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America is angry

Crazed militias. Grassroots revolt. A capital at war. The country is tearing itself apart.


 
America is angry

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Late last week, as families across the U.S. prepared for Easter, gubernatorial staff in state capitals across the U.S. were busy dealing with a strange homegrown security threat. An organization calling itself the Guardians of the Free Republics, according to its website committed to the “behind-the-scenes peaceful” dismantling of the U.S. government “without controversy, violence or civil war,” had sent letters to all 50 governors telling them to resign within three days or face removal. The demand was part of a “Restore America Plan,” launched, said the group on its website, after “consultation with high-ranking members of the United States armed forces.”

Part of a “sovereign citizenship” fringe in the U.S. that repudiates government and such modern realities as taxes, the Guardians of the Free Republics argues that “illicit corporations” usurped the U.S. federal government in 1933, and refers to the Internal Revenue Service as a “foreign bank cartel.” Its plan seeks a fundamentalist return to the American constitution and an end to both the “foreclosure nightmare” and the horrors of Department of Motor Vehicles registration, which the group refers to as a “hijacking of automobile ownership.” While FBI investigators said they did not believe the letters themselves were threatening, they did worry the group’s anti-government message might spur others to violence.

No wonder. So much has the U.S. surrendered to its anxieties over the last 18 months, to caustic political division and wild conspiracy theory, that the surreal concerns of the Guardians of the Free Republics can sound almost mainstream. Oddball debates over the birthplace of Barack Obama—who so-called “birthers” charge is ineligible to be president because he was born in Kenya or Indonesia rather than Hawaii—his religion, and the depth of his relationship with former Weatherman radical Bill Ayers, have collided with the recession’s near-double-digit unemployment and substantive policy debates over industry bailouts, stimulus spending and health care, to trigger an angry grassroots conservative movement almost without parallel in the U.S. Made up of anti-government, anti-tax and anti-abortion agitators, it is now opposed by a Democratic party newly galvanized by its successful passage of health care reform.

The result, with Republican politicians cowed into moving ever farther to the right by pundits like Fox News host Glenn Beck, talk radio’s Rush Limbaugh, and activists from so-called “Patriot” groups and the burgeoning Tea Party movement, has been toxic rhetoric and rabid polarization in Washington, divisions arguably even more marked than under George W. Bush. “In terms of partisan conflict, we’ve never really seen anything like this and it’s really shocking for a country that by and large has hung its hat on moderation—compromise between conservatives and liberals,” says Marc Hetherington, a political scientist at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. “If you take a look at data in terms of the divisions between Republicans and Democrats specifically, you’d have to go back to Reconstruction in the 20 or 30 years after the Civil War.”

No doubt because the party has suffered two consecutive election routs—the mid-term of 2006 and the presidential vote in 2008—much of the bad behaviour has come from the GOP side. Remember South Carolina Republican congressman Joe Wilson bellowing “You lie” at the President during his speech to a joint session of Congress last September? Or Texas Republican congressman Randy Neugebauer calling pro-life Democrat Bart Stupak “baby-killer” after Stupak changed his mind and voted for health care reform, passing it? Democrats have arguably countered the Republicans with condescension if not anger, and with majorities in both the House and Senate, they have left the jibes to sympathetic pundits. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow devoted a lengthy item to ridiculing support for the Tea Party movement as “teabagging,” an act more often tittered about on HBO’s Sex and the City than referenced in political discourse. New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman allowed that “Republicans have become embarrassing to watch,” adding of his own discretion: “It doesn’t feel right to make fun of crazy people.”

Washington plowed into its nadir on Sunday, March 21, when the health care reform vote split the House Democrats and Republican along strict party lines. The debate over the reform package and how the final vote broke down illustrated how politics in the U.S. has become destructive. “We are about 24 hours from Armageddon. This health care bill will ruin our country,” the Republican House minority leader, John Boehner of Ohio, predicted before the vote. His watch may have been off, but it’s by no means certain Boehner was entirely wrong. The passing of health care reform sparked death threats—one anonymous caller promised snipers would shoot the children of lawmakers who voted for the bill—and recriminations. Republican House whip Eric Cantor accused Democrats of “dangerously fanning the flames” by revealing they’d been threatened. Meanwhile,

Democrats saw bricks thrown through their office windows—and signed on for more security.

Leading the charge on the right is the Tea Party, whose protesters have adopted Obama iconography, featuring the President with a red joker smear across his mouth and white face paint; the effect—a demonic Al Jolson—is disturbingly reminiscent of blackface minstrelsy. Alternatively, he is given a Hitler moustache. Both images are in keeping with Harris polling conducted early in March that said 42 per cent of Tea Party supporters believe Obama is “doing many of the things that Hitler did,” and that 25 per cent believe “he may be the Antichrist.”

African-American congressmen, including civil rights hero John Lewis, said Tea Partiers protesting health care reform shouted racial epithets as they left the Capitol last month. Barney Frank, a gay Democratic congressman from Massachusetts, also said he heard slurs as he walked by protesters. (Tea Party leaders like Mark Skoda, who heads a Memphis group and who helped organize the Washington protest, are demanding proof Tea Partiers used racist language: “That incident didn’t occur,” Skoda, an IT entrepreneur, told Maclean’s. “Not that I would say that congressman Lewis is lying—I believe he may have misheard.”)

Yet those taking to the streets, with their crudely drawn placards and creative spellings—one website is devoted to photographs featuring what it calls “teabonics”—don’t necessarily reflect the movement’s leadership, as Obama suggested in an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer. The President more or less dismissed what he called the “core” of the Tea Partiers as “folks who just weren’t sure whether I was born in the United States, whether I was a socialist.”

He does so at his peril. Indeed, for anyone frightened by the anger of the Tea Party protests, it’s perhaps more frightening still to consider that many devoted members of the movement are mild-mannered, well-educated, hard-working people at the same time as they are committed ideologues—Ned Flanders types quietly enacting a plan to change American politics, not by dismantling government à la the Guardians of the Free Republics, or even by starting a third party, but from the inside. With the intensity and idealism of Jimmy Stewart in Frank Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, the new conservative right is, with as little fanfare as possible, infiltrating establishment political parties, fomenting revolution even as it—mostly—plays by the rules.

That’s not to say that the movement isn’t also fundamentally weird. Nor does it monitor itself with the same fervour with which it polices its political foes. Indeed, its own spokespeople frequently demonstrate a shaky grasp of reality—as has been evident during the current Tea Party Express bus tour that began in Senate majority leader Harry Reid’s hometown of Searchlight, Nev., and will end April 15—tax day—in Washington. The tour is an orgy of vitriol, a carnivalesque bacchanal of political buttons (Alfred E. Newman holding a banner reading “Yes We Can’t,” another designating the wearer an “Angry Mob Member”), booths flogging pamphlets like “The Constitution Made Easy,” or T-shirts emblazoned with the Gadsden flag—a snake and the words “Don’t Tread on Me.” (Michael Goodart of Springfield, Mo., put his last paycheque into printing the T-shirts when he could not make his mortgage payment a year ago and has been touring with his booth ever since.) For entertaining personalities the tour draws upon a limited pool of talent, since most performers, with the exception of the very funny Jon Voight, skew left.

Consider former Saturday Night Live cast member Victoria Jackson, who has appeared during some stops of the tour. On Easter Sunday, Jackson, who took to the stage with a ukulele and who, in a sailor’s hat and blond hair, looked something like the conservative right’s answer to Harpo Marx, said of Obama and his entourage: “They take bribes, they lie, they cheat?.?.?.?steal, they violate the constitution. We’re in a war, it’s tyranny vs. liberty, and it’s a war of ideas. You can’t touch freedom, you can feel it, and I felt my freedom starting to go away in 2008 when a Communist got elected!”

The crowd of perhaps 500 people in Huntsville, Ala., cheered. Jackson, emboldened, rolled her eyes and, in her trademark high-register voice, continued her diatribe: “I mean, they’re saying Marxist. Karl Marx wrote The Communist Manifesto. Okay? It’s the same thing. Where do I start? They fight with lies and cheating and profanity and bribes. We fight with honour and love and wisdom and truth?.?.?.?They’re going to try to take away conservative and Christian radio! That’s their next thing on the agenda. First they take control of the real estate market. The banks. The auto industry. Health care. Energy. And then its going to be our freedom of speech. We’re not going to take it!!!

It only served to increase the feeling of foreboding hovering over the U.S. last week that the letters dispatched by the Guardians of the Free Republics arrived just days after the FBI arrested nine militiamen in the depressed rust-belt states of Michigan, Indiana and Ohio; authorities allege the group conspired to kill police officers as part of a plan to trigger a civil war the militiamen hoped would ultimately bring about the collapse of the U.S. government. According to the Detroit Free Press, the final straw for the Hutaree, as the Christian group calls itself, may have been a rumour circulating on the Internet that Obama had signed into law a bill that would see $20 billion go to helping the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas establish itself in the U.S. Tina Stone, wife of militia leader David Stone Sr., wrote on Facebook: “I’m peeved,,, when people in this country is getting kicked out of there homes everyday?.?.?.?that just wrong.” She later added: “I’m so stressed I could KILL someone!!!!!!!”

Such extremist paramilitary groups are on the rise across the U.S., says a report released earlier this year by the Southern Poverty Law Center, almost tripling to 512 groups in 2009. Militias had largely disappeared after an uptick in the 1990s under president Bill Clinton, a surge that culminated in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people. (Like the Hutaree, Timothy McVeigh’s co-conspirator in the bombing, Terry Nichols, was from Michigan.) This new generation, says “The Second Wave,” a 2009 report by the same non-profit civil rights group, differs from earlier iterations in that it has been “racialized” by increasing levels of non-white immigration and the ascendency of a black President. “At the same time,” the report argues, “ostensibly mainstream politicians and media pundits have helped to spread Patriot and related propaganda, from conspiracy theories about a secret network of U.S. concentration camps to wholly unsubstantiated claims about the President’s country of birth.”

