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Grand Old (Tea) Party: The People Are Furious And The Party Must Understand Why [Bill Whittle]
pajamasmedia.com + PJTV ^ | February 8, 2010 | Bill Whittle

Posted on 02/12/2010 6:44:43 AM PST by Tolik

If the tea party movement is the soul of small government and personal responsibility, the Republican Party is the institutional body conservatives need to regain control over government run amok. You can't have one without the other, says Bill Whittle.

The transcript of this video essay is below. IMHO: video is better - Bill Whittle's presentation is characteristically passionate; and his passion is contagious.


Well, the Tea party movement is not even a year old, and already it is holding its first national convention. I was honored to be asked to speak at the West Los Angeles event on September 12th of last year, so unlike most of the talking heads you see opining on the Tea Party movement, at least I am one of the very few to have been to one personally.

Now the most remarkable thing about that remarkable experience is something that is very hard to put into words. It’s the quality that makes me reluctant to try and tell you what it is, because it clearly is so many different things to so many people.  And that grass-roots, “never-done-this-before” sense of excitement and empowerment is the first thing that really hits you.

These are the most regular, decent people you’ll meet, and with very few exceptions not one of them has been involved in politics in any way. It’s just that — like so many of us — They’ve just had enough!

Of course, the media coverage has tried very hard to portray the normal, average, every-day Americans of the Tea party rallies as dangerous and angry racists and Wal-Mart knuckle-draggers, while identifying the mass-produced signs, the mass-produced T-shirts, the mass-produced members of bused-in wiccan nihilist anarcho-Maoist lesbian eco-weenie anti-war protestors as somehow the genuine voice of the American people.

So as a person who has been there, let me try and explain what I think this whole movement is about.

The people I have met at these events were generally the happy, decent, hard-working people that make up the vast middle of Silent America. They are not bitter, and they are not “consumed with rage.”

But they — I mean, weare angry. We have a right to be angry. As a matter of fact, we not only have a right but in fact have an obligation to be angry. The spending orgy in Washington brought on by the Democratic control of both houses of Congress and the election of the most liberal member of the Senate to the office of the Presidency is taking the country off the edge of a cliff and everybody knows it.

This spending is so monumental, so out of control and so beyond the pale that huge numbers of what were honest, decent, hard-working and unassuming citizens no longer feel like taxpayers but rather like host organisms: we find ourselves staggering around in shock, like victims of a plane crash or some natural disaster, looking around at the destruction of the work ethic that gave five percent of the population an economy four times the size of its nearest competitor. We watch, horrified, at the government takeover not of businesses or industries but entire sectors of the free market.  That’s why there’s a Tea Party.

You know what this reckless, Imperial orgy of spending feels like? It feels like coming out of the shower in the morning, dazed and exhausted after a good night’s sleep, and stepping in front of a mirror to find yourself covered in leeches that are sapping not just the blood it takes to make government function, but rather all of it — every last living drop of it — to fund entitlements and work projects and boondoggles of every description: congressional “climate change” junkets that include skiing and snorkeling days in New Zealand, and Bridges to Nowhere, and the use of Air Force jets as the personal chauffeurs not only of the Speaker of the House but for her families and business cronies, too. We see a President who talks about sharing hardship but who then decides to go out on date night and catch a show in New York City and ends up spending every single tax dollar you and your kids will make in your entire life: gone!

Gone! What did you get for it? Nothing. What service did it do the country? None! So why did they spend it? Because — listen now — they spent it because that’s not your money. That’s their money. Just because you got up in the morning, sat in traffic, and worked all day before sitting in traffic again to come home exhausted… that doesn’t mean it’s your money to these bloodsucking, leather-winged, Big Government entitlement-mongers. No, that’s their money to spend as they see fit — and not just all the money you send in taxes today, or next year, or the next ten years — they — Democrats and Republicans too — have spent all the money you will make in your lifetime, and then spent all of the money your kids will make, and the pool of work that your grandkids will do in 2060 or so — that’s mostly been spent too.

You want to know why we’re angry? What once was a social compact between the people and their representatives has rotted away into this: a people no longer paying a reasonable price for the limited number of things that only a government can provide, but rather victims of identity theft — people who open a monthly credit card statement only to discover fifty thousand dollars of vacations not taken, and jet skis and plasma TV’s paid for but never delivered. That’s why there’s a Tea Party.

Now some critics of the Tea Party movement say it is hypocritical to complain about Democrat spending without complaining about Republican spending as well.  Well, there are two things to say about that: first, that is a profound insight from someone who has obviously never been to a Tea Party event, because if they had been there, they would know that the real thunderbolts thrown in response to this spending orgy is aimed not at the Democrats but rather the Republicans; the people who should know better, the people, in fact, that we thought would be standing guard over our hard-earned treasure, not shoveling it out the door by the fork-full.

Secondly, I’ll just let this graph do the talking.

