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Tea Party Rallies Remain a Cauldron for Conspiracy Theories (Fox News barf)
Fox News ^ | April 11, 2010 | Cristina Corbin

Posted on 04/11/2010 9:10:35 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

PETOSKEY, Mich. -- The Tea Party Express has toured state after state trying to kick up a debate about constitutional rights and cast doubt on the legality of the recently passed health care overhaul, all with an eye toward the 2010 elections.

But while organizers have held the tour as a way to stay front-and-center as a political force, the rallies have also attracted the kinds of mistruths, exaggerations and conspiracy theories that make Tea Party leaders cringe. Though the movement is still trying to shore up its credentials as a grassroots power that's here to stay, the so-called "fringe" and its accompanying antics continue to give critics fodder.

"Obama, to me, is a socialist. He's a Muslim and all he wants to do is bankrupt us and run us into the ground," Ken Schwalbach of Escanaba, Mich., said at a rally on Friday.

Though Obama is a Christian -- and his Christian faith was a focal point of debate during the campaign-era controversy over his former pastor Jeremiah Wright -- the allegations that the president is a secret Muslim persist years later.

The charge of socialism has been a common theme at Tea Party gatherings -- but some activists have gone beyond merely portraying Obama as a European-style, big-government liberal.

Some suggest Obama wants to keep Americans unemployed so that they become dependent on government-run programs. Lenin and Stalin have become catchwords to describe Obama in the speeches denouncing his policies.

Going further, swastikas, as well as pictures of Obama's face next to Adolf Hitler's, have appeared on signs at dozens of rallies blasting the president and the Democrat-controlled Congress.

Other Tea Party members continue to question the president's citizenship -- a sign reading "Show Us Your Birth Certificate" popped up at a recent rally in Traverse City, Mich.

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: certifigate; fascist; heisamuslim; naturalborncitizen; notachristian; obama; reichstaggers; teaparty; teapartyexpress

1 posted on 04/11/2010 9:10:35 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Any questions as to why I don’t watch Fox News anymore?


2 posted on 04/11/2010 9:14:06 PM PDT by NurdlyPeon (Sarah Palin: Americas last, best hope for survival.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Either FOX New is trying hard to be "Fair and Balanced" or someone hijacked the web site.

At any rate, the Tea Party Needs to stay focused. And it will.

3 posted on 04/11/2010 9:17:25 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

It’s deeper. Was as the Clinton Twp. teapartyexpress.org event today before it left to Cleveland and I say bullshit.


4 posted on 04/11/2010 9:19:58 PM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Christina sounds about as stupid as Glenn Beck lately. She should shut her ignorant piehole.


5 posted on 04/11/2010 9:22:15 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: quantim
Was as the Clinton Twp. teapartyexpress.org event today before it left to Cleveland and I say bullshit.

Care to parse, correct, and/or translate that post into Standard English so we can understand you?

6 posted on 04/11/2010 9:28:46 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Though Obama is a Christian...

I don't believe this for a second. Now rather he's a muslim or not I can't say...if he isn't then he's an apostate, but there are many of those. Given his marxism I'd guess he's really an atheist.

7 posted on 04/11/2010 9:29:32 PM PDT by highlander_UW (First we take down the Democrats, then we clean the Augean stable that is the GOP.)
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To: quantim

I met them in Cleveland and I concur with your assessment.


8 posted on 04/11/2010 9:31:21 PM PDT by Just A Nobody ( (Better Dead than RED! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA))
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To: Free ThinkerNY
The Tea Party people are getting out front ..... they need to explain to the Fox newshounds, patiently and in non-inflammatory language, that Obama is a real-deal totalitarian, and that that fact will have real consequences for American voters if he succeeds in passing his agenda through the lame-duck 'Rat Congress.
9 posted on 04/11/2010 9:31:49 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: NurdlyPeon

I watch a lot of Fox News during the day and at night. I’ve never heard of Christina Corbin! Google Images indicates that no one has any pics of someone with that name connected to Fox News.

