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Showdown in Searchlight: tea party targets Reid

March 27th, 2010 . by TexasFred
Showdown in Searchlight: tea party targets Reid
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Thousands of tea party activists streamed into Sen. Harry Reid’s hometown in Nevada Saturday morning, bringing American flags, “Don’t Tread on Me” signs and outspoken anger toward President Barack Obama and his health care overhaul.

The activists’ star, Sarah Palin, will rally the crowds later Saturday from a makeshift stage in a patch of dusty desert about 60 miles north of Las Vegas.

Organizers predict as many as 10,000 people could come to tiny Searchlight, the hardscrabble former mining town where the Senate Democratic leader grew up and owns a home. By midmorning, cars and RVs filled the area as people set up lawn chairs and braced against a stiff wind whipping up dust clouds and blowing dozens of flags straight out.

The rally that’s been called a conservative Woodstock takes place just days after the historic health care vote that ushered in near-universal medical coverage and divided Congress and the nation. The vote was followed by reports of threats and vandalism aimed at some Washington lawmakers, mostly Democrats who supported the new law.

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Showdown in Searchlight: tea party targets Reid

A conservative Woodstock? Well, OK, I guess so, but Woodstock was attended by 400,000 or so people. I have no doubt that it’s going to be conservative, but Woodstock?

I also realize that not ALL TEA Party members will agree with what I am about to say, but I have to take issue with the statement made by the AP writer that describes Sarah Palin as the STAR of the TEA Party.

Where was Sarah Palin yesterday? She was in Arizona, making campaign appearances with, and supporting the biggest RINO in the history of the Republican Party, John McCain. In addition to what I see as her other negatives, this is one that just can’t be overlooked and not one that I can personally tolerate.

How hard core Conservative can you REALLY be if you’re a supporter of John McCain?

Police don’t expect problems at Saturday’s rally, but the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is sending dozens of uniformed and plainclothes officers to patrol the crowd.

There’s NOT going to be violence done, not by TEA Party Patriots. If there are acts of violence done at this event it will be done by a radical few, the ones that always seem to find their way into any decent organization or rally, those that are best described as being an agent provocateur.

Agent Provocateur

A person employed to associate with suspected individuals or groups with the purpose of inciting them to commit acts that will make them liable to punishment. SOURCE

If there is violence, vandalism or the like, I am certain it will be incited by those that wish to impact the TEA Party in a negative way.

The tea party movement is a far-flung coalition of conservative groups angered by Washington spending, rising taxes and the growth and reach of government. It takes its name from the Boston Tea Party in 1773, when colonists dumped tea off English ships to protest what they considered unfair taxation by the British crown.

Tea is representative of The Boston Tea Party, and that Tea Party is an inspiration to the TEA Party of today, but this isn’t about tea, and the references made by the media, and their misunderstanding of the name we use, only shows their ignorance and their desire to get a story out, no matter how inaccurate or skewed it may be.

Today, the TEA Party name stands for Taxed Enough Already.

We believe in these basic principles, Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility and Free Markets. We support the U.S. Constitution and believe in it’s intent, as originally written. In other words, we believe in America!

We’re not, well, I’m not someone that sits around drinking tea and munching crumpets, and we don’t advocate violent acts against anyone! Perhaps the Mainstream Media needs to actually look into exactly what REAL TEA Party people stand for.

Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, is scheduled to appear after spending Friday and Saturday morning campaigning for Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican who led the 2008 ticket.

Now a Fox News analyst and potential 2012 presidential candidate, Palin faced criticism after posting a map on her Facebook page that had circles and cross hairs over 20 Democratic districts. She also sent a tweet saying, “Don’t Retreat, Instead – RELOAD!”

She said Friday she was alluding to votes, not guns.

Given Ms. Palin’s affinity for firearms, I would think that using mixed metaphors that could be interpreted as a statement regarding guns, or their use to do violence, would have been something she should have left alone. I would think her handlers would have briefed her on that.