The grey bars are Bush’s Deficits. Notice that they were declining yearly in his second term, until TARP — which President Obama claimed as his own personal miracle — drove them up during his last year.  Now look at the red bars: that’s Obama’s spending: four times Bush’s last year — the spike of TARP included — and not for an emergency fix of the banks, but rather to buy things like ATV trails on one hand and General Motors on the other, all in the name of “stimulus,” which, we were promised, would cap unemployment at 8% instead of the nine or 10% we would see without the line at the government cash trough.  The official unemployment rate is now at least ten percent; some analysts say the true number may now be half again that, or even double.

Oh, and by the way, shocking and damning though this graph is, it’s a little long in the tooth. The fact is, this President and Congress have been waging a year-long war against business and the evil, evil wealthy, who, needless to say, have decided to keep their heads down, produce less, and pay less in taxes.

Here’s a graphic that better illustrates the real effect of the decreased revenues as a result of this war on the private sector:

That’s why there’s a tea Party.

So what’s ahead? Well, no one knows, least of all me. But I do have a very strong sense of what should be ahead.

Despite the authentic and wholly justified sense of betrayal that many conservatives feel at the hands of the GOP, I think that talks of a third party are suicide: not only permanent minority status, but also handing the store over to the people most intent on robbing it — forever.

The Tea Party Movement is really the conservative movement. It’s like a soul that has somehow been cut off from its physical body, and now both wander the landscape, trying to decide what to do. Because if the Tea Party movement is the grass-roots, common-man philosophical soul of small government and personal liberty and responsibility, then the Republican party is the skeletal structure — the bones and arteries and sinews needed to live in the real world.

The only road to success and recovery from this rocket-sled of ruin is to re-unite these two elements. We tried that, actually: Tea Party passion and internet fundraising, plus GOP ground operations, call centers, networks and so forth, and this was the result:

Pretty damn impressive!

Now, was Scott Brown the perfect conservative candidate? To many — even many who supported him — he was not. That’s not the question we should be asking. The question we should be asking — and did ask, it seems — is not whether Scott Brown is more conservative than Ronald Reagan. The question is whether or not Scott Brown is more conservative than Ted Kennedy or Martha Coakley.

He is, and by a very wide margin. That’s a win!

Victory is a ratchet. To retake this country we need every gain we can get — no matter how small — and to give up as little as possible. If Scott Brown — Republican senator from Massachusetts — turns out to be the most liberal man in the Senate then we’re living in paradise. That’s why there’s a Tea Party. And that’s why being a part of the Tea Party movement is, when it is all said and done, just plain fun.

And a final note: do you know who we owe the remarkable success of the Tea Party movement to? We owe it to Rachel Maddow, and Keith Olberman, and Chris Matthews. We owe it to Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid, and Barack Obama — not just for the political motivation, but because they decided to make it personal.

By calling us Tea Baggers, and racists, and Nazis, and rubes, and hicks… by pretending we’re just a fringe group of dangerous radicals, or saying — as the President did, twice, and apparently with a straight face — that he was unaware that tens or hundreds of thousands of hard-working American patriots were clogging the streets of the city he lives in — well all of these geniuses poured can after can of lighter fluid on to what might have been some old, wet charcoal — nearly impossible to light — and turned it into a wildfire that will likely remake the landscape of this country.  That’s why there’s a Tea Party.

So thanks, you big-brain, sneering, socialist ninnies! We couldn’t have done it without you.

 


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1 posted on 02/12/2010 6:44:43 AM PST by Tolik
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Bill Whittle is a writer, pilot and TV editor who lives and works in Los Angeles.

With history on his side, Bill Whittle challenges widely held misconceptions about politics and society. Frequently asking the difficult ethical questions, Whittle attempts to underscore conservative values and philosophy through logical reasoning.

Bill Whittle is on Facebook

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Bill's site: http://pajamasmedia.com/ejectejecteject/

Bill's book: Silent America: Essays from a Democracy at War

Bill's video essays:  PJTV - Afterburner with Bill Whittle (requires free registration)

Bill Whittle also produces TRIFECTA  with "Vodkapundit” Stephen Green and Washington Examiner columnist Scott Ott (Scrappleface.com). They go head-to-head on today’s hot-button issues.  No matter what topic they’re tackling, this trio is always a winning bet

My selection of Bill Whittle's best (lately):   

They Stole Our Future, But They Cannot Break Our Will Jan 4 / Afterburner with Bill Whittle
 
 
10min
The Kudzu Curse: A Fight for Free Enterprise Dec 14 / Afterburner with Bill Whittle
 
25min
Throw The Bums Out Oct 12 / Afterburner with Bill Whittle
 
 
9min

2 posted on 02/12/2010 6:45:21 AM PST by Tolik
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To: Lando Lincoln; neverdem; SJackson; dennisw; NonValueAdded; Alouette; .cnI redruM; Valin; ...
Nailed It!

