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Tea Party Critics Don't Get It

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Critics of the Tea Party movement suffer from the delusion that the lack of specific complaints means there isn't really anything wrong.

Have you ever had a craving for something, but couldn't decide exactly what you wanted to eat? Perhaps you remember the Star Trek episode in which Mr. Spock was temporarily in command and Scotty was complaining that the ship "didn't feel right" even though he couldn't say what specifically was wrong.

Do you sometimes feel sick, but have trouble describing exactly what is wrong with your body?

Many of the Tea Party participants are in such a situation. They believe something is wrong with the country, but aren't sure what it is.

We shouldn't expect them to have analyzed our society and government to determine what is actually wrong. Most are average citizens rather than political scientists or sociologists who devote their time to studying government and society.

Political scientists often use the term "alienated" to describe a situation in which average voters aren't connected to government officials or government in general.

Some may be reacting to the way government or politicians have treated them or just concerned about government becoming too intrusive. Perhaps they know someone whom government has mistreated. They may feel that government services aren't worth what it is costing them in taxes, particularly local taxes such as sales taxes and property taxes.

Some may be upset by overly aggressive government efforts to control personal behavior such as seat belt laws or excessive taxes on tobacco. Even many of us who have never smoked recognize that smokers don't threaten our safety the way drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs do.

Elected officials are often isolated from voters. The media encourages this isolation by hiring reporters, editors and news anchors who act as if they have a duty to serve politicians rather than the general public.

Many journalists are like the emperor's supporters in the story of the Emperor's New Clothes who refuse to consider that the reason they can't see his new clothes is because he doesn't have any. Instead of trying to keep their party "honest": by looking for flaws in its policies, they blindly support those policies. Journalists refuse to consider the possibility that "Emperor" Obama has no clothes on.

For example, Obama and his media slaves continue to ignore the obvious con involved in claims about global warming. Even those who don't know enough science to know that the theory behind greenhouse gases was disproved a century ago, recognize that claims that humans can control the temperature of the air isn't believable.

Investment cons are often recognizable because they sound too good to be true. Political cons sound too bad to be true like the claim that the polar ice caps will all melt or Saddam Hussein was about to give Weapons of Mass Destruction to al Qaeda.

Media critics complain about Tea Party supporters turning to Republicans like Sarah Palin or Glenn Beck. What choice do people have? The only choices provided by the media are the Democrats and the people at Fox.

If alternative views exist, the media are ignoring them. If media critics don't like the choice Tea Party members are making, they should look for other alternatives to the rejected ideas of the Democrats.

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Scott Morgan 3 years, 6 months ago

So, if a voting age citizen is concerned over 14 months of 9.5 percent unemployment, a federal government which can't accurately mail out $250.00 welfare bonus checks , run a automobile exchange program, national health care (30 major corporations exempted Wed.) or seem to chew gum and walk at the same time wants "change" waz up?

So, I should vote dem? Obama/Biden are way way way over their pay scale.

Time to put grownups back in power. Tea Party grownups, Republican grownups, Independent grownups, and yes Democratic grownups too.

It's time for we citizens to vote with our heads, not our hearts.

This country is in harms way.

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Agnostick 3 years, 6 months ago

More fun from the offices of Palin, Miller, & Lemmings:

"Hold off on any letter for Joe. Sarah put her *** on the line for Joe and yet he can't answer a simple question "is Sarah Palin Qualified to be President".

http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2010/10/everything-you-need-to-know-about-palin.html

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Chris Golledge 3 years, 6 months ago

Re: "For example, Obama and his media slaves continue to ignore the obvious con involved in claims about global warming. Even those who don't know enough science to know that the theory behind greenhouse gases was disproved a century ago, recognize that claims that humans can control the temperature of the air isn't believable."

This is so blatantly wrong that it basically means: Reasonmclucus has no knowledge of climate science, or even general science, or history of the subject, but global warming scares him. So, he and a bunch of others like him cluster together and tell each other that it just isn't so, it's just politics, and then they fell better and congratulate themselves on being smarter than everyone else. Great, unfortunately human emotions and politics don't appear in any physics equations.

A CO2 molecule will continue to absorb and emit infrared radiation regardless of political tides.

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independant1 3 years, 6 months ago

GallupSept 24, 2010 A record-low 36% of Americans have a great deal or fair amount of trust and confidence in the legislative branch of government, down sharply from the prior record low of 45% set last year.

In the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll, only 24 percent said the government in Washington could be trusted to do what was right just about always or most of the time; 75 percent said the government could be trusted only some of the time or never.

