Posts Tagged ‘Tea Party
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For some unknown reason…this morning I stumbled onto the Media Matters website. I think I was following a link that I found on the Fox site about Debbie Wasserman Schultz and before I knew it…I was there. I’ve never been on this site but…let me tell you…it’s worth visiting if you need a good chuckle. Do any of you watch “The Five” on Fox? I watched it yesterday and one of the topics was about DWS and how she is a complete disaster for the DNC but a great asset to Republicans. Four of the five (not Bob Beckel) were laughing about the fact that every time DWS opens her mouth, it turns people away from the Democrat party. It was a really funny segment. Anyway…one of the things discussed was the comment she made this week while she was speaking in New Hampshire. An audience member asked her about the lack of civility in Congress and DWS’s answer contained remarks about the Tea Party. The left is highly insulted that Fox is claiming that DWS is (once again) blaming the Tea Party for the Gabby Giffords shooting. Media Matters claims that her statement was taken out of context.
Here’s the transcript of the question….
AUDIENCE MEMBER: The American people are losing faith in Congress. [inaudible] because of the lack of civility. What do you think can be done to bring that faith back and then we can start thinking that they’re doing their job instead of just fighting with each other?
WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: Well, as someone who spent 19 years as a member of a legislative body, I really agree with you, that we need to make sure that we tone things down, particularly in light of the Tucson tragedy from a year ago where my very good friend, Gabby Giffords, who is doing really well by the way, and I know everybody is so thrilled, as I am, to hear that, making tremendous progress.
But the discourse in America, the discourse in Congress in particular, to answer your question, very specifically, has really changed.
And I’ll tell you, I hesitate to place blame, but I have noticed it take a very precipitous turn towards edginess and a lack of civility with the growth of the Tea Party movement.
After the 2010 elections, when you had the Tea Party elect a whole lot of their supporters to the United States House of Representatives and you had town hall meetings that they tried to take over and you saw some of their conduct at those town hall meetings, you know, in the time that I’ve been in my state legislature and in Congress, I’ve never seen a time that was more divisive or where discourse was less civil.
It’s one thing — I’ve always had people come to my town hall meetings, for example, and say that they don’t agree with me on something. And that’s fine. And you know, that’s what those town hall meetings are about, they’re for civil discourse and give-and-take. And I learn something when I hear from a constituent who doesn’t share my view, and hopefully they do also because we’re listening to each other and there’s a back and forth.
What the Tea Party has done is they have taken it to a different level, and so when they come and disagree with you, you’re not just wrong, you are the enemy. I mean, that’s really a place that politics in America shouldn’t go. And you know, when they disagree with you on an issue, you’re not just wrong, you’re a liar. Rather than just have a difference of opinion, accusations like that get hurled, and it brings the entire discourse down to a level that I think none of us want to see remain there.
So, I have done my part. I’ll tell you that President Obama, you’ve seen, he’s tried so hard to get the Republicans to work with him, to bring them to the table, to try to get them to compromise and find common ground, but when you have someone like Mitch McConnell, for example, the minority leader of the United States Senate, say at the outset of this Congress that his number one goal is not turning the economy around, not creating jobs, but to defeat Pres– Barack Obama, well, then how are we going to reach compromise if that’s the goal that drives them and all their decisions? Because then — we won’t.
Because if that’s their goal, then anything that they do to compromise gives President Obama a win, a success, and makes it less likely in their minds that they would defeat him. Unfortunately, I think what has driven the Republicans in Congress is their interest in only one job, Barack Obama’s, when Democrats have been fighting for American jobs.
And that’s the difference. And that’s going to be the choice that people have to make.
So…what do you think? She doesn’t come right out and say “The Tea Party is responsible for Gabby’s shooting.” but I believe that the insinuation is there. There is one thing that is obviously missing in her statement. Not one time does she mention the Occupy Wall Street movement and their monstrous behavior. Not one time does she mention the Wisconsin teachers union thugs and their monstrous behavior. Not one time does she give an example of any case of violence or uncivil behavior from the Tea Party.
