tea party Leader Slams tea party

By: SayNoToTea , 5:01 PM GMT on February 07, 2012

Too funny that the far right believes that insurance companies should not provide contraceptives for women all while Bob Dole shills for Viagra which he receives via his government paid for health insurance

Tea Party Leader Says Movement Is Dead
By: Claudio E. Cabrera | Posted: February 6, 2012

Many expected the Tea Party to have a major role in the 2012 Republican presidential primaries. But surprisingly, the party has played a minimal part in affecting the direction of these primaries, and Tea Party leader Chris Littleton believes the party may have been taken off the respirator in the past few months.

"The Tea Party movement is dead. It's gone," says Littleton, co-founder of the Ohio Liberty Council, a statewide coalition of Tea Party groups in Ohio. "I think largely the Tea Party is irrelevant in the primaries. They aren't passionate about any of the candidates, and if they are passionate, they're for Ron Paul."

In a race that is turning out to be Mitt Romney's to lose, the Tea Party seems to hold little sway, unable to rally around one candidate and with no central leadership figure. Affecting congressional races is one thing; impacting a presidential race is another matter altogether.

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58. richteas
7:30 AM GMT on February 23, 2012
Did You All Hear....

Virginia's Gov. McDonell doesn's want to be know as a Rapist After All....
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57. unclemush
5:16 PM GMT on February 14, 2012
Link The main themes from this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference were not terribly surprising to anyone paying attention to the GOP presidential primary. According to CPAC speakers, President Obama is a “socialist, Marxist president” bent on destroying the country and the Constitution, and the nation will not survive if he is re-elected. “Compromise” is a four-letter word. Health care reform is tyranny. Contraception is tyranny. TSA searches are tyranny. You get the idea.

But there were also moments of insight into aspects of the conservative movement, often coming from smaller rooms and panels, like actor Stephen Baldwin’s declaration that “separation of church and state can kiss my ass” and the anti-multicultural, anti-diversity discussion which featured the founder of a white-nationalist website. Here are a few additions to the excellent RWW coverage of CPAC by Kyle and Brian.

Screw the Vote

As we have reported, Republicans are waging aggressive voter suppression campaigns across the country, including voter ID laws and voter registration restrictions supposedly needed to prevent “voting fraud.” At CPAC, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton hosted a press conference to talk about the group’s “Election Integrity Project,” which is suing states that Judicial Watch says have not done enough to clean up their voter registration lists. Panelists claimed that “rampant election fraud” took place in the last two election cycles – there’s no real evidence to back up that claim – and complained that the Obama administration’s Justice Department is selectively enforcing the Voting Rights Act. Fitton said that having the DOJ meet with representatives from Project Vote and ACORN is “like having the mafia running the FBI.” Another speaker represented True the Vote, an outgrowth of Houston Tea Party group King Street Patriots, which hosted a fundraising event last year with a speaker who believes:

Registering [poor people] to vote is like handing out burglary tools to criminals. It is profoundly antisocial and un-American to empower the nonproductive segments of the population to destroy the country — which is precisely why Barack Obama zealously supports registering welfare recipients to vote.

True the Vote is backing states whose voter ID laws have been challenged by the Justice Department and recruiting volunteers to challenge signatures gathered by those seeking to recall Wisconsin’s anti-labor governor Scott Walker.

The Federal Government’s War on Clean Underwear

It is an article of faith among many right-wing activists and candidates that health, safety, and environmental regulations are oten unconstitutional and are destroying the American economy. Americans for Tax Reform and its affiliate Cost of Government Center sponsored a panel dubbed “The Red Tape War: How the Regulatory Burden and Growing Nanny State Threaten Prosperity.” The group’s Mattie Duppler described regulation as an ongoing “war on consumers and taxpayers.” Sam Kazman of the Competitive Enterprise Institute said that energy efficiency regulations had caused a steep decline in the quality of top-loading washing machines, and talked about a campaign his group had run to have people send virtual underwear to the undersecretary of the Department of Energy. (Turns out that campaign was in 2007 during the George W. Bush administration)

