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Democrats strike back at GOP

Posted Friday, January 15, 2010, at 11:25 AM

Interesting e-mail this morning from the Tennessee Democratic Party.

The first National Tea Party Convention will be held Feb. 4-6 at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, they remind us

Here's the Democratic Party's take on some Republicans:

"Conspiracy theorists who believe the President is an illegal alien with terrorist ties, the government is setting up death panels to kill the elderly and states should secede from the Union will be among the featured speakers at this rally."

Wow. I think that may be going a little too far.

But here's some food for thought from the Democrats:

"Tennessee has been put in the crosshairs of a thinly veiled attempt by the far-right wing of the Republican Party to mislead and agitate as many voters as possible before the November elections. We cannot afford to let a minority of extremists drive this state and this country's agenda. Too many of our state's Republicans have embraced extremist views."

And I don't disagree with that.

Your thoughts?


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I think maybe Barry Goldwater went before Rush.

"I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!"

-- Posted by devan on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 3:14 PM

Just please get Sarah Palin to sign my copy of, "Going Rogue" before you verbally chastize her at the convention. Thanks.

-- Posted by Cornelia.Marie on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 1:40 PM

Is there anyone left who is surprised that most Republicans are labeled extremist? Rush Limbaugh,and his coharts cinched the extremist label for Republicans 16 years ago.

-- Posted by chs61 on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 8:53 PM

Go Jeff Brown!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by docudrama on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 10:19 AM

I'm thinking of going, just to protest Palin. I don't think she represents the Tea Party very well, and I don't like the way some politicians are 'hijacking' this movement.

I thought I was aligned with the Tea Party until lately....

-- Posted by espoontoon on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 6:09 AM

Anyone here attending the tea party convention in Nashville? I hear the cost is $560 per person; and it is being organized by a for profit company.

-- Posted by Grit on Sun, Jan 17, 2010, at 6:52 PM

Does anyone realize that The OBie adminstration has thrown a party on the average of every three days during his first year as emperor. Fiddling while Rome burns I think.

-- Posted by cherokee2 on Sun, Jan 17, 2010, at 3:30 PM

Thanks cherokee2 for reminding me of Sen. Nancy Pokey the California causcasian causation. I wonder if they have ever tried botox on an alligator's face. Could'nt make it's face worse and it may help it's smile.

-- Posted by Grits on Sun, Jan 17, 2010, at 1:45 PM

Grits, don't forget the national warehouse of botox, "Nancy Piglosi".

-- Posted by cherokee2 on Sun, Jan 17, 2010, at 12:42 PM

What is a Democrat?? Oh, I know, it's a Barney Frank, two Chuck Schumers and three Barbara Boxers.

-- Posted by Grits on Sun, Jan 17, 2010, at 9:48 AM

I don't really blame the politicians. Voter apathy has been taking us to the point we have arrived at for more than 40 years that I'm aware of. We are a country of people who can name every one of the twelve finalists on American Idol but we don't know and don't care who our congressional representatives are. Voting straight down party lines has also helped corrupt the system, for that means you're voting for the little R or D beside the persons name rather than the individual. Our local elections prove my point. If I'm remembering correctly, only about 9% of our county's population even bothered to vote. The majority of those 9% will continue to decide who governs the remaining 91% who stayed at home to watch the one eyed beast that runs their daily lives. Are the politicians really the ones to blame?

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Sun, Jan 17, 2010, at 12:41 AM

I absolutely agree with you Darrick_04.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Sun, Jan 17, 2010, at 12:38 AM

Seriously,

This blog will garner nothing accomplished, just like every other political blog. Nothing but name calling and the blame game. Is there any wonder an economic disaster was awaiting us? Nobody was trying to find solutions, because everyone was too busy appointing the blame to someone else. I honestly have NO idea why this is call the United States. It seems, at nearly every single core issue we deal with, division is what we are better at. It's pathetic that the only time we are United is when tragedy strikes.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Sat, Jan 16, 2010, at 8:43 PM

the council of conservitive citizens and tea parties are alot alike as far the ideas and goals they work towards (((im not representing the council in any post but my own voice only go to their website to veiw thiers these are mine.)))i do fully support the council aswell as the tea parties they are both wonderful organizations who seek to work for a better and brighter future and to point out the wrongs to the people who open thier eyes.

-- Posted by ipledgeallegiancetotheCSA on Sat, Jan 16, 2010, at 7:17 PM

3rd parties are out there but people refuse to acknowledge them because its a habit to be either democrat or republican.And yes right wing terrorists they are only because they stand for states rights and more power to the people instead of a built by bush now day obamanation that we so blindly call a goverment.which is actually compariable to hitlers nazi germany except instead of one man haveing all the power its the whole goverment..just as hitler spread across europe with his nazism america is doing to the world with its democrocay sticking its nose in everyone elses military affairs.I'm sure we can all agree that communism is a waste of time and pathetic excuse for a form of goverment (god bless the troops who fought against it)but as we all set and see we are being pulled into a more communist like goverment everyday and closer and closer to being the united nations.the people of america fought so hard to stop nazism...where is the passion and the fight to stop this tyrrany thats swallows us deeper and deeper everyday into a u.n. communist goverment?......just remember tyrrany can only thrive in existance where there is no rebbelion to stand against it..the south done it once now we ALL must do it again. to stand tall for the constitution the way it was intended and the bill of rights states right and a republic of the people by the people is considered to be right wing extremism. which is exactly what our forfathers wer extremist they fought hard for what they wanted through war a extreme event there fore extremist im proud to be one to because ill stand for what they did anyday a free nation not ruled by tyrrany of the rich goverment.THE DEMO RATS REPUBLI CAINTS are the same either full on liberals or liberals still in the liberal closet

-- Posted by ipledgeallegiancetotheCSA on Sat, Jan 16, 2010, at 7:08 PM

Obviously Wonderwhy is a devout democrat, which is ok. Personally I look at both parties with great suspicion. But lets pray that we all survive this next 3 years and go from there.

