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Five years later, the Tea Party prepares for their Reagan moment
Washington Examiner ^ | 02/28/14 | Charlie Spiering

Posted on 02/28/2014 7:04:09 AM PST by theruleshavechanged

"You see, Ronald Reagan was not part of the establishment," talk radio host Mark Levin reminded them. "He was an outsider, and like you and so many others throughout history, he had the courage to stand up and be counted."

Levin reminded the audience that Reagan and his supporters were once disparaged by the media and the "ruling class." To illustrate his point, he read assessments of Reagan from the media and his fellow Republicans in the late 1970s.

He cited a 1974 column from George Will suggesting that Reagan was too old to run for president and that Reagan supporters were "kamikaze conservatives" left over from the Barry Goldwater era.

"Does this not sound familiar to you?" he asked as he audience laughed.

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: marklevin; reagan; teaparty
Levin is a true American patriot
1 posted on 02/28/2014 7:04:10 AM PST by theruleshavechanged
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To: theruleshavechanged

Do you wave a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag in your front yard or attend church on Sunday? Well the government has a new classification for you that lines you right up with the Al Qaeda. You’re now considered a domestic terrorist. If you made this list, congratulations, you are everything the government is worried about:

1. Those that talk about “individual liberties”
2. Those that advocate for states’ rights
3. Those that want “to make the world a better place”
4. “The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule”
5. Those that are interested in “defeating the Communists”
6. Those that believe “that the interests of one’s own nation areseparate from the interests of other nations or the common interest of all nations”
7. Anyone that holds a “political ideology that considers the state to be unnecessary, harmful,or undesirable”
8. Anyone that possesses an “intolerance toward other religions”
9. Those that “take action to fight against the exploitation of theenvironment and/or animals”
10. “Anti-Gay”
11. “Anti-Immigrant”
12. “Anti-Muslim”
13. “The Patriot Movement”
14. “Opposition to equal rights for gays and lesbians”
15. Members of the Family Research Council
16. Members of the American Family Association
17. Those that believe that Mexico, Canada and the United States “are secretly planning to merge into a European Union-like entity that will be known as the ‘North American Union’”
18. Members of the American Border Patrol/American Patrol
19. Members of the Federation for American Immigration Reform
20. Members of the Tennessee Freedom Coalition
21. Members of the Christian Action Network
22. Anyone that is “opposed to the New World Order”
23. Anyone that is engaged in “conspiracy theorizing”
24. Anyone that is opposed to Agenda 21
25. Anyone that is concerned about FEMA camps
26. Anyone that “fears impending gun control or weapons confiscations”
27. The militia movement
28. The sovereign citizen movement
29. Those that “don’t think they should have to pay taxes”
30. Anyone that “complains about bias”
31. Anyone that “believes in government conspiracies to the point of paranoia”
32. Anyone that “is frustrated with mainstream ideologies”
33. Anyone that “visits extremist websites/blogs”
34. Anyone that “establishes website/blog to display extremist views”
35. Anyone that “attends rallies for extremist causes”
36. Anyone that “exhibits extreme religious intolerance”
37. Anyone that “is personally connected with a grievance”
38. Anyone that “suddenly acquires weapons”
39. Anyone that “organizes protests inspired by extremist ideology”
40. “Militia or unorganized militia”
41. “General right-wing extremist”
42. Citizens that have “bumper stickers” that are patriotic or anti-U.N.
43. Those that refer to an “Army of God”
44. Those that are “fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation)”
45. Those that are “anti-global”
46. Those that are “suspicious of centralized federal authority”
47. Those that are “reverent of individual liberty”
48. Those that “believe in conspiracy theories”
49. Those that have “a belief that one’s personal and/or national ‘way of life’ is under attack”
50. Those that possess “a belief in the need to be prepared for an attack either by participating in paramilitary preparations and training or survivalism”
51. Those that would “impose strict religious tenets or laws on society (fundamentalists)”
52. Those that would “insert religion into the political sphere”
53. Anyone that would “seek to politicize religion”
54. Those that have “supported political movements for autonomy”
55. Anyone that is “anti-abortion”
56. Anyone that is “anti-Catholic”
57. Anyone that is “anti-nuclear”
58. “Rightwing extremists”
59. “Returning veterans”
60. Those concerned about “illegal immigration”
61. Those that “believe in the right to bear arms”
62. Anyone that is engaged in “ammunition stockpiling”
63. Anyone that exhibits “fear of Communist regimes”
64. “Anti-abortion activists”
65. Those that are against illegal immigration
66. Those that talk about “the New World Order” in a “derogatory” manner
67. Those that have a negative view of the United Nations
68. Those that are opposed “to the collection of federal income taxes”
69. Those that supported former presidential candidates Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin and Bob Barr
70. Those that display the Gadsden Flag (“Don’t Tread On Me”)
71. Those that believe in “end times” prophecies
72. Evangelical Christians
- See more at: http://viralsurvival.com/2014/02/27/american-domestic-terrorists-list/#sthash.T2DdtVoS.dpuf


