York: Look for Tea Party meaning in the small towns

posted at 12:55 pm on April 16, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

After all the tea parties have disbanded, and the media scorn has vanished, what did all of it mean?  Byron York says that the true meaning can be found in the small towns, rather than the larger, more organized protests in media centers like New York and Washington DC.  Byron believes that the depth and breadth of the protests should worry those in power … in both parties:

A number of press reports have characterized the tea parties as anti-Obama exercises. The Wall Street Journal carried an online story headlined “Anti-Obama ‘Tea Party’ Protests Mark Tax Day.” CNN introduced a tea-party story by saying, “This is a party for Obama-bashers.”  The Los Angeles Times ran a column headlined, “Anti-Obama Taxpayer Tea Parties Steeped in Insanity.”  But in Winchester at least, the atmosphere was not so much anti-Obama — organizers posted a note on their website asking that everyone “Please DO NOT personally attack the President or any member of Congress by name” — as it was a classic conservative Republican, limited-government, anti-spending talkfest.  Anyone who covered the GOP primary contests in 2007-2008 would have recognized it immediately.

At those gatherings, as now, Republicans complained of runaway federal spending.  They didn’t want to bash George W. Bush — they were too grateful for his efforts in the War on Terror to do that — but they blamed the then-president, as well as Republicans in Congress, for failing to rein in federal spending.  And on spending at least, they heard what they wanted from John McCain and voted for him, even though many disliked the party nominee for a variety of other reasons.

Looking back, the way a lot of them see it is that Bush laid the foundation for worse things to follow.  “It started with the Republicans and with Bush,” James Spangler, the insurance agent, told me.  “I mean, I’m a George Bush guy, but it started with him at the end, with Bernanke and Paulson — those guys screwed up big time, and they opened the door for those people who are in there now to just go crazy, which is what they’re doing.”

Now, deficits that troubled them a few years ago have tripled.  The $787 billion stimulus bill, in particular, bothered everyone here — not just the spending, but how it was rushed through Congress by a secretive Democratic leadership before anyone in the general public had a chance to examine it.  (One child here carried a sign that said READ B4 U SIGN!) The projected $1.8 trillion deficit for 2009 simply blows their mind.  And then there is the old-fashioned stuff.  A number of people were aware of a new report by Citizens Against Government Waste naming Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran as the Congress’ most prolific earmarker, with $653 million in park-barrel projects for his state.  “I heard about Thad Cochran, and it was really upsetting to me,” homemaker Cheryl Lancaster told me, “because I always thought it was more Democrat than Republican.  But honestly, it’s both of them.”

The resonance of these protests go beyond the actual fiscal policies that prompted them.  In fact, as Professor Paul Rahe would appreciate, the real disaffection comes from a governing power that grows increasingly remote and autocratic, and that has a real connection to the historical Tea Party in Boston.  Just as the raiders protested tax policies imposed on them from a distant and mostly unresponsive British government, the American people have finally tired of power moving away from localities and states and to a federal government much more interested in pork patronage than in the actual priorities of each community.

That impulse does not belong solely to the Democratic Party.  Republicans have fed at the pork trough, which creates more federal power over the money of the American people and less control over the governance by the citizenry.  The founders never envisioned having the entire nation run by 535 people in the District of Columbia, with the states subservient to the mandates of Congress and the President.  They imagined a nation that mostly governed itself, with a federal government that had the authority to enforce the Constitution and to defend itself.

The Tea Parties signal an intent by the American people to move the paradigm back in favor of more local government and a return to individual liberty rather than a dependent population left to beg for scraps from Washington’s table.  Byron has it right; look for the meaning in the small towns that feel overwhelmed by federal hegemony.

Meanwhile, here are a few pics from Hot Air readers.  Looks like Dallas got a big turnout, courtesy Michael:

Jeanine says San Antonio got the spirit.  I think they provided the definition for “asinine” for the media:

We love Montanans, too, Keemo!  Good definition of Tea Party, too:

Piscataway residents resent getting treated like a money machine, via Paul:

Jeff in Chicago notes a future surveillance target at a protest:

And he also sees someone who’s learned a lesson young:

Finally, almost 3,000 people turned out in Southlake Texas, with a population of less than 25,000, via Brian.  You need to update the date on your camera, though, Brian!


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“It started with the Republicans and with Bush,”

Exactly – this is not about republican vs. democrat.

This is about citizen vs. government.

We’re pissed off.

jake-the-goose on April 16, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Will the Republicans learn from this? The Dems won’t, of course. Only the Republican party has a chance. If they don’t….. they are gone soon.

Sadly, I don’t Foresee the republican leaders learning from this. I think we are going to have to gut the current party and start over. Not even Palin or Romney or Jindal–just throw them all out. Clean house completely.