Militia-style rhetoric has not been confined to paramilitary groups in recent weeks. “Don’t Retreat, Instead—RELOAD!” tweeted Sarah Palin the day Obama signed into law the health care reform bill. A map posted on her Facebook page, meanwhile, indicated with crosshair targets the districts of 20 House Democrats who had beaten Republican incumbents to go on and vote for the health care bill. “Let’s take back the 20, together!” said the Palin graphic. “It’s time to take a stand.”

It was a trope even some militiamen said went too far. “That’s very distasteful—it is,” Lee Miracle, the 43-year-old coordinator of the Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia, told Maclean’s during one of dozens of media calls he took in the wake of the Hutaree arrests. “We don’t put people targets up—except for Osama bin Laden, he’s okay. There are rules. There is a degree of decorum and civility that we engage in that apparently surpasses that of certain national Republican speakers.” (Miracle, who objects to charges that militia groups like his are motivated by racism, points out that the Democratic party isn’t immune to such rhetoric; he cites Obama’s commitment in a 2008 speech to escalate Republican attacks: “If they bring a knife to the fight,” Obama said, “we bring a gun.”)

This Saturday, Miracle’s group is slated to hold a Militia Field Day, described on its website as an “Open Carry Family Picnic & Tea Party” (“Show, Shoot, Shout Then Sip Some Tea With Us,” runs the flyer’s very tempting tag line). The event will marry the two main strains of the American right’s response to the Obama administration. “If you’re drawing your Venn diagram, there are going to be overlaps,” allows Miracle, who has worked for the U.S. postal service for 20 years (and sees no irony in it). He adds of the distinction between militiamen and Tea Party activists: “We’re concrete. We’re not thoughts and philosophies floating through the air. We are boots on the ground.”

No doubt many Tea Party organizers would disagree. It was only a little over a year ago—on Feb. 19, 2009—that CNBC personality Rick “The Rant” Santelli ad libbed what would become the Tea Party movement’s manifesto, live on television. In a lather of dismissive pique over Obama’s $75-billion mortgage rescue plan, Santelli complained that the government was “promoting bad behaviour” and asked: “Why don’t you put up a website to have people vote on the Internet as a referendum to see if we really want to subsidize the losers’ mortgages?” It was then that he suggested a Chicago Tea Party: “All you capitalists that want to show up to Lake Michigan,” said Santelli (who never went on to become a Tea Party spokesman), “I’m gonna start organizing.”

Santelli’s message found a ready audience. “The fuel was there, he lit the fire,” says Tea Party activist Amy Kremer. “There were already rumblings in the conservative world—you know, maybe it’s time for another American revolution, maybe it’s time to have another Tea Party—because people were tired of the out-of-control spending and taxation.”

Kremer, a plump 39-year-old from Atlanta, who paints her lips red in the severe manner of Betty Boop, is standing in the shade not far from a life-sized replica of the space shuttle Pathfinder in Huntsville, home of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and the Space Camp program. “What a beautiful setting—this says ‘America,’ ” Kremer had said moments earlier, addressing the people gathered in Pathfinder’s shadow during the stop on the Tea Party Express tour. “Our movement is like a rocket that’s been taking off for the past year!”

A political neophyte, like most Tea Partiers, and a former Delta Air Lines flight attendant, Kremer came to prominence during the 2008 elections blogging as “Southern Bell.” The day after Santelli’s rant, Kremer says she helped organize a conference call with others of like mind via Twitter. “The purpose was to organize Tea Parties one week from that day,” she says. “We defined our success as 10 Tea Parties across the country, 50 to 100 people in attendance at each party. That following Friday, one week later, we had 53 Tea Parties with 30,000 people in attendance. And we did that with no media—it was all through social networking.” The following Monday, with just six weeks to spare, the same group set about organizing a nationwide April 15 tax-day protest, this one heavily promoted by Fox News. “We had 850 Tea Parties with approximately 1.2 million people and it’s just mushroomed,” says Kremer. “I never planned to be involved in politics, and here I’m right in the centre of it.”

Corroborating Kremer’s numbers is no easy task. Amorphous, diffuse, organized almost by cell, Tea Party groups are stubbornly reluctant to take direction. Websites associated with the various branches send surfers through an oddly hermetic universe, filled with sister groups like Glenn Beck’s 912 Project, which seeks to establish nostalgia for post-9/11 American unity as a patriotic touchstone. “The day after America was attacked we were not obsessed with Red States, Blue States or political parties. We were united as Americans, standing together to protect the greatest nation ever created,” reads the group’s mission statement.

It would be a mistake to identify the rise of the new and angry conservative populism too closely with the GOP—or to dismiss it as too looney to matter. Though Tea Party and other Patriot activists skew overwhelmingly Republican—74 per cent of Tea Partiers are either registered Republicans or independents who typically vote for the GOP, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll—they tend to view present-day Republicans as apostates and to brickbat Bush for approving the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, the bank and auto bailout that now totals $700 billion. “Look, people are mad as hell at the Republicans—they’re madder at the Republicans than they are at the Democrats,” says Kremer.

While Tea Partiers are overwhelmingly white (88 per cent, according to the Quinnipiac poll), more than 50 per cent are women, and more than a quarter have completed post-secondary education. “If I were to sort of try and put them down on the psychologist’s couch and get inside their psyches a little bit, my sense is that this is a group of people that’s just frightened to death by what they view as monumental changes that are taking place,” says political scientist Marc Hetherington. “These people must be looking at a world that is changing so fast, and it’s dizzying to them and in ways that are very disturbing.”

Tea Partiers and others are going about the business of reshaping politics in their own image with a strange combination of the quixotic and the canny. Most are savvy enough to leave social issues like abortion off the table. “It really helps our movement that we don’t focus on social issues,” says Chad Capps, head of the Huntsville Tea Party Movement. “There’s a lot of things that people want us to get involved in that we just say, ‘Nope, sorry, that’s outside our core mission and we just can’t do that.’ ”

It seems clear that Scott Brown, the Republican Massachusetts senator who beat Martha Coakley in January to take the Senate seat long held by Teddy Kennedy, won in part due to Tea Party support. But the movement’s influence is being felt in other ways, too. “A year ago, I wasn’t able to get through to a congressman’s office,” says Cincinnati Tea Party member Justin Binik-Thomas. “Now I’m getting phone calls from them.” He adds: “They’re welcome to come to our events but they don’t speak—they listen.”

In a similar demonstration of grassroots potency, Alabama Tea Party groups joined forces in past weeks to press state legislators in Montgomery on passing the Healthcare Freedom Act, one of a raft of state bills across the country seeking federal health care opt-out amendments. Alabama Tea Party members “would go and sit in on the Senate discussions every day and write up emails letting us know which senator needed some pressure applied,” says Huntsville’s Capps. The bill has since passed the state Senate and will likely go to the House this week.

Yet such political acumen is often combined in the Tea Party with a naive commitment to candidates too conservative to appeal to independents, an obstacle to electoral success. Many Arizona Tea Partiers, to cite one example, now back J.D. Hayworth’s bid to unseat Sen. John McCain in that state’s Republican primary. But Hayworth’s tough stance on border issues—“It’s not only a matter of national security, it’s a matter of personal security,” he told a Tea Party rally last week—would leave the party at a disadvantage viz. Arizona’s fast-growing bloc of Hispanic voters.

Still, it’s McCain who has been making concessions rather than Hayworth, beefing up his border bona fides, repudiating his “maverick” past and appearing on stage alongside former running mate Palin, a Tea Party favourite, at least for now. “Right now we’re upset with Palin because she’s campaigning with McCain,” says Detroit-area Tea Partier Dennis Moore, who is disappointed Palin is not supporting Hayworth. “We thought Palin would be more to our liking.” Perhaps predictably, the Tea Party’s growing influence has prompted purges in Republican ranks (most famously that of Canadian-born conservative David Frum, who lost his job at a conservative think tank after calling Obama’s health care success a Republican Waterloo).

David Lanoue, head of political science at the University of Alabama, calls this the “death of pragmatism,” arguing: “Ronald Reagan, who is the patron saint of the right and well respected by the Tea Party, was the ultimate pragmatist. When Ronald Reagan had to raise taxes, he raised taxes. When Ronald Reagan had to work with Democrats, he worked with Democrats. Now pragmatism has gone out the window and there’s an expectation that you must meet every single demand or you’re a turncoat.” Sandy Maisel, a political scientist at Colby College in Maine who has written about third-party movements in the U.S., is even more pointed: “What I worry about is that [Tea Partiers] capture the Republican party like the Goldwater people did in ’64—and then what you have is a very conservative, very small minority party. It seems to me that’s not good for a two-party system.”

Yet that may be just what’s happening. Indeed, Tea Party activists are now beginning to apply their exacting standards in ways they hope will transform the established parties from the inside. Arizona’s Darla Dawald, national director of ResistNet.com, a conservative website, remembers learning of a magic infiltration mechanism as a “did you know?” moment. “It was one of those things,” says the 46-year-old former health care administrator, who sought a life change after a bout of cancer, leaving her job to open a gift basket boutique that she was forced to close during the financial collapse of 2008.

Then a friend told her that the lowest rung of elected office within both the Republican and Democratic parties—often called the precinct level, depending on the state—“is where we actually decide who gets put on the ballot” by electing local party leadership. Dawald looked into the situation at her local Republican precinct and found that over half the committee positions stood open—a dearth of local participation that holds true across the country for both parties.