Beyond Obstructionism to Nullification

One Newt Gingrich campaign theme has been pledging that as president he would ignore Supreme Court decisions he disagrees with and abolish the jobs of federal judges who don’t share his view of the Constitution. A couple of groups at CPAC – the Tenth Amendment Center and the Foundation for a Free Society – held a series of events to promote nullification, the idea that the states should similarly ignore federal laws that they believe are unconstitutional. In fact, they want to go far beyond ignoring such laws. Speakers introducing a documentary on nullification praised an Arizona bill that would not only declare the federal health care law null and void in the state, but would also make any agent of the government who tries to enforce the law guilty of a felony. The documentary featured state legislators as well as speakers from the Oath Keepers and the John Birch Society.
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56. absurfer
5:04 PM GMT on February 14, 2012
politics sucks get a life
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55. originalLT
4:45 PM GMT on February 14, 2012
Re posts 50 and 51,--does that make him a "socialist" or a concerned "Liberal"? Just being a Liberal does not make you a Socialist.Have things become that twisted?
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53. Patrap
1:58 PM GMT on February 14, 2012
Humpty Dumpty, and the GOP's Medieval Philosophical Pursuits
Posted: 02/13/2012 2:42 pm

Sometime around the age of five, most middle class Americans learn by heart the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty, having no idea what it means and probably never truly understanding what it is about.

But today one can make an easy analogy between Humpty Dumpty and the global political/economic situation.

For the leaders of autocratic states in the age of technology and social media who won't open their societies are Humpty Dumpty. Once technology and social media upturn a society, all the king's horses and all the king's men can't put the old society back together again.

In America and Europe these same forces have created a new governing paradox. In this paradox the old rules of political leadership and coalition building have changed. The technology that drives market integration/contagion and Globalization demands more centralized political leadership to deal with the socioeconomic changes created by Globalization. While at the same time technology gives individuals and groups more power to question leadership. This paradox has magnified our famous political gridlock. What saves America of course is democracy with its built in ability for citizens to vent and thus alleviate pressure on the system.

In societies that don't have the constitutional abilities to vent technology is destroying the proverbial kingdom. So we go from Egypt to Libya, to Syria to maybe Russia and if Russia then even China can be threatened.

We are not only living at a time in global relations where the paradigms of what constitutes power and action among states has shifted but where the speed of change has not allowed new strategies to evolve to deal with these changes. A world where some states such as Russia, with its UN veto on Syria, don't even realize that the game has changed. We are in a time when markets, technology and social media carry equal weight as armies. While the international system of safe guards and response mechanism to international crisis relies primarily on World War II concepts of aggression and state power. Even the few economic safeguards set up after World War II such as the IMF and the World Bank were established not to deal with problems of mass economic contagion but with payment imbalance primarily among weaker economies and the elimination of poverty.

Compounding the question of what constitutes power among states is the re-birth of state capitalism; a corporate construct that has the ability to combine the power of the state with that of the corporation.

Governor Romney proudly announced at the CPAC meeting that he was for capitalism. But to blindly be for capitalism in today's world implies that one still lives in a world where Marxism is the competition. A world where Nikita Khrushchev's words that our grandchildren will live under Marxist Socialism still resonates.

The issue is not whether one is a capitalist or not, most of the world today would say they follow some variety of capitalism. The issue is how do America's private companies compete in a Globalized world against the growing strength of companies that are capitalist but have the state as a shareholder. A hybrid that often enjoys the advantages of state financing, state support and state protection. The real question is what should the role of Washington be to level this playing field so that American companies have a competitive advantage?

We are in a world where globalized markets can be severely destructive, where technology can destroy kings, and where new forms of capitalism pervert the competitive advantages of the capitalist system to innovate and create growth. Yet at the same time the age-old problems of nationalism, and ethnic and religious rivalry still percolate.

