Atlanta Tea Party was well-organized and well-behaved

It may come as a shock to people around the country whose familiarity with the Tea Party movement is gleaned from national media reports, but yesterday’s rally at the State Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia was well-organized, substantive, and well-behaved.

I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at this event, and I was impressed with the demeanor and attentiveness of the crowd — which included many young people in addition to adults from a very diverse background.  The speakers reflected that diversity of backgrounds as well, and included many from Georgia (of course), but also from Washington, DC, other states and even other countries. 

Common to those standing and listening to the speakers, and to the speakers themselves, was not so much the “anger” often portrayed by the national media as the hallmark of the Tea Party movement, but more of a deep and sincere concern for the current and future state of the nation.  Government spending is today reaching historically — and dangerously — high levels of deficit; and the federal government’s role in the lives of the citizenry is expanding at an alarming rate.  Focusing on these phenomena is vitally important, and the grassroots-based Tea Party movement is an entirely appropriate mechanism for doing so – not as the arm of any political party, but independent of those structures.

Whether the movement will sustain the energy and focus clearly evident at the Atlanta rally yesterday (and apparently also reflected in others around the country) over the long haul — so as to have any real hope of accomplishing its goal of actually reducing government power, spending and taxation — remains to be seen.  But for the time being, the Tea Party movement is doing exactly what it should be doing — providing a forum for citizens sincerely concerned about the future of this great nation, in which they can share ideas and experiences in a civil and productive manner.

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Robert Byrd Democrat and KKK member

April 16th, 2010
12:32 pm

“I expected more from you than simple minded name calling. Hopefully the majority of the Tea Baggers are not as shallow as you are. My Team Lead just died laughing reading your last post.”

Contradict much ma’am?

You wrote: I expected more from you than simple minded name calling.

Then you wrote: Tea Baggers

You ain’t none too bright is you ma’am?

Your team lead? I bet he was just wanting you to get back to flipping burgers.

“Oops, lunch break is over got to get back to work so I can pay my taxes and afford gas.”

Yeah, get back to flipping those burgers.

“Good luck to you with that Tea Bagging thing!’

And you have fun making those burgers!!!!

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
12:34 pm

“Fun, isn’t it???”

LOADS!!!!

These moronic left wingers throw out accusations and they have no proof to back them up. From calling the Tea Party racist to saying Reagan is the cause of the housing crisis.

Stupidity is the very word that describes the left wing clowns.

Tell Bookman Who Dat says hi!

BeBe KID

April 16th, 2010
12:36 pm

Tea Party Tim

The (PEE)Tea Party Movement is not in the best political interest of Black people that is why so few are in this movement. The make up of the PEE party is not racially diverse or multi-cultural. It’s mainly racist white folks some like the ones who spit on Emanuel Cleaver and called John Lewis the N-WORD who are on the fringe of lunacy. That’s enough proof of racism for me. Let’s not play games here most black people know where the PEE Party is coming from!

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
12:40 pm

“The (PEE)Tea Party Movement is not in the best political interest of Black people that is why so few are in this movement.”

Yet you’ve never been………….

“It’s mainly racist white folks some like the ones who spit on Emanuel Cleaver and called John Lewis the N-WORD who are on the fringe of lunacy.”

And you have a video of this? NOPE! I asked Jay Bookman and Cynthia Tucker to provide the video that left wing morons claim to exist and NEITHER of them could provide it.

“That’s enough proof of racism for me. ”

What proof?

“Let’s not play games here most black people know where the PEE Party is coming from!”

Most black people, especially in the A T L, are programed by people like Tucker etc to hate white people. From Bill Campbell to Shirley Franklin.

Blame whitey!!!!!! Kill whitey!!!!!!

What a sad stupid bubble you gals live in.

