HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Topics » Politics & Government » Congress (Group) » Tea Party: Grass roots or...

Tue Feb 4, 2014, 08:05 AM

Tea Party: Grass roots or head in the clouds?

http://www.dw.de/tea-party-grass-roots-or-head-in-the-clouds/a-17399005

Thanks to the Tea Party, the Arkansas Congress is Republican for the first time in 138 years. They have attacked not only Barack Obama but the Republican Party itself. But will the Tea Party really stop at nothing?

Tea Party: Grass roots or head in the clouds?

~snip~

Door to door visits, telephone calls, emails and Facebook campaigns are a perfect example of how the Tea Party organizes its political work. The party sees itself as a grass roots movement and has local groups in more than half of the districts of Arkansas. It is estimated that around 200,000 people see themselves as supporters in the large but sparsely populated state, which has just under 3 million inhabitants and is part of the conservative Bible Belt.

In Washington, the Tea Party has around 70 of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives. During the budget crisis last September, the party showed that it was capable of steering the Republican Party and paralyzing the entire country for weeks.

But Tim Jacob and many like-minded Tea Party members have completely deferred responsibility for the crisis and see President Obama's stubbornness as the cause for the shutdown.

~snip~

"I think the Tea Party reflects the values of the citizens of Arkansas," says Jacob. "They don't want a redistribution of wealth, they don't want government coming in and saying what you can own, and what you have to do, and what doctor you have to see."

2 replies, 1015 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 2 replies Author Time Post
Reply Tea Party: Grass roots or head in the clouds? (Original post)
unhappycamper Feb 2014 OP
Scuba Feb 2014 #1
OLDMDDEM Feb 2014 #2

Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Tue Feb 4, 2014, 08:10 AM

1. If "in the clouds" is a euphemism for "up his ass", then I'll go with that.

 

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Tue Feb 4, 2014, 08:38 AM

2. Tea Party

I have a stepson who is a tea party person. It is difficult to believe the words coming out of his mouth. He is in constant denial and Obama is to blame for everything from cold weather to Bridgegate. The tea partiers are a bunch of right wing hacks that need their own movement to feel important. It has grown within the Republican party, but couldn't(?) possibly become a major player in political circles with the likes of Ted Cruz (always good for a laugh), Rand Paul (unbelievable naive), and Marco Rubio (entirely insignificant at this point). Mike Lee doesn't seem to know what he is ever talking about. My concern with this group is their talk that they will support armed rebellion against the government. I believe I read that on DU. That, in my thinking, would be treason.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread