How Lindsey has it wrong about the Tea Party

Lindsey Graham believes there’s no reason to court the tea party because, in words I use in my profession,  it’s ‘actively dying’;

“The problem with the Tea Party, I think it’s just unsustainable because they can never come up with a coherent vision for governing the country. It will die out,” Graham said in an interview with the New York Times magazine. “We don’t have a lot of Reagan-type leaders in our party. Remember Ronald Reagan Democrats? I want a Republican that can attract Democrats.”   CBSNews

Graham has obviously missed the message or he’s just simply ignoring it. The two things that will always hold the tea party together is it’s love for the Constitution and it’s belief that we must have less government in order to maintain and regain our freedom.  I think at his own political peril, he’s not getting it and has taken this stance against the tea party.

We  do have a very coherent vision for government: GET OUT OF OUR LIVES! Graham’s vision is to join hands with the left and tax the hell out of us.

So what did attract democrats to Reagan? A conservative, uplifting message that America’s best days are NOT behind us. It was conservatism that drew democrat votes, not compromising their principles in order to “get along.”

Graham is not really a republican and he’s most definitely not a conservative. He’s really in the wrong party.

And now this from the Weekly Standard:

“They are overwhelmingly white and Anglo, although a scattering of Hispanics, Asian Americans and African Americans combine to make up almost one-fourth of their ranks.”

This is from today’s long (and on the whole not bad) USA Today article on the tea parties and tea partiers. But there’s something a little odd about that term “scattering.” That “scattering” is (as is suggested later in the same sentence) pretty hefty—23 percent of tea partiers are, according to the survey, non-white Anglos. How does this compare to the nation’s adults as a whole? They’re 25 percent non-white Anglos. So tea partiers are—in this as in other respects—a startlingly representative demographic group.  William Kristol

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4 responses to “How Lindsey has it wrong about the Tea Party

  • steve

    Hey Roxy! Mr. Graham can’t decide which side he’s on. Sometimes he seems to make a stand for what’s right, but I don’t think he has the stomach for seeing anything through.

  • samhenry

    R – A much needed comeback. Excellent.

  • roxannadanna

    Wonderful post! Thank you for stopping by.

    I went to your HOBO site and it’s quite witty and funny. I plan to go back and spend more time reading it. I suggest everyone go check it out.

    Thank you again, Duke. (By the way, that was my son’s nickname.)

    Roxanne

  • hoboduke

    Professional politicians sometimes get so focused on the organizations they can court for support, they lose track of the citizens ignored by special interest groups. TEA people have not sent lobbyists to gain privileges for Native American casino laws, nor have TEA people begged for special handouts from the “stimulus” slush fund for political favors. Everyone recognizes the price of silence against the ridiculous waste and inept actions being taken under the title of “new ideas”. Lindsey and many others don’t sense the strength of love for the rights and legal protections of retaining our Consitution to keep the Republic intact.

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