Maybe she suffers the same foot in mouth problem that Joe Biden suffers. Just sayin’. :?

A string of polls has shown Reid is vulnerable in politically moderate Nevada after pushing President Barack Obama’s agenda in Congress. His standing has also been hurt by Nevada’s double-digit unemployment and record foreclosure and bankruptcy rates.

There is no denying my personal dislike for Harry Reid, his works, his words and his deeds, or those of his close friends and allies. I am glad to see the TEA Party folks taking this stand. I am glad that Palin has taken this stand too, but I still have to wonder, how can SHE be called a conservative, and the star of the TEA Party when she campaigns for John ‘RINO‘ McCain, a guy that only gets conservative come election time?

That support of McCain is, to me, a very confusing exhibition of conservatism, it looks more like a toeing of the GOP line by Palin.

To my fellow TEA Party Patriots, get LOUD, stand TALL, stand PROUD, don’t fall for the RINOs ad their mixed messages and never back away from the good fight!

And never fear denouncing those that do us harm through their actions!

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20 Responses to “Showdown in Searchlight: tea party targets Reid”

  1. comment number 1 by: Patrick Sperry

    Sarah Palin the star of the Tea Party Show..? Only in the lame stream media. She’s a quitter, and we don’t need quitters.

  2. comment number 2 by: BobF

    Palin may feel she owes a debt of gratitude to McCain but if your a leader, you have to make hard decisions. Her support of McCain against a real Conservative only demonstrates she is incapable of making these decisions. I’ve always liked Palin and supported her but an now taking a long hard look at her. McCain is playing the big Conservative now but what happens when it comes to amnesty for illegals and taping our own resources for oil and natural gas? He’s for amnesty and against drilling for our own oil.

    Also, as long as I’ve been reading Texas Fred, he’s never been wrong when he’s called out a politician. You might not see it at first but if you hang around long enough and keep your eyes open, it will come to light.

  3. comment number 3 by: HoosierArmyMom

    She’s (Palin) not my Star! Jefferson, Franklin, Adams, Madison… those are the real STARS in my book! They were intelligent enough to know not to support anyone who talks out both sides of their mouth and none of them were quitters!

  4. comment number 4 by: phred

    Quote : “We believe in these basic principles, Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility and Free Markets. We support the U.S. Constitution and believe in it’s intent, as originally written. In other words, we believe in America! ”

    The original purpose of our government was to protect the people.
    Not to heal us, or educate us, or to feed and clothe us, or to care for us when we get old, or to regulate our morals … on and on.
    GOD Bless America, now more than ever.

  5. comment number 5 by: Vigilante

    Had a very good friend going right through Searchlight this morning and he called me to say they had hundreds of “Re Elect harry reid” signs all over town and that MOST of the Tea Partiers were camped out in the desert out of town. They had a stage set up with microphones all set to blast his arrogant ass to smithereens. I’m with BobF when it comes to Palin. I used to consider her a good choice but when she
    sidled up to that dammed old rino she lost 25% of my respect. Then, when she all but said on one of the TV shows(o’rielly) that she would more or less go along with amnesty I just about shit my pants, and that, was the end of me and Sarah’s love affair. I wouldn’t vote for her at all.

  6. comment number 6 by: phred

    As far as Sarah Palin .. If you lie with dogs, you wake up with fleas.

  7. comment number 7 by: Dick Robie

    I wont comment on Palin or McCain, but with respect to the illegal situation. Our past and current Governments have failed to enforce the existing law of the land. We do not need new law. We need to deport all illegals and understand the purpose and intent of the 16the Amendment.

    If people from other countries want to come here, do it legally–

    I saw an article the other day the the TB rate in the US was down because of fewer illegals coming in. Our Government (past and present) must think we all got off the turnip truck

  8. comment number 8 by: BobF

    I was just thinking. This big thing in Searchlight just might have the opposite effect. The people of Nevada may resent the fact that “outsiders” are coming to their state to tell them how to vote. I despise Harry Reid but I also despise an outsider coming to my house and telling me how to run it.

