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February 5th, 2010
08:15 AM ET

Tea Party Convention

We've received so many great comments; we want to keep the conversation going...

Out with big government and in with free markets. That’s part of the mission behind the Tea Party movement.

The first ever National Tea Party Convention is under way in Nashville, Tennessee. It’s a growing political movement that has Democrats and Republicans in its cross-hairs.

For $549 you get to hear keynote speaker Sarah Palin and hang out with other tea partiers.

The movement formed last year to protest excessive government spending– by both Republicans and Democrats.

Over the year, the Tea Party grew from dozens to hundreds of loosely-linked groups around the country. As the movement grew, it also become increasingly partisan.

Some Tea Party members began directing their anger at President Obama, calling him a socialist and carrying posters with his face altered to resemble Hitler or The Joker.

We want to hear from you. What do you think about the Tea Party movement?

Leave us a comment and we’ll share some of them today in the CNN NewsRoom between 11am and 1pm ET.


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  1. David Gage

    Last April 15th I spoke at the local Tea Party after listening to the many who wanted tax reductions. My first question to the group was: "Do you want to reduce taxes?' and their answers were all "Yes". No big deal correct? Well think for a minute. My next question was" You all know that if we cut taxes we will have to require all of our governments to also cut programs, correct?". Now, have you started to think? Government programs should have been cut quite some time ago before we gave our reps the rights to spend our children's money but the majority of those who wanted tax cuts did not want a single government program to be cut! Now, where is the problem? Well, obviously it is in our failing education system as the majority of the reporting experts, with whom you work with at CNN, cannot even answer this question as most of them also think that we need more government programs and lower taxes.

    If the US Press is a failure how can this nation ever survive from its own stupidity? If you want to really take the USA out of its inevitable failure pick up the book "True Freedom – The Road to the First Real Democracy" and learn of the only proper method to both improve the lives of most in the USA and to do so at a far lower cost. Not everyone can win but under this new system of government the American taxpayers as a whole will win.

    David M. Gage

    February 4, 2010 at 10:00 am |
  2. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    549.00 to hear Sara Palin speak now thats wasteful spending you can be shure that there wont be no middle class or poor people there most of this group has forgoten what 549.00 looks like if I had 549.00 I shure as hell wouldnt spend it on Sara Pailin .

    February 4, 2010 at 10:10 am |
  3. Ralph Patch

    There is nothing wrong with taxes in my opinion as long as we get something for it. If we all get free health care, whats wrong with paying a little more in taxes? If we all get a free post-secondary education, why not pay a little more on your tax bill? The same goes for other things we all need such as repairing our infrastructue. We need to raise taxes, especially for the rich!

    February 4, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  4. Steve M

    Groups like the tea party are here as a protest to the lack of representation americans feel they are getting from Congress...Our congressmen and women, Dems and Rep go with the polls or the money and last come the grassroots, rank in file American on the streets...and that's literally on the streets.I'm not a tea party guy, can't stand the tea party,but think I understand and feel the tea party's frustration on one point... I'm a minority,barely a democrat, from Nevada that feels the same as most Americans do, congress does not hear us, or care to hear us.If I don't get good service I don't tip and won't show up anymore and might even go back to being independant...I hope Washington hears that!

    February 4, 2010 at 10:39 am |
  5. Scott Stodden

    Sarah Palin you can create all the parties in the world but nothing will surpass Republicans and Democrats! Together these two parties are the party's of the American People and the United States, you Sarah are nothing but a fear monger and you love to criticize and hate people that don't live up to your ethics! You can't even finish your term as Governor and Sarah I have to say you was a pretty good Governor up until you got all high and mighty and thought you were going to rule the world. Sarah my question to you and your Republican friends is why can't you guys work with Democrats why do you all have to say no, no, no, Sarah America has no use for you right now unless its positive and your trying to help this country, Shut up and leave us Americans who are suffering everyday alone!

    Scott Stodden
    (Freeport,Illinois)

    February 4, 2010 at 10:42 am |
  6. Emeka, KS

    Kyra's interview with Dick Armey this am was simply timid and only petronizing...fine, if that was the goal. I have nothing against the TEA Party mvmt, but i dont see why they're not identified as a distinct republican wing. In my opinion, intentionally misinformed, mislead, or biased citizens, make up a greater component of the "movmt".
    Questions:
    Where was the TEA party when G. Bush was expanding the wars without paying for it? or proper public accounting?
    Where were they when G. Bush was building up all those deficits?
    What is the average income of an TEA Party'r...obviously less than $100,000 meaning they are likely to not have any tax bracket increases.?
    You need to provide information, while debunking misleading information. Please, take your job seriously.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:45 am |
  7. Angie M

    Regarding the Tea Party, why hasn't CNN and other reporters speak with big Medical Insurance companies and companies who business is Managing the Insurance Companies like Highmark in Pennsylvania?

    In March and April of 2008, my husband who is working for Highmark received an email from Highmark encouraging all workers, employees to go to a special metting. They called it a Tea Party. That was before the so called movement got started in the news.

    During that same time an employee of Westpoint in ventura county California mentioned receiving the same email from his Insurance company management firm insisting that employees go to a meeting, calling it a tea party.

    This was before the Tea Party was known. This was when it was first forming. This is proof that the Insurance Companies were the ones who funded, and organized the Tea Party.

    This is by no means a movement, this is bought and paid for by the Insurance Companies who are stopping the Health Care Reform's rules and guidelines that are in the meassure to protect the patients from the same old unfair practices of the Insurance Companies.

    However you keep calling it a movement. As an American, I find it an insult.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:49 am |
  8. Angie M

    Correction the Date was at the end of February and beginning of March of 2009 when Highmark sent out the email. But it was for the meeting to take place in April and for Employees to sign up at a table which was set up in the parking lot of Highmark on the day of the email to attend the meeting which was to take place outside of the job. And Highmark, or Blue Cross Highmark which is what they have become to be known, encouraged employees to attend.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:55 am |
  9. ken

    I think it is good that some of the u.s. voters are still alive. With a 14 trillon dollar debt and expected to rise to 20 trillion in 10 years it is long overdue. There are still too many people out there who don't care about their own self interest. Most of the dems and pubs work for wall street and k street not main street. Obama is a good speaker, so what. What is he or the dems and pubs doing for main street other than talk. Wake up america.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:59 am |
  10. GUL FROM GEORGIA

    If people have to pay just to listen to the trivial talk of Sarah Palin at such a high price, this means this Movement has lost its primary goal. Are they raising money for Pailin? Forget about it.
    If I were in the group, I would vie for a USA that manufactured everything in the USA. I long for those days 29 years ago when whatever we bought was Made in the USA. Now we cannot find anything bearing that label. This did not happen in just 12 months. Don't blame the current administration for the billions of dollars that USA owes to China. Bring back all those factories, Bring back human power. Bring back the former production lines to the country. ASK for these....Ask the government to do these.... It is humiliating to see all the American brands carrying the label Made in China.....I don't want to buy them. Anyway any plastic material made in China is hazardous to health. Smell the, Horrible. Let's get back to those days when factories were producing everything from needles to cars...US born cars.....

    February 4, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  11. Barbara Johnson

    It is sad that we now have evidence of deterioration in both the Health Care and Educational systems of this country. The people who wander around with tea bags on their heads...carrying Hitler signs and attending public events with guns strapped all over them are both ill and uneducated.

    Does anyone really believe these people are capable of 'governing' anyone...let alone themselves.

    They haven't figured out that all of their money is going to Sarah so she can continue to purchase another wardrobe for every member of her 'family'...The lady who decries others for unkind behavior toward others...has paraded her children, and used them to gain money, sympathy and attention. I find this morally corrupt.

    B

    February 4, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  12. Darren

    It's nothing more than a right-wing financed group trying to undermine the duly elected president anyway they can.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  13. james

    They are radical crazy people! Listen to them...they are bigots. Fear-mongers. Raciest. There is no logic behind their comments. They make statements like President Obama is a communist...HELLO, you teabagers are DICTATING how people in American “SHOULD THINK”.

    Look at the signs? Honestly I hope that the GOP gets behind these people as they will NEVER get elected again!

    February 4, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  14. Ken

    The Tea Party folks are a bunch of ignorant crazies. Now I don't pretend to have interviewed any of them, but I've certainly seen many interviews with them, and I see what their signs say on the news clips.

