Aren't all teaparty candidates just astro-turf shills placed in their positions by the seedy companies that are donating anonymously to their campaigns? Even Helen Keller could have seen this.
By Tea Party candidates, I meant the Republicans who embody the Tea Party ideas. Sorry for the unclarity there SilverEagle.
More hateful stereotypes from coffee about the TEA Party. How can you justify your comments about a diverse group of people, coffee?
I said the Tea Party candidates. I didn't say the people who go to the Tea Parties. What's up with you wanting to put words in my mouth all the time? I really have nothing against the people who attend, but the candidates they elect/support and the people who fund them (Koch Brothers, ew), I totally dislike.
Watchdog, you're chastising Coffee for hateful stereotypes? What about TeaPartyGirl22's "red diaper doper babies on the left"?
I disagree with you Coffee, but that Helen Keller joke was hilarious. You make these comments because your scared to death of a true revolution, the likes which have never been seen. You can make fun of the candidates personal life all you want, you can try to attack me and the movement I represent but in November, we WILL win.
In 2006 and even some in 2008, I remember a lot of Democrats getting all excited because they thought they were witnessing a critical realignment in the electorate. You might even say they were convinced they had a mandate from the American people because Democrats took super-majorities in both houses of congress over those two election cycles. They were wrong and though the Tea party may win some seats, I don't think things are much different now.
Bryant I didn't see that and I don't believe in hating a group just because I don't agree with the majrity of its beliefs.
Coffee, your comments abut TEA Party candidates and supporters in the past have been filled with venom and hate. You have made many generalized statements about many groups (except Democrats, of course.) You lump people in the same category based on their political views.
TPG's comment was just as rude. Just because you dislike a party's stand doesn't mean you should bask those who do. I don't agree with most of the Democrat's views, but they - and anyone who belongs to the liberal left camp - has my respect in that they have the right to think what they wish.
I have several extremely left-wing friends. We just don;t discuss politics - and we get along fine. I don't define them by their political views.
As one of 19 leaders in the TEA Party here in Bulloch County we strive very hard to be inclusive. I don't know who TPG22 is, but I don't believe she is a leader.
It is true, there are some TEA Partiers who don't like Democrats or Independents. I think you'll find, however, the leaders of the BCTP have many friends on all sides of the isle.
There are Democrats and Independents who are concerned with the national debt and spending. I don't think that issue belongs only to conservatives, or the Republican party exclusively.
TPG22, in the future, since you are using the name of the TEA Party, please be more thoughtful in how you present your opinion. As you have seen, people who don't like or understand what the TEA party stands for will use your individual words to paint the whole group in a negative light.
I'm sure that was not your intent, but it is a cause and effect situation.
I never said I was in leadership. I never even said that I was a part of the Bulloch TEA Party. But I might be. You never know.
What is the real truth, coffee? I'm not going to make the mistake I've made in the past and assume I know what you mean by that cryptic comment. Please explain.
That the TEA Party is just a subsection of the Republican party. They may have a few Democrats agree with them here and there (Just like the Republican party), but ultimately when it comes down to it, the TEA Party is mainly Republican.
The TEA Party is more Republican leaning, yes. But to assume the things you do about them is borderline conspiratorial.
Most of those candidates are Republicans. Most TEA Party leaders/groups endorse Republicans. The TEA Party posterchild is Sara Palin, previous Republican Vice Presidential candidate. The TEA Party ideas are similar to that of the Republicans.
The TEA Party is simply another subsection of the Republicans.
Meh....until a Dem runs on less spending that is probably how it will look for a while...tho I am surprised there are not more Libertarians on this list.
We had several fill our the BCTP checklist.
The biggest challenge to the Tea Party Movement is not the Democratic Party but the Tea Party movement itself.At present,the Tea Party movement is splintering into a number of competing factions,replete with the acrimony and name calling that seems to represent American politics circa 2010.
Another problem is the fuzzy ideology that surrounds the movement. The Tea Party has enunciated four principles but can't seem to move much beyond a number of well worn platitudes and commonplaces.A political movement needs more than anger to sustain itself.
Fly, I agree with you. It's nice to see a grass roots movement rise up to take on the two established parties, whether it's Ross Perot or Ralph Nader. They serve to advance other ideas and generate discussion. But sooner ofr later you have to come up with specifics. "Cut government spending" isn't going to do it. Do you want to cut agricultural subsidies? Might not go over to well around here. How about just eliminating the sugar subsidies for the cane growers in Florida? That way you can keep South Georgia farmers happy and Florida can worry about itself. Personally, I'm glad to see the Tea Party taking traditional Republicans to task for stupid stuff and too much reliance on and favoritism to corporate influences. But, if they are ever to morph into a force rather than a distraction, specifics and at least some semblance of structure are required.
Not Bryant, but interested in answering. The media seems to cover the TEA Party a good bit, especially back when the movement was big. It distracted from a lot of actual news. You can't seriously think the movement is grass roots when you've got Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and the Koch Brothers helping/hyping you, do you?
The tp is also a distraction to any national-or even state level-debate on reforming the electoral system. The tp is not a "party"; the tp cannot run candidates; the tp is getting co-opted by the GOP. The GOP is paying a price for that, and is veering more to the right than even before.
So now we are left with an extreme rightwing GOP/tp alliance and a foundering Democratic party. Maybe the Libertarians will step up and fill the breach.
patk, how about the extreme left wing, or do you believe that they do not exist
We the TEA PEOPLE are quite a distracting... I am still waiting for some money from GOP, when I get it I will blog to you myself.
Dang...I forgot about this thread.
blaineo, that reminds me of the $175 we spent for those City Council Documents...
Maybe Patk or someone can advise us on who our sponsors are so we can get our money back...since 9 of us donated $20 to get it done.