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Who's afraid of a little Tea Party? Everyone, fortunately (Exceptional!)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | April 8, 2010 | Kevin O'Brien

Posted on 04/08/2010 10:52:51 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Democratic officeholders should be afraid.

Republican officeholders, too.

For many a year now, officeholders of both major parties have worked hard to earn the distrust of ordinary Americans. It appears that they finally have succeeded.

If only ordinary Americans hadn't been so inattentive. If only ordinary Americans hadn't been so trusting. If only ordinary Americans hadn't been so damnably nice, the country would be in a better position to manage its finances today.

But when have Americans not tried to look for the good in every situation? When have we not been slow to recognize the need to deal with forces, foreign or domestic, aligning against our best interests?

Better late than never, a lot of ordinary Americans are waking up to the sobering reality that there really is no one they can trust. Not Democrats. Not Republicans. Not government. Not corporations. And certainly not corporations in league with government.

Hallelujah.

The people who are angry today are more in tune with this nation's founders than ordinary Americans have been in decades.

The United States has an intricate system of checks and balances, and a government structure based on a separation of powers, and a Bill of Rights that safeguards the rights of states and the rights of the people precisely because the greatest collection of political talent and philosophical insight ever assembled on this continent -- and maybe anywhere on this planet -- looked at the concept of government and said, "We need to make a really small cage for this thing, then be careful not to overfeed it."

We seem to have lost the care-and- feeding instructions about a century ago. We let government out of its little cage and it has been consuming everything it can lay its paws on ever since. In the last 45 years, it has been on a real binge, and in the last year and a half, it has taken bigger bites than a lot of people thought possible.

Ordinary Americans who care about freedom are finally getting a clue and -- horrors! -- they're hollering at members of Congress. That's right: Nice, trusting, formerly inattentive Americans are getting in the faces of the political class and calling them names.

Big (Joe Biden expletive deleted) deal. If members of the political class are too tender to endure a little well-earned rudeness from the people whose hard-earned money they like to "spread around," then they ought to get out of politics. Maybe their successors will find the voice of the people less irritating.

A very, very few ordinary Americans are going so far as to threaten members of the ruling class with physical harm or property damage. That's not fine.

All that does is damage the cause of the people who are loudly but peaceably petitioning their government for the redress of a growing list of very real grievances.

It also allows politicians on the left, including a president who now taunts opponents of his new health care law every time he speaks, to cast themselves simultaneously as victors and victims.

Finally, threats from the right allow the left to lump every proponent of individual liberty, self-reliance, limited government and limited government spending -- the Tea Party movement, in general -- in with nuts who might actually do some harm.

Don't doubt for a second that the left is hoping desperately for someone to step all the way out of line. They thought they had their man -- and early news reports said they did -- when Joseph Stack crashed his Piper Dakota into an IRS building in Texas.

As it turned out, Stack proved to be a Marx-quoting lefty -- the wrong flavor of nut.

So the left has to settle for a little name-calling of its own: "ignorant," "racist," "homophobes," "hooligans," "extremists." The list, as you know, goes on and on.

It's bunk, but it's the script.

Tea Party folks are just patriots worried, with good reason, about the future of the country they love. They're vocal and they're inspiringly unaffiliated.

They scare the hell out of both political parties, because they've embraced distrust.

The Democrats fear them because they see through the left's empty promise of utopia in exchange for freedom. The Republicans fear them because they're pushy and because they're loyal to their principles rather than to a party.

They make everyone uncomfortable. That's healthy.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2010; bho44; congress; democrats; marchondc; obama; obamacare; rinos; socialisthealthcare; teaparty
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Some in the media are waking up, it seems.
1 posted on 04/08/2010 10:52:51 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Excellent!!!!


2 posted on 04/08/2010 10:56:52 AM PDT by unkus
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To: Jim Robinson; kristinn; Politicalmom; jellybean; Josh Painter; ejonesie22; papasmurf; Bobbisox; ...
PING!!
3 posted on 04/08/2010 10:57:52 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/backroom/2312894/posts?page=242)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thank God for Glenn Beck!! I first heard about tea parties by watching him. He can take a lot of credit for their success.


4 posted on 04/08/2010 10:58:36 AM PDT by sydney smith
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well this writer pretty much nail it!


5 posted on 04/08/2010 10:58:43 AM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“They make everyone uncomfortable. That’s healthy.”

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Indeed it is.

So let’s crank it up a few notches.

Put the Volume Dial on 11.


6 posted on 04/08/2010 10:58:52 AM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Nice! I’m mailing this off.

Thanks


7 posted on 04/08/2010 11:01:56 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just vote them OUT!