“I signed up myself!” Dawald says, standing outside the Tea Party Express bus in Nashville. She adds that Tea Party activists across the U.S. have done the same, and that she knows of some precincts where Tea Partiers have taken total control. “We believe that can be done for the Democratic party, too,” she says, before describing her state of mind as she took up politics: “I had no job, I didn’t know what to do, I was disgusted with what our government was doing.” Her career history as an administrator had taught her to do much. “I knew how to build infrastructure, I knew how to build a team.” She got involved, and now guides other Tea Party supporters who seek to do as she has done. “We want them to get involved on the local level to take back their country!” she says.

“Spiritually,” she adds, she knows she lost her gift basket store to do just this. She is so sure she is right.


 

America is angry

  1. Glenn Beck is the only thing I record and watch daily. It is empowering to her my thoughts put into words on a national platform. Until the Tea Partys and Glenn, I pretty much thought that I was alone in my knowledge that freedom and America were in big trouble.

    Keep up the good work Mr. Beck. We are behind you.

    • Rob, you are not alone. There are tens of thousand of people in the Free Man movement and associated movements. I was born in Australia and have declared myself sovereign, rescinded my consent to be governed, and proven this all works in the courts. Many men are denying the jurisdiction of your criminals called 'the legal fraternity'.

      • Glenn Beck is a rambling idiot who has no idea what he's talking about.

        • Who just happens to be accurate the vast majority of time time. I do tire of people who use labels rather than presenting anything that approaches an argument Nick.

          • So Glenn Beck doesn't use labels?

            And how is he accurate? Can you measure it? And how do you measure it? The Book of Revelation?

            Congratulating yourself for agreeing with people who reflect or reiterate your thoughts is the act of living in an echo chamber. It's the same as looking only for people who look like you – low grade and cheap narcissism.

          • agreed, it's one of the scary effects of our internet and modern communications, rather than be engaged in a diverse dialogue with one another we seek out those with the same idea's and tastes… and then insulate ourselves from the opinions of those who differ from us.

            How small minded…

          • Hmmm, lets see what new catchword (it was social justice a couple of weeks ago) is a conspiracy codeword for socialism these days. Who's a Maoist or a Stalinist?

            Honestly, 90% of the stuff he dreams up on his chalkboard are pathetic fallacies attempting to create connections where there are none. Ad hoc ergo prompter hoc to him has indicted the democratic party of being communists when he doesn't even know what a communist is.

            Even if he does, he's using these hateful labels to stir up anger and outrage. So, which is worse?

            Either way, the effect has been done, how many right of centre people who have no training in political science are caling people on the left communists and socialists?

      • Rupert Murdoch, is that you?

          • But he's a bigger fan of cold hard cash, and Glen brings in a lot of it.

          • And ratings too!
            So making money is a bad thing?

    • you are an inbred idiot. Glenn Beck is a fear mongering scum

  2. "But Hayworth's tough stance on border issues—“It's not only a matter of national security, it's a matter of personal security,” he told a Tea Party rally last week—would leave the party at a disadvantage viz. Arizona's fast-growing bloc of Hispanic voters."

    And why is the bloc of Hispanic voters growing so fast? Maybe because 10,000 – 20,000 Mexicans illegally enter the United States EVERY DAY.

    If those people were coming into Canada and using our medical system, education system, driving on our roads without licenses, and suppressing our wages, all without paying any taxes, would I not have a right to demand the government do something about it? Or would that make me racist? I cannot comprehend how people can defend the government's lax attitude on that, especially when they are arresting and detaining Canadian families that mistakenly cross into Maine on a Sunday drive.

    • This would be true if illegal immigrants could vote. They can't.

      • Nick. What, exactly, do you think the agenda of 'amnesty' for illegal immigrants into the US is about? Hhmmm could it be to give them votes and futher legitimise the 'North American Union' that Canada is ALREADY in. Nah….couldn't be. Could it? Canadians better hope the Guardians of the Free Republics are successful because if they are they will roll back the NAU. And Yes. I HAVE read the letter delivered to the guvners, unlike Nicholas it would seem. ;-)

        • It takes four years AFTER getting your permanent residence status to get you citizenship, and then, only then, you can vote.
          OH, I forgot to mention C$ 900 dolllars for my immigration application, plus C$ 400 for Certificat de Selection du Quebec, and $250 for medical exams, plus the flight, now $200 for my citizenship application.
          OH, I forgot to mention that I pay over 25% of taxes in EVERY paycheck that I get.
          What did you say by "using the system for free"? Can you provide more DETAILS? Can you provide REAL EXAMPLE???

          Oh, I forgot to mention that Quebec Prime Minister Jean Charest WILL shut down over 30 French-language courses for immigrants. Yes, budget shrinks.

          Now you guys tell me where I can live WITHOUT taxes. Tell me where the government holds the "cash for minorities", because I haven`t seen any. Tell me where is this free land for illegal immigrants that you talk about so loudly.

          Get out the shell and come to see the world.

          • CI, the comment was directed to mexicans coming into the US.
            "Get out the shell and come to see the world. "
            I have. Hence the name global man. Perhaps you would like to direct your comments to the subject at hand rather than to comment on an entirely different and un-related subject. US immigration and CAN immigration are very different subjects at the moment.

  3. This is a dreadful article and I am embarrassed for Maclean's that they should publish it. The MSM in the States has waged a ceaseless war to marginalize this movement as being a bunch of retrograde racists and poor white trash. Why would Maclean's join this?

    At the core of the Tea Party movement is a massive dissatisfaction with the POLICIES being pursued by the Democrats which has no representation in the Republican party. As long as no one actually attends to the issues, then I guess they can continue to label it as they like, based on whatever fringe whacko they interview.

    • "being a bunch of retrograde racists and poor white trash. Why would Maclean's join this?"

      Indeed. major inaccuracy, as they're not poor.

    • The article actually says things to dissuade people, like mentioning 25% have higher education and mentioning the work history of some of the people invovled. I didn't see anything in the article that indicated that the Tea Party was poor white trash. There may be a slant that the author doesn't agree with them but that isn't surprising considering they are in the minority which by definition means the majority does not agree with them.

  4. "I could give a flying crap about the political process… We're an entertainment company."
    — Glenn Beck

    • You obviously don't follow him.

      • Why would anybody, other than the FBI, follow him?

        It's not my kind of entertainment.

        • I'm not sure if I feel better or worse knowing that glen knows he's a clown.

  5. this is one of the most lop-sided, biased, factually-challenged articles i've ever read at macleans.

    embarrassing.

    i might call the Human Rights Board, as it offended me.

    • In other words, you disagree with what it says but you're too dishonest to admit it. So you call it one sided. To me it reads as reportage, but what you seem to want it and the reporter to do is stop exposing the lunatic fringe od American society.

      • it probably does read as reportage to you.

        the problem with the article is that there is no evidence that racial epithets were yelled at congressman, doesn't mention that a republican's office was shot at, etc, etc, etc. and yet, it is "reported" as if it happened or not mentioned at all, and is presented as evidence of the nuttiness of this "group". the left is just as moonbatty as the right when you get to the fringes, so suggesting this side of the ledger is "angry" and "dangerous" is disingenuous.

        i suppose i can admit that it's not an "article" and is really just an essay, so it is his point-of-view. which is fine. but let's not suggest it is "journalism"

        • So "essays" that may contain opinions are not journalism? How so? What is journalism? Can you define it for me with the broadest of strokes? And are you saying the article/essay was not fact checked at least at some level? Is this part of the MSM conspriacy? What kind of "proof" does an article need? Are you assuming that the author can write what ever he wants to write and it gets published? What constitutes proof in your opinion? Do we have proof that these things didn't happen? Or is the absence of proof make these things a non-happening?

          How does the existence of moonbatty lefties make the allegation of moonbatty righties disingenous? How do those two thoughts follow logically?

          And finally, "etc., etc., etc.," doesn't cut it. You can't imply a bunch of items that you're not prepared to actually list.

          • This writer says the N-word was used in D.C. and congressmen claim they were being spit on. Andrew Breitbart offered to give $10,000 of his own money to the United Negro College Fund for proof this happened, no takers. The congressmen themselves were taping and recording this event, as well as countless media outlets. Where is the proof? Does anyone really believe that if the Tea Party in D.C. was guilty of using the N-word and spitting on members of Congress we wouldn't have seen it over and over again, at least on MSNBC?

          • Lets' also not forget this is the same movement that belittled a man with Alzheimer's for daring to sit quietly and hold a sign for what he believed in. The problem is the movement as demonstrated has the emotional maturity of 3 year olds. Most of the dribble they spew could be dis-proven with a 4 minute research session.

            The level of hyperbole from these groups is off the charts.

  6. lol.

    the problem, petrov, is you have to be offended AND a visible minority……or gay.

    i hope you're not just a middle-class white guy.

  7. What a pathetic hit-piece. Get out and meet some ordinary Americans, for crying out loud.

    No, it's not "…more frightening still to consider that many devoted members of the movement are mild-mannered, well-educated, hard-working people at the same time as they are committed ideologues". It's encouraging. Those are exactly the sort of people a democracy relies on.

    For Kohler, apparently, holding to an ideology (no matter how mild-mannered, well-educated, or hard-working a citizen you are) is only acceptable if it's his own, as he makes obvious in this ridiculously contemptuous piece.

    • I've seen hit pieces like this in some US publications, but I'm a little surprised to see one in Maclean's.

      I really dislike these "blame the messenger" hit pieces. American voters are not pleased with their leadership and they express their displeasure the only way they know how – peaceful protest. Then character assassins like Kohler decide to blame the voters.

  8. Would all the Canadians who support the Tea Party movement please move to the U. S. We don't want your poison to spread in this country.

