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Amid harsh criticisms, 'tea party' slips into the mainstream
Christian Science Monitor ^ | April 3, 2010 | Patrik Jonsson

Posted on 04/03/2010 2:15:24 PM PDT by Lorianne

Their faces sometimes twisted in anger, 'tea party' followers have been called neo-Klansmen and knuckle-dragging hillbillies.

To be sure, angry town halls, the N-word thrown at black congressmen, and signs comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler play into the hands of the movement's critics. And demonizing tea party activists tends to energize the Democrats' left-of-center base.

But political experts say that many such criticisms are near-sighted, if not outright inappropriate – and ultimately may miss the point. Indeed, polls suggest that tea party activists are not only more mainstream than many critics suggest, but that a majority of them are women (primarily mothers), not angry white men.

What's more, the release this week of the top three planks of the "crowd-sourced" Contract From America project, to some activists, shows a maturation from sign-wielding protesters to a political reform movement grounded in ideas.

The top three vote-getters among 360,000 respondents on the Contract From America website: Calling for an enumerated powers act to force lawmakers to check the constitionality of new laws; requiring a two-thirds majority in Congress for any tax hike; and a legislative backstop to prevent the EPA from "backdoor regulating."

Tea party: 'Intellectual reform movement?' "[The ideas in the tea party-coined Contract From America] takes our protest movement and really sets forth a real kind of intellectual reform movement," says Ryan Hecker, a Tea Party Patriots activist in Houston, and a founder of the Contract From America website. "It's a response to the idea that the tea party people don't know what they're fighting about, and it shows there's a real intellectual center to this movement and that we really do have ideas."

(Excerpt) Read more at csmonitor.com ...


TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 111th; 2010midterms; angrymob; cincinnati; cunningham; newrichmond; ohio; teaparty; timestax; voiceofamerica; westchester
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1 posted on 04/03/2010 2:15:25 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne
the N-word thrown at black congressmen

Even the CSM is spreading this lie???

WTF!

2 posted on 04/03/2010 2:18:20 PM PDT by Dr.Syn
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To: Lorianne
This is going to generate some angry letters to the editor for this liberal publication.
3 posted on 04/03/2010 2:19:04 PM PDT by outofstyle (Anti-socialist)
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To: Dr.Syn
Their faces sometimes twisted in anger

This is the start of a friendly article. LOL
4 posted on 04/03/2010 2:19:57 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Lorianne
To be sure, angry town halls, the N-word thrown at black congressmen

This worthless rag ceased to be “Christian” long ago. They need to drop the word "Christian" from their name, and just call themselves “Science Monitor”, whatever the heck science they are monitoring.

5 posted on 04/03/2010 2:22:50 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: Lorianne

A) It’s NEVER been proven that ANYONE yelled racial slurs at any congressperson and (B) There’s no such thing as a card-carrying “Tea Party” member, so how do we know that someone misbehaving isn’t an SEIU/ACORN/OfA/DUmmy plant?
The Left has done everything in their power to destroy the Tea Party Movement and they just keep getting bigger, more popular and stronger as time goes on. It reminds me of the Romans persecution of the early Christians, which was the best thing that ever happened to the Church.


6 posted on 04/03/2010 2:23:04 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/backroom/2312894/posts?page=242)
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To: Lorianne
if not outright inappropriate

Not to mention outright lies.

7 posted on 04/03/2010 2:23:44 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: Dr.Syn

“Even the CSM is spreading this lie???”

Same thing happens every time Obama does something liberals fear they should not like. It is not the first time they have made up racist accusations.

They imagine themselves as victims and the opponents as racists. They also hate visuals of protesters that look like “the little guys” but do not support their side.


8 posted on 04/03/2010 2:23:46 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Lorianne
Their faces sometimes twisted in anger, 'tea party' followers have been called neo-Klansmen and knuckle-dragging hillbillies."

Not by anyone standing near me...meet the "twisted angry mob"...


9 posted on 04/03/2010 2:24:30 PM PDT by jessduntno ( If someone calls me racist, I reply "you are just saying that because I'm white!")
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To: Lorianne

Keep pissing us off, the Tea Party is a runaway train that cant be stopped. We are so past the race baiting, white guilt tactics, they won’t work on us...suckas...


10 posted on 04/03/2010 2:25:32 PM PDT by culpeper (He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people,)
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To: outofstyle

Someone should reiterate the $100,000 reward for proof of the N word.


11 posted on 04/03/2010 2:25:40 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Overproduction, one of the top five worries of the American Farmer each and every year..)
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To: Dr.Syn

Isn’t that something! They too are dancing the idiot’s dance.


12 posted on 04/03/2010 2:25:58 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: Lorianne
the N-word thrown at black congressmen,

Have any proof of that? Andrew Breitbart is offering $100,000 to anyone with an audio or video recording of tea partiers at the incident in question saying the N-word.

13 posted on 04/03/2010 2:27:27 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative

I think their plan is to repeat it so often it becomes ‘true’.


