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The Tea Party Mindset
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner

Original Article

Posted By:MissMolly, 10/20/2013 10:32:07 AM

It’s an interesting place in which I find myself. I share the Tea Party’s concerns about the Affordable Care Act and, more broadly, the threats posed by the increasing size, scope and reach of the federal government. I recognize the important role the populist movement played in the 2010 mid-term elections. (Snip)But some perspective is also in order. We are actually not on the verge of collapse and ruin. This period is not comparable to the Great Depression or the period leading up to the Civil War or the collapse of Ancient Rome. And tyranny is not just around the

It´s okay to read it. It´s not anti-Cruz. It´s about cooling the jets here and there so as to be more effective in getting to where we want to be.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: philsner, 10/20/2013 10:47:42 AM     (No. 9573662)

Sorry OP I disagree. It is time to heat the jets. Tyranny isn´t simply around the corner, it is here now and we are living it.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Susannah, 10/20/2013 10:50:04 AM     (No. 9573667)

The individual Wehner describes in his closing paragraph is Mike Pence.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Edgelady, 10/20/2013 10:52:00 AM     (No. 9573672)

I, too, disagree. The author sounds like someone scared - he sees the problems, few ways out, and hopes if everyone just plays nice it will go away. It won´t go away - that´s not in the liberal mindset.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: philsner, 10/20/2013 10:57:47 AM     (No. 9573688)

The author has no solutions except an implied appeal to maintain the status quo.
That establishment mentality and denial inertia is dangerous.

If Wehner has a "more effective" approach, I didn´t see it. All he has in my opinion is wishful thinking. "Oh just do nothing and hope a leader better than Cruz will appear".
Won´t happen.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: TakeBackAmerica, 10/20/2013 11:05:16 AM     (No. 9573703)

It´s time to ACT! Veterans tossing barricades at the once-White House had exactly the right idea. Take to streets to take back America!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Poliskeptic, 10/20/2013 11:08:12 AM     (No. 9573708)

His last paragraph indicates he wants the second coming of Ronald Reagan....the description fits him to a T.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Axeman, 10/20/2013 11:09:58 AM     (No. 9573715)

Tyranny is not just around the corner, it´s that jack-boot on your neck.
It thinks itself beneficial while causing misery.
It exempts itself and its friends in order to increase its ranks. But even they just have the jack-boot lifted a little bit, ready to come down again if they show signs of independence.
I sense the "when they came for me nobody was left to save me" principle starting to awaken.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: M2, 10/20/2013 11:21:27 AM     (No. 9573754)

You can believe, as I do, that President Obama is doing great harm to America, that his agenda is having an enervating effect and that we face deep and serious challenges.

Those are just the things we see. Imagine what we don´t see. The IRS is still engaging in voter-suppression by refusing tax-exempt status to conservative groups. That squelches our ability to win, Peter.

But some perspective is also in order. We are actually not on the verge of collapse and ruin. This period is not comparable to the Great Depression or the period leading up to the Civil War or the collapse of Ancient Rome. And tyranny is not just around the corner.

"The greatest victory Satan won is the deception that he doesn´t exist." To Wehner, things are not as bad as the Tea Party mindset says they are. I believe he is wrong and is willful blindness. Things may, in fact, be worse.

At what point in America´s history would it have been wise to say "enough"? We had so many opportunities to say no but instead, we said yes with the mindset that things are really not as bad as all that -- we´re all overreacting. And so, we are where we are today, at a point where it may just be too late to say no.

We have passed the Failsafe point. I pray I´m wrong.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: planetgeo, 10/20/2013 11:29:24 AM     (No. 9573781)

Acquiescence to tyranny isn´t moderation, it´s surrender. That´s not a strategy. Nor will "waiting for the right time" lead to a more effective solution.

It´s time to resist. There´s nothing "affordable" about ACA. It´s redistribution plain and simple. The term "subsidy" clearly signals that those of us who work will pay more to offset the costs for those who don´t. If you can´t understand that, you´re hopelessly lofo.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: dirtyjersey, 10/20/2013 11:44:30 AM     (No. 9573807)

The problem with the "it´s not so bad" view of our situation is that slight reductions of freedom can always be seen that way.

