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June 27, 2014, 12:09:09 PM
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I think Zolace has made some good points and has expressed them without anger. I don't think I will be running to join the Tea party anytime soon but his views along with bones deserve thinking about.

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June 27, 2014, 12:14:24 PM
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I think Zolace has made some good points and has expressed them without anger. I don't think I will be running to join the Tea party anytime soon but his views along with bones deserve thinking about.
For that many millions of our Tea Party Supporters are truly grateful. You have proven yourself as a Rabid, Radical, Extremist, Collectivist Liberal FOOL! We, SO thankfully welcome your absence!Anyone who claims to 'speak for the party', doesn't.

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June 27, 2014, 12:16:08 PM
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I think Zolace has made some good points and has expressed them without anger. I don't think I will be running to join the Tea party anytime soon but his views along with bones deserve thinking about.
Thank you.
You can't really 'run to join the tea party' because there is no where to run to.  There is no headquarters, no address, no leader, no spokesman... nothing.  If you agree with some or all of the platform, you are as much a part of the movement as anyone else is.  If you fancy a little more organization, there are local groups across the country but most of us don't bother.

Happily, there are no dues, no dress code, no secret hand shake or anything else.  Just support politicians who at least claim they want to repay the debt, or butt out of other nations wars, or stop snooping upon the entire world... that sort of thing.  Doesn't matter if they claim to be democrat or republican or green or libertarian or Pastafarian.

When they inevitably betray you, and they will, you abandon them and vote for someone else next time.

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June 27, 2014, 06:02:06 PM
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I think Zolace has made some good points and has expressed them without anger. I don't think I will be running to join the Tea party anytime soon but his views along with bones deserve thinking about.
Thank you.
You can't really 'run to join the tea party' because there is no where to run to.  There is no headquarters, no address, no leader, no spokesman... nothing.  If you agree with some or all of the platform, you are as much a part of the movement as anyone else is.  If you fancy a little more organization, there are local groups across the country but most of us don't bother.

Happily, there are no dues, no dress code, no secret hand shake or anything else.  Just support politicians who at least claim they want to repay the debt, or butt out of other nations wars, or stop snooping upon the entire world... that sort of thing.  Doesn't matter if they claim to be democrat or republican or green or libertarian or Pastafarian.

When they inevitably betray you, and they will, you abandon them and vote for someone else next time.
I see that you only listed part of what the tea party or libertarians stand for.  Libertarians believe in open borders according to their platform. But according to what has been posted on this board is the idea that we should take away the safety net for many people in this country and I guess just let them starve.  And someone can say that isn't radical. I guess it would only be radical if the republicans and their guns just went out and shot those little kids with extended bellies.

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June 28, 2014, 08:26:47 AM
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However bad the current system is, it is still better than one party dictatorship.


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June 29, 2014, 03:29:20 PM
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Political parties are not necessary but it would be wrong to outright ban them. Parties are essentially a (large) group of people who share the same kinds of political beliefs. If you agree with two or three crazy liberal views then you likely agree with Democrats on most political issues. The same is  true with conservative issues and Republicans.

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June 29, 2014, 04:11:35 PM
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Are political parties necessary? Yes they are! Because people need to believe that their opinions are important
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July 02, 2014, 03:31:06 PM
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My concern is primarily the debt, lit., followed by perpetual war and the perpetual welfare state.

Given that the national debt is primarily caused by two badly designed federal programs and presidents having little to do but play with the military, you can choose to interpret that as 'yanking the 'safety net', if you wish.

Seniors are, demographically speaking, the wealthiest of all Americans... yet they get welfare and medical paid for out of the pockets of the poor-est.

That's just stupid.

And allowing presidents to keep us in perpetual war...

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July 02, 2014, 03:36:30 PM
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I think Zolace has made some good points and has expressed them without anger. I don't think I will be running to join the Tea party anytime soon but his views along with bones deserve thinking about.
Thank you.
You can't really 'run to join the tea party' because there is no where to run to.  There is no headquarters, no address, no leader, no spokesman... nothing.  If you agree with some or all of the platform, you are as much a part of the movement as anyone else is.  If you fancy a little more organization, there are local groups across the country but most of us don't bother.