And the powers that be will resist it tremendously.

Vanceone on April 16, 2009 at 1:01 PM

fun stuff. gingrich made a good point in NY, bringing up the fact that the committees of correspondence after the 1773 tea party solidified what had happened for the long term. he also brought up the need for primary challengers for ALL congressman and senators who vote for the budget. period. if that were to ever actually happen, what went down yesterday is a decent start.

ernesto on April 16, 2009 at 1:01 PM

My guess is that all these counts and numbers floating around, do not reflect the small towns, cities and counties throughout the country that held Tea Parties. Some of these protests were not planned at all, but rather spontaneous!!!! If I were a politician, I would not be so worried about the number of people who actually showed up at these tea parties, I would be more worried about the MILLIONS of like minded folks who DID NOT show up!!!!!!!!!!

bloggless on April 16, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Agreed – that is exactly what the speakers at Lafayette had to say. This is our fault and we need to clean it up.

The government is accountable to its people. It’s about being Americans and having a stake in what is our country and how it should be governed.

kybowexar on April 16, 2009 at 1:02 PM

A number of press reports have characterized the tea parties as anti-Obama exercises.

Notice how the MSM NEVER characterized protests of the last 8 years as “anti-Bush exercises”.

DethMetalCookieMonst on April 16, 2009 at 1:02 PM

The Tea Parties signal an intent by the American people disenfranchised republican minority….

Fixed that for yah, Cap’n.

strangelet on April 16, 2009 at 1:03 PM

Actually – not to derail this thread, but the numbers would have been a bit higher if this had not been a Wednesday night. Most of the folks at my church (a large one) would have made it but there were several community classes starting last night.

kybowexar on April 16, 2009 at 1:04 PM

ernesto on April 16, 2009 at 1:01 PM

I haven’t seen any evidence of normal people wanting to get involved with it though. The occasional protest is fine and dandy, but it doesn’t do anything.

I’d be more worried if people stopped complaining.

lorien1973 on April 16, 2009 at 1:05 PM

There are polls that nearly 40% of the electorate self identify as Independent…

And many who are still Repubs, and Dems, are angry at their parties…

But the Two parties have a lock on Washington power, and the MSM needs to be near the center of power to get easy story access…

Thus, the colusion… They will attempt to dismiss this Fiscal Con movement… it will be interesting to see if they can succeed.

Romeo13 on April 16, 2009 at 1:06 PM

here’s my comments from yesterday’s event in Augusta, Maine.
——————————–

I just got back from the Tea Party rally in Augusta, Maine. The rally was planned for 5-7pm, but there were a couple hundred there by 3pm, and when we left, at 6:30, the crowd had swelled to several hundred, with a steady stream of more arriving even as we were departing. There were many, many wonderful signs, with probably 90% of them handmade. Also quite a few “Don’t Tread On Me” flags, many Betsy Ross flags, and other American flags.

What was interesting was how many folks brought their children along, and the cross-section of the state. Rich, poor, old, young, they were all there, and all were mad as hell. If an actual politician had shown up, he/she would’ve been given one serious earful of talking.

The other interesting thing was that the organizers had a small PA system, and anyone, and I mean anyone, who wanted to speak for a few minutes was given the opportunity. It was eye-opening, because everyone there was on the same page. They are all fed up with what has happened, and they mean to see that it gets corrected in 2010.

Time and time again, speakers reaffirmed that “elections have consequences” and that our only chance to correct this was to elect responsible folks to office who would follow the Constitution, and put and end to this foolish taxation.

If, as it is estimated, only 1 in 100 of those who feel the same way actually turn up for a rally, then the leftists and the rightists who are so strongly in favour of POTUS’ tax plans, TARP, etc, are in for a very rude shock in the next round of elections.

All in all, there was a whiff of rebellion in the air, and town meetings are apt to get right interesting for politicians when they come home to visit.

respects,

AW1 Tim on April 16, 2009 at 1:06 PM

I know some of you have seen this but it really needs to be here too for those that have missed it:

Desperate to dismiss the tea parties

By E. Thomas McClanahan, Kansas city Star Editorial Page columnist

Democrats and other skeptics are desperate to dismiss the tea parties that popped up across the country today. Kansas City political consultant Steve Glorioso told The Star they were being staged by the “same far right fringe characters driven in large part by talk radio.”
This eagerness to explain away this movement is telling, suggesting the skeptics see these gatherings as a real threat. Certainly the tea parties have an anti-Obama slant, but what we’re seeing is something outside the normal dynamics of Democrat-Republican tension….

This is a genuine grassroots phenomenom. Various facets of the GOP coalition and conservative movement are trying to leverage this movement, but the movement was there first, and it took off after Rick Santelli’s famous rant in Chicago. It isn’t clear yet what the tea party movement is all about, but it can’t be dismissed as something that simply arose from shadowy GOP organizers.

TheBigOldDog on April 16, 2009 at 1:06 PM

“they’re too grateful for his war on terror”…for now. Eventually the reality will set in that if we want lower taxes, the American empire will have to be reigned in, sadly.

The Dean on April 16, 2009 at 1:07 PM

Why isn’t it illegal to take taxpayer money and spend on things not in the Constitution? Private industry, other people’s mortgages and college tuition should be off limits. Serious question.

Cindy Munford on April 16, 2009 at 1:08 PM

I’d be more worried if people stopped complaining.

lorien1973 on April 16, 2009 at 1:05 PM

Lorien – I agree. This country was founded…heck the entire continent – was essentially taken over by people who had some sort of beef about something.

It is a tenet to the American way to be able to grouse about it. It ain’t for nuthin’ that free speech was big in their minds.

kybowexar on April 16, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Wheeling WV. Population of less than 34,000. Approximation of crowd: 1,500-2,000. In a light rain. This area voted Republican for President the last two elections, but Democrat almost everything else. Blue collar dying steel town. 1,500-2,000 in a cold (49F) rain.

dish on April 16, 2009 at 1:12 PM

Why isn’t it illegal to take taxpayer money and spend on things not in the Constitution? Private industry, other people’s mortgages and college tuition should be off limits. Serious question.

Cindy Munford on April 16, 2009 at 1:08 PM

It is – but the Supreme Court has been allowed to circumvent that little tidbit of information – for the greater good.

(Just finished Levin’s Men in Black – fascinating and chilling book. The man is brilliant. Highly recommend it.)

kybowexar on April 16, 2009 at 1:12 PM

Just wait until Gov.Palin is free to tap into this sentiment. She’s exactly the kinda leader this movement is looking for. Even her enemies concede that she almost instinctively knew what the population wanted. I know this looks like horribly fanboy-ish but what I’m saying is true.

promachus on April 16, 2009 at 1:12 PM

Here is what happen in Chicago after CNN turned off their camera and went off air.

http://www.foundingbloggers.com/wordpress/2009/04/founding-bloggers-exclusive-our-footage-of-the-cnn-chicago-tea-party-throwdown/

JeffinSac on April 16, 2009 at 1:13 PM

I posted about attending my small-town Tea Party here. I posted about the messages that came out of yesterday’s events here.

LFRGary on April 16, 2009 at 1:14 PM

After I attended the demonstration in Denton, Texas I called my wife on the way home. She told me that she and my daughter had gone to a nearby mall and that there were a large number of people along the road there who were protesting. This was not one of the official or semi-official sites.

I don’t know if there were other spontaneous demonstrations like that around the country. It would be interesting to know.

John D on April 16, 2009 at 1:15 PM

As mentioned above, a lot of this problem is with career politicians trying to preserve the careers. The only way I see we can remedy this is to ammend the Constitution with term limits for the House and Senate. Are there any organizations that are working on this? How can this get started?

Gotcha on April 16, 2009 at 1:17 PM

The quesstimates I’ve seen ofthe number of attendees of the tea parties seem low to me. Even if there was an average of 100 per event it would come close to the numbers reported but pictures I’ve seen of the smallest town tea parties looked to have many more than 100. Then for every person that showed I bet there were 2 more that could not make the party. I’m looking forward and I’ve started planning for July 4th. LET’S ROLL!!! LET’S TAKE BACK AMERICA!!!

vulcannomad on April 16, 2009 at 1:18 PM

I wish the Tea Parties signaled an intent by the American people disenfranchised republican minority…. Because the truth is I voted for an arrogant jack-a$$

strangelet on April 16, 2009 at 1:03 PM

You can slither back under your rock now.

jdkchem on April 16, 2009 at 1:18 PM

the American empire will have to be reigned in, sadly.

The Dean on April 16, 2009 at 1:07 PM

What American Empire??

MarkTheGreat on April 16, 2009 at 1:19 PM

Why isn’t it illegal to take taxpayer money and spend on things not in the Constitution? Private industry, other people’s mortgages and college tuition should be off limits. Serious question.

Cindy Munford on April 16, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Because the SC stopped reading the constitution about 150 years ago.

MarkTheGreat on April 16, 2009 at 1:20 PM

So did pattycakes from CNN find out about this by watching Fox News?

Is she also anti CNN?

seven on April 16, 2009 at 1:20 PM

Let the haters hate. Let them tease and ridicule.