Jeff

April 16th, 2010
12:42 pm

aggree – most of this reminds me of the 60’s – those who lost power – want it back and will do anything to get it back…
If you were to look online for tax records from the Reagan years, They are different then the TAX booklets I used to file my taxes while i was serving under the his command of the US. And yes it was Carter who brought IRAQI into our country to train, but Reagan kept them here for training – until the Contra deal.
At which time the USS COLE was bombed — Try this one – 9/11 was a false flag so GW could grab more OIL – except OPEC beat us to it and raise the price of OIL to $150 per barrel – then GW left the OIL alone and price’s dropped – strange?
Bottom line: TERM LIMITS
NO MORE RETIREMENT
NO MORE ELE. COLLEGE – let the common vote count – not just the DELEGATES/SUPER DELEGATES count.

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
12:43 pm

Jeff

Could you be any more retarded?

Jeff

April 16th, 2010
12:43 pm

OH by the way – i am WHITE, MALE, VETERAN, 50 and i DO NOT SUPPORT PALIN! she is scary! Nor do i support the GOP/DEM – we need a people party – that has memebers elected who WILL care about everyone

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
12:44 pm

“NO MORE ELE. COLLEGE – let the common vote count – not just the DELEGATES/SUPER DELEGATES count.”

Yeah, let’s let people buy off elections. No wonder left wingers are falling apart.

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
12:45 pm

“OH by the way – i am WHITE, MALE, VETERAN, 50 and i DO NOT SUPPORT PALIN!”

No one cares.

“she is scary! ”

Oh, so you hate hot women?

precious lil boy

April 16th, 2010
12:46 pm

@Tea Party Tim and @No More Progressives Haha good show! Why are liberals the most close minded? You’d think based on the term liberal, they would be open to the exchange of ideas. Anyway, I’m just a youngin’, but how I understood the housing crisis was in-fact the Clinton administration pushed for lower credit requirements and the artificial consumer “confidence (con-artist)” permitted lower income people to take out mortgages they couldnt possibly afford. Naturally, these people started charging on credit like crazy, sinking deeper in a debt that would never get payed back.
Also, did the Savings & Loan scandal under RR have anything to do with the current crisis?

Jeff

April 16th, 2010
12:46 pm

guess your comment means you have nothing to respond with except – RETARDED – great come back – FACTS are hard to turn in your favor when they go against what you were lead to believe – let me guess no US Military experience – College after HS – no REAL life just BOOK Learning

No More Progressives!

April 16th, 2010
12:47 pm

BeBe KID

April 16th, 2010
12:36 pm
Tea Party Tim

The (PEE)Tea Party Movement is not in the best political interest of Black people that is why so few are in this movement.

Exactly what is in the interest of “Balck people.” Education? Fathers in the home? Speaking Englsh? No more 16 y/o’s shooting one another over $30.00 crack deals gone bad? No more teenage girls giving birth?

Before you lecture me on cleaning up my house, you’d better clean up your own.

Cheryl M

April 16th, 2010
12:47 pm

Tim – Universities do not “hand out” degrees in community activism, this is true, but they do allow you to earn a degree, several at the undergraduate level, several at the graduate level and at the doctorate level as well. As for the Community Activist dig, if you knew what community activists did, you wouldn’t be knocking them, but let me just say, several of our Founding Fathers you all love, were “community organizers” in fact, many in your beloved confederacy were community organizers as well. Community Organization is part of the American tapestry. It is not to be taken lightly nor scoffed upon except by the under informed, which again makes me doubt your double masters degree claim. If you had them, you would have known better. That scoff came from Sarah Palin, and we know her level of knowledge of History is at the level of the average High School student, (not AP level either).

As for the President, his job after working in corporate America post- graduation from Columbia Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Political Science and International Relations, was as a community organizer, prior to attending Harvard Law where he earned his JD and was President of the Harvard Law Review. He then authored a best selling book, was a civil rights attorney, and a professor of Constitutional Law at University of Chicago. After that he was elected three times to the Il State House and then to the US Senate before being elected President of the US. That is a pretty great resume, for a “community organizer” I would say. Oh, if all of ours could be so good.