    Fortunately the only people who will be influenced by their extremist nonsense are the kinds of people who are already uninformed and gullible. Let's hope these Teabaggers become even more marginalized than they already are.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  15. Kevin

    The tea party is fueled by misinformation. Had they done their individual research, they would have realized democrats are not destroying this country, at least not more than republicans. They claim obama is a communist or socialist, but yet, they don't complain about medicare, social security. There is nothing wrong with helping Americans through these programs.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  16. Jerrod

    A few years ago if someone was to glance at the Tea Party movement, they may think that its a large group of individuals who care about over taxation. As I looked closer and time passed, I realized that they have become an active group of ill-informed people, who make irrational comments centered around calling President Obama a Socialist, Communist, and he's going to destroy America. If they were to take time to read some un-biased reports and facts instead of acting like a group with a mob mentality they may be enlightened. Never ceases to amaze me how quick people forgot where we were from 2001 to 2008.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  17. Jeff

    Please tell Suzanne Simons that there hasn't been a census since
    2000, that's probably why nobody 's been fined since then.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  18. Mike Quine

    The TEA party movement demonstrates that America really believes in freedom and the right to express personal opinions. They are influencing the current out of control federal spending, thank goodness. To criticize the TEA party movement as pro Republican are wrong and a disservice to all Americans.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  19. Steven

    Anyone who would spend $549 to see Sarah Palin, not worried about the economy, they are wealthy enough to waste that much money, Shows just why those tea-partiers, where were they when Bush was destroying this country.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  20. conrad plonski

    I feel that most of the tea party demonstrators are closet Republicans pushing their agendas.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  21. EJ

    I believe the tea party is a group of Racist white folks who represent the old racist views of the south. When you see pictures of them , they are all white. They are the same haters who burned 4 little black girls in Ala. They are the same haters who let dogs loose on civil right marchers in the sixties. I think the tea party is a terroist organization but covers it up very well. But real americans can see through their tricks. But this is a new day and a new way!. People of all races, creed, and colors, will come together more united than ever to vote and defeat this hateful group of people

    February 4, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  22. larry smith

    I have watched the Pres. systematically self destruct and for ideals he did not get elected on. The tea party movement is brought on-not by what the Pres. promised–but by the heavy handed tactics taken by him and our leaders in the house and congress. My support has gone by the wayside and at this point I would not vote for the Pres. again. Lies–part truths–hidden agendas–closed door sessions–special deals is not the change I supported. Do not be deceived that I am alone–people are moving away at light speed. ALL THE SPIN IN THE WORLD NOW IS FALLING ON DEAF EARS-–DAMAGE HAS BEEN DONE-HARD TO BELIEVE BUT PEOPLE REALLY AREN'T STUPID–EVEN THOUGH ROM THINKS WE ARE ALL RETARDS. LARRY SMITH

    February 4, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  23. scott

    Misrepresented in most reports.

    The Tea Party represents a loose confederation of citizens who see a government grown too large and one out of touch with "we the people". Coverage by CNN and others who focus on the extremes of the movement will fortify those opposed and enrage those who support the movement.

    Your coverage today attempts to depict those carrying the most hideous posters and signs as the norm of the movement. Anyone familiar with the crowds knows, this group represents the worst and, only a tiny fraction of the movement.

    Once again, you are demonstrating, in real time, how biased CNN can be.

    We need journalism, not manipulation.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  24. john sudic

    well here she comes again the airflow from Alaska! Now, anything that this woman has something to do with stay away from it! The only worse recommendation for party would be that George Bush is appearing Junior being the worst senior being second-best!

    February 4, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  25. Ken B

    It is hard to believe that the Tea Party stood silent while we gave tax breaks to the rich, started a war, wasted money on no-bid contracts, spent billions on security, shipped our jobs overseas and lived a life of debauchery. Now that the bill is due, we don't want to pay.

    During the Bush years, I was considered traitorous because I oppose the invasion of Iraq and his unconstitutional and immoral excesses. I see the Tea Partiers as adults who haven’t grown up, with some racism thrown in. There are problems with our government and I want change, but the Republican Party and the right wing spend on credit path is not the way out.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  26. john sudic

    Emeka, KS ,

    I would like to ask where was all of America while Bush and lunatic Cheney were destroying United States?

    A three party system would be a better way to do it but that could hurt big business so I don't know?Germany as three parties in government and I don't see the defeated Germans to be complaining! And only one thing is that Germany was destroyed and built itself up again! I wonder what would happen to the USA if there was a war on its lands within the 48 states! The Civil War would seem like a Boston tea party!
    It's not about parties it's about people who are in charge and think and if they get is bad to rest his back to example any human being at a stupid thoughts what what happens there to do his or her life?! what we need to do is find a way to teach our politicians common sense instead of greed!

    February 4, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  27. Diane

    For $549 you get to hear keynote speaker Sarah Palin and hang out with other tea partiers? Hmmm...does that also include being able to actually say anything to Sarah Palin, or will that cost another $549???

    February 4, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  28. Bonnie

    The Tea Party movement is a formal name for ignorance in the 21st Century. United we Stand, Divided we Fall and, because our constitution has so many loopholes, Americans can voice their racism, bias, and outright hatred in the streets for all to be witness to. I wouldn's pay .02 to see Sarah Palin do anything! What does Octomom and Sarah have in common? Both live off the government and media attention, neither have baby daddy's that have a job, both do whatever it takes to commit 'thievery' from innocent and naive Americans.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  29. darcy

    They are anti-everything group..using free speech to the max and seem to have thing in common..want that country and President to fail
    and are run by very very angry people who hate the gov., anyone who ask real questions, for them to back up facts or even talk to them are regarded as the enemy...not with them against them...ugly signs, extreme views and are really the GOP very very extreme side...all a REPORTER has to do is read blogs...dig and see only connection they truly have is see that anything this new president says is twisted and they repeat same lies day in and day out. When any media gets them on tv....NEVER have they been confronted with facts...pictures everywhere, comments everywhere...are we the only ones who see it.WHEN will a reporter in the main media ever ask HARD questions...when they answer...or not ask again....get the truth of

    LOOK AT POSTERS....NOT A FEW.....READ COMMENTS""BLOGS
    and REPORT IT....
    these people out there...we tire of it

    People around the world see how they protest against everything and believe all Americans are like this....we watch and it is not funny and used against the people....they say..man those people are truly not very educated are they

    February 4, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  30. Bonnie

    The "Tea Party" movement of the '21st Century' is NOT representative of Americans who want to see this country prosper and grow. How many middle-class Americans can take off days of work to voice their ignorance in the streets of our Nations Capital? Didn't eleven (11) people in Iran just get sentenced to death for exactly what these people are doing? The Tea Party is yet another avenue for gaining money from innocent, mentally challenged individuals who hold deep resentment for the election results of November, 2008.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  31. Diane

    Addendum: By the way, if people like the tea partiers are always placed in negative positions by the news media, it's always harder for the American people to be given a fair shake on trying to improve the way our politicians behave. Often the people get bad-mouthed when they don't follow the "norm"...until the news media actually discover that their "norm" is not the peoples' norm.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  32. Bonnie

    The Tea Party movement is just another way that Americans can visibly show that we are vulnerable and open to attack. They show foreign countries that we don't support our leadership and therefore, these people are open to "change' of status, looking for a more suitable government structure such as China, Britain or maybe Iran. I say that we allow these individuals to seek residence other than the US of A and let them cry all they want, paint horrific pictures of their new leader and stomp in the streets of another country and see what it brings them. I'll help pay for the boat to get them there!

    February 4, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  33. Bonnie

    Only in America can we openly voice ignorance........that is the main qualification of being a "teabagger." People who need attention, no matter what they really believe in. And, the depiction of our American President as a witch doctor, signs that cry of socialism, asking for a birth certificate for Barack Obama that has been publicly available for over a year............this shows their true ignorance and lack of ability to absorb fact and separate the Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly hate for Obama from what is real and important.
    How can they all cry to be Christian when Christians are totally against such hate and foolishness.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
  34. darcy

    Why is it all the empty barrels that makes so much noise

    Facts are not one these peoples strong points

    Anti-everything and everyone people...

    Only thing in common is to stop, block, prevent, incite rage and goal is to have the President fail

    Watching from the outside...see it play out and media does nothing but to flame the flames...if reporters do not do there jobs to get real facts to public....that country is facing a very very bad future

    READ BLOGS....it is ugly out there"""""""""

    February 4, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
  35. Barry

    get a life, with this tea party thing, they don't even know who their leader is, and while you're at it stop trying to bring down Toyota so you can build up your American car companies, because if memory serves me right...there have been more recall of your domestic autos than any cay made by another company.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
  36. Bonnie

    I would pay $549.00 to hear Sarah Palin speak if it was in a foreign country and she was there on a one-way ticket, passport in hand, and a "no-return' entry in to America stamped boldly on the front of the cover! It would be worth every dime to know that she can't continue to spew her lack of reality and ignorance of the constitution on our soil. Looking for Obama's birth certificate? Try checking the dates on her marriage certificate and the birth certificate for her first child. We never did get to see her medical records, did we? Could it be the exposure of the abortion that she feared?

    February 4, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
  37. Arine Ward

    When you take angry people and rally them up on false platforms of the President did this and the President did that...

    It really saddens me that Americans can be easily bamboozled in times like this...but I read once...that we should be very watchful of false prophets, but there was also a big reward for those that left and followed!

    The Tea Party, is only in place to try and obstruct the re-election of President Obama...the only reason they exist...to DIVIDE...I know I also read some place that a house divided against itself cannot stand.

    Its a very sad sad time for America...when we have the opportunity to thrust this Country...the One Nation Under God...into total despair...simply because someone tried to start a movement....Sounds like to me America is headed for the first 21st Century American Revolution a senseless blood bath because someone doesn't like the now Black President and his agenda...when he is only cleaning up mess from the past...Silly silly silly

    February 4, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  38. A J

    The Tea Party is nothing but a far right wing organization that should form their own political party and call themselves – The Right WIng or Chrisitain Coalition Party – then the Republicans can get back to business as moderate forward thinking folks.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  39. Bonnie

    There has never been a Republican, GOP, Conservative speaker that has voiced anything positive for the REAL American people. The party of "NO" should really be called the "PARTY OF YES, BUT ONLY IF WE PROFIT FROM IT." I would like to know how they can group this many middle-class and retired people to carry their signs and scream ignorance into the streets in protest of everything that could benefit them. Why are Americans so gullible? Why do Americans claim to be Christian and patriotic and continue to display the opposite in the streets of our Capital? I am offended and embarassed to admit that any American Citizen could believe that the Tea Party of today is anything but a cult-like hate group, designed to destroy our administration without validation of their true intent.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  40. Carlton

    C the problem with the tea party protestors is not that thier protesting its that their rhetoric is more racist and partisan. The democratic party has a real problem because these people are garanteed to vote where as the democrates are quiet and less likely to vote

    February 4, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  41. karen tuttle

    I think the tea party movement has many hateful and extreme elements. Some are even dangerous and are getting out a lot of misinformation to stop progress for this administration at the expense of the vast majority of Americans.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  42. Gabriel Law

    These Tea Party people are the same people who founded the "Birthist movement." In other words, a bunch a kooks with no platform to stand on beyond the pedestal of hate they have for our president and his policies. I have never in my lifetime seen a large group of people against doing what is right. The Segregationists too, were a tea party. We can spend money on a war for 8 years, but heaven forbid we make sure all Americans have health care. Have a great time spreading hate and plain ole nonsense at the convention.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  43. Arine Ward

    This country will never be the same with the views, thoughts, and actions of past generations of hate still foaming at the mouth each day.

    This is easily corrected...instead of pumping money into wars on foreign soil...its high tide for a War right here in America...Clean it up, and start all over!

    February 4, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  44. David A. Pregler

    We need to start building coal fueled power plants utilizing carbon dioxide containment technology. This would create tens of thousands of good paying jobs, use a resource that can be obtained in our own country and provide the necessary power we will need for the future power demands of this country. Green power alone will not create the jobs or the power this country needs to move our economy forward.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  45. just saying

    Reporters all around the country have failed the American people
    by not digging deeper and confronting these people with facts
    and STOP leaving it hanging
    They have every right to speak up against anything they want
    We also have every right to speak up against what they are being allowed to do...
    What country needs to reporters who have courage to speak loudly and dig behind the scenes and report FACTS ONLY

    Truly do not care about yet another so called reporters view...report the facts....aside from these groups MOST Americans can handle the truth...give it and give it now.....this country is becoming divided because they are allowed to yell and never asked real questions to show how they truly feel....or they are just cut off for commerical break

    REPORTERS must take charge and report facts.....get real news out here....

    February 4, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  46. eli f

    it shows that no matter who is in charge if your willing to learn the truth you will see it unbiasely. But for some eitheir they dont see it or just ignore for their own stupporness or selfish interest.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  47. Bonnie

    Can we all form a "Coffee Party?" I would like to join a group, I'll even lead it, if I know that they are interested in bringing peace and prosperity back to America. How about a group of true Americans, the working class, the people that really care that we are in two senseless wars, we have shipped all of our jobs overseas so we are out of work, we BUY foreign and for that reason, WE HAVE NO JOBS!
    I don't want to see Obama's birth certificate, I don't even know where mine is! I do want to see Bush and Cheney's IOU's that were placed in our Social Security and Medicare accounts to pay for the war in Iraq? Were those ever paid?

    February 4, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  48. Stephen McDaniel

    Just a simple observation....

    IMHO, it was these same folks that called Sen. Max Cleland... "UnPatriotic" for not whole heartedly falling in line to support the Patriot Act ! !

    He lost his seat to Saxby Chamblis, who, IMHO, is sooooo much in step with this whole "I Hate Government, and ESPECIALLY this Non-Citizen, Muslim, Commie, African Black Man from a 'Mixed Race' coupling!!!!"

    I grew up in a Racist, Bigoted, Ignorant, Southern, 'The War Ain't Over', Family... so I have heard this all Before... Just now it is a bit more veiled.. but none the less Ignorant.

    Study Political Science and discover that the Nazis were Facists, not Socialists. Hitler was a committed Anti-Communist from the beginning.

    Please check out the definition of: 'Communism, Socialism, Facism, Radical Republicanism, Social Democrat, and the Fact that The USA was founded as a Republic, not a Pure Democracy. The 'Majority' can NOT Vote to deny the rights of minorities. This protects YOUR Right to say all this misinformation to others and Not go to Jail. Be Thankful !

    Our Current President Can NOT be a Commie, or a Socialist and, also be the Black Incarnation of Hitler. Stop Scaring the Ignorant ! !

    May God Bless Us, Everyone : )

    February 4, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  49. Michael B

    The Tea Party movement is the manifestation of the consciousness of millions of Americans that are tired of lies and deception by the parties in power. A new strong and powerful desire for change and responsibility is the motivating force. Millions more of Americans will seek to express their frustrations and their desires will manifest as movements such as the Tea Party. Good luck to all that oppose the will of the people.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  50. Carlton

    has the media ever shown anyone who wasnt a hick or should i say not white at these tea parties? why is it that no one ever complained when bush was spending money and when bush took the first half of the stimulus package but now they want too? I also think its funny that these people are doing the same thing liberals and other did to G Dubya B when he was in office

    February 4, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  51. Bonnie

    Bring back the "fairness doctrine" so that naive Americans aren't swayed to believe in the words of people like Sarah Palin. When you say "Fair and Balanced" in your reporting and speeches, it tends to validate that what you are saying, doing or protesting is legitimate. Of course, educated and intelligent Americans can read between the lines and realize that the Tea Party is a group of hate-mongers, racists, Anti-Americans who stand to profit from electing Republicans back into office to take our country back to its knees.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
  52. Steve

    The Boston Tea Party was a protest against taxation without representation. Focusing on financing instead of representation disrespects the spirit of these early patriots.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
  53. BT

    The Tea Party movement stands for what is great about this country. The American people ABLE to stand up and speak out about what they agree or disagree with. How can you not agree with that.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:25 pm |
  54. Kelly Green

    Seeing that these guys never showed their paranoid faces until a black man got elected president only proves to me that racism is alive and well. Their supposed ire at over-taxation is merely a cowardly mask similar to those worn by the KKK. Where were they when Emperor Bush took us from record surplus to record deficits? Oh yeah, he's white.

    This is merely cowardly racism...nothing more.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:25 pm |
  55. Arine Ward

    The Tea Party is a bogus piece of murky Mississippi Water! With the fueling of easily led minds, it will evoke the next American Revolution! Yet, they say they want peace, on their own terms, yes, if the President looks like the majority of them...Using black country singers, who hasn't received a break as a spokes clown!

    February 4, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  56. Bonnie

    Michael B: We appreciate your imput because you are the example of what we all find to be sadly amusing. Never has it been beneficial to deface, humble or humiliate our chosen leaders. Never has anything good come from publicly exposing the ignorance of a select few of Americans that hold hate and racism as values they intend to embrace. Historically in America, cult-like activity, such as the tea party movement, has ended with violence and even death. The only thing missing at this point is the kool-aid that FOXNEWS will most likely provide in the coming months for your consumption. Sarah Palin is the Jimmy Jones of the Tea Party and sadly, these 'followers' aren't much smarter.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  57. montrell

    I'm not quite sure that i am clear of the purpose of the tea party that's going around. Maybe i'm just a little slow or even a little misinformed but last time i check were low on jobs, while trying to clean a couple of wars and God know what eles. Were also trying our best to get out of this mess that was left by...(well you know) case in point unless these people have a solution lest shout them up about the situation. I KNOW.. about the job sitation i havent had a job in 8 months and i have been through like 3 jobs in the past year of so if you can't help the sitation then your simply in the way!

    February 4, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
  58. sue

    This is a set-up by republicans. Why do they like to embarrass our country with world. I think we should boycott all republicans for being sheep. They follow not lead. Does any republican have a brain cell for independent thinking. Do they care one little bit about the people?? They are just like the bankers. BAAAAAA-BAAAAAA

    February 4, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  59. Bonnie

    If you think that the Tea Party movement is what America is all about, THINK AGAIN! What would happen to you if you defaced your neighbor, his property, or his person with the smut that is allowed to be displayed in Washington in these protests? That's right, you would be arrested. What would happen if your neighbor did something horrible to you and you shot him? You would go to jail. Try putting up a few of those witch doctor signs in Harlem and stand there in defiance, I don't think you would survive, would you? And, would the person who has stopped you from being "American" and voicing your opinions be wrong to preventing you from defamming them?

    February 4, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  60. Anita Bracy

    When you and dana bash stop drooling over scott brown,why don't you report the truth about this man. He is on record on tape doubting whether President Obama's parents were married when his mother was pregnant with him. He's basically called the President a "bastard". He's made sexist and homophobic remarks. Is this CNN or Entertainment tonight?