14 posted on 04/03/2010 2:32:43 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

We will show these pretenders who in this country are “knuckle-dragging hillbillies” come November. We are legion.


15 posted on 04/03/2010 2:33:15 PM PDT by Gaffer ("Profling: The only profile I need is a chalk outline around their dead ass!")
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To: Lorianne
Here is one "angry" Tea Party lady


16 posted on 04/03/2010 2:34:41 PM PDT by timestax (CNNLIES..BIG TIME)
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To: Lorianne
The Tea Party's angry town halls, the N-word thrown at black congressmen

The 1960s Marxist-Alinsky campus/street revolutionary rabble and their ideological issue scum excoriate us for the (often not true) actions of a very few out of tens of millions. We can play too.

All the Rat scum in what's left (no pun) of the Democratic Party should explain their glaringly obvious stupid feeeeeeeling that Guam will tip over and sink if one more person steps ashore.

Headline?

Urgent! Democrat Party: life preservers for world's islands, now!
Guam Could Tip Over, Sink
Witness said to overhear Democrat express fear

17 posted on 04/03/2010 2:35:32 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Lorianne
LSM STORIES OF angry town halls, the N-word thrown at black congressmen, and signs comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler play into the hands of the movement's critics.

Apparently the CSM has become a full fledged member of the LSM...

18 posted on 04/03/2010 2:36:08 PM PDT by piytar (Ammo is hard to find! Bought some lately? Please share where at www.ammo-finder.com)
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To: timestax
Some more "scary, angry" Tea Party people @ Tea Party event Cincinnati , March 20th.


19 posted on 04/03/2010 2:38:38 PM PDT by timestax (CNNLIES..BIG TIME)
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To: Lorianne
I think their plan is to repeat it so often it becomes ‘true’.

Of course it is. There are video tapes showing congressional aides carrying digital recorders close enough to record anything yelled at the congressmen. If there were anything to the allegations, those aides would have released the recordings.

20 posted on 04/03/2010 2:40:23 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Lorianne
Their faces sometimes twisted in anger...

Yeah, like Rachel Corrie. /s
21 posted on 04/03/2010 2:41:48 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Lorianne
OMG, these "angry, scary",Tea Party people should be thrown in jail for "looking so mean" Tea Party event, Cincinnati , March 20th, (last day of freedom).


22 posted on 04/03/2010 2:43:26 PM PDT by timestax (CNNLIES..BIG TIME)
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To: Lorianne
"Their faces sometimes twisted in anger, 'tea party' followers have been called neo-Klansmen and knuckle-dragging hillbillies. "

tea party violence

23 posted on 04/03/2010 2:45:21 PM PDT by FrankR (Those of us who love AMERICA far outnumber those who love obama - your choice.)
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To: Dr.Syn

The CSM used to be a highly respected newspaper...cited by reporters and students when seeking reliable quotes.

Now it’s come to this.


24 posted on 04/03/2010 2:49:49 PM PDT by kjo
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To: timestax
This is the "scariest, angry mob" I have ever seen! Cincinnati Tea Party event March 20th


25 posted on 04/03/2010 2:51:36 PM PDT by timestax (CNNLIES..BIG TIME)
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To: Lorianne
Their faces sometimes twisted in anger,

See if you can spot the weasel word.

'tea party' followers have been called neo-Klansmen and knuckle-dragging hillbillies.

Yeah, called that by WHO? Disinterested cultural observers? Or the usual liberal suspects who are now lashing out at middle America for rejecting their Messiah?

On the other hand, the writer might have been doing a little throat clearing upfront because after the opening lines the article appears to take a fairly sympathetic view of the tea partiers.

26 posted on 04/03/2010 2:55:59 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Lorianne
Another scary picture of a Tea Party "angry mob". At Voice of America Park, Westchester, Ohio. Now look out!


27 posted on 04/03/2010 3:00:48 PM PDT by timestax (CNNLIES..BIG TIME)
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To: timestax
Watch out for this Tea Party "angry mob", they are very "dangerous" Tea Party event, Voice of America Park, Westchester, Ohio.


28 posted on 04/03/2010 3:07:07 PM PDT by timestax (CNNLIES..BIG TIME)
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To: timestax
Oh, heck, One of these Cincinnati Tea Party people has a "dangerous" US Flag, OH NO !


29 posted on 04/03/2010 3:13:22 PM PDT by timestax (CNNLIES..BIG TIME)
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To: Lorianne
Where is the evidence that that bigoted black Congressman was called a n*gger? Seven cameras on him and nobody caught it. Even though it was said 15 times?

Lies are lies, even when they come from a distinguished member of the Congressional Black Caucus. Is that so hard to understand?

Congressman Billybob

Don't Tread On Me (9/12 photo and poster)"


30 posted on 04/03/2010 3:15:29 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (www.TheseAretheTimes.us)
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To: timestax
Another "twisted angry" face of the Tea Party! Voice of America Park, Westchester, Ohio.Now that lil dude is flat out "scary"!