This ping list is not author-specific for articles I'd like to share. Some for the perfect moral clarity, some for provocative thoughts; or simply interesting articles I'd hate to miss myself. (I don't have to agree with the author all 100% to feel the need to share an article.)

I will try not to abuse the ping list and not to annoy you too much, but on some days there is more of the good stuff that is worthy of attention.

You are welcome to browse the list of truly exceptional articles I pinged to lately. Updated on January 13, 2010.  on  my page.
You are welcome in or out, just freepmail me (and note which PING list you are talking about).

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3 posted on 02/12/2010 6:46:21 AM PST by Tolik
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FreeRepublic discussion of Bill’s essays: http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/billwhittle/index


4 posted on 02/12/2010 6:50:27 AM PST by Tolik
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

You might like it - PING


5 posted on 02/12/2010 6:51:55 AM PST by Tolik
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To: SeattleBruce; New Yawk Minute; jveritas; Kate in Palo Alto; rep-always; Eddie01; paulycy; ...

TEApublican Ping List - Rejecting both Third Partyism and GOP Business as Usual - for Success in 11/2010!

If you wish to be added (or removed) from this TEApublican ping list, please FReep mail with subject line “Add (or remove) TEApublican ping list” to: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus OR SeattleBruce

6 posted on 02/12/2010 6:57:48 AM PST by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (We bury Democrats face down so that when they scratch, they get closer to home.)
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To: Tolik

Thanks!


7 posted on 02/12/2010 6:58:39 AM PST by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (We bury Democrats face down so that when they scratch, they get closer to home.)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

I knew I should have copyrighted “TEApublican” when I used it in a post.


8 posted on 02/12/2010 6:59:21 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't fly, can't ski, can't drive, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best.)
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To: All

Great job by Whittle.


9 posted on 02/12/2010 7:01:24 AM PST by rbmillerjr (I'm praying for Palin....if not I'll support Romney : He sucks but he's better than Obama.)
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To: Tolik
"Because if the Tea Party movement is the grass-roots, common-man philosophical soul of small government and personal liberty and responsibility, then the Republican party is the skeletal structure — the bones and arteries and sinews needed to live in the real world."

Amen!

10 posted on 02/12/2010 7:02:14 AM PST by NoGrayZone
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To: Tolik

ping


11 posted on 02/12/2010 7:07:33 AM PST by diamond6 (Expose Planned Parenthood: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYaTywSDmls)
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To: Tolik

The RINO Medved types will tell you that we must work with the Republican Party. Wrong. We must purge it of incumbents. These guys did nothing to curb spending when in power. Boehner is a corrupt BIG GOVT RINO. Their recent conversion to fiscal responsibility is a fraud. They will say anything to get re-elected and go on with their corruption. Boot them all.


12 posted on 02/12/2010 7:08:07 AM PST by Seruzawa (If you agree with the French raise your hand - If you are French raise both hands.)
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To: Tolik

mark


13 posted on 02/12/2010 7:12:19 AM PST by Ladysmith ("A community organizer can't bitch when communities organize." Rush Limbaugh)
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To: Tolik; wagglebee; P-Marlowe
The question is whether or not Scott Brown is more conservative than Ted Kennedy or Martha Coakley. He is, and by a very wide margin. That’s a win!

The question is whether or not Scott Brown will kill as many babies as Ted Kennedy or Martha Coakley, both of whom are "pro-choice" like Scott, but who have "personal distaste for abortion and especially for partial birth abortion, also like Scott.

He will. Their KIA count will be 200 times just this year the entire total killed in Iraq since the WOT began. (Osama bin Roevwade)

So, it's a loss. It's a loss for the nation.

And, it's another life taken without due process of law.

But...it's OK....he bares his chest on Cosmo and any politician who likes balanced budgets, and who's also that liberal can't be anything other than an acceptable media darling. And he's got cute daughters with perky breasts.

What could possibly be wrong with that?

God save us.

14 posted on 02/12/2010 7:14:25 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who support our troops pray for their victory!)
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bttt


15 posted on 02/12/2010 7:15:51 AM PST by Matchett-PI (Sowell's book, Intellectuals and Society, eviscerates the fantasies that uphold leftist thought)
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To: Tolik
Great and true vid!


16 posted on 02/12/2010 7:22:52 AM PST by rdb3 (The mouth is the exhaust pipe of the heart. WHO DAT!)
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To: Tolik; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; genetic homophobe; FromLori; ...
RE :” Gone! What did you get for it? Nothing. What service did it do the country? None! So why did they spend it? Because — listen now — they spent it because that’s not your money. That’s their money. Just because you got up in the morning, sat in traffic, and worked all day before sitting in traffic again to come home exhausted… that doesn’t mean it’s your money to these bloodsucking, leather-winged, Big Government entitlement-mongers. No, that’s their money to spend as they see fit — and not just all the money you send in taxes today, or next year, or the next ten years — they — Democrats and Republicans too — have spent all the money you will make in your lifetime, and then spent all of the money your kids will make, and the pool of work that your grandkids will do in 2060 or so — that’s mostly been spent too

LOL, love this talk. I like Peter Schiff’s speech where he says our Social Security FICA taxes was spent on bridges to no-where, failed auto-companies, bank bailouts, welfare(to illegals yet) , new entitlements and in Iraq and it's long gone.