8 posted on 04/08/2010 11:08:10 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (JUST VOTE THEM OUT! teapartyexpress.org)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Speaking solely for myself, I don't WANT to need to monitor the government every day. I'd like to vote for (and elect) a trustworthy steward, one who occasionally consults with me on matters pertaining to my interests. One who generally has my interests at heart, and who listens when I speak.

Instead, the gov't reminds me more of a three-year-old that's constantly exploring their boundaries. I feel the need to be constantly attentive, to say "NO! Don't touch the cookie jar", then come back two minutes later and find them balancing on a chair, reaching for the cookies again....

I can spank the three-year-old and eventually get the behavior that I'm seeking.

This Novemember, I think, Politicians and Dems in particular are going to going to get the spankings of their lives. I'll be glad to go and cut the switch.

9 posted on 04/08/2010 11:13:27 AM PDT by wbill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We ruling Libtard elitists demand that you immediate pull this evil, hateful and racist thread -- never allow any other similar post -- and ban 2ndDivisionVet for life -- because of the damage they can cause to our Marxist agenda.

Signed: Wee Wee, Stinkie and Blinkie

10 posted on 04/08/2010 11:15:06 AM PDT by Zakeet (Will Rogers never met the Wee Wee)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thanks 2ndDivVet for sharing the article with us.


11 posted on 04/08/2010 11:16:34 AM PDT by tillacum ( It is the military, not the press, not the politicians who keep America free.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Jim, you know who we’re up against. You know their history and the pedigree of their ideas. You know what a monstrous, bloody trail people like this have left over the last 150 years or so.

Why on earth would they allow the absolute power they crave to slip from their hands over a silly little election?

Why would those who hold our laws and our founding principles in such utter contempt and hatred suddenly find respect for them?

They’re just beginning to see that it might just all slip away - literally the work of generations. They’er not going to shrug their shoulders and walk away.

These people are monsters. All of them.


12 posted on 04/08/2010 11:19:03 AM PDT by Noumenon ("Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, that he has grown so great?" - Julius Caesar)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Tea Party folks are just patriots worried, with good reason, about the future of the country they love.

Every month the numbers grow...

13 posted on 04/08/2010 11:24:15 AM PDT by GOPJ (http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php?area=dam&lang=eng)
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To: Noumenon

Well, the way I see it we’ve got two more shots at it. In 2010 and 2012. If we don’t have a nearly 100% turnover in these two election cycles (well, we’ll have to go to 2014 to get the rest of the treasonous senators) we’re going to be beyond the point of no return. If the statists and progressive socialist/fascists are still in charge after this, well, the defense of American Liberty via the ballot box will have failed. America will be up for grabs.


14 posted on 04/08/2010 11:27:59 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (JUST VOTE THEM OUT! teapartyexpress.org)
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To: Jim Robinson

Jim, you’re correct as far as it goes, but your premise is that our traditional mechanism of redress, i.e., voting them out is still operational. I don’t believe that it is. We’ve been allowed to maintain that fiction so far, and some of desperately want to belive that it is true.

But this is for all the marbles, now. Those who who have no respect for the rule of law and our Constitution (and hven’t they come right out and told us so lately?) aren’t about to let that get in the way.

I don’t think that we’re going to see another free and fair election until the dust settles from the next American Revolution - if we’re going to have a Revolution at all.


15 posted on 04/08/2010 11:35:09 AM PDT by Noumenon ("Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, that he has grown so great?" - Julius Caesar)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I went to a rally yesterday. The featured speakers were Michelle Bachman and Sarah Palin. It was held at the Minniapolis Convention Center. The crowd was respectful and very large. The floor was clean and there were no “incidences”. We had a wonderful time. Tim Polenty spoke, not impressed! Michelle and Sarah had the crowd in their hands. There is the ticket for 2012. Either way, I trust these ladies.
16 posted on 04/08/2010 11:38:42 AM PDT by timydnuc (I'll die on my feet before I'll live on my knees.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"When have [Americans] not been slow to recognize the need to deal with forces, foreign or domestic, aligning against our best interests?"

I dont believe there ever has been such a time.

"...accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed."

17 posted on 04/08/2010 11:45:53 AM PDT by gnarledmaw (Obama: Evincing a Design since 2009)
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To: Noumenon; Jim Robinson
Jim, you know who we’re up against. You know their history and the pedigree of their ideas. You know what a monstrous, bloody trail people like this have left over the last 150 years or so. Why on earth would they allow the absolute power they crave to slip from their hands over a silly little election? Why would those who hold our laws and our founding principles in such utter contempt and hatred suddenly find respect for them? They’re just beginning to see that it might just all slip away - literally the work of generations. They’re not going to shrug their shoulders and walk away. These people are monsters. All of them.

