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  • “The President Has Been Co-opted By the Tea Party!”

    The President has been co-opted by the tea party!” declared Senator Paul Rand (R-KY) to a boisterous crowd of tea party activists that braved the snow to attend the Senate’s public first meeting of the new Tea Party Caucus yesterday.

    Senator Paul kicked off the event on a humorous note, joking about speculation before the election that he and other Tea Party-backed candidates would be “co-opted” by Washington. With a wry smile, he joked that it seems that the Tea Party has been the one co-opting Washington:

    Some said that people who came from the Tea Party were elected, Washington would co-opts us. Are we going to let that happen? The interesting thing is that I think we are already co-opting Washington. Before we were even swore in, the Republican Caucus got together&emdash;and this isn’t thanks to me, it’s thanks to Senator DeMint who has been working on this for years—they foreswore and said no more earmarks. Now are they going to co-opt us? I went to my first State of the Union the other day and guess who is now against earmarks? The President of the United States has been co-opted by the Tea Party!

    After his remarks, Senator Paul turned the podium over to Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) who explained the importance of returning to Constitutional government and the vision the Founders had for America. He was followed by Senator DeMint who thanked the crowd—and Tea Party members around the country—for sending him more conservative legislators and that they would continue to play an important role in holding Congress accountable. “You can keep on reminding us that what is rational and reasonable here is not rational and reasonable on the outside,” he explained, “That what seems doable here is not enough.”

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    6 Responses to “The President Has Been Co-opted By the Tea Party!”

    1. George Colgrove, VA says:

      We hope – not holding my breath though.

      If we can end out the year without going deeper into debt, I will believe it.

      As it is, everyone seems perfectly fine heading on over the $15 trillion mark for the federal governments recklessness.. This means NO ONE GOT THE MESSAGE! And yes, the Tea Party candidates were co-opted by the District – not the other way around.

    2. Brad, Chicago says:

      All I'm hearing, so far, is that they know how to tell people what they want to hear. It's nice that they would discuss the ideas that got them elected, but I expect the tea party people to watch how these congressmen act in their official duties more than in these select forums, where they only have one audience to please.

      For instance, I really hope Mike Lee is not just repeating the reasons we know Constitutional government is good for America, but espousing his true, ardent beliefs. I remain hopeful, but skeptical, until they have proven themselves.

    3. Bobbie says:

      You guys are awesome! Thank you for standing strong on America's principles and values. please be careful not to fall into temptation of anyone's direction outside of America's! Please be truthful always, don't give into the deceptions of what you're being forced to deal with! God Bless!

    4. Kevin H, College Par says:

      It will be interesting to see how the tea-party backed members of Congress will react to reports surfacing (though they already surfance a year ago) that Ayn Rand (real name Alisa Zinovievna Rosenbaum) took Social Security and Medicare payments from the fedeal government, which were of particular need as she fought lung cancer, unfortunately succubing to the horrible disease. It's awful to see anyone suffer through something so bad, and I'm thankful she was abel to get some additional financial support, since writers were not making the kind of money they do today. I do hope that some Members will see that everyone, at some time or another, can do the right things throughout life, but may need aid and assistance.

    5. Angelika says:

      I have attended 1 meeting and a demo by the "tea party".

      Have been impressed by what I saw and heard.

      Go on with the good job of telling them right…

    6. Bobbie says:

      Is that really true about Ayn Rand, Kevin? I admire her strength and dignity to make herself the time she took to become the person she did. And she did it under freedom. You make Ayn Rand a perfect example of qualifying for social security.

      Ayn Rand made her life here without government dependency. This says she paid into the system and received from the system. Cancer is an ugly disease. I am sorry for her pain and suffering. There isn't 60 million people with need of the same. There are more people getting social security that shouldn't be then the ones like Ayn Rand who need but aren't' getting it because of government discrimination. People who qualify do apply, but are denied by government!

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