Sorry suckers(taxpayers) , it really wasn't free like they promised!

Before they cut one dime of Social Security or medicare they need to cut retired government benefits including congress.

17 posted on 02/12/2010 7:29:47 AM PST by sickoflibs (( "It's not the taxes, the redistribution is spending you demand stupid"))
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To: N. Theknow

You have done us all a great service! You should go have a brewskie with Rick Santelli.


18 posted on 02/12/2010 7:30:47 AM PST by MissNomer
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To: Tolik; maggief; Liz; hoosiermama; SE Mom; STARWISE

The Tea Party Movement is really the conservative movement.

- - - - - - -

Yes it is and BTTT


19 posted on 02/12/2010 7:50:28 AM PST by onyx (BE A MONTHLY DONOR - I AM)
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To: xzins; P-Marlowe

My concern, and I’ve expressed this many times, is that people would decide that Scott Brown is the candidate “model” to be used around the country and this will ultimately destroy the GOP if it happens.

Someone on a thread yesterday was telling me that he wants to get a lot more people just like Scott Brown elected and that is insane! The ONLY thing Brown really promised was that he would vote against ObamaCare, but his vote for RomneyCare indicates that he would be happy to vote for a GOP-sponsored socialized medicine program.

What is this “wide margin” by which he is more conservative than Ted Kennedy or Martha Coakley?


20 posted on 02/12/2010 7:57:47 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: xzins
Well, listen, Father...if the candidate in place of Scott Brown had somehow been some fire-and-brimstone right-to-lifer taking the stand you are, to the exclusion of everything else, (and remembering we are in Massachusetts here) what would have been the probability of his winning?

How about slim and none, with slim having just left town?

We take our victories, however small, wherever we can find them.

We're up against an entrenched 50+ year propaganda machine, and it takes time to move mountains that big. It doesn't happen overnight.

We're working towards the day when the unborn will be protected by the state, yes, but there are more issues in the public arena than abortion. We need to be cognizant of those, too.

I don't disagree with you that the issue is most pressing, but we're in a war here on many fronts. Pick your battles wisely that we might draw ever closer to total victory.

Don't denigrate the small victory we've won. We need to pick up as many of those as we can along the way.

Just keep the faith, and keep fighting.

Respectfully,

CA....

21 posted on 02/12/2010 8:03:57 AM PST by Chances Are (Whew! Seems I've found that silly grin again!)
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To: xzins

You make me think of the baseball manager who will let the other team win if your team is not made up of all .300 hitters, each starter must steal 20 bases or more, each receive a Golden Glove award each year, the pitchers must have a 2.0 ERA, etc.

Building a conservative Congressional coalition is much like building a baseball team. The team drafts, develops, or trades for players that are better than the ones it has presently.

Each candidate will not be the perfect Congressman to all people. Support the candidate that moves your agenda to the right. If a candidate stands for 3 of the 4 more conservative positions vote for him, even though he may not have the most pro-life record.

Put him on the team and look for trades that will suit your tastes. Giving the position to the opposition is insane.

The left has always believed that reaching political goals has always been an incremental process; notwithstanding this last election. They have tried to get it all in one felled swoop; you are seeing how well that is working out for them - a direct result of the far left demanding a purity test. That is exactly what you are expecting from conservative politicians right now. It will lead to the same destruction.

IMO, get your talent when and where you can and always be looking to trade up. That puts everyone (friend and foe alike) on notice that they have to perform and get better if they want to be re-elected.


22 posted on 02/12/2010 8:10:45 AM PST by burroak
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To: N. Theknow; Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

I think we need to realize that the Tea Party participants do not all consider themselves “Republican”. We are reaching out to disgruntled, disillusioned Democrats, Independents, and even in some cases to disgruntled, disillusioned RINO’s with this movement. While I believe that we need to remake the Republican Party by replacing Democrats and RINO’s with electable conservatives, we need to remember that it will be done by a strong, independently minded conservative voice of the people. The general make up of the current Republican members of Congress are not all that conservative. The Republican Party can become known as the Party of and for the People.

We generally focus on the national political scene, and as we do that we need to reemphasize emphasis on reestablishing the same Party of and for the People at all local levels of government. Bill Whittle said it well in his article.


