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The Tea Party frightens me (ZOGBY, Arab American Institute) BARF!
Gulf Daily News ^ | February 14, 2010 | JAMES J ZOGBY

Posted on 02/14/2010 3:50:08 PM PST by maggief

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Former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin gave the keynote address. While some media pundits dismiss her, poking fun at her lack of knowledge and verbal gaffes, I believe she must be taken seriously. She is a dangerous populist, who delights her following with crude appeals to patriotism, anger at Washington, resentment at all things "foreign" and her penchant for ridiculing, as "out of touch elites," a wide array of opponents.

She may not know history or geography, but to her enthralled base she speaks the truth. Palin has touched the exposed nerve of anger and alienation of some elements of the white middle class. And, in this context, attacks against her only serve to reinforce her supporters' feelings of being aggrieved.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: angrymob; arabamericans; fearfuldems; handwringers; palin; teaparty; teapartyconvention; zogby
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1 posted on 02/14/2010 3:50:08 PM PST by maggief
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To: maggief
While some media pundits dismiss her, poking fun at her lack of knowledge and verbal gaffes,

What verbal gaffes?

2 posted on 02/14/2010 3:52:34 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT ( Self-appointed Thread Monitor)
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To: maggief

When has she ever had problems with History and geography? more made-up Urban Palin Legend?


3 posted on 02/14/2010 3:53:31 PM PST by Bigtigermike (Loose lips sink ships, stay away RINO's)
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To: maggief

They have reason be afraid, the silent majority is awake and boy are they pissed.


4 posted on 02/14/2010 3:54:47 PM PST by notpoliticallycorewrecked (According to the MSM, I'm a fringe sitting, pajama wearing, Freeper)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Yeah....where is the verbal gaffes too? I know Biden and Obama gaffes but palin I know not!


5 posted on 02/14/2010 3:54:53 PM PST by Bigtigermike (Loose lips sink ships, stay away RINO's)
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To: maggief
he polls show the strength of this current within the Republican Party.

The Tea party movement is not part of any registered party. It was purposely formed to be independent of either the OP(formerly the GOP)or RAT wings of the socialist Republicrat party.
6 posted on 02/14/2010 3:54:55 PM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: maggief

Good!


7 posted on 02/14/2010 3:55:50 PM PST by onedoug
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked

Take two

They have reasons to be afraid. The silent majority is awake and boy are they pissed.


8 posted on 02/14/2010 3:56:46 PM PST by notpoliticallycorewrecked (According to the MSM, I'm a fringe sitting, pajama wearing, Freeper)
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To: CharlesWayneCT
What verbal gaffs? Probably balancing a budget and being anti-socialism is meant as their view of gaff.

Meanwhile where is all the talk about Obama needed a teleprompter everywhere instead of maybe an outline of 7 little words?

9 posted on 02/14/2010 3:57:12 PM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: maggief

“The Tea Party frightens me...”

Whoever says the above is in need of counseling.


10 posted on 02/14/2010 3:57:18 PM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Bigtigermike
When has she ever had problems with History and geography? more made-up Urban Palin Legend?

Yep. The left perpetuating the lie that Sarah said she could see Russia from her house, when in fact it was a scripted line on SNL spoken by Tina Fey.

11 posted on 02/14/2010 3:57:29 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: maggief
The Tea Party frightens me

HA!


12 posted on 02/14/2010 3:57:39 PM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality. (Hi Mom.))
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To: maggief

I’m sick and tired of writers and reporters who know nothing about their subject that they are writing or talking about, this is especially with Palin for some strange reason; more FReeper’s know far more than all of them combine!


13 posted on 02/14/2010 3:57:57 PM PST by Bigtigermike (Loose lips sink ships, stay away RINO's)
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To: Man50D

Take one of his pools. He leads you. How has he done on elections?


14 posted on 02/14/2010 3:58:28 PM PST by paguch
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To: Bigtigermike

57 states?

