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3 Years Later...What's become of the Tea Party (I am quoted)
ABC local/AP ^ | April 12' 2012 | Pauline Arrillago

Posted on 04/14/2012 1:40:13 PM PDT by Hildy

SAN ANTONIO, TX -- Three years ago he was merely a face in a very large crowd, standing outside the Alamo on Tax Day as Glenn Beck spoke of drawing a line in the sand.

A businessman, husband, father of five and grandfather of 14, Bruce Baillio bought a miniature "Don't Tread on Me" flag and watched, a little sheepishly and mostly silently, as a movement was born before his eyes. Like most of America, he didn't know then what the tea party was.

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KEYWORDS: teaparty
In March 2010, Hildy Angius, a retired public relations specialist, drove from her condo in Bullhead City, Ariz., to the huge tea party rally in Searchlight, Nev. -- what some called the Woodstock of conservatism. Then, she was president of her local Republican women's club. Now, she serves as vice chair of the Mohave County Republican Party and is running for county supervisor.

"I think we realized that just getting together ... and yelling and screaming wasn't going to do anything," says the 52-year-old Angius. "The best thing is to get involved at the local level in the party. Move the local party to the right ... and then the local party will move the state and then the state moves the national.

"The tea party was an idea that people like me, who came from nowhere, could get involved ... and you can really make a difference."

1 posted on 04/14/2012 1:40:14 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: Hildy
Congratulations Hildy!

Don't forget me when you're famous. Well, more famous.

2 posted on 04/14/2012 1:42:39 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Hildy

I don’t think there is a tea party anymore.


3 posted on 04/14/2012 1:44:21 PM PDT by New Jersey Realist (America: home of the free because of the brave)
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To: Hildy
Three years ago he was merely a face in a very large crowd, standing outside the Alamo on Tax Day

I was at that Tea Party event!! Our maintenance folks had our conference about 10 blocks from the Alamo and we got out early that day. What fun we had there. There were American, Texas, "Don't Tread On Me" and "Come and Take It" flags everywhere.

4 posted on 04/14/2012 1:47:17 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: Hildy

Way to go, Hildy! Kick butt!


5 posted on 04/14/2012 1:48:36 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: Hildy
Wow Hildy -- revealing your last name is one thing. But your age too?! :-)

I'm so happy to hear you are doing well. Keep up the good work! :-)

6 posted on 04/14/2012 1:56:00 PM PDT by South40 (Mitt is full of Shtt)
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To: New Jersey Realist
"I don’t think there is a tea party anymore.

Did you join one? If not, therein lies the problem.

7 posted on 04/14/2012 1:59:30 PM PDT by manic4organic (We won. Get over it.)
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To: Hildy

Retired at 52? Good for you. If this economy doesn’t pick up, I will be retiring at 98. LOL.


8 posted on 04/14/2012 2:03:18 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: New Jersey Realist

” don’t think there is a tea party anymore. “

The problem is that, what started out as a MOVEMENT of individuals that cut cut across Political Lines and Identifications, has been shoehorned, by the Media abetted by any number of persons (using the term very loosely) purporting to be ‘Leaders’, into the comfortable mold of a monolithic, lock-step, PARTY - a poor-cousin (or ‘crazy uncle’, if you prefer) splinter of the Pubbies...

They’ve even taken away our CAPS and periods — Tea, as in a ‘weak beverage’, instead of T.E.A. standing for Taxed Enough, Already!!


9 posted on 04/14/2012 2:03:27 PM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: New Jersey Realist

A couple of months ago I went to the 912 Project NJ boards to see what was up.. There hadn’t been a new post since 2010.


10 posted on 04/14/2012 2:04:31 PM PDT by DivineMomentsOfTruth ("Give me Liberty or I'll stand up and get it for myself!")
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To: Steely Tom
This is a follow up article to a 2010 article called FROM ENRAGED TO ENGAGED

I don't want to be famous.. I just want to win my election because I believe I am the best one for this job. I am running against an 80year old Republican who has forgotten he is a Republican. if you want to help me, please visit my website and make a donation. it is so expensive to run a campaign. Hildy For Supervisor FreeRepublic helped me be the person I am today. I can't think of a better way to repay that than to keep Conservative government alive against the onslaught of liberalism in my local government. Thank you.