I don’t need to tear you down, call you names, if you cannot respect someone who began pretty poor, with everything stacked against him, and managed to make it to the highest seat in the land, with alot of hard work in between, then you do not actually believe in American Exceptionalism which would normally laud his accomplishments as the ultimate American Dream Experience. So why all the put-downs and name calling? I certainly didn’t call you any?

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
12:47 pm

“Why are liberals the most close minded? ”

Better question. Why can’t liberals provide evidence for their claims?

Case in point, several left wingers claimed that the tea party is racist. Yet, not one of them provided anything other than rhetoric.

Uncle Sam

April 16th, 2010
12:48 pm

The TEA Part rally consists od Democrats,Liberals,Republicans and more.The only racists are the ones that talk against it without actually going to one. It is free and open to the public. I am not sticking my head in the sand. The only thing that I do not like is the Republicans trying to take it over. The womna running the Georgia Tea party may be working for the Republicans. we need someone that is not in love with either running the show. I was not happy with a few speakers/Reublicans at the party.The Republicans alsmost got us amnesty again and passed CapTrade,bailout,Healthcare frawd and more. I am not afraid to stand up and be counted. Educate yourself on the constitution and why America was started and the Constituiton. Read all bill voted on by local and Federal officials before you vote ! We have computers now. No excuse ! All information is public including the donations !

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
12:48 pm

“guess your comment means you have nothing to respond with except – RETARDED – great come back”

Yeah, that’s because your comments are……retarded.

“let me guess no US Military experience – College after HS – no REAL life just BOOK Learning”

Your words not mine.

No More Progressives!

April 16th, 2010
12:49 pm

Terrible spelling when I’m in a hurry……………….

Jeff

April 16th, 2010
12:49 pm

HOT not HOT – where in the world does someones looks make them the best person for the job…
SHE lied at the RNC – to the world she lied!
And her statement “it’s GOD’s will” that is what scares me. A woman – i guess since you have nothing you revert to insults

Jeff

April 16th, 2010
12:50 pm

Do us a favor TIM – join my son overseas – pick up the weapon and stand beside him – just for a month – then come back with RETARDED

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
12:52 pm

“As for the Community Activist dig, if you knew what community activists did, you wouldn’t be knocking them”

I do and I do knock them.

“That is a pretty great resume, for a “community organizer” I would say. Oh, if all of ours could be so good. ”

And his approval numbers are tanking, unemployment is 2% higher than it ever was under Bush…..
Yep, his community organizing experience really worked out!!!!!!

“So why all the put-downs and name calling? I certainly didn’t call you any?”

Because I’m doing exactly what you left wingers do. You throw out names like Tea Baggers and Racists….and when someone calls you on it you cry foul and go cry.

Anymore asinine questions?

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
12:52 pm

“SHE lied at the RNC – to the world she lied!
And her statement “it’s GOD’s will” that is what scares me. A woman – i guess since you have nothing you revert to insults”

HAHAH!!!!!

If you want a liar, look no further than Obamao who’s broken almost every one of his campaign promises.

LibraryJim

April 16th, 2010
12:53 pm

Cheryl M. said: Everything just is getting overshadowed by this Tea Party Frenzy, and the real important things are not getting as much coverage.

Cheryl, if the important issues are not getting the coverage, it’s not the Tea Party’s fault — it’s the News Media’s fault for NOT COVERING the important issues, that they would rather focus on us is flattering, except for the terms they use, but is also a poor excuse for journalism.

As I recall, one of the earliest complaints was that the Tea Party Movement received NO coverage. One can’t have it both ways. I mean, the protests are what? Three or four times a year? Sure, they overwhelm in numbers anything the liberals try to do, but why should that be an excuse for the news programs to ignore the wrongs this administration is doing to our Country?

Also, the Media has not been doing their job for YEARS, becoming so liberal themselves that they are fueling the fires of division in this country. Look at how they ignored all things re: Obama’s past and his refusal to release any of his documents for public scrutiny. Or ignored his radical associations with known terrorists and anti-Americans (such as his own pastor and mentor, Jeremiah Wright).

