By Henry Decker

WATCH: Tea Party Challenges ‘Chicken’ Senators To Shut Down Government

August 19, 2013 1:22 pm Category: Memo Pad, Politics 87 Comments A+ / A-

In an effort to build support for Senator Mike Lee’s (R-UT) Hail Mary effort to defund the Affordable Care Act, two Tea Party groups are launching a new ad campaign accusing Republican senators of being too chicken to shut down the government.

Tea Party Patriots and For America are releasing a series of online ads targeting six Republicans who have publicly doubted the plan to shut down the government unless Democrats agree to gut Obamacare: Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Richard Burr (R-NC), Tom Coburn (R-OK), John Cornyn (R-TX), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Mark Kirk (R-IL). The ads will follow the basic structure of For America’s recent “Chicken” ad, which slammed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) insufficiently zealous opposition to Obamacare, and warned “You fund it, you own it!”

According to The Washington Post, a second wave of ads will target six senators who have not yet declared a position on the shutdown plan: Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Tim Scott (R-SC), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), and Pat Toomey (R-PA.)

In addition to the ad campaign, Tea Party Patriots and For America leaders are beginning a five-day, six-state tour lobbying the senators to pass a law that would allow Americans to exempt themselves from Obamacare.

Still, as the right increases pressure on senators to support the government shutdown plan, it seems to be rapidly losing momentum in Congress. Just 13 of the 46 Senate Republicans have signed Senator Lee’s letter advocating the plan, and none have signed since the start of August. Senator McConnell, whose support is essential due to his role as minority leader, has refused to endorse the effort. And now even one of Lee’s most outspoken supporters is doubting the plan.

During a Sunday morning appearance on Fox News, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) — who is both a signatory to Lee’s letter, and one of McConnell’s key allies on the right — hedged on his support for a government shutdown.

“I don’t think shutting down the government is a good idea,” Paul said. He went on to acknowledge that “I do think that we were elected, conservatives were elected, to try to stop this overreach, this government takeover of healthcare,” but shifted the responsibility to the House of Representatives.

“We don’t control all of the government, but Republicans control the House of Representatives, they should stand up, use that power to at the very least make that law less bad, delay it, do something we can to protect the American public from the law,” Paul said. He did not elaborate on how the House — which has already voted to repeal or defund the law 40 times — could effectively destroy Obamacare with its 41st effort.

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  • CPAinNewYork

    Reply to Sue Ann Hubanks: No. Just the Republicans should be fired.

  • Sassy

    How are they elected in the first place. Shutting down the government is unconstitutional. They should have to read the Constitution before taking office and be tested.

    • Annemb

      Exactly correct!

      However they claim to “defend” the Constitution but I doubt that they read it or care about what is said.

      Great post!

    • Lovefacts

      I suspect not one of them could have passed the test on the constitution that I gave my HS Civics student. They continually violate the Constitution. Shutting down the government because your party lost the last presidential election and for 7 years has been able to pass legislation repealing the ACA is just one glaring example.

      However, the Republican Party’s attempt to privatize the Postal Service–which violates the requirement within the Constitution for there to be a government funded National Postal Service–has been the most egregious and least talked about action. The Constitution states that the government must manage the mail and maintain all buildings and roads used for its distribution. Why did our forefathers bring this under the Federal mandate? Because they realized communication was essential for our country’s security and growth, and for that to happen there needed to be a uniform cost.

      So, how did the Republicans get around this? They passed legislation while under Republican presidents and when they controlled both houses of Congress that required two things:1) The Postal Service had to become self-supporting, and in the process became a quasi private corporation. This is the first violation of the Constitution. 2) The Postal Service was removed from the Civil Service Retirement System and given ten years in which to full fund all retirements 75 years into the future. (Frankly, I’m surprised neither the PO or a citizen’s group hasn’t filed suit against both these laws.)

      • Sassy

        I agree completely, you brought up some very valid points.

  • Jean Anne Lewis

    Vote Smart. Vote Blue In 2014.

