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(Reason Magazine)   10 researchers attempt to explain the Tea Party   (reason.com ) divider line
    More: Stupid, tea party movement, Rick Santelli, Clarence Lo, American Majority, University of Missouri-Columbia, political structure, San Francisco State University, Barry Goldwater  
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2012-10-23 12:03:19 PM  
7 votes:
Nice book cover. Here's a more accurate one:

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2012-10-23 02:41:50 PM  
5 votes:
That article had a lot of words. I think I can sum it up better this way:

earthisland.com


4.bp.blogspot.com


www.neckofstate.com


www.esquire.com

static.guim.co.uk

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www.pankmagazine.com
2012-10-23 11:41:35 AM  
5 votes:
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 11:07:17 AM  
3 votes:
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 02:19:30 PM  
2 votes:
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Their Chairwoman's qualifications: Former Delta flight attendant.

//oh, and Patriot. Forgot that one.
2012-10-23 11:15:32 AM  
2 votes:
Using a taxpayer-funded Hoveround to travel to the rally against government spending? THAT is what you're trying to explain?
2012-10-23 10:56:55 AM  
2 votes:
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 10:34:14 AM  
2 votes:
What's there to research in order to define? They're Republicans, only, louder and stupider.
2012-10-23 06:31:13 PM  
1 vote:

DjangoStonereaver: While I think you are 100% correct in your assessment, I can't help but think that the President's race catalyzes their
virulent hatred.


Of course. He broke the uncontested, 200+ year rule of old, rich, white anglo-saxon protestant men (and one irish catholic).

I mean, just look at that pattern:

addisonrd.com

To them, that's the motherfarking end times.
2012-10-23 04:06:28 PM  
1 vote:
i159.photobucket.com
2012-10-23 03:19:31 PM  
1 vote:

Millennium: Standard liberal interpretation of the Tea Party, more or less: sheep that have been brainwashed by a core of eeeeevil people. A few fresh twists on the subject, but ultimately suffering from the standard confirmation bias that cannot allow itself to admit that the opposition thinks.



You mean I should really care about what people who are, as a group, old and uneducated, think?
2012-10-23 03:08:09 PM  
1 vote:

crazydave023: I joined Tea Party Nation about a year ago to see what all the fuss was about. I find political sociology interesting and often like to find out why people believe what they do and to try and question that. I would rarely post in their forums and only if it was something that interested me and I had knowledge of the particular subject. I was very careful about not to troll too hard (tenpoundsofcheese style). At first I would get responses ranging from asking why I believed what I did to pure hatred and name calling. Sometimes people would engage in rational well thought out discussion. Over the course of the past year, it has really devolved into one giant hate Obama thread. I found that to be most distressing, but what was even more bothersome was that any one who even had an opposing viewpoint i.e. Obama isn't a secret Muslim Socialist trying to destroy America was ridiculed and labeled a liberal Communist. Also, I thought to myself "What type of fear do these people live in"? These are the same people who claim to be rough and tough and rugged individualists. The levels of paranoia and cognitive dissonance are amazing. It was like they couldn't comprehend someone else being right on a specific issue. The man who runs the show over there, Judson Phillips writes these lengthy articles about how Obama is destroying America. I would read the articles and just facepalm. He would use language like "Real Americans". This really bothered me so I replied, "Aren't we all Real Americans"?. I never got a response. The language he uses was very divisive. I also tended to notice that the many of these people were in their 50's and 60's and were white and seemed to live in rural areas. They seemed in my view, to act very irrational and has gotten worse as the year has progressed. I hope for a better future and i guess I came to say that I hope my generation will do better. I am 27 and work in real estate. I think that it bothers them that they are edging towards retirement and ...


You should be awarded a grant to study the natural habitat of the Rural Teadtardus.
2012-10-23 02:56:25 PM  
1 vote:

Millennium: Standard liberal interpretation of the Tea Party, more or less: sheep that have been brainwashed by a core of eeeeevil people. A few fresh twists on the subject, but ultimately suffering from the standard confirmation bias that cannot allow itself to admit that the opposition thinks.


But only after Jan 1, 2009, of course. Apparently the 8 years prior they were all in a coma.
2012-10-23 02:53:03 PM  
1 vote:
Standard liberal interpretation of the Tea Party, more or less: sheep that have been brainwashed by a core of eeeeevil people. A few fresh twists on the subject, but ultimately suffering from the standard confirmation bias that cannot allow itself to admit that the opposition thinks.
2012-10-23 02:52:30 PM  
1 vote:
One of the best descriptions of the Tea Party I've come across:

"Movements like the Tea Party more than anything else reflect a widespread longing for simpler times and simpler solutions - just throw the U.S. Constitution at the whole mess and everything will be jake. For immigration, build a big fence. Abolish the Federal Reserve, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Education. At times the overt longing for simple answers that you get from Tea Party leaders is so earnest and touching, it almost makes you forget how insane most of them are....One of the key psychological characteristics of the Tea Party is its oxymoronic love of authority figures coupled with a narcissistic celebration of its own 'revolutionary' defiance....The Tea Party movement is not without some very legitimate grievances. But its origins - going back to Santelli's rant - are steeped in a gigantic exercise in delusional self-worship."
2012-10-23 02:44:14 PM  
1 vote:
Now a collection of academic essays, Steep: The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party, attempts to provide such an "informed and profound understanding."

*tries really hard to keep a straight face*
2012-10-23 02:24:46 PM  
1 vote:
They're religious zealots who who fear Creeping Sharia.

They're strict capitalists who want government out of their Medicare.

They're fiscally responsible patriots who have no understanding of finance.

They're the people who carry their guns in protest after Obama signs a bill expanding gun rights.

They're fools who embrace and proudly exercise the right to be ignorant.

They're a farking walking contradiction.

They're pants-wetting pansies.

There.
2012-10-23 02:23:10 PM  
1 vote:

RedPhoenix122: 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.


TheBlackrose: Your first five words would have covered it

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

Hurry is two syllables.


Actually, it was started by freepers. They chose the ‶Teabag" name, even after being warned by their own as to what that term meant. They deliberately used the term anyway (the linked Freeper thread is from February 20, 2009, before any Tea Party protests, and months before Anderson Cooper would say his famous ‶teabagging" line), thinking that the sexual connotation would be applied to their enemies, not to themselves.

www.bradblog.com
⇑ Look carefully at the lower right corners of the posters. ⇑
Yep, the very same Freepers who posted in that thread made,
and are holding, those signs at that first Tea Party protest!

2012-10-23 02:18:28 PM  
1 vote:
s3.vidimg.popscreen.com
Tea Party, circa 1870.
2012-10-23 02:17:47 PM  
1 vote:

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


You said "Republican" a few times there.
2012-10-23 02:16:49 PM  
1 vote:
I can do it in 6 words: Uneducated Schizophrenic Narcissistic Fascist Racist Hypocrites
2012-10-23 02:12:37 PM  
1 vote:
s7.postimage.org
i.imgur.com 

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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 02:05:03 PM  
1 vote:
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 02:00:34 PM  
1 vote:
As soon as the Tea Party movement began, so did the war to define it.

Oh, fark off.
2012-10-23 01:59:59 PM  
1 vote:
It is a 50/50 mix of hate and stupidity.
2012-10-23 11:56:28 AM  
1 vote:

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 10:30:35 AM  
1 vote:
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.
 
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