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independant1 3 years, 6 months ago

Those Tea Party folks are about as intelligent as the rest of us.

The American people are a very generous people and will forgive almost any weakness, with the possible exception of stupidity. (Will Rogers)

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Jaminrawk 3 years, 6 months ago

The Tea Party is simply a bi-product of Fox News' fear mongering. They just don't realize it because they are too busy chasing Czars and misspelling words on their signs.

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independant1 3 years, 6 months ago

Like I said, despite the projections here, those Tea Party folks are pretty much normal people from all walks of life.

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Mike Ford 3 years, 6 months ago

I get that the tea partiers are a bunch of misinformed elderly caucasian guys who ruin gun shows and totally get the whole history of the Boston tea party event wrong. They sound like they want the articles of confederation back but first they have to study the history of this country that they don't know and figure out what this was and play catch up intellectually while the dumblicans play on their anger and use them the same way they've used the churchlicans since Reagan. meanwhile the formal example of tea partyism that I have is my rascist ex-grandfather who went tea party three days after Obama was elected. He is a former dixiecrat fox watching iconoclast who referred to the NBA as nothing but africans. He is a rascist tea partier whom I no longer claim and whom I see as a face of the tea party. Good luck making people not see you for the acts of clowns like my ex grandfather....

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jackbinkelman 3 years, 6 months ago

What comes to mind after reading this. ... "Cuckoo for CoCo Puffs!!!" What a crock.

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Agnostick 3 years, 6 months ago

* Repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
* Opposes unemployment benefits and calls them "unconstitutional."
* Opposes cuts to Medicare or Social Security benefits for current retirees. He supports privatizing (or, as he says, "personalizing") Social Security and Medicare for younger workers. Would remove the federal government as the social security provider, and give the states the authority to oversee the programs should they decide to provide social security type benefits.
* Refers to scientific evidence for Global warming as "dubious at best."
* Opposes abortion, including for rape and incest, and favors it "only when the mother's life is in danger." He describes himself as pro-life, and defines the term life as the time "from the moment of conception to the time of natural death".
* Supports the death penalty
* Cut the budget of the National Endowment for the Arts
* Cut the budget of American funding for the United Nations
* Opposes federal aid programs not enumerated in the U.S. Constitution.

Miller has alleged that under the existing system, farmers do not have much choice but to accept federal farm subsides and explains why he accepted thousands of dollars in farm subsidies for property he owned in Kansas, including while he lived Connecticut and in Alaska.

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Agnostick 3 years, 6 months ago

For BornAgainTroll:

Joe Miller's political positions:

* Institute spending reduction measures including: A balanced budget amendment: Congress would have to submit a balanced budget to the president for signature. Expenditures that exceed receipts would require a three-fifths majority. End off-budget expenditures: Receipts and disbursement from the Social Security Trust Funds, and general accounting for the Federal National Mortgage Association and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, would be included within the federal budget. Line-item veto: A Constitutional Amendment to authorize the president to veto specific spending items. Require that unspent and repaid TARP  funds be used to reduce the deficit: All unspent and repaid funds would be required to be used to reduce the deficit and pay down the National Debt. No New Entitlements: Would institute a moratorium on the creation of new entitlements. Limit increases in government spending to the rate of inflation: The federal government would be required to cap spending to the rate of inflation plus the percentage of population growth. Hiring freeze for all non-essential government employees. Establish a Sunset Committee: This committee would scrutinize federal programs to determine if they are necessary and where they can be cut. Earmark Reform: Would place a moratorium on all earmarks until the budget is balanced, and then require a 2/3 majority to pass any earmark. Additionally, budget requests by members of Congress would be subject to the public hearings process.
* Make Congressional Reforms including: Constitutional Authority—each bill would be required to specify the provision in the Constitution that gives to Congress the power to do what the bill does. Limitation of Scope—Each bill would pertain to only one issue. There would be no "Omnibus" bills. Neither would amendments be considered that do not pertain to the subject of the bill. Regular Order—Would reinstitute open rules for appropriations bills, allowing for unlimited amendments and debate.
* Eliminate the Federal minimum wage. He has said that it "is not within the scope of the powers that are given to the federal government" and should be left to states.
* Eliminate the Department of Education.
* Reduce American foreign aid

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jimmyjms 3 years, 6 months ago

Where were these concerned folks who don't know why they're concerned when the last president did stuff like attempting to repeal habeas corpus for American citizens (Military Commissions Act of 2006), ship billions upon billions of dollars to Iraq with zero oversight, etc?

Oh wait, that guy was white.

