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Open Thread: National Tea Party Convention Kicks Off Today in Nashville

What's being billed as the first national Tea Party convention begins Thursday in Nashville. It's an attempt to bring together various groups that have protested the federal stimulus package and the attempt to overhaul health care. The organization hosting the event is "for-profit," and that has turned off some Tea Party supporters.

Short interview on NPR

Sarah Palin's USA Today Op Ed

This is a phenomenon that we should keep our eye on to understand and learn from. Please post your comments, links & perspectives below.

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Why doesn't Ron Paul come out and tell the media that this

Tea Party is not his Tea Party. Maybe that is why they have given him so much attention... because he has yet to make a statement about this.

We have to have a money bomb and get RP to back it to bring the Tea Party back to us!

in a collectivist system people have collectivist ears and somehow one Neo-Con can speak for each of us.

A true flower can not blossom without sunlight and a true man can not live without love.

This on Yahoo front page `Tea

This on Yahoo front page
`Tea party' activists eagerly await Palin's words

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100206/ap_on_el_ge/us_palin_s_p...

"Tea Party Activists Invest in Barf Bags"

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Ron Paul "Sign Wave Across the USA" -- November 5th!

Awesome!! Who's all invited?

Dr. Paul? Mr. Schiff? Rand Paul? Tom Woods? Lew Rockwell? Probably just bunches and bunches of liberty candidates I bet!

Oh wait...Sarah Palin...Tancredo...oh brother...

"Tea Party Co-Founder Blasts Mainstream GOP Imitators"

"At some point, reality began piercing my passion. The tea party boat started becoming a wagon of whiners. Propelled by the moving mouths on TV and the talking heads of such ironically named organizations such as the “American Family Association” (one must agree that for an admitted adulterer with three ex-wives heading the AFA is ironic, right?), the movement lost its focus. No longer were tea partiers upset with the bipartisan corruption in Washington D.C., they are mad at the socialists communists Hitler-like Democrats. No longer did Constitutionalism mean respecting the rule of law, it meant Obama is not really our president. A movement founded on the principles of independent analysis, it has become a yelling fest for punch-drunk cynics armed with incoherent talking points."

http://caivn.org/article/2009/11/30/tea-party-co-founder-bla...

Ron Paul "Sign Wave Across the USA" -- November 5th!

C$L better be making bendoverbuddies

with the higher up GOP insiders who are running that TeaParty right now and GET RON PAUL ON THE BALLOT FOR 2012! (Seeing as C4L is making us rethink our moral compass if we want to "win" using the current political backdrop as a wrestling ring.)

But I fear that The TEAPARTY "grassroots" already decided that Palin is going to be their pick for the presidential race.
see:
http://www.infowars.com/subverted-tea-party-movement-told-to...

I believe it is time to aggressively disseminate Meet John Doe among people involved in the Tea Party movement. It's message about how a good idea can be subverted and used by those in power is as valid today as it was when Frank Capra made it in the 1930s. Plus it's a good movie.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4402466664505876862&...

These tea parties across the union

are mostly made up of those who supported Bush/Cheney and got exactly what we have now.

The tea party has morphed into a neo con con because these people are rudderless and anchorless and that is exactly what the 'establishment' need - rudderless. Most of them DO believe in the political process despite the fact that the process at the top has betrayed them long ago when it abandoned the Constitution.

They also seem to be perfectly ok with war despite the fact they profess Christianity.

Floating in a sea of lost souls...

don't know if this was already leaked here....

this is what the TEAPARTY is "gunning" for

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOrVeUWTLXI

Does anyone know anything about

http://www.abigailadamsproject.net/ part of http://www.homemakersforamerica.com/Abigail-Adams.html I caught part of Kimberly Fletchers speach on c-span today 2-6-10 U might B able to find it in their archives.

i saw a guy all costumed up..

what the heck was that.. looked ridiculous and extremely discrediting to grassroots movements. and because of his ridiculous outfit and accent and the amount of attention he was getting from media reporters, who usually have short attention time span and a lack of patience to learn but plenty for trivial spectacles, he kept getting interviews and then became somewhat of a spokesperson.. utterly retarded.

The Tea Party

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A true flower can not blossom without sunlight and a true man can not live without love.

Thank you Michael!

Thanks, It really needed to be done and I think his edit button was not there.

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Do you have an edit button?

Do you have an edit button? Just curious. (I've got a lot of buttons)

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.

Mods!Perm needs help with this

He would like to remove his friends unauthorized comment!

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

This does not sound like

Permaculture!

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

That is because it wasn't! UGghgh

This morning I showed my friend some articles I wrote and made the mistake of leaving him next to my computer because he was fascinated by it. What do ya know… he decides to make me look like a creep on no other than Nystroms post. This is what happens when you make friends with the same views but are far too immature to become a productive human being. Sorry about this! I didn’t even know it was here or I would have erased it immediately

A true flower can not blossom without sunlight and a true man can not live without love.

Yeah,It didn't sound like you!

Lock your board?By the way I did figure out how to get my water to surface free.If you are curious Email me.It was the depth that was the problem.
Your edit button is gone now?ask for help they will understand.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Since it's happening,

the best thing to do is go there and work the event to wake people up to RP R3VOlution ideas.

Is there any way to get in that doesn't cost $350?

The Tea Party is not for sale!