And here's the real problem: It's not JUST the politicians. It's the entrenched staff. It's the government agencies. It's the people that got comfy government jobs. It's the their friends and relatives. It's the whole apparatus of government that has been growing and growing. Voting out individual politicians sounds fine. But the bureaucracy is still there, entrenched. Dug in. It's not going anywhere. It will take massive government layoffs. It will take elimination of entire programs and departments. But it's not going to happen because every politician has been part of this apparatus and it's all they know. All their friends and family are part of it. If they're not part of it when they get to Washington they become part of it. Washington is a feeding trough and our money is the swill they feed off.

18 posted on 04/08/2010 11:46:18 AM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: timydnuc
Michelle and Sarah had the crowd in their hands. There is the ticket for 2012. Either way, I trust these ladies.

Was that the one on TV Hannity? Wish we could have been there.

19 posted on 04/08/2010 11:47:29 AM PDT by RedMDer (0 = one D Ten T : Recycle Congress in 2010, 2012... Forward with Confidence! Forward!)
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To: Noumenon

If we don’t vote them out we’re looking at total economic and political failure. State and local governments are already collapsing. The current government spending rates are simply unsustainable yet the big government/big spenders are just getting warmed up. Obama and the statist/socialist/fascists running congress are freaking idiots. Revolution? If they are allowed to continue, the U.S. will collapse and our country will sink into anarchy and civil war and will be susceptible to hostile invasion and takeover. Who knows what will happen next?


20 posted on 04/08/2010 11:47:56 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (JUST VOTE THEM OUT! teapartyexpress.org)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"For many a year now, officeholders of both major parties have worked hard to earn the distrust of ordinary Americans. It appears that they finally have succeeded. "

A great line, and a great article.
21 posted on 04/08/2010 11:54:27 AM PDT by FrankR (Those of us who love AMERICA far outnumber those who love obama - your choice.)
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To: Noumenon
...your premise is that our traditional mechanism of redress, i.e., voting them out is still operational. I don’t believe that it is.

Your premise would certainly tend to explain why the Democrat leadership has been so surprisingly willing to work against the will of the majority -- a course that usually ends in political defeat.

Do they know something we don't know?

Under the circumstances, I'd agree we ought to ask the question...

22 posted on 04/08/2010 11:58:58 AM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

23 posted on 04/08/2010 12:07:07 PM PDT by unique
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; devolve; ntnychik; PhilDragoo; bitt; All

Good article, and true.

I read an eye opening article yesterday by columnist Walter Williams titled, “Parting Company”.

He wrote;

If one group of people prefers government control and management of people’s lives and another prefers liberty and a desire to be left alone, should they be required to fight, antagonize one another, risk bloodshed and loss of life in order to impose their preferences or should they be able to peaceably part company and go their separate ways?” ...continued;

http://jewishworldreview.com/cols/williams040710.php3

His articles are always excellent.


24 posted on 04/08/2010 12:11:42 PM PDT by potlatch (~~"Where secrecy or mystery begins, vice or roguery is not far off. "~~)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This guy has been hitting monster home runs the last couple of weeks.

I hear the liberal rag lets him out of his cage once a week. I would bet they have never seen traffic to an online story like they are seeing in the last couple of weeks.


25 posted on 04/08/2010 12:12:26 PM PDT by listenhillary (Capitalism = billions raised from poverty, Socialism = billions reduced to starvation)
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To: potlatch

“Erring sisters, depart in peace”, eh?


26 posted on 04/08/2010 12:29:34 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/backroom/2312894/posts?page=242)
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To: Jim Robinson

Hear, hear!


27 posted on 04/08/2010 12:52:52 PM PDT by DakotaGator (Weep for the lost Republic! And keep your powder dry!!)
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To: wbill

I think the Dims will steal the elections and dare us to do something about it.


28 posted on 04/08/2010 1:06:03 PM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ("It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Secede in peace - but is that even possible!

I was surprised to read that West Virginia seceded from Virginia in 1863, I never knew that but am not a history buff.


29 posted on 04/08/2010 1:07:15 PM PDT by potlatch (~~"Where secrecy or mystery begins, vice or roguery is not far off. "~~)
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To: potlatch

Walter is spot on. It’s about time we talk about secession or revolt. The government’s agenda is worldwide, though. I doubt this can be done peaceably.


30 posted on 04/08/2010 1:29:19 PM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ("It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”

Thomas Jefferson


31 posted on 04/08/2010 1:30:59 PM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: DouglasKC

Excellent post.

The status quo of permament, entrenched government growth is the real problem here. How many people are now fully on board with socialism? How many can even define it?

This problem requires a butcher’s cleaver not a surgeon’s scalpel.

Time to revive talk of dissolving entire federal agencies coupled with substantial across-the board permanent tax cuts. Starve the monster.

Then on to the state and local non-productive, money-party fiefdoms in schools, fire departments and local governments.


