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Why Do They Want Us To Believe The Tea Party Movement Is Dead?

The Tea Party has been under attack since its inception. Republican hierarchy including, if not especially, Karl Rove, the NAACP, the mainstream media, and, of course, Democrats have found fault and condemned the Tea Party.

There were rumors that the Tea Party was no longer viable, that it was on life support, and that it was a damaged brand. Now in a Rasmussen poll released Monday, January 7, 2013, we are informed “the Republican backed Tea Party has reached its most unpopular level since its inception. Just three in 10 voters have a favorable view of the movement with half of the poll’s respondents said that they view the party ‘unfavorably.’” (http://www.examiner.com/article/tea-party-goes-overboard-polls; 1/8/13)

I have problems with these findings for several reasons; a couple of which I will share here. But, first things first.

The Tea Party is under attack from many directions with the Republican hierarchy leading the charge. I will even say that, at one point, I personally believe certain factions within the Republican Party were pleased to see the NAACP publicly condemning Tea Party groups as racist.

I believe it would have been to the Tea Party groups great advantage had they remained autonomous entities juxtaposed to their leaders very quickly aligning themselves with the Republican Party. There was no need to crawl into the pig sty of Republican Party politics.

In 2010, the Tea Party groups still possessed autonomy and individuality. They were community-based and headed by members of the community. The people had assembled because they were outraged by Obama’s uncontrolled spending, the expansion of government, and Obama’s commitment to forcibly take more of our money by increasing our taxes. The Tea Party groups sprang up because the people found that, regardless of their views on abortion and/or same sex marriage, Obama was a threat to our way of life. And they were right.

Where Tea Party groups were wrong is that many of the leaders of the said groups fell prey to their own egos and their failure to recognize from the outset that Republican hierarchy and most Republican politicians were only interested in the Tea Party groups when it came to rallying votes and to giving money.

The Republicans were no more interested in having autonomous, community-level groups supporting the candidates of their choice and making decisions based on what is best for the people than Lenin would have been.

I warned Tea Party groups I spoke to in 2009, and following the Tea Party orchestrated avalanche of victories in 2010, that the greatest threat to their cause would be Republicans. I warned that Karl Rove’s vicious attack on Tea Party members after Christine O’Donnell defeated Mike Castle in Delaware; an attack for which he was forced to do a public mea culpa was a foreshadowing that my assertions were valid. I warned pursuant to his disparaging comments about the then South Carolina Gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley as the Tea Party helped her claw out a victory. But my warnings went unheeded.

This isn’t a case of patting myself on the back. It is the case of my understanding that Republicans do not want We the People to think and stand up for ourselves. As I wrote over a decade ago, the only thing the hierarchy wants from us is our money and votes.

I warned that if the Tea Party groups wanted to make a difference, they would distance themselves from GOP establishment, concentrate on vetting candidates, and supporting the candidates of their choice — not by genuflecting and following the dictates of the GOP. But that is exactly what many Tea Party groups did and this is what has happened. I warned in April 2009 that the Republican hierarchy realized what the Tea Party had not realized at that time, and that was the very real threat that an organized Tea Party could present.

The idea being blathered by media, et al, is, first and foremost, the will of a Republican leadership upset that the candidates we were responsible for getting elected refused to do their bidding. It is a blatant, although left-handed, way of depriving We the People of our right to self-determination.

But, my warnings were for the most part ignored, and now the media and Democrats glibly declare the Tea Party movement dead while the likes of John McCain, John Boehner, Karl Rove, and Reince Preibus give thumbs up away from the public eye.

The Rasmussen poll found that only eight percent of those polled say they are members of the Tea Party. The poll found that views of the Tea Party movement were at their lowest ever.

But I’m not inclined to blindly accept Rasmussen’s findings that easily. I want to know what their demographics were of the 1,000 likely voters contacted for the poll. What was the average age of the people polled? Was the group weighted more male or female? Were there fewer veterans or persons who had never served? Was the poll weighted more Democrat, Republican or Libertarian? How many of the people were retired? Where did the greater number of those polled live? Were they east coast, west coast or the mid-west? What was the average income of those polled? What was their level of completed education?

All of these things and more factor into polls, and without having answers to those questions, I’m not inclined to simply believe the poll. That said, I would also want to know how many of those polled were basing their viewpoints on what they had heard discussed on radio or television.

The most important thing for We the People to keep in mind is that neither of the two major parties is interested in seeing We the People demand those we elect exercising our right to demand smaller government, lower taxes, reduced spending, fewer restrictions pursuant to what we can or cannot do with our property, and so forth.

