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Another one bites the dust: NJ Tea Party Rebukes Others for Turning To... Ron Paul.

Just received a copy of a May 21 letter sent out by Morristown Tea Party Org. to its members and affiliated organizations (NJTeaParty.com) - restating its support of Mitt Romney and clarifying that other tea party groups do NOT speak for anyone but themselves. I'll just quote a couple salient points.

"To All Our Friends and Supporters,

It's amazing the political short-sightedness of some "Tea Party" groups. Four of them, in New Jersey, just issued a press release slamming Gov. Romney and backing Ron Paul. Weren't they "with" Cain, then Gingrich, then Santorum before they were against them?...

...our number one goal is to reclaim the White House and that any vote that is NOT for Romney is tantamount to voting for Obama.
Wise up!"

Found the press release. It's a wonderful statement! http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=zh6pa4dab...

It's interesting to see how things evolved. The leader of the Bayshore group was so against Paul that some members severed ties, but apparently then... had a CHANGE OF HEART. http://conservativenewjersey.com/bayshore-tea-party-behaving...

Liberty Movement activism IS making inroads among former Santorum supporters. P.S. Thanks again to all here at the DP who've supplied so many great resources I've been able to pass on to Santorum supporters within my own sphere.



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This just further confirms that the Teaparty

has been hijacked by Republican operatives. The original teaparty and its goals have been bastardized and we can no longer align our movement under that name. We need to adopt a new name that clarifies and mandates the Paul platform of non-intervention, anti-regulation, anti-fed, small government, free-markets, and Constitutional protected God given liberty.

HopeRenewed - 6/13/2011
Neither should we sacrifice Liberty for Safety nor Integrity for Concessions. True Liberty can not exist in the absence of integrity. Liberty gained through compromise is but a temporary illusion.

Tea Party: put up or shut up! The NEXT WAVE of support.

I do agree that (obviously) many in tea parties are not voting in line with what they claim to represent - or ALL would be for Ron Paul. And possibly it's true for SOME groups what you said, about the tea party being hijacked by Republican operatives, but I can assure you it is NOT remotely the case for the two tea parties in our county.

The people in both groups can't stand our county's Republican Party - which is why we're all in the tea party and NOT the local Republican club. We've argued the point of whether we could best achieve ideals by being WITHIN the party - but many are loathe to do so because of the inherent animosity. (And when one person attempted to be a committeeman, she was eliminated for no other reason than the t.p. association.)

Admittedly, demographics are different for each county, but around here, I'm quite sure the reason most did not immediately support Ron Paul was because 1) primarily, so many in the group were both Catholic and pro-life, and therefore joined in solidarity with Santorum; and 2) because of the media blackout of Ron Paul so that - going way back - he was ruled out as a candidate that actually had a chance of winning. I can tell you, until Santorum dropped out, the discussion was why Santorum over Romney.

The tea parties here DISTRUST the Republican Party. The Santorum people do NOT like Romney! And they DESPISE Obama. Thanks to the media blackout and Republican Party dis-information about Paul, I believe that many genuinely feel he simply CAN'T win. The people I know really do believe that Romney is the only option to ensure Obama is OUT. Our job is to, by hook or by crook, get word out re Paul's record, his appeal (the crowds he draws), and his victories. But regardless, and more importantly, we need to spread awareness of tea party support where it does exist - such as that PERFECTLY WORDED press release by the four NJ tea parties. No self-respecting tea party member could read what it says and STILL vote for Romney. If they do, they'll have totally destroyed their credibility - shown to be hypocrites.

I'm still hopeful. There are MANY in the tea party still undecided. If necessary, they need to be shamed into doing what's right! Tea Partiers: are you MICE or MEN! And I think that - now that Santorum is out of the picture - many WILL. Just as Ron Paul captured the attention of young adults, I believe we're on the cusp of tea party members representing the NEXT WAVE OF SUPPORT. Let's not be cynical and just make sure that press release goes viral!

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

It's the same old

'what ever we have to do to get the white house back', 'as long as our team wins' mentality, it's so strange and embarrassing. More than that, it is dangerous,and is surely part of the problem we are dealing with. Some people don't see the crisis, they are so conditioned to the way things were that there is great difficulty with seeing things the way they are. 'Party-line' politics has become the old way, these people will have to grow up or leave the political arena. I never understood why these people feel that they are part of the tea-party, it is a clear sign of a fad seeker, if there was any true research on the origin of that terms recent use it is easy to find the Dr. Paul first tea party in 2007. I'm glad to see the true tea-party is well rooted at the local level, their response was perfect

Enonesoch

Yes, I also thought it was a PERFECT response.

