Skip to comments.Give tea party credit for learning how to make a difference
Posted on 08/17/2014 1:54:24 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
I seriously admire one thing in particular about most tea party members.
If you ever wonder how a relatively small group of people have so much impact on state, local and national policy, the answer is simple: They show up. They outwork most other groups. They go to meetings, study the issues and rally the faithful to the cause. They make sure their voices are heard (and man, are they heard).
Its also easy to say they make the most noise, but thats because theyre often the only outside voice in the room when issues are being decided.
In short, they care about issues more passionately than most people.
They also know where they can have the most influence.
The decisions that often have the most impact on a community are made by the school board, city council and county commission. Yet statistics show that generally only the most dedicated voter turns out for those elections. In Hillsborough Countys 2012 primary, just 15.86 percent of more than 700,000 registered voters bothered to cast a ballot.
I mention this because early-voting sites are opening up across the area in advance of the Aug. 26 primary. And yes, you can vote even if (like me and about 210,000 others in the county) you declare no party affiliation. There are school board and judicial races to decide.
You can vote early. You can vote by mail.
You can vote on Election Day.
Or, you could sit on the couch and eat Cheetos while other people make the decision for you.
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The truth is, true citizenship requires some work. There are all kinds of voter guides and position papers available in all the races, and thats a lot better way to make a choice than the nightly bombardment of television ads or fliers in your mailbox.
Especially disgusting is the mailer about District 6 school board candidate Dipa Shah, an Indian-American.
Some mouth-breathing knuckle-draggers felt compelled in the flier to remind voters that Latinos, Indians, African American, Muslims ... Hindus and Gay & Lesbian ... is in full support of Dipa. And in case the bigotry wasnt obvious, the mailer pounded home the point that we should keep her Special Interests from hijacking our School Board to indoctrinate our children with their liberal agenda.
The mailer was sent by something called the Conservative Values Coalition of Florida. Its headquarters is a post office box in Apopka. These people are not conservative; they are Neanderthals. They have no values; they have only ignorance and hate.
A couple of points: First, hate-spewer, learn some basic grammar and capitalization skills before your next mass mailing especially about a school board candidate.
Second: A liberal agenda is a thousand times better than the garbage these people spew.
By the way, Dipa Shah is a conservative Republican.
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In an election that likely will have a small turnout, idiocy like that mailer can have a devastating effect if many potential voters dont get past the scare headline.
I dont mean that you, the person reading this column now, would be like that. I mean them, those guys who leave the decisions for other people to make, and then complain about the results.
Comedian Dennis Miller once said go ahead, get out of jury duty, but you forfeit the right to complain about the O.J. Simpson verdict.
The same principle applies in voting.
It always amazes me when someone says they dont vote. Of course, if they dont do at least a little homework then Id just as soon they didnt vote.
That brings us back to the tea party. I disagree with its followers on lots of things (and they with me), but youll never catch me questioning their dedication to their cause.
They have learned how to make a difference. They just show up. Thats aces in my book.
That is the deciding factor. Also in the November election, turnout is down both for republicans and for traitors. We need conservatives at the polls voting in every federal, state, and local election, to make sure we can minimize the damage inflicted by those big government liberals (whether democrat or republican) who will remain in office.
The so-called Tea Party is not a "relatively small group of people." They are a disorganized large group of people.
If Tea Partiers would organize themselves like homosexual activists do, they would have an enormous impact. Homosexual activists are a tiny fraction of a tiny fraction, yet look what they've done to the country.
They've made it smell like poo.
“If Tea Partiers would organize themselves like homosexual activists do, they would have an enormous impact. “
You are right. I call myself a Tea Party Republican, but I may soon cut the Reupub part. The Tea Party people represent the true salt of America, but they are only people like us and not a real party. It is sad that we have no real party to oppose the Marxist.
Don’t drop out of the Republican Party. Get involved and take it over, like the leftists have taken over so many of the country’s institutions.
To be fair, the country smelled like poo since before they homosexually activisted*.
* brand new coined phrase.. and it probably should have read 'homosexually actifisted'
“Dont drop out of the Republican Party. Get involved and take it over”
Sorry, but there is not much that I can do from the other side of the world. Anyway, it is still keeping my home state, Tennessee, on the right side.
another simpleton reporter who thinks “Taxed Enough Already” is an extreme minority-held sentiment among the American people
If we want to turn the new wave of immigrants into TEA partiers, find a way for the govt to start taking 50% or more of what they manage to earn and save and turn it over to nonproducers
I wonder if he even knows what the acronym TEA stands for?
In another 20 years, the poofs will replace the Statue of Liberty’s torch with a giant lighted prolapsed rectum.
They’ll even change the motto:
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled asses yearning to be buggered.”
You are right sir
Call us small, but I will tell you what SMALL is: Small is one Congressional district.
That was District 7 in Virgina. In that ONE DISTRICT 36,000 TEA PARTY people voted in a primary election that was such a foregone conclusion that not one reporter was around to celebrate.
It was to be a re-coronation of the #2 (soon to be #1) Republican in the country, Eric Cantor - and VALIDATION of the fact that the Tea Party was a bunch of hot air with no depth, and that the Republican Party could move strongly to the left to join the Democrats on many issue, starting with the President’s AMNESTY plan, but also keeping Eric Holder in charge of voting in South, and a number of other pet issues of the extreme left.
Instead, those 36,000 people, in ONE DISTRICT, handed Mr. Cantor a ONE WAY commuter bus ticket to K-Street...where he shall live out his life in shame.
Gee. I wonder what the odds are that the flyer against Shaw came from a Demon Rat Troll?