    • bikejedi

      Yeah because we all can see how well that is working right ? $4 / gal gas…massive inflation in rents and food prices …massive and under reported unemployment ..the lowest percentage of full time workers in American history … the highest percentage of art timers … fewer Americans working then when Obama took office …a growth in Govt Unions Pensions and Helathcare Plans .. Phiny and racist scandal after scandal …20 new countries with an Al Qaeda presence and Iran Nuking up unabaited …Meanwhile Obama has put his Muslim Brotherhood in charge of three Countries … But hey the gays like him and the Illegal Aliens get more help then ANY returning American vet … Yeah real smart

      • DurdyDawg

        You act as if all this crap started on Obama’s shift.. Petrol began escalating on Ronnie Raygun’s shift and has settled at this juncture, if you think this is bad then wait for the next Pub president (good luck there).. Gas prices aren’t controlled by the president you dim wit, it’s controlled by those vulture capitalists that you love to sniff butt. What a misinformed dolt you are squeezebox.. I now understand the reason why God gave us a middle finger.. Your nothing but an inflated blow hard. Your the type of idiot that wants to take the food and livelihood from the needy so that you can sedate your wealthy masters with the profits. Go peddle your nazi tripe somewhere else heir Führer..

        • bikejedi

          uh I think the oil embargo under Carter started it and under Reagan gas prices went down . Gas Prices aren’t controlled by the President and a President cant personally effect the price of gas are Liberal Talking Points that don’t have a foundation in truth . They are LIES to excuse the impotence of Obama on the issue …But then again wasn’t $5 / gal gas his and his DOE Head Chu’s stated goal ? So maybe he is just keeping his promise to screw all Americans while trying to support all those failed Green Energy companies run by Dem cronies and funded by us …I mean after all if gas is $5 /gal it sure makes all those costly windmills solar and electric cars more cost competitive …right ? And $5 /gal gas makes us more like the Socialist European Countries Liberals love so much but wont move to . To say a President isn’t responsible for the price of gas ignores the fact that by his policy he can influence that ., By that I mean when you have a solid foreign policy agenda and you don’t help put terrorist Muslims in charge of half the middle east …and then fund and arm them then you would have a more stable middle east …When Bush was President there wasn’t this much instability in the middle east . Also your premise skips right past the fact that other Presidents ( including the last one that Liberals falsely claim was ineffective) have affected gas prices …Since you are a Liberal and probably don’t recall recent history let me remind you ….When Bush was President gas prices spiked and went to almost the unheard of levels of $2.80 / gal the Liberal Media was livid and blasted him nightly …He didn’t flinch he didn’t panic . Bush opened up a few drilling permits and this eased speculators minds …gas prices dropped in 2 months and when HE left office gas was 1.80 /gal …so your premise is a LIE and Excuse to cover for Obama’s total impotence . You can go ahead and get yourself in a snit now and call me a racist . Notice I don’t have to try to demean you in my post .,Your posts do more damage to yourself then I need to do .

  • Mark Forsyth

    The President does not require congressional approval to clear this hurdle.He has a Constitutional mandate to pay the governments bills.He should tell republicans to go screw themselves.

  • Dominick Vila

    I can’t help smiling when I hear or read the bombastic labels the Tea Party zealots give themselves. The Tea Party Patriots? Really? Since when are people who demand a government shutdown and defaulting on our obligations patriots? There is nothing patriotic about deliberately destroying our institutions of government, our economy, and defaulting on our debt. Nothing!
    Threatening to harm our economy, destroy our international credibility, and stopping programs that millions of Americans depend on for the sustenance and security if they don’t get their way has very little to do with patriotism and a heck of a lot to do with irresponsibility and immaturity.

    • Annemb

      A smile crept onto my face when I read your first few lines. You have this tea party accurately pegged!

      The real patriots — The Boston Tea Party, said, “No taxation without representation” as they rebelled against England because they wanted representation. Today’s so-called patriots are doing their best to destroy our government and everything it stands for. This is unconstitutional and treason.

      • Progressive Republican

        I’d rather they haunt the Tea-baggers.

        • Annemb

          I second your post!

      • Fern Woodfork

        Yes He Does!! Very Well Said Both Of You Very Well Said!! :-)

        • Annemb

          Thanks.

