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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Cheryl M

April 16th, 2010
3:39 pm

Oh, and Tim, many more than Pat Robertson made that statement, as I said, Pastor John Hagee, Jack Van Impe, Jerry Falwell, Rod Parsley….unless they all morphed into Pat Robertson their number equals at least several if not many….. And it has been said in pulpits throughout the country if we will be honest bout it. That is not a new or peculiar thing. Why is Rev. Wright un american because of his views, but these others are not because of theirs? Are Homosexuals less American than Heterosexual Whites? That was my point……again, I know it may be a little advanced for the likes of you.

Have a great evening

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
3:44 pm

“Um, God Damn America is not cursing or taking his name in Vain”

Yeah it is.

“Geez do you actually KNOW anything at all?”

Are you always this hypocritical?

“Mr. Tim Tea Pot are fraudulently attempting to pass yourself off as a learned man, and you clearly ARE NOT!”

Whatever you say Hypocrite.

“If you had been there, you would know that!”

Vandy. Thanks, ma’am.

“President Obama has set up for people like you to go back to school and get more education or training.”

People like me run companies and employ many people. People like you sit around complaining about white people and defending idiots like Rev. Wright.

“It may help you to stop being so angry…….Education is our friend!”

Whatever you say Cynthia McKinney.

Cheryl M

April 16th, 2010
3:44 pm

Crack Addict? Proof is required here- as you so like to ask for, where is your proof. I have never even seen that one , so don’t give any blogger as source, either bring the proof or be gone! Yes GW Bush was a cocaine addicted alcoholic which is why he does NOT even today, enjoy that beer so many wanted to share with him. He was not ashamed of it, he said he became Born again, and that was it. We praised him for it, so how is that a jab, that was his path, he did well to travel it and went much farther than he could have imagined at the time he was in his addiction. So, to my point, we still respect the Office, at least I do, I think no less of it because he held it for sure.

Peace!

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
3:44 pm

“so someone isnt telling the truth! ”

That would be you.

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
3:45 pm

“Why is Rev. Wright un american because of his views, but these others are not because of theirs?”

Who said he was un-american? I just said he was a racist bigot.

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
3:46 pm

“Proof is required here- as you so like to ask for, where is your proof.”

“Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it. ”
– Barrack Obama, 1995

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
3:47 pm

“A customer went from 1200 employees – down to 350 – now we are back to over 900 employees”

Grammar fail. Big time.

Jeff

April 16th, 2010
3:47 pm

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
3:35 pm
“Some were farmers, some were career politicians, one was an actor, one was a cocaine addicted alcoholic,”

LOL! Had to get a jab at Bush in there, didn’t you! Ms. I don’t name call or degrade! Such a hypocrite you are.

By the way, Obama was a crack addict. Bill Clinton was a dope addicted child molester.

See this is why we need to rid ourselfs of BOTH current parties – thanks Tim – you made her point.

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
3:47 pm

Barack Obama, asked about drug history, admits he inhaled – Americas – International Herald Tribune

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/24/world/americas/24iht-dems.3272493.html

Cheryl M

April 16th, 2010
3:48 pm

Vanderbilt? Ha! When?

Major, Minor, School of ? Professors you studied under? Thesis topic? Any proof? If you had said GA Southern or West GA then maybe, but Vanderbilt, Not even possible. With your sentence structure, you couldn’t even have written the essay. And some very basic items on the SAT you missed terribly in your postings. Otherwise it must have been an Affirmative Action Admission…….

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
3:48 pm

“See this is why we need to rid ourselfs of BOTH current parties – thanks Tim – you made her point.”

Jeff, take remedial English. Please.

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
3:50 pm

“Vanderbilt? Ha! When?”

1990-1996. Northwestern. 2000-2002

“Vanderbilt, Not even possible.”

Fact, ma’am.

Thought you had to leave?

Cheryl M

April 16th, 2010
3:51 pm

Tim, what are you smoking over there on your job? That article, duh, we all saw that back when it was printed and discussed ad nauseum, says nothing of of Crack Addiction, unless pot and blow equal Crack Addiction. You are soooo Crazy and fully Tim! :-) Thanks for the laugh!

Have a great weekend!

