Who truly represents the Tea Party movement


teapartya repost … kinda how im feeling right about now in rant form

I will spare you the other … rather offensive photos of tea party members

My opinion about the tea party movement…the implications and the people who are responsible for their actions

How could anyone promote and vote for a person to be the President of the free world who clearly feels they could only represent a select few, a specific people. My only conclusion is that it could be and would be truly an un-American thing to do… We the People should always be aware of that when voting for the President of the USA, because they represent all Americans not a few, some or a select group

A person who believes and practices exclusion, discrimination, sexism, racism should never be allowed or considered the leader of the free world

The only thing I see, hear or understand about people in this so-called tea party movement is anger, fear mongering and hate. I have not heard anyone from the movement be specific about what big government means to them and when they try to explain it the only information they  have, has been personal issues that have impacted their entire lives by our crashing economy, which, if anyone has common sense? The crash affected all of us.

I watched marches with nasty words about the President, signs with nasty pictures of the President, as well as people dressed in costumes that represented a time when both women and minorities were not treated well, I saw mostly white faces angry about the country being taken over by a Black man who quite possibly could be a socialist. These ideas were implied, promoted and provoked by Sarah Palin several times during the 2008 campaign for President. The right and or extreme right is definitely upset they are not in charge, they also feel a personal threat over the fact that our population in the United States is growing in numbers for minorities.  The notion that Republicans want to bring in more people into their base definitely is not an invitation to minorities, even when Michael Steele was RNC chair it is obvious his party, who still gave purity tests is a party of exclusion. They only accept a select few and if you pay attention to the words of Republicans, they do not believe in compassion for others. I do not know about you but we could really use a little social-ism right about now.

I still do not understand what Republicans stand for. How in the 21st Century, can promoting exclusion be acceptable?  It is obvious they want the government out of their lives until they need it, yet feel they have a right to tell women what they can do with their bodies among so many other offensive things. I know no one is perfect but folks need to be reminded of that C’street group members serving as Public Office unable to Separate Church and State.  I ask everyone to remember the people of Uganda, maybe in other countries as well. I would call for an investigation into just what are Public Servants doing in Uganda promoting religious exclusion and or something even more sinister.

Most conservative and or tea party members want to get rid of Medicare, Medicare, Social Security, which are all entitlements; my question is how most of their parents would or grandparents live if not for these programs? I just do not understand.  I believe my first encounter of the tea movement, which had no party name that I knew of were the words that came out of the mouth of Sarah Palin at her VP speeches.  I watched her mock then Senator Obama, chastised people for believing in change that would come from a man that pals around with terrorists, which was an outright lie, implied that he was not born in America, that he was a socialist. My first thought was she and others running for Public Service should not be so reckless because she was only talking to a certain group,  relaying her message to only a select few and calling on them to vote for her, then I realized that this was her purpose. I was offended, I still am.

Now, the voices of or from the tea party have seats in Congress. I have to be honest, the tent of democrats is a lot larger and when people say there are extremes on the left as well? I ask, what kind of extreme are they talking about because Socialism aims to help everyone out without a class system. I have to say,  the last ten or so years of the House of Bush Whitehouse was life on the sidelines working 40hrs a week,  working overtime too and not getting wage increases, accepting better healthcare than a wage increase. It was during the Bush years that corporations started flexing their muscles, no increases but you can keep your healthcare.   I do not think tea party folks truly understand what they want, if it is a step teapartymarchcredo or two beyond what Republicans stand for then, at least for me, we are in great trouble.

The Bush administrations gave 2tax cuts to the wealthy and did not pay for it, he committed to two wars and these were not paid for. The spending that Bush did, drained the government surplus, which was left to him by a democratic President, not perfect himself, but he did leave a surplus.  It is years later, Bush had 2terms and I still cannot think of anything positive this man did.  I’m not in the top 2% so I definitely didn’t enjoy the wealth, the wars did not make sense to me ,9/11 still makes no sense to me, my personal opinion is that this event was used to go into war; there had been some negative interaction with bush1 and Saddam; it’s just my own feelings but the embarrassment was not forgotten, an incident with Iraq and bush2 with or without the twin tower incident and 3000 dead would have happened one way or another, again, it’s my opinion, no facts. Today, we have a President who has changed the way the world sees us, he has extended a hand of peace, a willingness to talk. Not my way or no way as our previous one did; this is a good thing but that would be eliminated if republicans and or their fringy element called teabaggers get into office.