But strangely with the world in this period of extreme flux, when traditional views are as secure as Humpty Dumpty, the Republican Presidential candidates are not focusing on how these issues affect the United States, or what strategies the United States should develop to be able to safely prosper in this new environment. They don't even appear to comprehend that in a globalized world there is little separation between domestic and international issues and initiatives. Instead they are busy acting like medieval philosophers; slightly changing the argument however from how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, to what is the difference between Romneycare and Obamacare?

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52. Patrap
5:19 AM GMT on February 14, 2012
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51. billsfaninsofla
4:56 AM GMT on February 14, 2012
wow... A post of a devout Socialist.
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50. Patrap
3:41 AM GMT on February 14, 2012
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49. Patrap
9:39 PM GMT on February 13, 2012
I'll be back,...

..Vinny, drinks on me.

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48. SayNoToTea
8:02 PM GMT on February 13, 2012
Well nash, you're right. I wouldn't piss on anyone, whether they were on fire or not. I would though come to the aid of almost everyone except a very select few if they were on fire. My bone of contention with you is that most of your posts are derogatory towards those that post here, although you claim to be independent and the focus of your derogatory posts could be stated in other blogs but you purposely choose not to. So since you claim your reason as you don't have time, great, spend your time elsewhere, we won't miss you here.
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47. Patrap
6:10 PM GMT on February 13, 2012
What Love Is Not

7th Public Talk, Saanen, Switzerland, 22nd July, 1979

In Total Silence the Mind Comes Upon the Eternal

Why is there constant strife and seeking?

Are we seeking superficial sensory experience or something timeless that thought has not touched at all?

Can thought with its limitation enquire deeply? Is observation the instrument of thought?

When one observes does the thing being observed undergo change?

Can the mind having understood desire know its value is relative and be free to observe?

Is there a way of living without any control? Is not the controller the movement of thought?

When there is no conflict whatsoever what takes place in the mind?

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46. Patrap
6:02 PM GMT on February 13, 2012

Boeing and Airbus Have a Perception Problem
Reports Of A380 and 787 flaws could make passengers shun the new high-tech planes

Feb 13, 2012, 11:13 am EST

In the wake of design flaw discoveries in the EADS Airbus A380 superjumbo and Boeing’s (NYSE:BA) 787 Dreamliner, questions are emerging about the reliability of the new generation of aircraft that will be airlines’ workhorses of the future. Time will tell how both models hold up against their peers in the important area of safety. But public perceptions are as important as reality, and too much buzz about too many problems could cause these companies’ shares to lose altitude.

European air safety regulators last week ordered new inspections of all of the 68 A380 jets in service after new cracks were discovered in critical wing components. EADS officials say the cracks, which were caused by stresses in the wing manufacturing process and the specific aluminum alloy used for the wing, do not create any flight safety issues. Fixing the cracks will cost as much as $100 million euros, according to a report in Sunday’s Der Spiegel.

Adding to Airbus’s bad PR week, a Qantas A380 with 435 passengers on board had to abort two attempted takeoffs from London’s Heathrow Airport due to “steering problems” on Sunday. The third time apparently was the charm for the superjumbo jet, which after multiple checks by engineers took off for Singapore without further incident. The most serious glitch in the A380’s short life involved a catastrophic engine failure 15 months ago that forced an emergency landing.

Archrival Boeing has had its share of production snafus. It’s now working to correct improperly applied “shims,” which cover tiny gaps in the support structure of the 787 Dreamliner’s rear fuselage. This has caused sections of the carbon-fiber-based fuselage to delaminate. The problem was discovered in sections assembled in Boeing’s South Carolina plant — the nonunion facility that had been the subject of a National Labor Relations Board complaint that Boeing settled last year.

This most recent 787 glitch follows a December report that a routine FAA inspection of three of the composite-fiber jets discovered incorrectly installed wiring and auxiliary power units (APUs), which wouldn’t start. APUs typically provide startup power to an aircraft’s main engines.

In the white-hot competition for global aircraft manufacturing preeminence, the stakes are high for the two manufacturers’ highest-profile programs. Factory and design flaws have plagued Boeing’s 787 and 747-8 programs, while EADS has had trouble with the A380 and A350. Boeing and EADS are feeling delivery pressure from their airline customers who need these newer, more fuel-efficient aircraft in service in to boost their competitiveness.