11 posted on 04/14/2012 2:05:17 PM PDT by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesHill not text while dri)
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To: New Jersey Realist

“I don’t think there is a tea party anymore.”

There is. Unfortunately it is trapped under the carcass of a big, dead, elephant that just keeled over onto it. Lift the elephant corpse away and the Tea Party will be freed. Leave the dead elephant in place much longer and the Tea Party too will suffocate and die.


12 posted on 04/14/2012 2:11:38 PM PDT by Psalm 144 ("I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support. I am who I am." - Willard M Romney)
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To: Lazlo in PA; Hildy

Retired at 52? Good for you. If this economy doesn’t pick up, I will be retiring at 98. LOL.

******************

My wife recently asked me where I wanted to retire. First I just boggled at her, then I laughed and laughed.

Good luck in your bid, Hildy. I will check your links.


13 posted on 04/14/2012 2:14:46 PM PDT by Psalm 144 ("I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support. I am who I am." - Willard M Romney)
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To: Hildy

If you don’t get involved; you won’t win. We need to stand up and quit letting the Left choose for us.

Bring back Duncan Hunter.


14 posted on 04/14/2012 2:15:04 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Hildy
Way to go, Hildy!

Our Tea Party is alive and kickin' here in Florida !

15 posted on 04/14/2012 2:18:21 PM PDT by mcmuffin ("Wanting your country back is not the same thing as working to take it back.")
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To: Psalm 144

What was the tea party? it was an idea..and idea at we can get back to the values that made America. You don’t get there by having demonstrations and ranting and raving. That would make us no better than the Occupiers. The real Tea Partiers knew, like I did, that you have to be in the system to change the system. I have been working hard towards that end, I love the Republican party, I make no bones about it. But this is not 1980. But we are working hard behind the scenes. I could write a book about what I’ve learned in the last three years involved in AZ State politics. Politics is not for the faint of heart.


16 posted on 04/14/2012 2:19:18 PM PDT by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesHill not text while dri)
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To: New Jersey Realist

“I don’t think there is a tea party anymore.”

They had faded from public view by 2010, but I’m sure they played a part (as individuals and small groups) in handing the Dems’ asses to them in the mid-terms. Part of what attracts people to the TEA Party idea is that there is no “establishment”; they are localized groups born of a tax revolt that probably plays a more important role on the state, county, and municipal level than the federal one.

The mindset is certainly out there (especially since the expiration of the federal “making work pay” credit just added hundreds of dollars to many peoples’ federal income tax bills). I don’t doubt that the TEA Party will play a key role in 2012; it spoke for many independents.


17 posted on 04/14/2012 2:22:34 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: Hildy

We differ on whether the GOP can be or is worth salvaging. We agree on the ideas the Founders held on ordered liberty, and the tenacity and indeed vitality of those ideas.

We’ll see how things pan out this November, and speak again then. Meanwhile, in all sincerity I wish you every success in your endeavors.


18 posted on 04/14/2012 2:28:27 PM PDT by Psalm 144 ("I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support. I am who I am." - Willard M Romney)
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To: kearnyirish2

Good summary.


19 posted on 04/14/2012 2:32:07 PM PDT by Psalm 144 ("I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support. I am who I am." - Willard M Romney)
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To: Hildy
They reported your age? How rude...


20 posted on 04/14/2012 2:41:31 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: New Jersey Realist
I don’t think there is a tea party anymore.

If you add up the votes for Gingrich and Santorum, they amounted to more than Romney's in a lot of the states that have voted already in the primary. Unfortunately, the Tea Party seems to be divided between those with Christian values who wholeheartedly supported Santorum, and those who are purely financial conservatives like those who wholeheartedly supported Gingrich. I myself supported Santorum mostly due to his unwavering stance against the global warming fraud. But if reading FR threads is indicative of the trends in the Tea Party nationwide, a lot of Gingrich supporters hated Santorum for his Christian beliefs, calling him Saintorum, cultist, etc.

The Tea Party is strong but there is a strong divide that exists and can be exploited when there is a choice between two types of conservatives.

21 posted on 04/14/2012 2:49:26 PM PDT by Partisan Gunslinger
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To: darkwing104

I don’t mind. I will be 53 next Sunday. I earned every day of it,


22 posted on 04/14/2012 2:50:12 PM PDT by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesHill not text while dri)
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To: Partisan Gunslinger

The Tea Party was about fiscal issues. That is the one ing we all agree on. it’s the everything elsemthat trips us up. We do not all agree on social issues... And we never will.