Greg Gutfeld has such a way with words so I think I’ll let him sum it all up…
GUTFELD (co-host): So, in my mind, which is made of felt and potatoes, Debbie Wasserman Schultz is the best thing to happen to Republicans since Ronald Reagan. Seriously, I’ve had wedgies less irritating than her. And that can only chafe the Democrats. Case in point: Once again the DNC chair links the Tea Party to the Tucson mass murder. So, Frizzilla, I bet you think the discourse in America, the discourse in Congress in particular, has really changed. [Fox News, The Five, 1/12/12]
Very interesting comments by Sarah Palin on the GOP field going into Iowa.
Note: Clicking on the image will take you to a blog post on the Washington Post’s website, because the embed wasn’t working for this clip. Don’t read the blog post unless your blood pressure is too low this morning.
Thanks to Alert HillBuzz Reader Indy for the heads-up.
The administration of Mayor Dwight C. Jones has given the Richmond, Virginia OccuPoopers free reign in a city park called Kanawha Plaza. Since starting their illegal occupation in mid-October, taxpayers of Richmond have provided the OccuPoopers with portable toilets, trash pickup, and other services worth at least $7,000.
Costs of additional police, helicopter (!?) and incarcerations would probably push this total into the tens of thousands of dollars. The administration had declined to enforce a number of laws on its books that require permits for events on City property, and forbid sleeping overnight in parks.
Naturally, the law-abiding (and likely neat and tidy) members of the Richmond Tea Party had paid for permits for all of their previous Kanawha Plaza rallies. They paid over $10,000 for portable toilets, permits, police protection, and all the other costs associated with using the Plaza for a pubic event. And they (bizarrely) thought that all groups using City property should have to actually follow the law.
The OccuPoop hit the fan when Richmond Tea Party spokeswoman Colleen Owens pointed out the discriminatory treatment the OccuPoopers were receiving at the expense of the taxpayers of Richmond. “The city of Richmond is allowing Occupy Richmond to blatantly break the law day after day while forcing other groups to strictly comply,” Ms. Owens said in a press release that landed her on Neil Cavuto’s show on Fox News.
But apparently it was the invoice the Tea Party submitted to the City of Richmond that really got the mayor’s boxers in a bunch. Yes, the Tea Party folks invoiced the city to get a refund of all the money they had paid to use the park.
So, in a completely non-shocking move, the Leftist mayor of Richmond, Virginia has responded to the Tea Party’s call for equal treatment by auditing the Tea Party.
Needless to say, OccuPoop Richmond and Mayor Jones have earned major Down Twinkles from HillBuzz.org over this blatantly unfair treatment.
Read more at BigGovernment.com.
I am officially kicking off the Hillbuzz for Herman campaign. I am sick and tired of the main stream media (including conservative talk show hosts) telling us that Mitt Romney will be the next GOP nominee. It’s as if a memo was sent out and everyone is following the same script. There are a few exceptions….Rush, Mike Gallagher, Mark Levin, Sean Hannity. I was listening to Hugh Hewitt yesterday afternoon and he was yucking it up with a couple of guests (I can’t remember who they were) and they pretty much announced Mitt as the next Republican nominee. It really ticked me off. Where is the outrage from the Tea Party? Please don’t tell me the Tea Party leadership is striking a deal with Mitt. Have you all been hearing the reports that Mitt’s advisers have met with Obama’s advisers to discuss how to get Obamacare up and running? This country can’t stand 4 more years of Obama….or Romney.
We have got to get moving NOW and get behind Herman Cain. I heard him on the Neal Boortz show today and he said that his campaign donations have increased since he won the Florida straw poll but he will still need a lot more money to take on the Romney establishment machine.
I sent the Cain campaign an email 2 days ago telling them that Hillbuzz is behind them and asked what we can do to help. I haven’t heard back from them so….
If anyone is involved directly with his campaign or knows someone who is…PLEASE have them email us at this link. We would love to do an interview for the site or possibly have Kevin do a radio interview.
If you can afford to donate either your time or a few dollars to help Herman Cain become the next GOP nominee, visit his campaign site…
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Anything to help! We can not let the establishment pick our candidate for us.
(this is part 1 of last nights show)
I wanted to get these videos up earlier today but didn’t have time before work. You guys have been talking about it in the Open Thread so I thought I’d get something “official” posted on it. I watched the entire thing last night on MSNBC….it’s hard for me to watch Lawrence O’Donnell because I always expect him to sprout horns and grab his pitchfork. I think he’s a very evil person and he gives me the creeps but I will always watch Herman Cain so I tuned in last night. Herman was simply awesome. This man knows his stuff and he has a very natural way of explaining his plan to get this country out of the hell hole we’ve fallen into. There’s so many parts of this interview to talk about that I’ll leave it up to you guys to comment below on your favorite parts but I’ll just say one thing that I got out of it…. Herman Cain is a very smart man. I don’t think the liberals know quite how to deal with a black man who is so personable, engaging, pro-America and NOT liberal.