Yep, they were so busy bashing W. (for the wrong reasons) and Republicans that they forgot they are there to represent the people, too.

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
12:53 pm

“Do us a favor TIM – join my son overseas – pick up the weapon and stand beside him – just for a month – then come back with RETARDED”

Are you calling your son retarded? You told me to come back with retarded.

Do us all a favor and check your grammar.

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
12:55 pm

“He then authored a best selling book”

Hate to break your fragile heart but Obamao didn’t write the book.

Jeff

April 16th, 2010
12:58 pm

I just like the ones who scream the loudest about thier rights and freedoms, except those like Tea Party TIM – what he doesnt understand is he has those rights, and i would defend his rights with my life – or my sons – but what i wont do is let him pretend he EARNED those rights – that he didnt do – we (those who have served and are serving) – provided him those rights. So even though he has the higher education, and most likely makes millions a year – he wouldnt have a thing without the help of those he calls RETARDED!

LibraryJim

April 16th, 2010
12:59 pm

I’ve got to get back to work, but before I go I want to post one comment from a distinguished speaker respected by many on this site. Tell us if you agree with what she says, and if so, why it does not apply to the Tea Party Movement:

“I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you’re not patriotic! We should stand up and say, we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration”

(~Hillary Clinton, April 29, 2003)

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
1:00 pm

“I just like the ones who scream the loudest about thier rights and freedoms, except those like Tea Party TIM”

You can’t read can you? Or spell for that matter.

“but what i wont do is let him pretend he EARNED those rights”

LOL!!! I pay my taxes. I earned my rights long ago.

“he wouldnt have a thing without the help of those he calls RETARDED!”

You have some serious issues, Gomer.

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
1:00 pm

LibraryJim

Left wingers will just say that you made that up. Remember, the liberal mantra is “do as I say, not as I do.”

Jeff

April 16th, 2010
1:10 pm

no paying taxes allows you to enjoy those rights – you still didnt EARN them – oh well – the big picture is CONGRESS and until we replace them – go enjoy your TEA? Oh by the way check history – the Boston TEA party wasnt without violence – and matter of fact those who did it – dressed like Native Americans – FALSE FLAG at its best LOL

Jeff

April 16th, 2010
1:10 pm

Oh, US NAVY not marines

Cheryl M

April 16th, 2010
1:11 pm

It is a SHAME that people like Tim post such ignorant things that pass as discourse these days. If there can be no respect for differing opinions, no questioning things without reverting to name calling and Ignorant diatribe, then there can be little hope for this Nation. The ones who show their a@#es instead of actually using their words can be trusted with understanding nothing.

As for the Community organizers – explain your hatred for them, since you know what a Community Organizer does. Go ahead if you have to and look it up, and then say why they should be scoffed upon. And since the Tea Party Movement claims to be a “grassroots” movement, then the people who were the first to come together to form the movement, were the Community Organizers. Since you bear their moniker in your own screen name, you Sir are either a fool, or a hypocrite for bashing the President because he spent 3 years as a Community Organizer. Those Steelworkers and their community he helped organize and get back on their feet after the Steel industry moved oversees, surely appreciated his efforts as much as you appreciate those of Dick Armey, the biggest Community Organizer of our present day. Founder of Freedom Works , aka The Tea Party Movement. Let’s not let facts get in the way of a great hater moment!

Jeff

April 16th, 2010
1:16 pm

no sir – you are entitled to your rights, they were EARNED by others.

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
1:18 pm

“you are entitled to your rights, they were EARNED by others.”

And how do you know that I was not in the military? Again, your problem is not having any evidence of your claims.

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
1:19 pm

“Let’s not let facts get in the way of a great hater moment!”

LOL!!!!! Are you referring to the NAACP or ACORN?

retiredds

April 16th, 2010
1:19 pm

I have an idea. Let’s blame _______________ (fill in the blank), for ____________ (fill in the blank). Now wait three days and see if anything changes. Some might need more than one blank to fill in and that’s o.k. The solution you’re looking for doesn’t depend on how many blames you throw out there.

