The tea party hates South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, and the feeling is mutual. It attacked the Republican lawmaker mercilessly during his Senate reelection campaign in 2014, but Graham held his seat with 55 percent of the vote. “Kicking the crap out of the tea party is the most fun Senator Lindsey Graham has ever had,” wrote Molly Ball for The Atlantic last June after interviewing the South Carolina Republican on the eve of his primary election victory, when he faced six no-name challengers, one of them a tea party pick, in his deep red state’s Republican primary.
On June 1, Graham plans to join the crowded GOP 2016 field, according to his preannouncement on Monday. And his soon-to-be presidential campaign raises the question: How will the Graham/tea pary feud continue?
What the hell can you say about this, except “This is your brain on talk radio and Fox ‘News?’”
A new survey from Public Policy Polling finds [PDF] that one-third of Republicans believe the Jade Helm 15 conspiracy theory that “the government is trying to take over Texas,” and another 28 percent of GOP voters haven’t made up their minds yet about the matter.
The right-wing frenzy over an upcoming military exercise called Jade Helm 15 has swept up the Republican governor of Texas and several other GOP leaders who wonder if the drill is part of a plan by President Obama to seize Texas, impose martial law, confiscate firearms and throw conservatives into closed Walmart stores that have been converted into FEMA camps.
- See more at: rightwingwatch.org
More: Poll: One-Third of Republicans Think Obama Wants to Invade Texas
All around great dude - enjoy!
(maybe he did not get the memo on toning it down a bit?)
@marchaig Its because most Feminists are ugly.
@MarshallFSmith not my town, and don't call me cupcake. ma'am will do just fine - i certainly earned it.
So,obama is rushing to let his friends out of Gitmo. We need to put obama inside Gitmo. Damn Bastard Traitor.
obama is a walking Compost. Happy #EarthDay2015
on ‘bagheads’ oops sorry - we call them Muslims….
@DrMartyFox Dead Whitey does not matter to the Left.
on not understanding the difference between climate and weather….
and he really likes guns….
but as long as they don’t cost too much - it’s a rough economic world for bigots these days….
but really - he just likes guns….
@heavyhokie Money is tight so I'm going with a Bersa Thunder .380 or a Kel Tec PF9,both less than 300 bucks.
and moar guns!!….
on nonsense conspiracy theories….
retweeting super racist - Pat Dollard…..
@PatDollard obama once again using BigGov. as his Personal Louisville Slugger.
on Valerie Jarrett….
And that is just the last five days…. peruse on your own. (at your own risk, obviously, it may be catching)
I have reached out to Hampton Roads Tea Party for comment, but as of publication, none has been proffered,
Here’s an interesting article on the roots of Tea Party ‘conservatism’.
It argues that they represent a far older conservatism, one from Europe where the ‘individual’ is assigned a place by God and nature and any attempts to change that imperils both society and the individual’s soul.
It ties in with my frequent observation that to Tea Party ‘conservatives’ that America is not a nation but a faith. They oppose modern society because modernism is, they believe, antithetical to faith.
Quite amusing if you can handle the appalling fact that this is completely real. I especially like “Obama’s gun rapture.”
Here are the 10 most bizarre Tea Party bills currently being debated in the Montana Legislature, which is now controlled by the right wing of the Republican Party. Some of these bills, believe it or not, have a chance of making it to the governor’s desk.
1) Prepare for National Ammunition shortage (SB 122). When Obama comes to get our guns and bullets, Montana will be ready. This bill cites the “serious risk” that America might run out of ammunition and exempts Montana’s ammo manufacturers from paying any taxes at all, as an incentive to produce more bullets so we can survive the Obama gun rapture. Its author, Matt Rosendale, was an unsuccessful congressional candidate in 2014 whose campaign ads featured him shooting drones out of the air with a rifle.
2) Establish Armed Militias in Every Town (SB 130). Even if we have enough bullets, Montana could still be in grave danger from the federal government. This bill would protect citizens by creating local paramilitary groups across the state, known as “home guards,” and would allow sheriffs to mobilize these troops for whatever reason they so choose, without the governor’s consent. This concept is supported enthusiastically by militia groups whose members enjoy stockpiling firearms but sometimes go to prison.
