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Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 03/ 3/2011

Tea party anger with government subsides

By Peyton Craighill

There is nothing like a political victory to cleanse the spirit. The backdrop to the midterm elections last fall was the sharp anger with government expressed by Republicans, particularly those who identified with the tea party political movement. That anger fueled the Republican's takeover of the House and brought a new class of tea party members to Congress.

Fast forward six months and a new poll by the Pew Research Center finds that these levels of anger have dissipated significantly. Overall, 14 percent of the public says they are angry, down 9 percentage points from a poll in September when anger reached its peak at 23 percent.

The real movement since September has been among Republicans and those who agree with the tea party - two groups that overlap quite a bit. Last fall, nearly half - 47 percent - of tea party supporters said they were angry with government, by far the highest level of any political or demographic group. That anger has fallen 19 points to 28 percent among tea partiers. That's still a lot of anger with government, but a remarkable mellowing in a short time.

The decline in anger has been almost as great among all Republicans. In September, 33 percent said they were angry, but that's been cut almost in half to just 16 percent of Republicans today who say they are angry. That puts the Republicans in the same range as independents and Democrats, 15 and 10 percent of each who express anger today.

To be sure, there is still a lot of discontent with government, with 59 percent overall who say they are "frustrated." That's an increase of 7 points since the fall. Just as many now say they are basically content at 22 percent.

Big changes in government can have this effect on people. In October 2006, Democrats were fuming over the war in Iraq and 28 percent said they were angry with government. By January 2007 with a newly installed Democratic majority in Congress, anger fell by eight percentage points to 20 percent among Democrats.

Percent angry with the federal government:
Sept 2010March 2011Change
All2314-9
Democrats1110-1
Republicans3316-17
Independents2715-12
Agree w/tea party4728-19
Oct 2006Jan 2007
All2016-4
Democrats2820-8
Republicans75-2
Independents2118-3

By Peyton Craighill  | March 3, 2011; 11:40 AM ET
 
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As I have maintained for a long time, they were angry for 2 reasons:

1. They lost power, so now they are less angry;
2. They are still angry because the President is black.

Denial is fine, but proof actually works.

Posted by: AMviennaVA | March 3, 2011 12:08 PM | Report abuse

As I have maintained for a long time, they were angry for 2 reasons:

1. They lost power, so now they are less angry;
2. They are still angry because the President is black.

Denial is fine, but proof actually works.

Posted by: AMviennaVA | March 3, 2011 12:08 PM
____________________________________________________________

I 2nd your thesis...

Posted by: Geopolitics1 | March 3, 2011 12:15 PM | Report abuse

We have one of the most corrupt, crooked governments in the world today and this is all the anger the stupid public can muster towards these crooks who continue to repress us, who continue to steal from us, who continue to stop us from advancing, to never punish the crooks on wall street who are directly responsible for the depression we are still in.
WTF is up with you spinless people.

We need a revolution in this country just like the recent one in Egypt, where we throw each and everyone of the damm crooks in Washington out ofoffice and get a brand new government.
WAKE UP PEOPLE, you must like bending over and getting f---ed all of the time by this government.

Posted by: JimW2 | March 3, 2011 12:18 PM | Report abuse

We have one of the most corrupt, crooked governments in the world today and this is all the anger the stupid public can muster towards these crooks who continue to repress us, who continue to steal from us, who continue to stop us from advancing, to never punish the crooks on wall street who are directly responsible for the depression we are still in.
WTF is up with you spinless people.

We need a revolution in this country just like the recent one in Egypt, where we throw each and everyone of the damm crooks in Washington out ofoffice and get a brand new government.
WAKE UP PEOPLE, you must like bending over and getting f---ed all of the time by this government.

Posted by: JimW2 | March 3, 2011 12:19 PM | Report abuse

teabaggers movement was created by the armeys/kochs on the right to channel the racism and paranoia of the far right. and to use them for political purposes.

Posted by: calif-joe | March 3, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

It's hard to sustain that kind of anger for long. The rhetoric gets people worked up initially, and they like that self-righteous feeling so they're going to feed on more of the same. But eventually you have to go back to real life, working and paying the bills and dealing with unemployments, medical bills, etc. Once reality starts seeping in, so do the doubts. You start wondering about all the things that weren't said in the rhetoric, what the words really mean, and what was ignored because it didn't fit the message. And once you start wondering, facts trickle in and make you think twice.

