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February 3rd, 2010
03:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your comments 2/3/2010

Editor's Note: Wednesday’s American Morning audience shared varied opinion about the growing Tea Party movement. As the party hosts its convention this weekend, some expressed fear of the new organizers, while others believe the Tea Party would be the third contingent to emerge in our electoral system.

  • Susan: The T Party Movement – You will find out if you investigate that these people are racist people who are mad because Obama has gotten in as President. Please investigate these people. Myself, I feel they are an offshoot of the militia and the KKK. They are hiding their identities more so they can penetrate the government. These people are very negative and want to be destructive to the Government and our freedom. Please, please investigate these groups out here that pretend to be for the Government. They are angry mobs who at the chance would try to kill Obama if they could. They are very scarrrrry to our nation. Please DIG DEEPER. I also feel that this is why some of those republicans are against Obama. Underneath they believe in the T party doctrine. It's awful.
  • Sandra: I love how you guys can't wait to hop on the Tea Parties (a 3 part series?) but have you reported on the HEAD of the UN Climategate refusing to step down even though his "proof" of melting glaciers in the Himalayans is from hikers? LOL!!! It's no wonder I never watch CNN anymore and only found out about your 3 part series as I accidentally flipped channels past yours. You know...what you fail to realize is the Tea Party movement is not about some guy wanting for profit and others not. It's about things like, oh say, a multi-TRILLION dollar budget while a gazillion people poof out carbon all over the place going to Copenhagen on our tax dollar. Too funny. And how come we never hear about GE's bonuses? When you realize you've made a giant mistake hopping on the Global Warming boat, how are you going to get off and still maintain face? Tea Parties are the least of your worries.

What do you think of the Tea Party movement? Continue the conversation here.

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  1. lela morgan

    I am pleasantly surprise that so many people are not fooled by the corporate news. What we really have to be concerned about is the US Supreme court's recent decision giving corpore the "SKY IS THE LIMIT" The supreme court rode in on their white horse to choose our President in 2000, now they rode in again to help the Republican party gain control over both houses. I think in 2008 the Supreme court and the Republican's were caught by surprise when Obama won. The Supreme court knew the american people had woken up, and they came up with this decision to take our voices away on mainstreet, and Our Democracy. Something has to be done about the corrupt US Supreme court. Impeachment is the only thing I know, or really there is no other recourse. Write our congressmen and women. I have signed petitions. Come on people get involved. Our country is in the most serous trouble ever. We will not see this on any news media. Maybe Rachel Maddow, The Ed show, and Keith Olbermann, no one else even mentions this.

    February 18, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  2. Dan

    Republicans, democrats. tea party... all corrupt, all taking money, the government is falling apart, too much power to too few people, doesnt matter if we voted in a black prez, everyone thought that was the greatest thing in the world., instead we should have voted in a competent prez, one with integrity, not with false promises and slogans, we dont need politicians for the government, these same politicians year after year ARE the corruption, and there are so few left that can be considered to have any integrity at all... american citizens have no voice, no real rights, if u look into the executive orders that can be implemented at any time, all of our rights can be taken away in one fell swoop, the government is trying to regulate internet, the government is in a war that supposedly is for terrorism, its been 8 years and they are still chasing the same man around 3 countries... and yet all that oil is coming in... the government has too much power already, the only reason the tea party has any traction is because its being led by some nutjob woman with more words and probably less action then obama, which is a feat hard to comprehand, but its just another political party that is vying for power, more corruption... and everyone is falling for it... vote independent, if they are corrupt at all, itll still be the lesser of 4 evils...

    February 17, 2010 at 7:40 pm |
  3. Justine Billings

    I know people are trying to paint the "tea party" folks as racist, right wing lunatics. That couldn't be further from the truth. I am an Indpendent voter and share the same concerns of the tea party folks. We are for less government, fiscal responsibility and adhering to the Constitution. People are very concerned with the direction that this country is headed in. The more that MSNBC and others try to paint us as right wing lunatics, it just makes the movement that much stronger and determined. I watched the tea party movement, when they marched in WA and was not actively involved at that time. The more I hear the tea party people attacked and called vile names, the more determined I (and others are) to become a part of this important movement. We are citizens who are concerned about the direction of this country. At last glance, it was a free country and we are attempting to keep it that way! We are not a left leaning country despite the push of our president and many others. We tea partiers will not be stopped. Our movement is growing larger and larger every day. Finally, the average American citizen has found its voice and I say, its about time!