3) Require that nipples and areolae be fully concealed; prohibit “simulated genitalia” (HB 365). Our state already has a general law against indecent exposure but Montana’s social conservatives feel it isn’t enough. The new proposal lists body parts. Specifically, it would prohibit “exposing the anus, areola or nipple with anything less than a fully opaque covering.” Better yet, it would forbid the wearing of “any costume or covering that gives the appearance of, or simulates, the genitals, nipple or areola.” So much for my Halloween idea.
4) Montana Legislative Dress Code. A young conservative ascended to speaker of the House this year, and his first order of business was to propose a new dress code that advised women “to be mindful of necklines and skirt lengths” and also to wear only “dress blouses or suit-like dresses,” and never “jersey or fleece material” or leggings. Areolae and nipples were not mentioned.
More teahadi fun at: 10 Truly Bizarre Tea Party Bills: From Nipples to Militias to Religious Zealotry
More importantly, the establishment centrists have clearly failed the country. The public has never had less faith in social or government institutions than it does today. Every other month seems to produce some new moral or institutional crisis demonstrating the failure of American elites to police their own. Wages refuse to go up no matter what happens with the rest of the economy, and the middle class is shrinking and unstable. The only utterly indefensible position is that major changes aren’t necessary, and that due respect for the mores of the Washington elite should trump blunt talk and sharp moves away from the status quo.
The problem with the Tea Party is that the things it stands for are almost universally immoral, and its policy prescriptions are disastrous. The Tea Party isn’t an extremist group because of its tactics, but rather its legislative aims.
Threatening to shut down the government isn’t necessarily a terrible thing; threatening it in order to deny people healthcare is. Primarying a leader isn’t necessarily a bad thing; doing so because he didn’t do enough to break up families and deport people is. Breaking up longtime legislative deals can be a good thing from time to time, but not if it’s done to take away food assistance to the poor. And so on. The issue is one of policy, not of process. Even on process, though, the Tea Party manages to get its way, continually forcing policy decisions to move farther and farther to the right. The centrists who tut-tut the Tea Party’s tactics aren’t just wrong on the merits. They’re also getting outmaneuvered.
Feel the love! David Ferguson reports.
On Tuesday, Tea Party favorite Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) posted video of far-right Christian pastor Robert Jeffress delivering the opening prayer in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The controversial pastor was reportedly there in Washington at Gohmert’s request.
Jeffress is the head of First Baptist Church, a megachurch located in Dallas. In the past, the outspoken evangelical has called Mormonism a cult, creating waves during Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA)’s presidential run in 2012.
And off course, we can be certain that Louie Gohmert defends all of this.
If this is true, Bush is certainly right. As for his candidacy, though, the answer is not just no, but HELL NO. This isn’t Saudi Arabia or North Korea. Dynastic rule does not belong anywhere in the 21st century, but especially not here.
For some time, rumors have been circulating as to whether former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will run for the president in 2016. As Bush further considers the possibility of running, he’s seems to have realized one thing: the current GOP is completely insane.
Yesterday, Bush announced a game plan of sorts should he follow through and run for president in 2016, according to The Huffington Post. Bush said a successful candidate must be willing to “lose the primary to win the general.” As strange as the rationale behind that analogy may seem, Bush is saying that a candidate must stick to his guns, which is respectable.
However, for the GOP, sticking to its guns means government shutdowns, holding hostage tax plans that benefit the poor, gutting healthcare reform, and inciting ignorance on Net Neutrality (we’re looking at you, Ted Cruz). Traditionally, Bush is a moderate Republican. But today’s GOP are just as extreme, loud, and obnoxious as ever.
“I don’t know if I’d be a good candidate or a bad one,” said Bush. “But I kinda know how a Republican can win, whether it’s me or somebody else. [The candidate] has to be much more uplifting, much more positive, much more willing to be practical,” when compared to past Republicans.