    • Could all the ignorant liberals please move… heck I don't care where you move to, just get out of Canada and let those that stand for freedom run the country without the impediment of communists, socialists and separatists.

      • I might suggest sending them to Baffin Island, although I would feel too sorry for the resident Musox. I mean what did they do to deserve the torture of having to put up with a Canadian liberal.

      • I could'nt have said it better Ryan!

    • It's always inspiring to see someone telling millions of their countrymen that we'd be better off without them and their "poison".

      "Tolerance" my ass.

      • Millions? That's a good one. I expect that about a couple of grand read smalldeadanimals regularly (sweat beading on their foreheads, spine tingling rage reinforcing their solipcism, resentment informing their every feeling), as they wait for some "liberal" article to get posted at MacLeans.

    • "Would all the Canadians who support the Tea Party movement please move to the U. S. We don't want your poison to spread in this country. "

      Hear hear!

  9. Disingenuous sour grapes will not carry this groups momentum more than a couple years.

    Every country has it's crazy moments. America's are just better highlighted because of their global influence and contrasted against our Canadian lack of crazy moments.

    At worst, it will turn out like Canada's Reform movement; grassroots exploited into centralized autocratic pandering to special interest and populism. The Tea Party movement will turn into everything they are against. Ironic, yes, and Canada has the most recent example of how it works.

    • well said

    • Yes, they probably will, because they are alreadu being hijacked by the likes of Sarah Palin.

  10. I would personally love to see the Tea Party sweep out the entire US govt in elections. Let the power truly return to the people.

    Don't laugh either. It may not be likely, but get these people po'ed more than they already are, and the tools are indeed out there for a peaceful revolution.

    The power of social media has yet to be fully realized. If 200,000 people can sign up for a stupid petition here in Canada, surely for a legitimate reason even more people can do more than ever before.

    Imagine a Facebook group in the US gaining over 100,000,000 members all with the intent on voting Tea Party. It may seem unlikely for this to happen, but one cannot deny the fact it is possible.

    Perhaps if the Tea Party can put aside it's ideology for the chance to remove all incumbents from power, the movement may yet take hold.

    Can you imagine the entire US govt being completely changed, democratically? I can.

    • I can't, but it is an interesting idea.

      • Definitely unlikely, but if you look back as recently as even the 90's, forming any sort of movement would have required many various tools to organize it.

        It still does, of course, but I do think social media is the most powerful tool that has not yet nearly reached the potential that it has.

        I can imagine it happening, if only because the tools exist. Is it going to happen? I honestly don't know. But does the capability exist? More than ever before.

        • The Tea Party movement only showed up once Obama was President and as such appears to be a knee-jerk reaction to a Democrat getting elected in an era of Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Fox News.

          If you want to talk about real democratic reform in the US, the Tea Party movement is probably not the group you should be pinning your hopes on.

          • Yes. Granting the system is flawed (and the US is not alone) these people seemingly had no complaints with the Bush victories under it. The Republican/right wing lost an election and now want to overturn the results by any means necessary.

            This is the exact opposite of a fight FOR democracy.

    • Just in case it does come to pass, Canada might want to acquire some insurance of some sort…..how is that EU free trade deal coming along?

    • "I would personally love to see the Tea Party sweep out the entire US govt in elections. Let the power truly return to the people. "

      Then move there and help out, slacker.

      • Well I wouldn't move there but I would consider helping financially.

  11. Dear Editor, Thank you for this interesting article by 1st year Journalism student, Nicholas Kohler. He might have a promising career as a real journalist in the future if he starts asking some more questions as to why the Tea Party movement has grown so big and not just pretend that every member of it is simply angry and being manipulated by talk show hosts, unlike the Obama-zombies who presumably read every word of his platform and carefully researched his background before joining his crusade for "hope (and change!!!). Here are some interesting points that an actual journalist would not have overlooked:

    1) Do they Tea Party members have a point about the massive cost of Obamacare and the fact that it will inflict crippling debt upon future generations? How will the U.S. get out of this? By printing enough money that the U.S. dollar becomes worthless?

    cont'd

    • 1) All indication are that the health insurance reform will save a few hundred billion over the next decade. And health inflation will be kept at a meager 30% vs. the 72% predicted by the insurance companies if it weren't able to pass.

  12. 2) Did Victoria Jackson have a point about how much the sheer bribery that was needed to pass Obamacare with massive inducements being handed over to fence-sitting Democrats such as Louisiana's Mary Landrieu (what some on the right call the "Lousiana Purchase". A lot of people aren't too happy about politicians using their money to turn provide political pork to other politicians in exchange for their vote.

    3) Did Rep. Joe Wilson have a point for his "you lie" outburst at Pres. Obama? Just for the record, Obama was saying that his public medical insurance scheme would not cover illegal aliens even though he and senior Democrats have fought tooth and nail to make sure that it does cover them.

    cont'd

    • 2) All of which was stripped out of the final bill. So if anything they suckered those guys into voting for it with nothing in the end.

      3) No, he didn't have a point. Illegal aliens still can't buy insurance (with their own money) in the exchanges, a move that might have cost at least a small amount upfront but could potentially remove a high cost burden from hospitals and the system in general.

      I hope the irony isn't lost on you that you seem to be demonstrating the exact traits described in this article.

      • wooT!!! Excellent rebut, monsieur LB_.

  13. 4) Speaking of illegal aliens, does Mr. Kohler not consider that people have a right to be concerned about successive gov'ts that refuse to enforce the most basic of laws, relating to who can enter their country? Couldn't Mr. Kohler have done some basic research into the massive costs of illegal immigration to U.S. society? He would have found out that it is a key contributor to the de facto bankruptcy of the State of California due to strain on social services, not to mention the driving down of wages and making it harder for Americans to find work. Is he aware of the fact that the illegal immigration is turning America's southern border into a war zone? Is he aware of radical, pro-illegal immigration groups like La Raza ("the race") which try to intimidate people that resist illegal immigration in any way? Now, why would that make anyone angry?

  14. 6) Does he bother questioning "Nobel-prize winning Economist" Paul Krugman's own views while quoting his disparaging remarks about the Tea Party members? Does Krugman have a plan to pay for Obamacare that won't bankrupt U.S. taxpayers? If so, he's in line for a 2nd Nobel prize and he can split the cost of a flight with Obama who might just receive a 2nd Nobel prize himself for his great ability to speak about peace.

    I could go on and on but there are just too many deficiencies in this biased one-sided propaganda piece. How could Maclean's allow this drivel to be printed?

    • Great retort. Too bad there are so many people that never let the facts get in the way of their opinions.

      Further to the immigration debate – it is foolhardy for a country to allow large-scale immigration when the unemployment rate is approaching 20% (and yes, it is, despite whay the US government statistics say). Despite that, the Obama administration issued over 1.1 MILLION green cards to foreign workers. Untold millions more are working under the table. I don't care whether or not these people can vote, that fact has no bearing on their negative impact on the American economy.

      • Maybe lowering the minimum wage so that legal citizens could work rather than businesses resorting to illegal immigrants.

        Though I'm not even sure if ever in the history of the term "minimum wage" has it ever decreased. Why not though? (correct me if I'm wrong).

        • Because the central banks have given us rampant inflation. If it weren't for their constant interference, we wouldn't need minimum wage laws to (attempt to) keep those on the lowest rungs of the totem pole making a livable wage, the market would figure it out. I'm not a subscriber to Chicago School economics, but the relationship between supply, demand, and the price/value of labour is pretty simple once you take out all of the interference. Adam Smith had it pretty well figured out 250 years ago.

          Minimum wage increases help for about 6 months to a year, and then the price of everything else rises to match.

        • Oh please. A business that uses illegal immigrants obviously doesn't care what the minimum wage is in the first place — kind of by definition. Legal citizens can work there all they want, they just don't want to. Lowering the minimum wage won't change that a bit.

    • Jack – where were you guys during the Bush years? Where were you when GWB was racking up a huge deficit to pay for a war – the first time EVER that taxes were cut during the war.

      I cannot fathom how Tea Partiers were OK with sending Americans to die in Iraq on taxpayer dollars but aren't OK with saving American lives on taxpayer dollars.

      • We were here, and speaking out, but you liberal's were whining so hard we got drowned out. Just to point out, your question is baseless. Where are you now, that Obama is continuing the same policies Bush promoted? Oh, wait Obama has a "D" by his name so you can't speak out because then you would have to admit that your party is just a corrupt at the Repblicunt's. Wake up for god's sake.

    • See #1

    • Well said, Jack.

  15. 5) He quotes the Southern Poverty Law Center as some kind of authority on "hate" even though basic research would have led him to understand that it is in fact a profit-seeking organization led by a corrupt lawyer named Morris Dees who has a vested interest in seeing "racism" or "discrimination" just about everywhere but especially when people are questioning the right of foreign nationals to enter U.S. soil whenever they please and start receiving benefits. Does he realize that even many on the left are trying to discourage people from donating to Mr. Dees' organization because they see that all it does is seek more and more money without really helping anyone? Does he think that this is 1965 and that the Southern Poverty Law Center is run by Dr. Martin Luther King? Does he know that illegal immigration is having a terrible effect on African Americans?

  16. The march to socialism in the US???
    Anyone notice their 'socialist' fire departments? police forces? public libraries? postal service? Is the draft still in force in the US? So how is their 'socialist' armed forces doing?
    It is easy to see how much profit in health care is at risk here… just by the response.
    The sky is falling! The sky is falling!
    Sad really…

    • Fire departments, police forces, libraries and mail delivery are public services. General Motors is not a public service. Chrysler is not a public service. Goldman Sachs is not a public service. A medical system with private insurers at the top and a redundant layer of federal middlemen with a newly-imposed mandate to fine people for not buying the insurance is not a public service.