Some observers wonder if the intense competition is pushing design and manufacturing processes too hard and too fast, prioritizing expedited deliveries over exacting attention to detail. And the competition will only get tougher as China’s Comac prepares to launch new single-aisle, narrowbody jets that target Boeing’s 737MAX and Airbus’ A320neo offerings.

But first, a reality check: Commercial airliners are safer today than at any time in history. And many aviation experts have reasonably attributed these myriad A380 and 787 glitches and delays to “teething problems” — the inevitable challenges that every new aircraft must work through as it comes into service. And both Airbus and Boeing have been vigilant in responding quickly and comprehensively to all glitches as they’ve been discovered.

But air safety is as much an issue of reputation and perception as it is of cold, hard engineering. If the traveling public thinks an aircraft model is prone to mechanical glitches — or that it’s less safe than other planes — that perception can alter passenger preferences and airline sales.

The epic test case for this theory was the McDonnell-Douglas DC-10, a three-engine, widebody jet that went head-to-head with Boeing’s 747 and Lockheed’s (NYSE:LMT) L-1011 for airlines’ business back in the 1970s. The DC-10 launched with American Airlines (PINK:AAMRQ) and United (NYSE:UAL, now United Continental) in 1971, which fell in love with the new jets because they could carry up to 380 passengers more economically and comfortably than a 747.

But the rush to market resulted in serious design flaws in a cargo door that the company knew about in 1972, but did not fix. Two years later, that glitch caused a Turkish Airlines DC-10 to crash in France, killing 346. After that, public distrust clung to McDonnell Douglas like a shroud of despondency, and when an American Airlines DC-10 lost an engine on takeoff and plunged into a field in Chicago in 1979, the manufacturer bore the full brunt of the blame.

Even though the FAA would later determine that an unauthorized American Airlines maintenance procedure was to blame, McDonnell Douglas stock fell 32% over the 10-day period following the crash. In the ensuing frenzy, passengers refused to fly on DC-10s, airlines canceled pending orders for the aircraft and McDonnell Douglas had to launch an ad campaign aimed getting passengers back. In a 1986 study, economist Andrew Chalk noted that the Chicago crash alone directly cost McDonnell Douglas shareholders $200 million.

Bottom Line: While Boeing insists the latest glitch won’t further delay 787 deliveries, its airline customers aren’t convinced. Japan Airlines (PINK:JALFQ), which was expecting to see its first 787 by the end of this month, is now discussing possible delivery in March. Air India last week raised its demand for compensation over extensive 787 delivery delays to $1 billion. Boeing continues to negotiate with both carriers.

United Continental, which counted on getting six Dreamliners this year, likely will feel the impact of further delays. Delta (NYSE:DAL), which also has 787s on order, has pushed back delivery of those jets to 2020.

Don’t expect U.S. legacy carriers like American, United, Delta and US Airways (NYSE:LCC) to embrace the mammoth A380 anytime soon because they just don’t make economic sense for domestic routes. That goes double for budget carriers like Southwest (NYSE:LUV) and JetBlue (NASDAQ:JBLU).

In terms of sheer order volume, Airbus won 2011 with 1,419 orders and 534 deliveries, compared to 805 orders and 477 deliveries for Boeing. Earlier today, as the Singapore air show is about to get underway, Boeing forecast that the world’s airlines would need 33,500 new planes worth $4 trillion by 2030. Even if that forecast turns out to be accurate, too much talk about design flaws, production glitches and new delays would be bad for business — particularly a business that requires public trust to stay airborne.

As of this writing, Susan J. Aluise did not hold a position in any of the stocks named here.
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44. SayNoToTea
5:44 PM GMT on February 13, 2012
Hey nash, Mr Bipartisan, please explain, why is it that you only rag on this blog and not others? It seems pretty two-faced to me.
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43. Patrap
5:02 PM GMT on February 13, 2012
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42. Patrap
4:50 PM GMT on February 13, 2012
Severe Conservative Syndrome

Published: February 12, 2012

Mitt Romney has a gift for words — self-destructive words. On Friday he did it again, telling the Conservative Political Action Conference that he was a “severely conservative governor.”