    February 4, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  61. neosouth

    I'm a white male and i live in Louisiana and never in my 40 plus years have I found there to be a more hidden hatred towards this president, that i believe is nothing but pure racism, ignorance and or fascism hidden and wrapped in bible paper and the right too bare arms laws. the tea party is full of racist we saw that during the pallin mccain town hall meetings i am one of the lucky few who has great health care but i have more in common with the POOREST OF THIS NATION THAN I DO WITH SOCCER MOMS WHO CAN DROP THEIR CHILD OFF TO PLAY AND DODGE SOCCER BALLS AS THE REAL MOTHERS OF THE USA ARE WORKING HARD AND THEIR CHILDREN ARE DODGING BULLETS.we need health care reform.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:35 pm |
  62. Bonnie

    Am I willing to stand up against what is happening in the "Tea Party Movement?" Yes I am, yes I CAN, and Yes I would................but we, the REAL American, partriotic and responsible adults don't settle our disputes with protest and violent attacks. We leave that type of foolishness to the GOP, Conservative, Republican activists that have enough wealth to travel America, buy defamming and embarassing signage, have nothing but time on their hands, and are most likely compensated for their time by BIG BUSINESS and YOUR contributions!!! I believe the media should NOT cover these people, they only show innocent children that if you don't like something, you too can be a foolish protestor.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  63. Lou Spera

    I am a fiscal conservative and will join the Tea Party when I see all those folk turn in their Medicare Cards and send there Social Security Checks back to the government to help balance the budget. Those items are the main deficit generators for our economy. Are they serious or just a bunch of old people who love to carp about facts that mostly are not true.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  64. Bonnie

    Dana Bash exposed yesterday how Republicans, Conservatives, and the GOP (three now separate organizations) can lie, cheat the American Public, propose a bill and then walk away from when it is presented and voted on, and publicly lie to their constituents! We elect and pay the Congress and Senators to steal our money, our childrens lives, etc. and then people go out and protest the very people who are trying to correct this corrupt system! I say.........Good luck Sarah Palin.........you became famous for your ignorance, dysfunctional family, and you have shown America that you don't have to be smart, educated, or moral to be famous.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  65. Angie

    Out with big government?

    Yet with the Insurance Companies (with foreign owned investments and partnership with foreign owned insurance companies many owned by foreign governments) paying Senate Republicans millions of dollars each to stop the reform bill that has the rules and regulations that Insurance companies would have to follow, the Reform bill that is made to protect the patients from being dropped or denied life saving procedures, these same Senate Republicans and Insurance Companies (who are now incontroll of government thanks to the Republican US Surpreme Court Judges) who are the organizers of the Tea Party fools are Claiming that they are against big government?

    What a joke? Can you hear Our Founding Fathers Rolling over in their graves?

    February 4, 2010 at 12:41 pm |
  66. Stephen McDaniel

    Please Do Some Research on past clips and statements to the 'Tea Party People' by Sen. Scott Brown !! ! We do it for Everyone else !!! Please ?????

    February 4, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  67. Lau in Boston.

    Since when does a few ( yes not millions as some make it seem) uninformed people represent millions of Americans... because no one asked me and I don't feel the way they do... so Michael B. please go get some information before speaking.. and tell the other Tea People to do the same.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  68. Michael B

    Dear Boonie, RE: to your RE:
    I'm glad that you find my comments "sadly amusing" I'm in contact daily with hundreds of people across our great nation as my work requires extensive exhaustive travels. The general feeling of the many people that i come in contact with is that of deep dissatisfaction with the current situation of our government and a strong desire to take action now, even if its to just to voice out deep emotions of yearning for a new change in governance. These people are of middle and upper working class and business owners.

    A change will occur in the near future weather its the Tea Party or not is irrelevant, the people are tired of the same old nonsense politics that you so much love.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
  69. Bonnie

    neosouth: You said it all..........GREAT JOB! Though I am certainly not suffering, I have my own business and doing quite well, I am concerned for the other Americans less fortunate. I fight for healthcare reform because I want to see ALL Americans be able to go to the doctor or hospital without choosing whether to seek medical attention or feed their family and keep a roof over their heads. Very few Americans live off the government like Sarah Palin did for so many years, charging taxpayers for her 'perks' and gaining millions to build a bridge to nowhere and a sports complex for her kids on the government dime. Now this woman has the right, under everything that our constitution allows, to voice her ignorance to a paying audience of ignorant Americans? Time to revamp this piece of paper, don't ya think?

    February 4, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
  70. Bonnie

    Try living in the South, as I do, and being a true supporter of Barack Obama and you will be able to witness the hate and threats of the GOP, Republican, Conservative movement! These activists will stop at nothing short of violence to drag you into their cult.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  71. Theresa

    RE: Tea Party
    Those Tea Party people are either dupes of the rich and powerful who play into the lack of empathy for their fellow citizens shown by people who join the movement, or they are simply ignorant and selfish people who would rather listen to Rush Limbaugh than analyze the current crisis for themselves. It's easier to keep up the old chants of "big government is bad" and label every program that helps their fellow Americans "socialism" than find solutions. If Republicans are the party of "No," these tea party people are the people of "No" - no compassion, no understanding, and no solutions.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  72. BT

    The LIbs had the same signs and lies about ARE former Pres. So one group of poeple can say what they want, but not the other. Bonnie thats not right and fair now is that. Maybe thats the rule of a dictator,and one one has the right to stop me from may freedom of speech noboby even in Harlem. 😉

    February 4, 2010 at 12:58 pm |
  73. Dave

    The tea party are a bunch of moral and intellectual cowards who cannot be taken seriously. They are a bunch of angry people who conveniently blame every problem in their life on the government. These are folks who protest against big government when a democrat is in power and were the 20% of America who still thought George Bush was doing a good job when he left. War in Iraq? they were for it. Tax cuts for the rich? they were for it. Patriot act? They were for it. Torture? These people were for it. Imagine how base these people are that they would endorse torture. But healthcare for all? no. Financial regulation? no. A green energy policy? no. They were led for 8 yrs by Bush and the republicans and now blame everything on Obama. They are a movement founded on hate of Obama, of government, of gays and anybody who is not like them. The simple truth is that they are scared and resistant to change and after following the worst president of the US are now jumping up like drug addicts. People all over the world see this gross display of ignorance and laugh at the US. no wonder America`s education is in a shambles. the country is hurting right now and people are scared and hopeful and these people should realize that they are not the only one`s hurting and should let peace reign

    February 4, 2010 at 12:58 pm |
  74. Luis

    Time to throw this tea party overboard

    February 4, 2010 at 12:59 pm |
  75. bill danvers

    They are the KKK without the robes and the new white nationalist movement built on hate of the other

    February 4, 2010 at 1:00 pm |
  76. Michael B

    Dear Don Lemon, I can not believe how you or your coworkers choose the negative comments from the 50 or so individuals that commented on this blog. Your message was clear, i wish you were more fair and balanced.

    February 4, 2010 at 1:03 pm |
  77. Theresa

    Not all the new members on Facebook are actually different people. What I mean is that people are going onto Facebook under several different names. I know of someone that has gone onto Facebook with as many as four or five different names. Same person just different Facebook names. This is done so they can be their own neighbors on the various games. On the games you need to have a certain number of 'neighbors' so when they start a game such as the game you showed called Farmville, he is his own neighbor times 5. So Facebook might have a large number of accounts, that number isn't actually individual people.

    February 4, 2010 at 1:11 pm |
  78. Kelly Green

    Okay folks, here's the dry rub of it. If you look at the heart of the conservative movement, it's chock full of uneducated zealots who place full faith in one book of fairy tales. This blind faith allows them to be easily swayed because they're not very likely to check the facts on their own. They cattle for anyone selling their wares like the fire-and-brimstone pastors they see every Sunday.

    That's the single largest reason the tea-baggers have any traction at all.

    February 4, 2010 at 1:13 pm |
  79. BT

    Dear Ones, Kelly, Dave, Bonnie,and Thresa I will forgive you for all your hate and pray for you. My God Almighty bless you.

    February 4, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
  80. Ralph Patch

    You're right Kelly. Typically, Republicans arn't very bright. Generally, Democrats are better educated and able to think on a higher level. That's one of the reasons the Republicans fall into line so easily. They see everything in terms of black and white, good or bad etc. It's too bad people like that have a right to vote.

    February 4, 2010 at 1:42 pm |
  81. janette tx

    Just finished reading this blog and Bonnie you are awesome
    and on point.It is all too clear the the T bags are a negative force preying on the ignorant in their effort to bring down the duely
    elected POTUS .They are fueled and fooled by the likes of
    dingbats such as Sarah P. and Michele Bachman and
    Rush. May the God we ask to " bless' America take these folks
    to task.

    February 4, 2010 at 2:00 pm |
  82. Val K.

    It sure would be interesting to know how many tea partyers are unemployed, in foreclosure, or have no health coverage. None of us like this country's debt but considering the mess the republicans
    left, we have no choice but to attempt to ease some of our citizen's suffering. After listening to some of their comments, our education system has been failing for a number of years. I seriously doubt that many of them even know the definition of infrastructure much less how dilapitated & out of date ours is.

    February 4, 2010 at 2:25 pm |
  83. MR.AL

    Tea parties a good way for conservatives and special intrest to push their brand of racist politics on gullibule Americans. The only thing I see Conservatives doing is spreading scare tactics along with their greedy politics. In 2010 they froze the raise for SSI recipiants!! But that didn't stop them from getting their bennifits raised, and NO I would not spend $585.00 to here Sarah Palin talk!!!!