23 posted on 02/12/2010 8:11:02 AM PST by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a tea party descendant - steeped in the Constitutional legacy handed down by the Founders)
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To: Chances Are; xzins
"We take our victories, however small, wherever we can find them. We're up against an entrenched 50+ year propaganda machine, and it takes time to move mountains that big. It doesn't happen overnight. We're working towards the day when the unborn will be protected by the state, yes, but there are more issues in the public arena than abortion. We need to be cognizant of those, too. I don't disagree with you that the issue is most pressing, but we're in a war here on many fronts. Pick your battles wisely that we might draw ever closer to total victory.." ~ Chances Are

You sound like Ronald Reagan:

“When I began entering into the give and take of legislative bargaining in Sacramento, a lot of the most radical conservatives who had supported me during the election didn’t like it. “Compromise” was a dirty word to them and they wouldn’t face the fact that we couldn’t get all of what we wanted today. They wanted all or nothing and they wanted it all at once. If you don’t get it all, some said, don’t take anything. I’d learned while negotiating union contracts that you seldom got everything you asked for. And I agreed with FDR, who said in 1933: ‘I have no expectations of making a hit every time I come to bat. What I seek is the highest possible batting average.’ If you got seventy-five or eighty percent of what you were asking for, I say, you take it and fight for the rest later, and that’s what I told these radical conservatives who never got used to it.” – Ronald Reagan, An American Life

bttt

24 posted on 02/12/2010 8:15:49 AM PST by Matchett-PI (Sowell's book, Intellectuals and Society, eviscerates the fantasies that uphold leftist thought)
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To: onyx; STARWISE; Liz; maggief; Bahbah; SE Mom

GOP is still ignoring the formula for a win in an ultra liberal district.

A HUNK with and TRUCK = WIN

Should particularly work in the liberal CA districts if he shows a tatoo or two and some body jewelry. It doesn’t matter what his policies are!


25 posted on 02/12/2010 8:17:36 AM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: hoosiermama

spell check does correct bad typing (and = a)


26 posted on 02/12/2010 8:18:43 AM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: N. Theknow

Interesting - when did you first use it here? We found out there’s a TEApublican blog that started 7/4/2009...that may have been the first reference to it! :)

I used it here sometime around 12/17...:)


27 posted on 02/12/2010 8:19:55 AM PST by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country - Keep on Tea Partiers - party like it's 1773 & pray 2 Chronicles 7:14!)
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To: GGpaX4DumpedTea

“We generally focus on the national political scene, and as we do that we need to reemphasize emphasis on reestablishing the same Party of and for the People at all local levels of government. Bill Whittle said it well..” ~GGpaX4DumpedTea

He sure did:

VIDEO: http://www.pjtv.com/video/Afterburner_with_Bill_Whittle/Grand_Old_(Tea)_Party:_The_People_Are_Furious_And_The_Party_Must_Understand_Why/3076/

bttt


28 posted on 02/12/2010 8:20:26 AM PST by Matchett-PI (Sowell's book, Intellectuals and Society, eviscerates the fantasies that uphold leftist thought)
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To: Seruzawa

“Boot them all.”

Demint
Pence
Bachmann
Issa
Duncan Hunter

All?


29 posted on 02/12/2010 8:21:27 AM PST by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country - Keep on Tea Partiers - party like it's 1773 & pray 2 Chronicles 7:14!)
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To: sickoflibs

Agree SOL there’s been several articles lately about cutting Social Security and we were forced to pay into that and after being robbed for over forty years they darn well better pay the people they took it from. Thats something younger people don’t like well it is not our fault they took the money they stole from us and spent it.


30 posted on 02/12/2010 8:22:31 AM PST by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: Chances Are; xzins; P-Marlowe
if the candidate in place of Scott Brown had somehow been some fire-and-brimstone right-to-lifer taking the stand you are, to the exclusion of everything else, (and remembering we are in Massachusetts here) what would have been the probability of his winning?

Let's see:

- Coakley portrayed Scott Brown as pro-life.
- The media portrayed Scott Brown as pro-life.
- Scott Brown's apologists portrayed Scott Brown as pro-life.

And what happened? Oh yeah, despite being portrayed as pro-life, Scott Brown won by five points.

So yes, a pro-life candidate could have won and if a pro-life candidate can win in Massachusets that means they can win ANYWHERE.

31 posted on 02/12/2010 8:23:24 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: xzins

“He will. Their KIA count will be 200 times just this year the entire total killed in Iraq since the WOT began. (Osama bin Roevwade)

So, it’s a loss. It’s a loss for the nation.”
++++++++++++++

The difference you’re talking about is between politics and soul saving. To overturn Roe v. Wade, we need a spiritual revival in this land. No politica movement will do.

It’s time to get on our faces before God and cry out to him (which you may be doing.)

2 Chron. 7:14 and many passages as well as history of revivals will be our guide.

Nothing less (and nothing political) will do.

So in that regard Scott Brown is a minor victory. But regarding our march toward socialism, his is a major victory.

