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The Tea Party Movement and 2012

From Power Line:

In view of the success the Tea Party Express has enjoyed in the Republican candidate selection process this year, it’s worth asking how that movement might influence the selection of a Republican nominee for president in 2012. Here are some preliminary thoughts:

1. The Republican presidential field is likely to be crowded in 2012, with at least as many plausible-to-strong contenders as it contained in 2008. If nothing else, the perception of Obama’s vulnerability will likely attract most, if not all, of the widely-mentioned candidates, plus others who may not be on most people’s radar.

2. In a crowded field, a candidate can become the front-runner by capturing around one-third of the vote in early primaries. John McCain did it in 2008 with 38 percent in New Hampshire (where, if I recall correctly, Rudy Giuliani did not actively campaign and Fred Thompson barely participated), 33 percent in South Carolina, 36 percent in Florida, and 30 percent in Michigan (where he finished second).

3. There may well be states in which a candidate could make major headway towards these kinds of numbers on just the strength of a unified Tea Party movement.

Read the rest at Power Line.

New Tea Party theme song?

From Hot Air:

This song actually has two story lines. First, the song is well done, especially if you like honky-tonk country music. Given the lack of flexibility in Obamanomics, it’s starting to look like Barack Obama only has one tool in the economic toolbox. It would not surprise me a bit to hear this played in Tea Party events all over the country:

On the other hand, the songwriter needs a better distribution strategy. Bryan Glover, a 26-year-old middle-school football coach, decided to share his creation with parents of his students. Bad idea (via Doug Powers at the Boss Emeritus’ blog):

A Tennessee middle school football coach is looking to the future after his termination for alleged political incorrectness.

Twenty-six-year-old Bryan Glover is a Christian who co-wrote a song called “When You’re Holding a Hammer, Everything Looks Like a Nail,” which takes a dig at the current administration and what he believes to be the wrong moves for the U.S. He sent a link to his song to everyone in his personal e-mail inbox, which included parents from Grassland Middle School, where he coached football.

“An hour-and-a-half after sending out the e-mail, I got the phone call from the head coach saying that he had had complaints from parents; he was told to fire me,” the former coach accounts.

He notes that he was surprised by the allegations against him.

“When the coach first called me, he said his phone was blown up with parents saying that I was being politically incorrect — quote, unquote — if you will, and that some of them were even reading into racial overtones in the song,” Glover explains.

But he points out that the lyrics make no direct or indirect reference to race.

No, it doesn’t mention anything at all about race, ethnicity, or religion. The song focuses on the economy and health care, and Obama’s penchant for blaming his predecessor for, well, everything:

When the stuff hits the fan, they say, “Don’t look at me,

If you got trouble, blame 43!”

Glover should have known better than to get parents’ e-mail addresses for political commentary.  It doesn’t make any difference who the employer is; unless it’s an explicitly political organization, companies don’t want their employees spending their time debating politics.  They especially don’t want employees using their resources to make political statements to customers, and for a school, parents (and students) are the customers.  They no more appreciate political missives from conservatives than they do from liberals.  It makes little difference whether he sent it from his personal e-mail or not, as the addresses of the parents almost certainly came from the school’s system.

Hopefully, he finds work soon, and in the meantime, visit his website to express any appreciation you may have for the song.  I’d guess that he has a career in Nashville after this clever debut, even if the rollout was not as adept as Glover would have hoped.

Failing Dems try to “F” the Tea Party Movement

From RedState:

This morning I received a disgusting email from Trevor FitzGibbon of signed by Erica Payne ( founder and president of some entity called The Agenda Project. According to Politico’s Ben Smith, this is a so-called “progressive group with roots in New York’s fundraising scene.”

The sophomoric email asked me to suspend civility:

Set aside your good manners, your tolerance, your measured
understanding of policy differences, and your earnest do-gooder ideas
for a [sic.] just a moment to join me in telling the Tea Party what you really
think of them.

The email proudly announces that the “F*ck Tea Movement” was launched at Netroots, a.k.a. Nutroots, and was a “major presence” at the College Dems’ annual convention. Enough from these defenders of civil discourse. You get the picture.

