Sarah Palin's Birtherday Tea Party

Return Of the Repressed? Birtherism, Homophobia, Racial Paranoia Rise To Surface At Tea Party Confab

The Tea Party last week turned into a birther, homophobe, nativist, racist orgy of ignorance.

• Joseph Farah, the publisher of the right-wing website WorldNetDaily.com, drew cheers from the crowd by questioning whether President Obama was born in the U.S. "The media, the politicians ... all say, no, it's all been settled," said Farah. "I say, if it's been settled show us the birth certificate. Simple."

• Tom Tancredo, the former Colorado Republican congressman, declared that the president was elected because "we do not have a civics, literacy test before people can vote." Such tests, of course, were used in the Jim Crow south to block African-Americans from voting. Tancredo, who ran for president in 2008 as a rabid foe of illegal immigration, referred to the president using his middle name, and added: "People who could not even spell the word 'vote' or say it in English put a committed socialist ideologue in the White House."

• And Pastor Rick Scarborough -- a self-proclaimed "Christocrat" -- "went after homosexuals several times to choruses of amens," according to Time.

[See TPM article linked below.]

Sarah Winks at America
Sarah Winks at America

What's Wrong With America?

Wars are dragging on in Iraq and Afghanistan with no end in sight; taxes are way too high and so is the national debt; public schools are deplorable; Medicare is going broke; 40 million have no health care insurance; 12 million undocumented immigrants live in fear of deportation; we've lost the "war on drugs;" roads are full of potholes; bridges are unsafe; China is leading the U.S. in high speed rail transportation and solar and wind power equipment production; employment discrimination is still common; the law is unfair to gays and lesbians; we have given our textile, clothing and heavy manufacturing industries to China as a result of our blind dedication to so called free trade; our military budget keeps going up as if the cold war were still on (now replaced by the "war on terrorism, Islamo-facsism"); Wall Street banks, health insurers, pharmaceutical, coal, oil and electric power companies dominate both political parties and the Congress; we are feeding terrorism by allowing our country to be perceived as siding with Israel in its atrocities against the Palestinians; the Supreme Court is controlled by right wing legal activists; the Constitution puts Senators who represent more cows and prairie dogs than people in control of the Senate, producing gridlock which was surely not contemplated when the document was adopted; and the Tea Party is spreading discontent and ignorance throughout the land. Aside from those little problems the country is doing just fine.

How to Fix Our Broken Government by Lawrence Lessig

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mewlhouse 6 years ago from Louisville

Oh Ralph, please make them stop.


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Wish I knew how. I'm doing my best to educate a few of them. Not making much headway, however.


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Harvey Stelman 6 years ago from Illinois

Ralph,

Ignorant Harvey here. Your Hub says you are highly educated (putting people down for their intelligence), are not willing to understand anything these people are saying and unwilling to understand that this is a combination of Democrat's, Republican's and Independents.

These people are what makes up America. They are not bound to a Party and can still vote for anyone.


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Harvey, don't take this hub personally! I have little patience for birthers, homophobes, racists, "Christocrats" or people who know better but who pander to them. I do understand that the Tea Partiers include Democrats and Republicans as well as Independents. I understand they aren't bound to a Party and can still vote for anyone. The GOP appears to be pandering for their votes more than the Democrats.

These people ARE NOT what makes up America. They are a part of what makes up America, but not the best part.

Moreover, in my opinion, Sarah Palin is not remotely qualified for national office. She has a nice smile and no doubt could do well in toothpaste commercials.


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Brent Budowski in "The Hill" Pundit's Blog

When Thomas Paine wrote Common Sense, it was one of the great best-sellers in history and made a ton of money by 1776 standards. Paine donated all of the money, every penny of it, for the troops of the continental army. Sarah Palin, by contrast, gives a populist speech at a Tea Party convention, and donates the money to herself.

The word charlatan is defined as a person who practices quackery or confidence tricks in order to gain fame or money. Sarah Palin is America's leading Tea Party charlatan, in very good company with many on the Republican side of the aisle.

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/national-par...


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Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

This was a great one Ralph! Awesome pictures, especially the one at the very top. I actually got a good laugh on this one...What's the world thinking?


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Tadeusz598 6 years ago from Florianopolis/ London/ Aberdeen

Scary people. What do they want?


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Tnx, Michael.

Good question, Tadeusz.

Block Obama's re-election? Block gay marriage and retain don't ask, don't tell in the military? Cut taxes and public services? Encourage Israel to attack Iran? Stop economic stimulus programs? Teach creationism in public schools? Confine sex education in public schools to abstinence training? Bring religion into public policy decisions?


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Apparently Senator Tom Tancredo proposed that voter literacy tests be reinstated. It might not have occurred to him that more than a few of the tea baggers might flunk a literacy test.

Privatize Social Security, turning the Social Security Trust Fund over to the Wall Street Banksters.


