Is the Tea Party a Radical Group?
Lately, I have been asking this question to people I know who are not in the cup - not in the Tea Party. This started out by accident but wow, has it been interesting and something all of us should start asking those not at the table. I've thus far, only asked about a twenty people this question, but I have been surprised that the answers are very consistent, so, this isn't a definitive study but never-the-less, very interesting. The overwhelming answer has been 'yes'!! At first I was shocked because I always thought those people claiming the T-Party as being radical were just blowing smoke in the opposite direction. The people I asked were very middle to upper middle class.
I would ask myself what the heck is 'radical' about mom and pop attending a rally? But like I stated, I began actually asking this question to some outside folks and the high majority, all said yes, much to my surprise!!
I always followed up and asked for examples and here is the majority response(s):
(1.) The number one and nearly always, the first response was about abortion. Many said, 'the Tea Party is so ... 'black and white', there's no grey, there's no compromise. This would sometimes be followed with; look at rape or what about cases involving rape?
I never attempted to answer any of the statements. The second item was:
(2.) Voting cards and reducing the time of 'voting early'. One person noted: "My mom is in a nursing home and she doesn't have a drivers lic, I'm concerned she couldn't vote." The general feeling was that 'the T - Party' was behind this to limit other people from voting.
Again, I wasn't out to offer any response, just take in the information. A few stated it this way; the tea party is to black and white .... with no grey area for compromise.
(3.) About the economy. A few mentioned that they thought 'it takes money to make money' and they just generally thought it was important for the government to infuse money. Also, a few mentioned that they thought the minimum wage 'did need to be raised' and they noted that 'those people 'would' spend the money and that they were in need, and needed it.
(4.) Just remembered, there was another concern I forgot to include, a few also mentioned their concern about the closing of so many places that serve women for all sorts of things about women's health. They were talking about Planned Parenthood facilities.
I think we should take this serious. We should develop good extensive responses to this to share with others. Also, good documentation is always very helpful. They are reasonable concerns and they deserve reasonable attention. I was most shocked that all stated the tea party is radical in that they won't give or have no middle ground. A good number of people said they did like Chris Christy because he seemed to be reasonable. These concerns are not the sort of concerns that a sarcastic one line response would win any thing or do any thing positive for us.
Please do your home work and put forward an effort to address these items or any one or two that you're moved to address. Thank you for your time.