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Conservatives, Tea Party and Insults

From Issue: Volume XXI - Number 20
10/4/2013


By Taylor Ramsey

I have heard incessant complaints filled with so many disparaging remarks about the Tea Party. In this same column space several months before the Presidential election of 2012, I brought the same problem to your attention.

Cokie Roberts is a respected journalist who is affiliated with National Public Radio and she is a political commentator for ABC News. Roberts provided a perfect example of the very negative pronouncements against the Tea Party on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” segment when discussing Hillary Clinton’s potential run for president. She said, “But I also think and, you know, just call it, that some of this Tea Party anger is racist and that having a non-black person on the ticket will diffuse it to some degree.”

We have heard many more comments from the liberal side of politics calling the members of the Tea Party names such as extremists, haters, and terrorists. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stated recently, “Senate Democrats have shown that we are willing to debate and vote on a wide range of issues, including efforts to improve the Affordable Care Act. We continue to be willing to debate these issues in a calm and rational atmosphere. But the American people will not be extorted by Tea Party anarchists.”

The Republicans now seem to be split into two camps. Those who are considered “RINO” or “republicans in name only” and feel the other side, Tea Party elected Republicans, are too conservative. In my opinion, Democrats, Liberals and RINOs don’t get it. The Tea Party in the mid-term elections of 2010 fought for their candidates who held their same ideals and their battle resulted in many victories for their candidates. Those who do not agree with Tea Party elected representatives are now surprised and irritated that conservative delegates are actually fighting for the values promised in their campaigns.

I believe there may be many more people who believe in Tea Party ideals, but they have not taken the time to join a local Tea Party group. I fall into that category. I believe Tea Party values are considered valid by a very large number of Americans.

I remember when President Bush pushed the Drug Enhancement bill to fruition and how angry I was at him. The bill was, and continues to be, a tremendous cost to all of us and a factor in our rising debt. Immediately after the bill was passed, I received a request in the mail from the Republican Party asking for a donation. Instead of donating, I wrote them back explaining that when they decided to get back to “Conservatism 101” I might reconsider contributing to their cause.

Republicans and Democrats have continued to overspend for so many years. However, no one has increased the national debt as fast and in the astonishingly high amounts as President Obama’s administration.

I deeply resent the name calling mentioned above. Are the arguments of the Tea Party opposition so weak that name calling is now considered appropriate? The journalists and elected representatives using such childish tactics show me they are definitely not as sophisticated as their resumes may represent and they are undeniably shallow thinkers.

I believe Tea Party people are good upright folks who are not racist, anarchists or any other of the names presented by those with juvenile thoughts. The Tea Party continues to do its best to lead us back to basics. The constitution matters. Promises by elected representatives matter. Living within our means matters. Personal responsibility matters. Working hard matters. Compassion for those in need matters. Family as the basis of our strong nation matters. Doing what is right is not based on popular opinion.

Conservatives have only one course of action they can morally adopt…..that is to battle to get back to basics. If they believe in the idea of right verses wrong, then they are obligated to be resolute in their drive to support the movement they have brought to the forefront again. Conservatives must continue to struggle to get back to the fundamentals incorporated by the designers of our constitution to rebuild our wonderful country.

Name calling and belittling remarks may continue to be thrown at Tea Partiers and Conservatives, but is it not amazing there is a group of people who actually hold their elected officials to their promises no matter the insults.

German statesman, Konrad Adenaure (1876 – 1967), was quoted as saying, “A thick skin is a gift from God.”

taylor@longbeachcomber.com