Here’s part 2 and 3 of last nights show…..
I can’t find the ending of the interview ( nobody has posted it yet on YouTube) but let me just sum it up for you. Herman Cain left Lawrence O’Donnell wishing that he had chosen to interview Mitt Romney….who would have kowtowed and apologized about everything and basically made himself and the Republican party look mushy-gushy and weak. Herman gave Lawrence hell and did it with a smile on his face. You can’t help but like him and his ideas are very sound and sensible. He’s someone that most Americans can connect with and this must scare Obama and his re-election campaign.
Growing up and living in the South my whole life…I have been listening to Herman Cain for years on WSB 750 and I have been a BIG Herman fan for a very long time. He is the man with the plan…plain and simple.
I just ordered my Cain 2012 bumper sticker.
I’m joining his campaign.
The Phase Change Toward Ron Paul and Tea Party Principles: Why An Establishment Republican Can’t Win In 2012
One of the things I enjoy most about writing for Hillbuzz is watching the uptick in hate mail that my Ron-Paul-oriented posts generate. Here at Buzzquarters, we consider that a sign that we’re doing something right, since such a huge percentage of the manufactured outrage we receive is sent in by paid operatives and concern trolls.
I enjoy knowing that we’re helping to deplete a secret “dirty tricks” campaign slush fund in the basement of the White House or the Romney Campaign Headquarters. And even more fun is knowing that most Hillbuzzers are sophisticated enough (by now) to be able to spot concern trolls and paid operatives from a mile away, so those slush fund dollars are going right down the toilet.
This post should generate a lot of billings to those slush funds.
I don’t enjoy linking to HuffPo, but an opinion piece there today is so outstanding and insightful that I couldn’t resist. It was written by a UK native, Robin Koerner, who is in a unique position to comment on U.S. politics–he runs a website called WatchingAmerica.com, which gathers and translates into English foreign news stories about America.
Side note, my favorite piece on WatchingAmerica.com today is an article from Austria’s Der Standard, About Weak Leadership, which includes a gem you will never see in America’s “mainstream” media:
Two-and-a-half years after his election, Barack Obama, the first African-American president in the history of the United States, is in danger of becoming a one-term president, a failure who has largely lost the support of the urban liberals, workers, black and Hispanic Americans, environmentalists and youth of the 2008 election through his hesitation and wavering. The 50-year-old Obama is no longer the shining light for the start of a new age, but rather a politician, who, through his zigzag course and sellouts in economic, finance and social policy, has deeply disappointed the (admittedly inflated) expectations of his supporters.
So, apparently the Hopeychange has worn off in Europe, too.
Anyway, Mr. Koerner writes in the Huffington Post four words that strike terror into the hearts of both the Cocktail Party GOP and Obama Regime: Ron Paul Can Win.
And better than anyone else so far (including me) Koener has, I believe, correctly identified the political, historic and cultural forces that are coming together to make this presidential campaign unlike anything we’ve seen in our lifetimes. It explains the rise of the Tea Party movement (fueled originally by Ron Paul supporters). It also explains the shrinking ranks of both “major” parties. Koener writes,
One has to reach back a good way in American history for a time of such rapidly rising sentiment that not only are our leaders unable even to think of real solutions to the problems of greatest concern (rather than just making expedient changes at the margin), but also that the prevailing political and economic system is structurally incapable of delivering any long-term solutions in its current form.
The sheer range and interconnectedness of the problems that the nation faces are such that any permanent solution to any one of them will require profound systemic change that will necessarily upset many economic, political and cultural equilibria. And that is nothing more than a definition of a national phase change.
The average American may not know what is to be done, but she can sense when the system has exhausted all its possibilities. At that point, not only does the phase change become reasonable; it becomes desirable — even if what lies on the other side cannot be known.
Koerner also correctly identifies the spine-cracking contortions the mainstream media must put itself through to ignore Ron Paul’s ascendancy in this campaign cycle, brilliantly encapsulated in this John Stewart bit on The Daily Show: Ron Paul and the “Top Tier”.
