DjangoStonereaver: While I think you are 100% correct in your assessment, I can't help but think that the President's race catalyzes theirvirulent hatred.
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.
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 ...
Now a collection of academic essays, Steep: The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party, attempts to provide such an "informed and profound understanding."
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 itGoddammit so much.I can't even count anymore.Election! Please hurry!Hurry is two syllables.
Citrate1007: I can do it in 6 words: Uneducated Schizophrenic Narcissistic Fascist Racist Hypocrites
SurfaceTension: Cythraul: I thought Reagan was the Tea Party favorite?Nah, he's a RINO
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