They want to determine and define what our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness will be, and they will do whatever it takes to ensure they retain that power. And if We the People remain in our coma of belief that the Republican Party leadership gives a whit about us, we will be condemned to being marginalized and voiceless.

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38 Responses to Why Do They Want Us To Believe The Tea Party Movement Is Dead?

  1. Raymond Mars January 10, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    The T.E.A. Party stands up straight for it's principles and values, they haven't "whored out" like the Republican and Democrat Party's. The leftist media can be counted upon to try to demonize those who stand for morals and refuse to bend over to accommodate Socialism.

    • Mychal Massie January 16, 2013 at 6:50 pm #

      raymond mars: many of the local trea parties haven’t…the nation is another story…

  2. Mindy Robinson January 10, 2013 at 7:07 am #

    Actually, the tea party org has grown by a huge percentage since the takeover of this country by socialists. I question the honesty of Rasmussen polls. I won't go into the why of that , all of you use your heads and figure it out.

  3. Woody W Woodward January 10, 2013 at 2:04 am #

    I think that the RINOs see the Tea Party as a larger threat than the Democrats. DC has been a good ol' boy business-as-usual environment for as long as the two parties have existed. Altogether too many of our elected so-called representatives are wielding too much power and making too much money with their respective "bird nests on the ground" to be concerned about OUR Constitution and the rights of We The People. 98% of the DC crowd sure have made a bad name for the other 2%. Sadly, the 98% keep getting elected.
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  4. SunnyVee January 9, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

    I can tell you for a fact that our local tea party, We The Hoosiers, is alive and well and very active! This group does not back any particular candidate, but invites them all to speak at our meetings to give us a chance to see and hear firsthand who they are and what they represent. There is always an educational aspect to the meeting, focusing on issues and how to get the word out about key aspects of the issues.

    I, too, question the methodology of the Rasmussen poll. But here are a couple of thoughts that may dimensionalize the results: these polls only reflect the views of the people who were willing to actually participate. That factor alone greatly skews the data, from my perspective as a very experienced market researcher. There are many more people who refuse to be a part of the survey, or even answer their phones. The other thing that affects a negative attitude toward the tea party is how the media slants their stories about this organization and shapes public opinion by their biased reporting. How often have you seen “news” reports praising the Occupy movement, while the same reporters rip apart the tea party, or quickly accuse the tea party anytime there is violence? Couple that with fighting The Establishment, who would not have the Speakership in the House if it weren’t for the Tea Party, and it’s easy to explain the low favorable rating—it’s all perception, and sadly the picture painted by the media and The Republican Party is why the Tea Party appears to have faded from the scene. I assure you that it hasn’t in this southeastern corner of Indiana!

    I am not sure what the alternative is, because I have yet to find a Democrat I’d be willing to vote for, but I can say proudly and loudly that after these past 2 presidential elections, I AM NO LONGER A REPUBLICAN!

  5. Wakinyan January 9, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

    I agree with you Mychal on wanting to know just who (not by name of course) and in what geographic areas Rasmussen and other polltakers conduct their surveys. I am 72 and have never been polled on anything in my life nor has anyone else I have ever known. That said, if even some of these polls have any validity then what it shows is that the left has been very successful in bamboozling large percentages of the sheep that have become so brain dead they will not or cannot think for themselves and tend to go along with whatever the talking heads are telling them.
    In some ways the republican leaders have become more dangerous to our freedoms than the demonrats because they put on the facade of caring about We the People but their actions show their lies are as bald faced as those spewed out by the other party. Why so many people lack the common sense to see through both parties is almost incomprehensible. The power struggle inside the beltway is not whether or not we are turned into a socialist/communist/sharia nation, they all seem go along with that. Their main concern is how quickly it can be done without causing a general revolt and who will end up running the show. If the house republicans were serious about representing our best interests they would have ousted boener as speaker. It appears to me obama is reaching a point where he believes he can get away with governing by executive order, i.e., dictating, on anything he wants to, such as firearms and so-called environmental restrictions. He does not care if people resist because that will give him the excuse to declare martial law and order his goons to really clamp down. He is so convinced that he is now invulnerable with approval rates supposedly running at fifty percent according to his lap dog media (again, who are they asking?) that he thinks he can win any battle. Maybe he can in the politician’s la-la land they inhabit but they no longer represent the will of the people and have lost touch with how deep the spirit of independence is out away from his ultra liberal east and west coast enclaves and Chicago. Of course the freeloaders will continue to say they support him but when the freebies stop coming, and eventually they must, many of those people will be among the first to turn on him and they won’t be nice about it. They are too accustomed to getting what they want by throwing temper tantrums and the big cities on both coasts will be among the first to burn.
    Back to the Rasmussen poll showing only eight percent still support the tea party: Originally T E A stood for Taxed Enough Already and I refuse to believe only eight percent believe we are not already being taxed enough. We are being taxed into oblivion as a nation of individual liberty.

