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Tea Party; Friend or Foe

Updated on February 7, 2010


As the Tea party holds its’ first convention in Nashville many are asking just what is the Tea Party? I know you are aware of the good work they did in helping Scott Brown get elected in Massachusetts. You are probably familiar with their Tea Party Expresses wherein they traverse across the country stopping at strategic locations to hold rallies. All and All I am a 100% supporter of their cause but I must admit I have a slight reservation!

My reservation comes from having been inside one of their meetings. Now don’t get me wrong there were no strange goings on; no weird voo-doo rituals or such as that. I was called one Sunday afternoon to attend a neighborhood gathering, the purpose of which was to start a local Tea Party Chapter. The caller had read several of my letters to the local paper which are usually just pared down versions of my blogs in which I rage against the Obama Administration. He told me they were starting the chapter and thought I would be interested in attending. Well a few hours later I along with a buddy of mine were sitting in the caller’s living room discussing the purpose of the Tea Party.

In the beginning I was energized and enthusiastic regarding what we could do to help raise the awareness level of the general population regarding the Socialistic takeover of our country we were all witnessing. As I rose to speak; the Patriot isn’t shy when it comes to letting his feelings be known, I was cautioned not to speak ill of Democrats because the Tea Party was in fact a Bi-Partisan Movement. Goodbye; that did it for me. Let me say it here and now I am not interested in, nor will I ever support any organization that claims to be Bi-Partisan. Sorry but I despise Democrats; they are the root of all evil in this country and to ignore that fact is to deny reality. There is no such a thing as a moderate Democrat. Just look at how they all were cowered into voting in block by Reid and Pelosi. The only thing that saved this country from healthcare was Scott Brown!

Now that brings me to the point of this blog; what will be the outcome of this movement? How will the efforts of the various Tea Party endeavors translate into the success of candidates in the November elections? If they do indeed, back only Republicans then they will truly be a force for good! However if they live up to their supposed charter and in the spirit of Bi-Partisanship back a Supposed Moderate Democrat or worse yet, support a spin off Tea Party Candidate then they will be the mechanism through which the Democrats are allowed to continue their madness! The only formula for success in November is Back Republicans; no ifs, ands or butts about it!

I would also prefer to see the Tea Party stay away from such controversial issues as King Hussein’s Kenyan birth because that only provides fodder for the liberal naysayers who continually look for ways to marginalize the movement. Don’t provide ole wee-wee-leg Mathews any more ammunition with which to shoot you with. I agree the King is most likely Kenyan born but there’s a time and place for that debate and on national news at your first convention is neither the time nor place!

All and all I know the Tea Party is a good thing; if not Sara Palin would not be addressing their convention tonight. It’s just that Bi-Partisan thing that really gets me riled up; I can’t stand Democrats!


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      partisan patriot 

      8 years ago


      You confirm my fears; Ronald Regan said we don’t need a third party we need a revitalized second party. There is no such thing as bi-partisanship; it’s just another word for capitulation. If we elect anyone but Republicans the country will remain on the course it is now set on; a course that is taking it straight to Hell.

      Just as Ross Perot gave Bill Clinton the White House so will any other third party candidates keep King Hussein in the White House and keep Pelosi and Reid in charge of their respective chambers.

      That’s why I’m somewhat afraid of the Tea Party; bi-partisanship is another word for disaster! They only good Democrat is a dead Democrat; POLITICALLY SPEAKING OF COURSE. We have to vote them all out and replace them with CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS!

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      Evan G Rogers 

      8 years ago from Dublin, Ohio

      The Tea Party was originally created after Ron Paul wiped the floor with Rudy Giuliani in the Republican Presidential Debate in May 2007. THAT is why it's bipartisan - because it's NOT a Republican movement, it's not a Democratic movement...

      It's neither. It's a Libertarian movement that has been hi-jacked by neocons.

      I discuss this in a hub of mine "the Newsweek Teak Party Challenge" (to an extent).

      The original Tea Party was a money bomb for Ron Paul's election campaign - it took place on Dec 16th, 2007 (my b-day, i donated for my b-day present). That's why it's called the Tea Party movement.

      Also, later, members of the movement actually dumped tea into the harbor. I can't find a link to it though...

      And now it's odd, because the movement that he pretty much started is now trying to get him thrown out of office. The Tea Party was created through Libertarian ideals by a Libertarian-minded Republican (actually RP didn't do much, he was just the man everyone rallied around), and now the Neo-cons are taking it over (Karl Rove, Palin, Etc.) to get him out of their party - they don't like the ideas of shrinking government, lowering taxes, stopping the welfare-warfare system and all that.

      It really is that simple.

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      partisan patriot 

      8 years ago

      Thanks ehern

      We saw the results of their efforts in the election of Scott Brown; if those same efforts are put forth in November then we will regain the House and Senate!

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      8 years ago

      Hsvrn't been to a Teas party but have to agree with you on the movement. NO 3rd party out of this but strong enough to put the fire to the feet of our elected officials. I am all for conservative values.

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      Partisan Patriot 

      8 years ago

      Thanks James

      And I might add how much I enjoy reading yours and feel I am getting quite a refresher course in many subjects!

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      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      It's nearly impossible to win with a 3rd party candidate. I wish that were not so but it is. I attended the Tea Party event in Orlando and I thought it was perfect. Thanks for this fine Hub. I enjoyed reading it and I agree with you.

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      partisan patriot 

      8 years ago


      I agree we have to stick together; I love Sara Palin and seriously hope she doesn't allow the tea party to sway her into being a third party candidate. We cannot stand any third party candidates in any races it would only assure the election of the Commicrat in the race!

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      8 years ago from West Virginia


      You know I'm not too fond of those left wing loo loos either. I think the tea party movement is great, but like you, I do have reservations about a possible splintering of the republican party. The only way to defeat these communist, socialist, progressives is if WE conservatives find a way to all stick together!!!

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      8 years ago from Michigan

      no problem, it's been known to happen.

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      Partisan Patriot 

      8 years ago

      Thanks michiganman

      That's what I set out to say; I too am worried about the splitting of the Rupublican Party. I guessed I got side tracked by my hatred of Democrats!

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      8 years ago from Michigan

      Sarah Palin is backing McCain and Governor Perry too. I am don't trust her any more than I trust the tea party. If they split the republican vote, then they will be one of the worst things ever to happen in this country. I like the idea of groups that pressure politicians to do the right thing. I do not like the idea of another party. Let the progressives create a party and split the Democratic party. If that happened then maybe we can look into splitting the republicans.


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