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
3:52 pm

“With your sentence structure, you couldn’t even have written the essay.”

LOL! Coming from a person who’s misspelled several words.

“And some very basic items on the SAT you missed terribly in your postings.”

1450 on my SAT’s, ma’am.

You know, I find it interesting that you ridicule my education……yet you’ve yet to say where you went to school.

Oh, and guess what ma’am, this is a blog, not an English class.

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
3:53 pm

“Tim, what are you smoking over there on your job?”

Your a$$.

“unless pot and blow equal Crack Addiction.”

Well, you would know all about crack, ma’am.

Jeff

April 16th, 2010
3:54 pm

to heck with grammer – you can’t read anyway – point is: business that two years ago were laying off people, are now hiring them back!!

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
3:54 pm

“You are soooo Crazy and fully Tim!’

Yes, I am fully Tim.

No More Progressives!

April 16th, 2010
3:54 pm

Jeff

April 16th, 2010
2:44 pm
you know TIm – in my fifty years i have only seen one whitey – and he was at the circus – right next to you – in the clown tent.

Well, you should obviously go to the circus more often.

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
3:55 pm

“to heck with grammer – you can’t read anyway”

LOL! It’s “grammar” not “grammer. I can’t? Huh, if I couldn’t read then how come I am able to throw your insults back in your face, ma’am?

Didn’t you say you had to leave?

Jeff

April 16th, 2010
3:56 pm

see when facts and truth are beyond his comprehension – he returns to insults – a true Republican!

Well may peace find your heart – and truth find your soul – God Bless us all -

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
3:57 pm

Cheryl M

Questions you won’t answer:

1: How is the tea party racist and why do you refer to us as tea baggers?

2: Where did you attend college?

Jeff

April 16th, 2010
3:58 pm

yes – but are you are not giving me an English lesson – and well since i didnt go to college – i thought you were helping me to understand how the well educationed think and act – oh well so much for school

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
3:58 pm

“see when facts and truth are beyond his comprehension – he returns to insults – a true Republican!”

1: You have not posted one single fact. Only your opinion.
2: You can’t spell.
3: You’ve accused me of being something several times today.

Bottom line: You’re a moron in need of a dictionary.

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
3:59 pm

“but are you are not giving me an English lesson”

Well, if you paid me I would.

“and well since i didnt go to college ”

At least you admit it, Jeff.

“i thought you were helping me to understand how the well educationed think and act”

No, your words not mine. I’m just here to ridicule the left like yourself.

Thanks for playing!

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
4:00 pm

Bye Jeff, have a nice weekend!

Cheryl M

April 16th, 2010
4:01 pm

@ jeff. – Ourselfs should just go on and have a great weekend! The sun is shining, and it’s going to be great!

I may make some typos going so fast, but I certainly know the difference, and I went to…..Northwestern University, Medill school of Journalism, Undergrad and Graduate. So…….if Tim went there…..Oh, who am I kidding, he didn’t!

Make it a great night!

Jeff

April 16th, 2010
4:02 pm

insults are like opions – everyone has them – some are just better at it then I. I now am ashamed that I fell to your level, so i must ask for your forgivness – insults are nothing more then an angry mans answer to questions he has no answers for.

Jeff

April 16th, 2010
4:04 pm

well i just turned off one computer, then other two are coming down, this one is next – and since my SON CS3 ***** SW is now home on leave – going back to AF next month – i will go and simply enjoy the peace of the company of a TRUE American

@Cheryl – may your weekend be a great one as well – i know will be.

GM

April 16th, 2010
7:35 pm

Where were these Tea Partiers between 2000 and 2008 when the Republicans were wrecking the economy and spending this country into oblivion? They had no problem whatsoever with going from a balanced budget to what we had at the end of 2008. Why the sudden change of perspective?

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
9:05 pm

“Northwestern University, Medill school of Journalism, Undergrad and Graduate. So…….if Tim went there…..Oh, who am I kidding, he didn’t!”

LOL! If you’re a “journalist” then what are you doing on an AJC blog?

Oh wait, that’s right, journalism students are having to move back in with their parents because papers are folding. LOL

Tea Party Tim

April 16th, 2010
9:06 pm

“I now am ashamed that I fell to your level, so i must ask for your forgivness – insults are nothing more then an angry mans answer to questions he has no answers for.”

