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A Tea Partier's Day at the Fair

The Tea Party of Middlesex County was at Woodbridge's St. James Fair. They, and folks who reached out to them, had a lot to say.


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Gordo K September 19, 2012 at 06:59 PM
You tell 'em, Gary!
ty September 19, 2012 at 11:48 PM
is the tea party for gay rights? I want gay marriage and equal rights for gays!
David September 20, 2012 at 04:20 AM
The Tea Party is largely dead because they have no clear, practical ideas about how to fix problems. Although ideologically very different, the Tea Party is much like Occupy Wall Street (OWS) in that they complain and complain, but don't really offer solutions. The Tea Partiers that I have met talk incessantly about how the government, particularly the federal government, is too big, but are against cutting the military, Social Security, or Medicare, which constitute the bulk of the US budget. Much like OWS, the Tea Party arose because of people's frustration about poor economic conditions and a gridlocked government. Initially, many people attended Tea Party meetings, and were inspired by the movement's desire to return the US to a more limited government. However, few people attend Tea Party meeting any longer, and the consensus, even among its founders (see link) is that the movement has fizzled. I think that the lesson that can be learned from both OWS and the Tea Party is that it is very easy to criticize others, it's very easy to talk in theoretical pie-in-the-sky terms, but real-world solutions are often difficult to come by. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/02/06/tea-party-is-dead-how-the-movement-fizzled-in-2012-s-gop-primaries.html
slyfox1961 September 20, 2012 at 11:22 AM
@David: well stated. I would add that the Tea Party has affected the Federal Govt. in a big way: they have added to the gridlock in Washington by backing many ideological legislatures who won in the last midterms. They have added to the problem of Washington inaction, with their "my way or the highway" attitudes that they must maintain to remain in the good graces of the extreme right. These people have no idea of the art of compromise.
Ron Nash September 20, 2012 at 09:51 PM
The TEA Party is alive and well. What has started out as non professional protesters getting their voices heard has evolved.We are now into helping candidates and running our own candidates against the establishment candidates in primaries across the country with great success. Most meetings and events are well attended. Look at the success of the 2016 documentary and the Chick-fil-a appreciation day largely attended by TEA Partiers and other like minded folks. The silent majority will not be silent in November. Dismiss us at your own peril.The Occupuppets are just a union and media creation , sheep being led to the slaughter.
slyfox1961 September 20, 2012 at 11:31 PM
@ron nash: the silent majority is NOT the Tea Party, it is the independant voter who does not belong to either party. As everyone knows, the Tea Party is made of mostly ideological right wingers. See my above post. We, the real silent majority, have had it with the gridlock in Washington ushered in by the likes of the Tea Party candidates that have crippled Washington. That will be corrected in the near future.
Politicalpony September 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM
A message to David. Unfortunately you have no idea what your talking about. The Tea Party is not dead and the Tea Party does have a clear message. The article talks of a media that is not forth coming and it's obvious you buy into their agenda and lies. If you'd have a close look at our constitution "in it's original intent of the founders" you'd find and understand what the Tea Party stands for. Unfortunately you like many other Americans have become either to busy or to lazy to be bothered. You'd prefer to allow others to worry about things around you. If you like being controlled by people you don't even know and who have nothing in common with you, keep on the path your headed. Soon they'll be telling you what path you should be headed. I dont think you'll like the destination.
David September 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Ron, Please provided some evidence that Tea Party meeting are being attended because everything I've read and heard indicates contrary. I knew people who attended these meetings, and they don't any longer, and even many Tea Party founders have admitted that the movement has fizzled (see attached links). As for the documentary "2016: Obama's America", it's made some money ($31 million), but don't act like it's topping the box office. In 2004, Fahrenheit 911, another political documentary, made $220 million. The main factor indicating the decline of the Tea Party is lack of new candidates in this year's election. In terms of the Presidency, neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney reflects Tea Party ideology. Some Congressmen (particularly in the House of Reps) who were elected in 2010 under a Tea Party platform are running again, but I only see a few new Tea Party candidates. http://townhall.com/columnists/kevinmccullough/2012/01/08/when_the_tea_party_died/page/full/ http://www.frumforum.com/why-the-tea-partys-clout-fizzled-in-washington/ http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/02/06/tea-party-is-dead-how-the-movement-fizzled-in-2012-s-gop-primaries.html http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/weak-tea/
slyfox1961 September 21, 2012 at 01:50 PM
@politicalpony: you do understand it is up to the Supreme Court to determine what the intent of the constitution, not you or the Tea Party? Most Americans reflect negatively on the Tea Party, and for good reason. It is apparent that "in its original intent of the founders" is code for the extremist right's interpretation of what the Constitution's intent is. As for the media, I'll bet you PAY Glenn Beck to brainwash you. Just a hunch. I saw that you criticized the poster David for being lazy and not keeping himself informed. David provided links to articles that support his position, while you did nothing but recite Tea Party rhetoric. Who is being lazy and not looking at all sides?
Years Goneby September 26, 2012 at 06:24 PM
@Slyfox- When you say "most Americans", I'm not sure if you're referring to people outside of your state and the North East as a whole. I'm almost sure the 16,000,000 illeagals should'nt count as "most Americans" either. The Tea Party is alive and well outside of the Union controlled areas. Media being what it is, may I suggest you get your news from multiple sources besides the Tri-State papers, CNN and MSNBC.

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