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(Reason Magazine)   10 researchers attempt to explain the Tea Party   (reason.com) divider line 145
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2012-10-23 10:30:35 AM  
Really? Ten of them to understand undereducated, lower middle class white people afraid of the Black Man and The Gays? They could've just asked, well, anyone.
 
2012-10-23 10:34:14 AM  
What's there to research in order to define? They're Republicans, only, louder and stupider.
 
2012-10-23 10:39:24 AM  
Angry racist scared and often poor white people from mostly rural areas where there are no cultures other than their own.

And the rich white men who exploit them for political gain.
 
2012-10-23 10:40:17 AM  
Oh let's see how the John Birch Society is doing. Oh goodie their top story is on the communist president of the EU commission.

According to the video, he won't go into detail but the president of the EU commission was part of the Communist Terrorist Underground who was trained in China as a Maoist.

Link

It's ok, most peace prizes go to communists or socialists.
 
2012-10-23 10:54:17 AM  
I have to add to this, JBS. So I like his stance on freedom of speech and I really thought he was going somewhere with that. However, then he gets into Obamacare and how it's the UN and Communist way of taking over other countries. Because the healthcare systems of all of the other countries need to be compatible with each other.

Hold the farking fort. There is the possibility of truly universal healthcare where you can get sick in any country and because you paid into your system at home, it's all free, subsidized or taken care of in this other country? And he want's us to fight against it? I didn't think humanity had that kind of foresight.
 
2012-10-23 10:56:55 AM  
1. He's black
2. A little education is a dangerous thing
3. He's black
4. 'Taxation without representation' and 'Don't Tread On Me' sure make nifty slogans
5. He's black

It's not really that complicated.
 
2012-10-23 10:59:21 AM  
The tea party is a "movement" created by Fox news. I remember when they were announcing the "rallies" on April 15 shortly after Bush Mccain lost.
 
2012-10-23 11:02:19 AM  
Old pissed off whites who are mad that a black man is President.
 
2012-10-23 11:07:17 AM  
I'm more interested in the results from the Thirty Helens study.

killerbunnies.com 

"Thirty Helens agree...Teabaggers are dumber than a sack of rocks."
 
2012-10-23 11:15:32 AM  
Using a taxpayer-funded Hoveround to travel to the rally against government spending? THAT is what you're trying to explain?
 
2012-10-23 11:41:35 AM  
images1.wikia.nocookie.net

"Listen, and understand. The Tea Party is out there. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with.
It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you accept that
George W. Bush was the greatest President this country ever had."
 
2012-10-23 11:47:59 AM  

DjangoStonereaver: [images1.wikia.nocookie.net image 386x260]

"Listen, and understand. The Tea Party is out there. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with.
It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you accept that
George W. Bush was the greatest President this country ever had."


I thought Reagan was the Tea Party favorite?
 
2012-10-23 11:48:29 AM  

Because People in power are Stupid: The tea party is a "movement" created by Fox news Koch Industries. I remember when they were announcing the "rallies" on April 15 shortly after Bush Mccain lost.

 
2012-10-23 11:53:12 AM  

Cythraul: I thought Reagan was the Tea Party favorite?


Nah, he's a RINO
 
2012-10-23 11:56:28 AM  

SurfaceTension: Cythraul: I thought Reagan was the Tea Party favorite?

Nah, he's a RINO


They only take the points that agree with them and ignore the rest of what he said. Just like they do with Jesus.
 
2012-10-23 12:02:14 PM  
Take a bunch of low-information voters, add a bunch of racist dog-whistles, throw in a ton of fear of immigrants and new taxes, and bam. There's your recipe for the Tea Party.
 
2012-10-23 12:03:19 PM  
Nice book cover. Here's a more accurate one:

i.imgur.com
 
2012-10-23 12:12:49 PM  
All you need to know is that at a time of historically low taxes and historically high debt, a group would arise that was Taxed Enough Already.
 