That being said, the text of the article appear to be something that might be stated on MSNBC.


10 posted on 04/11/2010 9:43:50 PM PDT by octex
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To: Free ThinkerNY

MSFoxNews is going to lose audience if they attack and ridicule opponents of Obama....MSFoxNews is just Enabling Obama by dissin the Birther issue....Its like Keith Olbermann is now working for MSFoxNews


11 posted on 04/11/2010 9:45:11 PM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (JD Hayworth for Senate ..... jdforsenate.com)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
the rallies have also attracted the kinds of mistruths, exaggerations and conspiracy theories that make Tea Party leaders cringe.

Mistruth, exaggerations, and conspiracy theories? He must mean...
- "Tea Partiers are racists!"
- "Tea Partiers are violent!"
- "Tea Partiers don't represent the regular guy."
- "Tea Partiers are wasting everybody's time."
- "Tea Partiers are a Republican Astroturf group."
- "Tea Partiers are all crazy Birthers."
- "Tea Partiers march in lockstep and tolerate no dissent."

12 posted on 04/11/2010 9:45:50 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: octex

My mistake on previous posting. I searched on CHRISTINA instead of CRISTINA (what a squirrely spelling!).

Did find a pic or two, but don’t ever recall seeing her.


13 posted on 04/11/2010 9:48:34 PM PDT by octex
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To: NurdlyPeon

“Going further, swastikas, as well as pictures of Obama’s face next to Adolf Hitler’s, have appeared on signs at dozens of rallies blasting the president and the Democrat-controlled Congress.”

That is quite a mouthfull. “dozens of rallies”. I say that it is now time to call out this reporterette and say put up or apologize....her credibility as well as that of Fox News is on the line. If she can show in pictures at least two dozen signs that have the face of Obama next to the face of Adolf Hitler,and the dates and places these occurred, then she and Fox will have some credibility on this one article. Otherwise this is just more of the “made up, fictionalized” reporting that sorrily passes as journalism today, and quite frankly we have had it up to here with inaccurate reporting.


14 posted on 04/11/2010 10:11:44 PM PDT by Islander2
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To: All

Did Shep Smith help write this drivel?


15 posted on 04/11/2010 10:15:51 PM PDT by ClarenceThomasfan (President Bush will go down as one of our greatest presidents (next to Ronald Reagan))
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"Obama, to me, is a socialist. He's a Muslim and all he wants to do is bankrupt us and run us into the ground," Ken Schwalbach of Escanaba, Mich., said at a rally on Friday.

True.
16 posted on 04/11/2010 10:39:23 PM PDT by advance_copy (Stand for life or nothing at all)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Obama is not a Christain. He is a Muslim.


17 posted on 04/12/2010 12:40:34 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty

“Obama is not a Christain. He is a Muslim.”

I’m aware of the ‘natural born’ requirement, but is there any law or anything in the constitution that prohibits a person from the office of POTUS on account of being muslim, christian, or atheist? I ask because his religion seems to be such a central issue to his eligibility to hold office.


18 posted on 04/12/2010 4:27:20 AM PDT by AussieJoe
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Yesterday’s Fox article on the Tea Parties was even worse - saying the “leaders” of the Tea Parties are embarrassed by such statements (”they cringe”) as “Obama is a Muslim” and Obama is a Socialist”.

Fox is going the way of the MSM down the tubes.


19 posted on 04/12/2010 5:48:04 AM PDT by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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To: lentulusgracchus

What part about “Going further, swastikas, as well as pictures of Obama’s face next to Adolf Hitler’s” is confusing to you?


20 posted on 04/12/2010 5:50:54 AM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: AussieJoe

“I ask because his religion seems to be such a central issue to his eligibility to hold office.”

