Smaller than you think: Gauging the scope of the tea party movement in America

Link to Washington Post Story: Gauging the scope of the tea party movement in America.

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Interesting piece on the scope of the Tea Party Movement in America. What, with all the usual MSM reporting on the terribly frightful significance of this “populist” movement, the reporting from the Post suggests that it’s nowhere near as big a deal as we would have been led to believe.

It’s certainly a LOUD movement, and certain of its stars (like that woman from Alaska – you know the one) get covered when they break a toenail.

It’s also interesting to see that in their polling conservative social issues (like taking away rights from other American citizens) really didn’t register much, if at all. If that’s really the case, one must wonder what the agenda is in reporting the opposite.

Which brings us back to the MSM again – don’t you love that conservative meme that’s always railing on and on about the damn liberal media? What exactly must they be referring to. Perhaps MSNBC? The LA weekly? Huffington Post? I don’t know what else could possibly qualify these days, it all seems “right of center” to me, except for Fox, which of course is right of right.

I still don’t trust that the tea party thang isn’t racism in disguise – I mean really, the national debt is hardly anything new, and where were all these guys when George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were merrily bankrupting our country and its ideals? Talk about non-adherence to the ideas the U.S. was built upon.

In the spirit of trying to be helpful, I reprint here a list of questions you can ask your favorite neighborhood tea partier. I’d love to hear what their answers are. Anyone? Please feel free to copy and disseminate everywhere.

After The 8 Years Of The Bush/Cheney Disaster, Now You Get  Mad?

You didn’t get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.

You didn’t get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate Energy policy and push us to invade Iraq .

You didn’t get mad when a covert CIA operative got outed.

You didn’t get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.

You didn’t get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.   You didn’t get mad when we spent over 800 billion (and counting) on said illegal war.

You didn’t get mad when Bush borrowed more money from foreign sources than the previous 42 Presidents combined.

You didn’t get mad when over 10 billion dollars in cash just disappeared in Iraq.

You didn’t get mad when you found out we were torturing people.

You didn’t get mad when Bush embraced trade and outsourcing policies that shipped 6 million American jobs out of the country.

You didn’t get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.

You didn’t get mad when we didn’t catch Bin Laden.

You didn’t get mad when Bush rang up 10 trillion dollars in combined budget and current account deficits.

You didn’t get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.

You didn’t get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans drown.

You didn’t get mad when we gave people who had more money than they could spend, the filthy rich, over a trillion dollars in taxbreaks. You didn’t get mad with the worst 8 years of job creations in several decades.

You didn’t get mad when over 200,000 US Citizens lost their lives because they had no health insurance.

You didn’t get mad when lack of oversight and regulations from the Bush Administration caused US Citizens to lose 12 trillion dollars in investments, retirement, and home values.

No…..You finally got mad

When a black man was elected President and decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick.


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~ by jimarnoldla on October 27, 2010.

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