    February 4, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  84. MR.AL

    In my last comment I stated the wrong admission price for the TEA PARTY even at $549.00 I wouldn't listen to conservatives, and Sarah Palin. No even if I had that kind of money to waste, I wouldn't wate my money or time to listen to them or her

    February 4, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
  85. Jaycie

    I wonder how the tea party people who so despise "big government" would feel if our government had allowed our banking system to go under and our economy to fail, to have 25%, 30%, or even 50% unemployment and all of our money frozen in place? Would that have made them happy? Thinking things through seems not be their strength, or any sort of thinking at all, just base, emotional reactions to whatever they don't like, especially our President, who, according to them, is not a citizen, is like Hitler, or a witch doctor with a bone through his nose. The Republicans do a superb job of denigrating education (except for Creationism based religious education), and any sort of programs which actually benefit the taxpayers like Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, etc. The only government program they support is the military, except for veterans' benefits (just another socialist program, they claim). How can these tea party people be SO dumb as to vote against their own economic interests? They started out by complaining about taxes, apparently not even realilzing that President Obama had actually reduced their taxes! This leads me to think that their REAL complaint is that we have a black president, something they find totally unacceptable.

    February 4, 2010 at 3:26 pm |
  86. Kelly Green

    BT, What you mistake as hatred is simply frustration at a simple fact: A large group of people are unwittingly falling into step with an ideal they haven't even researched on their own accord. As a died-in-the-wool INDEPENDANT, I find faults with both sides of the political aisle. The thing is, I do research before I make any decisions.

    Gut reactions and personal biases should have no place in matters of such great importance. Sadly, this seems to be business-as-usual in Congress, the media, and even more sadly, the voting public.

    As a vet who put his life on the line for the ideals of this great republic, it saddens me to see the masses willingly manipulated in this manner.

    Personally, I think the tea-baggers ire should be directed toward the corporate entities that are manipulating them like puppets.

    FWIW, I'm VERY troubled that said corporations share the same rights as the people. Common sense should dictate that one have a pulse to enjoy the rights guaranteed in the Constitution.

    February 4, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  87. James V. Pickett

    DON'T TREAD ON ME. A government that governs least governs best.Obama & his nimrods seem to have forgotten our constitution.(not that Bush&Chaney were great champions )but,it's still ,We the people.Not me & Nancy!!!

    February 4, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  88. sue scott

    I hope the Tea Parties stay focused and positive...keep out the negative, it serves no good.
    susie
    ewa beach,HI

    February 5, 2010 at 1:27 am |
  89. Steph

    They started with a good Idea.

    They are making NO changes, just getting Republicans in.
    They don't back any one but Republicans. The Republicans party leaders told Republican elected officials at their convention, that they are to vote according to the Republican platform. NOT by what the people in there district would like.

    If they would get a non-democrat or non-republican voted in, then may be there would be change.

    They are making noise and NO CHANGEs so sad

    February 5, 2010 at 8:11 am |
  90. David in Dubuque

    This tea party movement is a joke. Their poster children is laughable.
    Alan Keyes? He's a bankrupt politician. Is this a good role model for fiscal responsibilty?
    Sarah Palin? She has a teenage daughter who has a child out of wedlock. Is this a good role model for good parenting and abstanence?
    This country is going to be in worse shape than we all ready are if the Republicans keep moving to the far conservative right and the Democrats keep moving to the far liberal left.

    February 5, 2010 at 9:15 am |
  91. John Tyler Erie, Pa

    Too bad that many of the tea party protesters don't know they are protesting against something that would benefit them. They are following the Pied Pipers hired by lobbyists out of ignorance about the issues. Shame on the republication leadership for using innocent people to get revenge for their 2008 election losses. When democrats support ideas that were proposed by republications in the past the republications are now against them.

    February 5, 2010 at 9:15 am |
  92. David in Dubuque

    The tea party is interested in only two things. Telling us what's wrong with this country and who's to blame for it.
    I bet there are a lot of good people out there who join this movement out of frustration without doing any research on the people who run the movements and their motives.

    February 5, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  93. nick

    I got one simple message for the tea party THIS IS AMERICA LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT that should be the battle cry against these ignorant people.
    really makes me nervous that this group is holding this convention they really scare me i live just 20 miles from the convention being held now In Nashville i live in Kentucky and go to Nashville every weekend and i will not got this weekend. I hope I dont run into none of these people

    February 5, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  94. Kelly Green

    While I do agree that the taxation issue is a valid one, the tea-baggers are going about it in the wrong way. The only way to right this sinking garbage barge is for TOTAL CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM. Corporations, lobbying groups and even political parties should not even be allowed to contribute money to election campaigns. Those running for office should only be able to accept donations from actual living, breathing, and registered constituents THAT RESIDE IN THEIR DISTRICTS. The same should go with state and local referendum issues.

    Our representatives should be listening more to their constituents and not making back room deals with the devil to fill their campaign coffers.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:49 am |
  95. Kris

    Thank you for your attention to the "Tea Party" convention. Yes, we are against big government and the cost of the convention is being paid by the attending Patriots. Your anchor is not correct in misleading the viewers with a statement that sounds like taxpayers money is being used. Good try.

    American's are not ordinary, we are all American's. We are tired of DC elected and appointed folks saying we do not understand, we understand and will vote to kick them out.

    Drop the word "Ordinary" and tell government we do understand. We had trust and faith but the last 20 years have finally caught up. We will suffer but will remain proud. Will you?

    February 5, 2010 at 10:51 am |
  96. Justin

    The tea party movement is DEFINATLEY a Republican Event. They charged $540.00 per person to GO TO THE EVENT. This doesn't necessarily take into count the cost for lodging in the area.

    If they sold 600 tickets at $540.00 per ticket, that would give them over $300,000.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  97. Rajinder Kumar Goyal

    Rajinder
    This is an anti-Obama movement by those people who think our President is not an American citizen, and is a muslim. This morning, a speaker referred to Obama as 'Barack Hussein Obama'. that reminds me of an election rally last year for Palin, where Obama was introduced the same way. These people are ...more
    This is an anti-Obama movement by those people who think our President is not an American citizen, and is a muslim. This morning, a speaker referred to Obama as 'Barack Hussein Obama'. that reminds me of an election rally last year for Palin, where Obama was introduced the same way. These people are doing more harm than good to the poliical and social fabric of our country, by sowing seeds of hatred and division. It won't work. People with a reasonable level of commonsense will see through and realize what these Tea Parties are all about, designed to stir the pot.

    With tickets of 550 dollars for attending the meeting, another 350 dollars for hearing Sarah Palin, who is being paid 150000 dollars for 45 minutes, it doesn't take rose colored glasses what's going on here. Nothing to worry about, they will dies their own death. less

    February 5, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  98. Stephen

    Call this what it is, the "White Peoples Party" met in Nashville today. I am a white man these Tea people scare me.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  99. chris

    I can understand the movement and the purpose of the Tea Party. The only problem I have with that movement, it leans too far to the right. There needs to be a grass roots movement, that is geared more towards the middle. I feel that the parties as they are, are already too far to one side or the other. The last thing we need is a bunch of people with ultra conservatism views, when the base of the republican party already come from that direction. We need people to speak for the middle of the aisle, middle income, middle of the road people that are tired of ultra conservatism, or totally left leaning liberalism. I would hope that the Tea Party is a movement and just that. I do not want that to become an actual party as that idea has been brought up on CNN over the last few days.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  100. Glen W.

    I did not note any people of color attending the convention. I may be wrong but this appears to be a whites only convention. Going to the right wing fringe is not helping this country move forward.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  101. Ed

    I just saw an on-the-street "interview" with a Tea Party participant (11AM ET). The interviewee said, as many of the Tea Partyers do, that what is "happening now" doesn't comport with the Constitution. As usual, there was no follow-up question by the CNN reporter. Do any CNN reporters or anchors know what the Tea Partyers mean when they say that? What the implications of their view of the Constitution are? Thanks to CNN and its reporters and anchors, neither do CNN's viewers.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  102. William Baptiste

    Last night I saw the story of one of the Tea Party leaders in one city. He was a Home Builder, who had lost his income and was mad at the government for big spending. Being a Realestate Broker I could feel his pain. What I couldn't understand is what he is fighting against. A chance to have basic Healthcare, when he obviously didn't have income comming in. Or the big government spending that is financing the tax incentive to the housing market to keep "his" customers buying houses, which will bring him a living. Sometimes I think people who get mad would bite off their own arm, and wonder why they can't feed their selves. Pretty sad.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  103. Joseph

    CNN and its tea party anchors should stop trying to morph this tea party fiasco into a non-partisan movement. It is clearly a right-wing republican extremist freak show.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  104. Sue Cedarholm

    One of your guest respondents said that the Tea Party convention has neither a Republican or Democratic bias but since Sarah Palin is the keynote speaker then of course it reeks of a Republican agenda.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  105. Bob Klemick

    These folks are a bunch of far right Republican toadies being skillfully manipulated by corporate America.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  106. Susan

    Citizens have the right to organize and any criticism of the Tea Party movement chips away at the very freedoms we are to have as Americans. Yes, I am saying this tongue in cheek as we truly are powerless as citizens and are allowed to "vote" to perpetuate the belief/myth that we have some control over our circumstances.

    There are those who will want to hijack the movement as a platform for their extremist views which is alright, right, I mean it is what has happened to our government across the board.

    Term limits people, truly the only way to stop these "representatives" from digging their claws in any further.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  107. chris

    One other thing. I love how everyone paints Obama as a socialist, and paint him with the colors of Hitler and Nazism. I would like for everyone that calls him, or compares him to Hitler, talk to a Jew that suffered in concentration camps during WWII. Ask THEM if Obama is anything even close to Hitler. This is getting old people. Reverting back to 1st grade name calling will not get anything done!