      That said, socialism is not the correct term. Under the original ideals of socialism, everyone was to be treated the same. That is not the stated goal or demonstrated result in the US, which is completely fascist. Corporations control the government, and in turn the government controls the people – mainly through debt, but increasingly with direct means such as 24/7 surveillance. Yes, they have elections, but if your choices are Tweedledum and Tweedledee, what's the point?

      And no, they haven't had a military draft since Vietnam, but when you churn out thousands of illiterate men with few other viable routes out of abject poverty, you don't need one.

      • "And no, they haven't had a military draft since Vietnam, but when you churn out thousands of illiterate men with few other viable routes out of abject poverty, you don't need one. "
        Indeed, 2009 was the first time the US Army filled up it's recruiting quotas for many years. The MANcession engineered by Obama and crew has left the REPORTED unemployment rate difference between men and women at 2%. Guvment money has been flowing into 'building human bridges' rather than, you know, maintaining REAL bridges. The fact it is a MANcession have been widely reported in the MRA area.

    • Cleargreen, the US has been a 'communist' country since 1933 by any way you want to measure it. Only those who do not understand what the great depression was really all about, what birth certificates and NAMES are all about, believe that the US has been a capitalist country after 1933. What do you think having a 'central bank' is all about if not a centrally controlled economy? The FED was established in 1913 but it took until 1933 to create the conditions required to bankrupt the world. (Working with BOE to do this.) Once the world was bankrupted it was transitioned to 'communism' with a thin veneer of capitalism sprayed on top to fool the sheeple.
      Time to wake up. People around the world have been hoodwinked for a long time.

      • Thank god for globalman, who shows there is still room for satire on the web. Huzzah!!!

        • Sima, the men here merely find your ignorance amusing.

          • The men where? Do you have multiple personality disorder? Or are there a bunch of guys there (you know, *there*) fighting over who will type the next communist conspiracy comment? And what place would that be (I imagine)? An amusing place, no doubt, one where ignorance doesn't exist. And for the sake of argument, The US has no "central bank." Canada does, but out of a fear of communism (well placed you would think) the Americans have eschewed such an institution. Everybody knows that, right globalman?

    • What a retarded comment. It is not socialism to pay taxes for public services, since our inception we paid sales, tariff, and property taxes to pay for most of this stuff. It was in 1913 when the Fascist Woodrow Wilson was in office, and imprisoned 125,000 americans for dissent against his policies, and the ratification for income tax levies to the constitution. Do some homework and research the history of this country before you stick your foot in your big fat mouth.

      Now the health care bill is socialism, because it has nothing to do with health care, it is nothing more that redistribution of wealth and it violates the 6th,7th,8th,9th,and 10th amendments because it requires you to buy insurance. Isn't that rich, Obama says stick it to those evil insurance companies, we'll just require everyone to purchase insurance. That's really sticking it to them Barry!

  17. Froth Jack, froth. (While repeating Fox talking points. Hey, now YOU'RE working for them too!)

  18. This article talks as if a small minority of American citizens are going off the deep bend in an irrational attack on the political leadership of the country. Doesn't he see how ridiculous he is when his own figures show close to 50% support for this movement and growing? Does the writer live in an alien universe. Ohh yah! That' right he lives in Canada!

  19. We are running a thread about the Guardians of the Free Republics over on the Irish Free Man site. Those who actually want to know what is happening in the US behind the scenes might want to visit. The alleged letter to the guvners is linked into the thread. http://freemanireland.ning.com/forum/topics/urgen
    Basically, it is a proposal to return to common law and rid the people of the US of their corporate tyrany guvment. A very bold plan indeed.

    • Operative words: behind the scenes. (I'll bring an article and you bring rumour and innuendo.)

      • Typical western woman. Won't do the slightest bit of reading but will make snied comments. I am so glad I am divorced and have nothing to do with western women any more. As for "I'll bring an article"? In case you haven't noticed pretty much all the lame stream media are guvment mouthpieces now. Which was my first comment here.

        • hey globalman, I have to ask: how do rate climate change?

  20. America should be angry. None of this is sustainable. The spending is crazy and reckless.

  21. Nicky, you're inner Obama is showing through.

    Those evil nasty tea partiers scare you don't they.

    A warm glass of milk & some cookies will give you the sleep you need.

  22. Nicholas. Maybe you should actually do some real research before writing lies like this. You would save yourself the embarrassment of being exposed as a mouthpiece of your guvment.

    • My thoughts exactly. The man can only stay behind the curtain for so long.

    • What part is false?

    • If for no other reason, I AM SO ANGRY MY PRESIDENT KEEPS BOWING TO COMMUNISTS ALL OVER THE WORLD. WHAT AN EMBARASSMENT!!!!

    • A mouthpiece of our government? You're really in need of a reality check if you think foreign governments care much about the Tea Party movement.

  23. “Look, people are mad as hell at the Republicans—they're madder at the Republicans than they are at the Democrats,” says Kremer.

    And yet, look at this thread. Why only anti-Obama T-shirts? Where are the T-shirts for the man who spent the US government into the ground after the budget was finally balanced? Mr. Obama has his faults, but Mr. Bush was the one who initiated the bailouts.

    Mr. Bush was the one who spent trillions of dollars invading Iraq. Where was the vitriol then? Where was the up swell of anger against the man who not only spend the country into the ground, but tore down your political freedoms with his "Patriot Act," corruption at the highest level, and obstification at every turn.

    If they were truely the libertarians that they claimed to be, I would be with the "Tea Partyers." I would support them wholeheartedly if I didn't think that they were just a partisan front for far right, racist, homophobic, pro-Chrisian fundamentalism. These are the same nonsense lunatics that propped up the Bush Administration's eight years of freedom crushing Big Brotherism. That the Obama administration is basically more of the same, doesn't matter to these people. No, no, he's Hitler and the Anti-Christ all rolled up into one great freedom hating package.

    Who cares that its the exact same package as the last guy? This one's black and he wasn't anointed by God. Big difference.

    • Ron Paul is a true libertarian, and the inspiration for a lot of Tea Partyers. He has almost nothing in common with idiots like Rush Limbaugh, yet both are pigeonholed as being "far right". When the Left-Right paradigm is played up as the only two choices from which one can choose, this is what we get.

      • When the Tea Party heroes are Mr. Beck and Mr. Limbaugh, and not Mr. Paul, no one is being pigeonholed.

        • I think if you asked the originators of the Tea Party movement who they most identify with, they would say Paul over Beck or Limbaugh. The latter two have hijacked, and thereby diminished themainstream credibility of, a very legitimate cause. I have been following the Tea Party since it started, and I can certainly say that Beck, Palin and Limbaugh do not represent it very well.

          • I would love to be wrong Jim, but then there are comments on here like:

            Glenn Beck is the only thing I record and watch daily. It is empowering to her my thoughts put into words on a national platform.

            Or, Victoria Jackson's:
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWi182CMJY8

          • Well, do you listen to Rachel Maddow, Keith Olberman, Chris Matthew's? I tried the other day and the vitriol was worse on their shows, than Beck's, O'reilly, and Hannity. Maddow was slamming everyone in the tea party, and Fox news.

            Since when, did we loose the right to free speech, we all have the right to speak out. It makes me laugh, when the Aryan Nation, and skinhead's were speaking out (hate speech) and everyone on the left said "it's alright". Now we have a group of people that are speaking "non hate" and getting slammed for it. Seriously, all you young kids need to wise up and think about who you are supporting.

    • Okay man you made your point. There's no way anyone could be mad at Obama because he's black. Anyone who gets mad at him is racist. Got ya.

      So let's just give Obama a free pass because, while surely, Bush started the bailouts, look at all the money being spent now. People did not like what Bush was doing but perhaps were just tolerating it… now that Obama is spending the country into oblivion, a tipping point has been reached in which the people just can't allow it anymore.

      Or you can just say it's because they're all racists and blah blah blah, because that makes you feel better, and to just keep on spendin'!!!!!!!!!

      It's lunatic logic like yours that will destroy America. Thankfully though, I think most people are moderate and lack the same kind of ignorance as you who simply view the Tea Party as a bunch of racists.

  24. Americans have been left leaderless. The veil over their eyes is completely blinding. So many different problems and what it really boils down to is money. There is a real fear that the US is going broke. Well, it is. Big government has swindled wealth from the US for almost a century. Deficit after Deficit, Debts after Debts.
    What is the Greenback worth? How can that be determined when the solution to deficits in to print more money. More money to pay for banks, health care, unemployment insurance and the list goes on and on.
    How could the American people not be pissed! Problem is no one is standing up and talking to the public like grown adults.
    I am quite sure if 'Quantitive Easing' was explained in truth to the public the outcry would be enormous.
    America's printing press makes money to lend to once failed financial institutions at 0% interest who turn around and buy US treasury Bills and Bonds to Support the US debt. Its ridiculous! The end of the Greenback is NEAR!
    What was the greatest blunder in the last century for the US?
    The Destruction of the Greenbacks link to Gold or viable commodity that holds real wealth. Done purposefully so governments can run amuck with deficit spending. If their currency was tied to lets say gold, or silver, platinum or even oil the people could physically see their wealth diminish and run the government out of office.
    Instead they pull the veil over the eyes of the American people with Inflation. Not the increase costs of goods. No inflation by printing more money!
    Think about it. 1970, good starting wages were only 2-3$ an hour. Sounds low right? But a bottle of coke only cost 10¢. Now a good starting wage is say around 20$ per hour. But a bottle of coke costs almost 2$. The scam of inflation is killing America. Its why the US manufacturers can't compete on a world scale.
    Welcome to a new world of Deflation and or Hyperinflation. Once this monster takes its course prepare to see the US led down a path toward anarchy. To those who think Canada will be immune to this well, think again.
    Pay off your debts, get out of your expensive mortgages, buy some gold or silver, this will happen soon and the world will be punished for it.