As most RedStaters understand, the Tea Party is a popular grass roots movement of Americans so offended by the efforts Obama and his leftwing supporters to lurch the country far to the left that they have taken to politics. They are as mad as hell and aren’t going to take it any more. Because of this the Tea Party movement is perceived as a threat to those pushing Obama’s extremist agenda.

As they did when threatened by the elevation of Governor Sarah Palin to the national stage, Democrats have resorted to demonization to attempt to discredit the Tea Party movement and remove the threat.

Read the rest at RedState.

The Tea Party: What’s Its Role?

From Power Line:

The Tea Party movement is one of the most positive developments in American politics in a long time. Entirely grass-roots, it is loosely (if at all) organized, consists largely of people who are new to political activism, and favors a return to fiscal sanity and constitutional principles. What’s not to like? Perhaps this: some Tea Party activists may put too much emphasis on amateur status.

This is a corollary of a “throw the bums out” mentality. There are two problems with this time-honored slogan. The first is that they aren’t all bums. Some activists are too prone to lump Republicans and Democrats together, condemn all incumbents, and ignore the critically important differences between the parties. The fact is that most Republicans in Congress, and possibly a few Democrats, are fiscal conservatives. They aren’t bums, they are just outnumbered. They need to be reinforced, not thrown out.

The second problem with a “throw the bums out” mentality is that it takes a good candidate to defeat an incumbent, even an incumbent bum. And, while there are exceptions to nearly every rule, good candidates, at the level we are talking about, are generally not beginners.

We can illustrate the point by reference to two people who are prominent in the Tea Party movement: Sharron Angle and Michele Bachmann. Angle, the Tea Party candidate, won the Republican nomination for the Nevada Senate seat now held by Harry Reid, in a huge upset. But she has now come under heavy attack and trails Reid in the polls, despite Reid’s unpopularity.

Read the rest at Power Line.

NAACP President Tries to Weasel His Way Out of Controversial Attack on Tea Party Patriots

From Big Government:

NAACP President Ben Jealous just tried to weasel his way out of the unpopular, controversial, and obviously political resolution passed at the organization’s convention this week. The former civil rights group attacked and smeared the tea party patriots at their convention in Kansas City.

The Politico reported, via Free Republic:

NAACP President Ben Jealous said Thursday that the resolution passed by the group on Wednesday does not call the tea party “racist.”

The resolution the NAACP approved Wednesday at its annual conference in Kansas City alleges that the tea party has used racial epithets against President Barack Obama and has verbally and physically abused African-American members of Congress.

 A portion of the resolution does indeed characterize the behavior as “racist,” but Jealous said Thursday during an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the resolution was not intended to condemn the entire movement as such.

“We aren’t saying that the tea party is racist,” Jealous said. “What we’re saying is that with their increasing power comes an increasing responsibility to act responsibly…and to call out when they see those things on those signs.”

Jealous argued that racist groups have embraced the tea party movement and said that what the NAACP would like to see one of the movements leaders – whether it be former House Majority Leader Dick Armey or former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin – denounce those elements of the tea party.

“These sort of KKK type groups saying they like the tea party and want to be a part of it, it would just seem someone would call out and say we don’t want them to be a part of it,” he said.

Asked if he thought members of the tea party are racially insensitive, Jealous responded: “No, not at all.”

Unfortunately for Jealous, that is not what was reported on their awful resolution.
The KC Star reported:

The resolution, scheduled for a vote as early as Tuesday by delegates attending the annual NAACP convention in Kansas City, calls upon “all people of good will to repudiate the racism of the Tea Parties, and to stand in opposition to its drive to push our country back to the pre-civil rights era.”

Jealous better start getting his facts straight. You can’t have it both ways, Ben.

For the record… The former civil rights group does not even have the courage to post their resolution online.
How weak.

The NAACP leftists really ought to clean up their own racist mess before they start pointing fingers.

Simple Logic Defies Tea Party ‘Racist’ Label

From Big Government:

The assertion that the Tea Party is “racist” is not only unsupported by facts, it is also an assertion that is impossible to determine.  The simple application of reason — a shocking request to make for those too ideologically rigid to see straight — proves this out.