    February 5, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  108. Jose

    Unless my eyes deceive me, it appears to me that the Tea Party is composed of an exclusively white constituency. The imagery I see on the news regarding the Tea Party convention gives me the impression that this particular group will not be mindful of issues important to African American, Latino, and other minorities. MLK, Cesar Chavez, and Robert Kennedy represented the tapestry of perspectives and diversity needed to overcome the challenges of the 1960's. Where is the diversity of our country represented in the Tea Party? Perhaps we need to counter this narrow minded, skewed view with a Coffee Party of our own that is more inclusive of all Americans.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  109. Doug Bradley

    I find it strange there is so much coverage of a meeting of 600 people.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  110. William Baptiste

    I would have a very hard time supporting any group that would pay to have Sarah Palin, or have Tom Tencredo speak at a convention. One doesn't even understand government, and the other is just a hate monger. It would be great, if there was a better alternative to the 2 party system, but what will probably happen..is the creation of an anti-tea party. Soon it will be like the KKK against the Black panthers all over again.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  111. Dannie

    I am an independent voter and have been sick of both parties since Clinton was in office. As a veteran of the Gulf War whostrongly suppors the Constitution, I am appalled at the members of Congress who are suppose to support the "CONSTITUTION" , but instead, ignore the strong principles and ideology of our founding fathers, No wonder this country is in such dire straits! I support fiscal responsibility and strong regulation against the current derivatives schemes which is putting our nation at risk of default if this bubble bursts too!

    February 5, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  112. Eddie D.

    The Tea Bag movement has grown into what appears to be a propaganda arm of the Republican Party. It is the Extream Right's voice for the Republican Party. What leads me to this conclusion is who the "movement" chooses to advance.

    From their own webite for their first convention (as if true Independents had a convention) their Keynote speaker is 2009 Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin. Judge Joe Moore (Republican), Dr. B. Leland Baker (on his website is the term RINOs–Republican In Name Only), Keli Carender, "Political Director of the King County Young Republicans as well as Chairman of the Washington Young Republican Federation"; Angela McGlowan, who, "1999 to 2005, Ms. McGlowan served as Director of Government Affairs and Diversity Development for Chairman Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation" and a plethora of others you can read about on the National Tea Party Convention's web site. Many of them use the label "Conservative", but that is simply code for "Republican." If folk will choose to remember back just a few months ago, many people disenfranchised themselves from the label "Republican" after "the Lost Decade" and the election of President Obama.

    If we dig into the heart of the movement, we will find that the Tea Bagger movement is about as bi-partisan as Fox News is about unbiased news coverage. Call both of them what they are: The Propaganda Arms of the Republican Party. They are the voice of the heart of the Republican Party–the voice of what people say around the dinner table....those discussions that they would not normally say in the general public. If we dig even deeper, I fear that one may find a heart even darker.

    God bless the "United" States of America.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  113. Nina VandeWater

    My husband is reading "The Marne, 1914" a new book about WWI. In it, he told me, it says that Germany had government pensions and healthcare for all Germans BEFORE 1914.

    The loss of manufacturing jobs began 30 yr. ago. Remember Ross Perot and his charts? I drilled into my boys' heads to get a degree in something that couldn't be outsourced.

    So now we have a recession that we have to spend our way out of. I would tell the Tea Partyers to have some patience. You have a really smart, sensible guy at the helm. And you have a Supreme Court who is ready to jump on anything that they don't see as Constitutional.

    Why did I bring up Germany? Just to say that I'm more European in outlook and have problems, at times, living in a country started by Puritans and other Independent thinkers. I say together we stand.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  114. john Chinaka from ATL

    Don,
    I seriously think that rational-minded Americans would be very interested in knowing the racial composition of the organizers and attendees at this tea party. Could this tea party be racially motivated?
    john

    February 5, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  115. fred davis exile az

    The tea party clan lacks any understanding of the issues specifcally the deficit and health care. They. merely parrot the words and phrases of a few pundits .the real problem is a desperate need for some critical inquiry and thinking.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  116. Barbara Johnson

    "Why did I bring up Germany? Just to say that I'm more European in outlook and have problems, at times, living in a country started by Puritans and other Independent thinkers. I say together we stand"

    Nina: Our country may not be perfect, but it is certainly because of the independent thinkers that we have developed into a strong an independent nation. We may be having difficulties, which all living 'organisms' do. However, the most dangerous road any country or individual can take, is one on which there is only group think. Looking back throughout European history...that should be quite clear.

    It is through diversification that growth occurs. We need guidance as a group from leaders of all directions to help us as a people to develop into a stronger nation, once again.

    Barbara.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  117. Eddie D.

    A couple of quotes by President John F. Kennedy:

    "The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie - deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought."

    "There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction."

    Tea Baggers are a propaganda machine of the Republican Party, and their job (whether the members are aware of it or not) is to propagate a lie as well as a myth: That this current president is pushing a Socalist Agenda. This type of irrational panic and fear-mongering was the same thing done during the Great Depression.

    Our President is brave. He is doing what is necessary...what is hard, not what is politically safe. He understands the quote "there are risks and costs to a program of ACTION, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of COMFORTABLE INACTION."

    CNN, please consider doing a special akin to the series that aired on public television called "Economics U$A" by the Annenberg-CBA Project–especially the episode called "John Maynard Keynes." For those who want to be educated about where we've been as a nation and the reason this current administration is taking the steps it is now, it would shine a light against the myths and dark lies out there. Trust me, all it takes to stop a mob from becoming a majority is TRUTH. Don't perpetuate the hype. Be a part of the solution. I feel if all of the television news organizations were to capitulate, CNN would be the last one to be a voice of unbiased, independent truth. So, I challange you...I beg of you, look into that show, then produce your own special–perhaps in conjunction with the producers of "Economics U$A." It is truly needed.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  118. Gerry

    Why try to manipulate the news? Why are the only Tea Party signs shown by CNN and others show are of that tiny minority of ugly maybe even hatefu signsl. We have attended several gatherings. 99.9% of the signs are positive and not the ugly-negative-mean spirited signs that are shown exclusive of others. The Media does not have a clue about the "Tea Party" Movement. Hide and Watch.
    DC. How is that man made global warming working out for ya?

    February 5, 2010 at 12:41 pm |
  119. Nina VandeWater

    Barbara,

    I knew someone would take my "independent thinkers" comment the wrong way because I didn't take the time to really explain it in an attempt to keep the comment short.

    What I meant was that after we have debated and elected our President, Senators, and Congressmen, we must give them some time to think of solutions to our nation's current problems and act. And then we can't have a million individuals shouting "me, me, me" which results in a lot of pork due to plain old selfishness. So instead of people thinking individually (of themselves), we need to work together and think about what is best for all.

    For instance, you pay for people without healthcare anyway (higher hospital and doctor bills for you). You would end up paying for people's pensions because they can't or won't do it themselves, so hurrah for social security.

    So, I have nothing against creative, outside the box problem solvers, I just don't want to hear a bunch of squawking from me-me-me thinkers.

    February 5, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
  120. nick

    I wonder how many black people are tea party members, I would like to see a black person at one of the top levels of the tea party it would make me feel safe

    February 5, 2010 at 2:40 pm |
  121. JR

    I think a lot of sincere people are getting pulled into the Tea Party movement because of honest discontent with how Washington behaves, but I believe that the organizers are mostly far right conservatives who can't stand it that the Democrats are in the majority. The far right is real good at disrupting the performance of Democratic presidents – remember what they did to Clinton for 8 years. This is just more of the same. Unfortunately many Americans are falling for it AGAIN! If these people are so unhappy with big government and excessive spending where were they when GW Bush was in the White House???

    February 5, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  122. ray

    this is about the mindlessamerican that went to haiti to help the children,right).they kidnapped them,now they cry,maybe so.maybe for abuse too.this make us all american look bad,they should put a tatoo on there forehead with words.stupid, stupid,stupid.look at all the money that going to haiti,look what this FOOLS do.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:31 pm |
  123. Andrew Thall

    Tea Party...Tea Party...Tea Party... i prefer COFFEE !!!!!

    February 6, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  124. Ralph Patch

    Thats interesting Nina.that you think someone is paying my medical bills. I have no insurance and NOBODY is paying my bills for me!

    February 6, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  125. CA

    Can CNN please do a report on people who oppose the Tea Party, if they are out there, and point out the flaws in their reasoning? Where the Tea Party with their Constitution when Bush was violating it with his interpretation of war powers? And if they want lower taxes, they had best be prepared for a corresponding reduction in services – schools, roads, medicare, police etc. – and an exponential increase in homelessness and crime.

    February 6, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  126. CA

    Can CNN please do a report on people who oppose the Tea Party, if they are out there, and point out the flaws in their reasoning? Where was the Tea Party with their Constitution when Bush was violating it with his interpretation of war powers? And if they want lower taxes, they had best be prepared for a corresponding reduction in services – schools, roads, medicare, police etc. – and an exponential increase in homelessness and crime.

    February 6, 2010 at 10:06 am |
  127. richard saalman

    reps, are so stupid all they think about are themselves, Our country is going to hell because the last administration put this country in a pickle, the president is doing a very good job, our health care is owned by insurance companies, our country is owned by the chinese cause of walmart, our oil is owned by the taliban, our troops are owned by the republicans, what do we the people own nothing, why don't we take back our country, because people are afraid to say what they mean, cowards, we need to put back the board of education back in our schools, paddle the kids, and prayer back in schools, NO we do nothing, let the other people do it, We are cowards,cowards, cowards. etc.