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

I agree that some of the right-wingers Palin associates herself with are way over the top in their ability to spew hateful innuendo and rhetoric. The above-mentioned, among others, should be ashamed. Loved the photos too.


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robie2 6 years ago from Central New Jersey

In 1935 Sinclair Lewis siad " When Fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross" I keep thinking of that quote every time I see Sarah and the teabaggers and it makes me sick. The woman is dangerous-- really dangerous. Nobody paid attention to Hitler either in the early days.


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Thanks, Robie. That's a great quotation. Sinclair Lewis was a great novelist and social critic. Too bad he's not still with us. He'd be having a field day.


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

Keep on plugging Ralph. These people need to be seen in the cold light of day for what they are.


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

One of two choice English words spring to mind Ralph. Great Hub


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kartika damon 6 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

Your hub expressed my most recent concerns - seeing these lunatics on a rampage is frightening - they represent the lowest common denominate of humanity. They are a throwback to the Klan, the Nazi Socialist Party, and remind me of the people who once attended public hangings for entertainment. They couldn't pass a literacy test, so what are they talking about? Most of them are probably high school drop outs and have never read a book. They are fundamentalists because they can't think metaphorically and their brains are permanently locked into reptilian mode. All they understand is how to fear, hate, and cling to their guns and religion.

Love the Palin Pic!


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

"Their brains are permanently locked into reptilian mode."

I love it!

Thanks, Paraglider and ethel. I value your compliments and encouragement.


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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

You guys are disgusting on this hub, calling them low forms of life. Where do you guys come off from. YOU FREAKING ELITES. YOU GUYS NEED A REALITY CHECK. WHAT MAKES YOU GUYS SO GREAT? You guys sicken me. Get off from your high horses. This is terrible!

The Tea Partier represent a great portion of the citizens of the US. But they are all low lifes!

Keep on hubbing!


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

eovery, did you notice the Tea Party sign calling Obama a "niggar?" Did you hear Senator Tancredo propose the re-institution of literacy tests in order to register to vote (That's right, the ones used in the South to prevent blacks from voting.)There is a strong white racist element in the Tea Party movement. Did you notice that one of the scheduled speakers trotted out the discredited birther theme? The Tea Partiers are not all low lifes but many of them are, and the Republican Party is pandering to their ignorance. If you think any of the information in this hub is incorrect, feel free to point it out.

Thanks for your comment.


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jiberish 6 years ago from florida

Ralph, I expected no less from you. It might benefit you to listen to Breitbart's keynote speech at the Tea Party, maybe then you would understand that most are just ordinary people, and name calling only hurts your cause.


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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Ralph, apparently you guys do not get the message of the sign. It says that congress was treating us as a bunch of slaves. i.e. "niggers". Get the message! Congress is the slave owner, the taxpayers are their niggers!

He was not out of order. He made a great statemenet of claiming that congress was out of order by treating us as slaves. It just took a bad word to make it, but it makes a great statement, with apathy towards the blacks when they were held in slavery. Sorry, it took a bad word to make the point, but it is a very strong point. Congress is being derogatory to us and are thinking of us as "niggers." Such a strong point! I thought you guys on the left, with your higher education would understand this.

We don't like the word, but we don't like being treated as that word, either. Sometimes ugliness is needed to expose ugliness.

I guess the other sign of Protect Freedom, and Abolishing Socialism, and Restore Constitutional Government is out of line too. You guys don't want us to have freedom and don't like the Constitution.


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commisioner 6 years ago from florida

i have followed sarah palin and seen her record as governor. it does nothing less than excite me that she may be president. she did fix alaska's economy, she did bring the oil companies to their knees when she had the pipeline for natural gas put out for bids. now we have an abundance of natural gas. she did leave the office of governor to make sure the people of alaska did not have to pay her legal bills for all the charges brought against her, all which have been proven false. she also left because she could not run the office properly while engaging in all the court battles. for the short time she was governor, she put alaska in the black and got the state government under control while making sure the people of alaska kept their freedoms. if all this scares you, you must be for socialism and hate the rich, who provide good jobs for all of us who are not rich.

one more thing, i do believe in individual freedom and if one guy in the audience wishes to be an open bigot, let him be. i am not and will fight to protect any american's right to free speech, even if it disgusts me.


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Jiberish, I will listen to Breitbart. I've been meaning to check out your hub.

eovery, you are correct I didn't get the message of the sign. However, now that you've explained it to me I don't agree with it. Being asked to pay taxes is hardly comparable to slavery. That is completely ridiculous. And anarchy or ineffective government is the danger not socialism. Having an efficient postal service and garbage collection is not socialism. Obama is a moderate democrat who believes in the free market system.

Commish, Palin isn't stupid, but she is ignorant and not remotely qualified for national office. However, I hope she gets the GOP nomination in the next election. Glenn Beck would be a great running mate for her. They seem to be on the same wavelength.