    • The unfortunate thing is that there doesn't seem to be any non-partisan independent analysis being done for Canadians. I have been pondering whether or not to cash in my RRSP and buy gold (actual real gold that I can keep myself, not that someone tells me is in a vault) and take the tax hit. Hyperinflation is almost a certainty in the US, but what are the chances of Canada being dragged down as well? Hard to say.

      • The chances are huge. The value of our currency like most currencies in the world revolve around the worth of the worlds reserve currency which happens to be the US greenback. If the reserve currency falls then where would our dollar peg itself. Investment would surely flow into Canada after a while since we are democratic society with favorable trade laws. Most importantly it will flow to our country because we have have real wealth in the ground. Oil, precious metal, zinc, copper, wood, WATER! But who will buy? With the worlds number one economic engine broken on the side of the road there is no viable replacement. China is an emerging superpower but with inflation so out of control here in North America why would the chinese ever want to buy manufactured goods from us. Too expensive.
        Don't just think in gold terms. Think about Silver, Platinum, Palladium, gold mining shares and even Uranium and oil believe or not.
        China holds 2 trillion US dollars. When that spending spree starts what will be left?

  25. I read the article and thought this wasn't some newfangled thing – it has happened since time immemorial in the U.S. and ebbs and flows.

    Perhaps it was just me, but I wasn't particularly unnerved by the Tea Party movement; sure it looks ugly, but these vast populist uprisings usually are.

  26. Thanks. Reading that made me feel much better about the lunatic fringe here in Canada.
    They would never be able to maintain their composure in typing out long sentences like you guys.

    Have fun in tax-free paradise. Send me a postcard.

    • That said, the main article is pretty sloppy to be called journalism. Lot's of anecdotes doth not an analysis make.

      • Where do you draw the line between journalism and a Master's Thesis?

    • I am impressed by the use of sentences and restraint with capital letters.

      • I'm delighted for you, I'm unimpressed by the lack of comments about the Restore America Plan. I invite you to read it. Go on, why not, its what the article is about, why waste words debating the article, research the subject.
        @M_A_N, in all capital letters. Research capitus diminutio maximus in a law dictionary and you will find that a name in all caps denotes slave status. If you want to be a slave crack on. I prefer nbot to be a slave but I suppose I must be weird!

        @Anon, going back to the constitution is not fundamentalist in ther way that for example Islamic fundamentalism is, is it? Thats the implication there, so idiots associate the two.
        The implication in the comment about the ''foreign bank cartel'' is that its not true and that the crazy GFR think it is.

        Why not follow the links and read the plan? Then your opinions will be interesting!

  27. The tea partiers are all about one simple message: Individual liberty. An idea long lost on most Canadians, this is what made America the super power that it is today. Even after a half century of socially "progressive" (and fiscally bankrupting) policies, America is still the worlds one great hope for freedom. We should all pray that the idea behind the tea party persists and is ultimately successful, or I fear that America will join the rest of the free world in its slow march to socialism. The tea party is just an attempt to re-adopt the constitution, the greatest and most powerful document in the history of the world.

    Pragmatism was mentioned in the article, a virtue which all "responsible" adults use to successfully govern their life. Funny how obvious it is that pragmatism is the opposite of "progressivism".

    P.S. where do I get one of those "Don't tread on me" T-shirts?

    • What made America the super-power it is today was having an ocean on either side of it during WWI and not caring which side of it they supplied materials to.

      • Until the sinking of the Lusitania, America was officially neutral. Neutrality means that you don't care who wins. If Western Europe wanted to commit suicide, why should the United States follow?

        Many in Western Europe today, largely neutral to all the great conflicts, openly ask why they should support the United States. It's a fair question. Was in 1915. Is today.

        • Oh, don't get me wrong, I wasn't condemning the practice. WWI was a bloody stupid war, staying neutral as long as possible was (at least in my eyes) good policy. I was just correcting f4 up there that it was individual liberty which made America a super-power. The massive influx of cash that came from WWI, and the influence from being the only country with the industrial capacity to rebuild Europe after the war played a much larger role in America's super-power status of today than individual liberty did.

      • Also contributing to their success was having a well diversified economy (mostly due to the various types of climate zones within the continental US) and no imperial loyalties, unlike Canada.

  28. "42 per cent of Tea Party supporters believe Obama is “doing many of the things that Hitler did,” and that 25 per cent believe “he may be the Antichrist.”"

    That Harris poll thoroughly debunked a few weeks ago. It turned out that it was simply an Internet survey that was e-mailed out by Harris. Not a scientific sample of the population. It was about as accurate as the poll on this web pages sidebar.

    The only people who took that poll seriously were demagogues looking to validate their own personal biases (as evidenced in some of the comments to this article).

    The author and editor for this article should feel embarrassed.

  29. This creates a bit of nostalgia for me. Takes me back to the glory days of my youth in the late 60's and early 70's. Where are the new Yippies?

  30. Politicians owned by Corporations is a very bad idea. Especially when the U.S. democracy is suppose to be based on "We The People". The U.S. needs to radically reform the way things are done down there where it concerns election financing.
    Considering your choices at the time, I think you should of Elected Ralph Nader when you had the chance, instead of Bush Jr./Cheney.

  31. Some Tea Party rhetoric scares me. What scares me most however; is the widening gap between the rich and the poor in the U.S. The growth of an underclass with little education and nothing to lose worries me and sodo the people who insist that America is the greatest country in the world and the only "free' country.

    I hope that most Americans are smart enough not to fall into the trap fo believing the Tea Party, or a similar group has the answers to all the problems, because they don't.

  32. I am getting tired of the comments getting invaded every time the topic happens to brush up against American politics. Instead of getting to have any kind of discussion about things in a Canadian context, strong partisans of one side or another rush in to aggressively defend their position and effectively shut things down (I say "one side or another", but all examples I've seen are of the anti-health care, pro-Palin, pro-Coulter, pro-Tea Party variety).

    So, to the non-regular American visitors:
    Hi, nice of you to join us here in the comments. Please keep in mind that to us up here in Canada what happens down in the US is very often not directly relevant to us and we aren't all that interested in whatever partisan battle is consuming you at the moment. Articles like this one are usually intended as general overviews that loosely outline the situation to people who might have heard one piece or another somewhere in the news; they aren't supposed to be comprehensive or show a lot of nuance.

    If you want to better educate the people reading this about whatever issue or cause it is you're interested in, great, that is always helpful. If you are just here to blindly express support for whatever issue or cause you're interested in and argue with anyone who might possibly disagree, please just go back to whatever echo chamber you came from.

    While this article isn't the best, perhaps the take-away lesson from this to the Tea Party supporters here shouldn't be "oh wow this article is horrible and the writer is horribly biased", but rather "this is what we look like to casual observers".

    • I endorse your observation. ;-)

    • Iccyh,
      well, the corporate governence of the US is exactly the same type of governence you have in canada. If you would like to learn about how canada is really governed then check out Robert-Arthur: Menards sitehttp://www.thinkfree.ca/. He's canadian and he has helped me out a great deal. I am in contact with many men in Canada as to how to use what they have learned in Australia and Ireland. Basically we are talking rescinding consent to be governed, living as sovereigns, and living under common law. The very proposals in the 'Guardians of the Free Republics' letters to the guvners which is the leading point of this article. That's why I bothered to comment.

      • I endorse Iccyh's comment as well. You Americans visiting here…don't you have your own websites where you can talk about your causes and issues? We Canadians are tired of seeing you Americans coming here and delivering your propaganda over and over again.

        • Brian, if you don't think what is going on right now in the US (and its eventual outcome) will have a profound effect on the standard on living of pretty much everyone in the western world, you need to do some more reading. I'm Canadian BTW.

        • And I am Australian by birth but now a globalman by choice. And I have many friends in Canada working at putting an end to your corrupt Illuminati controlled guvment. One of whom would be Robert-Arthur: Menard. Not everyone who comments is an american.. ;-)

          • As an Australian, if you wanted to help, you'd do something about Rupert Murdoch.

        • Ever hear of the world wide web?
          Not just in Canada 'ya know.

    • I regret I have only one thumb to up for your comment.

      Presumably there are google alerts set to such topics – you omitted gun control but it's another – which bring in the random hyper-partisans.

    • Bingo!

      Globalman purports to be Aussie, but he comes across as even more fascist than most Tea Partiers.

      • Idiot. Look up the definition of fascism. The Tea Party are completey anti-facist. Fascism and libertarianism are unrelated. You need to get off the MSM Kool-aid.

        • "The Tea Party are completey anti-facist."

          We don't expect them to admit it, JimD.

    • Hear hear!

  33. The country isn't tearing itself apart, dishonest government and unconstitutional activities of our state and federal governments are tearing this country apart. The Restore America Plan is wheels up, full throttle and climbing. You can scoff at it all you want but we are returning to our Constitutional government regardless of what the United States Federal Corporation wants. Its already done. The movement, though, has to be quiet to keep chaos and turmoil to a minimum. Now *THIS* is change you can believe in!

  34. The article is a look at parricular symptoms. In short, people are completely confused. Not only people on the so-called 'right' are confused, but people on the so-called 'left' as well. Not only the un-educated are confused. The so-called educated are just as confused.

    For a long time, not just the US but I would say the world at large, has been building up to an 'inversion' of terms. Examples abound: abortion is now considered a form of CONTRAception; tolerance must now be tolerant of intoleance; good is bad; bad is good; up is down; down is up; being educated now means having copied enough information; we have even gone so far as to believe that rights can be implemented en masse without resposibilities attached. We want something which lasts but there is nothing of value to speak of.