    February 6, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  128. Amanda S.

    I'm so sick and tired of feeling like it's my responsiblity to dig everyone else out of their own messes. I've made mistakes in my own life and found my way out of them. No government programs, no welfare, no hand out. Just figured it out.

    If you can't afford your house, don't buy it. If you can't afford children, don't have them. If you can't pay for an education, earn one! Come on people!!

    I donate my HARD EARNED money, to those I feel deserve it and TRY to help themselves. I should decide who MY money goes to, not just big government and their "programs".

    I have no problem helping people out...I have done it all my life and was raised to do so. My issue comes in when people who don't NEED it, just TAKE it? Those who QUIT WORKING so they can get on welfare and afford to stay home and their children? How is that fair to me or any hard working American?

    What ever happened to teach a man to fish and he will feed himself for the rest of his life?

    No more tax increases to help those who won't help themselves! The information is out there and available to anyone who wants it. Educate yourself. Learn a trade. Give more than you take! Is that too much to ask?

    February 6, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  129. Harold Cox SXr

    Just a few words in reference to the Tea Party. These folks are primarily Republicans. Think about this. The group is headquartered out of the Republican party offices. Many claim to be independets;thats not true. No independent that I associate with would identify with either party. I really don't know why cnn would continue to focus on this group. We know wher Sarah Palin stands. Where were these so call Tea party folks over the pass eight years when the deficit reached a trillion plus. You didn't see or hear from them. The president did not get us into this mess,the Republicans did over their eight year reign.,they gave President Obama one year to get us out. I believe there is more to the Tea Party. It sounds more like Rasicism/backlash. They are attacking one man rather than all politicians. That should tell all of us fair minded people what this group is all about.

    February 6, 2010 at 12:47 pm |
  130. Harold Cox Sr.

    Just a few words in reference to the Tea Party. These folks are primarily Republicans. Think about this. The group is headquartered out of the Republican party offices. Many claim to be independets;thats not true. No independent that I associate with would identify with either party. I really don't know why cnn would continue to focus on this group. We know where Sarah Palin stands. Where were these so call Tea party folks over the pass eight years when the deficit reached a trillion plus. You didn't see or hear from them. The president did not get us into this mess,the Republicans did over their eight year reign.,they gave President Obama one year to get us out. I believe there is more to the Tea Party. It sounds more like Rasicism/backlash. They are attacking one man rather than all politicians. That should tell all of us fair minded people what this group is all about.

    February 6, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
  131. Barbara Pacheco

    The two women you interviewed today are blaming the wrong people when they ask where are the jobs. First of all the stimulus money was a federal program and the funds where distributed to the states. These people should be asking their state leaders where are the jobs because they got the money.

    February 6, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  132. Luradine Timberlake

    Mr. Lemon, I just saw you interview two women at the Tea Party Convention in Nashville. I heard them say what they were "against "but I wish you had asked them to specify what they are "for "and what they would do differently if/when they are elected to the office they both are running for in their districts. I also want to know how someone can be in a "small business", not apply for the stimulus package help and state she doesn't know if it has/can help anyone else and yet declare that it is not good for the economy. Could it be that she just doesn't want it to work as Rush Limbaugh stated. Please in the future ask the naysayers what are their solutions ,instead of just criticizing President Obama.

    February 6, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  133. Steinmania

    Don,

    Why cover 600 people? That's like covering a Chamber of Commerce dinner in a small town. What gives with devoting hours to this thing?

    Steinmania

    February 6, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
  134. DRN

    Don I watch cnn every day. Sat. 7:20 pm you made a quick comment to your guests that it looked like the tea party was racist because they were
    all white and were against Pres. Obama . Please refrain from derogatory remarks. I've heard enough bashing.

    February 6, 2010 at 7:51 pm |
  135. Holly Carroll

    Tea Party Convention speakers are invited to speak, are they not?

    After Tom Tancredo's speech, which just happened to open and set the tone of a convention that has been billed as both important and serious, it is hard to truly believe that, at bottom, we are not just fooling ourselves into engaging in yet another thinly veiled form of racism.

    It's time to call a halt to this nonsense. I know a great many non-white folks who are totally capable of rational thought who haven't had the benefits, yes benefits, of being born white and having a university education. They, along with many of their white neighbors, made an informed decision a year ago and voted for President Obama. You may not like their decision, but how dare anyone suggest that they made their choice because they were either illiterate or part of a "cult" of muticulturalism or just plain dumb!

    Disgusting!!

    February 6, 2010 at 7:57 pm |
  136. peds nurse

    Please, someone ask the tea partiers their plan for the 40 million without health insurance? What is their plan for hungry children, the unemployed, the homeless (many vets without mental health treatment?) Do they care??
    Why are the tea party & Palin getting so much coverage when they have no plans? They just say no to all Obama's ideas...offer no solutions!!

    February 6, 2010 at 8:20 pm |
  137. Antonio Jefferson

    Hey Don, Sarah Palin owes the Tea Party organizers $99,998 in change for her appearance. She does a lot better with the public when she does not appear at speaking engagements. To think we were considering to place one heartbeat from the Presidency.

    February 6, 2010 at 9:21 pm |
  138. Big AL

    Can someone please put Sister Sara back in here cage this mess she is talking about is Coo Coo.....

    February 6, 2010 at 9:29 pm |
  139. Peds Nurse

    Amanda, You sound very angry....you only want to help people who want to help themselves? OK, I can understand that...but what about the innocent children who are neglecte/abused ? Or born to drug addicted parents? Or born with a disability? What about the homeless vet who never received care for his post traumatic stress disorder? What about the nurse who lost her job and health insurance because she had to take medical leave to care for her terminally ill child? (me) What about the person who is diagnosed with cancer and their insurance co cancels their policy & they lose their job?
    Is the government suppose to protect/support innocent children, vets , the elderly? Are they suppose to build roads? Protect society from criminals, place them in jail and try to rehab them? Assist communities in giving our children a top notch education?
    The only message I hear from the "Tea Party" is for government to back off, cut taxes & spending. No solutions offered for our problems. What solutions do you offer? Have people (including children) who apply for assistance provide proof that thay are trying to improve their lives? I really don't hear the compassion...that is what is missing from the "Tea Party"

    February 6, 2010 at 9:32 pm |
  140. Ms. Doubtfire

    I don't trust politic's due to the special interest issues. And Palin is an example. Palin has exploited the political season; what does she mean, "we or us!" She's not poor. She's been pimping the situation straight to the bank. She is wining but not giving a solution to the American problem: jobs, health care and a piece of the pie. She's only stirring the ignorant tea party myths.

    Ignorance is the root of all evil. America is better than this. We have to do better or "we," will pay a price: disruption rather than unity.

    February 6, 2010 at 9:43 pm |
  141. Ms. Doubtfire

    Weak and predictable. People, use your heads. We make up America. Uust like life we will be up and down. We are responsible for our integrity. And we need to stop glorifying so-called famous people and hold our leadership responsible in a constructive way. I can't believe how selfish special interest groups are. Get it together people. Grow up! Together we stand divided we fall.

    February 6, 2010 at 9:50 pm |
  142. Ms. Doubtfire

    We the people made the financial mess we're in. Trying to be the Jones' or watching the Jones' take advantage. The difference between our current & past President is huge per the process of how we got here and how we get out. America has so many mal-nutrition mindsets based on our overall history. Learn your history, economics 101 and moral servitude before you dumb down on hear-say.

    As a country, anyone who will unjustly hold one person accountable for our collective mistakes is insane and sinful.

    We can do better!

    February 6, 2010 at 9:55 pm |
  143. Ms. Doubtfire

    Be constructive:

    Demand responsibly of your Govt. heads, news media and local leaders job creation locally & nationally, aggressive decision making, stop complaining and giving the conspirators; the banks and insurance co's your money and work locally to send letters, call and email so agressively that that becomes the headlines.

    Too many American's have sold their souls to the special interest and don't realize if you get into the power heads pockets, they'll listen up.

    A lot of people have been stripped of their self-respect for high car payments and weak mortgages. Whether you like it or not things wil get worse until you're willing to sacrifice for a better future. None of us can get around paying a price for our stupidity.

    Positive note: we can turn this around.

    February 6, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  144. Ms. Doubtfire

    Palin for President? LOL
    Anything is possible unfortunately. I feel like I just watched a sitcom on it's last leg.

    She's probably nice on a personal front but setting herself up for a career mess.

    Unbelieveable.

    February 6, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  145. Richard J.

    Don, you seem so excited to be covering this nonsense. You said that your "Fact Check" team was at work going over Ms. Palin's remarks. When will the "facts" be coming out. These angry, mis-informed, and easily led Tea Party folks are scary just because they are misinformed, easily led, dont' know where to focus their anger. They are angry at blacks and Hispanics and gays and immigrants. They hate people who help others and they use the name of Jesus Christ as their leader and they don't even know what Jesus' main message was. They want to surround their houses with fences and guns and keep anyone that doesn't look like them out. If y ou or I don't have healthcare, they say that's tough luck. They got theirs and that's all that matters. And as Ms. Palin said, the only important thing to remember about national security and world peace is that "We win and they (the world) lose.". God Bless America indeed!!