    • bikejedi

      Don’t get all upset . Govt has been shut down before with no ill consequences really . Also since all of America besides those on entitlements , those in Public Unions , and those Liberals who have been granted exemptions hates it …why does the article state that it would be political suicide to oppose it ? I would think it would be just the opposite …but then you have to take into account that the Liberal media and a lot of the people on the left (that are low info )would be informed to label these Patriots racist .

      • DoubleDogDiogenes

        Only because they are racists and not patriots. Political suicide? Its called the Tea Party!

        • bikejedi

          Well that didn’t take long for a Liberal to play the race card . You do know that by doing so what you are basically saying it that you are immature and too low on the information scale to offer anything of note to the discussion . In fact it makes you look like a racist and someone who is intolerant .

          • Annemb

            Your post expresses some basic right-wing beliefs which are by far low-information folks who criticize everyone repeatedly instead of searching for the truth. Ah but finding the truth always takes time and effort.

          • bikejedi

            You are aware that the UBER Liberal Pew Research people did the definitive study on the subject and their conclusions were that Conservatives were by far the better informed group …ah but finding the truth takes time and effort

      • disqus_LcxpBv2uzz

        I trust that you are being facetious in your comments.

        • bikejedi

          No It is all factual . Liberals hate this law as much as Americans do

          • disqus_LcxpBv2uzz

            I certainly disagree that “liberals hate this law as much as Americans do”. First, liberals are Americans and second, most are in favor of ACA. I think that conservatives are really afraid that once implemented, this healthcare law will prove to be so popular with almost all Americans that those who objected so vehemently will look really, really stupid.

          • bikejedi

            I wonder whether ” some ” Liberals believe in America or want us brought to our knees out of resentment for our past success just like Obama…but I see you caught my Snarkiness . Sorry if it offended you personally but I think it is pretty accurate of some on the left .Believe me the Conservatives are not afraid of this tax law becoming popular we are just worried how much it will cost and what the costs will be to the economy as a whole ..In its current form it is a train wreck that is designed to fail and the failure of Obamacare was the plan all along . They then will once again make the case for single payer . The funding simply doesn’t work for this .And if you think Liberals all love it then how do you explain that you had to bribe your own members with OUR Tax Dollars just to vote for it ? Why did they exempt the Public Unions ? Why did they exempt themselves ? Why is it that after they passed it they have granted over 1400 exemptions all to Liberals or Liberal groups ? These are the people who voted for Obama and wanted it right up until they passed it and as Pelosi pointed out read it . Why did fully 20% of these exemptions go to these Hypocrite Liberals in Pelosi’s district ? Why does she get to give her voters who support he Obama and Obamacare exemptions ? These are the very Liberal Hypocrites that should be FORCED to abide by it because they voted for it . Instead they got so mad that Pelosi granted them exemptions just so she can hold onto her seat . Meanwhile NO Exemption has gone to the people who opposed it from jump , only to hypocrite liberals who wanted it . Is it any wonder the terms hypocrite and liberal are interchangeable ? Now the Private Unions have issued an open letter to Obama stating accurately that Obamacare will be the end of the middle class as it incentivizes companies to hire part timers only . These Liberals supported Obama and Obamacare but now realize what a train wreck it is …Even the IRS Union wants out . Meanwhile the Obamacare call center is refusing to hire any full time employees so they don’t have to comply with the law . Poll after Poll shows even Dems and Liberals hate the law …what more do you need ? You certainly don’t need me to tell you all of this as you will only resent that it is coming from a Conservative .

          • disqus_LcxpBv2uzz

            Your rant is so filled with misinformation that I have neither the time, the inclination nor the interest to debunk it all. Suffice it to say that you might be a little better informed if you took your news from a variety of sources instead of from the obviously ultraconservative media that you so avidly absorb and quote, (or misquote). You manage to characterize me as a liberal in your little diatribe; where did you ever get that notion?