Also, Romans 13 tells us that leaders serve under the toleration of God’s will, and we’re to pray for our leaders (1 Timothy 2: “1I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6who gave himself as a ransom for all men—the testimony given in its proper time.”)


32 posted on 02/12/2010 8:26:45 AM PST by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country - Keep on Tea Partiers - party like it's 1773 & pray 2 Chronicles 7:14!)
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To: burroak

“...get your talent when and where you can and always be looking to trade up. That puts everyone (friend and foe alike) on notice that they have to perform and get better if they want to be re-elected...”

Well said. The Democrat/Socialist/Leftist agenda for the past 100 years has used this tactic to establish themselves in the position of control that culminated in the results of the 2008 elections, and that now has them thinking that they no longer have to listen to the People.

We need to do what we have to do With the People, always remembering that “We the People” was the premise in the beginning.


33 posted on 02/12/2010 8:26:48 AM PST by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a tea party descendant - steeped in the Constitutional legacy handed down by the Founders)
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To: Tolik

He’s right on the mark IMO.


34 posted on 02/12/2010 8:36:03 AM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...Call 'em What you Will, They ALL have Fairies Living In Their Trees.)
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To: wagglebee
Do you really think this is the issue that the election turned on? That somehow the state that went for Kerry 2 years ago has suddenly embraced this issue as you define it, to the exclusion of everything else?

I don't think so, and if you do, you're an extremely poor political prognosticator, and you're going to be bitterly disappointed in the short-term political battles that are in the offing.

I urge you to keep fighting for this issue, yes, but also remember it's not the only issue on the table, and not the only issue that's worth fighting over. There's a lot of ground we have to cover and win in this war.

Keep your eye on the donut, and not on the hole.

CA....

35 posted on 02/12/2010 8:36:19 AM PST by Chances Are (Whew! Seems I've found that silly grin again!)
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To: hoosiermama

GOP is still ignoring the formula. A HUNK with a TRUCK = WIN.

Heh-—good one.


36 posted on 02/12/2010 8:42:08 AM PST by Liz (A person who smiles in the face of adversity probably has a scapegoat nearby.)
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To: Tolik; All

Excellent article. Thank God for the Tea Party Nation. I’m wondering at what rate it’s numbers are growing. Anyone know?


37 posted on 02/12/2010 8:49:26 AM PST by no dems (If you think Obama is a better President than Sarah Palin would be, lay down the crack pipe.)
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To: Liz

GOP is still ignoring the formula. A HUNK with a TRUCK = WIN.
______________________________________________________________

Or “A BABE with a BEAMER = VICTORY”.

OMGosh! Is that “sexist”? Go Sarah, go!!

(For those who might need to know; Beamer defined: “A BMW or a really nice car.)


38 posted on 02/12/2010 8:54:48 AM PST by no dems (If you think Obama is a better President than Sarah Palin would be, lay down the crack pipe.)
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To: Chances Are; xzins; P-Marlowe
Do you really think this is the issue that the election turned on? That somehow the state that went for Kerry 2 years ago has suddenly embraced this issue as you define it, to the exclusion of everything else?

I don't think so, and if you do, you're an extremely poor political prognosticator, and you're going to be bitterly disappointed in the short-term political battles that are in the offing.

I never suggested that the election turned on this issue. But YOU and others have said that a pro-life candidate couldn't win in Massachusetts and I demonstrated that this IS NOT TRUE.

You are right, Kerry won, Kennedy always won, etc,; however, consider this, they NEVER made abortion an issue. They always made some sort of "personally opposed, but" statement and then changed the subject.

How then was this election different? As she continued to slide in the polls Coakley got desperate and she DID make abortion an issue and she LOST.

39 posted on 02/12/2010 8:56:42 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: sickoflibs

The real problem with Social Security is that they have expanded who is capable of receiving those funds.

For example, we have foreign nationals in our nation who never worked ten seconds in the U.S., who draw SS payments.

I say cut the payouts to only those who got in their 40 quarters or whatever it is, and quit bankrupting the system.


40 posted on 02/12/2010 9:00:47 AM PST by DoughtyOne (God, Family, Friends, Home, Town, State, the U.S., Conservatism, Free Republic & a dollar a day...)
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To: wagglebee; Chances Are; Matchett-PI; P-Marlowe

Life is not an “issue”.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable RIGHTS, that among these are LIFE....

Life is a right. The ultimate right.

And Brown believes in trading rights.


41 posted on 02/12/2010 9:09:15 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: xzins

I couldn’t agree more!


42 posted on 02/12/2010 9:12:19 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Tolik

“By calling us Tea Baggers, and racists, and Nazis, and rubes, and hicks… by pretending we’re just a fringe group of dangerous radicals, or saying — as the President did, twice, and apparently with a straight face — that he was unaware that tens or hundreds of thousands of hard-working American patriots were clogging the streets of the city he lives in — well all of these geniuses poured can after can of lighter fluid on to what might have been some old, wet charcoal — nearly impossible to light — and turned it into a wildfire that will likely remake the landscape of this country. That’s why there’s a Tea Party. So thanks, you big-brain, sneering, socialist ninnies! We couldn’t have done it without you.”

