The Tea Party movement; dismissed, disrespected, and denigrated by leftwingnut politicians and main stream media hacks, is now more popular than Dems and Republicans.
It should have received The Person of the Year for 2009. Instead they gave it to Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve Chairman and all-around putz, who championed the credit rules that helped cause the current economic disaster.
This is the kind of bullshit that gets Time’s Person of the Year:
*Bernanke continued to mouth the ‘everything is OK’ mantra, while he repeatedly slashed interest rates, then acted “astonished” when the whole system collapsed.
*When asked which European financial institutions received $500,000,000,000, which was handed out by the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), a component of the Federal Reserve System, Bernanke responded, “I don’t know.”
*When asked by a member of the Senate Budget Committee to explain what he did with $2.2 trillion in taxpayer’s money, and to whom he lent it, he said the following:
“…No, because the reason is that it’s counter-productive and will destroy the value of the program….”
He did say that the recipients of our money were “hundreds and hundreds of banks…any bank that has access to the U.S. Federal Reserve”. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyl8c91qPbw)
Contrast the image of a dishonest mouthpiece like Bernanke, to the public support of the Tea Party:
Hat Tip to Hot Air.
For the first time, Obama’s overall job approval rating has fallen below 50 percent (to 47 percent). In addition, for the first time since Sept. 2007, a plurality (45 percent) sees the Democratic Party in a negative light. And the percentage believing the country is on the wrong track (55 percent) is at its highest level in the Obama presidency…
The entire Republican Party, moreover, continues to maintain a net-negative favorable/unfavorable rating, 28 percent to 43 percent.
But, for the first time in more than two years, the Democratic Party also now holds a net-negative rating, 35 percent to 45 percent.
By comparison, the conservative libertarian-leaning Tea Party movement has a net-positive 41 percent to 23 percent score in the poll.
Running under the Tea Party brand may be better in congressional races than being a Republican.
In a three-way Generic Ballot test, the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds Democrats attracting 36% of the vote. The Tea Party candidate picks up 23%, and Republicans finish third at 18%. Another 22% are undecided.
Among voters not affiliated with either major party, the Tea Party comes out on top. Thirty-three percent (33%) prefer the Tea Party candidate, and 30% are undecided. Twenty-five percent (25%) would vote for a Democrat, and just 12% prefer the GOP.
Among Republican voters, 39% say they’d vote for the GOP candidate, but 33% favor the Tea Party option.
For this survey, the respondents were asked to assume that the Tea Party movement organized as a new political party. In practical terms, it is unlikely that a true third-party option would perform as well as the polling data indicates. The rules of the election process—written by Republicans and Democrats–provide substantial advantages for the two established major parties. The more conventional route in the United States is for a potential third-party force to overtake one of the existing parties.
Furthermore, Tea Party protesters made quite an impact throughout 2009; they shell-shocked the controlling Dem majority with a taste of real patriotic ‘community organizing’.
Link to Tea Party information: http://sfcmac.wordpress.com/2009/02/26/tea-party-tax-protests-held-nationwide/
Nationwide protests are a preview of what’s to come in 2010. There’s going to be a lot of slack-jawed Congressmen and Senators with pink slips in their grubby little hands.
As a Tea Party supporter, I’ve been keeping up with and blogging about the events and townhall meetings.
The Party is comprised of a cross section of America—average people— who are fed up with the hubris of politicians who ignore their concerns. We have put Washington on notice: Anger the American people at your own risk.
For the courage, tenacity, and embodiment of the freedoms on which America was founded, the Tea Party deserves The Person of the Year.