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Harvey Stelman 6 years ago from Illinois

Ralph,

The Tea Party people are older than most demonstraters, don't leave a mess, want the constitution to be followed, don't want back room deals and don't want their lives to change. They also can't stand the debt and know that inflation is not far behind. If the administration honestly let out unemployment figures, most people would go crazy.

The actual figure should be around 20% but that will never be reported by a man that speaks of saved jobs.

You're a very intelligent man,; why don''t you understand what is happening? Do you only hang out with people like yourself, or do you listen to others? What is it about the Progressive movement that attracts intellectual people; it has NEVER been proven to work?

Doesn't China own us; and what if the world choose's a different currency? Our dollar will deflate quickly.


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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Ralph, we need to pay our share of taxes, but we don't like to be overtaxed. We feel Obama and the administration goal is, if it moves tax it, if it doesn't move, tax it some more. We are getting the feeling that Obama is not a moderate, but a very leftest. Even to the point of progressive socialism. His voting record in congress, when he didn't just vote present was the most left of any one in congress. His talking of transforming America during the election is talk about socialism. He seems to want to control everything. When he puts in confessed communist in his Czar positions. The only way to read this is that he is a progressive. I would take Obama if he was truly a moderate, it would put him about where McCain is, but all of his signals are that he is not. He may say different in his speeches, but the actions tell different. Sorry to rain on your parade about Obama but, his actions talks more than his words.

Keep on hubbing!


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Harvey, unemployment is quite high and employment is not recovering because the stimulus package was too small and not well crafted thanks to ill-advised compromises with conservatives in Congress. Forth percent of the $787 million package came in the form of tax cuts, against the advice of the advice of the best economists. The GOP Senators and Congressmen voted against the stimulus, then ran back home to have their pictures taken at ribbon cuttings of projects made possible by the stimulus and now are blaming the high level of unemployment on Obama. Now that's real chutzpah!

eovery, you're hopeless. You wouldn't know a socialist if he bit you in the ass!


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

error: "forty" percent, not "forth" percent.


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Harvey Stelman 6 years ago from Illinois

Ralph,

I disagree with you. Right now they are reporting on Obama on TV. A clip was shown on his speech that he will NOT raise taxes on people making under $250,000 dollars.Now he says, "everything is on the table."

If he does raise taxes on these people it will be his; "read my lips!"


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Well, everybody has the right to change their mind when circumstances change. I'll watch for info on Obama's latest remark on taxes. There's a great movie called "Things Change" starring Don Ameche. If you haven't seen it, it's worth a look.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

Very interesting article. I'm positive Sarah will never be president of America. To date, I haven't heard any positive stuff that could even make her excel in that area. Also, people who keep putting others down with negative remarks and influencing others to do the same, never get anywhere in life.

Hilary Clinton would never make a speech with points written down on her palm....... I could go on an on.... lol.

Great Hub.

Great Photos.


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FitnezzJim 6 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

Interesting read, but, it reads like schoolyard fingerpointing rather than the intellectual discussion you are recognized for. During the primaries both candidates seemed ready and willing to engage in that sort of debate. They both lost my vote. Presidential leadership should not be about tearing others down.

I agree the folks you point out are not what makes up America, but neither do they make up the Tea Party. They're just a part of it. I'd also conjecture that every political party out there has undesirables that somebody with a mind to could point to and cry 'see! that's what they're about!', all the while totally ignoring the values or principles that define the party.

My apologies, I think I vented a wee bit there.


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

FJ, no apology required. On political issues I make no pretense of being unbiased or objective. I'm a lifetime Democrat, quite liberal on social issues and moderate on economics. Actually I cribbed most of the Hub from the linked TPM article which took a few good shots at the Tea Party convention with which I agree. Thanks for your comment.

I agree the prejudiced bozos may be a minority in the Tea Party. However, my impression is that the majority of Tea Partiers aren't the best informed of Americans. I majored in economics in college and studied it in graduate school and I perceive that knowledge of economics is lacking among this group and others in this country. There seems to be a lack of understanding of the reasons why government action to stimulate the economy was necessary and why so many people are still unemployed. A lot of people are railing against the stimulus package and blaming Obama for continued high unemployment although the truth is that a bigger stimulus package was needed. The Tea Party is appealing to a lot of understandable frustrations among Americans. I listened to Brietbart's kickoff speech at the recent Tea Party convention--he is a clever guy who pushed all the buttons--high taxes, high unemployment, untrustworthy mainstream media, untrustworthy governemt, etc. but I don't recall that he offered a single proposal for improvement. He reminded me of the television preacher, Rev. Joel Osteen who can preach for an hour, hardly drawing a breath, without saying anything that an average person would disagree with.


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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Ralph, I have listened to Sarah speech. I didn't think anything was "birthers". Since you claimed it was a bunch of birthers, could you explain which statements were "birther."

