Tea Party Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

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    Feb 28, 2014 1:20 AM GMT
    “I think after the 2012 election the Tea Party is really finding its own identity,” said Judd Saul, a filmmaker from Cedar Falls, Iowa, who was there to promote his new film about the Internal Revenue Service, “Unfair.”

    “The Tea Party will be coming back with a vengeance,” he added. “But we’re still in the rebuilding phase.”

    The Tea Party is both the Republican Party’s greatest agitator and its biggest source of political energy, and that has proved difficult to square since the 2010 elections sent to Washington the first freshman class of lawmakers it inspired. With the midterm races this year and the 2016 presidential elections on the horizon, the biggest question for the few hundred people who traveled from all over the country to celebrate on Thursday was how to ensure that internal divisions will not consume them.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/28/us/politics/tea-party-group-celebrating-its-fifth-anniversary-is-happy-but-restless.html?hpw&rref=us
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    Feb 28, 2014 1:32 AM GMT
    Cue "Koch Secret Operation" posts...
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    Feb 28, 2014 1:40 AM GMT
    The best thing about the Tea Party is that in some instances they have helped Democrats get elected because of extreme views their candidates hold.
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    Feb 28, 2014 3:08 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidCue all the nasty posts about the Tea Party... icon_rolleyes.gif
    I did not mean it that way--an article on Tea Party directly from the NYT.
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    Feb 28, 2014 3:15 AM GMT
    The Tea Party is just the modern reinvention of the Know-Nothing Party.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Know-Nothing_Party
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    Feb 28, 2014 3:16 AM GMT
    Harry Reid, Chris Coons, Michael Bennett and countless other elected officials are also celebrating.
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    Feb 28, 2014 5:19 AM GMT
    Sharka_Khan saidThe Tea Party is just the modern reinvention of the Know-Nothing Party.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Know-Nothing_Party


    Good point.

    Apparently nothing has changed. Here's something from the wiki entry attributed to Mr. James M. McPherson:

    Immigration during the first five years of the 1850s reached a level five times greater than a decade earlier. Most of the new arrivals were poor Catholic peasants or laborers from Ireland and Germany who crowded into the tenements of large cities. Crime and welfare costs soared. Cincinnati's crime rate, for example, tripled between 1846 and 1853 and its murder rate increased sevenfold. Boston's expenditures for poor relief rose threefold during the same period.

    Just change a few words and you end up with the talking points of the GOP/conservatives/Tea Party for any minority group they feel like picking on like blacks, latinos, etc.

    Apparently America made a mistake in welcoming the Irish and Germans?
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    Feb 28, 2014 5:37 AM GMT
    Tea Party-backed ex-congressman Joe Walsh recently tweeted a critique of the LGBT community, referring to them as "constitutional terrorists" because they opposed Arizona's anti-gay bill.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/27/joe-walsh-lgbt-community-terrorists_n_4868614.html?utm_hp_ref=politics