The news media has grown quiet about the Tea Party, which is leading many uninformed Americans to believe the movement has imploded and gone into hibernation. In recent weeks, there has been a noticeable decrease in media coverage of the Tea Party. The coverage the Tea Party does receive tends to focus on the lack of leadership, the presence of division within the ranks and the ignorance of those within the movement.
"I appreciate the fact that those people are out there and that they are fired up"
, before adding that Tea Partiers
"haven't educated themselves...they're just pissed off."
"My main concern is that [the Tea Party is] really fear-based. What's coming out of the Tea Party most often, especially if you go onto YouTube, and you see some of the interviews with these people who really don't even know what the issues are, they're just swept up in the fear of it and the anger of it."
The danger is that many people who “do not have access to” or “have turned themselves off” to the truth and reality of the Tea Party are getting their information from the “uninformed and biased” opinions of people such as Crow. This is of greater concern than the negative reporting that comes out of the news media because they are not trusted, while Sheryl Crow and the like can be trusted because they are “one of us”.
Ignorance is someone like Crow making the statement people should use
"only one square [of toilet paper] per restroom visit"
in order to conserve trees. While it may be an environmentally sound statement, it has no practical application.
The reality is most tea partiers are very informed and educated on the policies and issues. More than that, they actually study, know and respect the US Constitution. They are not satisfied to receive their information from the news media and Hollywood elite; they actually do the research for themselves.
While the Tea Party is relatively quiet and out of public view, it is actually more potent and united than before. In the beginning stages of the movement, it was about “making our voice heard”, but now it is about “making my vote count". Many Americans, who have never attended a Tea Party rally or taken on a Tea Party identity, will cast their vote as a “tea partier” in the 2010 election cycle. When the liberals concur that 2010 is a tough election year, they are in essence agreeing with that reality.
At a time when many conservative Republican candidates are seeking the support and/or endorsement of the Tea Party movement, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is predicting the movement will "die out." He said in an interview with the New York Times magazine,
"The problem with the Tea Party, I think it's just unsustainable because they can never come up with a coherent vision for governing the country. It will die out. We don't have a lot of Reagan-type leaders in our party. Remember Ronald Reagan Democrats? I want a Republican that can attract Democrats."
Graham added an additional comment that is almost unbelievable, except that he actually said it,
"Ronald Reagan would have a hard time getting elected as a Republican today."
The Tea Party died out long ago for Graham and other RINOs like him because it is not in tune with his out of tune politics. While it is unknown as to whether or not Reagan would be elected today, it is known that it is becomingly increasingly difficult for a Lindsey Graham to be elected.
If a Republican can attract Democrats in large numbers, then that Republican is riding too close to the left to attract conservative Republicans. Would Graham rather have candidates who can attract liberal/moderate Democrats or candidates who can attract conservative Republicans/independents? As it so happens, Graham has already answered the question.
While it is true that the Tea Party has many conservative Democrats who are in agreement with its ideals, attend its rallies and support its causes – those are not the Democrats Graham was referring to. As with other RINOs, the Tea Party movement needs to hold the feet of Graham to the fire and make him accountable for his positions. He has called the controversial Arizona immigration law “unconstitutional”, hinted that he will vote to confirm Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court and chastised Republicans for labeling Thurgood Marshall a "judicial activist".
Graham also told the New York Times,
"Everything I'm doing now in terms of talking about climate, talking about immigration, talking about Gitmo is completely opposite of where the Tea Party movement's at."
Graham is sounding more and more like Arlen Specter and Charlie Crist – two men who are dying out. Could Graham be next?
Like many of his liberal counterparts, Graham just does not get it, saying that Republicans who will likely be elected in this year's midterm elections will be
"more like me, not less like me"
– with the exception of at least one Tea Party-backed candidate, Sharron Angle from Nevada.
The Tea Party is not dying out as Graham would have us believe; rather it is a threat to his political future and irrelevant to his principles and policies. While the issues Graham brought up may be vitally important to him, talking about the climate or closing Gitmo are not the driving issues of the Tea Party. Fortunately for Graham, he is not up for re-election this year because the donkey within the elephants clothing would surely be exposed.
The G8/20 Summit is over, but the economic concerns are not. One thing is clear; the European economy is tittering on the brink and its leaders are convinced the Obama economic line of thinking is what has led them to this point. Their fear - the deficit spending plan they used to stimulate growth is resulting in a huge debt crisis that could stagger the world economy.
On the last day of the Summit, world leaders made a commitment to cut deficits in half over the next three years rather than pay heed to the warnings of President Barack Obama who said, “cutting back too quickly risks starving the economy just as its starting to recover.” While they left some individual flexibility for each country to deal with its own economy, the message was very clear - stop the deficit spending used to stimulate the economy as quickly as possible
The headline should tell us something about President Obama’s approach to solving America’s financial woes - ignore the growing debt and increase spending. Or as many people would say concerning their personal finances, “spend the money today, worry about the debt later.”
It was reported that soon after President Obama issued the six month moratorium on deep-water drilling, the George Soros-backed Brazilian oil company, Petrobras, contacted Laborde Marine which services the deep-water drilling market in the gulf coast region. The purpose of the contact was to lease all of the “now out of service” vessels owned by LaBorde.
After receiving the contact, Cliffe F. Laborde and J. Peter Laborde, Jr. wrote a letter to their Louisiana Senators stating, “If the moratorium on deep-water drilling is not lifted, 33 semi-submersible rigs and/or drill ships affected will simply go to other countries where they will be well received, such as Brazil.”
These are difficult times for our country and it seems the difficulties are swiftly adding up – sometimes from the least expected sources. We would expect difficult statements and publicly given opinions coming from foreign military leaders, but this time we are hearing from our own Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal. Much has been made of President Obama’s angry reaction to McChrystal’s negative comments, but a number of conservative leaders are reacting in a similar fashion
President Barack Obama is pushing ahead with a renewed focus on economic recovery efforts that have been overshadowed in recent months by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and a myriad of other newsworthy events. On Friday, Obama traveled to Ohio, a state that has been especially hard hit by the economy; to jump start what the White House is calling a six-week "Recovery Summer" tour to promote his administration's economic stimulus plan and job policies
Jay Leno summed up what President Obama should have addressed from the Oval Office in very simple and understandable terms, “President Obama said today he is going to use the gulf disaster to immediately push a new energy bill through Congress. I got an idea … How about first using the Gulf disaster to fix the Gulf disaster.”
It is now up to Sharron Angle to bring Harry Reid’s tenure in the Senate to a close. Whether or not Angle can pull the feat off remains to be seen, but she is definitely a woman who is up to the challenge. Angle is very “upfront about who she is and what she believes”. Two characteristics stand out about her: 1) she is extremely conservative and 2) she is firmly independent in her positions and principles