Let them blow us off, so we can come and suckerpunch their asses in 2010

blatantblue on April 16, 2009 at 1:23 PM

Portland Oregon!!

portlandon on April 16, 2009 at 1:23 PM

Vanceone @1:01
As I’ve said a time or two before…
PURRRRRGE!!!!

jerrytbg on April 16, 2009 at 1:25 PM

Exactly – this is not about republican vs. democrat.

This is about citizen vs. government.

We’re pissed off.

jake-the-goose on April 16, 2009 at 1:00 PM

+3 You said it, brotha!

hawksruleva on April 16, 2009 at 1:29 PM

I’d also look for it in the blue and purple States.

danking70 on April 16, 2009 at 1:30 PM

“It started with the Republicans and with Bush,” James Spangler, the insurance agent, told me. “I mean, I’m a George Bush guy, but it started with him at the end, with Bernanke and Paulson — those guys screwed up big time, and they opened the door for those people who are in there now to just go crazy, which is what they’re doing.”

So, lets elect Bush III on steroids to show us how his record deficits, cronyism, social engineering and unprecedented abuse of our Constitution really destroys our liberty and our future.

Speakup on April 16, 2009 at 1:30 PM

After reviewing dozens of left wing responses and replies it became obvious that all their small minds are capable of are wise-ass, mindless remarks and crude sexual innuendoes. Of course that’s about all anyone would expect from them.

rplat on April 16, 2009 at 1:30 PM

as i was riding home from the richmond va event (i drove 1 1/2 hours to get there), i heard some guy from the So. Poverty Law Center say that African Americans weren’t invited to the tea parties, blah, blah.

how many of you got personal invitation? i heard about it on the blogs & finally found the link to the Va. tea parties.

kelley in virginia on April 16, 2009 at 1:31 PM

kybowexar on April 16, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Not quite what I meant.

lorien1973 on April 16, 2009 at 1:34 PM

Cindy Munford on April 16, 2009 at 1:08 PM

easy, you just tear a clause wide open. like, the federal government needing the resources and powers necessary to regulate interstate commerce.

ernesto on April 16, 2009 at 1:34 PM

Some signs kids should not see:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/16/10-most-offensive-tea-par_n_187554.html

getalife on April 16, 2009 at 1:35 PM

Pictures from the Salt Lake City Tea Party (more for DHS to put on their list).

batter on April 16, 2009 at 1:35 PM

Yes Michelle Malkin wrote about George W Bush pre socializing the economy for Obama…are we the only ones paying attention Michelle wrote that months ago.

Dr Evil on April 16, 2009 at 1:36 PM

The Left is already gleefully claiming the tea parties to be a complete disaster. They’re comparing the numbers (260,000+ so far) to those of Obama’s speech in Germany (200,000), etc.

In the middle of the week, during the middle of a work day, thousands of people WITHOUT ANY CENTRALIZED PLANNING met all over the country to protest big government. Do I wish the numbers were bigger? Sure, but the Left has always been–and probably will continue to be–better protesters than we small government types. We have jobs, we have lives, and we’re not driven by unions and neo-Marxist organizations to planned rallies and protests.

Overall, for a bunch of people not used to making a stink in public, I think things went rather well.

Pope Linus on April 16, 2009 at 1:36 PM

If you’re going to protest, you need to make a specific demand. If yo’re just saying “I don’t like to pay taxes”, you’re doing nothing bitventing steam.

How about this: Federal spending should never be more than 15% of GDP.

I’m willing to pay my fair share of that — about 1/3 of what the current tax tables say — and not a penny more. Take it or leave it.

As long as we keep sending the checks, all the protests in the world won’t matter.

Who’s with me? Nobody? Fine, then, have fun at your little parties.

logis on April 16, 2009 at 1:36 PM

JeffinSac on April 16, 2009 at 1:13 PM

“Are you trying to play stupid?”

That was beautiful! I doubt she was trying to play stupid, it comes naturally with arrogance.

jdkchem on April 16, 2009 at 1:37 PM

Some signs kids should not see:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/16/10-most-offensive-tea-par_n_187554.html

getalife on April 16, 2009 at 1:35 PM

Wow, how horrible. They are so much worse than “Sarah Palin is a c**t.

deidre on April 16, 2009 at 1:37 PM

strangelet on April 16, 2009 at 1:03 PM

You smell that? Do you smell that? Leftist fear, son. Nothing else in the world smells like that. I love the smell of Lefty fear in the morning. The smell, you know that cat piss smell, the whole Internet. Smells like – victory.