And just a comment to you comment above. Brietbart's proposal actually was lower taxers. In the past lower taxes lowered unemployment and stimulated the economy. As for the main stream media being untrustworthy - what can he do here? And for the untrustworthy government, that statement stands on it own that we need to get rid of those who are untrustworthy. So his statements were solutions. Sometimes No is a solution. I feel we need to send Washington home and not allow them to make more bills. It seems everytime they pass a bill, our taxes go up. Let's limit the bills to the good bills, and not just the pork filled bills that just spend the taxpayers money.

But I would appreciate the item you thought were "birther talking" in Sarah speech.

By the way, you opening picture just makes Sarah more attractive to a lot of Americans. Makes her look as one of us hardworking Americans who did not have the luxury of getting our Harvard education paid for us by the American tax payers.

Keep on hubbing!


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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Sorry, Ralph I was thinking birthers meant a another thing also, so disregard my need of explanation of this.

Thanks


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

People like Breitbart whine about the national debt in one breath and advocate tax cuts in the next without saying what government services they would cut.

My impression of the event is that it attracted a fair number of conspiracy theorists, Birthers (Farah), homophobes Scarborough, and racists like Senator Tancredo. I'm not saying that Palin is a racist or homophobe, but I am saying that she's pandering to people who are.


LAKERBOY 6 years ago

RALPH , KARTIKA , ROBIE ETC. YOU FOLKS JUST DON'T GET IT DO YOU ? THE TEAPARTYERS ARE ABOUT ALOT MORE THEN JUST HEALTHCARE. ITS ABOUT THE FACT RANGEL WRITES OUR TAXCODE AND EVADES TAXES , ITS ABOUT MOST OF OBAMAS CABINET EVADING TAXES. IT'S ABOUT THE FACT MY TAX DOLLARS HAVE TO PAY FOR A TERRORISTS DEFENSE COUNSEL. ITS ABOUT OUR ATTY. GENL CALLING US A NATION OF COWARDS. AND ABOUT HAVING OUR CELL PHONES MONITORED AND THE CONSTITUTION BEING USURPED. IF YOU ARE OK WITH THAT MAYBE IT IS NOT THE TEAPARTYERS IQ YOU SHOULD QUESTIONING BUT YOUR OWN.


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Lakerboy, There are plenty of things happening in the government to be unhappy about, but that's not enough. We must come up with solutions not just alienation and negativity. If you have any solutions, I'd be interested in hearing them. Senator Tancredo thinks we should re-institute literacy tests for voters which has an ugly racist history. Another speaker who called himself as a "Christocrat" spewed hatred toward gays and got a big hand from the audience. Another speaker trotted out the dead issue of President Obama's citizenship. I doubt that most Tea Partiers aren't Christocrats, Birthers or racists out to suppress the minority vote however Palin and the Republicans are using the Tea Party for their own purposes.

There are plenty of reasons to be unhappy right now-- Americans dying in two wars without end, 40 million without health insurance, 15% unemployed, Republicans in the Congress voting against every proposal and refusing to allow a vote on the President's appointees, rebellious Blue Dog Democrats who represent more cows than people refusing to support the administration's programs and so forth.


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William F. Torpey 6 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

You've got it right as usual, Ralph. Those who make an attempt to justify the actions and positions of the tea baggers should remember: If you lie down with dogs you wake up with fleas. It's absurb for them to try to disassociate themselves from what's going on in these gatherings and demonstrations. There is no excuse for that racist wingnut whose sign is a cruel insult to anyone with a smidgeon of sensibilies. The teabaggers and right wingers criticize every Democrat and progressive but back off when you talk about all the crazies they associate with. They claim to support the Constitution but stood by silently when the Bush Administration consistently violated many of its provisions as they stand silent now on the five right wing Supreme Court justices who have just handed over unchecked power to corporations to unfairly influence our elections. Maybe they would like to have Sarah's active mind on the high court?


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Thanks William. The Republicans will have to bring back the little bug killer, Tom DeLay, from Sugarland to get rid of the Tea Bagger fleas.


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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

Thank you for writing this article; I noticed this Tea Party movement a few times on the News; I will have to keep a closer eye on it; It is disturbing.


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Harvey Stelman 6 years ago from Illinois

Ralph,

Why do Democrat's have nasty names for any form of Republican.

The media calls Obama an intellectual. I believe he reads and speaks very well. His knowledge of history is extremely poor. I now understand why he doesn't let his grades be shown back to high school.

The Tea Party movement is probably the greatest expresion the American people have made since 1776. All this with no violence or garbage left to be cleaned. Naturally with the amount of people there, you get your kooks. The media loves to show them.

Yesterday Obama said spending is out of hand, the kettle called the pot black. He signed on to, no additional spending. If you add a dollar hear, you must take a dollar from someplace else. If you don't do that, you raise taxes.