I agree with what you've said, although I don't know if I'd call it fad seeking. Maybe there are other areas like mine, heavily Democrat/Liberal/Progressive, where the tea party drew from a wide variety of "conservatives" - fiscal conservatives (also in taxpayer groups), libertarian-oriented conservatives, and social conservatives. The tea party represented a place where you could actually speak up against Obama's policies, question his administration's ties, be among other non-globalists (e.g., against Agenda 21/ICLEI), or question the progressive agenda in public schools, without being viewed as if a traitor. For the group I'm affiliated with, although we don't discuss social issues, it's mostly social conservatives, including those active in the pro-life movement. For some, it's their #1 issue - and they viewed Santorum to be carrying the torch. I think that only since he's out, they've looked more closely at Romney's record (vs. Obama's); and I believe they don't like what they see.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

The dult doesnt

know that a vote for RUMMY is a vote for Barry the Usurper, although I thin the DNC will dump him at the last minute.

sovereign

Wow!

It's amazing to see a group like the Morristown "Tea Party" being so incredibly liberal as to support a radical leftist such as Romney.

I guess some of these "tea party" groups like them aren't concerned with their leftist appearances, while trying to masquerade as "conservatives".

That's the way neocons are, I suppose.

The closer to NYC, the worse it is.

Believe me. I live in North Jersey and it ain't easy getting the neocons to listen to reason. South Jersey, being further away from NYC, is easier to get through to. Ron Paul has good support there.

Notice how quickly TPTB in NJ responded to the outcry for Freedom from South Jersey?

I'm not Dorothy and New Jersey isn't Kansas.

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

It took no time at all for North Jersey to strike back.

South Jersey (Middlesex County and down) has strong support for Dr. Paul. In North Jersey (Union County and up), we have strong neocons who mimic the party line at all times. They, like the abundant Democrats up here, honestly couldn't care less about the people. The machines are very hard to break in this area, as evidenced by the quick reply from Morris County.

Please help our grassroots NJ HQ spread the message to the northern part of the state, as well as the rest of the state. We are working hard in a very difficult State:

http://njlhq.chipin.com/nj-liberty-moneybomb

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

Way to go New Jersey! Way to

Way to go New Jersey! Way to stand up for yourselves and not let the hypocrites shout you down or intimidate you. Of course, I expect nothing less of New Jersians ^_~

"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." -- Thomas Paine

Good to See Progress in NJ...

..but even though the Tea Party banner is attached to the four(?)groups in support of RP, I, for one, am still wary.
Since NDAA..HR347,etc..all passed in legislative bodies inhabited by 2010TeaParty Representatives.

Most suspect in the press release is one Barbara Gonzalez.
see here:
http://conservativenewjersey.com/bayshore-tea-party-behaving...
According to "Wolfie":"She lost her main source of funds when she screwed the Monmouth GOP. It will be funny to see what scam she comes up with to replace that."

The "scam" may be on us...I pray not, but in the meantime wish only the best to the "other" Tea-Party Activists supporting Dr Paul.

Whether they support RP2012 by virtue of "Anybody But Romney" is at this point in time a useless discourse to be had, and we must welcome them with open arms, appreciation, and support.
Go get 'em Patriots.

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

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That link is kind of an unheard of source

Anyone find a more reliable source?

I thought so myself

In fact I just sent an e-mail to the Bayshore Group thanking them (just on behalf of myself, a tea party member in neighboring NY), but also saying that news was spreading, including at this forum, and expressing a wish to know if the press release had been published yet (in the media) or for any other info they might wish to pass along. [The website had confirmed that it's official: http://www.bayshoreteaparty.org/page-two/]

From the e-mail address on the press release, I initially saw that it was posted by Trevor Loudon, whom I wasn't familiar with; he's a libertarian activist from New Zealand and author of "Barack Obama and the Enemies Within." He spoke to the group in March.
http://www.bayshoreteaparty.org/warehouse/2012/3/6/trevor-lo...

Hope everything is copacetic here.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

i know the woman who wrote it...or helped. its real

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Atlas is shrugging

bigmikedude's picture

Thanks Koaj

I wanted to know it was legit before I front paged it. The other post is already on FP now though, it seems a link had been found.

Great Work mdegarge

This is big, what shall the others do? total hipocrits.

What shall they do? Good question!

I'm working on one tea party group right now, namely, those in our book group who have gotten to know each other better over the past year or so since it was begun. (I've gotten the feeling that not all, but most were supporters of Rick Santorum. And no, I don't get it, just glad it's now a moot point.) Within that group I've helped to dispel some myths - including but not limited to Ron Paul's stance on national defense. In my experience, that's the big one - within this group and otherwise.(NO, Ron Paul does NOT want to disband the military!) It's this tea party's policy to not endorse candidates. I would imagine it's the case for some others, too. In the meantime, I've just kept passing on information, letting Ron Paul's record stand for itself. Yesterday we met, discussing a chapter in the 5,000 Year Leap focused on "checks & balances." Well, that certainly provided enough fodder for discussion of current events - and some excellent segues into Ron Paul's platform. To be sure, everyone in that group will soon be receiving a copy of the press release!

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir