Is this the "Tea Party" movement that you voted for?

United States
September 30, 2010 11:29am CST
This is to all of the people here on MyLot that say that they are "Tea Party" supporters. Since all of the primaries are over, the "Tea Party" movement is looking more and more like the republican party. The republican party has already started buying their votes, send tens of millions in donations to these candidates. Many die hard republicans "claiming" to be supporters of the "Tea Party", and even the head of the RNC supporting the "Tea Party Republicans". While many of these "new" Tea Party members bashed the real Tea Party members before the primaries, they now want people to believe that they have supported them all along (See Karl Rove). So my question to all of you Tea Party supporters is do you think this was a republican ploy the whole time? And, do you think that your Tea Party Republican candidate will follow the Tea Party ideals, or will they vote like republicans: The one with the largest donation wins?
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@ZephyrSun (7387)
• United States
1 Oct 10
After reading about the people running for office claiming they are part of the Tea Party Movement I couldn't see myself voting for them if they were the only candidate on the ballot. Look at the mess of a campaign in New York. The guy running for governor is a joke and his aids aren't much better. They only difference I see between them and the current Republicans is the honesty about their criminal past and moral misdeeds. Paladino's top aids include one that didn't pay his federal income taxes, one that served time for drunk driving (ok not such a big deal even if you do kill someone especially in the state of Ohio), one had been indicted for stealing over 1 million from the Bloomberg reelection campaign, oh and lastly my favorite "And Mr. Paladino’s campaign chairwoman left a local government position amid claims that she had steered $1 billion in public money to a politically connected investment manager." If these are the normal Tea Party Movement people; thanks but no I'll have coffee. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/29/nyregion/29advisers.html?_r=1
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• United States
2 Oct 10
That Paladino guy is a real treat. He threatened a report in front of the media, accused his opponent of cheating on his wife, while we KNOW that he did. When asked to provide information about both his accusation, and his own personal problems he refuses to talk about them. I don't know where they found this guy, but I hope that he doesn't win for the sake of the people of New York.
@jb78000 (15178)
1 Oct 10
the tea party was never a grass roots movement. it was establishment conservatism with a sneaky name.
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• United States
2 Oct 10
It is starting to look that way, and I think that it will end up that way. I can't believe some of these people that they got to run for office. You really have to wonder where they found these people.
• United States
2 Oct 10
Personally I am not happy with how the movement has gone. It started out great. But then the republican party decided to take it over. Most true tea party people I know are just as mad at the republican party as they are at the democratic party. So they are hoping by getting true tea party candidates elected it will change how both parties operate. You are right...a lot of people on both sides criticized the tea party movement when it first started. Call us crazy, fringe...etc. Then when they realized it was too big to stop...well both sides try to sweet talk them and take them over. I still remember the interview Pelosi gave and she said "the tea party people have more in common with the democratic party than the republican party". Both sides tried to "take them over". It looks like the republicans are winning that one. It is hard to know what will happen. Politicans say one thing but when they get into office they can easily do another. That is the same no matter what party they are in. I know some republican "tea party" candidate are candidates who just jumped on the band wagon to try to get elected. But there are some who are real tea party candidates and are trying to change on things are run. Just a little back ground on the whole thing for you....the tea party movement started as a wake up call for the republican party. To as they say "call them back to their roots". The republican party lost it way a long time ago. They forgot they were suppost to stand for fiscal responsibility, limited government and the constitution. So a lot of conservatives (including libertians and constitutionalist) got fed up and decided to start this movement. Being grassroots meant along the way the focus got clouded (thanks to the republican political machine). You had the birthers and the hard core republicans join in and it ended up turning into a "republicans vs the current administration" thing instead of a "we are tired of all the BS from both sides" thing. It is a shame. I am hoping they can take the movement back from the republican party.
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@iowachap (100)
• United States
1 Oct 10
They better not vote like the other idiot repubtards, if you notice the standard repubtards are getting the boot in leui of the tea party candidate who runs under republican as there is no tea party on the ballot. Democraps and Repubtards are getting the boot due to what they have been doing not just the past 2 years, but the psat4 to6 and mroe.. way too many corrupt politicians in office. I say replace them and if the new ones dont do what the people want, then you boot them too. They will start to know we mean business when people start having 1 term only.
@jb78000 (15178)
1 Oct 10
vote for me. ok i can't provide a suitable birth cetificate, partly because i was born in scotland, but i could sort your country out.
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@dark_joev (3043)
• United States
2 Oct 10
Don't worry all you would have to do is become a citizen for I think 14 years live in the state you are voted in from for a certain number of years then you can run for the U.S Congress we don't require you to be a natural born citizen to be in congress you do have to be a citizen though and you have to be 25 years old. There you go you can be a member of congress and earn the awesome pay check they get to do that job.