Which do you think he will do?


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Harvey, wake up! Why do Republicans have nasty names for moderate Democrats?---Socialist, Marxist, Commy, etc.

I don't think it's quite accurate to say Obama "signed on to no additional spending." I hope does raise taxes on the plutocrats who got a big tax cut from Bush, or at least allow them to expire on schedule. And he needs to close some big loopholes such as captial gains treatment for hedge fund and private equity operators.


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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Ralph, I figured out why democrats like taxes. They just don't pay them, like your friends in the white house administration. How do they get away with such crap! They should be sent to jail!

And I have been noticing all of the republicans that are being supported by the tea partiers are ahead in the polls. The tea parties must represent A LOT of people. And it can't just be nuts and crooks.

Say what you want you want about them, we will see.

Keep calling all of them what you want, and they will keep calling the left Socialists and communist. (Gee this is so fun, let's call each other stupid names like 1st and kinder-gardeners.)

When the left is lining up with convicted terrorist Bill Ayers, Karl Marx, Saul Alinksi, Hugo Chavez, and other social and communist leaders, they are pointing finger at the right?

Ralph, do you want to give up you freedom. The government is getting into the position to tell everyone what they can or cannot do. You want green police, you want fat police? My children school is not even allowed to have a salt shaker in the cafeteria. The logic has gone wild, and we are losing our freedoms because these idiots wanting to control us. They can't pass every law in the world they can think of to try to force people to do what is right. It is eventually a choice of common sense and personal freedom to choose either way and pay the consequence. I am over weight. In ten years, if these idiots have their way, I will be placed in an medical institute and for forced to lose weight and eat the food they tell me to eat.

Why does everyone always turn to the government and think they should take care of it and control it. We are responsible adults and have the rights and freedoms to choose for ourselves.

The left talks about their rights in one hand, and then gives up the freedom of that right in the other hand. The laws they want passed to give them the right, usually takes away their right. Until their in a law about it, you already have the freedom and right for it. Once you get laws about it, some of the freedoms are removed. The righteous will already be doing the right, and the laws only take away some of the freedom. We do not need all these laws that the government is oppressing us with. Get government out of our lives.

Keep on hubbing!


Wiz 6 years ago

As David Brooks said this morning: Democrats and Republicans are like two people locked in battle in the middle of the ocean, arguing about which one will drown first.


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

What's wrong with America??

Wars are dragging on in Iraq and Afghanistan with no end in sight; taxes are way too high and so is the national debt; public schools are deplorable; Medicare is going broke; 40 million have no health care insurance; we've lost the "war on drugs;" roads are full of potholes; bridges are unsafe; China is leading the U.S. in high speed rail transportation and solar and wind power equipment production; employment discrimination is still common; the law is unfair to gays and lesbians; we have given our textile, clothing and heavy manufacturing industries to China as a result of our blind dedication to so called free trade; our military budget keeps going up as if the cold war were still on (now replaced by the "war on terrorism, Islamo-facism"); Wall Street banks, health insurers, pharmaceutical, coal, oil and electric power companies dominate both political parties and the Congress; we are feeding terrorism by allowing our country to be perceived as siding with Israel in its atrocities against the Palestinians; the Supreme Court is controlled by right wing legal activists; the Constitution puts Senators who represent more cows and prairie dogs than people in control of the Senate, producing gridlock which was surely not contemplated when the document was adopted; and the Tea Party is spreading discontent and ignorance throughout the land. Aside from those little problems the country is doing just fine.


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girlpower 6 years ago from eugene oregon

ralph, i love your sarah palin hub very well written. dont listen to harvey or explain yourself, they just dont get it? keep writing for those of us out here that understand you completely. I also have a sarah hub but not as nearly as complete as yours. I see you get photos from wikpedia, looks like you can use photos with or without saying where you got them, i had been afraid to use photos, but i think as long as you say where they are from you dont have to get explicit permission. is that correct, same as all your nice youtube parts of sarahs speech. I quess i never used as i thought you had to get permission but many are telling me you can use. go to girlpower hub and see sarah palin tea bagger speech/feminists against sarah palin. link below

http://hubpages.com/search/include:hubs+girlpower


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Thanks, gp. I'll check it out.


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H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

The address of Sarah Palin’s Birthday Tea Party has exposed the resentment of many American and Sarah Palin's call for a new revolution pointing the drawbacks of American’s constitution. It is a matter of one year only when Obama was elected as President of America with majority votes casting by black and whites together and demonstrating the world the true character of democracy. Now America is facing the worst form of economic crisis. The question of Obama’s nationality is in question that is not good for US because the whole world learns the lesion from the behavior of the most enlightening citizens of America. No doubt the Health Care for 40 millions, the revival of Textile and heavy industry in the challenge of Chinese industry are the primary need in the day of crisis. America overcame many crises in the early days starting from the Days of Roosevelt and America has established itself as the supreme nation of the Globe.


