161 Million Radical Extremists In the US!!! TEA Party Win!

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For years now, the left has tried to portray TEA party members as extremists and radicals.  They’ve had all sorts of dispersions cast their way.  They’ve been accused of anything and everything, from being racist to being crazy gun owning nutjobs. 

Rasmussen has conducted a series of polls.  (As that is what they do.) And the results are remarkable.  As always, there’s a bit of the glass being half full and half empty. 

For me, the most striking results were this…..

Sixty-six percent (66%) of Likely U.S. Voters believe in America today there is too much government power and too little individual freedom. Sixty percent (60%) feel the federal government today does not have the consent of the governed.

66%.  The BLS has our Civilian non-institutional population at 244,169,000…… 66% of that is ~ 161 million people!  161 million people feel exactly as TEA party members do. 

So, now the question is, who is out of the mainstream?  Who is out of step with the people of this nation?  Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just eight percent (8%) believe the opposite to be true. Twenty-two percent (22%) think the balance is about right.  Who’s the radical extremist nutjobs?  The 8% who think government hasn’t become too large and too powerful. 

Some other notables…….

65% See Gun Rights As Protection Against Tyranny

Two-out-of-three Americans recognize that their constitutional right to own a gun was intended to ensure their freedom.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 65% of American Adults think the purpose of the Second Amendment is to make sure that people are able to protect themselves from tyranny. Only 17% disagree, while another 18% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

This is the half-empty part for me.  Really?  We have over 1/3 of the population who doesn’t know the purpose of our 2nd Amendment rights?  That’s a national disgrace and an indictment against our educational system. 

Back to the half-full……

….even a majority (57%) of those without a gun in their home hold that view.

You don’t have to own a gun to support Liberty!  And this is for the politicians seeking to take our guns….

While there are often wide partisan differences of opinion on gun-related issues, even 54% of Democrats agree with 75% of Republicans and 68% of those not affiliated with either major party that the right to own a gun is to ensure such freedom.

Seventy-four percent (74%) of all Americans continue to believe that the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of an average citizen to own a gun. Just 17% disagree. These views haven’t changed in nearly four years of surveying.

You lose.  This is across the board.  This is a unifying issue!  Conservatives and Libertarians, are you reading this?  Here it is!  Hand delivered by the gun grabbers!  But, you must act soon!  Already, there are powerful Dems warning the gun grabbers.  Seize the moment! 

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27 Responses to 161 Million Radical Extremists In the US!!! TEA Party Win!

  1. Latitude says:

    I could say something so racist right now…..but I won’t

    What’s so radical and extemist about balancing your check book?

    • suyts says:

      Exactly, and apparently, the majority of Americans believe in limiting our government. Balancing your check book and limiting a too powerful government is what the TEA party movement is about. Very extreme!

  2. kim2ooo says:

    January 20, 2013
    Pew Distorts Americans’ Views on Abortion
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    http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/01/pew_distorts_americans_views_on_abortion.html

  3. kim2ooo says:

    The Giant, Gaping Hole in Sandy Hook Reporting

    MUST READ
    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=933_1357586849

  4. philjourdan says:

    They merely attack the messenger. The current left is not satisfied with pushing the country to the left, they seek to make the left the new middle. And so anything that disputes their view has to be attacked and demonized. Ever get into a debate with a lefty? They immediately attack Fox news, even when no one else has brought it up. Why? Fox is NEWS, while the other alphabet soups are merely propaganda wings. So they have to attack the last source of truth out there, so that their vision of 1984 will come to pass.

    • kelly liddle says:

      Phil
      You said once you were libertarian. A libertarian so far as I can tell is to the left on many issues and left of the Democrats. So I am guessing you mean the far left or left only people. One important thing is though, that whatever your color (not you personally but in general) if you are into ideology to any large degree that is a problem.

      With this gun debate thing there is one thing I want to know and that is does having more semi-auto weapons increase the number of massacres? I have not seen this idea put one way or the other and the only thing I see is that overall a few organisations have found that murder rates for example are not influenced or can’t be proved in either dirrection by gun ownership. The number of massacres is not significant in a statistical sense of overall numbers.

      • philjourdan says:

        Libertarian to the left? I think we have a problem with term definition. I cannot even comprehend how “libertarian” would be left, unless you think of the few social issues where I am a Goldwater Conservative (such as drugs, and sodomy laws).

        Libertarians are not anarchists. We recognize that government is a necessary evil, but I am with Thoreau in that the “That government is best which governs least”. Following that maxim, that would preclude government intrusion into private matters such as partners and intoxicating agent (only governing when under the influence of, and interacting with other people).

        Recently, our own AG stated that perhaps some of us had to go to jail in order to get Obamacare repealed. He was nationally lampooned, yet one of America’s greatest thinkers put it the same way “Waldo, the question is what are you doing out there?”. What was historic and noble about this country has been turned into radicalism. Radical to defend freedom? That is the new meme of the left. Radical to defend liberty? Apparently so.

        The left, long smarting at the loss of KG III, has sought to replace him, and in Obama they think they have found their new regent. So they turn the argument around on you and try to portray liberty and freedom as subversive – without using those terms.

        That is what the poll Suyts referenced is talking about.

      • kelly liddle says:

        I don’t know what Goldwater conservative means. The basic idea on social issues as far as libertarian is concerned is you can do whatever you want so long as you do not hurt others. This is far left in todays terms in the US where even the Democrats believe in the war on drugs. Signing of the NDAA is far right or left (authoritarian, moderates on both sides can’t support this) but both your major parties support it. I would be surprised if anyone here is willing to say they support it.

