Posts Tagged ‘Tea Party’

Outside Looking In

November 14, 2010

It has been two years since I moved to Canada.

From this vantage point it is interesting how our politics are depicted.  Obama recently has left for a jaunt overseas to less than stellar reviews.http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40145336/  But it is the comments to the reports that I find enlightening.  Average citizens remarking on the functioning of Democracy. http://world-news.newsvine.com/_news/2010/11/12/5454035-obama-claims-strengthened-hand-in-global-dealings

Funny how one administration can get a free pass over the actions of a proceeding one, or from a potential challenger.  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/the-importance-of-seeing-sarah-palin/article1738425/   I thought this comment was noteworthy after someone remarked about Sarah Palin being a “quitter”…

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You think Obama’s bad…..I would hate to see what we get if you people elect a quiting Governor!

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#2.1 – Sat Nov 13, 2010 5:26 AM EST

You think Obama’s bad…..I would hate to see what we get if you people elect a quiting Governor!

Seems to me that every politician both Republican and Democrat that ran for an office above the one that they currently held and then won that office quit their job, Obama quit the senate to become president, Biden quit his job They all quit their jobs, It does not make any difference whether they were elected or not they still quit their former jobs….I am not a Sara Palin fan and I an not an Obama basher but that quit her job thing is really getting tired

Palin left Alaska with a 18 billion dollar surplus. Her reason for leaving was exemplary. Lawsuits because of taking the position of vice president running made her a target of the liberal media which demonized both Palin and her children. Even the porn community attacked this lady who presented herself as an everyday American mom with mainstream values, concerns and the direction of middle class America. Her reason for leaving the governorship was Alaska would not get anything done with the attacks and lawsuits. Palin then joined with the Tea Party and played a big part in reshaping the candidates who ran for office in the Republican party as well as handing the Democrats their worst political defeat. Palin is family focus person and community as well. Her leadership begins in her home, her husband does not wander like say Hilary Clinton’s does another lady who wants to be president but cannot even control her own husband. Palin has problem solving abilities, when the gulf spill occurred she graciously told Obama which countries had equipment to contain the spill, being a Governor of an oil producing state, she knew instantly what to do and who to connect with. Palin’s advice was ignored by the Obama administration.. When these ships arrived in the Gulf, they were sent home and that decision was in every countries newspaper except the United States, Holland”s was where I read the article at the time and you can check it there. The reason for this decision was only maritime unions workers were allowed to clean up oil spills. Over a month passed before cleanup began by foreign ships that were brought back. Palin is also versed in our National Defense system due to Alaska position on the globe and had a security clearance and unlike say somebody like Eric Holder or Bill Clinton could not get a security clearance because of previous affiliations with radical and anti government groups. Unlike Mr Momus, Palin is qualified to be President in my estimation for reasons listed above and many more which time constraints and space prevent me from listing. Palin indeed represents mainstream America, her concerns are for her fellow Americans and if she were elected we would all have jobs by now. and Capital hill would not be a war zone. . .

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I have a tendency to agree, still it hurts me to see my country in such a quandary.  People divided, loyalties questioned and affiliations splintered.  But there is more interest in politics as of late than any time in recent memory, which is a good thing.  There has been too much apathy in the past.  More people should be involved to where the politicians start paying attention to the concerns of the people… and act accordingly.

I don’t consider myself overly patriotic, but while I am on the outside looking in I hate seeing my country’s image sullied because of some bad policies.  Americans by far are good people; generous, kind and loyal.  I think a little introspection is a good thing.   http://advantagesofmutualrespectandfairplay.com/2010/02/20/have-a-little-cake-with-your-tea-party/

We all need to take that journey…

Let’s start having some accountability starting from within.

From the outside looking in,

peace.

Have a little cake with your Tea Party?*

February 20, 2010

The citizens of the United States are pissed.

I mean really freakin’ pissed. 