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

The analysis of the Tea Party movement in the NYTimes 2-16-10 is the best and most complete I've seen.

"Their vision of the federal government is frequently at odds with the one that both parties have constructed. Tea Party gatherings are full of people who say they would do away with the Federal Reserve, the federal income tax and countless agencies, not to mention bailouts and stimulus packages. Nor is it unusual to hear calls to eliminate Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. A remarkable number say this despite having recently lost jobs or health coverage. Some of the prescriptions they are debating — secession, tax boycotts, states “nullifying” federal laws, forming citizen militias — are outside the mainstream, too."

The entire article is worth reading here--

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/16/us/politics/16te...


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

"What's genius about the tea party branding is that it can shift the focus from the governing record of the right wing to a fantasy vision of a Ron Paul- meets-Ayn Rand twenty-first-century insurrection based on principles fuzzy enough to resonate with much of the populace. After all, who doesn't hate the bailouts?" The Nation


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

Did you forget all the illegal alien problems? Number one on my list..spreading problems in every direction! I always say who doesn't know what illegal means and many ppl think I am just prejudice...it has nothing to do with that, why should we change what worked over 200 years? Why are they more important than the citizens, be they Mexican or mutt like me.


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

I guess I did. It's not uppermost in my mind. I haven't personally experienced any problems with undocumented immigrants. There are a number of issues remaining to resolve on this issue. I should have included it in my rant post above.


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patrick fealey 6 years ago from California

anyone who wears a flag on his/her body is a SOCIOPATH.


druhepkins 6 years ago

Another great Hub Ralph. I don’t think those folks realize how completely idiotic and fueled on complete fabrications they appear internationally. It’s a scary thing to see how easily you can unite people in shared stupidity in some parts of this country. As for Sarah Palin---she’s just McCain’s mistake turned into a national sensation. She’ll be with us a while unfortunately due to groups of people using their imaginations, giving her strengths, qualities and attributes she clearly does not possess. She’s great at charming (some) people though, and I agree with you in that she does have talent in other areas like tooth paste commercials. However, from her not being able to say what book or newspaper she reads, to her claiming Obama was un-American and palled around with terrorist--while her husband was part of a secession group for years up until 2002, to writing on her hand to remember details during a televised political function, I’ve never taken her more seriously than I should. She’s no leader, she didn’t even finish her term as governor. She’s just an opportunist/celebrity and the Tea Party movement for her, is just more paychecks and a platform to keep herself relevant. Her misinformed, fictitious rhetoric will just keep dragging us backward and people want to go with her I guess. Keep hubbing!


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Thanks for your kind and perceptive (i.e., you agree with me!)comment.


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Tea Bagger Rino hunters are already targeting Massachusetts Senator Brown for breaking ranks in his vote for the jobs bill and for his pro choice position.


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MFB III 6 years ago from United States

How quickly we forgot Mccarthyism where he could simply point at a person and ruin their lives. What we have now is a madcap teapartyism, where they run around pointing at the whole country, screaming about all the negativesk, ignoring all that's positive,and call our nation that was blindsided by george for 8 years completely skewed. They also seek to ruin many lives, all on fabrications by talk show host spewing crap daily, Rush Limbaugh was quoted as saying:

"I can't believe how stupid so many Americans are to believe in the pulp I feed them daily."

I say let Sarah Palin and whatever stooge she picks wink and fabricate their way to the greatest office in the country, then let's just sit back and watch them self destruct on the real issues. We suffered through george Dumbya for eight years, and it just about killed the repuglican's, so let Sarah and her tea baggers screw up another four years, then maybe this country will work together and not elect any more leaders based on their Daddy

or their sex appeal or thier sympathy only to the radical right. After about three months of her winking her way through some major catastrophe's I would imagine there will be all kinds of rabble rousers calling for her stupid head.

Those who are not capable of leading can be easily swayed by those who are not capable of leading.I love when you get these blind sheep out there just frothing at the mouth and spouting all kinds of memorized radio dogma. Rally on Ralph.~~~MFB III


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OpinionDuck 6 years ago

Ralph

I totally disagree with your political viewpoint.

Congress and the President, any and all of them need to represent the people and be effective for them.

Congress is a team, and when the team loses, it doesn't matter who made the bad play. The game was lost, that is the important point.

Congress and the President should be more like the Three Musketeers, one for all and all for one. They however play more like the Keystone Cops.

Sarah Palin may or may not be Presidential Candidate stuff, but right now that is a moot point, she isn't running for office, now.

Bush is no longer president, and after three years of Democrat Congress and one year of President Obama, it is their problem. When the voters went to the polls in 2008, the counry was in trouble, and all of the candidates said that they could fix the country. That was their election promise. Nothing changed when President Obama became president.

He knew or should have known the problems and whether he could solve them. He also knew or should have known what help he had or didn't have from Congress.

