Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Nashville's Tea Party Convention Imploding?

The National Tea Party Convention, or what's left of it, will be in Nashville Feb. 4-6.

'Civil War' in the Tea Party Nation?

What took so long?

The bought and paid for element of the 'tea party' movement has finally been outed in the local media, brought on by defections in the ranks. Some folks eventually did catch on to the scam. Others are just trying to distance themselves from the event because it's a co-opted fraud and they've been caught being a part of it.

The Tea Party Nation webmaster quit and talked a little but only about the money.  "They are not indicative in any way of the Tea Party movement," he said.

A major sponsor walks away not wanting to be tainted by the controversy.

Where it gets interesting is that now Republican Reps Marsha Blackburn and  Michelle Bachmann, two of the 'star' speakers, are having second thoughts. Worried that their association with such a contrived convention may lose them some supporters and votes, they are using the excuse that attending may  'violate congressional ethics rules.' Slick move there ladies. 

The attempt by the Republican, neocon and for profit hijackers to capitalize on the tea party version of protest is failing. Of course the Democrats are fawning over this as they exploit the situation but it's nothing more than theatrics in the false left/right paradigm.

brianakira in a comment summed up many of my thoughts .....
All of these 'Anyone But Bush' 'Anyone But Clinton' and Code Pink and Ron-Paul-Revolution and Tea Party movements are ABSOLUTELY USELESS and if they just result in another Dem-Rep government.

The only thing that has any chance of success would be a non-partisan, non-ideological movement to vote 'Anyone but Dem-Rep".

No need to get into left or right or any sort of philosophy. Just urge people to look at all independents and third parties, whether far left or far right or Christian or atheist or joke candidates or one issue fanatics or pacifists or whatever -- just in general encourage any and all non Dem-Reps to run, and encourage voters to vote for them, even if it ends up as just a protest vote -- until the majority of citizens realize that Dem-Rep is just one puppet party. If there's someone you admire in either wing of Dem-Rep, let them know that you like what they say but you'll be treating them like the plague as long as their affiliated with Dem-Rep.

I really believe this is the only way America can ever become a representative democracy again.

Grassroots still has a chance. You just have to watch who you bed down with.


In other local Tennessee politics,  Keith Talley, the TNDP Communications Director via The Peoples Voice rants about why we can't get compliant voting machines with a paper trail.

Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester called yesterday's action by the Senate to delay the Tennessee Voters Confidence Act a partisan move by Republican leadership to deny the state's voters fair and accurate elections.

"Tennessee voters got the shaft today by a shameless group of Republican politicians bent on winning at all costs," Forrester said. "They evidently could care less about trampling on democracy. I hope voters understand they have been had by a group of politicians who cooked up an elaborate scheme to steal elections here in Tennessee. "Their claim that this was only about saving taxpayer money is a bogus one. We have $35 million already set aside in federal funds to buy this equipment and train workers on it. To knowingly mislead the public about this issue is wrong and a disservice to the state."

State lawmakers overwhelmingly passed in 2008 the Tennessee Voter Confidence Act, which requires all county election commissions to make the switch to optical scan machines and paper ballots before the November 2010 elections. {more}


  1. they are using the excuse that attending may 'violate congressional ethics rules.

    Worried about ethics? Damn near fell out of my chair when I read that bit of slick psyops.

  2. Maybe Bachmann dropped Nashville in favor of bigger money in Minnesota?

    Bachmann headed to St. Louis with Glenn Beck

    Rep. Michele Bachmann will head to St. Louis next week to speak at the Educational Policy Conference 21 put on by the Constitutional Coalition, a Missouri-based conservative group. The conference, “What makes America work?,” will be headlined by Fox’s Glenn Beck and will feature religious right luminaries such as Phyllis Schlafly, Joseph Farah and Rick Santorum. The event is among several others in Bachmann’s schedule over the next month including California, South Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee and her “House Call” in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

    The $350-a-seat ($500 with Glenn Beck) dinner will be on Feb. 4. The conference will include a slew of workshops including one presented by Bachmann: “Fundamentals of a Good Education to Keep Us Free and Strong.”

    Among the presentations are Brigitte Gabriel’s “Islamic Infiltration of America’s Educational System,” Rick Santorum’s “How to rid your TV of ALL Sexual programs and advertisements,” and Dr. Jerry Newcomb’s “Endowed by our Creator: The Role of God in America.”

    In addition to the list of speakers previously provided, we have added: DAVID HOROWITZ, author of “Radical Son,” “Rules for Revolution,” and “One Party Classroom.” CONGRESSWOMAN MICHELE BACHMANN, a regular on FOX, “Fundamentals to Keep us Free.” SENATOR RICK SANTORUM, who will connect the dots between Radical Islam and Pro-Abortionists.

    The 'connection' between Islam and pro-abortionists? Didn't know that Muslims had ganged up with the Evangelicals and Pentecostals???

  3. No ethics violations there as long as it's called 'education.'

    "Islam and pro-abortionists?" I thought the domestic terrorist threat was with anti-abortionists. Those wily Muslims have infiltrated both sides.

  4. Blackburn confirms her pullout.