Oh, wait a minute ...


15 posted on 02/14/2010 4:00:32 PM PST by maggief
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To: maggief
Zogby you..

16 posted on 02/14/2010 4:02:18 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: maggief

The new talking points: Sarah is dangerous. Sarah is scary. Sarah is patriotic? Therefore being patriotic is both scary and dangerous.


17 posted on 02/14/2010 4:02:33 PM PST by carmody
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To: maggief

“I’m frightened by the 26pc who think she is qualified (including 42pc of all Republicans).”

If there are any libs reading this, then let me just point out that both Sarah Palin and the Tea Party are the result of a natural backlash against your extremist policies and your socialist leaders. The more you “change” America, the more frightened you will become. The right is not going to sit around and watch you destroy this country.


18 posted on 02/14/2010 4:03:02 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: maggief

You better be afraid, very afraid!


19 posted on 02/14/2010 4:04:36 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: maggief

**She may not know history or geography,**

Ah, but she does.

You, dear dumb*$$ James Zogby, are confusing her with the Other One........who believes there are 57 Heinz variety States.


20 posted on 02/14/2010 4:05:40 PM PST by sodpoodle (Despair - Man's surrender. Laughter - God's redemption.)
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To: maggief
This one is not like the NY Times or the Los Angeles times as far as excerpts... :-) ...



The Tea Party frightens me

 

By Dr JAMES J ZOGBY President, Arab American Institute
Posted on Monday, February 15, 2010

Last weekend, when Washington was being hit by its worst-ever snow storm, the Tea Party Movement was holding its first national meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. I watched parts of the convention on television and became concerned by what I saw and heard. After reviewing two sets of national polls, released this Friday, my concern was heightened.

Former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin gave the keynote address. While some media pundits dismiss her, poking fun at her lack of knowledge and verbal gaffes, I believe she must be taken seriously. She is a dangerous populist, who delights her following with crude appeals to patriotism, anger at Washington, resentment at all things "foreign" and her penchant for ridiculing, as "out of touch elites," a wide array of opponents.

She may not know history or geography, but to her enthralled base she speaks the truth. Palin has touched the exposed nerve of anger and alienation of some elements of the white middle class. And, in this context, attacks against her only serve to reinforce her supporters' feelings of being aggrieved.

Former Congressman and 2008 presidential candidate Tom Tancredo also addressed the convention. Some will recall the splash he created a few years back when he advocated bombing the holy places in Mecca and Medina if the US were attacked again by terrorists. Giving the meeting's opening address, he was in prime form accusing President Obama "and his left wing allies" of "looking at every opportunity to destroy the Constitution before we have a chance to save it" and telling the cheering crowd that "this is our country", urging them "to take it back".

In one especially disturbing passage, Tancredo played his anti-immigrant, anti-foreign card, charging that "people who could not even spell the word 'vote' or say it in English put a committed socialist ideologue in the White house. His name is Barack Hussein Obama".

It may make some feel better to dismiss all this as the bizarre rantings of a disgruntled minority. I think not. The polls show the strength of this current within the Republican Party. While only 35 per cent of Republicans consider themselves supporters of the Tea Party Movement, 60pc agree with its views. And more than one-half of all Republicans believe the group will make their party stronger.

They may be a minority, but they are angry, feel threatened, and have demonstrated their ability to organise their anger into a disruptive and, at times, violent force - as they did last summer in breaking up healthcare reform Town Hall meetings across the US.

And despite being a minority, they have a "star" in Palin and strong media voices like Rush Limbaugh, Fox TV's Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity. With the Republican Party rudderless, at the moment, this current has become the de facto leadership of the opposition to the White House. The Tea Party's danger, then, is not so much that it will become the majority, but that it will continue to intimidate more moderate voices in the Republican Party.