2012-10-23 12:15:17 PM  

mrshowrules: All you need to know is that at a time of historically low taxes and historically high debt, a group would arise that was Taxed Enough Already.


But taxes are socialist! (Psst! Hey, what's a socialist?)
 
2012-10-23 12:25:47 PM  

RedPhoenix122: But taxes are socialist! (Psst! Hey, what's a socialist?)


It's when black, Muslim men from Kenya come to our exceptional country and try to tell us what to do.
 
2012-10-23 12:27:25 PM  

Cythraul: It's when black, Muslim men from Kenya come to our exceptional country and try to tell us what to do take away our guns.

 
2012-10-23 12:38:13 PM  
Evangelical Abortion Activists
 
2012-10-23 12:42:55 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: [images1.wikia.nocookie.net image 386x260]

"Listen, and understand. The Tea Party is out there. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with.
It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you accept that
George W. Bush was Sarah Palin would have been the greatest President this country ever had if she hadn't been robbed by that black guy."

 
2012-10-23 12:43:53 PM  
No mention of Bob Altemeyer?

Link
 
2012-10-23 12:49:48 PM  

impaler: No mention of Bob Altemeyer?


Was my first thought, too. Add a link to his page including both his comment on the Tea Party and his free PDF E-book "The Authoritarians".
 
2012-10-23 12:52:52 PM  

Sock Ruh Tease: Nice book cover. Here's a more accurate one:

[i.imgur.com image 220x330]


Damn. I was hoping that was the real name of the book. I was going to order it post-haste.
 
2012-10-23 01:29:26 PM  
The thing is, these folks have a right to be mad. They watched gas prices skyrocket, they watched their incomes plummet, their savings deteriorate, their retirements plundered, and, sadly, they are essentially listening to the folks responsible for just those things pointing them away from themselves.

I feel for these folks, because they are correct in looking for someone to blame. Sadly, they are looking in the opposite direction, and the NeoCons have figured that it's best to keep them close, because if they look around, they'll realize what has gone wrong, and who is actually responsible.

The tax issue is a dodge. It is about getting folks on board to vote against their own interests, and to limit competition in the market. That isn't good for the nation. It isn't good for business either. We are watching the markets contract the number of players, and throw cash overseas as opposed to keeping it here, or using it here. We need local investment. We need more competition in the markets. We need more small business owners. We need to encourage folks to start up businesses that will use local distribution nets, that will serve local markets, because they will conserve cash into those communities, as opposed to shipping out to banks far and away from where the cash was spent. It has never been a trickle down, but always been trickle up. The policies we see advocated are about serving the largest players, and eliminating local players that might keep the cash circulating a bit longer before heading upstream. It WILL do that, but at a slower rate with more competition in the markets, and that is really what the largest players fear. That they won't get their cut as quickly, so that they can ship it out.
 
2012-10-23 01:59:42 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: The tea party is a "movement" created by Fox news. I remember when they were announcing the "rallies" on April 15 shortly after Bush Mccain lost.


Your first five words would have covered it
 
2012-10-23 01:59:59 PM  
It is a 50/50 mix of hate and stupidity.
 
2012-10-23 02:00:15 PM  
They're Republicans that don't want to admit to being Republicans. They will get fussy over Democrats in power and then suddenly hush up when Republicans come back. Just imagine the GOP elephant with Groucho glasses and those silly teabag hats saying "Me? No, I don't like Republicans."
 
2012-10-23 02:00:25 PM  
Tea Baggers are totally taxed enough already and that's why they are fighting tooth and nail to preserve the payroll tax cut, amirite??
 
2012-10-23 02:00:34 PM  
As soon as the Tea Party movement began, so did the war to define it.

Oh, fark off.
 
2012-10-23 02:02:22 PM  

TheMysticS: Because People in power are Stupid: The tea party is a "movement" created by Fox news. I remember when they were announcing the "rallies" on April 15 shortly after Bush Mccain lost.

Your first five words would have covered it


Goddammit so much.
I can't even count anymore.
Election! Please hurry!
 
2012-10-23 02:03:33 PM  
Since a few people have already mentioned that President Obama has a little more pigment in his skin than any previous president, I'll throw out there that he's a Democrat and not a Republican. Those two factors pretty much explain it all.
 
2012-10-23 02:04:20 PM  
It's been said on Fark a million times and it sums up the Tea Party best.

"Both sides are bad, so vote Republican."
 
2012-10-23 02:04:56 PM  
Post-Bush embarrassed Republicans.

/what do I win?
 
2012-10-23 02:05:03 PM  
cosmiccomicslv.com

"Time to spread the word. And the word is FEAR."

/you'd be afraid too if you were looking at a president that you truly believe symbolized everything you know and love coming to an end
 
2012-10-23 02:05:52 PM  
 
2012-10-23 02:05:56 PM  
Same repackaged Republican bullshiat that's been floating around for decades, only with more volume and histrionics to convince the low-info voter that they're not just voting for the same ol' same ol' because they hate that nig socialist in the White House, they love FREEDOM and they're PART OF SOMETHING REVOLUTIONARY!!!! These are the same idiots who probably lose a lot of sleep over that banner ad on Fark, thinking if they stay up late, they'll get to have a date with Michele Bachmann.

Who needs 10 people to figure that one out?
 
2012-10-23 02:07:30 PM  

TheMysticS: TheMysticS: Because People in power are Stupid: The tea party is a "movement" created by Fox news. I remember when they were announcing the "rallies" on April 15 shortly after Bush Mccain lost.

Your first five words would have covered it

Goddammit so much.
I can't even count anymore.
Election! Please hurry!


Hurry is two syllables.
 
2012-10-23 02:09:41 PM  
Who needs researchers? The tag explains the tea party just fine. Good work subby.
 
2012-10-23 02:10:05 PM  

hubiestubert: The thing is, these folks have a right to be mad. They watched gas prices skyrocket, they watched their incomes plummet, their savings deteriorate, their retirements plundered, and, sadly, they are essentially listening to the folks responsible for just those things pointing them away from themselves.

I feel for these folks, because they are correct in looking for someone to blame. Sadly, they are looking in the opposite direction, and the NeoCons have figured that it's best to keep them close, because if they look around, they'll realize what has gone wrong, and who is actually responsible.




This, the metaphor has been made several times regarding the TeaTards, but it still applies; Frankenstein always turns on his master.
 
2012-10-23 02:12:37 PM  
s7.postimage.org
i.imgur.com 

s14.postimage.org
TV rots your brains!

/they're a media cult: they gain identity, distrust outsiders, emotionally defend the 'teachings,' and discourage conversation. Speak against the cult message and you're shunned by your 'friends.'
 
2012-10-23 02:14:58 PM  

verbaltoxin: It's been said on Fark a million times and it sums up the Tea Party best.

"Both sides are bad, so vote Republican."


To late , I voted for Kang.
 
2012-10-23 02:16:49 PM  
I can do it in 6 words: Uneducated Schizophrenic Narcissistic Fascist Racist Hypocrites
 
2012-10-23 02:17:47 PM  

Citrate1007: I can do it in 6 words: Uneducated Schizophrenic Narcissistic Fascist Racist Hypocrites


You said "Republican" a few times there.
 
2012-10-23 02:18:22 PM  
WE GET IT THEIR NOT BLACK
 
2012-10-23 02:18:28 PM  
s3.vidimg.popscreen.com
Tea Party, circa 1870.
 
2012-10-23 02:19:30 PM  
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Their Chairwoman's qualifications: Former Delta flight attendant.

//oh, and Patriot. Forgot that one.
 
2012-10-23 02:20:38 PM  

JolobinSmokin: WE GET IT THEIR NOT BLACK


Race card, poor grammar...yup, typical Teabagger.
 
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