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justinspoliticalcorner:

 Here are just five of the most revealing windows into Cruz’ Tea Party worldview:

1) Ted Cruz Believes George Soros Leads A United Nations Conspiracy To Eliminate Golf: In 1992, President George H.W. Bush joined the leaders of 177 other nations in endorsing Agenda 21. This twenty year-old document largely speaks at a very high level of generality about reducing poverty and building sustainable living environments. Cruz claims that it’s actually a nefarious plot to “abolish ‘unsustainable’ environments, including golf courses, grazing pastures, and paved roads.” Cruz lays the blame for this global anti-golf conspiracy at the feet of a well-known Tea Party boogieman — “The originator of this grand scheme is George Soros.”

2) Ted Cruz Wants To Gut Social Security: Cruz labeled Social Security a “ponzi scheme” and outlined a three-step plan to gut it. Cruz would raise the SS retirement age, cut future benefits, and implement a George W. -style plan to privatize the program.

3) Ted Cruz Wants To Party Like It’s 1829: The Constitution provides that Acts of Congress “shall be the supreme law of the land,” thus cannot be nullified by rogue state lawmakers. Cruz, co-authored an unconstitutional proposal claiming two or more states could simply ignore the Constitution’s command and nullify the Affordable Care Act.

4) Ted Cruz Is An Islamophobe: Cruz touted a Tea Party’s favorite conspiracy, claiming that “Sharia law is an enormous problem” in this country. Although it is common for far right politicians to claim that American law is somehow being replaced with Islamic law, these claims have absolutely no basis in reality.

5) Ted Cruz Campaigned On How He Helped Texas Kill A Mexican: Cruz’s very first campaign ad encouraged GOP primary voters to support him because he helped make it easier for Texas to kill an “illegal alien.”

h/t: Ian Millhiser at Think Progress Justice

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Gov. Bill Haslam hired an amazingly talented business attorney to serve as the international director to handle the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s new focus on expanding the state’s overseas exports.

The attorney, Samar Ali, is a Tennessee native, Vanderbilt law graduate, a recent White House Fellow, a former associate attorney at Hogan Lovells and has one of the most impressive resumes of international humanitarian service I’ve ever seen.

She’s also Muslim.

Several county Republican groups and a Tea Party group went berserk and began churning out petitions and resolutions calling for Ali to step down and for Haslam to receive “appropriate action.”

The resolution does not specify what that action might be, but they lay out eight grievances. They include the Department of Economic and Community Development’s hiring of a Muslim-American lawyer to head its international trade office, retaining workers from the Bredesen administration, letting gay individuals work in the Department of Children’s Services and not signing the legislature’s denouncement of Agenda 21, a 20-year-old United Nations planning document on sustainability that some claim is secretly a communist plot against America.

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—-> ME —> It probably didn’t help that the attorneys a woman.

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think-progress:

Is this what fiscal conservatism looks like?

think-progress:

Is this what fiscal conservatism looks like?

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The Tea Party says slavery makes the founding fathers look bad and want it removed — almost entirely.

They are asking lawmakers to change state law saying “no portrayal of minority experience in the history which actually occurred shall obscure the experience or contributions of the Founding Fathers, or the majority of citizens, including those who reached positions of leadership.”

Now we are ignoring American history so founding fathers don’t look bad?

In 2010, the conservatives who controlled the Texas Board of Education made radical changes to the history curriculum by proposing that textbooks refer to the slave trade as the “Atlantic triangular trade”, referring to the country’s first black president as “Barack Hussein Obama,” and requiring students to “contrast” Confederate President Jefferson Davis’ inaugural address with Abraham Lincoln’s philosophical views.

So are we not suppose to know that many of America’s first leaders, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, owned slaves? Thomas Jefferson fathered children with his slave Sally Hemings, and James Madison brought a slave with him to the White House. Or that while writing the Constitution the framers avoided addressing the issue of slavery by included a compromise that each slave counted as three-fifths of a person for the purposes of representation and taxation.

Making further steps to white wash history Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), founder of the congressional Tea Party caucus, famously said that the founders “worked tirelessly” to end slavery. GOP candidates have even signed a pledge that claimed that blacks were better off under slavery than under President Obama.

ME —-> YOU FUCKING PEOPLE ARE DISGUSTING.

No sooner had President Obama announced an executive order that makes it possible for young people, 30 and under, who were brought to this country when they were under the age of 16, to avoid the threat of deportation through deferrals, than U.S. Rep. and Tea Partier Steve King of Iowa —the man who thinks we should pick our immigrants like we pick our hunting dogs, using a “pick of the litter” approach— was buttonholing every willing listener to say he’s going to sue to block the President’s actions.

And then Rush jumped right in, on a rant he claims that Congress “defeated the Dream Act.”