“If it is true that the studied neglect of data to hold tight to a paradigm is the best evidence that the paradigm is about to collapse,” says Koerner, “then the massive and highly subjective neglect of all things Paulian is specific evidence that the country is moving in Paul’s direction.”
And the LSM has had plenty of practice ignoring this impending paradigm shift–though it wasn’t just Ron Paul. They had the Tea Party movement on “ignore” for most of 2008. Finally, when the Tea Party movement became “worthy” of media attention in about 2009, it was only so the homeschoolers, Constitutionalists, religious people, veterans, entrepreneurs, retirees, patriots and other “undesirables” who make up the Tea Party movement could be labeled “extremists” and “RAAAAACISTS.”
And yet, Koerner continues,
…on all the metrics that a year ago everyone accepted as useful indicators of political standing, Ron Paul is not just a front-runner but a strong one.
First, and most directly, he does extremely well in polls. The organization of his grassroots support is not just excellent; it is remarkable, by historic and global measures. His ability to raise money from actual voters is second to none. His appeal to independents and swing voters is an order of magnitude greater than that of his competitors. Secondarily, he has more support from military personnel than all other candidates put together, if measured by donations; he has the most consistent voting record; he has the magical quality of not coming off as a politician; he oozes integrity and authenticity, and, as far as we know, he has a personal life and marriage that reflects deep stability and commitment.
Two years later, the economy is far, far worse than anyone in Washington, DC will admit. A new CNN poll reveals that only 34% of Americans surveyed approve of how Obama is handling the economy. (I suspect they all work for the government.) Not surprisingly, most Democrats (68%) approve, and most Republicans (91%) disapprove–but a striking 71% of Independents think Obama is a loser on economic issues.
And yet, our Messiah in Chief and his wife Michelle Antoinette felt comfortable taking separate taxpayer-funded jets to a lavish $5 MILLION vacation to the playground of the rich and famous.
The disconnect between the “reality” of Washington, DC, where yesterday’s biggest story was the president’s attempt to upstage the long-scheduled GOP debate with his latest retread big-government “jobs plan,” and what the rest of the country is going through, couldn’t be more obvious, or less reported in the LSM.
Since January of 2009, the Obama Regime has partied its way through the Treasury, buying itself lavish gifts, luxury vehicles, vacations in elite locales, gourmet meals; creating countless kickback programs for political buddies; subsidizing a permanent unemployed class and pissing away our childrens’ and grandchildrens’ futures.
Real people are suffering, every single day, in this country. Millions of people can’t even read this post today because they haven’t had electricity since Saturday, thanks to Hurricane Irene. By now, all the perishable food they owned is garbage. Their homes are gone; their clothes, their cars, their family photos, their keepsakes; and in some cases, their pets or loved ones. Their jobs may be gone, along with their life savings, if they didn’t have flood insurance.
And because the Federal government has borrowed and spent like drunken, dissipated, self-hating, irresponsible sailors since Obama was elected, there is no money to help these people. None.
When Americans need help here in America, there’s no one left to help us.
Because we have troops deployed in 140 foreign countries, our own borders are wide open to illegal aliens, drug gangs and Islamic terrorists.
Our infrastructure is crumbling…but we’re borrowing money from China to build bridges in Afghanistan.
The citizens of Vermont who have been cut off by flood waters are desperate for food, but have to wait for help from Illinois National Guard units because the Vermont National Guard’s entire helicopter fleet is deployed on a mission in Iraq.
We are $14 TRILLION in debt and what do we have to show for it?
Literally hundreds of thousands of brave Americans have given their lives over the past two and a half centuries to secure our freedom, and what do we have to show for it?
It is facts like these that are fueling the deep angst among the people who built America and make it work. It’s fueling nostalgia for a time in our lives when there were more jobs than people looking for work. When the United States was an unapologetic superpower that had just broken the Soviet Union, then the greatest threat to the security of the world. When we had presidents one could disagree with on policy–but whose patriotism and belief in the American Dream was unquestioned. When parents truly believed that their children would be more successful, healthier, and lead better lives than they did.