This is not a new phenomenon. Such movements frequently arise in periods of social dislocation and economic distress. They prey on the fears of the middle class with appeals to patriotism, and warnings against elites and foreigners - creating in the minds of their supporters a life/death struggle of "us" versus "them". Appeals to anger using chauvinism, xenophobia and racism are their trademarks. We've seen similar efforts rise up in recent times with Jšrg Haider in Austria, Jean-Marie Le Pen in France and Nick Griffin in the UK - and it has now come to America.

So excuse me if I don't join those who dismiss Palin or her Tea Party crowd or take consolation in the polls showing that 71pc of Americans feel she is not qualified to be president. I'm frightened by the 26pc who think she is qualified (including 42pc of all Republicans). The crowds that cheer her on or respond with delight to Tancredo's bigoted remarks shouldn't be dismissed. They are reason to be concerned, very concerned. jzogby@aaiusa.org

21 posted on 02/14/2010 4:07:08 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked

“They have reason be afraid”

Let’s be real. As a group, the left have about as much courage as the French.


22 posted on 02/14/2010 4:08:30 PM PST by avoth
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To: maggief

If YOU are “frightened” by Sarah, then you deserve to be!
Your “fear” is indicative of your contempt for America and the Constitution. Embracing Obama’s vision for America is what should be feared and fought at every turn!


23 posted on 02/14/2010 4:09:17 PM PST by G Larry (DNC is comprised of REGRESSIVES!)
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To: CharlesWayneCT
What verbal gaffes?

1. I've been to all 57 states.

2. In the depth of the depression, when Roosevelt spoke to the American people on TV...

3. Abdulmutallabadadoo was an isolated extremist.

Oh, wait a minute...

24 posted on 02/14/2010 4:12:25 PM PST by BusterBear
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To: Star Traveler

I tend to error on the side of caution. :)


25 posted on 02/14/2010 4:12:36 PM PST by maggief
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To: maggief

She is a dangerous populist, who delights her following with crude appeals to patriotism, anger at Washington, resentment at all things “foreign” and her penchant for ridiculing, as “out of touch elites,” a wide array of opponents.
— - - - - - - -

Terrified they are. They are afraid that voters will take matters into their own hands at the ballot box and take power away from the political class. The government is under the control of life-long Marxists and Maoists and she is “dangerous”?


26 posted on 02/14/2010 4:16:03 PM PST by excopconservative
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To: maggief
You were saying ...

I tend to error on the side of caution. :)

Yes, you can do that, too...

But, the posting page will actually stop you from posting the whole article on websites that are prohibited from doing that. So, if you don't know for sure... then you'll find out when you hit the review button on the post (and here I'm talking about posting the thread, not a post further on down the thread).

Otherwise, just check this FReeper thread...

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All the ones that you need to excerpt or only link are listed. Do a search function on your browser for the relevant site you're looking for and you can find out in a few seconds.

27 posted on 02/14/2010 4:17:42 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: paguch

This Zogby is the brother to the poll taker and involved in some muslim groups...democrat also...wouldn’t trust him with my dog.


28 posted on 02/14/2010 4:18:20 PM PST by goat granny
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To: maggief

“...exposed nerve of anger and alienation of some elements of the white middle class.”
Here we go again!
This zogby goat fornicator is a liar if the first order.


29 posted on 02/14/2010 4:23:34 PM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: CharlesWayneCT
Zogby: The Tea Party frightens me

It should, Mr. Zogby.

It should.


30 posted on 02/14/2010 4:24:47 PM PST by Lazamataz (Hey Obama, Can You Hear Me Now....? GOOOOoood......)
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To: Star Traveler
We've seen similar efforts rise up in recent times with Jšrg Haider in Austria, Jean-Marie Le Pen in France and Nick Griffin in the UK - and it has now come to America.”

Zogby is a fanatical, Islamic fundamentalist idiot.
I lived in Europe for years. There is nothing in common between Jean Marie LePen and the Tea Parties.
This is merely another attempt by the notoriously racist Jihn Zogby to smear the Tea Parties.