The fact is that last year the Senate failed to overcome a bipartisan filibuster against the DREAM Act, by a vote of 55 to 41, just five short of the 60 needed to advance the immigration bill to a final debate in the chamber. Nothing has been done since.

tankflynn:

Dear Tea Party Dolts: When are you going to stop listening to war-hawk hypocrites who want to send you and your sons/daughters to fight, while they and their kids stay safe at home?  #tfly

tankflynn:

Dear Tea Party Dolts: When are you going to stop listening to war-hawk hypocrites who want to send you and your sons/daughters to fight, while they and their kids stay safe at home?  #tfly

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truth-has-a-liberal-bias:

republicanidiots:

one-angry-liberal:

Things like this make me want to either kill myself or kill someone else. Not really. But you get how mad  it makes me. 

Allen West is obviously handicapped by stupidity. 

This clown got elected in 2010 because too many people stayed home & didn’t vote. The person who had this Congressional seat before Allen West was Ron Klein, a Democrat. Awful people like this are a reminder to us about the importance of voting.

truth-has-a-liberal-bias:

republicanidiots:

one-angry-liberal:

Things like this make me want to either kill myself or kill someone else. Not really. But you get how mad  it makes me. 

Allen West is obviously handicapped by stupidity. 

This clown got elected in 2010 because too many people stayed home & didn’t vote. The person who had this Congressional seat before Allen West was Ron Klein, a Democrat. Awful people like this are a reminder to us about the importance of voting.

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justinspoliticalcorner:

Sarah Steelman is in hot water once again over questionable comments regarding Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, whom she is hoping to unseat in November.

Steelman, the former state treasurer who’s in a three-way race to take on McCaskill this fall, said at a tea party rally Sunday that she was “ready to punch Claire McCaskill out.” The comments were captured on tape and provided to TPM. In the video, a vendor at the rally painted “Steelman for Senate” on the candidate’s arms and then asked her to pose for a picture. Agreeing, Steelman flexed her arms and said she was “ready to punch Claire McCaskill out.” In the background, someone says, “yeah.”

Steelman’s comments at the Rally for Common Sense were not the first time the candidate has been tied to violent campaign rhetoric.

Earlier this month, Steelman was present at another tea party rally when a local activist caused a stir by insisting, “We have to kill the Claire Bear, ladies and gentlemen.” The man, Scott Boston, also said McCaskill was an “evil monster.” The comment was startling enough that Capitol Police in Washington, D.C. sought extra protection for McCaskill following the incident, both around her home and during her public appearances.

Democrats called on Steelman to condemn the remark. Instead, Steelman came to Boston’s defense. “I may disagree with the words Mr. Boston chose in his statement,” Steelman said in a statement, “but I understand his frustration and I emphatically support his right to express his views.” Steelman was endorsed by the Tea Party Express, the group hosting the event where Boston made the remark.

One of Steelman’s chief rivals, businessman John Brunner, issued a firm repudiation. “This type of rhetoric is unconscionable and I reject this kind of politics,” he said in a statement.

h/t: Pema Levy at TPM

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sarahlee310:

Troy, Michigan couldn’t afford to keep its library open, so it scheduled a vote for a 0.07 tax increase. The Tea Party waged strong anti-tax group waged a “Vote No” campaign against the increase. The city worked with Leo Burnett Detroit to run a counter campaign in the name of the Book Burning Party. Signs appeared around Troy with the message, “Vote to close Troy library Aug 2, book burning party Aug 5.” The campaign’s Facebook page became the hub for the new campaign, with Twitter, Foursquare, want ads, flyers and more to drive engagement. The campaign became international news as outcry over the idea of burning the library’s books drowned out the opposition and galvanized support for the library – which won by a landslide. The campaign won a Gold award for Government/Political at the International ANDY Awards 2012, and was recognized with the Facebook Integrated Media Award at the 2012 Clio Awards this week.
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sarahlee310:

Troy, Michigan couldn’t afford to keep its library open, so it scheduled a vote for a 0.07 tax increase. The Tea Party waged strong anti-tax group waged a “Vote No” campaign against the increase. The city worked with Leo Burnett Detroit to run a counter campaign in the name of the Book Burning Party. Signs appeared around Troy with the message, “Vote to close Troy library Aug 2, book burning party Aug 5.” The campaign’s Facebook page became the hub for the new campaign, with Twitter, Foursquare, want ads, flyers and more to drive engagement. The campaign became international news as outcry over the idea of burning the library’s books drowned out the opposition and galvanized support for the library – which won by a landslide. The campaign won a Gold award for Government/Political at the International ANDY Awards 2012, and was recognized with the Facebook Integrated Media Award at the 2012 Clio Awards this week.

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