And whether the LSM and establishment politicians want to acknowledge it or not, it is this gap between today’s reality and the America so many of us remember that is going to determine who wins in November, and whether or not this country survives. Says Koerner,
To believe that Ron Paul’s victory is a long shot in spite of all standard indicators that directly contradict this claim is to throw out all norms with which we follow our nation’s politics — and that is a huge thing to do. The only way it can be done honestly is to present another set of contradictory reasons or metrics that are collectively more powerful than all those that you are rejecting. I am yet to find them….Of course, none of this means that Paul will definitely win. But it does mean that a bet against him by a politician is foolhardy and by a journalist is dishonest.
An ordinary, inoffensive, cucumber and mayo Republican has no chance. Because in their hearts, no one believes an ordinary Republican will have the guts to ruthlessly excise the cancerous tumor that is the Obama Regime, and then go after over 75 years of unconstitutional big-government malignancy that have metastasized into every facet of our lives.
This is not a year in which an ordinary politician can win. It’s not a year in which we can afford four more years of politics as usual.
As predicted, the stock market is plummeting today….down almost 500 as I write this piece. As also predicted, the Obama administration is blaming everyone but themselves for the disaster (mainly blaming the Tea Party).
Here are just a few Democrat talking points that are appearing today…
1. Howard Dean: “I think they’re totally unreasonable and doctrinaire and not founded in reality. I think they’ve been smoking some of that tea, not just drinking it,”
2. David Axelrod: “The fact of the matter is that this is essentially a Tea Party downgrade. The Tea Party brought us to the brink of a default. … It was the right thing to do to avoid that default. It was the wrong thing to do to push the country to that point.”
3. John Kerry said that the S&P downgrade was “without question the Tea Party downgrade”
One thing they have conveniently ignored? The S&P made it perfectly clear why they downgraded our rating. “The downgrade reflects our opinion that the fiscal consolidation plan that Congress and the Administration recently agreed to falls short of what, in our view, would be necessary to stabilize the government’s medium-term debt dynamics.” The S&P requested a $4 trillion dollar debt reduction. They laid it out for Obama and Congress.
Obama…Reid…and Boehner knew what it would take to keep our AAA rating. The only plan that would have saved our rating was the Cut-Cap and Balance plan which passed in the House but not in the Senate. Our brilliant Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declared the C-C-B bill “over,done,dead” before it even hit the Senate floor. Nice going Harry. If the bill had passed both houses then the pressure would have been on Obama to sign it. It was the only way to save our AAA rating. It was a very good bill.
Who was the biggest proponent of Cut-Cap-Balance?
The Tea Party.
I don’t know about you but I am getting pretty tired of the LSM comparing the Tea Party to terrorists and jihadists and kidnappers. Now, in yesterday’s NYT’s, Maureen Dowd compares what happened during the debt debates in DC to a horror movie. “The gory, Gothic melodrama on the Potomac is a summer horror blockbuster — without the catharsis.” Very clever. I agree with her in that I think what is going on in Washington…and around the country…is like a horror movie but I completely flip who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. Ms. Dowd writes that “Just as horror films moved from niche to mainstream in the late-’70s, with successes like “Halloween” and “Alien,” the Tea Party moved from niche to mainstream.” She is correct in that the Tea Party is now mainstream…which means that a great number of Americans (especially American voters) identify with the ideas of the Tea Party. Ms. Dowd and the rest of the LSM (and many politicians) had better be careful who they are calling terrorists. These “terrorists” will be going to the ballot box next November.
I thought I’d join in the fun that Ms. Dowd is having comparing the debt debates to a horror flick but I want to turn around the characters to see things from an American citizens point of view. One of my all-time favorite horror movies is Dawn of the Dead. Ms. Dowd makes a little reference to zombies in her article when she says the Tea Party was ” like cannibals, eating their own party and leaders alive.” She, as a fair and balanced journalist (wink wink), should also consider another point of view. Perhaps it is the liberals in Washington and around the country, along with a great number of people who rely on the government for money, who are eating the American taxpayers alive. They are sucking our bank accounts dry. This is money that we have worked hard for and it is being given to help sustain those who feel that it is their right to be propped up by us.
So compare these pictures….
The resemblance is striking.
I think those that are calling us “terrorists” and “jihadists” and “monsters” should take a good look in the mirror. No one believes their fantasies anymore because the reality is slapping us all in the face. It’s Washington who is holding the American people hostage.
Their ransom request is higher taxes and bigger government.