I'm frightened by the 26pc who think she is qualified”

You should be frightened, Mr John “Kerry Will Win in 2004” Zogby. Back in 2007, only 25% of the population thought 0bozo was qualified to be president. A year later he was president. If nothing at all, it's worth election Sarah Plain president just for the thought that it frightens the heck out of racist bigots like John Zogby.

31 posted on 02/14/2010 4:26:34 PM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: A CA Guy

A gaff is a hook.


32 posted on 02/14/2010 4:32:06 PM PST by drubyfive
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To: maggief
When he's not helping his brother screw up polls, James Zogby is a big wig in the Democratic Party.

From Wikipedia

James J. Zogby (born 1945) is an American academic, political consultant, commentator, and the founder and president of the Washington, D.C.-based Arab American Institute. He is a senior analyst with his brother's polling firm, Zogby International, and is a lecturer and scholar on Middle East issues. He is also member of the Executive Committee of the Democratic National Committee.

33 posted on 02/14/2010 4:32:36 PM PST by bwc2221
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To: bwc2221

Well connected, isn’t he.


34 posted on 02/14/2010 4:37:09 PM PST by maggief
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To: maggief
"The Tea Party frightens me"

Just one word....GOOD!!!

35 posted on 02/14/2010 4:38:05 PM PST by RoseofTexas
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To: Bigtigermike

Just like 71% think she is unqualified? Where was I when this poll was taken? And Obamalama was qualified. He is not qualified to shine Sarahs Shoes Grand central station.


36 posted on 02/14/2010 4:39:53 PM PST by crazydad (What)
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To: maggief
Zogby is a typical ignorant arab. Doesn't comprehend civilization even though he has tried to live with it, too arrogant to realize the failure is his.
37 posted on 02/14/2010 4:42:51 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: maggief

And, ZerO doesn’t?


38 posted on 02/14/2010 4:43:57 PM PST by depressed in 06 (Tea parties today, Lexington tomorrow.)
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To: maggief

Quite frankly, Muslims scare me. Sarah....meh...not so scarey.


39 posted on 02/14/2010 4:45:36 PM PST by dforest (Who is the real Jim Thompson? I am.)
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To: maggief

......not as much as Chuckie Schumer and friends frighten me.


40 posted on 02/14/2010 4:48:01 PM PST by rod1
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To: maggief
They prey on the fears of the middle class with appeals to patriotism, and warnings against elites and foreigners - creating in the minds of their supporters a life/death struggle of "us" versus "them". Appeals to anger using chauvinism, xenophobia and racism are their trademarks. We've seen similar efforts rise up in recent times with Jšrg Haider in Austria, Jean-Marie Le Pen in France and Nick Griffin in the UK - and it has now come to America.

This shows me how out of touch with America and its history libtards are.

First, we are - and always have been - different than the rest of the world. That is why we have unprecedented growth, wealth, and longevity. The libtards want us to be the same as the failure of world history and world that repeats it.

Secondly, this didn't just reach our shores; this is merely a resurgence of our founding - getting back to basics if you will.

41 posted on 02/14/2010 4:50:09 PM PST by Engineer_Soldier (http://www.rlc.org/ (The Republican Liberty Caucus))
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To: maggief
Tea Party frightens me

Me, too! Are they doing enough?

42 posted on 02/14/2010 4:50:09 PM PST by Libloather (Tea totaler, PROUD birther, mobster, pro-lifer, anti-warmer, enemy of the state, extremist....)
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To: maggief

Left wing Moonbat socialist marxist commie loons scare me!!