Uh huh, I see you live in left wing fantasy land where you’re always the victim.

Tech83

April 17th, 2010
12:20 am

Where was the uproar when the previous administration didn’t disclose the coast of the war and introduced drug benefits withoutidentifying how it would paid? Where was the uproar with the patriot act which basically strips us of any privacy from the government? Where was the anger when American citizens were left stranded in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina? Where were the tea partiers protest to Bush’s executive Order 1291?. Where was the outrage? Now that we have a president that is trying to give the working man/woman a chance, the group proclaims that he isn’t a citizen, he is a nazi, he is a socialist, he is radical, although the laws that were passed were previous ideas presented by republicans. Where is the racism? I don’t know. You tell me.

Tech83

April 17th, 2010
1:01 am

Where was the uproar when the previous administration didn’t disclose the cost of the war and introduced drug benefits without identifying the total cost or how to pay for this benefit? Where was the uproar with the patriot act which basically strips us of any privacy from the government? Where was the anger when American citizens were left stranded in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina? Where were the tea partiers protest to Bush’s executive Order 1291?. Where was the outrage? Now that we have a president that is trying to give the working man/woman a chance, this group proclaims that he isn’t a citizen, he is a nazi, he is a socialist, he is a radical, although the laws that were passed were previous ideas presented by republicans. Does the group believe in stopping welfare payments to farmers, repeal Medicare, and Social Security? Should congress repeal the middle class tax cuts and give tax cuts to richest 5% of this country?

Richard

April 17th, 2010
7:31 am

We get so wrapped up in our own wants and selfishness we fail to see the big picture (beer on Sunday). Our land is in grave jepardy! “we the people” are slowely becoming “we the servants”! We are slowley loosing the abuility to call this our land! It has to stop!!! Something has to be done !!!!!! And soon. Before we have no rights at all!

enoughalready

April 17th, 2010
9:16 am

A question for all you liberals throwing out the old “racist” garbage:

Define the word RACISM………………..then go look up the work PREJUDICED……..

Your ignorance of both history and grammar is nothing short of breathtaking.

Voice of Reason 2011

April 17th, 2010
9:27 am

Enter your comments here

Voice of Reason 2011

April 17th, 2010
9:30 am

I want to be very clear to those who read but may not be astute in comprehension. I do not believe the tea party is racist. However, there are racist elements as observed in some of the protestors that should be silenced or spoken out against by the tea party leadership. If this does not occur, their silence infers agreement. Protest–It is the American way and will always be. However, as history will afford every group the opportunity to protest, let’s hope the tea party can handle it when others not in their demographic make-up protests against them. And we will given the right set of circumstances.

Tech has a 3rd rate football program

April 17th, 2010
10:24 am

“Where was the uproar when the previous administration didn’t disclose the coast of the war and introduced drug benefits withoutidentifying how it would paid?”

You must have slept through 2006 when GOP voters sat at home and let the RINO’s get booted out of office.

Tech has a 3rd rate football program

April 17th, 2010
10:25 am

“However, there are racist elements as observed in some of the protestors that should be silenced or spoken out against by the tea party leadership.”

Yep, just like the DNC and DNC backed organizations. There are racists on both sides of the aisle. For example, the Democrat Party has an ex KKK grand wizard sitting up on Capital Hill.

Tech has a 3rd rate football program

April 17th, 2010
10:26 am

“Now that we have a president that is trying to give the working man/woman a chance, this group proclaims that he isn’t a citizen, he is a nazi, he is a socialist, he is a radical, although the laws that were passed were previous ideas presented by republicans.”

Not sure if you failed Econ 101 but unemployment is at 10%. People are losing their jobs everyday and it’s Obamas policies that are hurting working people.

Tea Party Tim

April 17th, 2010
10:29 am

“Your ignorance of both history and grammar is nothing short of breathtaking.”

Funny, I repeatedly asked two left wingers who were accusing tea party people of being racist, and not one of them posted any evidence of any racism. Example: Someone supposedly called John Lewis the N word. No one provided video evidence or eye witness accounts of anyone doing that. Left wingers are a sad group of people who know deep down that the democrat party is doomed in November. Obama has just killed any chance of re-election in 2012 and all the left wingers can do is name call.

enoughalready

April 18th, 2010
9:16 am

Funny, I repeatedly asked two left wingers who were accusing tea party people of being racist, and not one of them posted any evidence of any racism.