23 posted on 04/14/2012 2:52:42 PM PDT by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesHill not text while dri)
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To: Psalm 144

Thank you.


24 posted on 04/14/2012 2:53:54 PM PDT by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesHill not text while dri)
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To: kearnyirish2
I would bet a month's pay (if I weren't also retired) that although you don't see the “Tea Party” out there making noise, when it comes time to step into the voting booth, they will rise up and become the movement that we all pray for! My husband and I are in our 70’s, and don't get out as much as we use to, but our hearts have not changed since those early days. Americans are mostly still conservatives.
25 posted on 04/14/2012 2:56:06 PM PDT by native texan (I love Texas)
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To: New Jersey Realist
The Tea Party has gone the way of the Silent Majority
and the Christian Coalition. One would think the 2012
election would be in the bag for anyone running against
Obama. Yet, where is hue, cry, and outrage against the
Ascended 0ne.
26 posted on 04/14/2012 2:57:33 PM PDT by buckalfa (Nabob of Negativity)
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To: Psalm 144

Thanks; that is how I’m seeing it shake out so far.

I believe as the election nears we’ll start seeing the large demonstrations again; there is no shortage of good material for the signs being held up.


27 posted on 04/14/2012 2:58:35 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: New Jersey Realist
"I don’t think there is a tea party anymore."

Yeah. No Doubt. Over 40% of all American voters and their lifelong, deeply held convictions have all just disappeared.

Just kidding. If you doubt that The Tea Party is still here, let's discuss it after the November elections. If the Dems win back the House, or keep the Senate, then you might be right. On the other hand, if we strengthen the House Majority and take over the Senate, it'll pretty much prove that we're still right here, biding our time, watching the candidates with a microscope.

28 posted on 04/14/2012 3:00:15 PM PDT by Gargantua ("A bruvvah gusta keep dat pimp-hand strong!.")
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To: New Jersey Realist
The Tea Party has gone the way of the Silent Majority and the Christian Coalition. One would think the 2012 election would be in the bag for anyone running against Obama. Yet, where is hue, cry, and outrage against the Ascended 0ne.
29 posted on 04/14/2012 3:00:32 PM PDT by buckalfa (Nabob of Negativity)
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To: Hildy

We may mot be at a meeting and screaming as you say but we are out here, motivated and trounce at any provocation. We are turning Ol Saul right back on them. Every time this week Nobama tried one of his tactics he was throwing someone under the bus. The Tea Party is alive and well!!!


30 posted on 04/14/2012 3:04:10 PM PDT by PROTESTBYPROXY (We are screaming! I am Breitbart!! Invictus Maneo)
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To: native texan

See # 27; I believe they will hold demonstrations again as the election nears. The TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party grew as it did by skirting the conservative/liberal debate (I remember when they avoided getting involved in the “gay marriage” issue); they are an anti-tax, anti-”big government” movement (and who would argue with that platform except the parasites drawing from the government?).


31 posted on 04/14/2012 3:06:38 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: Hildy
The Tea Party was about fiscal issues. That is the one ing we all agree on. it’s the everything elsemthat trips us up. We do not all agree on social issues... And we never will.

How can their be fiscal morality without the advise of God?

32 posted on 04/14/2012 3:12:19 PM PDT by Partisan Gunslinger
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To: Partisan Gunslinger

their = there...I hate it when other people do that!


33 posted on 04/14/2012 3:13:07 PM PDT by Partisan Gunslinger
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To: Partisan Gunslinger

advise = advice also...I must’ve been in a hurry. sigh


34 posted on 04/14/2012 3:15:06 PM PDT by Partisan Gunslinger
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To: buckalfa
"The Tea Party has gone the way of the Silent Majority and the Christian Coalition."

Says you. I'm a part of the Tea Party, as are all my friends and most of my family. We haven't gone anywhere. It was The Tea Party bigshot who made headlines two days ago warning Romney not to expect us to campaign for him. You must have missed that.

"One would think the 2012 election would be in the bag for anyone running against Obama. Yet, where is hue, cry, and outrage against the Ascended 0ne."

