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post #1 of 24
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Sean Hannity is on right now, he is at the Tea Party in Atlanta, Georgia.
15,000 people there. The parties have been held all over America today.
A million tea bags got sent to Washington.

Agree with their stance or not, I am proud to live in a country where something like these tea parties is possible and you won't get shot for being there.

http://www.statesman.com/news/conten...Tea_Party.html
post #2 of 24
I would have been at the one in Denver if I hadn't been at work. I was definitely there in spirit!

The one thing that gets me so mad is when I hear people saying that this was an anti-tax, conservative, anti-Obama thing. It wasn't. I've heard quite a few say that these protests should have been going on during the last 8 years because it was all Bush's fault. They don't get it. And of course, it took the Tea Parties turning into something that couldn't be ignored for some of the news outlets to even cover them a teeny tiny bit.

In case you missed it - this is about government excess, and it's been brewing for a long time. The tipping points were Bush's first TARP bailouts, and then Obama's huge spendulus bill, all approved by Congress, but it's been building for a long time. It's not partisan, it's not along party lines. It's just finally gotten to the point where we're all fed up and willing to stand up and make our voices heard. Let's hope those idiots in Washington are listening.
post #3 of 24
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Originally Posted by valanhb View Post
I would have been at the one in Denver if I hadn't been at work. I was definitely there in spirit!

The one thing that gets me so mad is when I hear people saying that this was an anti-tax, conservative, anti-Obama thing. It wasn't. I've heard quite a few say that these protests should have been going on during the last 8 years because it was all Bush's fault. They don't get it. And of course, it took the Tea Parties turning into something that couldn't be ignored for some of the news outlets to even cover them a teeny tiny bit.

In case you missed it - this is about government excess, and it's been brewing for a long time. The tipping points were Bush's first TARP bailouts, and then Obama's huge spendulus bill, all approved by Congress, but it's been building for a long time. It's not partisan, it's not along party lines. It's just finally gotten to the point where we're all fed up and willing to stand up and make our voices heard. Let's hope those idiots in Washington are listening.
When you have people like Sean Hannity leading some of these things, it's not hard to understand why people didn't "stand up" until a Democrat was elected. These people have a right to do what they want, but I think it's silly. The President is trying to help and get this economy back on track after 8 years of abuse. Bush and Co. was spending like crazy for 8 years, most of the money going into the pockets of private contractors like Halliburton.
post #4 of 24
I didn't go to our local tea party, but I heard from someone who did, who said there were about 3,000 people there and the assembly was well-organized, peaceful and interesting, with a number of good speakers, and a pretty respectful ratio of war veterans (one of the speakers asked for a show of hands) and the attendees pretty much in agreement on the issues discussed.
post #5 of 24
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post #6 of 24
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When you have people like Sean Hannity leading some of these things, it's not hard to understand why people didn't "stand up" until a Democrat was elected. These people have a right to do what they want, but I think it's silly. The President is trying to help and get this economy back on track after 8 years of abuse. Bush and Co. was spending like crazy for 8 years, most of the money going into the pockets of private contractors like Halliburton.
In case you missed it, the economy tanked largely due to the sub-prime mortgage collapse and the banks failing due to those mortgage issues. Not because of the war in Iraq or contracts to private contractors. The loosening of the regulations for mortgages expanded greatly under Clinton, not Bush. Granted, the economy definitely was not a focus of the Bush presidency, so he didn't stop the downturn (if that would have even been possible), but it isn't all his fault, either. I get it - that's what Obama has been saying, and what most of the mainstream media says too, but the facts just don't back it up.

And the Tea Parties weren't organized by Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck or any other GOP pundit. It was a grassroots effort. I know the left think they have ownership of that, but the right is finally starting to figure it out. In fact, many of the Tea Parties made very conscious efforts to avoid any politicians or pundits to ensure that they were non-partisan. And trust me, there are plenty of us who were fed up with Bush's big-government spending too. The actions taken in the first few days of this administration just pushed it over the edge.
post #7 of 24
Thread Starter 
Heidi is correct, the tea parties were not a Sean Hannity thing.
Hannity was at one tea party in Atlanta. He did not organize this nation wide grass roots effort.

But, from what I have read, that is exactly what many in the MSM is putting out there.
post #8 of 24
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Originally Posted by valanhb View Post
In case you missed it - this is about government excess, and it's been brewing for a long time.
this struck me as absolutely hilarious

anyhoo- there was one in my city and apparently about 2,000 people were there I didn't even know about them
post #9 of 24
Okay, even if Sean Hannity didn't organize it, the fact that he was speaking there and the news story that covered the tea party last night featured him mostly expressing his anti Obama and radically conservative point of views..
Sorry, even if I'm not happy with what the government is doing I'd never go listen to Sean Hannity..
post #10 of 24
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More than 2,800 Tea Parties were held yesterday all over this country.
Estimates are more than two million people attended nation wide.

Sean Hannity was at ONE Tea Party, LOL.

The people are mad and they aren't going to take it anymore.