You did indeed nail it, Tolik. Yes!


43 posted on 02/12/2010 9:16:12 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (2010 HOUSE RACES! Help everyone get the goods on their House Rats. See my profile.)
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To: xzins

Alright.

Suppose we win the total elimination of abortion in any and all forms, and we lose everything else.

Would you be happy with that? Would you then remain quiet?

Under such an scenario, tell me what we win, and what we lose.

CA....


44 posted on 02/12/2010 9:16:21 AM PST by Chances Are (Whew! Seems I've found that silly grin again!)
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March; Impy; TigersEye; floriduh voter; snippy_about_it; ovrtaxt; syriacus; ...

[When news is coming at a quick pace, my link blasts can help you catch a lot in a short time. Just one ping a day, or maybe two pings on a truly wild day.]

Tolik nailed it. [I quoted his closing words in post 43]

Blizzard of Lies: Debunking The Warm-Air-Holds-More-Moisture Defense
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2449802/posts

Climategate and Snowmageddon Headline Roundup:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2449802/posts?page=74#74

NATO GEARING FOR LARGE AFGHANISTAN OFFENSIVE...
Report: Iran disrupting satellite transmissions...

Obama, Commander in Chief [Headline Roundup]:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2418483/posts?page=2641#2641

Man Sues California Mall After Guard Arrests Him for Having Conversation About God
http://www.infowars.com/man-sues-california-mall-after-guard-arrests-him-for-having-conversation-about-god

Loony Left and Culture War Headline Roundup:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2449773/posts?page=2#2

[Washington Times — Rewarding a non-investigation with a seat on the bench.]
“The Obama administration’s controversial abandonment of a voter-intimidation case against members of the New Black Panther Party is bordering on sinister.”

Suspended Jersey City mayor Leona Beldini convicted [Name That Party!!]
“Jersey City Deputy Mayor Leona Beldini was found guilty Thursday of two of six counts in a scheme to extort bribes from a government informant ...”
Dirty Jersey: Feds Bust Dozens in Corruption Scandal

When Obama isn’t palling around with terrorists, he’s giving them Miranda rights:

[Washington Times — Rewarding a non-investigation with a seat on the bench.]
“The Obama administration’s controversial abandonment of a voter-intimidation case against members of the New Black Panther Party is bordering on sinister.” [snip]

DEMOCRATS — CORRUPT THUG-O-CRATS [Headline Roundup]
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2449620/posts?page=17#17

In response to this post: “Read My Lips/Just Words”: Three Examples of Zero’s Wothless Word

Also ....

Republicans Object to Biden Stealing Iraq Success, Another 9/11 Unlikely Biden Says, Biden Smears Palin’s Sanity, Jobs bill too small for rats, Economic Powder Keg, Hayworth meets Sherrif Joe [McCain Primary], Three examples of Zero’s Broken Promises, gun rights, more.


45 posted on 02/12/2010 9:20:16 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (2010 HOUSE RACES! Help everyone get the goods on their House Rats. See my profile.)
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March

“Read My Lips/Just Words”: Three Examples of Zero’s Wothless Word

Obama Admin wants to track cellphones; ‘No reasonable expectation of privacy’...
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10451518-38.html
[Broken Campaign Promise — what they feared from Bush is reality with Zero.]
David Horowitz’s take:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2449792/posts

Bam’s tax betrayal [NY Post]
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2449765/posts

Obama: “Not one dime” more in taxes … Update -Video | Radio Vice ...
http://radioviceonline.com/obama-not-one-dime-more-in-taxes

Ann Coulter: OBAMA’S OWNED — YOU CAN BANK ON IT (Bought and Paid for)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2448703/posts
“How about just punishing the guilty? The Democrats can’t do that because the list of Wall Street’s biggest offenders may turn out to be eerily similar to the list of Obama’s biggest campaign contributors. [Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, and JPMorgan Chase]

Flashback: Obama Says Bonuses Are Violation Of ‘Our Fundamental Values’...
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2010/02/10/flashback_obama_says_bonuses_are_violation_of_our_fundamental_values.html


The Texas GOP Governor’s Race: Three’s a Crowd
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2449794/posts
[Tea Party flexing its muscles]

Republicans Object to Biden Taking Credit for Success in Iraq (Go To Hell Biden And Obama!)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2449579/posts

Another 9/11 Unlikely, Biden Says
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2449492/posts
“Those hair plugs must be some kind of ESP/Matrix type of antennae, allowing him extraordinary perception.” — Eagles6

SENATE DEMS AX BIPARTISAN ‘JOBS BILL’...
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0210/32878.html
‘TOO SMALL’...