    Things will get worse before things will get better.

    • I agree but only partially, with only one of your statements – "being educated now means having copied enough information". This often applies to "higher" education which now provides students with diplomas etc. rather than teaching them how to think and giving them a true liberal arts background before immersing them in technicalities. It's no wonder that people have difficulty parsing simplistic arguments.

      • Comments like this (and the silly 'ivory tower' comments) are simply misinformed.

        Every university requires a reasonable component of their degrees as non-core classes. This means that students are forced to take those Poli-Sci, Philosophy, Intro Psych classes, no matter how much they can't afford to waste money on them.

        Now, if you were talking about technical schools (whose job it is to teach skills rather than creating 'well rounded individuals'), then you'd be correct. But then, not everyone can, or wants to, attend university. Some people want to get the skills and get a job. And, they don't have the time / money for circle-jerks out in the field with their race and ethnicity professor.

      • If you can only partially agree to my post, namely the one statement which deals with education, you aren't getting the gist of my post. Today's educational standards cannot fall outside of the inversion dynamic. Educational systems today are what they are because the inversion dynamic is overreaching all, including the educational system.

  35. So basically you are saying that points 3, 3 (you used the number twice) and 4 are actually accurately stated in the article, the Guardians of the Free Republic does in fact believe those things. Other than the fact that you don't like the tone of the article what exactly is false about what the author said?

  36. This article is trash. When you pass laws that affect the very core of american life with only 38% support of the people, then don't be surprised at the backlash.

    And since when did peaceful protest become such an issue? Oh yeah, since the Democrats won. When Bush was in power, protest was a good thing. Now it's a bad thing.

    • "When Bush was in power, protest was a good thing"
      ================
      As I recall, it was restricted to "free speech zones" as much as possible. Naturally-evolving true grass roots protest is not the same as this over-whipped frothy concoction so much of which is a concoction of Fox news.

  37. The amount of (I'm assuming) Canadian commenters supporting the Tea Partiers is disconcerting to say the least.

    • Go read the Us Constitution and the Oath of Office, then come back to the discussion.

      • Go Read the Canadian Constitution and Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and realize you ain't in "Amurrka". For many of us "centrist" Canadians, the Democrats are right-wing and the Republicans just scary. The Tea Party and the militias, from our viewpoint, are over-the-top crazies on par with the Taliban.

        Strong words? Not compared to what the Teabaggers are "righting" here…

        • How ignorant you are.
          Typical jump in and bash Americans by a silly Canadian.

          And what's in the Canadian Constitution and Charter of Rights and Freedoms allows me to say so to you.

          You slay the peaceful groups gathering, like grandmothers sitting in lawn chairs as 'teabaggers'?
          Why do YOU need to use this term to make your point?

          AND how would you label (since you so good at this) the assailants of the young couple leaving a political event in NO, with Sara Palin pins, being attacked and beaten by four men? They stomped the young woman's leg until it shattered. She will be in hospital and physio for a long time…What label do you give them? This was just last week – or have you forgotten already?

          What's anyone's problem with anyone let alone an Americans commenting here, we're a free country no? Or it's only free on your terms

          We have the world wide web, and some wide eyed canuck is all afluster because some Amercians dared to comment on a Canadian site …ROFL.
          Besides – it's an article about – drum roll please – American politics – well an attempt at one it would appear.

        • Keith, I am familiar with my country's Constitution and CR&F. Whether you know it or not, the many freedoms we have in the western world (that are steadily being eroded) would not exist without the founding of the USA. I am NOT pro-American in terms of their ego, commercialism, recent (last 110 years) of foreign policy and many of the other things for which they are known, but the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights are among the most important documents ever written.

          You really need to stop thinking that politics only exist in terms of left and right because the media tells you it is so. The Tea Party movement was borne out of a frustration with government's handling of many things – the economy primarily, but also the "War on Terror" and many other aspects of American life. The movement has been completely hi-jacked by some right wing crazies (Beck, Palin, etc.) who are nothing more than pawns for the elite.

    • Don't assume Ryan – see ICCYH above.
      The Tea Baggers here are mainly Americans.

      • Another ignorant one.

        Teabagging is a homosexual term and it's used in a degrogatory way about Tea Party members.
        So, you'll be ok if I call you retarded then?

        • "Another ignorant one. " — Oh boy, thanks for the warning. Or is that not a disclaimer?

          IRT Tea-Baggers, I am well aware of the meaning(s) of the term – and (as perhaps you are not) that it is a term the Tea-Baggers were using to refer to themselves before being made aware of the vernacular usage.

          So if you are one of these people, I guess it is like calling you "retarded" — but without having to resort to playground insults.

          Have a nice day

  38. A crazy article about crazy people.

    I attended the demonstration on Capitol Hill on the weekend of the Obamacare vote. The crowd was civil, nearly entirely middle class, and nearly entirely middle aged. They even picked up their litter.

    If this is the stuff of political madness, I'm all for it.

    Politics in the United States is inherently dangerous, because it was built on dangerous ideas. The government rules by consent of the governed. What happens if the governed withdraw their consent? What if they withdraw it over an issue that most of mankind would regard as trivial?

    The only thing left to government is the intimidation of police power, state-sponsored domestic political violence, and prison. Can this kind of power be applied to 25% of the population (80 million people)?

    Rather than bitchingandmoaning about people maddened by their government, we should be asking what the American government is doing to drive 80 million people crazy. [Perhaps its the same crap that it does to drive the rest of mankind out of its fuckingmind.]

  39. Ok. Let's try it again.

    Rather than asking what's wrong with the 25-45 per cent of the American population who appear to be mad at their government. Perhaps we should be asking what the American government is doing to madden 80 million-to-120 million American citizens?

    Maybe its the same kind of thing the American government does that so maddens the rest of the world.

    • It would surpirse me if the kind of thing that maddens 80 million-to-120 million American citizens also maddens the rest of the world.

      Did you have a specific thing in mind that you could share with us?

      • Foreigners see American foreign and economic policy as indifferent to their best interest, see American use power as abusive, see American policy as intrusive in their affairs. These policies have led to extremism abroad, particularly in the Middle East.

        According to the press, 25-45 per cent of the American public falls within the category of incensed electorate that this article disparages. When one pares away the disparagement, what are angry Americans angry about? Their government's indifference to what they consider their best interest, the abusive use of state power by the representatives of government, and government intrusion into affairs they consider outside the proper role of government.

        There is a pattern here it seems to me.

        • On the surface, perhaps. But the things many of the Americans seem so upset about (health care; the preservation of jobs;etc) are the very things many people around the world WANT of their own government. Conversely, the things that so many HATE about Americans – their willingness to bully or crush those who don't give them exactly what they want, and to act as if they own the world – is EXACTLY the kind of foreign policy right-wing Americans want. I assume that holds true for the Tea Party, as they are largely disgruntled Republicans.

          • Everything you said is just conjecture on your part.

            MOST of the rest of the world (comparing apples with apples) is ALREADY slightly more socialist than Canada…you do realize this no?
            Preservations of jobs? Where? In China?
            Maybe if BO was as industrious as the Chinese, but he's too busy playing golf and having meetings with the media every day.

            Saying Americans are 'bullies' & 'act as if they own the world' type statements – makes you sound retarded.
            ( hey you used 'teabaggers' gloves are off )
            Prove your statements with specific facts or stfu.

            WHO screams to WHOM for help when disaster strikes? HM? EVERYONE in the ungrateful world including Canadians. The US is always crapped on for not providing it fast enough though. Take Haiti for the latest example.

  40. I see Canadian 'journalism' has spawned yet another liberal cheap shot artist. I failed to see articles like this when Charlie Sheen or the broads from 'The View', not to mention numerous others, spouted off off on their crazy conspiracy theories. Well done sir, your seat at the Toronto Star is all warmed up and waiting for you.

  41. Anyone who follows psycho's like Bachmann, Palin, Beck and Limbaugh aren't to be taken seriously. They're a joke – republicans know it and the majority of Americans know it. But they are fun to watch. I've got my popcorn ready for tax day so I can sit back at laugh at the loons on tv with their teabag hats and socialist signs. As stupid as they are, they sure make for a fun tv experience. You betcha!

  42. Odd how McLeans didn't go back a bit to see the hysterical left (CODEPINK) screaming our Marines were cold blooded assasins along with baby killers and throwing bricks through the windows along with John Murtha claiming Marines were cold blooded killers, that BusHitler pictures were a common theme at every rally by the left, the evil Jews were the problem, that leftist rallies on immigration included tearing down American flags while putting up Mexican flags, signs at rallies that BushCheneyRove should be executed for war crimes, leftist rallies where Anarchists were welcomed to cause disruptions to peaceful demostrations… I could go on but I think my point that this article is full of hogwash has been made. As to those who think this is some right wing thing, interesting to note that 40% of Tea Party people associate themselves as democrats and 10% as independants. How bout that.

  43. Wonders why my post was deleted by the administrator?

  44. I see Maclean's hasnt done it homework on this. Funny how nothing is mentioned as to the BusHilter signage that was everywhere during leftist rallies and that the outright calling for execution of Bush Cheney and Rove was broadcast to the world at these rallies. Angry, the Tea Parties don't have any comparison to angry when compared to the rallies from the left. How can we forget CODEPINKS leader running up the capitals stairs with red soaked hands screaming in the face of Condilessa Rice. Sorry Macleans, Tea Party folks are angry, but need to learn from the left on just what anger and hate really look like.

