We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
No "Tea Party" exists. It's just a lot of people with similar views. Include me in.
That was an American flag, remember. The Prof. says:
We aren’t seeing a right-leaning populist surge today because of Alger Hiss; we are seeing it because many Americans believe that President Obama’s liberal and technocratic agenda represents a threat to a way of life they value. We are seeing it because many Americans blame the establishment of both parties both for the financial crisis and for the vast transfer of resources to the wealthy that came after the crash. We are seeing it because whether you look at foreign or domestic policy, the technocratic suggestions of the Great and the Good have not been helping ordinary Americans much for the last 20 years.
"arguably, without unqualified Tea Party-backed candidates, the GOP would now have control of the Senate".
This is what the left and the right fails to understand about the tea party. To a Republican "politician" like Karl Rove It is all about Republicans winning elections. It doesn't really matter what they believe, what their morals are or if they are open socialist. All that matters to these politicians is the big "R". What the tea party wants is our constitution upheld and defended and our politicians putting the citizens and the country first. I would so much rather that a totally left wing Democrat get elected so the country could see them for what they are then have a Republican like McCain or Snowe or Collins and others who put their politics ahead of our country and our people. If that means that a tea party candidate gets their candidacy scuttled by the RNC and the RNC would rather a Democrat gets elected then their anointed candidate then so be it. I am not voting for Republicans or Democrats I am voting for statesmen who believe in the constitution and this country.