To be sure, some still prefer the anger, the rhetoric, the emotional high. But most people, given time, are smarter than that. Most people will have second thoughts. And that's what's happening now. The high is over and they are now faced with the things that are endangered, things that actually effect them, not just "other people, over there". History teaches this lesson over and over again. It's a pity that so many people slept through that class.

Posted by: cb11 | March 3, 2011 12:24 PM | Report abuse

and Jimw2 proves amviennava's thesis: the gov't (and banks and corps) have been extremely corrupt for over a decade, but the Jimw2's didn't "WAKE UP" and get angry until (1) they lost power, and (2) a black man was elected president

Posted by: frayedcat | March 3, 2011 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Declining anger within the Tea Party should not be viewed as a suggestion that the Tea Party is in decline, losing momentum, or dissolving. The Tea Party continues to operate an extensive organizing network through social media, both at the national and grassroots level. And every major GOP elite is vying for the Tea Party's attention as they know the Tea Party holds the key to grant them the Presidential nomination.

Aynone who enters into the conservative blogsphere can attest to the power and focus of the movement. While the news may not always be accurate, the fact remains the Tea Party remains centered on the issues they believe are relevant and spins them in a manner to paint the movement as both patriotic and as the victim (a classical American identity). The Tea Party still believes President Obama is a secret socialist who is hell bent of destroying "their" America.

There was always going to be a lull in the wake of the 2010 midterms. To begin to hypothesize that the Tea Party may be a movement in remission would be a grave mistake by those on the Left; probably a fatal mistake. I understand this is not the direct assertion of this post; I am just throwing this out their now because this post will certainly lead to that type of pathology.

Also, one important factor these polls cannot capture is the degree in which Tea Party ideology has become normalized within America discourse. In my view, the conceptions linked to the Tea Party terms such as "limited government" and "free market" principles are dominating the current budget discussion: the only programs up for debate are social programs the Tea Party views as part of the evil progressive/socialist/communist agenda. In this sense, the Tea Party has scored a major victory. A victory which helps explains the lull in Tea Party anger. Why be angry when your message is winning? The other question up for debate: Does the Tea Party need to be angry to be effective? (I am not so sure at this point)

Eventually the Tea Party will subside into the abyss, the question is will it subside because it wins or loses this ideological battle. Currently, the are winning the battle simply because they are setting the rules of the debate as their language has become the hegemonic force driving the debate (I mean, President Obama's State of the Union address focused a large section on the inefficiencies of government. For a second I thought I was listening to President Ronald Reagan.) Additionally, the more and more the Tea Party is able to link itself with positions of patriotism, Americanism (see Real America), the further the hill left politics in America will have to climb to be successful.

Posted by: grubbsbl | March 3, 2011 12:29 PM | Report abuse


Seems like the Tea People when not fed a diet of "rileyo'arseup" just go sit down and be quiet until the next "riling", eh?

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Posted by: Evenfoolsarerightsometimes | March 3, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I think the tea party will subside because its platform is premised on monetary self-interest ('taxed enuff already') yet it purports to decry monetary self interest as a motive in others - at some point the logical flaw will sink in - the TP will be reabsorbed into the GOP's idolization of monetary self interest as being the sole governing tool required for sufficient self-regulation and fair governance by the bosses for the benefit of all mankind.

Posted by: frayedcat | March 3, 2011 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Ah the silliness of the regressives (aka liberal progressives), blame it on race. That card is really getting frayed; it's played too often by the ignorant elitists. Why is it that facts don't seem to matter to the regressives? And the invective of 'tea bagger'; how intelllectual. And while y'all dwell on those impotent items of feigned outrage at mythical racism and invectives at the middle class that is being hunted to extinction by the current administration and the senate majority, we keep working to get the country on the right track and back to exceptionalism and prosperity. Why is there no outrage at the administration even entertaining instituting a 'no-fly zone' over Libya or the use of force on the ground by our Marines? What is the difference of the conditions between Iraq and Libya? Oh, the regressives approve of the use of force when it's their turn. Saddam was killing his people and there was no outrage by the regressives. Oh, Libya is more public. Over 500 metric tonnes of yellowcake and 500 rounds of chemical weapons were found in Iraq; while libya has yet to destroy any of the chem/bio weapons. Oh, but that's different.