TheBigOldDog on April 16, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Wow, how horrible. They are so much worse than “Sarah Palin is a c**t.

deidre on April 16, 2009 at 1:37 PM

That doesn’t count. It was Sarah Palin. /sarc

portlandon on April 16, 2009 at 1:40 PM

ernesto,
I’m certain you know…
That is their only source of justification for this outrage that has been going on for decades…AND…
We all know…That is NOT what the founders intended….

jerrytbg on April 16, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Thanks for the answers everyone. I can’t stand politicans or lawyers. Oh wait, same thing.

Cindy Munford on April 16, 2009 at 1:43 PM

getalife on April 16, 2009 at 1:35 PM

LOL! Yes that “I am not an ATM” is toootally R rated. Nothing like all those F*** Bush! (among others) signs I saw at the lefty gripe-du-jour protests.

However, you win the irony of the day award since right next to the HuffPo post is the “Popular Story” with picture included of “NAKED: Padma Lakshmi, Chelsea Handler And Eliza Dushku Strip For Allure’s Nude Issue (PHOTOS)”.

Yes, you’re all about the children.

Thanks, for yet another laugh.

batter on April 16, 2009 at 1:43 PM

Some signs kids should not see:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/16/10-most-offensive-tea-par_n_187554.html

getalife on April 16, 2009 at 1:35 PM

If you’re offended by any of those signs you need to grow up. All you’ve managed to prove is that the moron at puffho cannot count to ten and that you’re truly intolerant of any viewpoint that conflicts with your own.

The only person “I AM NOT YOUR ATM” could possibly offend is an arrogant pissant freeloader.

jdkchem on April 16, 2009 at 1:43 PM

getalife on April 16, 2009 at 1:35 PM

You better check the strategy with your handlers. I don’t think they want to play the, “lets compare signs game.” You better send an email for instructions before you get fired for being a total moron.

TheBigOldDog on April 16, 2009 at 1:45 PM

ernesto on April 16, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Ernesto, did you get to go to the NYC tea party?

HornetSting on April 16, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Dr Evil on April 16, 2009 at 1:36 PM

It does not exist until it comes out of their a$$es.

jdkchem on April 16, 2009 at 1:46 PM

Right-wing extremists in Duncan, Oklahoma….my 87 year old grandma called me last night to tell me that she saw this when she drove to Wal-Mart….she was pretty excited….guess that makes her a right-wing extremist or possible terrorist too.

uhsooner on April 16, 2009 at 1:46 PM

The immigration march drew more protesters in one city than all the tea parties.

Too bad you did not protest w’s socialism, massive spending on defense contracts and Iraqi welfare, spying, torture, etc…

You are just the silly minority and will be ignored because you enabled w’s destruction of your country.

Day late and a dollar short, if you will.

getalife on April 16, 2009 at 1:47 PM

I agree with Byron York. I am a fan of both Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity, but it just seemed canned, packaged, and delivered in bite size pieces. Love Ted Nugent, but please, it wasn’t a music concert, it was about the people and the people, for the most part, were ignored.
Loved Neil Cavuto’s coverage much better.

HornetSting on April 16, 2009 at 1:48 PM

The immigration march drew more protesters in one city than all the tea parties.

Too bad you did not protest w’s socialism, massive spending on defense contracts and Iraqi welfare, spying, torture, etc…

You are just the silly minority and will be ignored because you enabled w’s destruction of your country.

Day late and a dollar short, if you will.

getalife on April 16, 2009 at 1:47 PM

That is because those leaches also included communists and socialists in their numbers. They also got the day off from their illegal employers to march. Most conservatives didn’t get that pleasure.
Don’t worry, I suggested that we march in an anti-illegal alien movement on May 1st and they were all for it. So, I suggest to others that they suggest the same to their tea party people….lets take our country back.

HornetSting on April 16, 2009 at 1:51 PM

I smell the fear of the trolls.

Or maybe it’s their halitosis.

blatantblue on April 16, 2009 at 1:52 PM

….lets take our country back.

HornetSting on April 16, 2009 at 1:51 PM

From whom?

getalife on April 16, 2009 at 1:52 PM

And the powers that be will resist it tremendously.

Vanceone on April 16, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Of course they will – that’s what they do. Good to see you around sir.

SkinnerVic on April 16, 2009 at 1:53 PM

….lets take our country back.

HornetSting on April 16, 2009 at 1:51 PM
From whom?

getalife on April 16, 2009 at 1:52 PM

From those bent on destroying it.

HornetSting on April 16, 2009 at 1:55 PM

The immigration march drew more protesters in one city than all the tea parties.
getalife on April 16, 2009 at 1:47 PM

My only comment to you, you weird and lonely woman…more protesters, but NOT MORE CITIZENS…

right2bright on April 16, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Blair county, Pa had about 500 people. In comparison, Philly had only 200. How pathetic. Of course, that city is totally in the bag for Obama, he can do no wrong as far as they are concerned.

becki51758 on April 16, 2009 at 1:57 PM

One of three Tulsa Tea Parties. My wife and I were in the second row.

