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THE TEA PARTY'S WAR ON AMERICA
Tea Party Montana Style--Nullification, Secession, and a Pistol in Every Pocket
"With each new bill, newly elected tea party lawmakers are offering Montanans a vision of the future.
"Their state would be a place where officials can ignore US laws, force FBI agents to get a sheriff's OK before arresting anyone, ban abortions, limit sex education in schools and create armed citizen militias. It's the tea party world." Matt Gouras, Associated Press, quoted in The Washington Spectator April 15, 2011.
Lou Dubose editor of The Washington Spectator, examined the Tea Party's agenda in Montana where the Republicans attained a 68-32 majority in 2008. Representative Krayton Kerns is a Tea Party leader. He's the author of on of several "nullification" bills filed this session. They claim that it is within the constitutional authority of the "sovereign states" to nullify federal law. To assert that state right Kerns filed a bill that would nullify the Endangered Species Act which blocks access to "huge natural resources." Failure to comply with the ESA would require Montana to absorb a loss of $500 million in federal funds.
Representative Michael More filed a more expansive 17-point declaration of sovereignty which asserts "the people of this state have the sole and exclusive right to govern themselves as a free, sovereign, and independent state...and that right may never be delegazted to the United States." Any federal transgression would dissolve the compact with the United States and would dissolve the Union. Moore's resolution establishes a process for the creation of a new republic. After the Union is dissolved, a new nation can be created by a three-fourths vote of the states seeking to form a federal government. The vote shall not be binding on any state not seeking to form or join a federal government. More says "This is not just my thinking. It reflects the perspective of concerned constitutional groups here in Montana, citing the Tea Party and the Oath Keepers, policemen, fire fighters, military active and reserve and National Guard who pledge to refuse to obey any law or executive order they deem unconstitutional. They cite an opinion by Antonin Scalia in Mack v. United States which upheld a sheriff's refusal to comply with a federal law that required him to conduct background checks on handgun buyers. Scalia said that "there is dual sovereignty at both the state and federal level."
Another 10th Amendment bill that passed the Montana house would strip the EPA of it's authority to regulate green house gas emissions. (The EPA authority to regulate greenhouse gases was affirmed by the US Supreme Court in 2007. Another bill introduced by Rep. Joe Read states that "global warming is beneficial to the welfare and business climate of Montana...and is a natural occurrence and human activity has not caused it." Read said "There was a lunatic side that battled me on it and there was the support side that just recognized that science is junk." Stripping the EPA of authority in Montana is intended to stop federal bureaucrats from inpeding the minerals-extraction permitting process.
Republican Rep. Derek Skees filed a bill that would allow Montana to reclaim federal land within its boundaries.
Other Tea Party bills that easily passed the Montana house conferred the full benefits of citizenship on fetuses; a required that all state transactions be conducted exclusively in gold or silver; dozens of gun bills, including one that allows anyone who is not a felon or mentally incompetent to carry a concealed weapon without a licensing process; a bill that would require FBI agents to pre-clear operations with county sheriffs; and a bill that would create and arm a state militia.
[Source: Lou Dubose in The Washington Spectator.]
The Tea Party Syndrome--Do You Have It?
- The Tea Party Syndrome--Do you have it?
Tea Party Syndroms Here is a list which may be used to diagnose how far from reality an individual is. Holding six or more of the beliefs qualifies you for membership in the Tea Party. Ten or more is an indication that you have lost nearly all touch
7-15-13NYTimes "Hunger Games USA" by Paul Krugman
- Hunger Games, U.S.A. - NYTimes.com
With the farm bill vote in the House, policy turns outright sadistic. Yet another suicidal GOP move inspired by the Tea Party mental defectives in the House of Representatives.
8-2-11NYtimes--"Tea Party's War on America" Joe Nocera
- The Tea Partys War on America - NYTimes.com
Weve got a deal on the debt ceiling, all right. One that will reduce the national deficit and wreck the economy.