Try reading the Tea Party Tribune online. Or FreeRepublic, for that matter. Or any of the thousands of anti-Obunghole articles and threads posted here every week.

Are you predicting an O'Bunga win in November? Guess again. Nobody expected a huge GOP sweep in November of 2010, either. That's the thing about a "Silent Majority." They're "silent." If you're not really observant, you won't even know they're there.

;-\

35 posted on 04/14/2012 3:16:33 PM PDT by Gargantua ("A bruvvah gusta keep dat pimp-hand strong!.")
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To: kearnyirish2

RIGHT!!! we’ve got one here in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio tomorrow— Tax Day. We need everyone we can get. Quinn and Rose will be there along with Joe the plumber, and a host of others running for state and federal elections. Y’all come!!!!!! starts with music at 2 and speakers at 3. River Square in CF


36 posted on 04/14/2012 3:21:36 PM PDT by RightLady (Throw the Traitors out)
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To: RightLady

Hope you get a good turnout, and good weather!


37 posted on 04/14/2012 3:38:33 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: RightLady

I stood with a million people in Washington DC In front of the Capitol and demanded that they not pass Obamacare. Excuse me if I don’t think these demonstrations do a thing. So we got busy... And now we have an opportunity to affect local government. one more time, you must be in the System to change the System.


38 posted on 04/14/2012 3:44:50 PM PDT by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesHill not text while dri)
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To: Gargantua

The Ascended one? HE WON by votes of Republicans.


39 posted on 04/14/2012 4:40:40 PM PDT by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesHill not text while dri)
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To: Hildy

I agree with you on this one. NOthing demonstrated that more clearly in my state of Missouri than the switch to a caucus. Many people showed up at the caucus to “vote”, but the people who were on the slates were the “worker bees” who have worked very hard in our county. If you want to do the work, you can be part of it and influence the way things go. Rallies are nice, but the grunt work is even more important.

Get involved in your county!


40 posted on 04/14/2012 4:43:54 PM PDT by Marie Antoinette (Newt Gingrich 2012 - The Man With a Plan)
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To: Uncle Ike
I think you may have just made post of the day!

You described what happened to TEA Parties to a T.

To both the RINOs and the Pretender leaders chagrin, we are still all here when the right time comes.

41 posted on 04/14/2012 4:44:29 PM PDT by X-spurt (Its time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: Arrowhead1952

I, too, was at that event. I worked setting up the overflow site at the entrance to Hemisfair Park. But I had to make my way to where the action was...what a day! If I ever get the time, I have some great footage to post.


42 posted on 04/14/2012 4:55:14 PM PDT by jy8z (From the next to last exit before the end of the internet.)
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To: Hildy
"Ascended" was not my term, I was just quoting another author, and he did not get anywhere with a vote from this Republican. Nonetheless, your point is taken.
43 posted on 04/14/2012 5:35:03 PM PDT by Gargantua ("A bruvvah gusta keep dat pimp-hand strong!.")
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To: jy8z

I went there with about 10 other TX NG maintenance shop supervisors and we all had a beer in hand and one in a pocket. I really wanted to have a big US or Texas flag, but all I could find on our walk was something like a 10 X 16 inch Texas flag.

We all had a good time. We were all surprised at the turnout. There were people of every color / race there and not a single protester. No trash was left after the event either.


44 posted on 04/14/2012 6:20:59 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: New Jersey Realist
I don’t think there is a tea party anymore.

I didn't read the replies on this thread until a few minutes ago. We have three or four TEA Party candidates running in TX District 25 to replace lord dog nuts in Congress. It is now a 60% Conservative district and most of Austin is out of the picture, which should make it a easy pickup for our side. Texas got four additional congressional seats since 2010.

45 posted on 04/14/2012 6:39:08 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: Hildy

It never hurts to try. When my grand children later asked me why I didn’t try to stop the dictatorship I can at least tell them “I tried to”. I think those T E A parties did some good and helped us get some conservative congressmen.


46 posted on 04/14/2012 8:42:36 PM PDT by RightLady (Throw the Traitors out)
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To: RightLady

You got that right!


47 posted on 04/15/2012 8:40:32 AM PDT by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesHill not text while dri)
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To: RightLady

You got that right!


48 posted on 04/15/2012 8:40:50 AM PDT by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesHill not text while dri)
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