  6. BigH20 January 9, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    Our local Tea Party are getting things done in our Capitol in Tallahassee. I am proud of them. The sign holding thing has taken a back seat. They are working to get like minded people elected on local levels.

    • Mychal Massie January 9, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

      bigh2o…that’s the ticket…tell them to keep up the good work…

  7. Gary Thomsen January 9, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    It is a natural proclivity of fallen man to want to preserve, protect and increase what power he has over others. I have noticed that the “equality” movements; ie. blacks, women, homosexuals never really want equality, they really seek an advantage over those who they perceive to have an advantage over them. ” Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” never enters into the equation. Do to others before they do to you or do to others more than they have done to you; that is the true aim of the “disadvantaged” classes. The Tea Party should have split from the GOP at the very beginning and they would have had more viability. There is not that much difference between the modern Republican party and the Democrat party. They all want a socialist/communist government in the USA; their main disagreement is speed of change and who is King of the hill when the dust settles. I sometimes think that is Obama is the best thing that has happened to us in a long time because he is so transparent with his agenda. If he presses his luck too far and too fast (which he is bound to do), then there may at last a true awakening of conservatives in America and may even cause some liberals to think for themselves. If that happens, then the socialist/communist agenda is doomed.

    • Betsy Young January 9, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

      Let’s hope Gary, let’s hope!

    • Mychal Massie January 9, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

      gary thomsen: I agree w/ everything you have said…

      • GMiller January 10, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

        I don’t Mychal. If people haven’t awakened up to the AKA “Obama” menace by now,they may never. Obama has already overreached absurdly and yet there is no widespread popular outrage, no electoral shift, few in the streets protesting his actions and FORCING immediate change.

        The national Tea Parties tended to support RINO’s, but not so much the local ones. We often had no better choices than the Republican anointed candidates, because of the corrupt selection process. People in some areas were able to change that somewhat, but no t in most,. That is why we still have John Boehner, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, etc.

        Our Tea Party passed on endorsing some of the GOP candidates this year. Most voted for Romney for Prez, simply because the most likely alternative was too horrible to contemplate, so we concentrated on the only rival in real contention. Many of us had previously supported Ron Paul, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, etc. I was amazed at how many Evangelicals, true Conservatives, Ron Paul fans and generally disaffected people said they wouldn’t vote at all. The millions who didn’t vote this year would have swung the election to Romney.

        It is time, past time actually, for a real alternative to the big parties. So far, nothing major has emerged, but the provocation is finally sufficient. I’ll vote for actual Republicans who follow the Constitution– not many left.

        • Mychal Massie January 16, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

          gmiller: I agree w/ you…

  8. Owen K. January 9, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    For those of you commenting here, who think the Tea Party is on the decline, let me ask one question. Then, what is your solution? Are we doomed as a nation to liberalism or single party rule? Again, what is your solution? It is fine to argue what is wrong, but what is your solution?

    • Mychal Massie January 9, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

      owen k: I for one do not think the tea party is dead…the idea of it as a party juxtaposed to a movement has been tainted but that can be overcome if t/p leadership stops wanting to make nice-nice w/ repubs leadership…

  9. Gary Moore January 9, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    It has been a difficult time for the Tea Party, but I have not given up on them. We have had to endure attacks by the liberals and the GOP. The attacks by the mainstream media have been relentless. I believe, once the obama sycophants finally realize what his intentions are, and the conservative rank and file realize what a toothless tiger the Republican party is, they will revitalize the Tea Party. I may be wrong, but I can in no way be more wrong than Karl Rove, or Dick Morris, in their predictions of a Romney landslide.

    • Mychal Massie January 9, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

      gary moore: it is the misguided egos of those who want to sit at the table w/ repubs that sent the movement off track…their actions are tantamount to asking the fox for help to watch your hen house…

  10. john rusnak January 9, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    I tend to lean in the direction of little to no government,personal responsibility for my actions, a military strength based on outward threats,no personal taxes on income from production,the right to practice my religion without interference from a godless government,and the right and ability to achieve the American Dream.
    If that is a “tea partier” then I guess I am one.
    I know many many people with similar views. “WE” are not dead!!

    I do not believe the gov. is there to run the show or provide for those who can not.Welfare should be a hand up not a hand out. One should pass a grade in school because he can do the work not because of the curve and gov demands.How can a person possibly make it or even want to try if he is coddled along from the very beginning.
    The government’s ideal seems,sadly, to be nothing more than the Matrix….starring “We The People”

    • Betsy Young January 9, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

      Ohmygosh John…..I love you!!! Well said!

