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Whewwwwww man, Tea Party movement….

16 Nov

Story time! The other night, I was out with Heather for a drink (we had a flaming volcano.. so cool) and had the pleasure of meeting this really nice woman. We got into this discussion about politics. She seemed pretty liberal, and I always thought Heather was, too (I really don’t know though, it was actually just an assumption).. but then they started praising the tea party movement, which totally caught me off guard. I mean, I was under the impression that the Tea Party was essentially a large group of conservative “rebels” dissatisfied with the way our government is working, lately. The reason “rebels” is in quotes is because all of their views reflect conservative values.. it’s nothing more than a bunch of angry Republicans! Heather and this woman (alas, her name has evaded my memory) preceded to try and convince me otherwise.. but I didn’t really know how to respond, probably in part because of that damn flaming volcano (mahah), but really, I wish I was more educated about politics and economics and whatnot, so I could have better known what to question. Good thing I have wikipedia!!

A couple of quotes that struck me when researching the Tea Party.

“The movement’s primary concerns include, but are not limited to, cutting back the size of government, lowering taxes, reducing wasteful spending, reducing the national debt and federal budget deficit, and adherence to an originalist interpretation of the United States Constitution.”

“New York Times journalist Kate Zernike reported that leaders within the Tea Party credit Seattle blogger and conservative activist Keli Carender with organizing the first Tea Party in February 2009, although the term “Tea Party” was not used.”

A quote from Carender regarding the first Tea Party gathering held in Seattle, WA. “[The turnout was] amazing for the bluest of blue cities I live in, and on only four days notice! This was due to me spending the entire four days calling and emailing every person, think tank, policy center, university professors (that were sympathetic), etc. in town, and not stopping until the day came.”

In order to gain publicity, she “contacted conservative author and Fox News contributor Michelle Malkin, and asked her to publicize the rally on her blog.”

“Critics say that the Tea Party is nothing but the Republican Party in disguise, since nearly all of the candidates endorsed by the Tea Party run on a Republican Party ticket.” (Wait a sec… didn’t I just say something like that?)

Here are some demographics…

The Bloomberg News poll showed that 40% are 55 or older, 79% are white, 61% are men and 44% identify as “born-again” Christians.

According to a poll conducted by the University of Washington consisting of 1,023 registered voters in the state of Washington, 73% of Tea Party supporters disapprove of Obama’s policy of engaging with Muslim countries, 88% approve of the controversial immigration law recently enacted in Arizona, 82% do not believe that gay and lesbian couples should have the legal right to marry, and that about 52% believed that “lesbians and gays have too much political power.”

Of white poll respondents who strongly approve of the Tea Party, only 35% believe that blacks are hard-working, compared to 55% of those strongly opposed to the Tea Party, and 40% of all respondents. However, analysis done by ABC News’ Polling Unit found that views on race “are not significant predictors of support for the Tea Party movement” because they are typical of whites who are very conservative.

I think that’s enough information to give you in support of my final analysis of the Tea Party movement. In all honesty, I would consider myself moderately conservative on fiscal policy and strongly liberal on social issues. So, my opinion is coming from a pretty balanced place. You can say that I’m biased cause I’m a lesbian, and maybe that is so. In my defense, I’m probably the biggest Libra you will ever meet, I’m very fair when making decisions, and try to incorporate every piece of information as accurately as possible. This movement frustrates me SO much. The vast majority of it’s supporters come across as racist and intolerant towards minorities. The behavior of participants in their rallies and protests is unethical, using vulgar racial slurs and calling queers “faggots.” Any coverage I’ve seen of this movement reflects a quite bigoted and pompous attitude. No me gusta!

In order to have any power in our government, you have to be an extremist. There is absolutely zero political clout for those of us who fall more in the middle ground. Why do you have to sacrifice social issues to support the opposing parties fiscal policy? Or, why is there not an feasible option that provides a moderate standpoint on both? That’s what I feel like the Tea Party claims it is, but really, for the most part, it’s overwhelmingly narrow-minded and reflects conservative values on EVERYTHING. They’re just mad that they don’t get their way. BLEH.

Like I originally said, I wish I was more educated about ALL of the issues surrounding this movement… my opinion is just based on what I’ve been exposed to. I don’t judge anyone who disagrees with me, and I’d appreciate it if you did the same :) In short, DON’T LET THIS PISS YOU OFF. That is all.

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There’s No Place Like Home!

5 Nov

First day home – finally made a new video… even if it was a song I’ve previously covered :P

I got to see my Nana and Grandpa annnd neither of them were too pleased with my lip ring… it was pretty funny lol. My dad had my back though :) Hung out with my little sister, Anna. She’s 13 years old… Sometimes I forget how dramatic middle school is! All it took to remind me was listening to her rant for a while about her friends and boys.. SO CUTE! <3 that kid!

I'm gonna go get a job today. Even though I'm only planning on staying for 2 months, I should be employed. I mean, who knows what I'm going to decide come the end of December?! I already have a job waiting for me at Chili's and Pei Wei, but I thiiink I'd rather work at the only indie coffee shop in the city, which happens to be only a mile and a half from my house. Wish me luck!