• United States
2 Oct 10
Iowa, it doesn't matter how the people are before they get into office, it is the office that corrupts them. You need to raise so much money to win that you end up owing so many favors to your contributors that you because corrupt. You will NEVER have real change until you change the system, and good luck doing that. You HAVE to take the money out of politics, or you are just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic!!!
@laglen (19782)
• United States
30 Sep 10
I can not predict the future but I hope not. I do know that a lot of the Republican ideals match the Tea Party Movement. The difference should be the Tea Party not being bought. I think if this happens, I will throw in the towel and move to Canada! Canada is a pretty country. Maybe the Yukon....
• United States
1 Oct 10
Laglen, the problem is that they are being bought right now by the RNC, and it's supporters. You better go get your picture taken, and start the process of getting your passport together.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
8 Oct 10
have passport will travel!
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
5 Oct 10
I was talking to a local candiate for state rep the other day, a man I may be voing for in fact. He is running as a democrat. *gasp* Yes, I can here it now...."You???? voting for a Dem??????". Yes, I am. In talking wih him, he is not only genuine and sands for something...he stands for things I believe in. fiscal responsability...a cap on property axes,oposes federal intrusion in to state matters,oposes unfunded federal mandates and such. Anyway, In the midst of the conversation, I told him I thought he was running wih the wrong pary as he talked much more like a libertarian. He gave me an analogy I thought made a bit of sense....even though i was a stark reminder of what is wrong with he political system. He said "you wouldn't show up to a base ball game with a cricket bat would you?" I think where he was going wih that was in order to make a successful run...you had to belong to one of the two "accepted" paries....in other words, show up for he game with the right bat. I sincerely wish the tea party groups would have started to look at he libertarian party as that is he party that identifies most with the views of the various tea party groups out there. I realize right now most don't consider them a valid party, but this is only because no one supports them because they feel no one supports them......Anyone else see the contradiction here? The Libertarian party has really missed an oporunity. Had they jumped in early and began courting the tea party groups a year ago or more, it would likely have led to the solidifying of Libertarian party candidates and they would now be handing republican candidates their arses on a platter in elections. The problem right now is that the republican party saw oporuniy and jumped on this early on.....they have duped many tea party groups in to believeing only a republican can believe what the groups believe, only a republican candidate can win and hat there are still elements in the republican pary that agree with much of the various groups' ideology. People are sheep and the voters of this country deserve what ever dictatorship they keep voting in.
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
5 Oct 10
***note**** If you see words in my post that look like a "t" is missing....it probably is...I need to clean my keyboard.
@dark_joev (3043)
• United States
1 Oct 10
The Tea Party actually apparently started during bushes term as a we need to get rid of the current system group they have always been for smaller government and more liberty but certain Republicans (Palin) have leeched themselves to this group that was very small during Bushes time because they where mixed in with the Impeach the War Criminal Bush out now groups but once those groups went off the radar magically this group known as the Tea Party which became a vocal group that was ripping people in to and as I said certain Republicans have leeched on knowing that the RNC or GOP is on its way out as it has become way to religious for the mainstream they are hoping that they can take some of the energy in the tea party to gain back the GOP's Golden Days.
• United States
2 Oct 10
Very true Dark, I don't think I could have said that better myself
• United States
2 Oct 10
the Tea Party was created because the RNC moved from its Conservative roots, so what if the RNC supports them? Does it really make a difference? If there was a political movement that snapped the DNC back in to place would it be bad for them to support it? The Fact of the matter is that the US is moving in the wrong direction and the DEMS just happen to be steering at the moment and the American population is sick of it.
@anniepa (27216)
• United States
2 Oct 10
As you well know, I'm not nor have I ever been a tea partier but I figured I'd add my two cents anyway. I really don't know if it was a Republican ploy all along but once the movement really gained steam some of the Republicans sure added their mark to it. It's interesting that a group that claims not to want "establishment politicians" ended up nominating mostly candidates that were handpicked and/or endorsed by the likes of Jim DeMint, Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. There you have two members of Congress and the most recent GOP Vice Presidential candidate. One thing is for sure and that's the tea party movement has certainly managed to "move" the Republican even further to the right than some of them already were. Maybe in some cases it's just that they now aren't afraid to say what they REALLY think. Never before has there been so much open talk of privatizing Social Security, doing away with Medicare and Medicaid and banning abortion even in cases of rape or incest. Never before have we heard politicians blame the Democrats for the high unemployment rate on one hand while on the other hand calling those who are unemployed things like "lazy" and "spoiled". Then there's the whole matter of siding with the big corporations against the people. I think IF many tea party favorites actually win in the general - and that's a BIG if since they're far from mainstream - whatever gains the GOP gets will be short-lived. Annie
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
30 Sep 10
I don't trust politicians in general...They are all liars. None of them have ever kept a single campaign promise. They get in office and start paying back the people who helped them get there. That is what it is all about. I GOT THE POWER NOW!!!! I DON'T GIVE A DAM!!! It is not what they say before that matters, it is what they do after that sets the pudding. Shalom~Adoniah