I think it takes an angry society to bring about change in government and right now I do not doubt that most people feel that the federal government needs to change.  Not like the empty Barack Obama “change” slogan because change for the sake of change doesn’t really change anything.  It is a continuous loop playing the same tune over and over again.  Nope, Americans need more than just empty rhetoric.  They want and will demand more than just promises.  The American people are going to insist on results and accountability.    There is a rumbling across the nation that discontented voters have had enough. 

But what does it take to produce results?  And more importantly, how will they go about it?

There is a movement out there called the Tea Party. 21410   This movement harkens back to the Boston Tea Party of colonial days.ny-times-goes-idaho-explore-paranoid-tea-party-movement#ixzz0fncij2zz You remember history, right?  Taxation without representation?   Well, if history does repeat itself there is going to be a lot of product pitched into Boston Harbor, figuratively speaking.  All it takes is for people to get organized and they are doing it.  This is Democracy at work. 0,2933,586407,00.html

And because there is such a swell of interest, a growing concern and an increase of distrust in both  political parties two things are happening.  First; discredit the followers of the Tea Party as malcontents and rabble rousers.  This has come from the ranks of the Democratic party.  Second; claim allegiance as closet Tea Partiers in order to gain votes against the prevailing party, this from the Republicans. 35486037  As this growing mass of dis-satisfied Americans gains ground and becomes more visible it is a force that has to be reckoned with.  Now organizations that are not a part of the mainstream are banding together under this one banner, the Tea Party, and that has some people worried.  I imagine the powers that be were concerned over that little band of colonies back in 1776, too.  Some viewed them with disdain, some with alarm while others carried on with business as usual.

It is interesting to note that while I paid a visit to Ottawa last year I had the pleasure of visiting the Canadian Museum of Civilization. civilization.html  Amongst other fine exhibits there was a series of displays depicting the American Revolution, only it wasn’t referred to as the American Revolution.  It was called simply, the rebellion.  The folks that sided with King George were dignified with the term Loyalists.  They were forced off their land and fled to Canada because of relying on the status quo of tyranny.  The American patriots were called rebels.  They saw English rule as a yoke they could no longer bear but were deemed enemies of the crown.  So, one man’s rebellion is another man’s call to freedom.

 

Politicians seem out of touch today.  Monies are being spent, bail-outs being given and millions of dollars worth of bonuses ?GT1=43001 are still doled out idUSTRE6122ZH20100203 while unemployment has reached epidemic proportions.  You see, Americans are an educated lot.  They know that a $185 billion dollar AIG bail-out amounts to 18.5 million unemployed workers receiving $10,000 each.  That would be a nice little nest egg to help tide things over while the economy “recovers.” business-the_new_york_times Many view the health care reform package as a huge welfare system that would be a financial burden to the working class.  There are those that feel the global warming and green energy proposals are a sham to enrich the political elite.  Others feel the government seeks to control the Internet and thus,  information that condemns and exposes it.

There is a story that follows historical views that Marie Antoinette  Let_them_eat_cake and the French hierarchy were so out of touch with their citizens that when she was informed that “there was no bread for the people” she replied, Let them eat brioche!  Of course, now it stands to reason that if peasants couldn’t afford bread the dainty dish referred to was well out of their reach, but the point is:  Who was looking out for them then and more importantly… Who is looking out for us?

America needs a strong third-party.  When elections come down to selecting one over the other because he/she is the lessor of two evils, things are pretty darn gloomy.  Politicians will tell you that a vote for the likes of a Ross Perot is a vote for the guy you don’t want BUT…  a party has to form sometime.  Tea Partiers need to start with local offices and expand from there.  When this happens, organization and recognition will follow.

Every generation needs a new revolution.   So said Thomas Jefferson,  one of America’s founding fathers and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence.  What he was advocating was not an over throw of government, but a forging ahead with new ideas and principles to guide us and keep us free.  If Americans are dis-satisfied with their government it is within their fundamental right to change it. 

We should not fear the status quo when it is in every American’s DNA to continually challenge it. 

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peace.

*Author’s note:  All images were acquired from the galloping sea of free and open Internet sites… long may it wave!