Tea Party Activists Angry at G.O.P. Leaders
As Tea Party politicians prepare to take their seats when the 112th Congress convenes this week, they are already taking issue with Republicans for failing to hold the line against the flurry of legislation enacted in the waning weeks of Democratic control of the House of Representatives and for not giving some candidates backed by Tea Party groups powerful leadership positions.
Just a month ago, Tea Party leaders were celebrating their movement’s victories in the midterm elections. But as Congress wrapped up an unusually productive lame-duck session last month, those same Tea Party leaders were lamenting that Washington behaved as if it barely noticed that American voters had repudiated the political establishment.
In their final days controlling the House, Democrats succeeded in passing legislation that Tea Party leaders opposed, including a bill to cover the cost of medical care for rescue workers at the site of the World Trade Center attacks, an arms-control treaty with Russia, a food safety bill and a repeal of the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military.
“Do I think that they’ve recognized what happened on Election Day? I would say decisively no,” said Mark Meckler, a co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, which sent its members an alert last month urging them to call their representatives to urge them to “stop now and go home!!”
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Tea Party Activists Angry at G.O.P. Leaders
The New York Times got it right this time. TEA Party activists ARE angry at GOP leaders. The problem, at least in my part of the world, is finding TEA Party ACTIVISTS.
We have gone through many upheavals in the TEA Party, a former President that was only in it to *fluff* his resume for his run at the City Council. A former President that was the very definition of timidity, Caspar Milquetoast was a radical SOB compared to this guy.
A former VP that was basically useless, and insisted that there could be NO conflict of ANY kind within the TEA Party. Life itself is a never ending conflict.
We had leaders that called for the TEA Party to say the Pledge of Allegiance before a meeting, then realizing that we didn’t have a flag, calling for the pledge to be made to a red, white and blue striped golf shit that I was wearing. I do NOT embellish.
I have seen it all with our local TEA Party activists. I have heard it all too, every excuse in the book for the lack of participation and abject apathy that so many exhibit.
My favorite one, without a doubt, ‘Don’t worry Fred, it’s the holidays, and folks have that on their mind…’, and that’s been the word since elections were over. I guess some folks start the holidays a lot earlier now.
Here’s a little truth for you, FREEDOM doesn’t take a holiday. Patriotism doesn’t take a holiday. Our troops didn’t take a holiday. Our enemies didn’t take a holiday and you can bet that they ARE taking note of the obvious apathy that some TEA Party groups are exhibiting.
This is a NEW YEAR and I am going to start it off right, I am going to fire up our TEA Party or get kicked the hell out of it. And to be totally honest with my readers, I am to the point that I don’t care if I DO get kicked out.
I use this blog to put up stories that are relevant to the topics of the day, ObamaCare, finance, bailouts, welfare, ILLEGAL invaders, I cover ALL of it.
I point out errors, I point out RINOs, I point out posers, socialists, anti-American cretins, fakes, morons and any other element that I believe threaten the freedom of this nation. I offer solutions to the problems of the day. I am very active in local politics, state politics and U.S. politics. My Mayor, Council members, State Representative, State Senator and U.S. Senators and Congressman know me by name, have my phone number and call me regularly. And NOT for money.
I have a solid core of wonderful fans and readers too. Anyone want to take a guess as to how many of those fans and readers are TEA Party members? And how many TEA Party members bother to comment? Or even reply to email for that matter?
Go ahead, take a guess…I’ll wait.
But Tea Party activists did not reserve their criticism for Democrats. “The Republicans, frankly, have been a disaster,” Mr. Meckler said. “They stood strong on some things, but the only reason they stood strong is because we stood behind them with a big stick.”
Maybe it’s time for TEA Party leaders to get after their members with that same *big stick*.
Still, the Tea Party could point to some impact already. Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, who will become House speaker when the Republicans assume the majority, has proposed new procedural rules that acknowledge Tea Party demands.
Boehner might be a good thing too…if he can manage to lead, and speak, without breaking down with a hysterical crying fit.
House members will not be able to introduce a bill or a joint resolution without “a statement citing as specifically as practicable the power or powers granted to Congress in the Constitution to enact it.”
All I can say is, it’s about time! I personally think it would be wonderful if the government of this nation took the Constitution to heart, and followed it, instead of using it for toilet paper.
This was a leading demand of the Contract From America, a Tea Party manifesto that was issued as a prelude to the midterm elections. Proposed legislation will have to be posted online for three days before any vote, reflecting Tea Party demands for greater transparency.
I seem to remember asking OUR TEA Party about signing on to this. If memory serves me, all I got was the usual response…nothing.
A few folks, a VERY few, have seriously worked their asses off for The Rowlett TEA Party, and my hat is off to them, but by far, we have too many here, and all across America, that are sitting back and waiting for someone to do the work for them.
I communicate everything I find that is of importance to America, the TEA Party and the cause of, that’s the job I was given, that’s the job I do. But ya know, once in a while a little response would be nice. I don’t mean a pat on the head and an ‘atta boy’, I mean a ‘what the hell are we going to DO about this BS?’ kind of response. I mean a FIRED UP, lets take these bastards to task kind of response.
The GOP has caved in on this lame duck session. The TEA Party did, as a whole, give the Congress a mandate, and the TEA Party got LIP SERVICE from Congress. If the entire TEA Party doesn’t get its act together, if TEA Party leaders can’t find a way to mobilize and energize the TEA Party base, and to GROW that base, the TEA Party is going to fall by the wayside and the GOP will become the party of RINOs all over again.
Apathy is a killer. Sitting back and griping isn’t going to get it done. Emails to ME saying, “You know what YOU need to do?” isn’t going to get it done. This is a fight that we ALL take part in or it’s one we’re going to lose.
I hate apathetic crybabies. I hate losers, weak leaders and RINOs even more.