    February 4, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  4. Scott French

    I think that the people at these Tea Party events are people that are fed up with Government out of control. Can anyone say that it's not? Do as we say, not as we do. Always a double standard. If Americans lived and run there lives like our government, we would all be bankrupt, and always asking for something. Let government learn to govern themselves first. How can, by our own Constitution that says we are all equal, labor unions can get something that the rest of Americans can't ? P.S. Yes Bush is responsible for 1.3something trillion in debt, but does that make him the fall guy for the other 12 trillion that has been added since he left office, Obama needs to accept that responsiblity.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  5. Holly

    Jim–If the First Amendment protects the folks out in the streets with signs showing Obama as a bushman headhunter, then it protects people who point out that that's a racist image. Period.

    February 4, 2010 at 9:37 am |
  6. JIm Cunningham

    How can CNN post ignorant comments like the one accusing Tea Party protestors of being racists? What is the matter with you people allowing nasty, vile posts like this? I am in sympathy with the protestors and I am no racist and have defended this great Nation in uniform which is more than most of you in the snarky media have ever done. I fought for our First Amendment right and you are allowing bigots to abuse it. Clean up and moderate your posts, please!

    February 4, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  7. Barry Watts

    They are all a bunch of right-wing nuts with misplaced anger. They claim to be pro-capitalism, but get angry when the government takes steps designed to save our capitalist economy from catastrophic failure. They claim to be patriotic and pro-defense, but embrace politicians like Ron Paul who think we should close down our military bases around the world. They have no platform and are united only by anger and a false sense of righteousness. I can't tell any difference between tea-baggers and Republicans except that half of them are tee-totalers like Sarah Palin and the other half are pro-abortion rights and pro-gay marriage like Scott Brown. This is all just much ado about nothing in my opinion.

    February 4, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  8. Holly

    So, CNN–do you actually listen to these posts, or do you just slap a few up here for show?
    If you are listening, it should be apparent to you that viewers have noticed your coverage of the Tea Party "movement" is lacking and essentially dishonest. Why ARE you avoiding the obvious question about racism? Given some of those signs, and, as people on this blog have pointed out, the absence of any Tea Parties during Bush's spending splurge, it's a valid question.
    I also haven't heard you ask the screamers in the street what, exactly, they want to cut out of the budget. Aside from an ignorant fear of "Obamacare," do they have any actual ideas?

    Get off the easy stuff, CNN–we really don't care whether Rubio would hug Obama. If you're going to do a series on the Tea Partiers, cover THEM, not the noise they generate.

    February 4, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  9. GWeezy

    The Tea Party movement is about American's, who love and believe in the Constitution, attempting to take their country back. The sad thing, to me, is that this movement did not take effect during the Bush Administration. Mr. Bush tripled the size of the Federal Government, used false-flag terrorism to scare the population, and pushed through the Patriot Act; while allowing the Council on Foreign Relations, Bildeberg Group, and Trilateral Commision, to take a strangle hold on our country. Mr. Obama is nothing more than an extension of this movement. As the great Doctor King said, it's not about the color of his skin, but the content of his character. It's time we separated ourselves from the British Empire, and took our country back! Our fore-fathers bled and died so that we would not have to live under the tyranny and oppression of the British Empire, and here the American people are sitting back, lulled into complacency by the NFL, flouride in our public water systems (also used by Adolf Hitler to lull Jews in concentration camps), and controlled major media. We are going to wake one day in the very near future, in a very different country than we were born into, and have no one to blame other than ourselves.

    February 4, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  10. William

    The Tea Party is nothing but a front for the Republican Party parading as some type of home grown grass roots organization. It is rooted in racism and the inability of its undereducated base to accept the fact that the United states of America has a African American president. With its Hitler signs and we want our America back theme the Tea party represents everything that is wrong in American including the American Press failure to understand when they are being played again by the GOP. Please stop giving these racist press. Its a insulted to your viewing public .

    February 4, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  11. DD

    I believe many involved in the tea party movement are misinformed about the real issues. Where were they when Bush was spending, spending and driving us into the ground. They need to quit listening to FOX who lie lie lie lie. The tea partiers are prejudice individuals who need to go back to understanding the different between fact from fiction. I think they don't like OBAMA because he is black. Their signs are just sickening and these are very sad individuals. The people I know laugh at them. Crazy people.