43 posted on 02/14/2010 4:50:29 PM PST by timetostand (Ya say ya wanna revolution -- OK!)
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To: maggief

if THESE tea parties frighten you... might i suggest watching the first episode of the John Adams series.

tarring and feathering use to be all the rage. now, we’ve ‘evolved’ into sign waving and mumbling


44 posted on 02/14/2010 4:50:48 PM PST by sten
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To: maggief

Dateline Washington, D.C. - President Barack Obama unveiled his plan to increase the rate at which jobs are saved or created. “I have found a means to increase employment while at the same time providing comfort for those traumatized by the Tea Party. Effective immediately, I will provide emergency response teams to counsel communities suffering from the Tea Partiers outrageous attempts to force the negative and restrictive restraints of the Constitution on a frightened and unwilling government. No longer will innocent citizens have to be subjected to this type of seditious and unwarranted verbal violence without having recourse to trained Acorn counselors who will assuage the fear to which they are rightfully entitled. This service will be extended to both 2nd and 3rd generation descendents of immigrants who may still identify with those undocumented workers so vilified by the Tea Party”. President Obama concluded his statement saying, “As I have spoken, so let it be done”.


45 posted on 02/14/2010 4:51:01 PM PST by davius (You can roll manure in powdered sugar but that don't make it a jelly doughnut.)
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To: maggief
She is a dangerous populist...

It is rather ironic for a leftist to be characterizing Sarah this way. Don't most of those on the far left claim to be speaking "for the people"? What is a populist, other than someone speaking "for the people"?

46 posted on 02/14/2010 4:55:17 PM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: maggief
"She may not know history or geography, but to her enthralled base she speaks the truth. "

I'm conintually amazed at these elitists who assume they know all about Sarah. What makes Zogby think Sarah doesn't know history or geography? Has she demonstrated any appreciable ignorance in either subject? As for her 'enthralled base' who thinks she speaks nothing but the truth, I'm waiting to see if anything she's said is a lie. I can PROVE that Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and other liberal statists have lied like rugs, but I haven't seen any proof by anyone that Sarah has lied about anything.

I'm glad Zogby is frightened, and I hope all his MSM friends remain blissfully ignorant of Sarah's influence, until the day conservative Republicans have retaken the majority status in the House and Senate, and the folks in the MSM realize they have no more contacts to get their behind the scenes info, because they don't KNOW any of those new folks in Congress! ;o)

47 posted on 02/14/2010 4:57:24 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: Star Traveler

He needs the Dr. title to give cover to his lies and distortions. It amazes me how afraid these socialist/communists are of our Constitutional form of government!


48 posted on 02/14/2010 4:58:11 PM PST by orinoco
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To: maggief
We'll see if the Gulf Daily News posts this response:

"With all due respect, Mr. Zogby is revealing his insularity. I presume he is a resident of and attuned to the "Beltway Culture". That is, the culture of Washington D.C.

Increasingly, the culture of Washington, D.C. has grown apart from the culture of the rest of the USA.

That the Tea Party movement strikes fear in the hearts of the Washington, D.C. culture is not surprising.

That it should be characterized as a "populist" movement of uneducated rednecks is a complete misconception -- borne of Washington's insularity.

Instead it is a popular movement (distinct from "populist") that is composed of ordinary middle-class Americans -- who are as educated as Washington and of all creeds and colors -- who are resisting the assumption of power by the political class.

Only if Mr. Zogby considers himself part of a "ruling political class" does he have cause to worry. And, even then, not for his life or limb. Solely, for his position of influence."

49 posted on 02/14/2010 5:03:46 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: okie01
That it should be characterized as a "populist" movement of uneducated rednecks is a complete misconception -- borne of Washington's insularity.

The media and the left are trying very hard to assign the negative word "populist" to our movement because they do not want the word "conservative" associated with anything good or positive in the public arena.

We need to intentionally use the word "Conservative" every chance we get, especially when responding to smear jobs against the Tea Party movement itself. Conservative American principles built this country and the regular folks know it. That will drive the message home to the decent folks who are following us and thinking of following us. We need them to vote with us and we need to stop the language pirates from stealing more of our good, American ideas.

50 posted on 02/14/2010 5:17:10 PM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality. (Hi Mom.))
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