Carry on.

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Jimo 3 years, 6 months ago

I didn't realize the Unibomber was allowed to blog.

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independant1 3 years, 6 months ago

The Tea Party folks? Just a whole lot of normal people (a whole lot of different type normal people.)

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anonmouse 3 years, 6 months ago

"... recognize that claims that humans can control the temperature of the air isn't believable."

Indeed. That is why I removed the thermostat from my wall about 4 months ago.

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beatrice 3 years, 6 months ago

"Many of the Tea Party participants are in such a situation. They believe something is wrong with the country, but aren't sure what it is."

Tea Party: Rebels Without a Clue.

Brilliant. Just brilliant. And this guy is saying critics don't understand? Good god! No wonder these people support the likes of Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck.

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booyalab 3 years, 6 months ago

I don't think the author is trying to say that no tea partier has any reason for what he or she thinks. He's saying- it's NOTt the responsibility of everyone who has a problem with the government to articulate and analyze their position to the satisfaction of everyone who doesn't have a problem. It's the responsibility of the government to represent and respect the beliefs of it's citizens. The fact that so many people are disenfranchised is reason enough to change something.

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tony88 3 years, 6 months ago

"Many of the Tea Party participants are in such a situation. They believe something is wrong with the country, but aren't sure what it is.

We shouldn't expect them to have analyzed our society and government to determine what is actually wrong."

Is this guy saying we should elect people who are ignorant of the reality of the situation we are in? Good plan. There are plenty of intelligent people out there who ARE aware of the situation, but are ignored because they tell the truth that nobody wants to hear. The primary issues are corporate ownership of the government, the concept that endless growth is physically possible (human, especially american, sense of entitled exceptionalism), and peak oil.

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BornAgainAmerican 3 years, 6 months ago

If the T-Party wants to keep SS and Medicare then they are backing the wrong candidates. See what Joe Miller, the T-Party backed candidate in Alaska thinks.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/08/miller-social-security-medicare-unconstitutional/

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Mike Wasikowski 3 years, 6 months ago

Oh, I have a couple of specific complaints about the Tea Party.

First, how can they say they stand for Constitutionally-limited government when nearly two-thirds of them believe that the benefits of Medicare and Social Security, two programs that are not explicitly written in the Constitution as powers of government, are worth their costs and should be maintained in the future?

Second, why is the Tea Party's standard response to how we should reduce the federal deficit and debt simply cutting fraud, waste, and abuse? How much fraud, waste, and abuse do they think there is in the federal government? Why are they not serious about the ticking time bomb of debt that is health care inflation, especially when it comes to Medicare?

Until they have answers for why they support two programs that, based on an originalist view of the Constitution, are unconstitutional and why they have no real solution to cutting the federal deficit and debt, I will call them like I see them: useless hypocrites.

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Azure_Attitude 3 years, 6 months ago

This is nothing but sore loserism dressed up as a grassroots revolution and the Tea Party is nothing but the GOP in disguise. A bunch of hypocrites who receive entitlement benefits yet scream about people who received entitlement benefits. They cry about the deficit yet remained silent for years while the deficit skyrocketed under their golden boy, Bush the younger. A L L Tea Party candidates are republicans and will fall right in line with their party if sent to WDC. And the writer? This fool is going to go with 100 year old science he got from who knows where versus techonology we have availble today that is supported by 95% of the scientific community - the other 5% likely employed by petrolem companies. People, our current situation may not be perfect but it is getting better and I don't want to imagine what it it would be like today if the GOP had retained power in 2008. This is no time to turn back and give the helm to the people who nearly destroyed our country while they ensured their own enrichment and that of thier cooporate sponsors.

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QuinnSutore 3 years, 6 months ago

Dear America,

We love being free from oppression, both the socialist kind and the financial kind, so we started this party that keeps those "special interests" in mind.

Love, The Tea Party

(PS - You're welcome.)

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 6 months ago

Noone can really figure out who Obama is. That may explain some of this.

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uncleandyt 3 years, 6 months ago

Critics of the TeaParty have heard and read, and thought about the beefs. Some of the beef is actually chicken. Some of the beef is tainted with additives. Some of the beef is fake soy protein, mislabled as real beef. Some of the beef went rotten a long time ago, if we should eat the bad beef, we will get very sick. If we will eat a small amount to begin with, maybe we can teach our bodies to accept the poison and eventually we might be able to consume mass quantities. Mehps!

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beatrice 3 years, 6 months ago

Another non-scientist bashing science (and Democrats).

Nothing to see here. Move along, move along.

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