2 posted on 02/28/2014 7:19:01 AM PST by TMSuchman (John 15;13 & Exodus 21:22-25 Pacem Bello Pastoribus Canes [shepard of peace,dogs of war])
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To: TMSuchman

The most important is this:

Luk 6:22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.
Luk 6:23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.


3 posted on 02/28/2014 7:43:21 AM PST by afsnco
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To: afsnco

Yep, that’s a good read on the the signpost up ahead.


4 posted on 02/28/2014 7:47:03 AM PST by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: theruleshavechanged

And where is this “Reagan” they refer to for 2016. I see nobody even close to “Reagan”....well Santorum but most here don’t care for him.


5 posted on 02/28/2014 7:47:19 AM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: theruleshavechanged
. . . a 1974 column from George Will suggesting that Reagan was too old to run for president and that Reagan supporters were "kamikaze conservatives" left over from the Barry Goldwater era.

Wow. I had forgotten that George Will was the token conservative for the liberal media for more than 40 years. He needs to stick to writing about baseball, a topic that he actually knows something about . . .

6 posted on 02/28/2014 7:47:32 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: theruleshavechanged

This year, even the peoples republic of Maine has a genuine Tea Party candidate running for the Second Congressional District. Bruce Poliquin a native Mainer with a conservative streak the width of the Maine Turnpike is the man who can actually win and give Maine it’s first God fearing Constitution reading member of Congress in over 100 years.


7 posted on 02/28/2014 7:48:30 AM PST by The_Republic_Of_Maine (Be kept informed on Maine's secession, sign up at freemaine@hushmail.com)
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To: TMSuchman

FWIW, I have a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag hanging prominently in my window. I was also elected election judge in our precinct.


8 posted on 02/28/2014 7:49:35 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: theruleshavechanged

I’m sorry, but, we’ve got to stop looking for the “next Reagan.” We really do. And I think we need to also stop looking back upon his time with such rose colored glasses. Good things happen? Yep-taxes, military buildup, mentality at the top, economy. Bad things happen? Yep-growth of government, amnesty for illegals, Iran-Contra, Anthony Kennedy. It’s almost like he was a “compassionate conservative” which is a term I think just about everyone right-of-center hates these days.

A damn sight better than any alternative at the time but far from the ideal conservative Presidential material we are searching for today. Any candidate, today, who tried to win the GOP primary on the platform of above would be shouted down and out as an appeaser, a squish, “eastablishment,” and, moderate.


9 posted on 02/28/2014 7:52:00 AM PST by FAA
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To: afsnco

Few people want that particular Blessing.


10 posted on 02/28/2014 7:52:38 AM PST by AceMineral (Some people are slaves of their own stupidity.)
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To: napscoordinator
The Moment is Now!


11 posted on 02/28/2014 7:57:30 AM PST by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only Hope for Western Civilization.)
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To: napscoordinator

Santorum is a one trick pony. He is in with the GOPe.


12 posted on 02/28/2014 8:32:12 AM PST by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: Vigilanteman

Whatever Will may have said about Reagan in 1974, he helped coach Reagan in his debate with Carter.

Will was given a lot of grief by his Washington insider buddies. Will said he was glad with what he did but wouldn’t do it again. Thank you Mr. Will, but we could have done without the mea culpa to get back in with your buddies’ good graces.


13 posted on 02/28/2014 8:45:54 AM PST by A'elian' nation ("Political Correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred." Jacques Barzun)
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To: FAA
Your analysis is incorrect.

Any candidate, today, who tried to win the GOP primary on the platform of above would be shouted down and out as an appeaser, a squish, “eastablishment,” and, moderate.

This statement doesn't reflect the facts of what Reagan believed and ran on.

14 posted on 02/28/2014 10:24:42 AM PST by frogjerk (We are conservatives. Not libertarians, not "fiscal conservatives", not moderates)
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To: frogjerk

But they were results of his two terms.


15 posted on 02/28/2014 10:38:49 AM PST by FAA
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To: FAA

You are cherry picking an 8 year presidential term, the greatest since Washington, that is a heck of a lot different from measuring/comparing candidates.