In a poker game, much like politics, if you don't have the cards, then you are just bluffing to win the pot.

BTW, don't you think that the first stimulus package in pre-election 2008 was just to get through the election without having to answer to the people why they didn't know about it in the first place. Remember, things fell apart in the economy about a month before the election. There was no evidene from any of the presidential candidates that the economy would go bust in 2008.

Throwing money at the economic meltdown is like throwing your groceries at a mad dog that is chasing you, it will get you through today, but what about tomorrow?

I had a better idea about the structure of Congress in one of my hubs. I don't think that this country can survive with its current structure of Congress.

BTW, why are so many Democrat hubbers so angry and so free with attacking Republican, especially those no longer in office?

Thanks


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

The economic recovery or stimulus program was necessary and effective in preventing a deeper and longer recession. Many very good economists said at the time that it wasn't big enough to do the job, and it appears that additional stimulus is needed to prevent another dip and speed the economic recovery and create additional jobs.

I can't speak for other Hubbers but I am angry at the Republicans unwillingness to cooperate with the President on health care reform or hardly anything else in the public interest. Also, as the topic of this Hub should make clear I am dismayed by the ignorant (birthers, truthers, etc.),the false, mindless, scurrilous attacks on President Obama and the rise of hate groups and acts of domestic terrorism to levels in unprecedented in recent history.

As noted above, the Secret Serivce is stretched thin dealing with 30 threats on the president's life each day, a 400 percent increase over the level against President Bush. The villification of the President and our government is being encouraged and funded in some cases by people like former majority leader of the House of Representatives, Dick Armey, and his notorious FreedomWorks group. The Tea Party has allowed racists, homophobes, birthers, nativists, conspiracy theorists and other fringe characters to address its meetings without objection by its leaders or the Republican Party.


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OpinionDuck 6 years ago

Ralph

Thanks for the clarification.

While it has not swayed me to your way of thinking, I appreciated it.

I don't have a party to identify with, so I look to the person to make my voting decisions. I must admit that in most elections this has been mainly a choice of the lesser of two, than it was for the best candidate.

I fit part of the profile which you mentioned, except that I always try to quack on the persons action or inaction, rather than on an emotional level.

This is even true in my hub titled, "Has President Obama had a stroke". This hub really questions his acts, rather than him personally.

I always try to provide reasons why I question these acts.

As for economists, I believe they are useless because economics is not a science it is a pseudo science.

Where were all of these economists, during the two year presidential election campaign? Why didn't Congress and President Obama see the meltdown and taken action that would have averted the need for a stimulus.

Again, the problem is party, both of them.

Thanks


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MFB III 6 years ago from United States

Oh, please you use the word Niggah and blame it on congress and taxes...If I was a black man I would hunt you down and shoot you and blame it on slavery, you don't ever use the word niggah, I hesitate to even write it here, it is crude, racist, defamatory, ignorant and dangerous to your health. It alone, that one sign turns my stomach to all tea partiers. And I have photos of many signs, and t-shirts that are racist, ugly, ignorant and quite defamatory, One t-shirt printed says: "Kill Michelle and her two stupid kids." Other T-shirts quote a bible verse that calls for our president to die, and his family plus all of his generations to come to die, and they print it on teddy bears and give it to little kids.. that is sicko, and the old bags and the morons that string along