As Molly Ball of The Atlantic pointed out, Mr. Romney “described conservatism as if it were a disease.” Indeed. Mark Liberman, a linguistics professor at the University of Pennsylvania, provided a list of words that most commonly follow the adverb “severely”; the top five, in frequency of use, are disabled, depressed, ill, limited and injured.

That’s clearly not what Mr. Romney meant to convey. Yet if you look at the race for the G.O.P. presidential nomination, you have to wonder whether it was a Freudian slip. For something has clearly gone very wrong with modern American conservatism.

Start with Rick Santorum, who, according to Public Policy Polling, is the clear current favorite among usual Republican primary voters, running 15 points ahead of Mr. Romney. Anyone with an Internet connection is aware that Mr. Santorum is best known for 2003 remarks about homosexuality, incest and bestiality. But his strangeness runs deeper than that.

For example, last year Mr. Santorum made a point of defending the medieval Crusades against the “American left who hates Christendom.” Historical issues aside (hey, what are a few massacres of infidels and Jews among friends?), what was this doing in a 21st-century campaign?

Nor is this only about sex and religion: he has also declared that climate change is a hoax, part of a “beautifully concocted scheme” on the part of “the left” to provide “an excuse for more government control of your life.” You may say that such conspiracy-theorizing is hardly unique to Mr. Santorum, but that’s the point: tinfoil hats have become a common, if not mandatory, G.O.P. fashion accessory.

Then there’s Ron Paul, who came in a strong second in Maine’s caucuses despite widespread publicity over such matters as the racist (and conspiracy-minded) newsletters published under his name in the 1990s and his declarations that both the Civil War and the Civil Rights Act were mistakes. Clearly, a large segment of his party’s base is comfortable with views one might have thought were on the extreme fringe.

Finally, there’s Mr. Romney, who will probably get the nomination despite his evident failure to make an emotional connection with, well, anyone. The truth, of course, is that he was not a “severely conservative” governor. His signature achievement was a health reform identical in all important respects to the national reform signed into law by President Obama four years later. And in a rational political world, his campaign would be centered on that achievement.

But Mr. Romney is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, and whatever his personal beliefs may really be — if, indeed, he believes anything other than that he should be president — he needs to win over primary voters who really are severely conservative in both his intended and unintended senses.

So he can’t run on his record in office. Nor was he trying very hard to run on his business career even before people began asking hard (and appropriate) questions about the nature of that career.

Instead, his stump speeches rely almost entirely on fantasies and fabrications designed to appeal to the delusions of the conservative base. No, President Obama isn’t someone who “began his presidency by apologizing for America,” as Mr. Romney declared, yet again, a week ago. But this “Four-Pinocchio Falsehood,” as the Washington Post Fact Checker puts it, is at the heart of the Romney campaign.

How did American conservatism end up so detached from, indeed at odds with, facts and rationality? For it was not always thus. After all, that health reform Mr. Romney wants us to forget followed a blueprint originally laid out at the Heritage Foundation!

My short answer is that the long-running con game of economic conservatives and the wealthy supporters they serve finally went bad. For decades the G.O.P. has won elections by appealing to social and racial divisions, only to turn after each victory to deregulation and tax cuts for the wealthy — a process that reached its epitome when George W. Bush won re-election by posing as America’s defender against gay married terrorists, then announced that he had a mandate to privatize Social Security.

Over time, however, this strategy created a base that really believed in all the hokum — and now the party elite has lost control.