On what day should the Germans have said "oh wait, now this is too much"? Or the Cubans? Or the Venzuelans?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: chance_232, 10/20/2013 11:46:36 AM     (No. 9573812)

Tea Partiers can see the logical conclusion if current policies and the direction in which the government and society is heading. We have elected a president that would have been unthinkable 20 years ago and we continue to adopt policies that are anathema to the founding principles. The Republic as founded has been chipped away for the past 100 years and the chipping has accelerated. The tipping point has been reached where we devolve from a Constitutional Republic populated with free, responsible contributors to society to a welfare state where the government dictates every aspect of life and a state populated with irresponsible people willing to vote for whomever promises the most stuff, by making the ever shrinking producers pay for it. We are now governed by an elite that has no sense of honor and are only interested in furthering their own po

wer and lining their own pockets. Tea Partiers see and understand history and understand where we are going. The so called establishment republicans seek to slow the march towards socialism where the Tea Partiers are attempting to stop it entirely. Taking the slow approach has not worked and is not working.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: killerbee, 10/20/2013 11:46:42 AM     (No. 9573813)

Yep, gotta agree with above posters. The article suggest that we go back and do the same thing we´ve been doing pre-fighting back. That got us exactly where we are.

Are we really not on the road to ruin? Seriously? Do the math. We are broke. And we have people in this country who have been taught from childhood that they are victims and that anyone who disagrees with their ideology is EVIL, while at the same time they can´t even articulate their ideology because it´s all fed to them by a powerful cluster of con-men. This is blatant. These people are violent and all for locking up dissenters. They are also vocal and gaining more power all the time.

And, in the past few days it´s been nothing but screeching about Cruz and how he had no "back up plan". So ... Wehner´s back-up plan is to quit fighting against the Dem machine because subtlety has been so successful in the past? Great. Real genius.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: pros7767, 10/20/2013 11:55:56 AM     (No. 9573822)

The point Wehner misses is this is no longer the populace of prior generations with a good work ethic. Rather the "takers" have been energized and see the power of their vote.

Voter fraud is rampant, the entitlement mentality grows stronger with every passing day, even to the point where illegals believe they can make demands after entering the country illegally.

We ARE at a turning point for this great nation. Those of us paying attention see the train coming down the tracks heading right for us and are desperate for a leader to step forward. They are Cruz and Lee.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Moritz55, 10/20/2013 12:14:21 PM     (No. 9573857)

For me, the jury is still out as far as Cruz is concerned. It is not enough to be right. It is not enough to be passionate. I want to see a leader who can actually work and plan in a way that gets positive results. This time around we came away with zip, and we came off looking like idiot amateurs.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: preciosodrogas, 10/20/2013 1:44:06 PM     (No. 9573955)

The author cites history in support of his simplistic and weak conclusion ...without truly understand the historical roots of this war ... or even the economic ones.
This war started in the late 1800s, I give it the date of 1877, and has been pushed forward by the progressives ever since. The populist crusade we face started then and has grown to an unsupportable level. It is crushing us. T. Roosevelt applied the bureaucratic process to politics. Roosevelt bypassed legislation using commissions and agencies to oversee big government. Under Taft it took on its full national character. The very similar infighting in the Republican party we see today, then split the party giving us W. Wilson and the progressives, bureaucratic government became dominant after WW1. Progressives have been the same from the beginning whether Republican or Democrats. It has steadily grown worse. It is war, it is an existential struggle, he tried for over a century to bridle the monster, it can´t be done, too much corruption within government to allow it ... and the economics of it is making the point clear. Cruz seems to have seen the existential light.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: mermer, 10/20/2013 1:50:46 PM     (No. 9573959)

[[[Without understating our challenges for a moment, I rather hope a figure will emerge from within the conservative ranks who is not only principled but also winsome, who possesses an open and flexible mind and has not learned the art of being discontent. A person who doesn’t find fulfillment in amplifying anxiety and anger. Who doesn’t dwell in the lowlands because he’s too busy aiming for the uplands. And who knows that this fallen world is not a world without hope.]]]

Well said. What I think is needed is innovation and neither Cruz nor the tea party have any new ideas. Paul Ryan represents the adults in the GOP. Cruz the adolescents.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: enuf8, 10/20/2013 1:51:47 PM     (No. 9573960)

Wehner talks out of both sides of his mouth. Is he trying to position himself so that when Conservatism defeats the RINOs and Dems he can claim he was part of the movement.