-- Posted by cherokee2 on Sat, Jan 16, 2010, at 5:14 PM

BobM where was all your concern when the last administration was stabbing this country in the back? Had you spoke up then alot of your complaints here could have been prevented - one example is the illegal problem did not just start last January, the late night votes were a favorite of Bush's, oh and why only the current 535 elected that you accuse why not all those from the last administration and their buddies such as Black Water and Haliburton and all the others on the republican pay roll and pocket padding missions? Or are you one of those who think if it's the republicans it's fine and dandy - anything goes, and if it's not republican then no way, no how, you will never agree with any of that?

-- Posted by wonderwhy on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 9:28 PM

The Tea Party offers Americans a way to 'voice their opinions' and be heard. Calls, faxes and emails seem to be very much mostly ignored.

The Tea Party march around our Square included me in the noon weekday march, 1 of 100+ and our token dog.

I am one who the head of DHS has branded a 'right wing terrorist' as I qualify under a number of her points. I assume that is my thanks for having served in a combat zone among other things.

I am personally nauseated by those currently in office ie; 1am votes, closed door sessions, buying the union vote with a 10 year exclusion, buying the Nebraska and Louisiana votes, actions that would place you or I in jail for bribery, ect ect.

Americans have begged Congress to take action on the illegals for years only to be told by staffers that "its a very involved problem that takes time" and yet TARP was passed in the face of a majority objecting in less than 30 days.

Of the current 535 elected well over 80% need to take their stolen dollars and perks and crawl back under their rock.

That includes our own Rhino Alexander.

With any luck the voice and actions of the Tea Party groups will force those who are considering to run for election to think deep prior to as Americans are finally beginning to awaken.

-- Posted by BobM on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 3:39 PM

The presidents ties with terrorists, anti-Israel, racism, and marxist theologies are known. Think Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, government take over of auto, banks, healthcare industires, the Gates incedent, etc. Read his books.

What about the transparency he campaigned on and then the locked door, and the buy-out (Nebraska, Unions) negotiations going on with healthcare?

I don't lay it all at his door. There is plenty of blame to go around for the GOP as well.

I believe the GOP is about as crooked as they can be and that the Dems ARE as crooked as they can be. In this, at least, the Democrats seem to be excelling.

To me all politicians should be held accountable for the promises they make on the campaign trail and serve jail time for treason when they betray the public trust in such blatant manners.

Have you seen the healthcare debate on CSPAN that Obama said he would insist on during the campaign?

Read my lips, "no new taxes"?????????

What is far right wing and far left wing anyway? What do they stand for? Perhaps a clear definition of these two terms would shed some light on what the real issues are.

Conspiracy, corruption or incompetence, our government has become to big and unyielding to the will of the people. History has shown it will only get worse if left unchecked.

That is my opinion.

-- Posted by Liveforlight on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 3:32 PM

As opposed to conspiracy theorists who believe that Dick Cheney and George Bush planned 9/11, that the government has a right to single out a group of people (the wealthy) and have them provide financial sustenance for half of citizens and all non-citizens, and that states should relenquish all rights to the Federal government and that a nanny state should be developed and maximized.

Both parties have their extremists. Republicans and Democrats alike should start policing their own and stop demonizing anyone who does not fall lockstep in with the party line.

-- Posted by TubeSock on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 2:15 PM

Extremists are probably necessary on both sides since without them we would likely get bored with all the politicians who make middle of the road, "politically correct" statements.

Since I don't know what the Republican extremists are being extreme about, I guess that is all I say, unless I do know, and don't think it is extreme.

I don't get e-mails from either side and NO, I don't need them. Either party is going to be the greatest, so I will research the candidates and decide from there.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 1:57 PM

Who is going to speak at this "Convention"?

I would imagine that EVERY and ANY political party is going to try to motivate and influence the voters, for EVERY election. I am surprised it is a revelation to the Democratic Party, but am sure glad they don't have any plans of that nature.

Anyone know what the extremist views are to which they refer? Does the e-mail expound on that?

Maybe the right wing extremists will offset any left wing extremists. I am sure they are not in the Democratic party, but they must be there somewhere.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 1:31 PM

You're saying liberals and their leadership don't like it when people speak out about a government that is overstepping its bounds and doesn't think it should answer to the the citizens of the country it supposedly represents? They should instead be good, appreciative little subjects and accept whatever barry soetoro thinks is in our best interest.

Who'da thunk it?

-- Posted by quietmike on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 12:44 PM


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