Even assuming the most liberal definition of the word “racist”, we must ask how an entire set of people can be proclaimed to be racist.  For starters, is there some percentage threshold that any group must cross to be branded “racist”?  The question itself is absurd, so we rightly dismiss it.  Likewise, if even a single African-American is supportive of or, God Forbid, a member of the Tea Party, does that negate the racism assertion?  Or does it brand that unfortunate soul an “Uncle Tom”? Again, the questions are absurd.

Read the rest at Big Government.

We Will Not Be Silenced! St. Louis Tea Party Passes Resolution Condemning NAACP Racism

From Big Government:

We Will Not Be Silenced

Last year the Pelosi-Obama regime passed the most irresponsible and damaging piece of legislation in American history – the Trillion Dollar Stimulus Bill. They dumped a trillion dollars into a government sink hole with the promise that they would create jobs. We knew better. We were afraid for our families and our country. We were outraged and took to the streets. We spoke out. We came out. We protested the elites.

We will not be silenced.

On April 15th of last year we met in cities across this great nation. We protested the reckless spending, the record deficit, the bailouts, the careless decisions being made by this radical Administration and Congress. We came out in force, hundreds of thousands of us. We stood as one.

We will not be silenced.

We shocked the elites. We shocked the radicals and extremists. They couldn’t believe that we were speaking out. This wasn’t their plan. They knew they had to react and they lashed out at us. They called us mobsters, Nazis, radicals, and racists. They beat us, and smashed us in the face and bit off fingers. They wanted us to pipe down; to be good little drones as they continued to wreak havoc across this great nation with their radical agenda. But, we gathered on street corners and met them at town halls.

We will not be silenced.

They rammed through radical piece after radical piece of legislation. They took over whole industries. Their thirst for power was never quenched. They ignored the nation’s unemployment and instead focused on the next industry they could takeover and control. We organized and marched on Washington. Hundreds of thousands of us. They lied about our numbers.

We will not be silenced.

In January they rammed through their nationalized health care plan. They lied to us. They said it would save us money. It won’t. They said it would not cover abortion. It did. They said your insurance plan won’t change. It will. We met them in Washington. And their state-run media lied about us and made up stories that we were racists. Despite proof they continue this lie today. But…

We will not be silenced.

Today they reach a new low. The far left NAACP will pass a resolution calling us racists. We are hurt. We are angry. We are upset with this horrible lie.

We will not be silenced.

Not now. Not ever.

The St. Louis Tea Party Coalition passed a resolution last night condemning the racist attacks by the NAACP and the democratic-media complex.

St. Louis Tea Party Coalition Resolution
July 12, 2010

Whereas, the National Coalition for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded to advance the position of minority groups, and

Whereas a hallmark of the NAACP has been to do the important work of identifying and exposing remaining vestiges of racism and discrimination, and

Whereas the NAACP vocally stands against the discriminatory and harmful practice of labeling people with a broad brush, and

Whereas the NAACP decided to launch their 101st National Convention with a resolution condemning the Tea Party movement and labeling millions of their fellow Americans who subscribe to the movement as “racists”, and

Whereas the “Tea Party movement” is a label applied to patriotic Americans who have expressed their political free speech in the grand tradition of all that is American, that being the spirited expression of viewpoints in a 100% peaceful manner, and

Whereas, it is a hallmark of America that we settle our disputes civilly and avoid the gutter tactic of attempting to silence opponents by inflammatory name-calling, and
Whereas the very term “racist” has diminished meaning due to its overuse by political partisans including members of the NAACP, and

Whereas, the NAACP had an opportunity to preserve some semblance of legitimacy by standing up for Ken Gladney, the victim of a vicious racist battery conducted by a black avowed communist, even labeling him an “Uncle Tom”, but chose instead to use the opportunity to mock the St. Louis Tea Party, and

Whereas, the NAACP has refused to denounce the New Black Panther’s call to murder white cops and their babies, and

Whereas, the NAACP does its entire membership a grave disservice by hypocritically engaging in the very conduct it purports to oppose,

Now therefore be it resolved that the St. Louis Tea Party condemns the NAACP for lowering itself to the dishonorable position of a partisan political attack dog organization, and,

Be it further resolved that the St. Louis Tea Party calls on similar organizations to join in unanimous condemnation of this despicable behavior, and

Be it further resolved that we demand that the NAACP withdrawal their bigoted, false and inflammatory resolution against the tea party for any further consideration, and

Be it further resolved that these organizations call on the Internal Revenue Service to evenly apply their standards and consider the tax-exempt status of the NAACP considering the degree to which they are engaging in habitual partisan political behavior.