    February 4, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  12. Patsy King

    The Tea Party particpants are hypocrites who can not see clearly. How pitiful it is that deceitful men would do anything for Political gain. Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hanity said nothing and allowed Mr Bush to run the Country in the ground. Wise men are just men and do not belong to good ole boy clubs.

    February 4, 2010 at 8:37 am |
  13. TCWebb

    There is more to the Crist Rubio battle than is let on in this segment – pls read this link,0,2242165.story

    February 4, 2010 at 8:22 am |
  14. James Hussher

    Where was this Tea Party when George W Bush was running our country into bankruptcy with his fake war in Irag for WMD that didnt exist? I didnt see them calling for the impeachment of Bush for lying and ultimately causing the deaths of thousands of American soldiers – just to get access to previously-embargoed Iraqui oil.

    February 4, 2010 at 8:17 am |
  15. Rockspot

    They say to be careful what you wish for, and I've wished for a long while that a viable 3rd party would enter the mix. But, the "Tea Party" causes me great concern in that it needs to take a serious look at tactics and perceptions on a going forward basis. Right now, they look like and frequently act like a group of Thugs and Bullies. If they continue to cultivate those tactics amongst their ranks, we won't have a Democracy, we'll have Anarchy.

    February 4, 2010 at 7:49 am |
  16. Philip

    The Tea Party movement is a good thing for America. It is simply notifying those that have the power to affect American lives, that their intentions, actions, and the "fundamental changes" they want to make are not wanted by those that love freedom, liberty and the American way of life.

    February 4, 2010 at 7:11 am |
  17. BJL

    Majority Of Tea Party Group's Spending Went To GOP Firm That Created It


    The political action committee behind the Tea Party Express (TPE) - which already has been slammed as inauthentic and corporate-controlled by rival factions in the Tea Party movement - directed almost two thirds of its spending during a recent reporting period back to the Republican consulting firm that created the PAC in the first place.

    Our Country Deserves Better (OCDB) spent around $1.33 million from July through November, according to FEC filings

    Of that sum, a total of $857,122 went to Sacramento-based GOP political consulting firm Russo, Marsh, and Associates, or people associated with it.

    OCDB, which built the Tea Party Express, is essentially a Russo, Marsh creation,
    The PAC's site was registered in July 2008 by Sal Russo, the firm's founder. That site also lists Russo Tas the PAC's "chief strategist." Tea Party Express fundraising emails, sent by OCDB come from another Russo, Marsh employee, Joe Wierzbicki.

    GOP bamboozler Howard Kaloogian is also on OCDB's board, and has close ties to Russo, Marsh.

    From July through November 2009, the firm received $832,403 from OCDB, according to the FEC records. An additional $8,500 went to Russo himself. And Wierzbicki took in $16,219.

    – TPM


    February 4, 2010 at 7:09 am |
  18. Fritz

    Your interview piece this morning on Tea Party failed to point out two significant dimensions of the Tea Party. Given the video you showed on Tea Party rallies, I am surprised that you didn't even get close to talking about the racist and McCarthyite agenda. Calling those factions of the party "conservative" is like calling Stalin "liberal." The key issue is not just whether they are social or fiscal conservatives but also to what degree racism and rabid anti-communist define the party.

    February 4, 2010 at 7:03 am |
  19. Mayank

    Watching this movement is like seeing socialist country street protests where wild and baseless accusations and extreme and offensive caricature are the norm.
    These folks could have been really valuable when we were burning through hundreds of billions of wasted dollars during the last 8 years !
    p.s. – our nation is and has been an obscenely big spender, but this recession and global competition are changing that permanently, and that's the real tea party.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:53 am |
  20. Mel

    As a resident of the South, one aspect every major network dodges is the racial factor involved in these tea party movements. It's as if they are afraid to touch on what's really behind all this "anger" – b/c if it was about bailouts & reckless spending, we would have seen it during the past 8 years. One yr later I still hear hateful, racist comments from friends, neighbors, and coworkers - who, btw, fully support and praise the tea bag movement.
    So, head to Nashville today with your ears open, and report honestly what you witness and hear... and recall that the KKK was started just up the road from N'ville, and the ACLU still tracks hate groups all over Tennessee.
    Be honest in your reporting.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:44 am |
  21. mark h.

