What's your take on the Tea Party?
Asked by Jane Belanger
December 15, 2010
From North Park (Teacher/Researcher)
Ugh. It’s a group run by hate and ignorance that has actually influenced social and political policies and cultural policies. It’s scary. They’re scapegoating and victimizing weaker groups, like poverty. They’re victimizing ethnicities. They’re misinterpreting the constitution. Honestly, I’m appalled that they’ve been able to influence funding for politicians, especially like neoconservative Republicans. It’s just scary.
From Solana Beach (Manager)
The beauty of America is that everyone is free to do as they so much please. I can’t really comment on what they want to do. Everybody has their freedom. If somebody wants to do that, it’s totally cool. I will say, however, on the opposite side, that I am against people that oppose them. Even if you disagree with them, as human beings they have a right to their own thoughts, just like everyone else does. So, I disagree with them, but I also disagree with those that want to stop them. Because then you’re actually becoming just like them.
From City Heights (Navy)
I think they’re a very confused bunch. I think they’re a confused group of people who don’t have their own ideals. They don’t consider the big picture. They just want to try to hit certain points to cause a reaction and incite people.
From South Park (Sales Representative)
I guess with every political party you have your good points and your bad. I see some of their good. They are trying to reduce the deficit, and that is a big problem. On the bad side, there are so many programs that they want to cut that I think are important. The thing about the Tea Party...it’s everybody for themselves; everybody’s an island. And I’m just more about community. That’s the reason I’d never be part of it. And you’ve got some wacky people in there like the Sharon Engles, the Sarah Palins, people like that. They’re an interesting bunch. Their hats are great, though!
From North Park (Customer Service Manager)
I’m a liberal, so I find a lot of their beliefs to be sort of outside of what I subscribe to, but they’re free to meet up and do what they want. They can congregate and come up with ideas. But I don’t think any of them will help get us out of anything important.
From San Diego (Inventor)
It’s flattering. It’s funny. It’s sarcastic. It’s genius. And it’s finally given somebody a reason to ask the question, which is great.