The point is that today’s dismal G.O.P. field — is there anyone who doesn’t consider it dismal? — is no accident. Economic conservatives played a cynical game, and now they’re facing the blowback, a party that suffers from “severe” conservatism in the worst way. And the malady may take many years to cure.
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38. originalLT
8:36 PM GMT on February 12, 2012
Looks like Romney is "back on track", after Saturday's happenings.
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37. unclemush
3:49 PM GMT on February 11, 2012
Link Two Miami-Area Congressmen to Appear with White Nationalist at CPAC
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36. unclemush
3:46 PM GMT on February 11, 2012
Link CPAC: Anti-Muslim Activist James Lafferty Says He's 'Proud' of Attacks against Mosques
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35. unclemush
3:42 PM GMT on February 11, 2012
Link British police arrest 5 at Murdoch's Sun newspaper
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34. unclemush
5:01 AM GMT on February 11, 2012
Link Poll: 20% of Republicans likely to re-elect Obama
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33. unclemush
7:56 PM GMT on February 10, 2012
Link CPAC: White Nationalism Shunned in 2011, Welcomed in 2012
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32. unclemush
6:21 PM GMT on February 10, 2012
Link Virginia State Officials Confirm: Gingrich Campaign Being Investigated for ‘Illegal Acts’
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31. Patrap
3:06 PM GMT on February 10, 2012
cattle hearing?
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30. unclemush
2:11 PM GMT on February 10, 2012
Link White Supremacist Kicks Off Top Conservative Conference CPAC Today
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29. unclemush
8:02 AM GMT on February 10, 2012
Link Rep. Bachus faces insider trading probe: report
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28. unclemush
4:06 AM GMT on February 10, 2012
Link Santorum the 'Good Son'? Not So Much.
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27. unclemush
4:04 AM GMT on February 10, 2012
Link Koch Brothers Flout Law Getting Richer With Secret Iran Sales
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24. Patrap
2:54 AM GMT on February 10, 2012
The Guy is good, no doubt,

but how does he get to da Future?

a href="http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/01/the_r epublican_establishments_strategic_blunder.html" target="_blank"January 30, 2012
The Republican Establishment's Strategic Blunder
By Steve McCann