          • bikejedi

            First my presence here shows that I get my info from a variety of sources . You might want to take your own advice and check out real news and info on FOX . But you wont because you are probably afraid of the truth and also of opinions that don’t jibe with Obama talking points. You say I managed to characterize you as a Liberal ? Well what are you ? If you were a Conservative or anywhere near an Independent then you already would’ve taken your own advice and gotten your info from a variety of sources . You also would be agreeing with everything I posted . Every Independent knows these facts and would not dispute them , in fact they would agree with them . The fact that you don’t know that everything I posted is fact and that you say it is full of misinformation,…. yet you cant debunk any of it ….is all the proof I need . . Stop lying you would like to debunk any of that but you can’t …By the way if I am wrong and you are an independent and were just playing devils advocate then please accept my apology .

          • disqus_LcxpBv2uzz

            Check out “real news and info on FOX”? Surely you jest! FUX wouldn’t know the truth if it bit it on the ass! I’ve watched those bloviating bungholes enough to know that they are a joke, but find that like bullshit, a little bit of FAUX goes a long way. ( I find that prior to attempting to watch FERX, it helps if I take anti-nausea medication)

          • bikejedi

            I have to say with all the pontificating and extra verbiage , that was a very funny post . Have a nice weekend .

          • DurdyDawg

            Actually the conservatives (which own most of the low paying businesses) are fearful of the ACA because of the pre-condition clause in it.. Once it becomes fully implemented those once healthy individuals who worked hard for 20 years for wages their employers were reluctant to pay and are now suffering with varied conditions will discover that these conditions were directly work related (with medical confirmation) then will come the law suits and millions upon millions of settlements that will not be used as part of the owners “Record Breaking Profit” gimmick. If it’s one thing conservatives despise it’s spending money without the guarantee of return entitlements.. For a long time they have not viewed themselves as financial gamblers, they see themselves as the house and the federal reserve as their personal bank..

          • bikejedi

            Spoken like an unbathed and low information Occupier still living in your moms who still believe the class warfare strawman argument …that’s right …hate the producers because you don’t have their drive . Hate the producers and their achievement . When did striving to be an achiever become a trait to be frowned on in this country ? Oh that’s right when Obama took power and decided to build an enemy for you to be mad at ….you aren’t poor because someone else is wealthy .

          • Mark Forsyth

            But you are definitely a stupid,ignorant A-hole because you practice and the proof is all over this page.

          • bikejedi

            YOU stated ,
            “But you are definitely a stupid,ignorant A-hole because you practice and the proof is all over this page”
            That’s freaking hilarious . You call me stupid yet you can’t / haven’t debated a thing I posted . You didn’t even try too , yet you label me stupid for posting facts . Just because you don’t like the truth doesn’t mean you should call those who post the truth stupid . By the way you call me stupid when you cant even put a proper sentence together . The ever tolerant and brilliant left on display .I thought you people were open to others opinions ? I guess that is only if those opinions agree with your brainwashed talking points and yes you are right …YOUR ignorance is on display

          • Mark Forsyth

            Nobody on this page is stupid enough to debate a pontificating puffball like you.You are stupid enough to think your statements are true because you say so.Notice that you will find no worshipers on this page bowing down to the putrescent bucket of puss that is you.You wouldn’t know a liberal if one spat in your face.You are full of yourself,and you are full of shit.You are as ignorant of a proper sentence as you are of anything else.You attempt to make a defense of that which is indefensible and you make no sense much less a point. Go ride your bike,preferably off a cliff.

          • bikejedi

            Translated from Liberal speak rant to common sense English .
            I cant debate a thing you say but because you posted the truth and I cant debate it I will just resort to calling you names and wishing you ill will like a child . The famous Liberal Tolerance and Intelligence on display

          • Mark Forsyth

            You are absolutely right,we have no tolerance for willfully ignorant dolts like you.Enjoy yourself in your pretend world,Your efforts at superiority are pathetic.You gain no credence with anyone here.

          • bikejedi

            I live in the real world you live in the Liberal Utopia of Lollipops Unicorns and Rainbows . You are just mad that you cant debate a thing I say . And yes , I do feel superior ….to you …not everyone but to you… the proof is in YOUR posting . If I gain no credence and no one is going to believe me why are you here not debating me , but calling names like a petulant child ?

          • Mark Forsyth

            It is you who are unable to debate.You acknowledge no valid points and think you are the only one here who speaks truth based only on the fact that you say it’s true.You employ no logic or reason because you are incapable of it .You have no ammunition.You must leave the field now.Bye,Bye.

