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9/30: Tea Party Support at New Low


9/30: Tea Party Support at New Low

As political rancor in Washington heightens speculation about a government shutdown tonight, there has been an erosion in the proportion of Americans who identify with the most conservative members of the national electorate.

23% of U.S. registered voters now consider themselves to be supporters of the Tea Party.  This is a double-digit decline from September 2010 when slightly more than one-third of registered voters nationally — 34% — described themselves in this way.  While the proportion of voters who back the Tea Party hovered in the middle to upper 20’s for much of the past three years, this is the first time since Marist began tracking this question that support has dipped below 25%.

Table: Tea Party Support over Time





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  4. Henry Schoenberger

    September 30, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Political rancor, means the Teapublicans voting in lockstep against anything our black president proposes for the social welfare of 99%. So, this is our reality which is not rancor, but a war against the social welfare of the common good:


    It is time to declare the Teapublican Party – terrorists for holding 300M Americans hostage to their demand to dump health insurance for 30 Million Americans or they will cause the government to shutdown and go into default by not voting to approve a new budget ceiling so the United States of America’s Government can pay its existing bills – which is the equivalent of not paying your credit card bill.
    We know it is wrong for Al Qaeda to take over a shopping center in Nairobi and hold lots of innocent people as hostages for no rational reason. And the hostage takers are termed terrorists, which America justifiably condemns as an act against humanity. So how can it be OK to hold so many Americans hostage by obstructing Congress – by blocking attempts to improve or just maintain the social welfare of we the people?
    Start with the obsession of the Teaparty House leaders like Ryan and Cantor who are more concerned with defunding Obama Care than the health and peace of mind of 30 million Americans who could not get or afford any health insurance prior to ACA. And the most obsessed Senator against ACA is Ted Cruz who is a Canadian citizen and his health insurance is paid for by we the people or he can go to Canada where Canada provides health insurance from the government for everyone. In the House, Teapublicans led by Boehner, Cantor and Ryan have voted 42 times to get rid of ACA, but do not mind that we the people pay for their health insurance.
    Consider the deluge of Republican Party lies about ACA, including the “death panel” bull shit; and the current party line: “Obama Care is a job killer – and this lie is from the same terrorists that repeated the job creator lies ad nauseum, and who voted in lockstep against jobs bills that would have added 3 million good paying jobs to address the countries decaying infrastructure and at the same time create demand for the products necessary to repair and rebuild bridges, roads and sewers.
    We are very concerned about terrorism and spend a fortune on Homeland Security, ever since 9/11 took the lives of 3,000 Americans. However, last year 32,000 people died from guns in the US; 903 Germany; 769 Italy; 124 England and Wales; and 4,000 in Iraq over the course of the entire conflict; and 4 in Benghazi which is the main focus of the Teaparty investigation of terrorism in the House and Senate.
    To really understand the magnitude of American deaths annually from guns and how this is 250 times worse than England go to this link to compare other civilized countries with our “civilized” killings.

    Alpers, Philip and Marcus Wilson. 2013. Armed Violence in the United States: Conflict prevention, development, peace and security. Sydney School of Public Health, The University of Sydney., 27 August. Accessed 24 September 2013. at:,69,88,65

    Terrorism is defined as: *The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons.
    But Nairobi is the kind of terrorism that horrifies America:

    Washington Post (blog) ‎- 7 hours ago … Over the weekend, images of a terrorist attack on Nairobi’s Westgate Mall were beamed out to the world, horrifying viewers hour by hour as the …

    Apparently we are well adjusted to our own internal Teaparty terrorism because Republicans and the media call Teapublican terrorism – * “Republican Ideology!” (Would a rose by any other name smell so sweet?)
    The following list provides 10 empirical reasons which constitute prima facie evidence to – declare Teapublicans as a Terrorist/Racist Organization, and indict their leaders for Seditious Conspiracy:

    1. Holding America Hostage: Voting against raising the debt ceiling unless Congress votes to defund Obama Care, which creates the threat and fear of default, which could cause great harm to our country.
    2. Blockading Congress: obstructing Congress to produce submission to Teapublican demands to defund Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid; and if this act against the social welfare of we the people was carried out it would be a form of violence against the beneficial interests of 99% of Americans, which constitutes was against the middle class and the poor.
    3. Threatening to shut down the government: unless Congress votes to approve Ryan Budget which includes deny health care to 30M Americans by overturning ACA – a law upheld and ruled constitutional Supreme Court. (Keep in mind Republicans added lots of convoluted rules prior to passage to make it less functional, so if ACA requires adjusting to improve, Republicans could easily agree to fix it by cooperating, in lieu of burning it down.)
    4. Subverting the right to vote in Red Sates: As evidenced by a racist Supreme Court decision to emasculate significant provisions of the Voting Rights Act.
    5. Voting to gut the social welfare of we the people: these are a few examples – voting to: gut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid; to reduce food stamps by $40 billion at the time of a continuing depression for the poor; to end Head Start programs for the poor; to stop school breakfast and lunch programs; voting against collective bargaining to keep wage levels where they were 4 decades ago; voting against raising a below the poverty level minimum wage – etc. (Feel free to add to the list of man’s inhumanity toward his fellow man under comments.)
    6. Overt Racism: It is self-evident as the Teapublican Party has been against anything the first black American President proposed from his first day in office.
    7. Misogynistic state laws against women’s right to privacy and make their own choices. State laws written by ALEC that restrict the right to choice, and impose state controls on wombs; House attempts to enact laws based on the crazy notion of 2 kinds of rape sponsored by Paul Ryan and his cohorts…
    8. Tax laws that caused a geometric redistribution of wealth to the already rich: that created a vast chasm of financial inequality at the expense jobs and profits parked offshore, which has affected the demand for goods and services from the middle class and the poor; which has eroded the stability of the middle class and is clearly harmful to the internal security of America.
    9. Propaganda and lies: the ability of any country to remain secure from within depends on the dissemination of truth from politicians and the press. When significant material lies during elections are more overtly harmful to the public understanding and when the lies become the same from every member of the Teapublican Party – this kind of conduct becomes dangerous to the survival of any Republic. The past is prologue, so it is only necessary to go back to Germany pre WWII to understand why. Consider the most current lies to justify the redistribution of wealth to the rich: the job creators (sociopathic greedy narcissists only concerned for creating personal net worth) – and now the latest Teapublican lie – Obama Care is a job killer (conceived by the same propagandists that made up the death panels – when 50,000 Americans have died each year because they did not have access to health care, ie – no health insurance.)
    10. Deregulation of greed and constant fight to establish the supremacy of economic theories to justify and promote the redistribution of wealth upwards: ie. – laissez faire unfettered free markets combined with Supply Side – ruses used by the survival of the richest robber barons from the era of the Great Depression; and now the survival of the richest ethic used by the billionaires and the Koch brothers (the American nazi’s who fund the Teapublican Party) which caused the 2nd worst economy since the 30s, and the worst level of financial inequality ever in the United States of America.

    Seditious Conspiracy is defined by: 18 .S.C. § 2384 : US Code – Section 2384: *Seditious conspiracy
    Search 18 U.S.C. § 2384 : US Code – Section 2384:
    If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both. Search by Keyword or Citation

    Extortion is to force a vote to approve a budget which includes defunding the Affordable Care Act, a law upheld by the US Supreme Court, or shut down the government by not approving a bill to raise the debt ceiling which merely allows the Government pay for bills already incurred.

    To hold the United States hostage by threatening to let the United States default on its current obligations in order to get rid of health insurance for 30 million Americans to coerce Congress to vote to get rid of Obama Care or the Teapublicans will not vote to raise the debt ceiling is a blatant act of terror as it is clearly against the social welfare of 30 million Americans and the society America needs to maintain the good will of 99% of Americans. Republics do not survive forever without the good will of citizens.

    Nancy Pelosi summed it up best: › News › World news › Nancy Pelosi‎
    2 days ago – Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader, has said “legislative arsonists” in the Republican party are using their opposition to President Barack …

    I rest my case.

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