Christian Conservative on April 16, 2009 at 1:57 PM

The immigration march drew more protesters in one city than all the tea parties.
getalife on April 16, 2009 at 1:47 PM
My only comment to you, you weird and lonely woman…more protesters, but NOT MORE CITIZENS…

right2bright on April 16, 2009 at 1:57 PM

+100!!!!!!!!

HornetSting on April 16, 2009 at 1:58 PM

From those bent on destroying it.

HornetSting on April 16, 2009 at 1:55 PM

They are cleaning up your mess silly.

It is insane to think the gop will not destroy our country again.

Snap out of your blind partisan bs. The American people rejected that bs and we are moving forward.

Get over it.

You lost.

getalife on April 16, 2009 at 1:58 PM

The immigration march drew more protesters in one city than all the tea parties.

Too bad you did not protest w’s socialism, massive spending on defense contracts and Iraqi welfare, spying, torture, etc…

You are just the silly minority and will be ignored because you enabled w’s destruction of your country.

Day late and a dollar short, if you will.

getalife on April 16, 2009 at 1:47 PM

Yeah, it’s hard to compete with the unemployed being bussed to a march, or students let out of school to march, or professional protesters organizing a march. You got us. Zing. We’re at a disadvantage when we have jobs, kids, lives, and still eke out some time in our schedules to protest.

Pope Linus on April 16, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Therein lays the crux of the matter Cindy….lawyers reading the Constitution and telling us what it means.
Lawyers parsing words is something I loath…
ERRRRRR!!!

jerrytbg on April 16, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Snap out of your blind partisan bs. The American people rejected that bs and we are moving forward.

Get over it.

You lost.

getalife on April 16, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Don’t you mean “goose-stepping forward”?

But you’re right. We lost. We need to get over it, and fall in line behind The One. Thanks for your brilliant insight.

Pope Linus on April 16, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Day late and a dollar short, if you will.
getalife on April 16, 2009 at 1:47 PM

That is because those leaches also included communists and socialists in their numbers.
HornetSting on April 16, 2009 at 1:51 PM

So? As stupid as hasnolife is personally, the moron actually has a point here. Why on earth would working men and women try to compete with liberals in an agitprop contest? Or try to try and steal air time from professional narcissists in yelling at Washington politicians: “Please CARE about me!”

We should just give up trying to out-crazy the people who do that for a living, and focus on our strength — the only thing we have that the 52% of the voters who are liberals don’t have. Dress like a Pilgrim and scream into a megaphone all you want. But it’s foolish to think that’s going to magically change anything.

We are the only ones who actually PAY the taxes. That’s our only trump card. And if we don’t use that, we’re just wasting our breath.

logis on April 16, 2009 at 2:01 PM

From those bent on destroying it.

HornetSting on April 16, 2009 at 1:55 PM
They are cleaning up your mess silly.

It is insane to think the gop will not destroy our country again.

Snap out of your blind partisan bs. The American people rejected that bs and we are moving forward.

Get over it.

You lost.

getalife on April 16, 2009 at 1:58 PM

I think you need new talking points. Call Axelrod stat.

HornetSting on April 16, 2009 at 2:01 PM

We are the only ones who actually PAY the taxes. That’s our only trump card. And if we don’t use that, we’re just wasting our breath.

logis on April 16, 2009 at 2:01 PM

So, next year, instead of tea being dumped, we dump our 1040′s and don’t pay?

HornetSting on April 16, 2009 at 2:02 PM

I think you need new talking points. Call Axelrod stat.

HornetSting on April 16, 2009 at 2:01 PM

It’s called reality.

Try it sometime.

getalife on April 16, 2009 at 2:03 PM

It’s called reality.

Try it sometime.

getalife on April 16, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Your reality, arguing on a conservative site, lying about being a ‘proud’ independent, never JUST an independent? You are a sad one, no thanks.

HornetSting on April 16, 2009 at 2:04 PM

The Press (even Fox News) has missed the point all the way around on these Tea Parties.

At the Tea Party I went to … there was no one really standing up for Republicans – people were bashing the hell out of both sides of the political isle. Now – honestly – a lot of us ARE (or Were?) Republicans – but we were so dissatisfied with the GOP we were all asking each other … “What is next?”.

