Tea Party Against Military

armed2Above is a photo of your typical Tea Party Crap-head. He is armed with cowboy rifle. He wants to scare half of America who he thinks are in league with Satan. He wants to cut government spending, and thinks our military is useless against foreign dictators. He and his ilk threaten to take the law into their own hands. Some threaten to secede from the Union. This loon is against Communism, but, Putin has succeeded in taking away chemical weapons from Syria’s crazy-ass lunatic who gassed and murdered his own people. Aren’t the Tea Party Traitors into terrorizing their fellow Americans? How many of then are saying they will use their weapons against American Citizens – if they have to?

Slash military funding in half and see the American Rifle Association throw a sissy-fit, and demand the Tea Party be more aggressive towards foreign enemies. Vote for a Tea Party Traitor – and take on the whole world – beginning at home!

Why do we need a military at all when we got this Minute Man to watch over us.

Jon Presco

Tea Party Extends Focus to Include Rallying Against a Syria Strike


Published: September 11, 2013

At the regular Peace Vigil in Louisville, Ky., on Sunday, some unusual newcomers joined the bearded, longtime war protesters waving signs with doves and “War Is Not the Answer”: a contingent from Indiana’s Clark County Tea Party Patriots, who came to oppose military intervention in Syria.

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“Our bombs aren’t any better than the chemical weapons the Syrians are lobbing,” said Kelly Khuri, a leader of the Tea Party group, who was nonplused at the first protest she attended a week earlier to be linking arms with the progressive left. “It kind of freaked me out,” she said.

In Florida, Tea Party supporters are organizing to pressure Congress not to support the airstrike that President Obama has called for, in the event of a breakdown in the diplomatic efforts involving Russia. “We are calling our representatives and demanding they vote no on this,” said Billie Tucker, a founder of the First Coast Tea Party in Jacksonville, Fla.

And a Washington-based Tea Party group, FreedomWorks, organized its first-ever lobbying campaign on a foreign policy issue last week when it urged members to call Congress to reject Mr. Obama’s resolution to attack Syria.

The conservative movement has always had factions opposing American intervention in foreign conflicts, most recently led by Ron Paul, the two-time Republican presidential candidate and a Tea Party favorite. But the rallying of conservatives on Syria suggests a new political development: the emergence of organizing by the Tea Party to oppose American military action.

With prominent members of the Republican establishment favoring a military strike, in part to send a message about American resolve to potential aggressors like Iran, a grass-roots trend in the opposite direction poses a challenge to the party’s leadership that could play out in future elections.

Majorities of 59 percent to 63 percent of Americans in recent polls said they opposed airstrikes to punish the Syrian government over the use of chemical weapons, but Tea Party opposition is by all accounts far higher. The issue brings the movement into ideological alignment with progressive antiwar groups like MoveOn.org.

“There’s across-the-board opposition by Virginia Tea Party members of any U.S. involvement in Syria,” said Mark Daugherty, chairman of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation. “We feel we have a basket of problems that need to be solved domestically in the U.S.”


Since its birth in 2009, the Tea Party movement has focused on economics, batting away other issues as distractions from its core mission to shrink government, lower taxes and, of course, defeat “Obamacare,” the president’s health overhaul.

Syria opened the door for movement leaders to link a national debate on foreign policy to their economic ideas.

“There has to be money spent when you buy Tomahawk missiles to lob over Damascus,” said David A. Dickerson, a leader of the Barren County Patriots in Kentucky. “My feeling is we don’t need to involve ourselves in a civil war halfway around the world when we have the needs we have at home, like bringing spending under control.”

On Sunday, Mr. Dickerson circulated a letter for Tea Party activists around the state to forward to their members of Congress, stating, “I ask you once again to confirm to us that you are a NO vote on the president’s proposal to intervene in a civil war where we have zero national interest.”

Tea Party supporters in Kentucky also aimed a broad campaign of e-mails and calls at Senator Mitch McConnell, the minority leader, who had hesitated to take a position. Mr. McConnell, who faces a strong Tea Party-supported challenger for his seat next year, announced Tuesday that he would not join other Republican leaders, including Speaker John A. Boehner, in backing a strike.

“Senator McConnell read the tea leaves,” said a spokeswoman for his Kentucky primary challenger, Matt Bevin.

Last Thursday, FreedomWorks urged members to call Congress to oppose intervention in Syria, which it says led to 5,000 calls the next day.

“I haven’t seen grass-roots response this huge since that first opposition to TARP,” said Matt Kibbe, the president of FreedomWorks, referring to the 2008 government rescue of banks that helped ignite the early Tea Party.

FreedomWorks also said it would “score” any eventual vote on intervention in its ratings for members of Congress, which are influential with conservatives.

Mr. Kibbe said that it increasingly looked to his members that “you can’t get to a balanced budget without putting everything on the table,” military spending included.

Another Washington-based group that seeks to rally the conservative grass roots, Heritage Action, also came out last week against a Syria strike.

Some Tea Party leaders say that the national focus on Syria is a distraction from their higher priority: a campaign to “defund Obamacare” in Congressional budget talks this fall. A multistate tour to drum up support led by the Tea Party Patriots, a national umbrella group, pulled into Washington on Tuesday, just hours before Mr. Obama addressed the nation on Syria.

Speeches by Tea Party favorites — including Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas, and Representative Steve King of Iowa — threatened a government shutdown if a spending bill due Oct. 1 includes money for the health care law. Syria was hardly mentioned at all.

Many Tea Party members went as far as to suggest the Obama administration directed attention to President Bashar al-Assad of Syria and the chemical weapons attack of Aug. 21 that cost more than 1,000 lives to take the focus off budget issues.

Whether the Tea Party becomes a long-term antiwar force, outlasting the Syria issue — which contains an element of bald anti-Obama sentiment — is an open question. During the 2012 presidential race, the Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, along with all of his primary challengers except Mr. Paul, supported maintaining or increasing military spending.

Mr. Kibbe, for one, predicted that antiwar sentiment on Syria portended a shift between two competing wings of the Republican Party: establishment hawks who supported President George W. Bush’s occupation of Iraq, and the noninterventionists lead by Mr. Paul’s son Rand Paul, a Republican who has tapped into fears of a growing national security apparatus.

“There’s a recentering or realignment going on in the Republican Party,” Mr. Kibbe said.

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1 Response to Tea Party Against Military

  1. Reblogged this on Rosamond Press and commented:

    The Tea Party has shattered many families turning members against each other. Bill Cornwell attacked me and my family.

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