The Republican Party has a tenuous hold on the conservative movement in America. At present the only home for the 40 per cent of the electorate that identify themselves as conservative is the Republican Party, but it appears that those who are nominally identified as the "Republican Establishment" are doing all they can to alienate the vast majority of the current base of the Party.
There is no office on Connecticut Avenue in Washington with a sign reading "The Republican Establishment" or the "The Democratic Establishment"; rather it is an amalgam of like-minded groups with one common interest: control of the government purse-strings.
The Republican Establishment is made up of the following: 1) many current and nearly all retired Republican national office holders whose livelihood and narcissistic demands depends upon fealty to Party and access to government largesse; 2) the majority of the conservative media, including pundits, editors, writers and television news personalities based in Washington and New York whose proximity to power and access is vital to their continued standard of living; 3) numerous think-tanks and members thereof who are waiting to latch on to the next Republican administration for employment and ego-gratification; and 4) the reliable deep pocket political contributors and political consultants whose future is irrevocably tied to the political machinery of the Party.
The overriding interest of this cabal has been and continues to be: the accumulation of power through the control of the income, borrowing and spending by the Federal Government. Thus, with the exception of the presidency of Ronald Reagan and the Republican controlled House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999, the Republican members of the Ruling Class have been content since 1952 to merely slow down the big-government policies of the Democrats while publicly decrying their tax and spend policies.
This insider apparatus has been the primary determining factor in whom among those choosing to run for office will receive the financial, media and logistical support so vital for any political campaign, but particularly for national office be it the Presidency or either house of Congress. It is this cabal that has given the nation Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush, Bob Dole, George W. Bush and John McCain in the presidential sweepstakes and innumerable go-along to get-along members of Congress.
This scenario was tolerated and generally ignored as long as the nation was experiencing overwhelming and seemingly endless prosperity. The one major accomplishment of Barack Obama has been to bring a sudden and abrupt end the people's ability to tolerate this tacitly understood game between the two major Parties.
The majority of the American people, but in particular those who identify themselves as conservative, are overwhelmingly aware of the true nature of the nation's problems and the crossroad the country is facing in 2012. The grassroots rebellion that is the Tea Party movement was the first manifestation of this awareness. Despite the success of the Tea Party working within the Republican Party in the 2010 mid-term elections, most of the Republican elites downplayed their success and fell-in with the mainstream media and the Democrats in their well-worn and gratuitous aspersions against those in fly-over country.
The rank and file members of the Party and conservatives throughout the country are now keenly aware of the opinion the Establishment has of them, as well as what has been going on behind the curtains in Washington. The current Republican nominating process has further exposed the true nature of the Establishment and their self-centered concerns.
It has been apparent for over a year that Mitt Romney has been chosen to be the next Republican nominee for president. He is next in line and has the track record and inclination to slow down but not reverse the downward spiral in which the nation finds itself; but above all to fall in line with what is expected of a Republican insider. Perhaps coincidentally, he has spent many millions of dollars hiring consultants and beltway pros, and has the fundraising capacity and personal wealth to keep on employing them. Thus he is the ideal candidate of the Establishment.
However a major problem has arisen. The machinations utilized in the past (with the exception of Ronald Reagan who was not the Establishment's choice) to maneuver the primary voters into choosing the previously anointed Mitt Romney has now come out in the open as the awakened silent majority is no longer willing to be fooled or taken for granted.
There are six primary methods of eliminating potential challengers with the tacit cooperation of the mainstream media, and they have been in full display this primary season. They are to portray unacceptable candidates as:
hypocrites in sexual matters (Herman Cain); or
unstable (Michelle Bachmann); or
ignorant and incoherent (Rick Perry); or
a religious fanatic (Rick Santorum); or
just plain weird and from another planet (Ron Paul); or
dangerous and unelectable (Newt Gingrich).
Sarah Palin would have been placed in all of those boxes had she decided to run, as well as anyone else deemed not acceptable to the elites.
However, the collective and coordinated vitriol and false or misleading accusations against Newt Gingrich by virtually all in the Establishment, led by the so-called conservative media, is unprecedented. Twice he has arisen, after being vilified and shunted aside, to challenge Mitt Romney and perhaps win the nomination; but the fact that he has been successful in fighting for conservative ideals but in an unorthodox and often contentious, and at times unreliable, fashion has the Establishment in near hysterics. All the other challengers were easily eliminated or made irrelevant, as they did not have the money or experience of knowing how the game is played, but Newt refused to just slink away. Never has the Republican Establishment trained its guns on any one candidate in such an unbridled and unrestrained way.
Perhaps Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum or Ron Paul are not the right candidates to face Barack Obama, but that decision should be up to the voters. While it maybe the role of the conservative pundit class to proffer their opinions of the various candidates, it is not the role of the overall Establishment to so marginalize candidates that there appears to be only one viable alternative.
The Establishment could not have made a more strategic blunder. They will, in all likelihood, succeed in securing the nomination for Mitt Romney, but the damage they have inflicted upon themselves is approaching irreversible. The public now sees the length to which the Establishment will go to make certain their hand-picked candidate is chosen regardless of the dire circumstances facing the nation.
Average Republican or conservative voters are the same people that buy the books or magazines or subscribe to the websites, as well as buy tickets to hear speeches by the conservative pundit class. These are the same people asked to open their wallets to support the Party every two years. These are the same people asked to volunteer at the polls and get out the vote. These are the same people who were told every election cycle to trust the Party and its attendant establishment to solve the nations' ills.
A number of them (how many is anyone's guess right now) will no longer be willing to support those factions within the Establishment and the Party or to believe what they are told. These are the people suffering the consequences of the disastrous policies pursued over previous decades, while those in the Establishment live lives of relative ease and comfort, which seems to be their primary concern.

