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2009 Tea Parties

Updated on August 26, 2009

2009 Tea Parties

American tea party protest

2009 Tea Parties

On April 15, 2009 people all across America rallied around Tea Parties based on the Boston Tea Party of 1773.

Some of my liberal friends are asking why are they protesting and why now? For many years the U.S. government has been slowly increasing the debt of the country. President Obama has proposed a budget that will quadruple the country's debt. This is kind of like the frog in a pot of water. When the heat is turned up slowly, the frog sits there and will be boiled. If the heat is turned up quickly, the frog will jump out. President Obama has turned the heat up quickly.

The citizens of the United States of America are also fed up with the federal government bailing out businesses that are struggling. Since the government is bailing these businesses out, they feel like they have a right to run these businesses. Congress has begun to try and make GM and Chrysler make certain types of cars. President Obama basically fired the CEO of GM recently. When government starts taking over businesses, that is Socialism and on the way to Communism. That is a far cry from what the founding fathers of this great nation had in mind.

Another thing that the citizens of the United States of America are fed up with is bailing out individuals for being stupid. The people that bought houses that they didn't have a chance to afford should not get a help. Most Americans buy houses they can afford, pay their taxes and abide by the rules. Now the government wants to increase taxes and bail out people that bought houses they couldn't afford in the first place.

That is why there are tea parties all across America. Will these tea parties be effective? I don't think they will influence the upper level of liberals like Nancy Pelosi, they are determined to turn the United States into a Socialist or Communist country. The members of Congress that are on the left but not quite so strongly liberal such as Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana, may be swayed. If enough of these not so left leaning liberals join with the moderates and conservatives, maybe they can block the leaders of this country from turning America Socialist. The American citizens need to continue to put pressure on their leaders and when election time comes they need to remember what the current elected officials have tried to do.

The best solution to this problem, in my opinion, is term limits. Not only for Congress but for federal judges as well. We need people in power that have the courage to cut spending, cut taxes and return this country to a Republic as the founders of this country intended it to be.


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    • Art West profile imageAUTHOR

      Art West 

      7 years ago from Indiana

      Thank you for reading my article, Terry.

      I hate to disappoint you, but the facts are not on your side. You begin right away saying Bush led us into two wars. That statement alone is inaccurate. Bush led us into one war, the war on terror. There were two battle fronts, Iraq and Afghanistan. Which is much better than having the battle front in the U.S. as it appeared to be heading with the attack on the twin towers, or have you forgotten about that.

      As far as unemployment, I believe when Bush left office it was around 5%. It skyrocketed over 10% after Obama was elected and even two years after he took office it is still around 9%. Following your line of thinking,if Bush created a "paltry number of jobs", then Obama must be losing jobs.

      Granted, Bush did some bailouts, which in my opinion, was a mistake. I believe that is actually when the tea party began.

      We still need representatives that will cut spending, cut taxes, reduce the size of government and return us to the Republic that the founding fathers intended us to be.

    • Terry.Hirneisen profile image


      7 years ago from Shenandoah Valley

      And how do you explain the absence of the Tea Party while BUSH led us into two wars and an economy that created a paltry number of jobs. He made the debt and killed the economy and you want to punish the man trying to pull us out. You simply do not have the facts on your side and are being lead by your nose.

    • Art West profile imageAUTHOR

      Art West 

      9 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks for the interesting comments.

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      issues veritas 

      9 years ago

      The Government has done a far worse job in running the country than even AIG did running their company. GM did better than both of them.

    • Ralph Deeds profile image

      Ralph Deeds 

      9 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      The best solution is campaign finance reform, i.e., government-financed election campaigns. Just about everybody recognizes that there is way too much money sloshing around Washington, our state capitals and cities, buying influence from our "representatives."

      The principal reasons for the huge increase in debt is three-fold--big tax cuts for the richest Americans starting with Reagan and accelerated by little Bush; the costs of fighting two wars, one completely unnecessary and reckless (Iraq) and one doubtful (Afghanistan); the failure of our banking and mortgage system (too much leverage and regulatory failures: and the current need to prime the economic pump with stimulus money to avoid another Great Depression. The collective IQ of the "teabaggers" probably would be less than 100! They want lower taxes (most of them will get a tax cut under Obama) but they don't want cuts in government services. They know only that they are against taxes. What they are for isn't clear.

    • Art West profile imageAUTHOR

      Art West 

      9 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks for the comment Delores. You are right, there are plenty of people to blame on these loans.

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      9 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Many of the people who bought houses they could not afford were led down the path by unscrupulous realestate agents. They were offered loans by banks that they could not understand and were not given enough time to really peruse. One friend who decided not to sign a contract with a realator was threatened and intimidated but stood her ground.

      It's hard to understand the nature of some of those sleazy deals unless you really know somebody who has dealt with it. Unfortunaly rules had been set aside, regulations not adhered to. When I bought my home years ago, the real estate agent and the lender were honest and informative. Those people involved in this past crisis were in it for a quick grab - take the money and run. Everybody out for themselves.

      It funny how FOX news was all over this but did not seem to care when Pres. Bush was spending all that money in Iraq.


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