Posted by: BeanerECMO | March 3, 2011 12:41 PM | Report abuse

beaner silly-me-man no one said the 'teabag' word 'cept you. No one in Iraq was air bombing peaceful protesters when the US invaded Iraq - the crimes charged against Saddam after that US invasion were all 10 or more years old. Different facts - all sad.

Posted by: frayedcat | March 3, 2011 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Wishful thinking by the "progressive" twits that write for the Post and their Wall Street allies. The Republican establishment pretends to speak for the Tea Party but they no more represent it than Gadaffi represents the Libyan people. Right noww, the Tea Party is turning it's attention to the two headed monster of government growth and spending and Free Trade, that silly global fuzzy minded one world Neomaxist nonsnese being spun by Obama and his funders on Wall Street and corporate board rooms.

Here's a genuine grass roots Tea Party idea. Let's have 50% across the board trade tariffs on all consumer imports except oil. Then, and especially since we have over 5 million unemployed US technology sector workers, let's put an end abrupt end to the H1-B and L-1 visas, round up every foreign national that has *ever* held one of those visas, and ship them home. At the same time, let's put an end to the H1-C visa and all of those new guest worker visas that are bringing in nurses and other medial professionals when we have a surplus of American nurses, x-ray technician, doctors graduating from our colleges and universities. (And let's stop allowing foreign national from being admitted to those school programs when American's are being turned away!) The 50% tariff will prevent companies from packing up and leaving and we can apply additional penalties on those that do, anyways, and use that money to spark the growth of small US companies in this country that employ American workers. We neither want nor need the bloated dead monstrosities of Microsoft, IBM, Goldman Sachs, Bank Of America, etc. They are predatory, they stifle innovation, and they caused the present depression. They are "too big to fail" and the Serman Antitrust Act should be brought out and used to break them up. Also, hasn't anyone noticed that the former Goldman Sachs crooks currently under indictment for insider trading and other crimes are Indian's! Let India keep it's own crooks. We don't want them! Let's starve Chinese and Indian junk right off our store shelves, eliminate their poisonous pharmaceuticals and dangerous children's toys from this country and spark the growth of millions of American jobs. The revenues from those tariffs and duties will pay off the federal debt in very short order. In fact, let's spark a trade war. It wont hurt us one bit. It will, in fact, help us because most of our economy is dependent upon domestic spending. China, Germany, India, should be begging for the privilege of selling their goods or services to this country -- make them pay, and pay dearly for that privilege. Likewise, let's stop the nonsense debate about illegal vs. legal immigration. Allow no immigrants that take jobs from US workers or that depress wages and benefits in this country, that result in billions of dollars of completely unnecessary educational and social services programs. Let's put America First. This is conservatism. ANYTHING else is lunacy

Posted by: mibrooks27 | March 3, 2011 12:56 PM | Report abuse

I actually agree with BeanerECMO. The left should stop using the "race card" as a strategy to defeat the Tea Party.

Certainly the Tea Party is motivated by race. However, the Tea Party's racial motivation is much more complex than simply stating it is due to a black president. This claim predisposes the definition of "race" is fixed and based on skill color and irrational fears. The formation of Tea Party ideology however was/is highly rational, it follows a stream of logic both in historical and contextual parameters. By furthering the "race card" attack at the Tea Party, the Tea Party only further entrenches itself in a victimization position (victimization from elites above who patronize them with charges of race and thus illegitimate from participating in the political sphere and from those below who lech off them through socialist progressive policies such as welfare/health care, etc.). Of course this identity may not pass the test of empirical reality but nevertheless it is an identity that can be articulated within the discourse of the current debate. Race plays a part in motivating the Tea Party but it plays a complex part beyond the standard thesis advocated on this blog discussion and with the current political debate. Moving away from the race card and figuring out how we can start a discourse that will link the struggles of the Tea Party to the struggles of the rest of the working class is the proper path for American success. To continue to patronize the Tea Party as a collection of racist is a losing message.

Posted by: grubbsbl | March 3, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse

As I have maintained for a long time, they were angry for 2 reasons:

1. They lost power, so now they are less angry;
2. They are still angry because the President is black.

Denial is fine, but proof actually works.

