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    Fractures emerge as Tea Party convenes

    Fractures emerge as Tea Party convenes

    Over the year, the Tea Party grew from dozens to hundreds of loosely linked groups around the country. But as it expanded, the protests became more partisan in nature, and the Tea Party established itself as an uprising to the right of the Republican Party. While independent voters were reacting against the polarization of the two major parties, the Tea Partiers wanted Republicans and Democrats to become more polarized, Avlon said.

    "What happened over the course of the summer as the town hall [meetings] got hijacked, you started to see a new kind of activist taking over the Tea Party movement," Avlon said. "As the fringe has blurred with the base, you've seen more unhinged attacks proliferate, and there still hasn't been a transition to a positive agenda."

    Some Tea Party members began directing their anger at Obama, calling him a socialist and carrying posters with his face altered to resemble Hitler or The Joker.
    The original notion of protesting overspending by both Republicans and Democrats appealed to me. Expressing my discontent with polarized, partisan politics in D.C., the need for congressional term limits--all things I could get behind...

    But the first rally I went to in blue California last April had already been hijacked by far-right partisans and birthers. They didn't want to talk about common ground or bi-partisan efforts.

    This morning I heard Dick Armey:

    The grassroots activists' movement for small government is the biggest, most diversified and most tolerant expression of commitment to public policy principles in this country. The fact is if those people in Tennessee want to try a different approach, we're perfectly happy to let them try. It will be interesting to see how it succeeds. But it is not our effort, not our concern.

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    Diversity -- absolutely, maybe too much so.

    Tolerant -- hardly. Go to a Tea Party rally and tell them you're an independent who thinks the real problem is congress and special interests and not really the President.

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    Re: Fractures emerge as Tea Party convenes

    You must really fear the Tea Party movement.
    Climate, changes. It takes a particularly uneducated population to buy into the idea that it's their fault climate is changing and further political solutions can fix it.



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    I think we should be content with the small minority of wingnuts that have hijacked the Tea Party movement. Let 'em whine. Who cares? I know the GOP is much better off without them.

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    Re: Fractures emerge as Tea Party convenes

    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut View Post
    Tolerant -- hardly. Go to a Tea Party rally and tell them you're an independent who thinks the real problem is congress and special interests and not really the President.


    Why have you been to one?
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    Re: Fractures emerge as Tea Party convenes

    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend_Hellh0und View Post
    Why have you been to one?
    You should read his post. He clearly stated he went to one.
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    Re: Fractures emerge as Tea Party convenes

    Quote Originally Posted by Winnb View Post
    You should read his post. He clearly stated he went to one.


    I did, I just find it odd this is the first we heard of it.
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    Re: Fractures emerge as Tea Party convenes

    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend_Hellh0und View Post
    I did, I just find it odd this is the first we heard of it.
    That makes no sense. Do other posters have to notify you of every action they take?
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    Re: Fractures emerge as Tea Party convenes

    Quote Originally Posted by Winnb View Post
    You should read his post. He clearly stated he went to one.
    You should read his post.

    There's no comma after the first word.

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    Re: Fractures emerge as Tea Party convenes

    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut View Post
    Fractures emerge as Tea Party convenes



    The original notion of protesting overspending by both Republicans and Democrats appealed to me. Expressing my discontent with polarized, partisan politics in D.C., the need for congressional term limits--all things I could get behind...

    But the first rally I went to in blue California last April had already been hijacked by far-right partisans and birthers. They didn't want to talk about common ground or bi-partisan efforts.

    This morning I heard Dick Armey:



    Diversity -- absolutely, maybe too much so.

    Tolerant -- hardly. Go to a Tea Party rally and tell them you're an independent who thinks the real problem is congress and special interests and not really the President.
    Were these tea party people meeting and protesting BEFORE Obama won? Did they protest Bush and the GOP spending?

    Just wondering...
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    Re: Fractures emerge as Tea Party convenes

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post
    You should read his post.

    There's no comma after the first word.
    I'm not following you. This is what I see above:

    But the first rally I went to in blue California last April had already been hijacked by far-right partisans and birthers. They didn't want to talk about common ground or bi-partisan efforts.


    He's saying he went to a rally. How would you interpret that?
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