with the tea baggers should be labeled for what they have already labled themselves as...bigots, racist, fabricators of the truth, nazis. and traitors to the country. Elect Sarah Palin for president....yeah...you know what I hope so, she will single handedly bring down not only the re-pug-licans who are full of endless hypocrisy, but also the tea baggers as well. They will all go down in histroy as Modern torries who sought to take over the government with their own holier than thou agendas. But we are too smart for such rabble, most of this country is waiting and watching for you all to fall in your own crap, and vanish beneath the depths of it. Wake up and smell the stench of your own foul mouths parroting and spewing lies daily. I dare you to march in the inner city, where they don't have health care, and carry your "Niggah" signs, and mock Obama and then rationalize to those fine citizens who you have offended that it really only about slavery, taxes and congress. It's too easy to call names when you are surrounded by white trash, take it where it really shows how brave tea partiers are. This is all a flash in the pan, and all your but.. but.. but... butters are melting into a rancid stench.

~~~MFB III


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Thanks, MFB! As usual, your're on the right track.


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The Dix View 6 years ago from Los Angeles

These guys are scary, not because they spend their time out in force, but I believe mostly because the are willing to be spoon fed whatever fits their mood at the time, and believe blindly. Worse is the party thjat riles them up. It's as close to treason as I could have ever imigined.


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Tnx. They are scary because they may either destroy the GOP or our entire government.


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

I would think that the teabaggers would try to convince more people to join them, but such behavior is only going to push more Americans away. A friend of mine was interested in the beginning of the movement, but they scared her away.


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

I agree, but right now their movement seems to be gaining steam which I hope it will lose as the economy and employment recover.


woolman60 6 years ago

Ralph I agree, and what a great hub, I will be following you. awesome

woolman60


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

I have a hard time believing that it will continue what with all the hate filled signs and bigotry they express. I think a lot of people in America are angry, and for good reason, but I can't help but believe that most folks are good people and don't want to be involved with the meanness.


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Dolores, I hope you're right. High unemployment is a big contributing factor.


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Hillwry'swhirl 6 years ago from Kenya, Teso

I've not matured in politics yet, but learning the ABC of it, but Sarah Palin is struggling with her roots in the in the sea bed, she grabbed a floating weed and thought she had rescued herself from drowning in the political sea, when her time will arrive, she will pass away and buried in graveyard of past political deeds, and the cemetery of politicians who came saw, chased and won no game in a political hunting expedition.


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Thanks for you comment. I agree.


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mwatkins 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

According to your rant here, All Tea Party Participants are Ignorant, racist homophobes who wouldn't know their rear end from a hole in the ground, as well as other ignorant labels. How interesting and how sad. I guess, according to this analysis that all doctors are drug addicts, all lawyers are liars, all accountants are thieves and all fire fighters are pyromaniacs. If you are writing this Hub as an SEO tactic then I have to say that it is an excellent tactic, but other than that I feel that your hub is just a sad testimonial to the intent to spread misinformation about a group of people that - certainly have members who could easily be given the names you use here - but I know that it is only a group whose worst parts do not make up the entire group of people who have decided to participate in tea party groups across the country. As a business owner and professional, there is no room for name calling. By anyone. There is enough information available to anyone who wants to read it that gives accurate and informative reporting on what the issues are. I respect your right to report it as you see it. I simply cannot agree with your points. Punitive tax rates on high-income individuals do not increase revenue. Successful people are not docile sheep just waiting to be shorn. Good luck to you.


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Your comment isn't accurate. I didn't say and I don't believe that all Tea Party participants are ignorant, racist, etc. Many of them are fairly ordinary people who are unhappy about their government, the way their personal lives are going, etc. However, there are a significant number of ignorant, racists, etc., who are being used by the people who are promoting the Tea Party movement. And for the most part, the Tea Party leaders have not spoken out to disavow these elements among the movement. Neither have the GOP leaders who are trying to turn the movement to their advantage. I completly agree that "it is only a group whose worst parts do not make up the entire group." I'm glad you agree that "there is no room for name calling." Unfortunately, a significant number of members of the Tea Party movement don't agree judging from the words of some of the keynote speakers and the nasty signs at the rallies. If I had anything to do with the Tea Parties I would do my best to eliminate racist, homophobic signs as well as those calling our president who was elected why a big margin everything from a Nazi to a Communist among other inacurate insulting names. Thanks for your comment.


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LRCBlogger 6 years ago

Just the hilarious comment you made regarding Sarah Palin being more qualified to be in a toothpaste commercial than national office made me a follower, ha ha. In all seriousness, great hub.


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Thanks for the comment. Sarah does have a ice set of teeth and is quite attractive until she starts talking.


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

The Tea Party is just filled with a lot of anger and aggression I do not understand. To me they are the glass half empty types, and I suppose that is why I do not understand why their cause is appealing. I think some people like fifteen minutes of fame, and the more outlandish ones are looking for that in their extreme costumes and signs.


pamandpals 6 years ago

I do really think that this woman is evil and only tells the people what they want to hear when most of it is false. Do your own homework, listening to her is like listening to someone full of hate and very greedy. She demandes a lear jet/first class and gets 100,000 dollars per tea party. If she is doing this for the GOP's why is she charging so much ??? Think about it America, wake up, she is raking it in while making the rest of you who listen to her more angry while she is smiling. DUMB DUMB DUMB


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Thanks for your perceptive comment.


ScissorHand 6 years ago

I agree with Harvey but will take it a step farther. YOU, Ralphie, are the BIGOT!!


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Why do you say that? Being skeptical of Sarah Palin's qualifications for public office and the Tea Bagger ignorant rabble makes me a bigot? The fact that I disapprove of homophobes, "Christocrats," nativists, racists, government haters makes me a bigot? Your comment makes me wonder which ones of these groups you belong to??


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braudboy 6 years ago from Long Beach, MS

Ralphie boy....I am just wondering what qualified Obama to be our president????? Was it that year and a half he spent in the senate??? (which most of that time was spent campaigning for president), or was it all of that great community organizing he accomplished in Chicago????? You seem very critical of Palin's experience and it makes me think you must also have a problem with Obama's lack of it also.


Wiz 6 years ago

I hope Braudboy's granddaughter hasn't inherited his congenital ignorance.

Here's one of his apoplectic brethren . . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbc064Uwax4

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