          • bikejedi

            ( said with a snarky smirk ) uh Yeah ….That is why you can’t and haven’t been able to logically dispute or debate anything I posted …You do realize you are making yourself look weak and ill informed . I haven’t had to resort to name calling or just trying to demean you at all ….yet that is all you have …No counter to dispute anything I have posted just name calling and wishing someone else Ill will …Have a nice weekend …See how that works ? Its called civility and tolerance …You should try it sometime .

          • DurdyDawg

            Do you mean the ‘producers’ who would stomp out a fellow human no different than a bug to reach his goal of “Record Breaking Profits”..? What a certified moron you are to imply that I speak of hard working businessmen while there are scads of corporate vultures just waiting to destroy these moral businessmen because it’s taking from their profits. I know many small businessmen (and women) who work for profit toward both themselves and their employees, those who pay their fair share in taxes because that’s the RIGHT thing to do. The vultures I’m talking about (and of which you are a part of either directly or indirectly otherwise why would you advocate for them?) spreads vileness across the land, destroying what they can’t control and from it crow about record breaking profit while sucking off the g’ments entitlements so that THEY don’t have to pay for their overhead.. You must really be a brain dead dolt to even imply that these tax evading corporate welfare moochers are anywhere near the definition of “Human Being”.

          • bikejedi

            You do realize that the average Public Union employee makes double what the same person doing the same work in the Private sector makes . They also get Pensions and Health plans that the person in the Private sector makes . A for profit company should always strive to make record profits . When did success and achievement become something to be looked down on in this Country ..oh that’s right when the Socialist took over . Yes they want to ferment the feeling in the poor people that they are poor because another person is rich . If you really believe that ask yourself if you have ever been hired for a job by someone on welfare ? No the people that employ people are people that have worked hard to start a business and when it succeeds they need more people . Stop bashing achievement or move to mother Russia . Your argument is so flawed and childish that it sounds like you are a member of the Occupy movement and brought into all of that Class warfare rhetoric …You know where Community Organizers make a straw man for you to hate and make you believe you are a victim . You are not poor because another is rich and if you want a job maybe you should go ask one of those achievers …Most work tirelessly to get to where they are . Maybe if you copied their work ethic instead of envying and blaming them you too could succeed .

      • Annemb

        What “Liberal” media?

        • bikejedi

          Uh Duh …MSNBC NBC CNBC ABC CBS CNN NPR

    • tdm3624

      I’m curious, aside from the world getting angry at us, how would defaulting hurt us? (and I’m not being snarky, I genuinely would like to know).

      http://www.pbs.org/newshour/businessdesk/2013/02/when-america-went-broke-and-wh.html

      • bikejedi

        It wouldn’t

    • Fern Woodfork

      Maybe Cause They Are NOT In No Way Patriots, Just Another Bunch Of Low Life Terrorists!!! :-(

      • BDC_57

        you got that right they are acting like a bunch of terrorists.

        • Fern Woodfork

          Exactly But Their Not Acting They Are Terrorists!! :-( Great To See You My Friend!! :-)

    • CPAinNewYork

      Very good post, but I don’t see why you’re smiling. I’d like to string the bastards up be their balls.

  • Pamby50

    Some of those republican senators are now explaining in their states what shutting the government down will do. Some people just don’t care. And if Rand Paul thinks that the house will repeal Obamacare on the 41st vote, he needs the mental health part of Obamcare.

    • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

      Their attempting to explain the effects of a government shutdown is still just an academic exercise until it starts to hit them financially. Just think of all those Section 8 Housing owners who supported the Republicans suddenly finding themselves not receiving their rent checks on the first of October. Just think of the meat packing plants that will have to shut down because they won’t have USDA inspectors there. Just think of other functions needed for businesses or industries to not be there because of this shutdown. Now, how about this – as a significant number of those affected are in Republican controlled states, or states with Republican Senators this will backfire on them.

      • merl1

        Just think of the Teabaggers waiting at the mail box for a check that won’t be delivered.

        • Annemb

          Now, THIS puts a smile on my face too!

        • bikejedi

          I think there will be more Dems waiting for those checks as they are the party of food stamps .

