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On Friday, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) defended the Tea Party movement on the Senate floor and said Democrats in Congress demean the Tea Party because they saw how powerful the grassroots movement was in 2010, toppling Democrats in both chambers.
Sessions accused Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) "and many of our Democratic colleagues" of "conducting a sustained and direct attack on the millions of people who supported and identified with the Tea Party movement." He said this goes on "virtually every day" in the Senate.
"Make no mistake about it," Sessions said. "They don't respect the people in the people in the Tea Party Movement."
The Senator said Americans joined the Tea Party movement because they thought "this United States Congress has gone lunatic in spending their country into bankruptcy" and passing Obamacare over overwhelming opposition."
Findings from the Blair-Rockefeller poll
On the heels of the 2010 mid-term elections, the Diane D. Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society, together with the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, conducted a comprehensive national poll of political attitudes and behaviors...
...the Blair-Rockefeller Poll reveals detailed characteristics of this burgeoning and homogenous movement. 91.4% of Tea Party members are White, and 85% are Christian.... Moreover, only 7.2 % of Tea Party members have less than a high school education, as compared to 13.4 % of Non-Tea Party members. Only 8.6 % of Tea Party members are not working because they have either been laid off temporarily or have lost their job and are looking for work, compared to 10.7% of Non-Tea Party members...
...When asked a battery of “political sophistication” questions—factual questions about the contemporary government—Tea Party members outperformed Non-Tea Party members repeatedly. Specifically, Tea Party members were more likely to correctly identify the jobs held by Attorney General Eric Holder, Chief Justice John Roberts, and Vice President Joe Biden (Table 1). Finally, Tea Party Members share a pessimistic view of the future. 36.9% of Tea Party members think their personal situations will get worse or much worse in the next year, as compared to 23.6% of Non-Tea Party members. Specifically 39.2% of Tea Party Member believe their own personal financial situation will be worse in a year, as compared to 21.9% of Tea Party members. And 62.1% of Tea Party members think the country will get worse or much worse in the next year, as compared to 38.8% of Non-Tea Party members...
Do you think it is the responsibility of the federal government to make sure that minorities have.... (strongly oppose or oppose)
Though the Tea Party only constitutes 10.6% of the population, they will remain a significant subset of the Republican Party if they maintain such high levels of voter turnout and political sophistication. They are demographically homogenous, as are their policy preferences. Their unification extends beyond fiscal conservatism and concern for the American debt. Tea Party members are social conservatives, and they are particularly united in their opposition to President Obama. Their extreme racial views will make them less appealing to American Independents and centrists. Moreover, recent efforts to cut the budget by Tea Party Republicans, that are perceived to impact Medicare, could trigger the same fears demonstrated in Blair-Rockefeller Poll’s analysis of Tea Party responses to health care reform....
reply to post by xuenchen
Seems to me the incumbent Republicans are just as scared don't ya think? The status quo that has been running this country and playing us all for fools is being threatened! The fact that BOTH sides of the same coin are getting nervous is proof enough for me that they all need to be thrown out on their collective asses. If that is the worst that the American people do to them, then they should put their tails between their legs, go home and hope to hell a US Marshall NEVER knocks on their door!!
...The status quo that has been running this country and playing us all for fools is being threatened!...
The only serious opposition to this arrogant Ruling Party is coming not from feckless Republicans but from what might be called the Country Party — and its vision is revolutionary
As over-leveraged investment houses began to fail in September 2008, the leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties, of major corporations, and opinion leaders stretching from the National Review magazine (and the Wall Street Journal) on the right to the Nation magazine on the left, agreed that spending some $700 billion to buy the investors’ “toxic assets” was the only alternative to the U.S. economy’s “systemic collapse.” In this, President George W. Bush and his would-be Republican successor John McCain agreed with the Democratic candidate, Barack Obama.... The public objected immediately, by margins of three or four to one.
When this majority discovered that virtually no one in a position of power in either party or with a national voice would take their objections seriously, that decisions about their money were being made in bipartisan backroom deals with interested parties, and that the laws on these matters were being voted by people who had not read them, the term “political class” came into use. Then, after those in power changed their plans from buying toxic assets to buying up equity in banks and major industries but refused to explain why, when they reasserted their right to decide ad hoc on these and so many other matters, supposing them to be beyond the general public’s understanding, the American people started referring to those in and around government as the “ruling class.” And in fact Republican and Democratic office holders and their retinues show a similar presumption to dominate and fewer differences in tastes, habits, opinions, and sources of income among one another than between both and the rest of the country.....
reply to post by xuenchen
The progressive elements in both the republican and democrat party are absolutely frustrated with the Tea Party.
The name can and did get co-opted.
So-called leadership was co-opted.
But the grassroots remain. The wee folk. The "nobodies" that the elite ignore.
The progressives absolutely hate us because we question their authority.
We question their motives.
We question their ideology.
(they can't stand that)
US President Barack Obama's half-brother Malik Obama has dismissed the allegations that he has links with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.
“I know of those claims and they are circulating on the internet,”
Malik told the Turkish Anadolu Agency in a phone interview on Friday, describing the claims as “utter nonsense.”
An Egyptian lawyer has lodged a complaint with Egypt's prosecutor-general to put Malik Obama on Egypt’s terror watch list over the mentioned accusations....
August 31, 2013
...When Morsi was deposed, the Egyptian military discovered a treasure trove of documents linking the Obama regime with the illegal activities of the Muslim Brotherhood.
One such document is a list of Muslim Brotherhood officials receiving secret bribes in U.S. currency, paid out by the U.S. consulate, amounting to millions of dollars....
But who was managing all of this money? Did the Muslim Brotherhood walk around with hundreds of thousands of dollars in their pockets?
Enter Malik Obama, Obama’s half brother. According to Egyptian television, citing the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt:
The President’s brother…is one of the architects of the major investments of the Muslim Brotherhood.
We’re not just talking about the bribes the Muslim Brotherhood received in Egypt, but the entire Muslim Brotherhood finances—worldwide—that more than likely included an astounding $8 billion dollar bribe to the Muslim Brotherhood made by the Obama regime....
According to Egypt Daily News, a document exists showing the eight billion dollar “holocaust” agreement with the Obama administration that was signed by former Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi and his second in command Khairat Al-Shater, both under arrest by the Egyptian military for murder and treason....