Posted by: AMviennaVA | March 3, 2011 12:08 PM
____________________________________________________________

I 2nd your thesis...

Posted by: Geopolitics1 | March 3, 2011 12:15 PM |

Excellent- very well stated.

Posted by: mm14 | March 3, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse

One poster commented that the tea party is still strong. I would really argue that the tea party is just a front for the Republican Party. Their rant doesn't support their reason. If they were created because they thought their government was corrupt, where were they when Bush and Cheney took us into a war based on lies? Where were they when Bush and Cheney allowed the Banks and Wall Street to rape our country and plunge this nation off the cliff financially? And if they were created to throw corrupt politicians out of office, why are the keep Republican crooks still there? They claim they are made up of both parties and their obvious voting record proves that they are the same liars that wrecked our country for eight years under Bush and the GOP.

Two days ago, the entire Republican House passed the subsidy or welfare check to the Oil Corporations and not on Tea Partier said no.

In two words, "you lie!"

Buyers remorse........

Come 2012, there will be a different outcome,

Barrack Obama will be reelected and the Democrats will regain the Senate and pick-up most of the House.

Why?

Where's the jobs Boehner and the Republicans promised during the 2010 election?

The only thing that is keeping this country floating is Obama's policies he enacted and the GOP has assimilated the tea party like the "Borg."

Where's the jobs? Where's the jobs? Where's the jobs?

New polls are showing that not even 6 months after the Republicans have taken control, the country has lost faith in their ability and are now having flashback of the Bush years.

Americans should be smarter than that but after 2010, you are what you eat.

Posted by: rbraun2000 | March 3, 2011 12:59 PM | Report abuse

12 years of Republican Policy of DeRegulation and the Bush Administration's ownership of the SEC at the time make the Republicans responsible for what they rail against, the Great Recession, hoping the fearful will forget what they have done and return them to power to do it all again.

Posted by: vigor | March 3, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

When the Republican/Tea Baggers take over the acountry, what a relief it will be to wake up one day and not care anymore about worker's rights, the environment, the future of US energy policy, defense policy, international relations, women's rights, etc.

Posted by: lyndee1 | March 3, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Of course he leads in the South. For one thing, the is a closet birther. Conservative southeners love that.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | March 3, 2011 1:23 PM | Report abuse

The teabaggers are calming down because now that they are in office they realize how STUPID their Bulls hit sounds.

Just for the record; the teabagger party is not a grass-roots organization. It is bought, paid for and directed by the GOP extremists. Only the members are stupid enough to not understand they are a bunch of puppets.

Posted by: xconservative | March 3, 2011 1:29 PM | Report abuse

The TEA PARTY does not dislike Obama because he is mixed race - I think the term used to be MULATTO. They dislike him because he hates AMERICA and white people. Plus he is a MARXIST - PROGRESSIVE - LEFTIST - COMMUNIST. His policies are putting this country in the DUMPS. But I know it is very hard for the LEFTISTs to keep race out of any conversation.

Posted by: wildbill925 | March 3, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

The idiots never had anything intelligent to say in the first place. Shutting the f.u.c.k. up is the only intelligent thing these illiterate red-necks ever did. Now, if they can convince their heroine Sarah Clown to do the same, the world will be a better place.

Posted by: analyst72 | March 3, 2011 1:40 PM | Report abuse

unlike the leftist, and union thug mobs whose anger grows by the day..

Posted by: wewintheylose1 | March 3, 2011 1:47 PM | Report abuse

analyst72 - Actualy.... every study of Tea Party demographics ever done shows them to be the best educated and most knowledgeble group in the country. The Democrats, on the other hand, get *most* of their support from people who haven't even graduated from high school (35%). Basically, it takes a complete dunce, a fool, an inbred hick, to support the Ponzi schemes of the Democrat's and their Wall Street bosses.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | March 3, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

If you don't make $1 MILLION per year and you vote Republican, YOU ARE A FOOL.

Period. End of story. Thank you and goodnight!