          • Annemb

            Thank God, because the Reps are the party of incurring debt when they leave office and we end up paying the consequences.

          • merl1

            You think that because you’re a stupid ass teabagger. Or just plain stupid.

          • bikejedi

            Boy you are one tolerant and special needs person … Enjoy your welfare check K .

          • merl1

            fuck off retard, try to crash your medicare scooter into a truck, ok?

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    An article in the NY Post yesterday (Sunday, August 18) reported on a speech given at a Tea Party meeting. The speaker said to a loudly cheering crowd, “the time for strict Constitutionalism and bipartsanship is over.” Anyone still think the Tea Party is not a dangerous subversive cult?

    What the Tea Party wants is total control handed to Charles and David Koch, their found and chief source of funding. I keep saying that it is high time to start to investigate the inner workings of Koch Industries. No one can tell me there isn’t a few very important skeletons in that closet. They didn’t get to be billionaires by being altar boys.

  • Annemb

    “…Tea Party challenges ‘chicken’ senators to shut down the government…”

    Really?

    I challenge the tea party “chickens” senators and representatives to grow up, govern as we are paying them to do and to stop goofing off while they collect their salaries and government health insurance.

    • Progressive Republican

      A challenge they’ll not take up any time soon. Well… ever, really.

      Don’t get your hopes up. Because if you do, I suggest that you learn to live with disappointment.

      • Annemb

        I know they’ll never take my challenge! The TGOP not only don’t care about governing but they actually DON’T KNOW what the word means nor do they care what this nation is about.

        BTW, I’m used to living with disappointment especially since St. Reagan and the damage he did to our beloved country.

        Thanks for your post.

        How are you doing?

        • Progressive Republican

          Getting by and entertaining myself by mocking Rethuglicons, Teandertals and the like with facts. They HATE that!

          Bwahaha!

  • ococoob

    EXTORTIONISTS!!!

  • DezJimmar

    GOP created this ‘Teabagger Monster’! Now, they can’t control it!

    • Siegfried Heydrich

      Their biggest problem was that they didn’t read “Mad Science for
      Dummies”, published by the Transylvanian Polygnostic Institute. If they had, they would have known the basic rules for creating monsters

      Rule 1 for creating a monster – “Always keep your monster strapped
      firmly down to the slab lest he break free and wreak havoc in your lab”.

      Rule 2 – “Always treat your monster with kindness and respect lest
      the monster, who will sooner or later break free from the slab, come
      after you for revenge”.

      Rule 3 – “When sending your monster out to wreak havoc upon your
      enemies, always make sure your monster has a clear idea of who it is
      upon they are to wreak havoc, explaining very carefully that it’s them
      and not you”.

      Rule 4 – “Always keep a sedative close by for when your monster loses control”.

      Rule 5 – “Always remember that when you send your monster out to
      wreak havoc, sooner or later it will annoy the villagers badly enough
      that they WILL show up at your front door with torches, pitchforks and a
      long list of grievances. If they’re accompanied by lawyers and the
      media, you’re in deep trouble”.

      Rule 6 – “Creating a second monster to deal with the first monster never works”.

      And most importantly, Rule 7 – “Always bear in mind that he who lives by the monster, dies by the monster”.

      • disqus_LcxpBv2uzz

        Nice! Your satire is noteworthy. I like it a lot!

    • Fern Woodfork

      Embraced Them With Open Arms!!! Now They Will Both Go Down!!! :-)

  • charleo1

    I think we can all guess how this finally winds up, if things don’t change. If we
    just keep going the direction we’re going, One of these days, these Right Wing extremists will finally manage to shut down the Federal Government, or cause a default on the debt, and an international economic crisis. Or, we face a sudden unexpected crisis, and they have the Government shut down, or otherwise unable to respond. Then, perhaps the public will wise up to the real world consequences of the threats they continue to carelessly toss about. These are strange times, are they not? There once was a day no American, Left, Right, or Center, would have put up with this kind of behavior for one second. If for no other reason, the humiliation before the world community, that The United States of America, had become so stupid with dysfunction, we were forced to shut down our own government. It’s ridiculous, of course. Because in the end, the debt ceiling will be raised, and the government, and all the various agencies that oversee everything from our food,
    and water supplies, to our medicines will be funded. Because, they must be. The only results will be the unnecessary hundreds of millions it costs post ignorant shutdown, to get the government up and running. Or, in the case of a never before, even accidental default on the Country’s debt, well, that’s a whole different set of, “Oh my God, what have they done nows?!” That will directly follow the very dark day that happens.