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
1:19 pm

“The ones who show their a@#es instead of actually using their words can be trusted with understanding nothing. ”

You mean like you?

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
1:20 pm

“Those Steelworkers and their community he helped organize and get back on their feet after the Steel industry moved oversees”

I was unaware that there were any steel mills in Hyde Park.

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
1:22 pm

“Since you bear their moniker in your own screen name, you Sir are either a fool, or a hypocrite for bashing the President because he spent 3 years as a Community Organizer.”

LOL!!!!!! And it’s people like you who call Palin stupid. At least she had executive experience. Obamao has not once led the nation anywhere but down.

Unemployment-10%

Approval rating-43% and falling.

Democrats jumping ship and “retiring” every other day.

Ted Kennedy’s seat going to a Republican after 30 years…….

NJ going GOP after years of DNC rule.

Not to mention VA….

Cheryl M

April 16th, 2010
1:23 pm

TIM, again, you show you DO NOT have two Masters Degrees. From the sound of things you don’t even have ONE, and may not even have a basic High School Diploma, for you had to pass Civics or Government to get one, and you would have surely learned………Rights are rights, that is their nature…..You don’t EARN them you have them, according to the Constitution – they are GOD given to all Americans…..The Founding Fathers purposely did NOT make paying taxes, owning land or any other impediments to rights a part of the Constitution. The did differentiate between Men and Women and White and non whites, but no other impediments were added for your rights. Those two impediments were rectified in the Amendments to the Constitution. Prior to the Constitution, America already had that system, it was the Imperial system of Britain and they soundly rejected it with the Constitution. You cannot EARN your rights, that is the premise of the entire document!

Oh and Tim, President Obama did not have a Ghost Writer for “Dreams of my Father”, he was offered that book deal while he was in LAW school because of his brilliant writing which was published in the Harvard Law Review. Neither did he have one for “The Audacity of Hope”. Face it, the man is highly intelligent and bright and talented. Whether or not you prefer his brand of politics, that you cannot take away from him, even with your hatred of him.

There is a alot of projecting going on here…… There was one Sarah Palin who did need a Ghost Writer to pen her memoirs, well let’s just say that the 5 years she spent in her quest for a BA in Journalism did not help her when it came time to actually write…..and about her own self even! If you want to cast doubt on competency, you should start there……There is much to cast doubt upon. LOL!

Cheryl M

April 16th, 2010
1:28 pm

And again, I have called you no names, nor talked about your character. I find your claim to Superior education suspect, one only needs to read your writing to see why, but that does not make me call you names. I have not shown my a@% when writing, I have stayed on topic, you on the other hand have managed to degrade soldiers, degrade the President, degrade the other posters on this thread, and in general degrade yourself. You seem to be a very angry and spiteful soul, and we all wish you well.

Jeff

April 16th, 2010
1:29 pm

well as a VET – i can tell you NEVER served!!! 1977 – 1983 USS STEIN FF1065 – go ahead now lie some more…

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
1:30 pm

“TIM, again, you show you DO NOT have two Masters Degrees.”

LOL!!!! Again, another mindless insult from a left winger.

“You don’t EARN them you have them’

So tell that to Jeff, ma’am.

“You cannot EARN your rights, that is the premise of the entire document! ‘

You really can’t read can you?

“President Obama did not have a Ghost Writer for “Dreams of my Father””

Yes he did.

“Face it, the man is highly intelligent and bright and talented.”

That MUST be why democrats are losing and will continue to lose. If he’s so talented, why did he have to bribe his own party to vote for his health care bill?

“even with your hatred of him. ”

LOL! Coming from someone who has Bush derangement syndrome.

“There is much to cast doubt upon. LOL!”

See ya in November, ma’am!

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
1:33 pm

“I have called you no names”

Hmmmmmmmmm, the word…….tea bagger comes to mind……….

“you on the other hand have managed to degrade soldiers”

When?

“degrade the President”

I have a right to degrade the president. Just like your kind had the right to make movies about Bush getting shot and killed.

