Skip to comments.Has the Tea Party Been Hijacked By GOP Rinos?
Posted on 07/23/2010 5:08:43 PM PDT by pinochet
All this time, I have been thinking that the Tea Party is a grassroots movement of American patriots, and that there is no national leadership that controls the movement. All members and groups in the Tea Party are supposed to be equal.
Dick Armey's organization, the National Tea Party Federation, recently expelled the Tea Party Express, headed by Mark Williams. I do not remember any election by Tea Party members around the country, that chose Dick Armey to be the national leader of the Tea Party movement. Who does Dick Armey speak for? Does he speak for you, or for your local Tea Party movement? There is an attempt by establishment Republicans to hijack the Tea Party, in the same way in which the original conservative movement was hijacked by Rockefeller Republicans.
When William F. Buckley founded the conservative movement in 1955, it was supposed to be a movement challenging Republican President Dwight Eisenhower, for retaining the socialist New Deal economic policies that had been passed by FDR in the 1930s. But Buckley and his National Review magazine later abandoned conservatives, and became mouthpieces of the GOP/Rockefeller establishment.
All Tea Party organizations are independent, and are only answerable to their local members. No national organization that can claim to own the Tea Party movement in all 50 states. Dick Armey can only speak on behalf of his National Tea Party Federation, and not on behalf of any other Tea Party in the country.
The Tea Party needs fresh people with fresh ideas, on how to cut the size of government. Old GOP has-beens cannot contribute much to the debate on restoring American freedoms.
Dick Armey is a party of one. He speaks for himself and gives direction to no one.
“Dick Armey is a party of one. He speaks for himself and gives direction to no one.”
Exactly. We are all independent and speak for ourselves.
Army chose himself but nobody noticed.
Dick Armey is a libertarian - no traditional values.
Dick’s Army is indeed a party of one. I am sick of Armey lecturing us on how racist we are for wanting to secure the border and stop amnesty. I don’t care how many millions he and Steve Forbes raise and spend trying to manipulate me. I don’t buy it and never will. Why is he so obsessed with continuing the scandal of slave labor and lawlessness that adds perhaps 3% to our unemployment rate every year (according to CIS.org), and tens of thousands of unnecessarily victimized Americans? It is just despicable.
Marco Rubio puts Tea Party crap on his letters but he is against AZ law. He was also against AZ-type laws for FL when he was in the FL house.
The Tea Party is not about social policy. We already have the Christian Coalition for that.
The Tea Party has NOTHING to do with the GOP!
Get over it.
Tea Party attendees are simply Americans who hate what this Marxist is doing to our country and the Constitution.
Get over it.
Conservatives don’t OWN the Tea Party.
Get over it!
Quite incorrect. Buckley always strongly opposed Nelson Rockefeller. He backed Goldwater and, especially, Ronald Reagan.
Also, "RINO" is an acronym and thus should be all caps.
When my state had it primary, one of the candidates labeled himself as endorsed as the ‘tea-party candidates conservative choice’. I emailed and asked who/which tea party endorsed him. No reply. I emailed the tea-party orgs I had previously worked with and was told by all that they did not officially endorse anyone. So, I asked on his facebook page. I was confronted by his supporters, questioning my membership and participation to the tea party.
It seems there is nothing to stop anyone from claiming themselves as a tea party candidate, is there? sigh.
Rubio is now tied with Charlie Tan because of it. The base is tuning out in FL.
shouldn’t you know what your are talking about before you start journolisting?
>>>Buckley always strongly opposed Nelson Rockefeller.
That may be true. But in his later years, he failed to call for spending cuts that would reverse FDR’s New Deal socialist policies. True conservatism demands a return to the type of small government policies that existed before 1913, before Woodrow Wilson and FDR introduced creeping socialism to America.
Oh, they may *think* that they’re getting in the front of the line, but they’ll find out soon enough that they’re not being followed.
>>>I am sick of Armey lecturing us on how racist we are for wanting to secure the border and stop amnesty
Good point. Armey launched a vicious attack on one of America’s greatest patriots, Tom Tancredo.
A true fiscal conservative should support the enforcement of immigration laws, because illegals are costing Americans billions in social spending, such as schools, health services, welfare benefits, etc. The burden of supporting illegals is what has driven California to the edge of bankruptcy.
I am a hard right conservative. I left the Republican party 2 years ago because the majority of Republican politicians are not conservative, but are (in my view) moderates. These are the people some call RINOs. How silly, THEY ARE THE MAJORITY!
Wake the hell up.
We conservatives are the RINOs. That’s why I got out. Conservatives have no place in today’s Republican party.
I don't think we now need to start shooting anyone with a voice in the Tea Party. We all have the same basic beliefs and don't need someone to lead.
I left the Republican party several years ago for the same reason. I do not want to be associated with moderates/liberals.
And some Republicans are as much progressives as some Dems are.