32 posted on 04/08/2010 1:37:19 PM PDT by EyeGuy
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[I doubt this can be done peaceably.]

I agree and posted that in #29. I'm sure many conservative Governors have ‘thought’ it though. Rick Perry has even said it, most probably in ‘serious’ jest.

Something’s gotta give....sooner or later.

33 posted on 04/08/2010 1:37:59 PM PDT by potlatch (~~"Where secrecy or mystery begins, vice or roguery is not far off. "~~)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He knocked it out of the ballpark! Politicians have well earned our displeasure.


34 posted on 04/08/2010 1:42:45 PM PDT by vpintheak (Love of God, Family and Country has made me an extremist.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It is our fault..to a point... We the People have allowed our employees to forget exactly whom their employers are....


35 posted on 04/08/2010 1:42:58 PM PDT by mo
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

bump


36 posted on 04/08/2010 1:45:19 PM PDT by opentalk
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To: potlatch

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Good thought potlatch

Starve the DC Bastards!


37 posted on 04/08/2010 1:50:47 PM PDT by devolve
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To: devolve

Thanks. My first post #24 was about an interesting Walter Williams article.


38 posted on 04/08/2010 1:53:23 PM PDT by potlatch (~~"Where secrecy or mystery begins, vice or roguery is not far off. "~~)
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To: okie01; Jim Robinson
And again, I must ask the question: Why would those who hold our laws and our founding principles in such utter contempt and hatred suddenly find respect for them? And honor the results of an election that dethrones them?

That question demands an honset and unflinching answer. The answer unfolds a brutal truth. Otherwise, we're all just whistling past the graveyard of the Republic.

39 posted on 04/08/2010 1:59:48 PM PDT by Noumenon ("Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, that he has grown so great?" - Julius Caesar)
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To: potlatch

We’re being goaded into doing something. If the government locked all bank accounts and told us we have to choose between our guns and food.


40 posted on 04/08/2010 2:02:46 PM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ("It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: Hoosier-Daddy
If the government locked all bank accounts and told us we have to choose between our guns and food.

The 'banking holiday' announcement will be the first sign that it it'll be time to go all-in.

Unlike a lot of the monkeys out there, we've already made our choice. We have both guns AND food. They've got virtually none of the former and about 72 hours' worth of the latter. Then it's going to get interesting.

41 posted on 04/08/2010 2:08:49 PM PDT by Noumenon ("Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, that he has grown so great?" - Julius Caesar)
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To: Hoosier-Daddy
[We’re being goaded into doing something. ]

Yes, I believe that too. We are getting hit almost daily with new outrageous proposals by Obama until we're almost numb with disbelief. - at least I feel that way.

I've noticed many people disappearing off the forum, believe they are taking a break from all the bad news.

42 posted on 04/08/2010 2:08:51 PM PDT by potlatch (~~"Where secrecy or mystery begins, vice or roguery is not far off. "~~)
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To: potlatch; 2ndDivisionVet; devolve; Jim Robinson; ntnychik

43 posted on 04/08/2010 2:18:03 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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To: PhilDragoo; devolve; ntnychik

Lol, wonder if he hums the “Green, Green Grass of Home” when he thinks of Kenya?


44 posted on 04/08/2010 2:22:20 PM PDT by potlatch (~~"Where secrecy or mystery begins, vice or roguery is not far off. "~~)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When governments fear people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.

Thomas Jefferson


45 posted on 04/08/2010 2:34:31 PM PDT by A. Patriot (CZ 52's ROCK)
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To: wbill
I don't WANT to need to monitor the government every day

"The price of Liberty is eternal vigilance." Thomas Jefferson.

Sorry, but that's just the way it is.

46 posted on 04/08/2010 2:38:21 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: potlatch

I think his doctor told him to quit smoking that stuff.


47 posted on 04/08/2010 2:56:33 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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To: PhilDragoo; devolve; ntnychik; MeekOneGOP
Sometimes you just can't escape it! LOL

 


48 posted on 04/08/2010 3:14:40 PM PDT by potlatch (~~"Where secrecy or mystery begins, vice or roguery is not far off. "~~)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is all exciting, BUT, at the same time, IF WE END UP with 3 parties, we lose.

Where is Steele in uniting Tea Party folks w/ Republicans...we can hope all we want, but I hate to say that the MSM and other commie Demoncrats have a point that they’ll be laughing after November if our vote is split. Steele isn’t savvy enough to put up Tea Party candidates for Republican spots...


49 posted on 04/08/2010 3:25:50 PM PDT by CincyRichieRich (Keep your head up and keep moving forward!)
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To: potlatch

Well, that’s different! Happy lookin’ little guy.


50 posted on 04/08/2010 3:28:32 PM PDT by ntnychik
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