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The tea party turns 5 today

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On Feb. 27, 2009, the tea party held its first protests in more than 30 cities across the United States. Five years later, the grass-roots group is throwing a big bash in D.C. to celebrate its birthday, and we're wondering much of the same things about tea party members that we were prior to the 2010 midterms, when they proved they weren't kidding about getting comfortable in the home Republicans begrudgingly made for them.

Can they win primaries in the 2014 midterms? How long can this movement last? Can the Republican Party continue to survive with such a narrow base? Maybe we'll know by the time the tea party's 10th anniversary rolls around.

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I applaud efforts like the 'Tea Party'. Not because I agree with the politics, but because that is where the only real change will have to come from. Grass root efforts that catch on.

However, the Tea Party got overran with Ultra Conservatives with the Republican Party, and squashed any real change out completely.

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I think that as the Left becomes more and more blatantly authoritarian and the Republicans become more and more complacent thinking that compromise is possible with Socialism, you’ll see the ranks of the TEA Party and Libertarians grow. The one thing going on is that people are beginning to wake up from the snow job Obama and the Progressives have been spreading. I see us moving into a new era of American politics, the 6th party system. It’ll be divided between the Socialists and the TEA Party/Libertarian. And that will be more reflective of America. The Takers on one side and the Producers on the other. But this is not a stable system. What this is is a transitional system. Taker policies are unsustainable. They don’t have the mindset needed to “mind the store” which is the nation and its well-being. Through this period, the TEA Party and Libertarians need to teach all Americans about American history, the Constitution, and citizenship so that when the time comes for the transition into the 7th party system we will be ready.

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When the Tea party first formed and started spreading their message...I agreed with a lot of what they were saying...then they went bonkers.

They got hijacked by criminals and crooks like just about every other movement does that is gaining ground and getting attention...

The next rapidly growing political movement will also be infiltrated and taken over just like this one was...those behind the barbed curtain are not going to go quietly into the night...they will sink their claws into anything they feel threatened by or think they can use.

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When the Tea party first formed and started spreading their message...I agreed with a lot of what they were saying...then they went bonkers.

They got hijacked by criminals and crooks like just about every other movement does that is gaining ground and getting attention...

The next rapidly growing political movement will also be infiltrated and taken over just like this one was...those behind the barbed curtain are not going to go quietly into the night...they will sink their claws into anything they feel threatened by or think they can use.

Yeah, same train of thought as yours. I noticed crony elitists or far right extremists infiltrating the Tea Party, at one point too. Unfortunately, I think the the same thing is happening within the Libertarian party now, as well.

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Yeah, same train of thought as yours. I noticed crony elitists or far right extremists infiltrating the Tea Party, at one point too. Unfortunately, I think the the same thing is happening within the Libertarian party now, as well.

I hate to say it...but I fear you are correct.

"Libertarian" has become the new "cool thing to be" and so many people are attaching themselves to it and half of them probably don't even know what it really means. They really don't care about "the philosophy of freedom"...it's just "a thing" to them that has a lot of people's attention and if they can steal the stage and twist it around to their own uses...they will.

Some examples...

John Stossel. I occasionally watch his show, but he is more of an "Ayn Rand, stab you in the back to get mine first" kinda guy. Sometimes he has good points but most of the time he is just blathering selfishness.

The Koch Brothers...does anyone really believe they are for personal freedom?...be serious...the only freedom they are concerned with is their own and if suppressing your freedom puts more billions in the bank...consider yourself shackled and jailed. They do not care about true freedom for everyone...just themselves and their cronies.

The difference in them and me? I want everyone to be free. I want everyone to have the opportunity to do whatever it is they do best. I don't really care what that is as long as your freedom does not impose upon, hinder or hamper the freedom of someone else.

The Tea Party...in their infancy...kinda implied this was their point of view...now it's a totally different agenda.

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That's one of the problems with revolutions, there's always someone who attempts to co-opt them for their own purposes. Even the French viewed the American Revolution as an opportunity to engage in a proxy war with Britain. The Tea Party movement didn't even make it to the revolution stage before people like the Koch brothers noticed their rhetoric was beneficial for them and decided to get involved.

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The Republican establishment has usually been against any conservative or conservative attempt to change the party. They fought against Reagan, picked horrible Presidential candidates and generally railed against the Tea Party. You would think after the shellacking they have taken the last few years they might want to chance course, but history suggests otherwise.

Remember the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

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In every revolution, the moderate fights alongside the radical. Without the radical, the revolution is usually doomed. The key is to learn when to tame or do away with the radical after victory but before establishing rule.

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And they act like it.

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There is no tea party. They are just the further right (insane) wing of the Republican party.

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Febuary 09?? The one and only tea party I went to was in the summer of 08.

edit to add- I stand corrected (by myself) LOL, it was the spring of 09.

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There is no tea party. They are just the further right (insane) wing of the Republican party.

Interesting that such a typical comment comes from you. I suppose there is no TEA Party in the same manner that those that lost their health coverage are liars as Reid states. Looks like your cult-like tendencies toward Obamacare will never die. Better catch the next asteroid home.

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Reid states and red states and rude states? Oh my!

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