6-26-11StLouisPostDispatch--The Tea Party has Destroyed the GOP
- Editorial: Eight myths to chill an old-school Republican soul
Today we have the spectacle of smart, patriotic men and women putting their brains and integrity on ice to please a party dominated by anti-intellectual social Darwinists and the plutocrats who finance and mislead them. Read more: http://www.stltoda
Tea Party Turmoil
The Tea Party is causing turmoil in the country and in the Republican Party in particular much to the chagrin of old line conservative Republicans. It will be fascinating to watch how GOP leaders react to this new force which apparently helped restore a GOP majority in the House of Representatives and in several state houses. However, several candidates supported by the Tea Party and Sarah Palin were not elected--Christine "I'm not crazy" O'Donnell in Delaware and Sharron Angle in Nevada, most prominently. Sanity and good judgment prevailed. Apparently they exceeded the limit of nonsense that voters will swallow. However, Sharron Angle came perilously close to defeating Harry Reid, Senate majority leader.
In California, Democrat Jerry Brown was elected governor for the second time in his long career in California politics. And the Michigan governor's primary race, the four candidates who pandered to the Tea Party were defeated by Rick Snyder, a moderate political outsider who declined to attend a single Tea Party event. Republican Snyder is facing similar budget issues to those faced by Brown in California and by Republicans in the House of Representatives.
The GOP reaction to President Obama's State of the Union address last week was interesting to watch. The seating arrangement interspersing Republicans and Democrats provided an hour without obvious divisiveness or disrespect. However, Tea Partier, Michelle Bachman, didn't buy her party's effort to tone down the rhetoric. Although Representative Paul Ryan was selected to respond on behalf of the GOP to President Obama's address, Bachman bolted the party and announced that she was also responding to Obama on behalf of the Tea Party. Her address was carried live by CNN, but the other networks declined to carry it. House Speaker John Boehner, in response to a question, said he didn't watch Bachman's tirade because he "had another obligation." His reaction was almost as if Bachman was a dog peeing on his shoes. Boehhner and GOP Senator McConnell welcomed Tea Party support during the midterm election, but now must be wishing the Tea Party would disappear into the woodwork.
I'm watching the GOP reaction to the Tea Party with fascination and horror at the effect on party policies for economic recovery, health care, the environment, gun safety, banking regulations and the like. The Republicans face the dilemma of how to live up their campaign promises to balance the budget in view of strong to public support for Social Security and Medicare.
6-29-11NYTimes--"Tea Party Policy Splits"
- United in Campaigning, Tea Party Divides Over Governing - NYTimes.com
Brought together primarily by what they oppose, Tea Party groups have had difficulty agreeing on what they stand for.
Conservative Misinformation University
- Conservative Misinformation University Salutes the Class of 2009
In the videos that appear below, Conservative Misinformation University salutes the class of 2009 in science, history, pre-law, pre-med including the following GOP stalwarts: Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity Glenn...
Jan 2011Vanity Fair--"Tead Off" Christoper Hitchens
- Tea\'d Off | Politics | Vanity Fair
Republicans who excused extremism in the name of victory have unleashed a monster, warns Christopher Hitchens.
Cleon Skousen--Tea Party Hero
- Cleon Skousen--Tea Party Antecedent
The Mormon journal Dialogue in 1971 accused Skousen of "inventing fantastic ideas and making inferences that go far beyond the bounds of honest commentary," and advancing doctrines that came "perilously close" to Nazism. Skousen declared Jimmy Carter
2-5-11NYTimes--Supreme Court Justice Thomas's Wife Self-Appointed Ambassador to the Tea Party
- Virginia Thomas is Self-appointed Ambassador to the Tea Party
The wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, who has raised her political profile in the last year through her outspoken conservative activism, is rebranding herself as a lobbyist and self-appointed ambassador to the Tea Party movement.
The New Yorker
- The billionaire Koch brothers war against Obama : The New Yorker
Online version of the weekly magazine, with current articles, cartoons, blogs, audio, video, slide shows, an archive of articles and abstracts back to 1925
1-30-11NYTimes "The Tea Party Wags the Dog" by Frank Rich
- Frank Rich--"The Tea Party Wags the Dog"
The crux of the rights plight 3 mos. after its restoration--Having sold itself as the champion of Tea Party-fueled austerity, the enhanced G.O.P now finds the majority prefers compromise over conflict and favors balanced budgets in name only.
A Very Mad Tea Party
TeaTards: Let's Get This Party Started!