Even more successful when you take into account it was during the day on a work day.
post #11 of 24
I'm really surprised the FCC allowed this, and am frankly disgusted that these so-called "journalists" could get away with these types of remarks. CNN and MSNBC do not report the news, they are full on commentary networks who disguise their overwhelming bias under the faux-banner of "news".

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009...t-house-humor/

The FCC does not allow the vernacular for oral sex to be used on TV, why is this use of "teabagging" as well as the litany of double-entendre language used on MSNBC allowed???

Agree with the protests or not, this is NOT anywhere near the level of journalistic integrity that should be present in any broadcast that portends to still be "news".

Perhaps these two got away with it because they are commentary shows? I don't know, but say what you will about Bill O'Reilly...he's never stooped to this level of crassness no matter what topic he's ranting about.
post #12 of 24
lol I think that's funny...I think Anderson Cooper was trying to pretend like he hadn't made a joke at all..
post #13 of 24
Thread Starter 
Oh yeah, sexual innuendo is REAL funny during prime time.
post #14 of 24
Our local tea party was mostly large signs saying "NoBama"; "We'll Keep Our Guns"; "We Can't Spend Our Way Out Of Debt" They were getting alot of honks of support though. I personally was annoyed that they would get out into the slow lane in front of the city park - very difficult for the big rigs passing thru town.
post #15 of 24
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd2tg...layer_embedded

What this. First part is what CNN actually aired. I think if I was a news station and my reporter acted this badly, I would be very embarrassed. The second part is some people taking her to task. Trying to get her to see what was really going on.
post #16 of 24
Ohhh so that is the Tea Party signs i was seeing all around campus! lol We had one on campus at the SaveMart Center where all our events go on. I obviously didnt go since i thought the sign was for a real tea party But i was mad that because of this event we students could not park in hte parking lot (parking is bad and often an overflow has to park in their parking lot which is right across of campus) adn I had a math test in the building right next to it so i had to park farther and was late to class...... I think it is good that people are coming together like this but i think some people were just using it as a place to bash Obama when like others said it had more to do with our government as a whole.
post #17 of 24
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lol I think that's funny...I think Anderson Cooper was trying to pretend like he hadn't made a joke at all..
I heard someone ask if this was Anderson Cooper actually "coming out." Sounded like he knew what he was talking about....
post #18 of 24
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Originally Posted by Telynn View Post
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd2tg...layer_embedded

What this. First part is what CNN actually aired. I think if I was a news station and my reporter acted this badly, I would be very embarrassed. The second part is some people taking her to task. Trying to get her to see what was really going on.
I heard this reporter is taking a "vacation."
post #19 of 24
There is another video out there that shows her at the old anti-Bush protest and casually showing someone with a mask on that shows Bush with devil's horns and a Hitler moustash. Acting like it is no big deal. And then it goes to her totally bashing someone at the tea party with a sign showing Obama as Hitler. The difference in tone is startling.
post #20 of 24
Food for thought: Twitters From Texas

She makes some good points.
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Have you ever noticed that the states where anti-tax sentiment is strongest are frequently the same states that get way more back from the federal government than they send in? Alaska gets $1.84 for every tax dollar it sends to Washington, which is a rate of return even Bernard Madoff never pretended to achieve. Yet there they were in Ketchikan waving “Taxed Enough Already!” signs and demanding an end to federal spending.

Also, have you noticed how places that pride themselves on being superpatriotic seem to have the most people who want to abandon the country entirely and set up shop on their own?
One of my favorites:
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Perry, who is the sort of person who calls other guys “dude,” used to be a cotton farmer, a group that seems to have a special talent for combining rugged individualism with intransigent demands for government assistance. Even as we speak, the Obama administration budget-cutters are trying to end a longstanding federal practice of paying the costs of storing the entire national cotton crop every year. No other farmers get this kind of special treatment, and I am sure Perry’s failure to mention it when he calls for an end to corporate bailouts is a terrible oversight that will be corrected immediately.
post #21 of 24
Anybody see this video? I can see why some people believe that things are out of control.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8kLaEuAoxg
post #22 of 24
What I think is a shame about these tea parties is that it seems quite a large number of the people attending seem to have no idea that Obama has actually lowered their taxes. Unless they make over a quarter mil, that is, which I doubt is the case most of the time.

Protests are a good thing for this country, and dissenting voices are also good, but at least take the time to figure out what you're protesting. If you just don't like Obama, then don't pretend it's about something else. If you really don't know, then broaden your horizon and listen to/read opinions from all spectrums, not just the right wing slant on things (or the left wing for that matter).
post #23 of 24
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The person that does my taxes told me that the extra money that I am getting in my paycheck right now (from the Obama administration)
will have to be paid back when I file for 2009 next year.

The people at the Tea Parties realize that with all the huge spending, bail outs and pork and earmarks, and health care reform, we are talking trillions here, there is no way there won't be huge tax increases for everyone but the absolute poorest in the very near future. There HAS to be, how else will the government pay for all of this.
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