We the People own the Party and WE'RE NOT SELLING. When will they get it through their thick skulls?

We've been down this path before. We don't want your left vs. right nonsense anymore.

Note to Neocons and Rinos: your day has come and gone. This is not your Party. We, the independent thinkers, are the majority now!

Independent Thinkers or

more importantly, permanent and full time Independent Thinkers are not yet the majority. When/If they become the majority the reversal will commence.

All that has changed so far is that the majority, the Followers are angry about where they have been led so their reaction is to look for a new leader. Should it ever occur to a majority of the majority, Followers, to become their own leader then they will have eliminated forever the eternal problem of followers; being led to to a place they do not wish to be.

"You are a den of vipers and thieves."

I mean to rout you out!

-Just because you are among us, does not make you with us

-The door is wide open, anything can slither in

Opening night of Tea Party andTancredo steps in it....

http://rawstory.com/2010/02/tea-party-opening-speaker-sugges...

So it appears as if some of the speakers are pushing for divisions within the Tea Party too.

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That is a shame

How about a monetary policy test before people can run for Congress?

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.

How about a

psychological test.

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David Brooks on the Tea Party Movemen

This is from an article back on Jan 4, by David Brooks, NYT Columnist:

It is a worthwhile read.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/05/opinion/05brooks.html

The tea party movement is a large, fractious confederation of Americans who are defined by what they are against. They are against the concentrated power of the educated class. They believe big government, big business, big media and the affluent professionals are merging to form self-serving oligarchy — with bloated government, unsustainable deficits, high taxes and intrusive regulation.

The tea party movement is mostly famous for its flamboyant fringe. But it is now more popular than either major party. According to the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, 41 percent of Americans have a positive view of the tea party movement. Only 35 percent of Americans have a positive view of the Democrats and only 28 percent have a positive view of the Republican Party.

The movement is especially popular among independents. The Rasmussen organization asked independent voters whom they would support in a generic election between a Democrat, a Republican and a tea party candidate. The tea party candidate won, with 33 percent of independents. Undecided came in second with 30 percent. The Democrats came in third with 25 percent and the Republicans fourth with 12 percent.

Over the course of this year, the tea party movement will probably be transformed. Right now, it is an amateurish movement with mediocre leadership. But several bright and polished politicians, like Marco Rubio of Florida and Gary Johnson of New Mexico, are unofficially competing to become its de facto leader. If they succeed, their movement is likely to outgrow its crude beginnings and become a major force in American politics. After all, it represents arguments that are deeply rooted in American history.

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.

Just a thought....

Quote from above article;

"Over the course of this year, the tea party movement will probably be transformed. Right now, it is an amateurish movement with mediocre leadership."

This smells of opportunity Michael. If any group can pull together influence, it's the C4L/DailyPaul/every other Liberty and Freedom Loving group that's out there combining their efforts.

Can we sit by and let them influence the Tea Party movement or do we put our numbers and organized grass roots efforts behind one of these parties?

C4L and DailyPaul etc. can make a difference IMHO...

Author of Buy Gold and Silver Safely
Next book: Illusions of Wealth - due out soon
Also writing book We the Serfs!

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Exactly

This is why Palin's endorsement of Rand is a great thing.

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.
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true, michael...

reading this has helped me see the big picture...

i am still critical of palin being the spokesperson but that critique should be made in the context of the overall evolution of the movement

right here and right now this is a grand thing that promotes and grows the base

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

A Drive-by Blurb on the Radio this morning

said that the young people polled at the event show that they slant "to the left." But i am betting that they define "left" as non-interventionist and pro-civil liberties.

Once it starts....

I'd like to see video and read what the signs say people are carrying at the event.

There should be plenty of "Bring out Troops Home" and "End the War" along with "Audit the Fed" and "End the Fed" signs.

If not, then we should start crashing all these Tea Parties with these signs and become heard (in as nice a way as possible, not via a "mob throwing snowballs at Hannity" style - although I did feel an ounce of satisfaction seeing that war loving, anti-Paul, pro Fed chump being chased during the election). If we're really for peace, we need to be peaceful.

Also, maybe even an "Original Tea Party" sign...

I had asked my parents if there were any pro-war signs at the Las Vegas Tea Party they attended last year in trying to learn what the Tea Party was all about. They only saw some "Support our troops" signs, nothing about Al qaeda or how we need to kill Iranians before they kill us.

But I do know that some of the pro-war groups like Michelle Malkin's groupies have got behind one of the Tea Party sects. I'd like to keep tabs on what they do at this Tea Party event and monitor how they try to infiltrate and take over.

There's at least two of these pro-war groups trying to take over the Tea Party movement.

Author of Buy Gold and Silver Safely
Next book: Illusions of Wealth - due out soon
Also writing book We the Serfs!

Calling all Tea Party Member!

Calling all Tea Party Member!
Resist the seduction of the dark side of the force politic, and don't let the Tea Party be called a political party. OH wait! You all ready did it yourself "the Tea Party". Oh well what's in a name? However, It is possible to hijack the hijackers.
We are far more intelligent than they are so don't believe their lies about us. Remember "improvise, adapt, and overcome" that will be our motto.

"Come out of her my people, come out of confusion, come out of Babylon."

JonQ.Publik

Resistance is not futile, what's futile is non-resistance.

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