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A Tea Party Manifesto: Not seeking a junior partnership with the Republican Party
Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/17/2010 | DICK ARMEY AND MATT KIBBE

Posted on 08/19/2010 8:32:40 PM PDT by iowamark

The movement is not seeking a junior partnership with the Republican Party. It is aiming for a hostile takeover.

On Feb. 9, 2009, Mary Rakovich, a recently laid-off automotive engineer, set out for a convention center in Fort Myers, Fla. with protest signs, a cooler of water and the courage of her convictions. She felt compelled to act, having grown increasingly alarmed at the explosion of earmarks, bailouts and government spending in the waning years of the Bush administration. President Barack Obama, joined by then-Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, was in town promoting his plan to spend a trillion dollars in borrowed money to "stimulate" the economy.

Mary didn't know it, but she was on the front lines of a grass-roots revolution that was brewing across the nation. More than 3,000 miles away, Keli Carender, a young Seattle school teacher and a member of a local comedy improv troupe, was feeling equally frustrated. She started to organize like-minded citizens. "Our nation's fiscal path is just not sustainable," she said. "You can't continue to spend money you don't have indefinitely."

Today the ranks of this citizen rebellion can be counted in the millions. The rebellion's name derives from the glorious rant of CNBC commentator Rick Santelli, who in February 2009 called for a new "tea party" from the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. By doing so he reminded all of us that America was founded on the revolutionary principle of citizen participation, citizen activism and the primacy of the individual over the government. That's the tea party ethos.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: dickarmey; freedomworks; mattkibbe; teaparty
Mr. Armey, a former House Republican majority leader, is chairman of Freedomworks. Mr. Kibbe is president and CEO of Freedomworks. They are the authors of "Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto," out today from HarperCollins.
1 posted on 08/19/2010 8:32:43 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark

Leaderless resistance.


2 posted on 08/19/2010 8:35:02 PM PDT by muddler (Diligentia, Vis and Celeritas)
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To: iowamark

Mr. Armey and his closest associates controlled this government for a decade. What did they do with that historic opportunity? They spent like Lyndon Johnson on crack, and did little to restore the moral basis of our republic or to put the federal government back within its constitutional bounds. Why should we trust him?


3 posted on 08/19/2010 8:37:06 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Strip the layers off a Libertarian and you find a hollow core, a God-shaped void of his own creation)
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To: EternalVigilance

Why should we trust him?

Got a point.


4 posted on 08/19/2010 8:42:26 PM PDT by wita
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To: iowamark

this is a take over of the republican party, not a partnership


5 posted on 08/19/2010 8:43:12 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: EternalVigilance

Don’t trust Armey. He is the point man for bringing the Tea Party into the “junior partner” relationship. That is why the WSJ is giving him a platform on this. What the R establishment has in mind is treating the Tea Party just like they have treated socdial conservatives in the past. Bear in mind, too, that Armey doesn’t like social conservatives, who are the real heart of the Tea Party movement.


6 posted on 08/19/2010 8:50:27 PM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: achilles2000
You got it.

I tried to get the 9-12 organizations to pull the permits for the stage for the big DC march. They dilly-dallied, unfortunately, and Armey and company pulled the permits instead.

So, what you had was a million and a half to two million people marching in the streets saying "Give us our country back," and the Republicans who controlled the microphone saying "Give us our power back."

Two VERY different messages.

7 posted on 08/19/2010 8:55:07 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Strip the layers off a Libertarian and you find a hollow core, a God-shaped void of his own creation)
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To: EternalVigilance
people marching in the streets saying "Give us our country back," and the Republicans who controlled the microphone saying "Give us our power back."

Well said!

8 posted on 08/19/2010 9:03:17 PM PDT by outofstyle (Anti-socialist)
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To: iowamark
I trust Dick Army NOT!
He was out beating the drums for amnesty! He is not only a RINO, he is a RINO operative out to subvert conservatives for his money masters.
He is a hired cardboard actor who cares nothing for Our Republic or Main Street.
9 posted on 08/19/2010 9:03:51 PM PDT by J Edgar
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To: EternalVigilance

That’s just what I was thinking.....Armey was one of THEM! How could I trust him???


10 posted on 08/19/2010 9:06:17 PM PDT by savagesusie
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To: EternalVigilance

“So, what you had was a million and a half to two million people marching in the streets saying “Give us our country back,” and the Republicans who controlled the microphone saying “Give us our power back.”