Happily, there are no dues, no dress code, no secret hand shake or anything else.  Just support politicians who at least claim they want to repay the debt, or butt out of other nations wars, or stop snooping upon the entire world... that sort of thing.  Doesn't matter if they claim to be democrat or republican or green or libertarian or Pastafarian.

When they inevitably betray you, and they will, you abandon them and vote for someone else next time.
I see that you only listed part of what the tea party or libertarians stand for.  Libertarians believe in open borders according to their platform. But according to what has been posted on this board is the idea that we should take away the safety net for many people in this country and I guess just let them starve.  And someone can say that isn't radical. I guess it would only be radical if the republicans and their guns just went out and shot those little kids with extended bellies.
The answer to the abuse of government officials--not "gummint" because "gummint" isn't a single entity--but the problem of government officials abusing their power is to remove them, not the power.

Each and everyone of you  has the power through your vote to control those who govern you. YOU choose to exercise that power poorly. THen you blame "gummint" for the people YOU choose to put into office.

Take a look at your Senators and Reps. All of us on these boards vote, when's the last time you voted third party? I always do, I expect there are also others. But still your reps keep on getting elected. Well, the people get the government they deserve, and if all they deserve is kleptocracy, then that's what they'll get. Southerners who vote against a Senator who lost a leg in the service of his country because they're persuaded by a commercial of him in a turban put out by his opponent, lol, these people get exactly what they deserve.

DON'T blame it on gummint. Put the blame squarely where it belongs: people who don't do their duty as sovereign citizens to exercise their franchise with care and intelligence.

But the answer is not to say, "well, since some factories will bribe some congressmen to give them a pass, might as well just let ALL companies dump their cancer causing chemicals into the Love Canal."

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July 02, 2014, 03:51:58 PM
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Of course we all want "constitutional" government. Some of us just aren't stupid enough to think that our reading of the Constitution is the only one that matters.

All of us want to cut out "wasteful" spending or "failed programs". The sticking point is what is wasteful and what is failed.

All of us want a "strong" defense but all of us all want not to "overspend" on the military. We never actually bother to define the terms.

We all want "limited" government--limited to exactly what we think it should and shouldn't do.

The problem with the Teabaggers is that they assume they are presenting a viewpoint that hasn't been presented before, but in fact, their goals are the same as all Americans' goals. The idea that presenting those goals as a "platform" is politically meaningful is moronic because the concepts are common to all Americans, with the execution being the sticking points.

And the execution the Teabaggers offer is, as we know, pretty moronic. Americans want limited government, yes, but they don't define "limited" as "allowing the corporations to poison our water supply."

So, no, the Teabaggers offer no third party alternative, nor do their moronic acolytes on this board, because they're not offering anything that other Americans don't already believe their OWN philosophy does. Of course Democrats believe t hat they're operating within Constitutional bounds. Of course Republicans believe they're not wasting money when we spend more on defense than the rest of the the world combined.

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July 02, 2014, 03:58:33 PM
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Of course we all want "constitutional" government. Some of us just aren't stupid enough to think that our reading of the Constitution is the only one that matters.

All of us want to cut out "wasteful" spending or "failed programs". The sticking point is what is wasteful and what is failed.

All of us want a "strong" defense but all of us all want not to "overspend" on the military. We never actually bother to define the terms.

We all want "limited" government--limited to exactly what we think it should and shouldn't do.

The problem with the Teabaggers is that they assume they are presenting a viewpoint that hasn't been presented before, but in fact, their goals are the same as all Americans' goals. The idea that presenting those goals as a "platform" is politically meaningful is moronic because the concepts are common to all Americans, with the execution being the sticking points.

And the execution the Teabaggers offer is, as we know, pretty moronic. Americans want limited government, yes, but they don't define "limited" as "allowing the corporations to poison our water supply."

So, no, the Teabaggers offer no third party alternative, nor do their moronic acolytes on this board, because they're not offering anything that other Americans don't already believe their OWN philosophy does. Of course Democrats believe t hat they're operating within Constitutional bounds. Of course Republicans believe they're not wasting money when we spend more on defense than the rest of the the world combined.
Following Rick Santelli giving birth to our Tea Party Movement, some of our Facilitators sent out an extensive poll of many American issues, asking people to prioritize them. What came back was overwhelming support for Fiscal Conservatism with social issues beneath them. The Facilitators tallied them and took the top ten items, and made those our objectives, and the elements upon which we base all that we do nationally.