        • philjourdan says:

          You are cherry picking an issue and making it an entire platform. That is not what the left cares about is this country, although they do pay lip service to it.

          And the far left does not believe in the war on drugs, and for the most part, have even stopped paying lip service to it. Also, as was demonstrated by the president, they have long advocated getting out of the bedroom (as have many republicans as well – but do not expect to learn that from American media). The battle between left and right has nothing to do with the fringe issues. They are merely window dressing trotted out every 2 years to try to vilify the right.

          And what aspect of the NDAA do you have a problem with? Like all legislation, it has its good and bad parts. Nothing is cut and dried when it comes to politics. So I am unsure how that snuck into the conversation, and what it has to do with the topic at hand.

        • kelly liddle says:

          Phil
          “And what aspect of the NDAA do you have a problem with?”

          Is this a serious question. You do not have a problem with the government specifically the president being able to lock you up indefinately with not trial or jury or anything (sounds like an old fashioned king actually) because you might be considered a national threat? Most of the bill was just appropriations and if I had looked at those aspects then yes I am sure I would have said cut some of that spending.

          As far as the major issues for the left in your country I don’t know that much but I do know you are likely to cross over with them on issues if you are libertarian.

        • philjourdan says:

          The NDAA covers many things. That is but one of them. That was why my question was serious. You did not mention that aspect, but the entire NDAA, which would be hard to argue against. As I stated previously: “Like all legislation, it has its good and bad parts. Nothing is cut and dried when it comes to politics.”

          The part you talked about was from LAST year, I thought you were talking about the one being worked on NOW. And while the section is still in the courts, it needs to be repealed. With Reid in charge of the senate and Obama in the whitehouse I doubt it will be. But I fail to see how that was pertinent to the discussion at hand. For the record, I am against it. I doubt it will survive a complete review of SCOTUS, but they did uphold Obamacare, so I do not count on that.

          That it was stripped out of this year’s bill IS problematic as well.

          This year’s NDAA does not contain that, so how was I to know you were referring to last year’s? You merely said the NDAA – you did not say what part. Paulians do not like the WHOLE thing. I am not a Paulian.

        • kelly liddle says:

          Phil
          Fair point there is one every year and now a year has passed. So this one couldn’t possibly be as bad as the last one.

        • philjourdan says:

          The NDAA is an annual process that basically is to fund the Military. Tons of stuff get stuffed into it that have nothing to do with that purpose. It is a sad fact of life here in this country. So when you said NDAA, I was unsure if you were asking me about Ron Paul’s objections or something else (which turned out to be something else).

  5. DirkH says:

    Kelly, leftism has always been defined by the desire to expropriate owners of the means of productions, or at least since Marx, and concentrate the means of production in the hands of a total state, a state that controls EVERYTHING, a socialist state. Leftists never use the term “freedom” or “liberty”. (This is very strikingly visible in German election campaigns.)

    After the creation of the total state or even the total world state (a socialist one), according to Marx, said total state will at some point magically dissolve and make room for communism, which does not need a state anymore.

    When you say leftists stand for freedom, and far leftists for the most freedom, you are completely revisionist.

    Nobody who knows the history of leftism would believe you; but I grant you that many idiots would believe it.

    • DirkH says:

      Instead of “freedom” or “liberty”, the leftists ALWAYS use “solidarity” and “social justice”.

      A FREE or LIBRE individual cannot be under the control of the total socialist state. That is the reason they never use the term.

      They actually want to make people forget that they are free. A collectivist is NEVER free but ALWAYS solidaric. (with whatever his leaders command)

    • kelly liddle says:

      “When you say leftists stand for freedom, and far leftists for the most freedom, you are completely revisionist.”

      Dirk
      I said the far left and right are not like this. Moderate left and right or what I would consider centre do stand for freedom though. I would be considered both left and right depending on the audience and the subject as I am a free thinker that makes up my mind on each issue and never follows party lines or ideology for that matter meaning you can change my mind if the argument is convincing.

      • DirkH says:

        Look at the Political Compass. You suffer from muddled thinking because you have accepted the false left-right dichotomy.
        http://www.politicalcompass.org/

        • Jim Masterson says:

          I looked at the site and I don’t agree with where they put Hitler. However, I took the test and I’m 7.50 right and 0.92 Authoritarian. I think I’m 7.50128675923 right and 0.92123211223 authoritarian so they’re wrong about me.

          Jim

        • philjourdan says:

          The last digits should be 5 and 7 respectively.

        • philjourdan says:

          Interesting test. Although I disagree with the choices. Specifically:

          “A significant advantage of a one-party state is that it avoids all the arguments that delay progress in a democratic political system.”

          This one is a trap (there are others). You may agree with the premise but disagree with the one party state. Yet you are not given the choice in that regard. This would be better as 2 questions – 1, agreeing with the one party state, and 2 whether it has an advantage. Combining them into one, unless you are a totalitarian, means you have no real choice in the answer.

          That being said, my numbers put me about smack dab beside Friedman:

          Economic Left/Right: 6.62
          Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -2.41

          Which I would have placed myself before taking the test.

        • kim2ooo says:

          “A significant advantage of a one-party state is that it avoids all the arguments that delay progress in a democratic political system.”

          I put strongly disagree –
          I don’t see “ a democratic political system, able to exist in “a one-party state”

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