In a move not publicly announced, former Rep. Dick Armey, the folksy conservative leader, has resigned as chairman of FreedomWorks, one of the main political outfits of the conservative movement and an instrumental force within the tea party. Armey, the former House majority leader who helped develop and promote the GOP´s Contract with America in the 1990s, tendered his resignation in an memo sent to Matt Kibbe, president and CEO of FreedomWorks, on
Forget the scattered groups claiming the Tea Party title. The tea party movement´s beauty is that it has no leaders and no organization, but a common goal of fiscal responsibility and smaller government.
Dick Armey was my congressman in his early days and he was a good one. He lost most of us, though, to redistricting and then the final coffin nail was when he attempted to pass his "crown" to his son. North Central Texas is not Chicago or Harlem. We resent such tactics and the Armey son was soundly defeated.
I was at the Tea Party rally in DC that I believe was originally organized by Dick Armey. Combined with the Tea Party Express it was a fantastic event with some really great people. It let millions of people believe that they could be heard. It was a great moment for America.
While composed primarily of conservatives there was almost no mention of abortion or gay marriage. I´ve never seen any sign of racism. By not having a national leader the press (yes MSM) was able to foster a racist straw man as the Tea Party and that has pretty much suppressed the outward reach of the Tea Party. Sad to see Dick Armey go.
Frankly, I have long since been disgusted with the legions of political opportunists and entrepreneurs of no partcular belief who, seeing the spontaneous rise of the Tea Party, hijacked the movement, claiming they represented the Tea Party. Tea Party Express, Tea Party Patriots, Freedom Works, whatever. They have made tons of money, lots of noise, and have gotten lots of facetime on TV and on the Net, with little to show for it I notice. They are a five-input, one output machine.
I suspect that while Armey declines to state his differences with Freedom Works, his disaffection is probably something along these lines.
There isn´t any "Tea Party" in the sense of a Republican Party or a Democrat Party. There is no organization. The Tea Party is just a bunch of folks who are fed up with the way the country is being run.
Just not fed up enough to show up on November 6...
The TEA Party started out great...then was hijacked by the anti- abortion, anti-gay and all the anti everything people... the media loved it...I am as anti-abortion as the next person ..but look what it got us in MO and Indiana.. They figured out all they had to do is say I am anti-abortion and ..shazam.. they were the TEA Party choice. I for one am tired of the conservatives being defined as all about abortion... religion birth control... The media has a field day with it and we have fools that talk about rape as if it is a passing thing...Until we get on issues above the waistline we will continue to loose. Look where we are now... we are at the mercy of the Muslim loving thug in the WH and a bunch of cowardly Repubs in Congress.. God help us.
9, 10 and 11 are right.. there is no "Tea Party".. i watched live "Rick´s Rant" on cnbc and saw something.. PEOPLE.. all kinds of PEOPLE deciding to fight.. once election fraud is handled the PEOPLE who adhere to Tea Party IDEAS will be heard.. as far as i can see the DEMOCRATS were heavily involved in the MSM touted "Tea Party"..
The main force behind the contract for America is a rino?, pretty soon Reagen will be a rino. I agree with # 11, I´m pro life, but I also believe the religious right has hurt our cause. The tea party started out as a movement for limited government, but was hi-jacked by religious crazes.(and no, I am not saying religious people are crazy, I´m referring to the zealots) I voted for Reagen in 1980, he was pro life, that´s as far as it went, his message was libertarian.
The real enemy is power mad people..of all stripes. Anyone who wants to lead had best be ready to come clean about their agenda. There is only a few men or women I trust who have name recognition: DeMint, Palin and maybe Alan West. Until those three join together to announce a plan for the war against our enemies I will not listen to one poster, pundit, politician, writer..no one. With Breitbart gone there is no one in media I trust. All are weak, seeking aclaim, and self serving...Mark Levin and Rush might be steadfast...but am waiting. Never will one penny go to RNC. And, if Newt tries to hitch his wagon to any group I am out. He is self serving and has turned hen pecked.
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