The Tea Party movement has been around for about five years now. Our blog on tea will be celebrate its third blogiversary in May. We will arrange a tea party tasting end of this month in Gothenburg. What will happen with this blog in the near future? We will blog about tea events, e.g., Iced Tea Day on June 10, and we will cover what is going on with the Tea Party movement, with a twist…
Have you read Tea Party Patriots: The Second American Revolution by Mark Meckler and Jenny Beth Martin? Here is an excerpt from Wendy Milling’s book review [Hat tip to Harry Binswanger List, April 18]:
The Patriots seek to model their organization on the open source concept, and they request that readers contribute ideas for the pathways to liberty on the Tea Party Patriots’ web site. The best ideas will be incorporated into their agenda and their next book. They explain that as an organization, the Tea Party Patriots only supports a solution when the overwhelming majority of its polled members agree.
My solicited advice would be to make individual rights the organizing principle of the movement. The core values are excellent, and the Patriots generally use “liberty” as the rationale for their positions. However, it is ultimately impossible to remain consistent without using the concept of individual rights as the standard by which ideas are evaluated. Individual rights is more fundamental, and what we normally mean by freedom cannot be defined except by reference to it.
(Forbes, April 15, 2012.)
By the way: Do you think that Barack Obama is using a silver tea spoon nowadays?
The president’s campaign would like you to think Romney was born with silver tea, soup, demitasse, grapefruit, and runcible spoons—not to mention that funny silver ladle we use just on Thanksgiving—in his mouth.
(Slate, April 19, 2012.)
It looks like Chris Rock is not a fan of the Tea Party movement…
What is the real problem with the Republicans?
Too many Republicans still want to vote with their heart, not their head, it appears, so the whole “Romney would be a better general election candidate” thing still seems to have limited appeal among the true conservative believers. Ever since the rise of the Tea Party in 2010 it was clear that activist conservatives were going to demand, above all else, an anti-Obama campaign from their nominee in 2012.
(Voice of America News, March 14, 2012.)
In some parts of the southeastern United States, a half sweetened/half unsweetened tea is ordered as a “Chris Rock”, named after the comedian originally from Andrews, South Carolina.
Chris Rock Attacks Camera After Tea Party Question
What is the real proble…
The libertarian insurgents are currently gathered around Andrew Ian Dodge, a science-fiction writer and amateur rocker (with a penchant for writing lyrics about reducing the size of government), who serves as the unpaid coordinator for Maine’s Tea Party Patriots. Unlike folks on the Christian right, he and his allies aren’t tied in to a network of endowed think tanks, private universities, and broadcasting outlets that help to amplify their message. And Dodge is skeptical of groups like the Tea Party Express, which, he says, is “a Republican front run by Republican apparatchiks.” As an outsider, he’s enjoying having a chance at being on the inside, and he’s not going to give up his seat so easily. “Look at me: I’m a hairy guy with an earring. It’s a new environment on the American right where someone like me fits in, one driven not by an individual but by a core belief system.” A belief system that is made up of the nonreligious tenets of fiscal responsibility, free-market economics, and limited government, according to Dodge. (The Newsweek, December 1, 2010.)
I must say that Andrew Ian Dodge seems to be in good spirits here at the St Louis Tea Party on 9/12, 2010. Maybe he would enjoy a Long Island Iced Tea or some other Tequila drink at the Tea Party?
I think that John Cox would say “yes” to a “cold one” at the next tea party event with Andrew Ian Dodge and give a shout out to the true spirit of Tea Party movement with the following words: “Yeah, Baby!” John Cox has made the graphics for www.ElectTheDodge.com. We at TeaParty.nu are preparing for a Tea Party Revolution and will continue to brew a strong cup of tea for the supporters of the Tea Party movement…
Is it time to point out that the Emperor is nude, ”undress” the leaders of the Tea Party movement and call the poker “bluff” at the casino? Personally, I don’t think that the journalists of the mainstream media have figured out how to use social media in a proper way and they are clueless regarding fundamental ideas. Here is an opinionated excerpt from the article, GOP leaders must free themselves from the Tea Party’s grip, by opinion writer Eugene Joseph Dionne Junior:
The Tea Party lives in an intellectual bubble where the answers to every problem lie in books by F.A. Hayek, Glenn Beck or Ayn Rand. Rand’s anti-government writings, regarded by her followers as modern-day scripture — Rand, an atheist, would have bridled at that comparison — are particularly instructive. (The Washington Post, July 21, 2011.)
I am having a hard time to “read” the tea leaves and have a qualified guess if “Tea Partyers is planning to hold their ground” against the spending spree “or force others to spend,” and if that will “lead to a split of the Republican Party,” a.k.a the Grand Old Party. I must admit that I am not sure about the outcome at the moment, but I am pretty sure that the so-called “American Dream Movement” will not become “bigger than the Tea Party“…
Will you watch Courage, New Hampshire? Here is an excerpt from Gloria Goodale’s article, With ‘Courage, New Hampshire,’ tea party movement enters world of entertainment:
Since the inception of the tea party movement, we’ve had tea party candidates, slogans, and rallies. Next up – tea party TV?
“Courage, New Hampshire,” is the first effort from a new TV production firm, Colony Bay, formed by a duo of Hollywood tea partyers.
The first episode, titled “The Travail of Sarah Pine,” details the struggles of a Colonial American woman to bring to justice the British soldier who fathered her illegitimate child.
It was shot on a shoestring budget of some $120,000, and is intended to depict traditional American values espoused by the tea party movement. (csmonitor.com, June 25, 2011.)
In the news: Queen of the Tea Party. The presidential campaign of Michele Bachmann. – The Weekly Standard.
Do you think that the liberals could start their own tea party?
It is time to stir things up and kick it up a notch! What do think is the biggest challenge for the modern Tea Party movement? Here is an excerpt from Nick Carey‘s post, Stuck between the Tea Party and a hard place:
“The Tea Party will almost certainly primary those they want to get rid of,” said Larry Sabato, a politics professor at the University of Virginia. “They are not out to rebuild the Republican Party. They are out to take over the Republican Party and make it more like the Tea Party.”
“If it takes some Republican defeats along the way to make that happen, then that is what they’ll do,” he added. (Reuters.com, May 17, 2011.)