The local Tea Party Groups are free to add any items they wish since we are a Movement and not a party. We do NOT have any Gun/Immigration/EnviroNazi/or any NON-Fiscal goals in our agenda, just simple Fiscal sanity by returning to compliance with our Constitution as it states.

Thus, our goals for the next few decades or more will continue to be these, nationally:
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Tea Party's 10-point "Contract From America":
1. Protect the Constitution: Require each bill to identify the specific provision of the Constitution that gives Congress the power to do what the bill does.

2. Reject Cap and Trade: Stop costly new regulations that would increase unemployment, raise consumers prices, and weaken the nation's global competitiveness with virtually no impact on global temperatures.

3. Demand a Balanced Budget: Begin the Constitutional amendment process to require a balanced budget with a two-thirds majority needed for any tax hike.

4. Enact Fundamental Tax Reform: Adopt a simple and fair single-rate tax system by scrapping the internal revenue code and replacing it with one that is no longer than 4,543 words—the length of the original Constitution.

5. Restore Fiscal Responsibility and Constitutionally Limited Government in Washington: Create a Blue Ribbon task force that engages in a complete audit of federal agencies and programs, assessing their Constitufc tionality, and identifying duplication, waste, ineffectiveness, and agencies and programs better left for the states or local authorities, or ripe for wholes sale reform or elimination due to our efforts to restore limited government consistent with the U.S. Constitution's meaning.

6. End Runaway Government Spending: Impose a statutory cap limiting the annual growth in total federal spending to the sum of the inflation rate plus the percentage of population growth.

7. De-Fund, Repeal, and Replace Government-Run Health Care: De-fund, repeal, and replace the recently passed government-run health care with a system that actually makes health care and insurance more affordable by enabling a competitive, open, and transparent free-market health; care and health insurance system that isn't restricted by state boundaries.

8. Pass an "All-of-the-Above" Energy Policy: Authorize the explora? tion of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources from unstable countries and reduce regulatory barriers to all other forms of energy creation, lowering prices and creating competition and jobs.

9. Stop the Pork: Place a moratorium on all earmarks until the budget is balanced, and then require a two-thirds majority to pass any earmark,

10. Stop the Tax Hikes: Permanently repeal all tax hikes, including those to the income, capital gains and death taxes, currently scheduled to begin in 2011
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Teabaggers offer no third party alternative
True, we do not intend to become a political party, merely to continue as a national Movement, electing specific members of Congress and the Senate working ever toward these ten objectives. Each person we elect will naturally be a complete person with personal positions on Gun/Immigration/EnviroNazi/and other NON-Fiscal goals. We neither ask nor do we care what their Social positions are so long as their government fiscal values align with our ten points.

It is HIGHLY motivational and energizing for our Supporters that the Radicals and Extremists in BOTH parties keep our Movement on the minds of all Americans with their constant and repetitive attacks. The Collectivist Liberals are actually our Tea Party PR Department, and they are doing a WONDERFUL job for our causes!

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July 02, 2014, 04:02:32 PM
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And the execution the Teabaggers offer is, as we know, pretty moronic. Americans want limited government, yes, but they don't define "limited" as "allowing the corporations to poison our water supply."

Doesn't help when you have teabaggers like Michelle Bachmann calling for smaller government when her own family has benefited from government aid  Grin

A counseling clinic run by her husband has received nearly $30,000 from the state of Minnesota whilst her family farm in Wisconsin received nearly $260,000 in federal farm subsidies.


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July 02, 2014, 04:07:03 PM
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The tea party movement is actually more popular than congress.
Which isn't saying much, I'll grant you.  Given, however, the hatred directed at us from most of the media and nearly all sitting politicians... we've managed to accomplish quite a lot.
Consider the possibility that some part of our success is directly due to the attacks from all these discredited scum. Many Americans would believe Assad and Putin, even Obama before they beieve See BS!

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July 02, 2014, 05:38:16 PM
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The public perception of parties in young or established democracies doesn’t differ that much either. But like them or not, modern representative democracy cannot do without political parties.

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