Adopted unanimously, this day, July 12th, in the year of our Lord, 2010.

A copy of this resolution shall be sent immediately to the NAACP at:

We will not be silenced.

Radical NAACP Leftists Propose Resolution Condemning Tea Party Racists

From Big Govenment:

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). the radical leftist group that labels black conservatives “Uncle Toms”, proposed a resolution at their 101st Annual Convention this weekend condemning the “tea party racists.” This far left organization will vote on the resolution Tuesday at their national meeting.

A racist NAACP leader recently attacked black conservative Kenneth Gladney for being “kissed on the forehead, by a European.”

Kenneth Gladney, who was injured in a scuffle at a health forum on Aug. 6, is greeted by well-wishers, including Jeff Tatum, during a protest Aug. 8 in St. Louis. The demonstration was held by members of the St. Louis Tea Party. (Robert Cohen/P-D)

The Kansas City Star reported, via Free Republic:

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will propose a resolution this week condemning racism within the tea party movement.

The resolution, scheduled for a vote as early as Tuesday by delegates attending the annual NAACP convention in Kansas City, calls upon “all people of good will to repudiate the racism of the Tea Parties, and to stand in opposition to its drive to push our country back to the pre-civil rights era.”

NAACP leaders said the resolution was necessary to make people aware of what they believe is a racist element within the tea party movement.

 “I think a lot of people are not taking the tea party movement seriously, and we need to take it seriously,” said Anita Russell, head of the Kansas City chapter of the NAACP. “We need to realize it’s really not about limited government.”

Russell said she was “pretty certain” the resolution would pass.

What happened to this once respected organization?

Online Training for Tea Party Activists

From RedState:

There are quite a few great opportunities for committed Tea Party activists to study and develop the skills needed to win elections. Erick’s been talking about and supporting American Majority; and Ned Ryun has a great diary here at RedState.

Let me commend to you another great partnership: the Leadership Institute and Tea Party Patriots. LI has launched Morton Blackwell has taken decades of solid, proven techniques and made them easily accessible to so many new activists. In short: this kicks quite a lot of ass and can make a difference on the ground – immediately.

You should read Morton’s RedState post that introduces not just the training program, but also offers his perspective as a Conservative and Republican grassroots leader on the current state of political affairs. In short: he kicks quite a lot of ass, too.

(Have I mentioned that I’ve allowed far too much time to pass without becoming a regular LI donor. Time to fix that.)

Guess What, We’re the Normal Ones

From Moonbattery:

Tea Partiers are more in line with the American Mainstream than the people who bash them.

Gallup surveryed Tea Party supporters, opponents, and neutrals in order to find out what issues matter most to them. And despite the media’s portrayal of Tea Party activists as bigots, it turns out that there is little difference between all three groups on the importance of addressing discrimination.

…The differences are worth noting, however. On federal debt, 61% of Tea Party supporters consider it an “extremely serious threat,” as do 44% of neutrals. For both groups, however, it is the top concern. Among opponents, it ties for fifth place with terrorism. Healthcare costs come in first for opponents, with 33% of them selecting it as an “extremely serious threat” to future American wellbeing. It comes in tied for fifth with immigration among Tea Party supporters — but more of them select it as an extremely serious threat, at 41%. Terrorism comes in at #2 for Tea Party supporters and neutrals, putting them essentially on the same page, and making a good argument that it isn’t the Tea Party that’s out of the mainstream, but its opponents…

 Or to put it in a way even more calculated to make the Haterade-drinkers go nutzoid, Glenn Beck listeners are closer to the mainstream of American political thought than readers of Media Matters, the Huffington Post, and Think Progress.

I always thought it odd that the Tea Parties — a movement ostensibly for fiscal responsibility and limited government — evokes such visceral hatred in its opponents. One can only assume that the other side really, really is committed to reckless spending and massive government.

God Bless America

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