The Republican Party has run it’s course and I think it may well be dead. I mean – GOP is NOT LEADING the people anymore. The people have completely fired the Republicans and are now doing things themselves. But each time we look over our shoulder we see the Republican politicians breathlessly running to catch up with us. Have you seen that Mop commercial where the woman “fires” her household mop in favor of a swisher … or something … and the mop begins stalking her and sending her unwanted roses begging to be taken back? The one with the “Baby Come Back” soundtrack? Yeah that one … well each time I see Michael Steele – I think of that Mop – that’s what he reminds me of.

He’s just out of touch – just obsolete. Sullied to the point of being non-cleansible. That is the whole Republican Party now. They have mostly become the Democratic Party they used to taunt saying they always had their “finger in the air” to determine which way the political wind was blowing. That’s the GOP.

It’s time for a new CONSERVATIVE party. One that doesn’t compromise with the hard left. One that has principles. Fire all the bums!

This is the point the press missed. It’s not a Republican thing baby – far … far … far, far from it.

HondaV65 on April 16, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Your reality, arguing on a conservative site, lying about being a ‘proud’ independent, never JUST an independent? You are a sad one, no thanks.

HornetSting on April 16, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Childish rebuttal.

Grown ups are in charge.

getalife on April 16, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Nevermind. I’m starting to wonder if she is a computer generated hump….same comebacks, day after day…boring.

HornetSting on April 16, 2009 at 2:07 PM

You are just the silly minority and will be ignored because you enabled w’s destruction of your country.

Day late and a dollar short, if you will.

getalife on April 16, 2009 at 1:47 PM

Silly minority?! Remember: this ‘silly minority’ is providing the $$ for welfare programs that provide liberals the opportunity to ‘protest’.
Meanwhile-those of us working do not leave our jobs to protest-hence the lower protest #s at ‘conservative-minded’ rallies.
The silent majority is getting angry.

Badger40 on April 16, 2009 at 2:07 PM

getalife on April 16, 2009 at 1:35 PM

So lame. Those posters are incredibly tame compared to what you’d see at ANY Lefty protest over the war, abortion or even the immigration protests.

That HuffPo has the gall to complain about those is sickening, seeing as they won’t point out worse offenders from their own side.

Too bad you did not protest w’s socialism, massive spending on defense contracts and Iraqi welfare, spying, torture, etc…

getalife on April 16, 2009 at 1:47 PM

I’m not against torture or spying, nor am I against spending on defense. As far as I’m concerned, a government’s ONLY job is keeping us safe, not trying to feed us.

Now, W did spend a ton and should have been protested against then, but it’s ignorant to claim Republicans weren’t complaining about it. But it got exponentially worse under Obama, hence the frustration.

Things is, this is truly grassroots. The people going to these protests are people who’ve never been to one in their lives and never even thought they’d go to one.

My own mother and brother (who have never done anything like that before) went to the one in Houston, where they said people were being turned away (because the place was filled to capacity).

Esthier on April 16, 2009 at 2:07 PM

We are the only ones who actually PAY the taxes. That’s our only trump card. And if we don’t use that, we’re just wasting our breath.
logis on April 16, 2009 at 2:01 PM

So, next year, instead of tea being dumped, we dump our 1040’s and don’t pay?
HornetSting on April 16, 2009 at 2:02 PM

Does anyone have a better idea?

logis on April 16, 2009 at 2:07 PM

getalife on April 16, 2009 at 1:47 PM

Conservatives want to take our country back from those that have usurped their authority. Those that have taken what was supposed to be a few years of service to our country and turned it into a very well-paying occupation. To rescue this great land from people who taken our money and spent it to save the darter snail or spent it on any other meaningless pork project they deemed necessary. And now people who believe in fiscal responsibility and the sanctity of life have been labeled extremists by a Department of the U.S. Government. Balderdash! This is a great example of ill-used power. This is who Conservatives want to rescue the country from: career politicians, influence-peddlers, and those preaching the audacity of fear. America is still the greatest country on Earth. It is her people that make it so. We will not stand idly by and watch it being turned into a Socialist nation. The light of Freedom still burns bright in the hearts of many Americans. Yesterday was just the start.

kingsjester on April 16, 2009 at 2:08 PM

HornetSting on April 16, 2009 at 2:07 PM

I’m thinking you are right.
Most trolls must be computer generated.
With DNC echoing talk-backs like that, what else could it be?

Badger40 on April 16, 2009 at 2:08 PM

Does anyone have a better idea?

logis on April 16, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Yeah, pay your taxes and vote.

getalife on April 16, 2009 at 2:09 PM

We are the only ones who actually PAY the taxes. That’s our only trump card. And if we don’t use that, we’re just wasting our breath.
logis on April 16, 2009 at 2:01 PM

So, next year, instead of tea being dumped, we dump our 1040’s and don’t pay?
HornetSting on April 16, 2009 at 2:02 PM
Does anyone have a better idea?

logis on April 16, 2009 at 2:07 PM

It is a very valid point, logis. It would definately send a message.