“You seem to be a very angry and spiteful soul, and we all wish you well.”

Nah, I just like mocking and degrading left wingers like yourself.

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
1:33 pm

“well as a VET – i can tell you NEVER served!!!”

LOL!!!! And you have what proof?

No More Progressives!

April 16th, 2010
1:34 pm

Jeff

April 16th, 2010
1:16 pm
no sir – you are entitled to your rights, they were EARNED by others.

What absolute sophistry. The “rights” you speak of were endowed by our Maker. The Bill of Rights reduces them to writing, for the purpose of preventing your precious Government from taking them from us.

Didn’t you take high school civics?

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
1:35 pm

“There was one Sarah Palin who did need a Ghost Writer to pen her memoirs, well let’s just say that the 5 years she spent in her quest for a BA in Journalism did not help her when it came time to actually write…..and about her own self even!”

LOL!!! You try to say that I hate the president……and here you are degrading Palin….

Hypocrite much?

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
1:36 pm

Jeff

1: For the 100th time, show us all proof of the tea party as being full of racists.

2: Show us all proof that I was not in the military.

Cheryl M

1: Provide evidence that the tea party is anti-black people.

2: Provide evidence that I don’t have two masters, as you’ve so stupidly claimed.

Thanks

Robert Byrd Democrat and KKK member

April 16th, 2010
1:39 pm

Jeff

If you can tell that someone was not in the military by reading a few blog posts, then you must know exactly where Osama Bin Laden is right now. You must also be a four star general.

Cheryl M

April 16th, 2010
1:47 pm

Tim, I don’t now, nor never hated President Bush, as a matter of fact, I have never hated any President of the United States. I may not have agreed with everything President Bush advocated, neither did I disagree with everything. I like most Americans hoped against hope that our mission in Iraq was justified, and was like most Americans very disappointed when it did not turn out to be so. I cheered when he stood at the 9/11 destruction site and said America would be okay! I loved in Alexandria VA and remember the fear we had on that day, and the comfort felt when MY President said we would survive. It was not just words to me, it was reality and greatly appreciated. And survive we did. Why, because I love this country, no matter who leads it, I am going to do all I can to make sure they are successful, because that’s what REAL Americans do. We get behind our leaders, we pray for them, and if we don’t like what we got, we go to the polls and we vote for another volunteer to get in there and try. That’s AMERICAN.

This tearing down, degenerating, lying, vicious talk is NOT American and in times before this….it was considered Sedition…..(See the Original Constitution) and it was considered punishable by death…..WHY? Because this is one nation, indivisible and those who seek to divide it, and berate it and otherwise seek it’s demise from the leader on down are guilty of Anti-Americanism, and that Mr. Tim is what you are doing. You should be thankful, as we all are for our freedom to speak our minds and hearts, but everything we think and feel is not appropriate for public demonstration. Signs calling our President Hitler, whether it is Barack Obama or George Bush, are un-American. Calling our President A Communist or Marxist are un-American. Calling his administration a Regime as if it is illegitimate or gained power by a coup instead of being dully elected is Un-American. So, now I call you Un-American, and all of those who engage in such behavior. For the Office of the President of the United States of America is not one person, it is bigger than that, and the days we live in now, when we have lost that respect and awe for it, are sad days of Un-American, Anti-Patriotic decay. You Tim are proof of it. History will not record these days kindly in the story of our Republic. These are dark days indeed!

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
1:50 pm

“This tearing down, degenerating, lying, vicious talk is NOT American and in times before this”

Yet you called us tea baggers…………… just saying.

Oh, and thanks for NOT answering any of the simple questions I posted above.

“Calling his administration a Regime as if it is illegitimate or gained power by a coup instead of being dully elected is Un-American.”

You must have been absent for 8 whole years.

“So, now I call you Un-American, and all of those who engage in such behavior.”

Yep, like I suspected, you’re a hypocrite. Thanks

“You Tim are proof of it. ”

LOL!!!!! Ok John Edwards, whatever you say!