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Tea Party an invention of the Right Wing Super Rich

I enjoyed the tea party(the right wing activist that I am now branded) It felt great to stand up for my country. Big turnout for a small city maybe1500-2000, (even in the rain). America is and will continue to be the greatest country on the face of the earth!

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What I've found fascinating isn't just the tea parties -- it's the left wing's reaction to them. The left has been protesting and defending protests as democracy in action for decades. As this has played out, it's been amazing to see left wingers devolve into snarling, condescending, obnoxious jerks over the concept.

When the tables are turned, conservatives disagree but generally tolerate the whole free speech thing. But in this case, left wingers have been extremely emotional and becoming completely unhinged in their rabid need to insult the entire thing from the concept behind it to the people involved. And they're using the most juvenile insults possible along the way, too.

But at the end of the day, conservatives just pulled off significant demonstrations in hundreds of communities across the nation simultaneously. The left has NEVER pulled off anything like it. Sure, they've generated larger single venues, but nothing like this -- hundreds of different venues and organizations, but one unified message -- all at the same time. And there haven't been any reports of violence or police in riot gear, either.

Behind all the left's sarcasm and ridicule, I smell fear. Conservatives aren't supposed to use these tactics -- much less do it better than they can.

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Tea Party an invention of the Right Wing Super Rich

Actually the left is supportive of those people who actually attended the tea parties, because for many of the attendies it was their first "foray into citizen activism" ie street protests. If more people would get actively involved with politiics the whole place might be better off.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/4/15/720534/-And-now....the-helpless-...

I"ll admit there's been a lot of laughing, but no worry. Until there is a true bottom up type movement there won't be much traction. I mean think about it, on the day when 95% of the population was getting a tax break how are you going to get people to protest. Millionairs are more used to paying others to do thier work. (glad to see some have learned the meaning of tea bagging) Yes

I'd disagree with the idea that the left has never pulled off anything like it. In 2003, 36 million people in over 3000 locations around the world protested the invasion of Iraq. That was with just under half the population (in the US)apposed to the invasion, in 05 the scales tipped to more than half apposed, and still the war isn't over. Even massive protests have little affect without the reigns of power.

I wish you all luck but with just a fraction of the populace (28% republican) and no unifying theme, (what is it?) I don't see it going far. By comparison the original tea part had what six times as many people in Boston, and Boston was a little smaller then.

Some good advice on the link above. Especially on how to gain enough power to govern, because governing is really what it's all about.

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There's so much fantasy in that post I don't know where to begin. There has been nothing coming out of the left but scorn and derision from the left.

The KOS post illustrates the point perfectly. Snide remarks like "poorly attended", "ill considered", "slapping a useless yellow ribbon on your SUV and calling it patriotism", the "new Bush economy", "nothing you did made the slightest difference", "your entire movement has been left in a state of crazed panic", etc.

It also goes into a condescending riff about how the left did it better. As I said, the left has to cope with the fact that it hasn't pulled off anything like it, so they're desperate to claim that they're still better at it somehow. 36 million over 3,000 locations around the world? A couple problems with that. First, those are liberal numbers (remember the "million man" march?). Second, those protests were not coordinated. Third, they occurred over a period of over two months. Fourth, they occurred in various countries all over. You can't lump every protest on the planet that occurs over a couple months into a single event.

What happened yesterday was tens of thousands of AMERICANS at over 800 locations protesting SIMULTANEOUSLY with the same message. Deal with it -- you've never done that.

And left wingers are as predictable as the sunshine. You know you got under their skin when they start huffing and puffing about Bush and the war -- the usual intellectual teddy bear they start squeezing when things get scary.

And the whole "tea bagging" reference? That's operating at the level of a typical 13 year old. All it does is make you look stupid, immature, and desperate.

No unifying theme? You really need to do better than just clicking your heels together and refusing to see something.

By the way, the original Boston tea party involved up to 7,000 people, but that's an estimate. That was one city, and Boston was the epicenter of colonial anger and activism leading up to the revolution. I recommend you do some reading on the American revolution to fully understand what Boston was going through at the time. The party also involved wanton mob destruction of enormous amounts of private property. We see it as a patriotic act, but at the time the Crown viewed it as an act of domestic terrorism. Yesterday's events destroyed nothing.

Which brings up another point. Tens of thousands of protesters in over 800 locations, and there was no violence, no fire hoses, no police in riot gear, no destruction of property. When has the left pulled that off? They seem to believe that it's not a protest until the cops show up.

BTW -- the estimates are in...sounds like 250,000. Not bad, considering it happened during the work day.

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