HornetSting on April 16, 2009 at 2:09 PM

The light of Freedom still burns bright in the hearts of many Americans.

kingsjester on April 16, 2009 at 2:08 PM

Ugh. Don’t you know those sentiments are oh soooo 1776?!
/sarc

Badger40 on April 16, 2009 at 2:09 PM

Yeah, pay your taxes and vote.

getalife on April 16, 2009 at 2:09 PM

It’s the patriotic thing to do, after all!
Luckily, people can also be patriotic & politically active after they are dead, simply by voting!

Badger40 on April 16, 2009 at 2:11 PM

We will not stand idly by and watch it being turned into a Socialist nation. The light of Freedom still burns bright in the hearts of many Americans. Yesterday was just the start.

kingsjester on April 16, 2009 at 2:08 PM

You did idly by when w socialized the banks and stole freedom.

Your argument is silly.

getalife on April 16, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Grown ups are in charge.

getalife on April 16, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Right, the grown ups who bow to kings and then lie about, who give a queen an iPod, who crack jokes about retarded people, fill out NCAA brackets rather than the Treasury Secretary Dept. (even while building terror about the economy), and who stage military photos lest our dear leader have to meet anyone who didn’t vote for him. Those grown ups?

Esthier on April 16, 2009 at 2:12 PM

Badger40 on April 16, 2009 at 2:09 PM

I know. I can’t help it. Watching the Trolls the last 2 days has gotten my dander up. They’re trying their best, just like the MSM, to suppress this, but they can’t. Besides, I was in the class of ’76…1976. And our school colors were red, white, and blue.

kingsjester on April 16, 2009 at 2:13 PM

Getalife has a life as an Obamacrat Moonie–too blinded by the “light” to read the tea leaves. Hopelessly changed.

RandyChandler on April 16, 2009 at 2:13 PM

fill out NCAA brackets rather than the Treasury Secretary Dept.
Esthier on April 16, 2009 at 2:12 PM

If you add ‘doing your job in general’ instead of the Treasury Secretary Dept. , you would be describing my principal to a tee.

Badger40 on April 16, 2009 at 2:14 PM

You will vote the same gop back in office so stop whining.

You are scared of change.

getalife on April 16, 2009 at 2:14 PM

You did idly by when w socialized the banks and stole freedom.

Your argument is silly.

getalife on April 16, 2009 at 2:11 PM

While I disagree with what Bush did, it’s wrong to claim he socialized anything. He didn’t.

Yeah, pay your taxes and vote.

getalife on April 16, 2009 at 2:09 PM

We’re not the ones who need to be told to pay our taxes. You’re mistaking us with Obama’s cabinet.

Esthier on April 16, 2009 at 2:15 PM

getalife on April 16, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Did I say anything about a political party in that post?
Troll Rule #1 – Always blame Boooosh!

You are as predictable as you are pathetic.

kingsjester on April 16, 2009 at 2:15 PM

Your argument is silly.

getalife on April 16, 2009 at 2:11 PM

How smart. It is true-arguments are silly. You won.
Now we can get in line, shut up, pick out the brownshirt in our size & move along.
Bcs after all, it’s all W’s fault.

Badger40 on April 16, 2009 at 2:16 PM

Some signs kids should not see:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/16/10-most-offensive-tea-par_n_187554.html

getalife on April 16, 2009 at 1:35 PM

Thanks for the link. So what?

In fact, I especially like the black guy holding up the sign printed, “Blacks against Obama.” Priceless.

BuckeyeSam on April 16, 2009 at 2:16 PM


Does anyone have a better idea?
logis on April 16, 2009 at 2:07 PM


Yes, we taxPayers go on strike – a ‘taxPayer’s Strike’

The Statists know that their power base is built upon wealth seized the from taxPayers at the point of a gun. TaxPayers that are the achievers and producers who make this country work.

Interrupt their vote-buying revenue stream for even a short time period and they will really start screaming.

We stop working – shut down our businesses, etc. They can’t take what we don’t Produce!!

Galt2009 on April 16, 2009 at 2:18 PM

kingsjester on April 16, 2009 at 2:13 PM

I get worked up to about what’s at stake.
It’s a sad state of affairs & there’s times I feel really helpless by just voting & protesting (which I can’t do in person bcs of where I live).
BTW- I was 7 in 1976. Don’t remember much except for the 200 yr anniversary. I had tears in my eyes back then when they played the National Anthem-I still get them whenever it’s played.

Badger40 on April 16, 2009 at 2:18 PM

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