  • Barbara Morgan

    How dare any one that is a tea party member call themselves patriots and say that that care for this Country and the citizens of it that aren’t in the 1% club? They are not patriots but dupes for the likes of the Koch Brothers, Robert Anderson, Mitt Romney and all the rest of the rich that back the Republican party and especially the so called Tea Party patriots. They don’t know what a patriot is and nor do they know what the Constitution says nor do they care, all they care about is everything being done their way and no other way no matter what. Every cent that is spent on these ads campaigns by any Tea Party group should be thoroughly looked at and investigated by the IRS and everyone else to make sure that these groups are not breaking the laws that covers their tax exempt status no matter what the anyone in Congress thinks also any senator or representative that votes to shut down the government should have his or her personal finances and election finances gone over with a fine tooth comb to see how many of them need to be behind bars for breaking the income tax laws and so on. First two to check Brenda Blackman, Fisher and Scott DeJaris (not spelled( of Tennessee.

  • CrankyToo

    The Tea Party scum are right about one thing – Repugnicans in Congress are chickens. If they weren’t so cowardly, they’d stand up to the extremists in their party and do the right thing by the majority of our citizens – the people they’re sworn to serve.

    We’re going to have to crush these rat bastards at the polls.

  • tax payer

    The Republicans are the Majority, when they vote in the House.

    • disqus_LcxpBv2uzz

      That’s a patently brilliant comment! What’s it supposed to mean?

      • tax payer

        They ( Republicans ) outnumber the Democrats in Members in the House, but some are jumping the High Fence to the other side, so it may hurt us, when it’s time to vote against Immigration Reform.

        • disqus_LcxpBv2uzz

          What is “the High Fence”? Who is the “us” that may be hurt?
          Hurt how? Sorry, I just don’t get your references.

          • tax payer

            I love it, when I get a response and people act too dumb to understand what they are reading. You cross a line or you can cross a fence and join the enemy.

          • disqus_LcxpBv2uzz

            But to what “enemy” are you referring?

          • tax payer

            A Republican joins forces with the Democrats and they ( the Democrats) are the enemy of the Republicans in so many words. I don’t mean like in a war.

          • disqus_LcxpBv2uzz

            But that’s the problem, because words have precise meanings. When you use the word enemy but you don’t mean “like in a war”, then you are using the wrong word and concomitantly, creating an illusion. Might I suggest the word “adversary” or “rival” in place of enemy? Those words would be more accurate in saying what I think you are trying to express.

          • tax payer

            Using the word enemy is the same thing, but if you wish I’ll include the word Rival from now on, but I know you’ll find something else to correct.

          • disqus_LcxpBv2uzz

            I could probably spend the rest of my life trying to correct you, but could not be bothered, as it would be a feckless endeavor.

          • tax payer

            So, why not look for someone else to bother because you don’t make much sense right now. I seldom read any of the comments because I am out watching my cattle and horses making sure they have enough food to eat, and when I come back there you are as usual. Get a Life and do something positive instead of being in front of the computer all day trying to change people since it’s not going to happen in your Lifetime.

          • disqus_LcxpBv2uzz

            Do you make sure that another human being who is less fortunate than you (and your cattle and horses) has enough to eat?

          • tax payer

            No! Why should I? If they want to eat Beef they can get some ( free ) with their Food Stamp Card, so no one dies of hunger in this country that I know off.

          • tax payer

            No!

  • pfair143

    Every single Tea Party and Republican member elected to Congress applied for and received subsidized government healthcare while at the same time threatening to shutdown the government in order for Americans not to have access to the same healthcare they have. If you voted for these morons, I hope you DON’T get what you truly deserve.

  • Annemb

    With all this talk about conservatives, I recommend the book, “Conservatives Without Conscience” by John W. Dean.

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