  9. comment number 9 by: Katie

    I do believe that Sarah Palin is doing the right thing in supporting McCain. She never would have been noticed outside of Alaska if he didn’t tap her for his running mate. That shows a level of class no Democratic woman has.

    She is a lady for it!

  10. comment number 10 by: TexasFred

    Yeah, it’s the right thing to do, support a damned RINO that wants ALL the same shit Obama wants, until election time, and then he’s suddenly Super-Con…

    Katie, you are entitled to your opinion but I am going to say this, if you think Palin is right in this, you just lost as ton of MY respect…

  11. comment number 11 by: Mr Pink Eyes

    We must target the RINOs as well as the liberals and if Sarah Palin decides to back a RINO like John McCain– which she has– than we must target her as well. We do not want more of the same, we do not want RINOs, and we do not want those that support RINOs. It is time for these people to wake up and realize this is not simply an anti-Democrat or anti-Obama movement, it is a movement based on bringing America back to her constitutional roots.

    Sarah Palin is trying to have it both ways; she is trying to be the head of the Tea Party movement while at the same time campaigning for one of the most hated Republicans in the Tea Party movement.

  12. comment number 12 by: TexasFred

    And that Mr Pink Eyes, is exactly why I have no use for her…

  13. comment number 13 by: Katie

    She is right in this. It is the proper thing to do. This is what separates we Conservatives from the Moonbat liberals: manners.

    We have them. So Palin (who I don’t support) shows herself to be a class above many others.

    I doubt that it will help McCain.

  14. comment number 14 by: Dick Robie

    To BobF–I am sure that is the way the folks in Israel feel about the USA.

    I sure dont get it about McCain. Someone ‘splain to me.

  15. comment number 15 by: Katie

    There is no explanation for him. RINO is too mild. He think he is a Conservative, but what he is a POLITICIAN! Came in on Reagan’s coattails and now has abandoned Reagan Republicans.

    I hope he is replaced by a true Conservative.

  16. comment number 16 by: Robert

    I think Palin is doing what she thinks is right, she’s “paying back” a RINO for his bringing her into the spotlight. Personally if it were me I’d be more angry than happy the way it’s turned out.

    Agree with Palin or hate her or love her, she makes liberpukes head explode and she’s serving a purpose right now. She’s a media circus all to herself.

    I like Sarah Palin, I like her stance on the 2nd, I like her stance on energy, and on wildlife management. I think she is doing a good job pushing those ideals. I think she’s also NOT READY for the worst job in the country.

    Useful idiots abound.

  17. comment number 17 by: brwnavy

    McCain only “acts” conservative when it comes time for something he desperately wants like getting himself re-elected.
    The people of Arizona should see right through the smoke screen he has laid down and put him where he belongs…out of office permanently.

    Too bad Palin supports him. I respected Sarah for her stances on many issues including pro-life but her support of a phony conservative has pissed me right off and her support of amnesty for illegals is just plain wrong. Nope! Sarah has put herself in the do not vote category for me.

  18. comment number 18 by: Always On Watch

    I am not happy at all with Sarah Palin standing next to John McCain (RINO) again.

  19. comment number 19 by: Ron Russell

    I watched some of the rally at Search Light and thought the speech were fine. Seemed like Sarah had to read most of hers–not up to par. I don’t recall hearing about any acts of violence and suspect all such talk is hype by those in the MSM and just perhaps wishful thinking on their part.

    I have little use for RINO’s and those who support them and was disappointed that Sarah backed McCain, but was glad to see her at the rally.

    The “Don’t Tread on Me” flag must continue to fly for we already have people trying to discredit it much as they discredited the confederate battle flag and trampled it in the dirt. Chris Matthews began his attack on that flag just a few nights ago.

  20. comment number 20 by: TexasFred

    Palin does have a few good points, and then she stands with McCain…

    1 *aw shit* wipes out at least 3 *attaboys* every time..