    These so-called "tea party" members are naive and misled. What they want has nothing to do with the true Tea Party meaning. They have allowed fear and misconceptions to cloud there thoughts. They are angry and desparate, easily influenced, and don't know who to blame. We should all be intelligent enough to realize that given the state we were put in previously, we know it will take some sacrificing (spending, cutting, etc.) to repair the damage and get us back on a track of prosperity. Patience and support of our new administration is the key. Let's think outside the box for a change!

    February 4, 2010 at 6:43 am |
  22. Sally M.

    I think that these tea party people are generally older people on either social security and Medicare and are rallying against socialism?? I believe that they cannot accept the fact that we have a black President. "We want our country back" etc.. I would venture to say that none of them voted for Pres. obama to begin with. The way they pound away at the few crooked people out of hundreds even maybe thousands of workers for the organization of mostly black workers, Acorn, but want to protect the fellow disguised as the pimp, who is now charged with a felony and they don't seem to have any comments about that having little coverage. I think the lower ratings for CNN come from the boring anchors, except for Wolf and Anderson and Rick Sanchez.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:37 am |
  23. Ralph Beach

    I feel the Tea Party and Republican are one and the same. Republican's are just scared to admit it. The Tea Party branched out in order to greater thier numbers. look at the evidence. i feel like Palin set it up that way and is behind it all. I can't wait fo the 2012 Presidential Election to coming into playI intend on getting my name on the Ballot.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:35 am |
  24. angela padron

    I totally agree with Susan...I do believe that these people are racist...and it's there any movement that supports President Obama? A group of people that supports the change that our president is trying so hard to accomplish....why is it when the GOP had ofiice it seemed like they push through all their bills and agenda...the dems need to start pushing...its obvious that they are doing there hardest to push Preisent Obama out after his four years....we are doomed if they take over office in 2012...

    February 4, 2010 at 6:27 am |
  25. michael marshall

    Finally this administration realize that the Republican Party has called for a strike as a tactic to defeat the democratic party..Using this tactic forced the democratic congressmen to appease members who would use their clout to get special considerations for votes.Although a successful political move,it degrades the American political system of majority and minority goverance.Going on strike by Congressmen especially at this time is worse than a group of soldiers abandoning their unit in a battle because they don't like the chain of command.This isn't just a strike, this is desertion and these deserters try to break those left to do the whole job by criticizing their shortcomings.

    February 4, 2010 at 5:54 am |
  26. fed up

    I love the tea party
    We need to have them not only in the federal arena but in the state and really in the cities. The mayors really need to be challenged and the city councils as to why they cannot balance a budget

    The only mayor that seems to be on the ball of a major city is Bloomberg
    The rest, especially REED IN ATLANTA need to be checked

    Reed promised to hire police, now says he cannot due to bloated penisons, well bloated pensions come from bloated payrolls, time to fire the fat, mr Reed or resign and please give us Mary Norwood

    February 3, 2010 at 9:03 pm |

    How ironic Cnn is more concerned about the tea party people who obey the laws then the Black Panthers standing in the polling place with batons to intimidate voters or that Cnn has no investigative reporters who are interested in investigating ACORN and their many charges of fraudulent voter registrations amongst other charges.

    Is it that Cnn picks,chooses and judges the news instead of reporting it and letting us decide???

    By the way why is it that Cnn is a racist station??? You can see Black in America 1 & 2
    Hispanic in America but what happen to White in America??,,,we have a history too.....
    And now they have a disengenuous Tea party story that is spinned only as Cnn does...that's why their audience is so low.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  28. Harry in Texas

    I think the Tea party is a buch of "haves" who still have jobs, health insurance, etc. They could care less about the "have nots" without work or health coverage. As long as they don't get taxed to provide for those less fortunate they will be happy. Seems they are a greedy bunch to me.

    February 3, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  29. jim vicalvi

    All that has to happen is that the rep. party doesn't take over the tea party movement but the other way around. Every time that one of these corrupt political parties sees a good thing they try to infect the movement with their perverted ideas. Not this time!!

    February 3, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  30. ScottNM

    Folks, welcome to the liberal media. If they are going to report on the tea party, it will be in a negative light. The fact of this report shows they are threatened by it and need to keep tryin to undermind it. Keep on doing what you do best, but you can't stop Nov 2010 and thank God a larger segment of society is learning to think for themselves. God bless.

    February 3, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  31. Jennifer Eddy

    To "Christian Values:"

    What are alterior motives?

    February 3, 2010 at 3:51 pm |