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February 4th, 2010
03:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your comments 02/04/2010

Editor's Note: Jim Acosta’s special series on the Tea Party movement continued to generate heated discussion from Thursday’s American Morning audience. Movement members suggested the values of the Tea Party were not appropriately portrayed by the media, specifically their desire for “fiscal conservatism” and “anti-socialism.” Those opposed to Tea Party values demanded full disclosure of financial backing of the group, accusing them of being “bankrolled” by “corporate America.”

  • Charlotte: wow you still dont get it. tea party people want fiscal conservatism the most! charlie Crist is Not . he also wants amnesty. tea partiers Do not! Rubio is our man! i never before was interested in politics. after seeing our country gotoward socialism i am interested now and Rubio is the best man for the job its funny that Crist seems as arrogant as Obama–maybe thats why they shook hands for twenty seven seconds! we are organized- tea partiers have learned from ACORN!!
  • Linda S.: where was this tea party movement when the clinton admin. handed bush a trillion $+ balanced budget and within a year after bush stole the white house he & his cronies created a approx. 864 billion $ deficit & it kept growing & growing (mostly because of the tax cuts for the richest 1% and the illegal Iraq invasion/occupation).
  • Bill: The Tea Party movement would have us believe that the federal government should have taken no action to counteract the recession. They are poorly informed and dead wrong. The country would be in the midst of a second great depression if the government hadn't taken the steps it did. Were the policies perfect? No, but they are infinitely better than the do-nothing suggestions of the Tea Party.
  • Eva: Let's have some balance about the Tea Party. The truth is that it is bankrolled by Koch Industries who are protecting corporate America. So all those folks who are screaming about big government spending are supporting the same greed that gave us the Wall Street debacle. Besides, the tea party folks have revealed themselves to be racist and hateful. I have no respect for that kind of name calling and dirty politics.

How do you feel about the Tea Party movement in the U.S.? Continue the conversation here.

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  1. georgia mcfadden

    Have been to Rio De Janeiro two times. Brazilians as a culture are less uptight about their bodies and nudity than Americans. They all dance the samba, in the strets, everywhere. Went to a dance demonstration of the Samba by a dance company. All the participants were children who range in age from six up into teens. We got out and danced with them. We were told that for some of these kids to learn how to dance the traditional dances was a way out of the barrios since they could be employed by the dance schools for Carnival etc.
    They had a great time and so did we. Like I said they look upon this differently than we do.

    February 8, 2010 at 9:11 am |
  2. Martin

    I finely saw a black person at the tea party he was serving them food. I'm white 48 and used to be a republican untill little bush (schrub) the party turned into the corporate party, and threw us to the wolves now they try to control any groupe that gets noticed.

    February 6, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  3. Clint

    Clinton was FORCED into a surpluss by a GOP Congress who threatened to shutdown down the govt if he even thought about adding to the deficit. Bush had a Dem Congress who passed EVERY spending bill that hit the floor. The President signed them like a fiscal liberal and I'm not happy about that at all but a Dem Congress built and prosed them, Bush ASKED Obama about the stimulus bill before he signed it since Obama had just won the election. obama owns that one too!

    February 5, 2010 at 9:37 am |
  4. Hollien

    I am deeply disgusted that there are still enough American people living to form groups like this. I am a 26 yo nursing student in Boston, MA and I try very hard to stay focused on all of the people that require my help and dedication. Although this is very difficult because every time I turn on the TV I am forced to watch some ethnocentrically driven fool talk about "patriotism" and "keeping America the way it should be". In my profession we help people of every age, race, and income level. We do not turn our backs because people think differently, come from different cultures, or cannot afford their healthcare. If only everyone was educated and understood diversity is a beautiful thing to appreciate, then this world would be so different. But unfortunately I realize, at least for now, that this is a dream. Instead their are too many people wasting time and money going on cruises to prevent Barrack Obama from helping those that could use that cruise money to pay for their child's heart surgery or asthma medication. If people would stop feeling as if they have "lost" every they "give" to those less fortunate, they may live a happier life. The "tea party" people need to take Anthropology 101 and realize that we belong to a species called the HUMAN RACE.

    February 5, 2010 at 8:53 am |
  5. Ann in NH

    Are you kidding me? Taking a "Cruise for Liberty" only speaks to excess to me. Like the price of their dinner tickets this weekend they are marketing their movement to those who have the means to pay for such extravagant events.

    February 5, 2010 at 8:34 am |
  6. Jack Buckmaster

    Oh? Great. Tea parties about why Dick/GWB went into Iraq for 10 years now and the money thrown away on a Bush personal vendetta against Saddam?
    Iraq? A country with no tie to the events of September 11,2001? The Billions of good US currency we destroy every day, not to mention our families young US Soldiers lives. Someone once told me years ago, Republicans always need a war to feed their allies coffers.

    February 5, 2010 at 8:27 am |
  7. Woody

    there is an old adage that applies to the Tea Baggers, "Shallow brooks are noisy." Enough said!!!