The left has so misused the word Racism as to effectively neuter it’s original meaning. Calling someone the “N” word is NOT racist, it’s bigotry or prejudiced. I will give the liberals credit though. They have mastered the art of redefinition.

ghostcommander

April 18th, 2010
10:04 am

The Tea Party is a political ploy of the totally dis-credited republicans. Their record has been so tarnished by their miserable failures that they were desperate, so they created a propaganda movement. The Tea partiers are spouting the discredited republican talking points, and repeating it over and over in an attempt to brainwash the naive, the mentally lazy, and just plain fools. The TP’s are manipulated, dominated and controlled by GOP operatives that float among the members spreading propaganda, and speaking to the press masquerading as Democrats, Independents, and others. No matter what the controllers say, this group is approximately 80% republican.

If you want to know what the republicans really are, then go to: http://www.oldamericancentury.org/14pts.html, http://www.ourfuture.org, http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_Propaganda, http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCarthyism, and http://www.lafn.org/gvdc/Natl_Debt_Chart.html.

In order for brainwashing to be effective, the message has to be repeated over and over for a long period of time. The republican propaganda convinces people to vote against their own interests, the interests of their family, the interests of their neighbors/community, the interests of their state and country. Please do not let just one hot button emotional issue form your opinion. Do some research on the web, and remember to think, think very seriously about their message that will turn you into a pawn.

96SC

April 18th, 2010
2:41 pm

Bob, It is very divisive system when the Politicians are more responsive to the wants and wishes a particular Party and could less about the American Citizens. We should conduct all elections as non-partisan which will save money being spent on a primary and sometimes a runoff for each party and finally a General Election between the Parties’ winners. Partisan Politics over the past ten years have become a blood sport where elected officials forget they are Americans first and all other labels are irrevalent

Tech83

April 19th, 2010
12:38 am

Not sure if you failed Econ 101 but unemployment is at 10%. People are losing their jobs everyday and it’s Obamas policies that are hurting working people

I did not fail Eco 101 but if you passed you would know that unemployment is a trailing indicator of the health of the economy and so you won’t see an immediate reduction in the rate. Companies don’t immediate rehire laid off employees. Since many organizations are now able to operate at with fewer workers and higher productivity rates it may take awhile for the rate to return to the prior unemployment levels.

You must have slept through 2006 when GOP voters sat at home and let the RINO’s get booted out of office.

You know very well that there wasn’t the same level of outrage, name calling, demonstrations and organized rallies against the republican leadership to take back “Their Country”.

enoughalready

April 19th, 2010
3:21 pm

“You know very well that there wasn’t the same level of outrage, name calling, demonstrations and organized rallies against the republican leadership to take back “Their Country”

Ever hear of code pink? Cindy Sheehan?

AnhydrousBob

April 21st, 2010
8:08 am

A lot of posts are about why didn’t some didn’t react to x or y under Bush. Well, that is when I started really thinking – I didn’t like that we stayed on in Iraq after it was over, nor did I really like that we went into Iraq after Afghanistan. The Patriot act, after I realized what was in it, was scary to me – but it was supposed to be “temporary” – didn’t Obama just make it permanent?
I listened to Ron Paul during the Presidential election and thought he had some kooky ideas about the military, but then I started reading what he said in books, and it made sense, and had a historical precedent (Founders) to fall back on. I started doing a lot of research and found that many of my beliefs were a mishmash of ideas that couldn’t stand together.
But it was when BUSH did the TARP that I became energized. And instead of being Change, Obama has continued so many of the policies of Bush – how can you Obama supporters stand that?
I will stand with the Tea Partiers even though they don’t share all my beliefs on military and the drug war (but I have found that most I have talked to are willing to listen and consider).
We may not agree on everything, but if the path we are both on leads in the same direction, why not travel along together.

White Dove

May 7th, 2010
6:01 am

Open your minds and visit a Tea Party meeting. You might be pleasantly surprised.

Intelligent, educated folks who are not racist as they are invisioned by many.