Epoxied To Politics — Tea Party Sticking To Its Principles

Is this good news from bad messengers?

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The following article comes from Brietbart’s Big Government.  Taken from the writings of a couple of progressive “misses,” the message seems to be good news for Tea Party sorts and regular conservatives, but perhaps not so much for liberals, progressives and main-stream or establishment Republicans.

Of course being progressives from Harvard, the originators of the supposition of a long-lived Tea Party movement had to insert their obligatory thoughts (opinions?) about radicalism and prejudice against minorities among the Tea Party members. We know by now that that old dog won’t hunt and never has.

Just below is the first part of the Brietbart piece followed by a link to the rest and links to related articles.

HARVARD PROF: TEA PARTY NOT GOING ANYWHERE, MORE LIKELY TO WIN

by TONY LEE 29 Dec 2013

A government and sociology professor at Harvard writes that the Tea Party is more likely than not to “win in the end” in an age when Americans are becoming more removed from Washington and distrusting the federal government and their elected officials.

“Tea Party forces will still win in the end,” Theda Skocpol writes, unless moderate Republicans can defeat them. Skocpol concedes that the Tea Party “will triumph just by hanging on long enough” as Americans are getting fed up by “our blatantly manipulated democracy and our permanently hobbled government.”

The article, “Why The Tea Party Isn’t Going Anywhere,” was first published in the journal Democracy, and later reprinted in The Atlantic.

Despite the fact that Democrats, the mainstream media, and the Republican establishment again were predicting the “demise of the Tea Party” immediately after the government shutdown ended, Skocpol doesn’t believe so.

“But we have heard all this before,” she writes. “The Tea Party’s hold on the GOP persists beyond each burial ceremony.”

Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson published a book in 2011 that “showed how bottom-up and top-down forces intersect to give the Tea Party both leverage over the Republican Party and the clout to push national politics sharply to the right.”

“At the grassroots, volunteer activists formed hundreds of local Tea Parties, meeting regularly to plot public protests against the Obama Administration and place steady pressure on GOP organizations and candidates at all levels,” they found. “At least half of all GOP voters sympathize with this Tea Party upsurge.”

Though Skokpol and Williamson have their typical biases and describe the Tea Party movement as a “radical” one that may not like minorities–without any evidence of that assertion–they acknowledge that “even though there is no one center of Tea Party authority—indeed, in some ways because there is no one organized center—the entire gaggle of grassroots” and outside groups that support the movement “wields money and primary votes to exert powerful pressure on Republican officeholders and candidates.”

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IRS: Tea Party Smack-Down VS Progressive Prop-Up

Contrary to the spew coming from some progressive politicos and their supporting media cohorts, progressive groups were not dealt the same treatment the Tea Party and other conservative organizations.

As we reported yesterday, favored friends and relatives of progressives in power were chosen for special beneficial treatment for tax exempt status. Now more evidence has developed or been pushed forward refuting any supposition the progressives were harshly dealt with.

What has been revealed and what will be revealed in the future is the progressives and communists have a bucket of eels slipping away from their previously “accepted,” lies toward the truth about their real working mendacity.

Click the link below and read the related articles for more:

Tea Parties Smacked-Down —  Progressives Propped-Up

This Happens In America

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 -2011

Quote Freely From The Article – Leave The Pseudonym Alone

Tom Gantert reports in Michigan Capitol Confidential about a ban on Tea Party signs in a public park in Coldwater, Michigan.  The ban eventually led to an outright ban of all banners and signs in Coldwater’s Four Corners Park.  This ban will probably hold about as much water as a sieve and it has already been challenged:

A federal lawsuit claims a Branch County tea party group was denied the right to display banners and signs at a tea party rally at a public park in Coldwater because it was “too political” and “too controversial.” The Coldwater City Council then passed a resolution banning all banners and signs in that park.

The Thomas More Law Center law firm filed its lawsuit last week in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. Attorney Robert Muise of the Thomas More Law Center alleged that Coldwater City Manager Jeff Budd objected because the Common Sense Patriots of Branch County were “too political” and “too controversial.”

Aside from the question of just what is “too political” and “too controversial” … one would have to wonder if the ban isn’t overly broad.  The city attorney and city manager for Coldwater seem to dash ice-water in the face of Coldwater citizens with their ban and their justification for the prohibition:

Budd didn’t respond to an email seeking comment. Heather Peet was the only person of the nine-member City Council to respond to an email seeking comment. She referred questions to John Hutchinson, the city’s legal counsel. Hutchinson didn’t respond to a phone message left at his law office or an email.

In a Nov. 2 memo to the City Council, Budd stated the “administrative headaches” of increased requests to have banners in the park led the city to either “allow all banners or no banners.”

The entire article is seen by clicking here. Here is a link to an update on the story. Statements attributed to the town’s attorney are confusing and make no sense.  He seems to be saying, “A ban is not a ban.”

Here is a link about Michigan Capitol Confidential and please find related links below.  In case you missed it above, here is a link to the lawsuit.

The Tea Party Movement: An Explanation Provided

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010) Quote Freely From The Article – Leave The Pseudonym Alone

We have found ourself tired and not much able to come up with anything even close to original (not that it is a sterling attribute possessed by myself) this 3rd of July 2010.  What we did do along with 12-15 fellow East Mountain Tea Party Movement (EMTP) members was to take part in a great parade in Moriarty, New Mexico and then to serve at a EMTP booth in a nice grassy park.

We distributed Constitutions and similar materials to an estimated  175 adults and youngsters, many of whom signed up for the EMTP E -Blast newsletter which is sent to any interested person.  We expect that many of the folks who signed up for the E-Blast will attend the next EMTP general meeting on July 18th in Moriarty at the Lions Club building.  The meeting will held from 1-3:30 PM.  We hope to see you there.

In general people who came to the booth and those we met as we walked around with information were curious as to how the Tea Party Movement has progressed and how it is faring in New Mexico.  Those questions and more were answered to the best of our ability, but of course we were limited in time spent with each person.  Altogether, the time spent by the EMTP members was worthwhile and very enjoyable.

Today, or I should say, close to the end of the day, I found an article which I believe tells the story of the Tea Party Movement very well.  As well, as any article I’ve read on the movement and its people.  I am posting the article below with the hope that those interested will take the opportunity to read the article. Click on the link, just below:

The Tea Party Movement: What Is It