Biden: I Like Palin But She’s ‘Just So Far Out There’!
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2449377/posts
[Smearing Palin’s Sanity]


Economic Powder Keg

Angela Merkel dashes Greek hopes of rescue bid
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2449801/posts

The Much-Awaited Treasury Selloff Is Not A Manner Of “If” Anymore, It’s Here
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2449476/posts

Beware A Trojan Horse Rally Like The One We Saw Before 1987
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2449483/posts
The Market Insider | 2-11-2010 | Joe Weisenthal


Misc

Ridicule of Conspiracy Theories Focuses On Diffusing Criticism of the Powerful
http://www.infowars.com/ridicule-of-conspiracy-theories-focuses-on-diffusing-criticism-of-the-powerful

Bus Tunnel Victim Says She Begged Police For Help Before Beating
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2449338/posts
Infowars Take:
3 Security guards stand by as 15 year old girl beaten
http://www.infowars.com/3-security-guards-stand-by-as-15-year-old-girl-beaten

Patrick Kennedy won’t seek reelection
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2449661/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2449650/posts
[It would just be a joke anyway.]

‘Crabzilla’: The biggest crab ever seen in Britain... and it’s still growing
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2449745/posts

6-Year-Old Student Handcuffed, Committed by School
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2449799/posts
[”Round all the gutter snipes up! By adult standards, children are insane.” WKRP]

Larry King To Gov. Paterson: Does Being Blind Make It Harder To Read Headlines?
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2449783/posts

Look what they’re erasing from U.S. history
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2449156/posts
“ ... omit references to Daniel Boone, Gen. George Patton, Nathan Hale, Columbus Day and Christmas.”
[I’d rather read Worldnetdaily than those who have trouble spelling ‘net’.]

History of England starts at 1700, says university
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=124868
Academics attack decision to scrap research – ‘entrenching the ignorance of the present’

Reid blasts bar association over judicial ratings
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2449627/posts?page=2
[A democrat who can’t get along with the leftist ABA? That is really weird.]

After Threat, Obama Gets His Nominees (Recess appointment would rubber stamp them anyway.)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2449788/posts


Go, Hayworth! [McCain Primary]

Sheriff Joe Says: Come Meet J.D. Hayworth! [McCain Primary]
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2449727/posts


Gun Rights

States’ Gun Rights: Raising the Bar for Nullification
http://www.infowars.com/states-gun-rights-raising-the-bar-for-nullification
Some 22 states are considering a bill known as the “Firearms Freedom Act,” which declares that guns, accessories, and ammunition made, sold and kept within that state are not subject to federal laws or regulations.

The Tyranny of Emergency – Gun Rights Suspended…Again [due to snow]
http://www.infowars.com/the-tyranny-of-emergency-%e2%80%93-gun-rights-suspended%e2%80%

Man Arrested for Practicing Second Amendment, Warning About Martial Law
http://www.infowars.com/man-arrested-for-practicing-second-amendment-warning-about-martial-law/
Massachusetts passed a martial law bill in 2009.


46 posted on 02/12/2010 9:21:14 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (2010 HOUSE RACES! Help everyone get the goods on their House Rats. See my profile.)
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To: FromLori; DoughtyOne

I agree with both of you, we have been robbed and some was to give benefits to those that paid FICA next to nothing. Problem is, that was the whole idea, welfare sold as a pension. My Grandmother paid in about 2 years and got SS for 35 years. My Dad paid (was taxed) for 40 years and never saw a dime.

The problem is the youth (most who cluelessly voted for O) and unborn really are not responsible for our willingness (through representative democracy) to pay FICA taxes. This really is a problem. But I say we must demand federal employees retirement including health benefits get cut before we even talk about SS and medicare cuts. Have we really sold ourselves into their slavery for a few dollars?


47 posted on 02/12/2010 9:23:42 AM PST by sickoflibs (( "It's not the taxes, the redistribution is spending you demand stupid"))
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To: SeattleBruce

““Boot them all.”

Demint
Pence
Bachmann
Issa
Duncan Hunter

All?”

YEAH,NO KIDDING! LETS GET RID OF THE ONLY HONORABLE FIGHTERS WE HAVE. DATS DE TICKET.


48 posted on 02/12/2010 9:30:09 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINO's!)
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To: sickoflibs; FromLori; DoughtyOne

“Have we really sold ourselves into their slavery for a few dollars?”

As of now? YES.


49 posted on 02/12/2010 9:34:03 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINO's!)
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To: SeattleBruce
Interesting - when did you first use it here? We found out there’s a TEApublican blog that started 7/4/2009...that may have been the first reference to it! :)

That's got me beat.

Oh, Well.

I used it in a post sometime after Teddy died that I might need to change my tagline from "Kennedys: Can't fly, can't ski, can't drive, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best." to "Vote For Hire: Tea-publicans need only apply."

50 posted on 02/12/2010 9:34:18 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't fly, can't ski, can't drive, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best.)
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