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Before the TEA Parties came to be, how did conservatives protest?

I was talking to my DH after the TEA parties started to become a big thing. We were both commenting that neither of us (age bracket 35-45) could remember a time when conservatives had taken time from their jobs and their lives to actually go out an protest in large numbers. I don't know if I just didn't pay much attention before, or if this is the first time in recent history that conservatives have protested our government in large numbers?

I just figured that conservatives usually wouldn't protest, but would take their opinions into the voting booth.


Asked by QuinnMae at 11:30 AM on Jan. 11, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I don't think they did really. I think they saw that as a lefty thing to do. Conservatives "protested" with their pocketbooks and their votes. They got out and protested with their bodies and voices when their pocketbooks were placed in danger. Can't protest with a pocketbook that's been emptied.

    Answer by SuperChicken at 11:45 AM on Jan. 11, 2011

  • The majority of America is seeing the left for what they really are now.

    People Identifying themselves as Democrats have had their LOWEST drop in over 7 years... That speaks volumes, IMO.  They have been taken over by the Progressives...  And I don't think that is going over well with many Americans. 


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:44 AM on Jan. 11, 2011

  • Code Pink protesters attended President G.W. Bush's second inaugural address, unfurling banners and heckling the president during his speech. The group reportedly received VIP passes from unidentified members of Congress, and were eventually escorted out of the area by police.

    ~Liberals supported Code Pink's efforts... But then SOME liberals will say code pink doesn't speak for them... Well guess what? Racists, Extremists, etc ~IF at tea party rallies are a MINOIRTY and don't speak for the majority... Liberals refuse to accept that as the truth, but have no problem calling Code Pink extremist minorities that don't represent them... Hypocrisy? hrmmm


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:38 AM on Jan. 11, 2011

  • They rarely did... Once (2003) I went to a rally at a locale where W was going to speak.. Code Pink and some other leftist showed up and created a rukus.. Cursed.. Were rude, pushy tried to escalate tension... Most of the conservatives just left...

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:33 AM on Jan. 11, 2011

  • We protested largely through PAC's and fundraisers to raise money. Mostly it was done by word of mouth in a private venue. Protesting was done by supporting a GOP candidate. Still...that is how alot of it is done. People are still assuming TEA partiers are GOP and all GOP are TeaPartiers, the two are not the same.

    Answer by jewjewbee at 11:46 AM on Jan. 11, 2011

  • They didn't, that's what's so frustrating to the left

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 11:47 AM on Jan. 11, 2011

  • Much more privately..but we realized with the radical progressives in control we had to get out and about and speak louder.

    Answer by tnmomofive at 12:20 PM on Jan. 11, 2011

  • Repubs have an opportunity to embrace the main goal of the local Tea Party rallies across the US in 2009 (NOT the National TP movement)~Fiscal Responsibility. But even then, some Dems vilify them for being cold hearted (9-11 responder bill) but really what many of these R's want is accountability. The last thing we need is the fraud and lack of accountability like what was seen in the FEMA $ after Katrina. Learn from the past and make the future better. But yet, Politicians in office these last few years have seen laws/bills as an opportunity to get a 'free check' to special interest. They need to be called out. American doesn't have a money tree.


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:02 PM on Jan. 11, 2011

  • Repubs have an opportunity to embrace the main goal of the local Tea Party rallies across the US in 2009 (NOT the National TP movement)~Fiscal Responsibility
    As long as the GOP sticks with this area of TEA Party activity, they will remain successful. The TEA Party has to stay out of social issues to be effective and popular with Independents, and Libertarians.

    Answer by jewjewbee at 12:07 PM on Jan. 11, 2011

  • Conservatives protested Prop 8 rally's in California as well as all the Peace/Anti War Rally's I've been going to since 2002.

    Conservatives were also stalked at their places of business and ridiculed publically and individually because a list of donors was circulated. Do you see that as appropriate?


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 1:22 PM on Jan. 11, 2011

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