Posted by: ronnieandrush | March 3, 2011 2:07 PM | Report abuse

If you are not angry over the following, you're just clueless:
1. This year's deficit will be $1.6T.
2. Obama's deficits will total over $4.5T his first three years.
3. Obama refuses to provide leadership over the budget issue with even WaPo admitting he punted on HIS responsibility.
4. Gas prices have doubled since Obama was elected. His green energy plans have cut gas supplies and it will cost you.
5. Obama wants to raise $1B for his 2012 campaign. Yet, he claims lobbyists and big corp are evil. You have to be a moron to believe those funds come from internet donations.
6. Obama refuses to lead on any issue. He's added $1T a year to the gov't budget yet we're not seeing a serious rebound in the economy. Why? No confidence in Obama's policies.
7. Gov't is keeping interest rates so low, money is flowing into commodities and raising your food prices. If low interest rates caused the '08 crash, why is it the solution now?
8. Read about Germany in the 30s if you really want to understand the affects of fiscal irresponsibility. Their inflation and debt led to Hitler coming to power.
9. Germany and other European countries are running from a "big gov't" concept and looking at more capitalistic ideas. We're doing the opposite.
10. If you want to look at how gov't deficit cutting can work, look to Germany and Canada. Both dropped their spending and employment went higher.

Both parties need you to defend them at every opportunity. Hold them both accountable or we'll all be broke. And soon.

Posted by: Tostitos | March 3, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

If union workers and non-union workers become upset as result of actions in WI, IN, MI, OH, AL, NJ and FL what does that means for the Republican Party?

Posted by: samf911 | March 3, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

@frayedcat, look at calif-joe. But, don't let facts get in your way. Oh, BTW, Saddam was bombing Kurds using helos, but, again, don't let facts get in the way as they never do for regressives.

Posted by: BeanerECMO | March 3, 2011 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Just two months in the real world and all that "We gonna do this and whack that, and we gonna change the world" out the window! Just like that!

Either it was a ruse to get elected to be on the Public Payroll or pure ignorance of the workings of the Government.

Either way, the Tea Party Electees are not qualified to be in DC and must resign immediately. Provided they are not hypocrites and have a little wool.

Posted by: kishorgala | March 3, 2011 3:05 PM | Report abuse

They (Tea Party) just could not disguise their objective "I got mine, you can't have yours" very well.

So now they have joined the Mothership GOP and have become Teapublicans.

Posted by: kishorgala | March 3, 2011 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely LOVE mibrooks27's comments! Conservatism should now be about increasing government regulations and taxes? :) I'm going to have a lot of fun watching the Republican party splinter into shards over all their irreconcilable, whacko ideas.

Posted by: youba | March 3, 2011 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Wait a minute... Obama is still black isn't he? I thought THAT is what they were angry about!

I mean, that is what you guys keep telling us.

Posted by: aserwin | March 3, 2011 3:30 PM | Report abuse

The Teapublicans ran a wholly disingenuous 2010 campaign, which obviously had NOTHING to do with creating jobs, encouraging economic growth, replacing Health Care Reform with a viable alternative, or even reducing the debt/deficit in a serious manner. It's the disingenuous nature of the GOP agenda that really gets me.


If they were about solving serious problems and we disagreed on policy, that would be one thing. But as it stands now, it is obvious that they have no intention of acting in a serious manner. They are consumed with smacking Democrats as their ideological opposition and preventing Obama from getting any political wins. That is what drives them and it does nothing but actively undermine the country in which we all live.


The Teahadists are out to destroy our freedom and decades of policies to help the average hard working American. 2012 is payback time, and I can't wait.

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Posted by: DrainYou | March 3, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Well of course anger has subsided; the number and savagery of the attack ads run by the tea-bagger fronts and the rants by their sympathizers on Fox News has also waned. I'd like someone to correlate the amount of agitation by the media (however paid for) and the poll results. Betcha there's a direct connection. We're exceptional sheep.

Posted by: rewriter | March 3, 2011 4:20 PM | Report abuse

This type of article is predictable for such a progressive-biased paper like the Washington Post. But it's wishful thinking. I thought The Post would have waited a few months--but no! LOL. The Tea Party is very grass-roots organized, and very determined to fill the Senate with fiscally-conservative candidates. The ultimate goal--of course--is defeat this this inept, arrogant, politically-naive, and
radically-left wing President. All will come to pass. Starting in 2013, a more conservative nation will start to take shape. The Progressive movement is 'dead man walking'. They are finished. Trust me.

Posted by: pgreer1 | March 3, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Being angry just means you aren't thinking.