31 posted on 04/03/2010 3:21:22 PM PDT by timestax (CNNLIES..BIG TIME)
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To: timestax
Another picture of "angry twisted" faces of Tea Party. Tea Party candlelight vigil, Carew Tower, Cincinnati, March 20th.They are holding candles


32 posted on 04/03/2010 3:27:06 PM PDT by timestax (CNNLIES..BIG TIME)
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To: Lorianne
... the N-word thrown at black congressmen ...

LIE!!!

33 posted on 04/03/2010 3:27:09 PM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: Lorianne

The liberal media still lying. Slips into mainstream. Maybe the stupid writer should rework the title of the article.

The reality is” “The general public is getting fed up with the evil Kenyan.”


34 posted on 04/03/2010 3:35:40 PM PDT by Frantzie (McCain=Obama's friend. McCain called AMERICANS against amnesty - "racists")
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To: timestax
Another "twisted angry faces" photo at Tea Party event, New Richmond, Ohio


35 posted on 04/03/2010 3:40:00 PM PDT by timestax (CNNLIES..BIG TIME)
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To: Dr.Syn
Even the CSM is spreading this lie???

They should call it the Communist Science Monitor. It's pretty consistent that way.

36 posted on 04/03/2010 3:43:27 PM PDT by TigersEye (Duncan Hunter, Jim DeMint, Michelle Bachman, ...)
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To: Lorianne
Here is the most scariest"twisted angry face", bar none,in the whole world! Tea Party event, New Richmond,Ohio.

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37 posted on 04/03/2010 3:46:39 PM PDT by timestax (CNNLIES..BIG TIME)
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To: Lorianne
Don't read CSM cause they are written by leftist lie-tards. Sick of em.
38 posted on 04/03/2010 3:52:29 PM PDT by Nuc1 (NUC1 Sub pusher SSN 668 (Liberals Aren't Patriots))
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To: Lorianne

“...but that a majority of them are women (primarily mothers), not angry white men.”

I was VERY surprised in Washington on 9-11 when I encounterd mothers schleping their kids together from Long, sans dad, to be seen and heard. This tea party thing has got to run deeper than any of the enemy realizes.


39 posted on 04/03/2010 4:04:12 PM PDT by TalBlack
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bump


40 posted on 04/03/2010 4:26:49 PM PDT by timestax (CNNLIES..BIG TIME)
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To: timestax

Oh man, that mean looking dude in #31 is gonna give me nightmares!


41 posted on 04/03/2010 4:43:56 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; culpeper; Balding_Eagle; Lorianne; WilliamofCarmichael; piytar; ...
A) It’s NEVER been proven that ANYONE yelled racial slurs at any congressperson and (B) There’s no such thing as a card-carrying “Tea Party” member, so how do we know that someone misbehaving isn’t an SEIU/ACORN/OfA/DUmmy plant?

The Left has done everything in their power to destroy the Tea Party Movement and they just keep getting bigger, more popular and stronger as time goes on. It reminds me of the Romans persecution of the early Christians, which was the best thing that ever happened to the Church.

My local tea party group this month has added two new tea party groups in the area just to accommodate the attendance growth. We've outgrown the restaurants where we've been having our meetings. I attended one of the new meetings this week, and it had over 100 people in a standing room only crowd. The new meeting will be moved to a hotel next month.

I was talking to the leader of our local tea party organization, a pistol packing RN, and she says the restaurant where we have our original group meetings loves us. We're the only group whose members don't walk checks. People will seek out waiters to make sure they get their checks. As a result we're the only group that they don't require to pay at the door as we come in.

42 posted on 04/03/2010 7:19:09 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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Thanks for the positive update.


43 posted on 04/03/2010 7:29:41 PM PDT by Frantzie (McCain=Obama's friend. McCain called AMERICANS against amnesty - "racists")
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To: Lorianne
Another "twisted angry" face of Tea Party..Voice of America Park, Westchester, Ohio


44 posted on 04/03/2010 8:19:04 PM PDT by timestax (CNNLIES..BIG TIME)
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To: timestax

45 posted on 04/03/2010 8:29:34 PM PDT by timestax (CNNLIES..BIG TIME)
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To: timestax
"Twisted angry" faces. Tea Party event Cincinnati


46 posted on 04/03/2010 8:36:54 PM PDT by timestax (CNNLIES..BIG TIME)
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To: timestax
Very neat Tea Party pics timestax. Thnaks for posting them!

You're welcome.

47 posted on 04/04/2010 9:35:01 AM PDT by timestax (CNNLIES..BIG TIME)
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To: timestax

You are very welcome !


48 posted on 04/04/2010 7:25:49 PM PDT by timestax (CNNLIES..BIG TIME)
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To: timestax
bump

49 posted on 04/04/2010 8:26:18 PM PDT by timestax (CNNLIES..BIG TIME)
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To: timestax

bebop bump


50 posted on 04/05/2010 5:47:47 AM PDT by timestax (CNNLIES..BIG TIME)
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