP candidates. I've read that it's been done in Nevada, Florida and (not sure?) Colorado. They are hoping to suck votes away from the true conservative GOP candidates so the DIM candidates can win. ....Research before you vote. Don't believe the BS as gospel regarding who is really backed by the TEA Partiers, who tend to opt for conservatives instead of RINOs. OCTex

 

 

For a while now I've had this feeling that (to quote Steven Stills) "There's Something Happening Here". For the last 100-140 years socialism, big government has dominated the stage. maybe just maybe we are seeing the end of this idea that government is supposed to take care of us. I hadn't really gotten my arms around it yet in a way that I can put it in 25 words or less, but it's just something to look at.

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