    February 5, 2010 at 8:26 am |
  8. Jim Yacebellis

    So , let me get this straight. Tebow saved her baby to have him grow up to a life of brain contusions, concussions and permanent brain damage.

    Sorta like fattening up the cow for slaughter.

    February 5, 2010 at 7:50 am |
  9. Joseph Daniel Brian Lawlor

    Employees need to break away from the conditioning of voting as their employers voted. Democrat and Republican each an arm to the body of your nation who are under the influence of Industry and Finance over the wellness and wellbeing of the Peoples they were/are to serve.

    Another Party more in representation of the Peoples is needed which will get a grip of those two arms with self serving agendas in place which prevent the proper advancement of a Peoples.

    February 5, 2010 at 7:28 am |
  10. Zoe

    How nice for these Tea party goers that they can afford a cruise in the Caribbean, with Alan Keyes as their leader no less. Sorry I have to miss it. BTW, how much is he making off this cruise?
    Where were these geniuses when Bush/Rove/Cheney gave millionaires billions of dollars in tax breaks? Where were they when this troika decided to go into Iraq by lying to us (so sure they'd win the war in a few months and take over the oil fields, piece of cake, huh)? Why weren't these yahoos howling then? Wonder how many of them profited from the tax breaks at the time. Now that their fortunes are gone they've woken up to OMG, what happened, where's the money?

    February 5, 2010 at 6:41 am |
  11. thesenator

    Linda S. shills for the "now perpetual" Democrat lies. Bush 2 "only" stopped the Democrats THEMSEVES from stealing the 2000 Presidential election to perpetuate the Clinton-Gore reign, as they had long-planned. Sen. Joe Lieberman, "Crazy AL" Gore's VP pick BECAUSE he could do this, spent 80% of his campaign time in FL getting the older Jewish voters with 2 home addresses to commit a Federal felony by voting twice in the same Federal election-for those 2 top Democrats for President and VP, and also him in CT for the US Senate, and for his old friend from the 1960's, Hillary Clinton (who along with Bill had helped Joe to 1st get elected to the State Senate of CT!), in NY for the US Senate, and for John Corzine [the former Co-Chair of the corrupt power-monger Goldman Sachs, a Russian Jewish socialist firm and a criminal Ponzi scheme with political protection ever since it was founded as exactly that about 100 years ago-check the Web for that public information and backup] in NJ for the US Senate at their main address, but then ALSO for the Democrats in FL where they had their condos in SE Florida on its so-called "Gold Coast" in Deerfield Beach and Boca Raton, and Delray Beach, etc. That crime carries a 5-year prison sentence and a $5000 fine. There were an estimated 80,000 of those fraudulent votes cast in FL for the Democrats listed here--FAR exceeding the supposed "close" and mere 500+ vote difference in FL between Bush and Gore. But also, and even more crucially for this Democrat criminal operation, Gore went and LOST his own "home" State of Tennessee-the ONLY candidate to do so in decades! THAT is what actually cost him that election. Its Electoral College votes were THE actual crucial difference. But the folks who knew Al the best, REJECTED that idiot. The Democrats have been committing vote fraud on a massive scale for well over 100 years, in many key cities and states. I know, and from the deep "inside". I was a top-level Democrat for 23 years. And I know all those people above personally, and for decades, except for that disgraced loser, Corzine.

    February 5, 2010 at 4:12 am |
  12. Darrel

    How do I feel? It's about time. Something needs to be done to
    stop grid lock and name calling that is soooooo Childish!!

    And, Linda S/ Clinton did his balanceing act soley on cutting on the
    military. He let our fleet of war planes become second rate. Bush had
    to fight a war with sub par equipment and a shortage of things. Not
    real sure the clinton Admin. did us a favor there. Anyway the people
    in washington I believe need to all be vote out. There are lots of people that have the interest of America and We The People that could do a much better job by far. Allong with term limits there needs to be age limits also. It is discusting to see them wheeled in a wheel chair just to vote the party line. Term limits put in.
    And no Pork Projects. Most things to make are Goverment better is
    to make it smaller. The Larger it gets the more wastefull and stupid.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  13. Steve Von Gunten

    The American Tea Party is not all what is seems to be. This is a right wing group that wants to dictate what Washington can and cannot pass in terms of legislation. There are many dangers that surface when you begin to analyze the real base of this group and the individuals that are calling the shots. Let's be careful before we just jump on the "band wagon" and give this group more power and the ability to sway congress.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  14. Georgine

    The tea party are just unhappy Republicans calling themselves Independents. They are sniffing power and that adds to their political muscle. It would be helpful if they didn't get so much free coverage from the media. Thanks.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  15. Dennis Linville

    conservitives but yet they want $549.00 for ticket to protest? does anything else need to be said? If these are they chosen people to stand up for my rights ,I'll pass! I could'nt afford a ticket anyway.

    February 4, 2010 at 3:13 pm |