Nasty articles (sans facts) penned by this so-called journ-O-LIAR regarding Gov. Palin are not easily dismissed. And, he is NO conservative regardless of what he implies about himself.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Dixie, 10/20/2013 2:05:27 PM     (No. 9573989)

Yep....this article describes my Tea Party Mindset perfectly.

Therefore, I think the rest of the article is nothing more than Establishment dithering, and a strong desire to "go along to get along".

And the figure I hope will emerge from the Republican ranks to become our new President is.....Ted Cruz.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: lonestarm3, 10/20/2013 2:41:17 PM     (No. 9574035)

First elected as a Republican, Theodore Roosevelt governed by bypassing the constitution with commissions and what we now calmly refer to as "executive orders." So much so that he, the sitting president, could not get the endorsement for a (then lawful) third term.

Current revisionist history ignores the pervasive totality of the new progressivism that was sweeping not only america, but the western world at that time.

Marxism, socialism, fascism and communism are distinctions without a difference, other than degree.
The specific "distinction" of the progressive era is that the american version requires circumvention of the US Constitution. Simply put, the constitution is rooted on the principle of individual freedom.

Individual freedom for all simply cannot exist under any variation of socialism.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: StormCnter, 10/20/2013 2:55:02 PM     (No. 9574048)

#18, after reading your comment, I looked for "Nasty articles (sans facts)" written by Peter Wehner about Sarah Palin. I found one piece where he chastised Mrs. Palin and Herman Cain for "reckless rhetoric". another where he muses over whether she is becoming embittered because of her harsh treatment from the media in 2008. Both were opinion pieces, so I´m not sure what "facts" you think are missing.

BTW, most conservatives who know him believe Peter Wehner to be solidly on that end of the spectrum.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: absalom, 10/21/2013 4:02:27 PM     (No. 9575699)

#16 and #20 post accurately and informatively; unlike a scribbler like Wehner. The GOP has been secular progressive left and never, ever a principled conservative party; in the British tradition of Pitt and Palmerston; since the Gilded Age. Mercifully this has begun to dawn on many; except for the tag team of ´usual suspects´ who post drivel like this, then click the ´like this´ tab relentlessly. Commentary is a R DC Est. mouthpiece, featuring the likes of Wehner, Tobin, Rubin, Gerson etc, all big fans of losers like Bush and Rove.

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A married freshman Republican congressman who campaigned on his Christian, conservative values apologized Monday after surveillance video surfaced purportedly showing him in a lengthy liplock with a staffer. In the Dec. 23 footage, obtained by a local newspaper, Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La. - who ahead of his election last fall ran multiple campaign ads trumpeting his faith and family - is seen kissing and embracing a woman for about 20 seconds at his Monroe, La., district office. The Ouachita Citizen reports the woman is the congressman´s 33-year-old part-time scheduler, who is also married.

Bryan Cranston of ´Breaking Bad´:
Obamacare ´is fantastic´
despite ´growing pains´

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Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: AltaD- 4/7/2014 11:01:59 AM     Post Reply
Add Bryan Cranston, the star of TV´s recent hit "Breaking Bad" and a new Broadway play about former President Lyndon B. Johnson, to Team Obamacare. In an interview with Yahoo News “global anchor” Katie Couric, the actor called Obamacare the highlight of President Obama´s legacy. “Now’s the time to stake a claim to leave your legacy,” he encouraged Obama. “I personally believe that his health care program is fantastic. Yes, there are problems. Anything worth while is going to go through a growing pains period. But this is his legacy and I think it’s a great one because I don’t

Millions of Americans aren´t working. Why?
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CNBC, by Allison Linn    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 4/7/2014 2:32:09 PM     Post Reply
Call it the million-worker mystery. A large chunk of American adults are no longer in the labor force. That has left economists divided over how many of them are voluntarily not working-or even looking for work-because they wanted to retire, go to school or take care of family members, versus how many have been forced out because they couldn´t find a job. (snip) Shierholz estimates that there are currently more than 5 million missing workers who are not included in the unemployment rate because they are neither working nor looking for work, but who might be if the job market

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