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Thom Hartmann: The True Story of the Tea Party

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posted on Jun, 12 2012 @ 03:29 AM
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As it turns out, looks like today's "Tea Party" doesn't have a lot in common with the original Tea Party of 1773.

I hope the video sheds light on the hijacking of the terms "Patriot" and "Tea Party" by the right.

Today's Tea Party is a disgrace to the founding fathers.
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posted on Jun, 12 2012 @ 04:52 AM
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I new that without having to watch the video.



posted on Jun, 12 2012 @ 05:25 AM
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The Modern Tea Partiers would be in love with the East India Company. They'd call the Original party a bunch of socialist parasites that were looking for handouts.



posted on Jun, 12 2012 @ 06:55 AM
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To be honest the OWS movement has way more in common. The tea party of 1773 was basically protesting corporate tax cuts as well.
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posted on Jun, 12 2012 @ 05:34 PM
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Why did this thread get ignored?



posted on Jun, 12 2012 @ 06:06 PM
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Before getting into the historical minutia of the Boston Tea Party, Hartman begins by pointing out that a "whopping 47%" of the people polled by CNN disapprove of the Tea Party Movement. In their platform, this is what the Tea Party stands for, and apparently what a "whopping 47%" of Americans disapprove of:


Preamble: The Tea Party Movement is an all-inclusive American grassroots movement with the belief that everyone is created equal and deserves an equal opportunity to thrive in these United States where they may “pursue life, liberty and happiness” as stated in the Declaration of Independence and guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States.

No one is excluded from participation in the Tea Party Movement. Everyone is welcomed to join in seeking to achieve the Tea Party Movement goals, which are as follows:

1. Eliminate Excessive Taxes - Excessively high taxes are a burden for those exercising their personal liberty to work hard and prosper as afforded by the Constitution. A fiscally responsible government protects the freedom of its citizens to enjoy the fruits of their own labor without interference from a government that has exceeded its necessary size, scope and reach into the lives of its citizens.


Apparently a "whopping 47%" of the American public disapproves of a political party that is inclusive, and advocates a fiscally responsible government that protects the freedom of individuals to enjoy the fruits of their own labor.


2. Eliminate the National Debt - By implementing fiscally conservative policies at all levels of government, progress can be made toward eliminating the U.S. National Debt. Massive increases in the National Debt have created and continue to create a huge burden for the next generation of Americans, thus imperiling the country’s short-term and long-term economic health and prosperity.


Apparently a "whopping 47%" of the American public disapproves of eliminating the national debt.


3. Eliminate Deficit Spending - All deficit spending must be eliminated immediately. We insist that government representatives at all levels maintain a fiscally responsible budget and balance the books as would be expected of any American business.


Apparently a "whopping 47%" of the American public disapprove of eliminating deficit spending policies.


4. Protect Free Markets - America’s free enterprise system allows businesses to thrive as they compete in the open marketplace and strive toward ever better services and products. Allowing free markets to prosper unfettered by government interference is what propelled this country to greatness with an enduring belief in the industriousness and innovations of the populace.


It certainly comes as no surprise to me that a "whopping 47%" of the American public disapprove of free markets, and frankly it is my guess that far more than 47% of the populace disapprove of free markets.


5. Abide by the Constitution of the United States - The U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land and must be adhered to without exception at all levels of government. This includes the Bill of Rights and other Amendments to the U.S. Constitution and their provisions designed to protect states’ rights and individual liberties.


Apparently a "whopping 47%" of the American public disapprove of abiding by the Supreme Law of the Land.


Promote Civic Responsibility - Citizen involvement at the grassroots level allows the voice of the American people to be heard and directs the political behaviors of our representatives at both the local and national level so they, in turn, may be most effective in working to preserve the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness of this country’s citizens.


It should come as no surprise to anyone that a "whopping 47%" of the American public disapproves of the promotion of civic responsibility, and again, my guess is that far more than 47% of the American public disapprove of this idea.


Reduce the Overall Size of Government - A bloated bureaucracy creates wasteful spending that plagues our government. Reducing the overall size, scope and reach of government at both local and national levels will help to eliminate inefficiencies that result in deficit spending which adds to our country’s debt.

8. Believe in the People - The American people, given their guaranteed freedoms, will thrive in a democratic, capitalist environment which allows individuals to strive toward ever greater achievements, innovations and the efficient production of needed and valued goods and services.


A "whopping 47%" of the American public undoubtedly disapprove of reducing the size of government, but it is richly ironic to know that the "whopping 47%" of those polled, disapprove of the idea of believing in the people.

There are two more principles, but why bother creating a new post to list them when a "whopping 47%" would disapprove?




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