Have you ever heard of common sense? That would imply to me that the people of this country would not want a Muslim as president since the muslims have been attacking us for 30 years.


21 posted on 04/12/2010 5:52:56 AM PDT by antisocial (Texas SCV - Deo Vindice)
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To: RoadTest
The Tea Party is wanting to deal with issues, to be in favor of changes to make, and stopping spending ... and so on. Labeling Obama and other hot button name calling is antithesis to what they are wanting to do. Pointless. If one is paying attention everyone knows it without putting a label on it and wasting time shouting it.

They want to get conservative/republicans elected, at all levels, state, national, local,judicial, etc. MO

God help us in our day, in Jesus name, amen.

22 posted on 04/12/2010 7:37:48 AM PDT by geologist (The only answer to the troubles of this life is Jesus. A decision we all must make.)
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To: Islander2
“Going further, swastikas, as well as pictures of Obama’s Bush's face next to Adolf Hitler’s, have appeared on signs at dozens of rallies blasting the president and the Democrat-controlled Congress.”

Rewritten for just a few years ago.

23 posted on 04/12/2010 7:51:50 AM PDT by JimRed (To water the Tree of Liberty is to excise a cancer before it kills us. TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Other Tea Party members continue to question the president's citizenship -- a sign reading "Show Us Your Birth Certificate" popped up at a recent rally in Traverse City, Mich.

So Cristina Corbin, why do people in the Kenyan government thinks Obama was born in Kenya?

24 posted on 04/12/2010 1:47:46 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: geologist

“Labeling Obama and other hot button name calling is antithesis to what they are wanting to do.”

Then why do half our Freepers do it? I see it as part of the argument. We’re in fact dealing with a Socialistic Muslim lying Chicago street punk in the White House and millions cover for him.


25 posted on 04/12/2010 3:24:45 PM PDT by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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To: antisocial

“Have you ever heard of common sense? That would imply to me that the people of this country would not want a Muslim as president since the muslims have been attacking us for 30 years.”

Yeah, I get that. I was asking from a constitutional/legal position, that’s all. (I’m not American, I don’t know some of these things and hope my FRiends can clarify without recrimination when I have questions)


26 posted on 04/12/2010 7:16:06 PM PDT by AussieJoe
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To: AussieJoe

There is no religious “test” in order to hold Federal office that is permissible under the Constitution.

The People may themselves determin not to vote in favor of a given candidate for any reason, or no reason at all, however.

The only Constitutional requirements are to be at least 35 years of age at least 14 years resident, and to be a natural-born citizen of the United States.


27 posted on 04/12/2010 7:26:05 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: AussieJoe

Constitutionally there is nothing to prevent a Muslim from being president, realistically it would be frowned on by the majority. Sorry if I was rude.


28 posted on 04/13/2010 5:49:44 AM PDT by antisocial (Texas SCV - Deo Vindice)
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To: RoadTest
... as do I. The same accusations are discussed over and ever. Yes, there may be a few that haven't been privy to the Free Republic site; but time will be spent well that works on solutions to ‘what is’. What is happening is on going and deadly to our Constitutional Republic.

We are not a democracy. We have laws created by our founding framers of the Constitution. We are a Constitutional; Republic. Which is why it is so important what the people elected stand for, believe. and hold as values. Government is to reflect the wishes of the majority while staying inside the bounds of the Constitution. Our current administration is riding rough shod over the Constitution daily.

Currently abiding by the Constitution is out the window.

We allow it to stand to our own peril. Get active if possible

God help us in our day, in Jesus name amen.

29 posted on 04/14/2010 9:06:11 AM PDT by geologist (The only answer to the troubles of this life is Jesus. A decision we all must make.)
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To: geologist

“God help us in our day, in Jesus name amen.”

I agree and would add one more thing: check His agenda for the working out of prophecy once in a while, with Jesus.


30 posted on 04/15/2010 4:22:27 AM PDT by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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