Remember when Tancredo, who comes from a family of immigrants made comments about our President that was without a doubt offensive, first thought was words of hate are lethal, words hurt, they are offensive when used in such a way as Tancredo did; but what really scared me was that he received applause from the crowd of racists? people who want exclusion?

If the following people are teabag supporters, like Thom Tancredo, Sarah Palin, Scott brown, roger ailes,glenn beck, dick armey  it’s obvious we all need to watch out, the American people should be speaking up and out.

The struggle continuesteapartypic

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the comments below are, i guess from tea party people

if you believe in passing around everyone else’s money then i will call you socialist. and rightfully so. and to call things labels instead of what they really are, definitions, then that will be new to me.

the gap between haves and have none is there for a reason. those who have are the ones who worked for it, probably went to college, possibly had a few breaks along the way. none of my business. thats how capitalism works. If you believe its alright for a president to take other people’s money and give it to whoever he wants than that is foolish.

have you ever been employed by a poor person? do poor people create jobs? i can assure you that demonizing companies is not the way to go. trickle down economy works for every one. the other option is trickle up poverty. im not rich but i do see the benefit of letting people keep their own money.

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1) one of THE richest people in the world has not only backed, but orchestrated, Obama’s rise into the White House. Go preach to George Soros (and all of rich elitist Hollywood AND those in this country’s 1% who supported this Lenin in Kenyan’s clothing) how THEY should smear around ALL their “haves” to those who “have-not” … which has really become code word for “envy” and “jealousy” and, yes, “greed” … The fact remains, Obama raised and spent more money than any other presidential candidate in the history of this country. In less than 6 months he has spent more money … OUR fucking money! Our next handful of generations’ money … than ALL our presidents combined … seems the man is damn good at spending money that is not his … and rather stupidly and greedily.

2) You obviously “have”, or you wouldn’t be in front of a computer and on the internet spewing your self-guilt. If YOU are so sold on socialism and forcing the “haves” to give to the “have-nots” (code word for too fucking lazy and arrogant to get an actual job and work their way UP) then STFU, take EVERYTHING you possess and own, and go out right this minute and give it all away to people who have less than you do …

Better yet, let’s just let someone come into your possessions, money, refrigerator, etc … and take it all from you and spread it all around.

Then come on back and tell us all how that worked out for you … Let us all know if any progress was made … any incentive to new innovations and wealth was created.

YOUR way and Obama’s way have failed over and over again and again around the world. You communist/Marxist/socialists just are in a major and dangerous state of denial.

Keep your hands off things that do not belong to you.

Curtis H. Graham said 5 months ago:

I agree that we need to take back our country now before
the complete sell out by the Democrats and their news
media, ABC,CBS,NBC,MSNBC, and the other left wing group.
We need to RECALL the PRESIDENT, VICE-PRES., HOUSE
SPEAKER, REID and the rest of the garbage now in office.
DURBIN is another example of the corruption in Washing-
ton, D.C. Thanks for allowing me to express my opinion.

First posted 2/6/2010 …

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Dear All… A Letter From Eve in Congo

Eve Ensler has been in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for the last month. Here she shares with you all her experiences with the women at City of Joy, life on the V-World farm, and how she ROSE with women and girls of Congo on 14 February.

Dear All,

First let me begin with the deepest thank you to all of you who believed in City of Joy and have stood by us with your confidence and support. I have spent the month here and all I can say, is you would be proud. Let me start by describing the current state of Bukavu. It is nothing short of catastrophic. In one of the richest resourced countries in the world, the poverty is inconceivable. In a place where it rains almost every day, there is no water.

It is a country with the most fertile green fields, people are starving. There is no electricity. Most of the month the children have been sent home from school as the teachers are on strike. (they have not been paid). Even the policemen are begging for food. The road is better but most of the time we have not driven on it as there are so many reasons for detours. This is the environment our director Christine and her astounding staff face and transcend every day. Then of course there is the issue of security. The month I have been here there have been no incidents, but it feels arbitrary as there is no real political basis for security and one feels anything can happen at any time.

I will not even begin to tackle here the many proposals that seem to be circulating for peace in Congo. They either feel rhetorical or implausible. I think it is safe to say that if Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi were to get out of Congo, if there were real leadership and a functioning government in Kinshasa, there would be change. But that is not the nature of what I am writing about. We made a decision four years ago to put our energy into the grassroots women of Congo, to support their visions, their plans, their desires, their futures. To believe in their strength. To find the support for them to heal from gender violence of all forms, to be trained and educated in skills and their rights, to become leaders in their communities so that they could build a grassroots movement that eventually would be strong enough to transform this country and turn pain to power.

Special thank you to Paula Allen for the photographs featured here.

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