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22. unclemush
5:17 PM GMT on February 09, 2012
Link FBI sees rising threat from ‘sovereign citizen’ movement
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21. oregonbirdofprey
4:46 PM GMT on February 09, 2012
RE: #16

Auburn, we cannot allow ourselves to be discouraged by events of the present time. Social and political change moves at a painfully slow pace. Measured not in months or years but in generations and centuries. Look at where the country was 100 or 200 years ago. African-Americans were in chains, now they are in the White House. Women were not allowed to vote, or even voice an opinion, now they serve at the highest levels. Here in the Northwest the State of Washington is about to join 5 or 6 other states and leagalize gay marriage. Nor can you get caught up in the dooms-day scenarios, whether the come from the right or the left. You have to look at the big view, trends over time. This country and most of the rest of the civilized world continues to move in a progressive direction. Working to improve the lives of all people, without qualification. We are part of that and must continue to be supportive of the effort even if we don't see results as quickly as we'd like. Unyielding conviction and determination continues to move us forward, even if sometimes only by inches.
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20. unclemush
3:51 PM GMT on February 09, 2012
Link SPLC Hate Group Count Tops 1,000 as Radical Right Expansion Continues
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19. unclemush
3:50 PM GMT on February 09, 2012
LinkMy Life as a White Supremacist
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18. unclemush
1:52 PM GMT on February 09, 2012
Link How the Tea Party Gave New Life and a Path to Power for Xenophobic Ultra-Right Extremists
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17. unclemush
1:48 PM GMT on February 09, 2012
Link Tea Party Groups In Tennessee Demand Textbooks Overlook U.S. Founder's Slave-Owning History
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16. auburn (Mod)
1:52 AM GMT on February 09, 2012
I guess I am just to poor to even consider voting for any of the GOP candidates..I for one could care less what folks do in their bedrooms and that seems to be the GOPs main message..that and cut out what social programs there are for the poor in order to continue to give Tax breaks to the rich..the Rich have been getting these Tax breaks for 10 years now because they are the Job creators..my only question is..where in the hell are all the jobs this is suppose to create..It just burns my ass that my Tax dollars pay for someone in another country to go to the doctor and I cant go myself..and the folks that live here in the US thinks that's fine and wont support Obama care here but will in other country's..Like over 3 billion a year to Israel that helps with their FREE healthcare and even pays for 20.000+ abortions a year 40% of those are simply because the mother isn't married..that is just one example of country's that we do this for..but yet you don't want to help your own?I just don't get it..and don't say its an Obama thing..this has been going on for years...The main reason Lots of folks are against Obama or Obama care is because their friends are against it..they have no clue whats even in the bill..or what the man has accomplished..ohh and it don't help that he is 1/2 Black either for some.. whats more important..helping out someone who needs medical care and /or food..or being sure two men or women don't get married..in my opinion how does it affect you if they do..its none of your business what folks do in their own bed room...or for that matter what religion they are!
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15. Patrap
12:33 AM GMT on February 09, 2012
.."if we are not capable of this, the Computer"..

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14. weatheringpoints
12:30 AM GMT on February 09, 2012

Long listen:
Chris Hedges "Brace Yourself! The American Empire Is Over & The Descent Is Going To Be Horrifying!"

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13. unclemush
12:05 AM GMT on February 09, 2012
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12. originalLT
11:44 PM GMT on February 08, 2012
We may be seeing "civil unrest" already, but I think what Tea is saying it would be much more wide-spread, and include people or groups who would not normally thrust themselves into such actions, it would be like nothing that we've seen before--even counting the Vietnam War days that I remember well. (I'm 62).
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11. WeHaveHadIT
11:19 PM GMT on February 08, 2012

Not to be disagreeable to the host, but, I'll echo Pat's "doesn't matter"
...it's too late...
We already "see civil unrest"; whether it rises to "unheard of" or otherwise,
it persists regardless of the election outcome.

Robert Reich: The Republican Strategy

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10. unclemush
8:22 PM GMT on February 08, 2012
I agree with Tea also!
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9. originalLT
8:12 PM GMT on February 08, 2012
I agree with SNTT's comment #7. Watch-out!
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8. Patrap
5:48 PM GMT on February 08, 2012
It dosent matter, there is too much awareness now due to the connectivity between us all.

Parties are out of favor, and the Sustaining drivers are all in flux.

Change is coming, its all around.

It's palatable.

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