  45. Can Macleans also comment on the subtrefuge that many on the left now want to embrace. I am speaking of the blatant coming out and saying they are going to go to rallies and not only be disruptive but make openly racists, bigoted comments and claim to be part of the Tea Party movement. Who is to say with that type of group that any act that shows the Tea Party in a poor light couldnt be attributed to crazed left wingers?

  46. Odd how McLeans didn't go back a bit to see the hysterical left (CODEPINK) screaming our Marines were cold blooded assasins along with baby killers and throwing bricks through the windows along with John Murtha claiming Marines were cold blooded killers, that BusHitler pictures were a common theme at every rally by the left, the evil Jews were the problem, that leftist rallies on immigration included tearing down American flags while putting up Mexican flags, signs at rallies that BushCheneyRove should be executed for war crimes, leftist rallies where Anarchists were welcomed to cause disruptions to peaceful demostrations… I could go on but I think my point that this article is full of hogwash has been made. As to those who think this is some right wing thing, interesting to note that 40% of Tea Party people associate themselves as democrats and 10% as independants. How bout that.

  47. You have a long article about how many Americans are enraged over the passage of the new health care entitlement. Conclusion: they are crazy. And in the same issue, an article about how our own health care program is headed for baby-boomer catastrophe and the politicians and voters don't want to face up to the coming crisis. Hmmmm.

  48. To the person who was using this comment section as an example of how disliked Obama was – you realize mostly Conservatives read Macleans, right? For god sake, Mark Steyn writes for Macleans, what would you expect?

  49. This is indeed a poorly researched article! Kohler evidently could not see past his personal point of view so his fact gathering missed the facts – the facts reported in this article are decidedly biased against this large group of "middle America" . According to Rasmussen Reports (only the most accurate pollster over the past decade) approximately 46% of Americans believe the views expressed by the Teat Party align with their own. So who is out of touch with America – President Obama and the Dems, or the Tea Partiers?

  50. who cares really if 'America Is Angry" really….that Nation does nothing but bring Grief to OUR world
    Nuke the bastards is what I say

  51. It's great that Nicholas has met some Americans. Now, can someone introduce him to short sentences and thought organization? This piece could have been useful if it didn't ramble almost as much as Sarah Palin. Stream of consciousness writing doesn't work in news pieces (Journalism 101). Just sayin'….

  52. No America has not become far right. Most Americans are moderates, we're not racist or homophobic. And while many are Christian, they don't really care what religion (or none at all if you prefer) you adhere to as long as you're not trying to hoist it on everyone else. However we have become so concerned over the maneuvers of the far left, we have moved to the right, because that is the basic ideology we believe in. Not necessarily because we want to bring down the government, but because we want America, and the American spirit back on track.
    Personally I have no desire to have far right leadership either.

  53. It's too bad they didn't post the picture here that is in the magazine. A couple, John and Libbie Whitson from Tennessee, all dressed up like ma & pa kettle on a bus trip to a 'tea party', complete with their hand-made signs. Libbie's colourful sign says:

    "You Congress and Obama. You work for we the people. Stop spending our MONY."

    I find it ironic that maybe, just maybe, Libbie should realize that the government really needs to spend even more of 'her' MONY on education so that Libbie and her descendents can learn how to spell their one language.

    I particularly love the signs which rant "We don't want public health care. And keep your hands off Medicare" ! I mean, how idiotic is that? Do these people not understand where things like social security, public schools, libraries, police protection, firemen, paramedics, highway maintenance, garbage pickup, etc, etc, etc come from?

    Do you really think these 'good citizens' would be out there with there if a white President were still in office? Not a chance!

  54. Yesterday saw a defining moment for today's grassroots Republicans. There is no move afoot from the white House to pass any gun control legislation. In fact , a recent move by President Obama , vis-a-vis the second Amendment , was applauded by the NRA. But even with no crisis on the horizon, angry right wingers held a rally , with participants carrying either real or fake weapons , as a show of belligerence. Why? No one is threatening to take away their right to bear arms? But the event is symbolic of what the conservative movement in the US has become. Outrageous lies are disseminated and accepted as truth. Perhaps more telling than one would care to admit , is the fact that several months ago , a short history test was given to high school students in Oklahoma. ( It is the same test given to applicants for residency in the US.) Only 23 % of the students were able to name the first president of the USA. There are people living in grass huts in the middle of ……., who could come up with – George Washington.

  55. Looks like all the right wing crazies have passed this link around the rightwingoverse and found something else to get their panties in a wad over. Sorry Canada, we're not all like this, IE angry and stupid.

    Tampa Florida

    • When Bush was in office, basically protests were prohibited–they were relegated to "protest zones", miles from where Bush would ever go.

      As an American, I am embarrassed by comments made on here by many right-wing supporters. I do not believe the Tea Bag people to be stupid–I just think they have fallen for some rhetoric propagated by huge corporations here in the US who have *no* wish to see anything changed and their power diminished. I guess they think if they can keep everyone whipped into a frenzy, none of the real news will be reported–as if our corporate news organizations would ever report anything that would be derogatory to them!

      Sorry, Canada, we've invaded your borders again!! And yes, many Americans need to learn to spell.

  56. Isn't Canada far closer to "tearing itself apart"? I remember something about a narrowly missed referendum for the independence of Quebec just as recently as the 90s…That would've left Canada with a large, conspicuous, & massive hole right in the middle of the country.

    • That was then… and we don't have militias, or half the citizenry packin' heat. Or Fox News. Or an infamous Civil War in our past…

    • Oh please – don't bring up dark memories.
      We were almost free.
      Now we're slaves to the French language rights over all others….

      • That's some yummy teabaggin' right there…

  57. thank gawd for the weed…not exactly condoning the stuff but it sure keeps millions of people mellow and without a care translating to peace and less violence…if one is dope enough to smoke it

  58. Hate speech begets hate speech, this article instills hate with a few tads of truth.
    Yes the united States of America was taken by the big bankers in 1933. The Restore America Plan is to revert all fifty states back to republics and to revert back to constitutional law.
    Many don’t know by the this by the dummying down of society. Bankers fund both sides of wars this is where they make their profits, the (un)federal reserve is owned by the private bankers. Perhaps if some would watch ‘the creature from Jekyll island it can give you some insight to the truth that no mainstream media will tell, as they are owned by the big bankers.
    The commander and chief of the united States of America is indeed a usurper. Who’s father was a British subject strike one. He was born in Kenya strike two. He was adopted by Lolo Soetoro his setp father to attend school in Indonesia so he could attend school strike three. He has never legally changed his name back from his adopted name of Barry Perhaps you should follow Orly Taitz.
    He has never released his records to prove who he really is. occidental college by soepena has released his college record to find that he received financial aid as a forigen student from Indonesia thru halliburton. Thru an ongoing case he as like thirty illegal social security numbers. One of which is a dead person over one hundred years old. To be proven that this is how hostile foreign countries and companies funded his presidential campaign.
    These are not left, right, race, or religious matters these are constitutional issues, that threaten the safety of this country. Though the propaganda machine you place an ugly face on the faces of concern people of this country. When there is an obvious problem in this country and the people are standing up as the constitution instructs us to do. The united States of America will have to hold a special election to correct the placement of an unconstitutional president.
    Very few elected official are serving in the best interest of this country. When people fear their government there is tyranny, when government fears the people there is liberty.
    The ‘Article’s of Freedom’ are also being presented to all government official from the usurping president to local government.
    We The People will prevail in peace and liberty.

  59. Why are all these Teabaggers coming here to scream at and/or orate pompously to Canadians?

    It's not our fault your lousy governments have so thoroughly screwed you and there's certainly nothing we can do to help you out.

  60. Again, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity and Sarah Palin in no way, shape or form, represent the essence of the Tea Party movement. If you want to know what the Tea Party is (or was a year ago before these clowns scuttled it) really about, start doing some research on Ron Paul and his stellar voting record in the House of Representatives. The Tea Party is (or was, see above) about the Constitution, which despite being the law of the land, has been sh_t on for the last 110 years, especially the last 10.

  61. "Again, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity and Sarah Palin in no way, shape or form, represent the essence of the Tea Party movement."

    Tell that to them, not me.

  62. I believe that those Teabaggers have conveniently forgotten who the real culprit behind the current situation within the United States – George Bush. Sure, President Obama has his faults – all of the Presidents have – but Bush was the one who drove America straight into the ground.

    This article forgot to point out how absolutely un-American these people are – they ought to be ashamed of themselves, the whole far-right ought to be absolutely ashamed.

  63. Remind me again why anyone would want to visit that country?

    S. Wolf

  64. Do you people realize how stupid America looks to the rest of the world right now? I live overseas and this is the news I get. 2 years ago Americans were pigeonholed as rednecks and morons for supporting Bush. Now the rest of the world is seeing the people who supported Bush. A bunch of fat sloppy morons who can't spell. I know I know "we don't care what the world thinks" Ya.. well you know who else doesn't care what his image says? The crazy homeless man that shits on the subway. The hatefullness of the rhetoric is mindblowing, and so much of it is just blatiently false propaganda. It's like a 3rd world country.

  65. fuck you administrator

  66. Let's see, Americans have stood by peacefully for 30 years as our jobs were outsourced, our pensions were turned into 401ks. Then after 30 years of Americans having to work at Walmart for 8$ an hour instead of at GM for $20, they pull the banking crisis. Now we can't count on any job and millionsof retirees lost their entire savings to wall street. Now the government is 14 trillion in debt and they pass healthcare coverage for all costing 1 more trillion and want to give 10 million Mexicans amnesty and put them on the dole. Why? So that they can get voters. That is why. And these were people let in to take our jobs :That we don't want" Of course we don;t want them after the wages were reduced to slavery! And then we are called racists! Yes, it looks like revolution is the only way to save ourselves.