I agree. My dh and I were discussing this tonight. He said that if twice as many people had showed up on 9/12, it would have stopped the agenda that was pushed thru this past year. I disagreed. I feel that if a tree falls in the woods and no one hears it....does it happen? There was practically NO coverage of the event last year. The Tea Party movement frightens the entrenched powers that be in both parties.


11 posted on 08/19/2010 9:06:33 PM PDT by Fu-fu2
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To: iowamark

this sounds like sweet love talk. Not sure I buy it, tho.


12 posted on 08/19/2010 9:11:52 PM PDT by TeachableMoment
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To: iowamark

TEA PM


13 posted on 08/19/2010 9:20:30 PM PDT by FrankR (It doesn't matter what they call us, only what we answer to....)
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To: iowamark

The very idea that “Dick” Armey would author “A Tea Party Manifesto” is beyond laughable - it’s absurd!

He ia a political pariah in his former Congressional district entirely for his Washingotn-centric views, and the fact he had become a MAJOR defender of the status quo, big spending, business-as-usual politics. The “Tea Party Movement” is largely a reaction to him and people like him!

In a very recent visit to the Denton County GOP monthly committee meeting, an abortive attempt to give him a standing ovation was abruptly dropped because only 3 or 4 stood, while the other 80-some-odd attendees mostly sat with their arms folded!

DICK ARMEY a “Tea Party” lelader? ROTFLMAO!


14 posted on 08/19/2010 9:26:58 PM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: iowamark

There are only two viable political parties in America and we are unfortunately stuck trying to operate inside the Repukes party.

It worked as we ran up to 1980, and it did in part because we built better bridges to disaffected Dems than any of the establishment Repukes ever could have.

If the tea party patriots have the stomach for it, they could try the same thing—go get the disaffected Dems and maybe double their own numbers...and just steamroll the Republican party when the time comes.

But you need a leader, and that person is Sarah Palin and only Sarah Palin. She’s the only one with the stones for the job, and she’s the one who can win. The others either don’t have the name recognition, have no balls, aren’t conservative or just have no sizzle.

Start with Palin, then go for the Dem women who might naturally gravitate her way. Then look for those “bitter clingers” who are still voting Dem for some reason. Then, go for rank and file who are hearing more and more about how their union leadership are shafting them and pissing away their dues and pension money on leftie causes. After that, try the Jews—if they aren’t ready to elect a bona fide Zionist president....

It’s there. It can be done. Hell, it was in 1980. We took that party over back then and we can do it again.


15 posted on 08/19/2010 9:39:34 PM PDT by PaleoBob
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To: PaleoBob

Palin is a McCain Republican. Pro-choice for states on abortion. A judicial supremacist. Soft on amnesty. Soft on the teachers’ unions. I don’t trust her any more than I trust Armey. More of the same. No thanks.


16 posted on 08/19/2010 9:48:56 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Strip the layers off a Libertarian and you find a hollow core, a God-shaped void of his own creation)
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To: PaleoBob

Oh, she also supported TARP and the other bailouts, and the Law of the Sea Treaty, which is a huge transfer of power to the UN, giving them taxing authority for the first time, and control over the vast majority of the earth’s surface.

How does that represent the spirit of the Tea Parties?


17 posted on 08/19/2010 9:58:23 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Strip the layers off a Libertarian and you find a hollow core, a God-shaped void of his own creation)
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To: iowamark

I wish the Republican party was trustworthy but that isn’t the case.


18 posted on 08/19/2010 10:00:50 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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To: iowamark

The Tea Party better keep its distance from Dick Armey.

What Dick Armey should be is La Raza’s front man, he’s given enough speeches that sound just like them.


19 posted on 08/19/2010 10:04:21 PM PDT by Pelham (Islam, the mortal enemy of the free world)
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To: iowamark

Dick Armey and Freedom Works is the antithesis of what the Tea Party Movement is all supposed to be about. You cannot change Washington, governement, etc....with Armey involved. Open Borders Globalism espoused by Armey is part of the problem


20 posted on 08/19/2010 10:12:55 PM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (JD for Senate ..... jdforsenate.com. You either voting for JD, or voting for the Liberal...)
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To: achilles2000

Armey is an “Open Borders” proponent.


21 posted on 08/19/2010 10:55:43 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: Hildy

Thanks for reminding me. Just more evidence of how Armey represents the R establishment, not the Tea Party.


22 posted on 08/20/2010 6:08:41 AM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: iowamark

saw a comment on YouTube -

“the Tea Party is the last resort before the shooting starts”

so, basically, the left should be glad that we HAVE the Tea Party.


23 posted on 08/20/2010 6:10:41 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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