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Tea party protestors, is this a good thing?

The grassroot anti-tax, anti-government movement sweeping through Republicans nationwide is proving a thorn in the side of the national party as the loose coalition known as "tea partiers" or "tea party protesters" draft guerrilla candidates to take on GOP-approved incumbents. "We will be a headache for anyone who believes the Constitution of the United States ... isn't to be protected," said Dick Armey, the leader of the tea-party-planning group FreedomWorks in a Monday Politico story on the phenomenon.

In Florida, tea party activist are defying GOP wishes by supporting House Speaker Marco Rubio over centrist incumbent Gov. Charlie Crist. Conservative groups have been crusading against Crist ever since he supported President Obama's bailout and stimulus packages, which they see as dramatic advances in government spending. Tea partiers are also opposing GOP-backed Senate candidates in California, Colorado and Connecticut.

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Asked by Anonymous at 5:44 PM on Oct. 12, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Yes the Tea party protesters are good for our country. We are making sure that the politician follow the constitution.

    "Politician" have been running wild for years and it has to stop!!

    Answer by gammie at 5:53 PM on Oct. 12, 2009

  • Whatever happened to "dissent is patriotic?!" Why are libs and Democrats so put off by people saying they're tired of being taxed to death? If you didn't assume all TEA Party members or their splinter groups are Republicans--when they are in fact from BOTH parties, as well as Independent, and from all socio-economic income brackets and various walks of life--maybe you would support such a sweeping "movement."

    After all, curbing wasteful government spending is a GOOD thing for EVERYONE!!!

    Answer by LoriKeet at 6:01 PM on Oct. 12, 2009

  • Go tea parties!

    Answer by TBandNCmommy at 6:12 PM on Oct. 12, 2009

  • Why are they against Charlie Crist? I have heard some good thing sbout him from friends in Florida. Hmmm.....

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:18 PM on Oct. 12, 2009

  • Anon, I actually like Mr. Crist but I don't know a lot about him just a few recent things.

    The Tea party may want to watch their step. If they introduce a third candidate it may take away votes from the republican and end up leaving the democrat the win...and I don't think that is their intention.

    It's so hard for third party candidates

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 6:30 PM on Oct. 12, 2009

  • Charlie Crist
    His fiscal policy and state spending is out of control. Florida wanted him to refuse the stimulus money and he went and took all of it. He wastes tax payer money on stupid trips. He endorsed a ban on adoption for Gay parents. Crist opposed offshore oil drilling.

    I have a long list that I don't agree with. The list of things I do agree with him on is much shorter.

    I think his best achievements are he signed a law expanding health coverage statewide for autism disorders,he signed into law a provision that prevents employers from prohibiting employees' bringing firearms to the workplace as long as they have a conceal license.

    Answer by Crissy1213 at 6:38 PM on Oct. 12, 2009

  • As long as the tea partiers stick to the agenda (less government, less spending,less taxes) we will continue to make progress. People will see a huge change in 2010.

    Answer by Crissy1213 at 6:42 PM on Oct. 12, 2009

  • Senior Republican Lindsay Graham wanted nothing to do with libertarians...many Tea Party members are Libertarians/Conservatives...The GOP needs to take heart and listen to their constituents - we do not want centrists - we want people that will DEFEND the affiliation aside...The Republican Party used to be for small government - yet they got infiltrated with a bunch of RINO's (over many years) and the government grows with every president no matter which party is office...The fall and continued fall of the GOP is to their own volition...

    Answer by AngelaKay at 6:53 PM on Oct. 12, 2009

  • The downfall of the Teapartiers is that they tend to change the party that they back. While Bush was in office many "Teapartiers" were Anti-Capitalism and Imperialism, which they still are. Now their focus is on protesting Obama's domestic spending. Both Bush and Obama were for big government but on different issues. Bush made a stance on the world knowing America was a major power, Obama is focusing on federal influence domestically.

    Yes, I am an Obama supporter, I do not hate Bush, he did plenty of great things, but a few that need change.

    Answer by viridian at 7:04 PM on Oct. 12, 2009

  • The issues which tea-party activists are working on are not trivial.

    The direction the gov't is taking is a very personal restriction on people's lives. "Big gov't vs small gov't" seems simple enough. But look at the CONSEQUENCES of big gov't - decisions are no longer made in the local community; schools, businesses, parks, building permits, electricity, water, hospitals, food handling, the care of children ... these are all subjected to Federal regulations by activists lobbying in DC for money for their national corporations.

    MANY of these regulations HAVE NOTHING TO DO with most situations, but because the rules are FEDERAL, even the rural farmer has to go out of business because he cannot afford the paperwork and inspections.

    This kind of destruction, along with the huge tax burden that big gov't imposes, is what the tea parties are protesting.

    They are demanding liberty and prosperity through independence.

    Answer by waldorfmom at 7:27 PM on Oct. 12, 2009

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