    • Mychal Massie January 9, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

      john rusnak: your last sentence sums it up…

  11. Lanette Wagner January 9, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    I agree. The Republicants have been a lay down for too many years while getting trampled. They have become the old fogey party. Seniors sitting in their recliners listening to Rush Limbaugh.

    • Owen K. January 9, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

      I disagree with your analysis. The problem with the Republican Party is that it is split between two groups. Those new Republicans who posses at least some true conservative beliefs, and those “establishment” Republicans who believe in preserving their power and cutting deals with anyone that will help them to that end. Examples of the “establishment” are, John Boehner, Mitt Romney, Carl Rove, and a host of others. The real problem is that too many “establishment” Republicans still hold a good part of the power base in the Republican Party. If they did listen to Rush Limbaugh, they would never have nominated Mitt Romney in the first place.

      • Mychal Massie January 9, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

        owen k: my friend you have smacked a home run…I could not agree more…

    • Mychal Massie January 9, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

      lanette wagner: if they listened to Rush we would be better off…

  12. Carol Osborne Mason January 9, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

    I'm not sure I totally agree with you on this one. My husband and I used to be enthusiastic about the Tea Party and attended several gatherings in Houston. We have since lost a lot of our enthusiasm, in part because of the inferior candidates backed by the Tea Party in several primaries. I do agree that Republicans, just like Democrats, are preoccupied with preserving their own power. However, the people of the Tea Party are susceptible to the pitfalls of ego and power also. I believe that the Tea Party has been unrealistic in their expectations of how they could change Washington. It's fine to be idealistic, but one must also be realistic.

    • Owen K. January 9, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

      So Carol, what is the alternative? Drop out and wait for the liberals and establishment Republicans to drive our country over the edge? Again, you need to ask yourself, what is the alternative? If you no longer believe that the Tea Party is worth it, then prepare for the worst of times. Our country will go over the edge with the present power structure in D.C., and if there is no opposition, things will get much worse.

      • Mychal Massie January 9, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

        owen k: point well made…

    • Mychal Massie January 9, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

      carol osborne mason: I agree per the pitfalls of ego and power…that said t/p was a movement…it went astray when egos tried to cozy up to repub leadership…I can only address candidates on an individual basis…but I would welcome christine o’donnell over mike castle any day of the week…I add that one of the problems w/ candidates were those claiming to be what they weren’t as a means to get elected…

      • GMiller January 10, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

        amen

        • Mychal Massie January 16, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

          gmiller: thk you…

  13. Sunny January 9, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    Me thinks the people who agree with the principles of the tea party are vastly under recognized. Just because one hasn’t identified as a member anywhere, those who are counting have no idea how many of us are out here. I had the RNC call for a donation…with glee, I told them I would never support them in any way, I don’t like them or agree with them. Just because I was registered with an R, they assumed I was one of them. If it weren’t for voter fraud and dirty politics we wouldn’t have to suffer another 4 years of the warped idiot who is disgracing our house. Can we fix it where there will be an honest election again?…doubt it. I’m so thankful God is in charge and with prayer we will get through this difficult time.

    • Betsy Young January 9, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

      Amen Sunny!!

    • Mychal Massie January 9, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

      sunny: point well made…

  14. Darlene January 9, 2013 at 10:56 am #

    You are absolutely on the money today! I believe the Republican hierarchy are directly responsible for the mess we are in…They engineered the election (failed to support conservative candidates and did nothing as candidates like Allen West fought to keep their seats). Now they can control the members of Congress to keep up the lie. They are RINOS and are thrilled to be able to moan and cry about the fact that they only control one branch of the Congress. Actually, they control in “name only”. Boehner is without any merit and should have been replaced when they had a chance. Unfortunately, he has manuvered himself into such a position that most Republicans (conservative or not) are afraid to go against his wishes. It is so interesting…Some former Tea-Partyiers have aligned themselves with Boehner and forgot their promises to the electorate. Eller, (R) NC is a shining example. They all should just go home, and go fishing. Heck with the electorate, they would serve our needs better than being in DC and following the “Party” line.

    • Mychal Massie January 9, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

      darlene: you are spot on…

  15. Ben January 9, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    Yes, the politicians, Dems and RINOs are drunk with power. The only hope is the TP and they need to organize as a party now. Whether that is under the Libertarian, Conservative, or another banner or we will never reverse this monstrosity.

    • Betsy Young January 9, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

      I’m with ya Ben!!!

    • Mychal Massie January 9, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

      ben: we must extricate ourselves from the dictates and traps of the gop, party hierarchy and the tv news programming that is only interested in entertaining for ratings purposes under the guise of presenting news…

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