Posted by: OldUncleTom | March 3, 2011 5:24 PM | Report abuse

The so-called Tea Party is an astro-turf, corporate funded fake grass roots movement that responds to prodding from coporate pimps. When corporate pimps are ready for their Tea Bag bigot lackeys to get all bent out of shape about something, they need only to have Rupert Murdoch unleash his battalion of Fox faked News shills in another campaign of lies or racist stereotypes. Tea Baggers will act out like trained seals.

Tea Baggers are like little puppies to corporate pimps. When they want something out of them, they just squeeze their heads with lies and racist innuendo and the Tea Baggers respond on cue. Lapdogs for corporate pimps and the rich.

Posted by: DCSage | March 3, 2011 5:55 PM | Report abuse

"...The Tea Party is very grass-roots organized, ....."

Posted by: pgreer1 | March 3, 2011 4:38 PM
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You'll get one chance to correct the terms "grass-roots" and "organized."

Posted by: kishorgala | March 3, 2011 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Of course OldUncleTom!

Not thinking makes one angry. And being angry makes one not to think!

Tea Partiers got it covered both ways.

Posted by: kishorgala | March 3, 2011 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I'll bet my tea party kid is smarter than your public school kid.

Posted by: lingering_lead | March 3, 2011 6:19 PM | Report abuse

I'll bet my tea party kid is smarter than your public school kid.

Posted by: lingering_lead | March 3, 2011 6:19 PM
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I bet your kid is way smarter than you, too.

Posted by: kishorgala | March 3, 2011 7:19 PM | Report abuse

It's not hard to understand. At least some of the new Congress-people seem to be serious about what they said on the campaign and seem to be trying to do what they'd said they'd do. It's nowhere near enough but it's a pleasant 'change'.

Posted by: andrew23boyle | March 3, 2011 8:46 PM | Report abuse

We need a revolution in this country just like the recent one in Egypt, where we throw each and everyone of the damm crooks in Washington out ofoffice and get a brand new government.
WAKE UP PEOPLE, you must like bending over and getting f---ed all of the time by this government.

Posted by: JimW2 |


You do realize you are in violation of the US Code; Title 18; part 1; chapter 15; section 2385 don't you?

Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or the government of any State, Territory, District or Possession thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any such government...Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.

Don't answer the door dude.

Posted by: arancia12 | March 3, 2011 11:00 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Party was bought and paid for by Millionaires and Billionaires! The people that supported it was hood-winked.. and now there eyes are opening up.
So far the only people that are benefiting from the Tea Party and the New Republicans representatives are the very very well-to-do! Ordinary people got screwed!
New GOP 2012 Campaign Bumper Sticker!
Vote 2012 "Screw middle class America & give it all to the Top!"
or
Vote 2012 "Take from the poor and give it all to the rich!"
or
Vote GOP 2012! Screw the poor, Forget the Middle & Just Die Already!

Posted by: KBrustmeyer2003 | March 4, 2011 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Aaaahhhhhh....the feel of lobbbyists' money in their back pockets have made them docile.
It even makes their black president seem somehow less harmful somehow.

Posted by: Sherry91 | March 4, 2011 10:54 AM | Report abuse

My, my, my! For those on the left that would give up their freedoms to some elite class is unAmerican.

Those that favor the Tea Party message want less government control and more freedom to live without the "One Size Fits All" message from D.C. and the left. Just look at who the Union leaders are in bed with. Socialist, Communist, Islamist.(Look at the banners at these protests to confirm this. Even the Union in Wisconsin has changed it logo to resemble the International Socialist Organization.) This will not turn out well as these forms of gov't have failed and have been brutal in their control over the masses and Totally, in stark contrast to our Constitution.

Some of us feel we have left our foundation based on Freedom instead of Control.

You are right about one thing. BHO has very little history in this country and what he has written, he leans toward "his Marxist Friends". For most, the color of his skin is not an/the issue, but, his policies.

In America, Gov't does not control its citizens, but, it's the citizens that control the gov't. After the 9 month debacal called Health Care, we saw how those that have been in power believe they know what's best for us and will do whatever they decide. That worked out real well for Dem's in the 2010 elections.

Our Forefathers were looking for Citizen Patriots to serve in Gov't, not, people that go to D.C. and feel omnipowerful to enrich their own pockets. (Amazingly, those in power increased their net worth while the rest of us lost during the Recession???)