Nobody’s 8 year term is going to be anywhere near flawless, and that goes for Cruz and Palin as well.


16 posted on 02/28/2014 11:54:40 AM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: ansel12

No, I’m taking it as a whole. I’m looking at everything not just the things I liked. Plenty of things I and others here liked(you included) occurred during those 8 years. Plenty of other things that I and others don’t like (you included) happened as well. Best Presidency of my life? You. Bet. What I want to see from the next “conservative” elected to office? If any GOP/conservative POTUS of the future signed another amnesty or failed to significantly reduce the size and scope of government we would be here talking about them as a failure, no? We decry these very things today with regards to Congress so why would you accept them from Reagan or any else on the right?


17 posted on 02/28/2014 12:02:40 PM PST by FAA
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To: napscoordinator

Santorum was anti-Reagan and called his supporters “right-wing fringe” while describing himself as a “progressive conservative” in his campaign literature, when telling the press he wasn’t a Reagan Republican.

Santorum was always a dedicated Arlen Specter supporter, always, from campaigning with him during his (Specter’s 1996) presidential run to remove life from the party platform, to supporting Specter against Toomey in 2004 and 2010.


18 posted on 02/28/2014 12:05:06 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: FAA

You missed the entire point of my post.

You are comparing 8 years of being president with the candidates.

Any candidate is going to have plenty for you to cherry pick and dislike, AFTER 8 YEARS AS PRESIDENT, wait until after they are president for that kind of comparison, we are talking about candidates, not presidents.

Candidates run on who they are and their platform, you are taking 8 years of presidency, and trying to create the lie that it was Reagan’s platform as candidate.

You are way off track with your apples and oranges confusion.


19 posted on 02/28/2014 12:13:02 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: napscoordinator

Santorum is a sweater vest wearing homo who should be be better off, as would the rest of the world, if he would do something more apropos to his level of competence such as move to a small town and sell shoes.


20 posted on 02/28/2014 12:13:03 PM PST by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: ansel12

“you are taking 8 years of presidency, and trying to create the lie that it was Reagan’s platform as candidate...”

I never said that at all once anywhere in post I’ve written here. Where in Heck do you get that from?????

Once again, I am talking about the results of his two terms. Not what he ran on. Not what he said. Not the person we believed him to be. All that is fine. I am talking strictly about what happened during his time in office.

We want to look back on Reagan’s years as if they were some glorious perfect conservative utopia.....and they weren’t. There was a lot of bad stuff that happened in his time in office when it comes to modern conservative ideals. I have no qualms about looking back with stark, unvarnished honesty about that. I don’t want those things again.


21 posted on 02/28/2014 12:34:28 PM PST by FAA
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To: FAA

Actually you did—”Any candidate, today, who tried to win the GOP primary on the platform of above would be shouted down and out as an appeaser, a squish, “eastablishment,” and, moderate.”

So you just wanted to rant against Reagan’s presidency and never meant to discuss candidates or the tea party.

It is still idiotic, why not just start a thread on Reagan, rather than hijack one by calling his presidency a failure?


22 posted on 02/28/2014 12:53:46 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: ansel12

My dear God, man, this is so ridiculous.

I was talking a pol running on that platform TODAY. Not Reagan running on that platform 30 years ago.

I didn’t call his Presidency a failure. I said it was not what a lot of us hoped it could have been.

And, seriously, this is too stupid to argue about. You don’t understand what I’m saying and I can’t explain it to. Stop it. Just stop.


23 posted on 02/28/2014 1:52:09 PM PST by FAA
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To: FAA
Yep-growth of government, amnesty for illegals, Iran-Contra, Anthony Kennedy. It’s almost like he was a “compassionate conservative” which is a term I think just about everyone right-of-center hates these days. A damn sight better than any alternative at the time but far from the ideal conservative Presidential material we are searching for today. Any candidate, today, who tried to win the GOP primary on the platform of above would be shouted down and out as an appeaser, a squish, “eastablishment, and, moderate.
"I was talking a pol running on that platform TODAY. Not Reagan running on that platform 30 years ago."

Nobody is running on that platform, Reagan didn't run on that platform, you keep attacking Reagan's presidency.

You did call him a failure.

Best Presidency of my life? You. Bet. What I want to see from the next “conservative” elected to office? If any GOP/conservative POTUS of the future signed another amnesty or failed to significantly reduce the size and scope of government we would be here talking about them as a failure, no?"

Reagan's presidency was not a failure, and why do you want to keep ranting against him and some fake "platform"?

Why try to turn this into an anti-Reagan thread?

24 posted on 02/28/2014 2:05:41 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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