You are right about one thing. Those middle class taxpayers end up with the bill to benefit everyone else.

I will close by saying that if those sent to D.C. to change and restore our Republic, and don't follow our message to reduce spending and the size of Gov't, they will be sent packing, just like the Rep & Dem's they replaced.

SILENT NO MORE!

Posted by: leasador | March 4, 2011 11:50 AM | Report abuse

The TEA PARTY does not dislike Obama because he is mixed race - I think the term used to be MULATTO. They dislike him because he hates AMERICA and white people. Plus he is a MARXIST - PROGRESSIVE - LEFTIST - COMMUNIST. His policies are putting this country in the DUMPS. But I know it is very hard for the LEFTISTs to keep race out of any conversation.

Posted by: wildbill925 | March 3, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Yeah, it is hard to keep race out of it when one keeps reading racist post like yours. The problem is, the people whining about the left pulling the race card seem to be too ignorant to understand that their comments are racist.

Posted by: catmomtx | March 5, 2011 12:28 PM | Report abuse

My, my, my! For those on the left that would give up their freedoms to some elite class is unAmerican.

Those that favor the Tea Party message want less government control and more freedom to live without the "One Size Fits All" message from D.C. and the left. Just look at who the Union leaders are in bed with. Socialist, Communist, Islamist.Posted by: leasador | March 4, 2011 11:50 AM |

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Oh, for goodness sakes! You can't be serious!

It is Republican Governors of Wisconsin and Ohio who are trying to take away public employees freedom of choice, the freedom to negotiate what is in their best interest.

Less government??? Are you serious, then perhaps Republicans need to stay out of people's bedrooms and stay out of a woman's right to chose.

Republicans and tea party people want everyone in this country to follow along with their narrow minded views and most of their views involve inserting the government they claim to hate into the lives of the American people when it comes to enforcing their narrow minded views.

I never understood why people would elect someone to a government they have professed to hate. The only thing that can come from that is those people destroying the government. And! That is exactly what they seem hell bent on doing. What most of these people haven't bargained for is how much the American people really depend on government services. But, we'll see as soon as the programs that they and their families have been relying on are cut and they are no longer able to receive the benefits,then they'll start whining.

It is so sad because Republicans started out demonizing people and programs. They have done everything they could to make you believe the President of the United States hates this country and is trying to destroy it. WHY?? Why would he put himself and his family through all of this just to destroy this country? Makes no sense. They then started on Public employees and unions. Now they have people insulting their children's teachers, the police and fire departments and everyone else that keeps their city operating. Republicans have demonized programs like Planned Parenthood, food stamps, Medicaid, Head Start. Republicans have banked on people being too stupid to understand how these programs work and who they actually service. See, they have convinced some of you that only shiftless, lazy minorities ans illegals benefit from these programs. You go along with it until you can no longer access the programs that you too have been relying on. But go ahead and allow them to destroy the safety nets our country has. Hope you will be happy when that gap between the uber rich and what was once the middle class gets bigger and bigger.

Posted by: catmomtx | March 5, 2011 1:04 PM | Report abuse

That's why anger only gets you so far. The problem with the Tea Party is that's all they're based on.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | March 7, 2011 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Don't worry. By Oct 2012 they will be angry again. The GOP will see to it. Thats all they have going for them; anger, hate, and fear.

Posted by: GabsDaD | March 7, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

It's hard to sustain that kind of anger for long. The rhetoric gets people worked up initially, and they like that self-righteous feeling so they're going to feed on more of the same. But eventually you have to go back to real life, working and paying the bills and dealing with unemployments, medical bills, etc. Once reality starts seeping in, so do the doubts. You start wondering about all the things that weren't said in the rhetoric, what the words really mean, and what was ignored because it didn't fit the message. And once you start wondering, facts trickle in and make you think twice.

To be sure, some still prefer the anger, the rhetoric, the emotional high. But most people, given time, are smarter than that. Most people will have second thoughts. And that's what's happening now. The high is over and they are now faced with the things that are endangered, things that actually effect them, not just "other people, over there". History teaches this lesson over and over again. It's a pity that so many people slept through that class.

Posted by: cb11 | March 3, 2011 12:24 PM | Report abuse -
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Sounds more like the union pukes in WI than the tea party.

Posted by: steelers01 | March 9, 2011 10:55 PM | Report abuse

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