    February 6, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  146. Chris Young

    If people don't want government health care, we should give them back any money they have paid toward Medicare and they can opt out, let them buy there own health care.

    February 6, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  147. Jon Wie

    Dear Don,
    Please have a followup question to theTea-partiers about what do they really expect government should be? It is too easy to use all those "smaller government" slogans, but What do they really think the government should be? What had the current BIG government TAKEN from them, individually? If nothing, so what is it that they really want?
    They have to get out of talking slogans. No social security? No Education from the government? No Health-care from the government? W No Medicare? Force them to be more specifics!

    February 6, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  148. Misha Luzov

    Sarah Palin's speech was, as expected, a powerhouse. Not a political powerhouse, but one of vague, nebulous sophism that characterize propaganda. The nods, standing ovations and cheers make her glean attention like a popstar, but if she were put in front of a panel of educated people - say, philosophy professors - none of her "answers" and "solutions" would go through as anything more that fallacious appeals, contradictions, and hasty generalizations. This is a shining example, however, of the perspective that endanger our ability to face momentous problems by trying to bring too much of a past that no longer is into the perplexing changes that characterize our time.

    February 6, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  149. Denise Meridith

    I thought the Tea Party was founded for and responsive to INDEPENDENTS. With Republican Party funding events and Sarah Palin advocating that it be "absorbed by the Republican Party," it sounds like the same old, same old.

    February 6, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  150. Dr. Leo Edwards

    The Tea Party is a new face for the Ku Klux Klan and Sarah Palin is the new face the Grand Dragon/ Wizzard.

    February 6, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  151. D Wallace

    The Tea Party/Sarah Palin have every right if they choose to criticize the President's policies but when it comes to his character, or his Education and professional lecturing she has crossed the line.

    In this country you are attacked if you don't have enough education or too much education if you are a person of color. I believe Clinton was a Lawyer and so are many Senators and Congressmen. So what is the problem, it is because of race that they are giving this President such a hard time. The Tea party audience is clearly a white audience where are the Latinos and Afircan Americans you certainly need them to win they are American citizens and a part of the process.

    Palin's speech is the same old rhetoric we hear every day. Someone needs to lecture her on Foreign Policy she says"we must win and they must lose", it is not that simple we are trying to keep nuclear arms out of these terrorist hands.

    February 6, 2010 at 11:10 pm |
  152. Kevin Kelly

    Sarah Palin was an uber-loser in '08 and nothing is changed. She obviously does not speak with either knowledge or intelligence. The tea-baggers deserve her!

    February 7, 2010 at 1:16 am |
  153. Brian Pensacola FL

    How many Tea Party "members" are there?? How is it the Tea Party gets so much attention when virtually nothing was mentioned about the 36 million people across the globe that took part in almost 3,000 protests against the Iraq war in the 4 months between January 3 and April 12, 2003??? Nor did the veterans coming home in coffins. How does the FORMER Gov Palin rate so much more coverage than the SITTING President of the United States? Humm. Tea Party...Palin....Controversial = RATINGS!

    February 7, 2010 at 1:25 am |
  154. Nick

    Please ask Don Lemon who is covering Tea Party event this weekend to ask what does smaller government actually mean. What exactly does financial responsibilty means when it comes to the goverment. Followup these questions with why this movement was not started during the Bush years when he was increasing the government deficit as though there was no tomorrow.

    February 7, 2010 at 1:43 am |
  155. Russ Harden

    Don Lemon has personally slandered and offended me more than anyone else ever has when he looked directly therough the camera lens at me and described the people at the Tea Party Nation Convention as "Americans just like you." Those people are not just like me. I am not a racist or a lie monger, fear monger or hate monger like those people are, so what right does Lemon have to call them "Americans just like you" when I'm the one he's looking at through the TV camera lens? I expect a personal policy for his attempt to criminally slander me!

    February 7, 2010 at 4:06 am |
  156. Russ Harden

    Don Lemon has personally insulted me more than anyone else ever has when he looked directly through the camera lens at me and described the people interviewed at the Tea Party Nation Convention as "Americans just like you." Nothing could be further from the truth! I am not a racist, lie monger, fear monger or hate monger like most of the Tea Baggers have proven themselves to be, so what right does Lemon have to say the Tea Party Nation are "Americans just like you"?????

    February 7, 2010 at 4:21 am |
  157. Rod Johnson

    I do my very best to watch CNN every day to see your coverage of issues I care about. I'd like to know how often you fact check President Obama. This President can't speak without fabricating the truth. It's funny to me that when it comes to the President he can mention during his speeches about lobbyist not in his administration, he has the"most transparent administration", no earmarks in his bills, so on so on, and I never hear of your news origanization fact checking this Liar in chief. If you really care about non biased reporting try being as deligent with the fact searching on both sides. This would help me consider CNN a real news source.

    February 7, 2010 at 4:26 am |
  158. Jim D

    Colts 30-24 – Payton Manning will get the MVP- Dallas Clark will score the first TD

    For a women who is suppose to be so incompetent and irrelevant it amazes me how the drive by media wasted no time to have one of there progressives go on the attack.

    It just amazes me how one women could have as much political power as the President just from doing a speech or writing a few lines on Face Book.

    Palin might not be the "ONE" but for right now she is the best thing going and I am realy looking foward to 2012 to watch Hillary Clinton go against Sarah Palin in 2012.

    I wonder how many progressives would go Coyote Ugly on Obama now?

    February 7, 2010 at 8:19 am |
  159. Luther Schlegel

    What Sarah Palin did not say:
    Term limits for all senators and representatives.
    Start The Draft.
    GET RID OF: Cong John Murtha Of Pa.
    US SEN Richard Shelby of Alabama.
    Allow Independents to vote in the primaries.
    Allow voters in the primaries to pick who they want to run for Governor or other offices. Not Some Political Cronies
    Resident of Pa for 75 years. Never have been on any program, have not had a vacation in ten years. Drafted and served in the US army, 1956-1958. Pay my taxes, car insurance, home insurance. Do not get any freebies. The Health Bill as is should not be PASSED .

    February 7, 2010 at 8:32 am |
  160. Alan in Sunnyvale

    I think Sarah Palin is scary.

    February 7, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  161. Barbara Johnson

    I, too, was amazed that CNN had Mary Snow and others covering a group of people who are determined to manipulate others into joining them in a Church run government which iappears to be based on emotionalism, anger, selfishness and slander of anyone of a different persuasion.

    No, these people are not 'just Americans'...They don't believe in diversity and welcoming 'all to their teeming shores'. They are filled with sarcasm and look to the pageant queen for leadership. Sarah Palin's speech, once again filled with words which incite unrest and reinforce racism. She is so naive' as to what our country is about and apprently really does think a cheer leader can rise to be President. Why is that uneducated people feel the need to slander others by calling them 'elitist'...For it is always the name callers who become the embarrassment, not those who are the subject of the action.

    Someone said here that this group looked like the local Chamber of Commerce having dinner and a meeting. That is a perfect description of what I saw as well. By the way, the Chamber of Commerce on the National level is one of the biggest supporters of no Health Care Reform...due to their Health Care Corporation affiliations. I hope the Tea Partiers figure out soon that their own survival depends upon a strong Nation...not one divided by petty behaviors and criticism of others.

    B

    February 7, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  162. Angie

    After viewing Sarah Palin and the Tea party event in Nashville on CNN Just one thing kept nodging me.
    *I still remember when a relative spoke of an email she and other received from her employer, Highmark an insurance management company for Blue Cross medical insurance. In that email dated some time in Feb or early March of 2009 Highmark was telling employees of a very important meeting coming up. Highmark had a table in the parking lot set up with a sign up she for that meeting. And in the email they were letting employees know that Special concideration would be given to any employee who signed up for that meeting. Only the meeting was not going to take place at the Highmark sight. They titled the meeting – Tea Party –

    Is the Tea Party Really about smaller Government?

    Or is the Tea Party Really the Spokes people for the Insurance companies who want to hold onto it's control over the Health Care System while continuing to deny Patients Life Saving Procedures and while they continue to drop Patents who are seriously sick?

    February 7, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
  163. Scott Stodden

    Don are you serious? $500 to hear Sarah Palin speak! A woman who has Governor couldn't even finish her term because she wanted to focus on other things yeah right Sarah! Also what in the world is a Tea Party Convention? Somebody please, please, please tell me and then to have Sarah Palin speak! A woman with no common sense and so deeply out of touch with America and the American People. This is ludacris for her to say "All this Changy Stuff" Uh Sarah in case you forgot Changey Stuff takes time to fix when your Republican friends and the Bush administration drove this country into debt! Get your facts straight Sarah and as far as Iran and foreign affairs go President Obama and Secretary Clinton are handling our country just fine as we the Democrats fix the mess George W Bush left us and Obama will be re-elected come 2012! Vote Obama/Biden 2012!

    February 7, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  164. ivote

    Re: Palins crib notes on her hand can be seen clearly on the tape of her at the podium during her speech. She gestured with her left hand fully extended and her palm was black. As the speech progressed she used the left hand but it was closed. Never again will we hear about the use of Technology/telepromter.

    February 7, 2010 at 8:11 pm |
  165. D Wallace

    Don Lemon is one of the most respecful and fair reporters that I have heard so don't hate on him he is doing a terrific job. You have enough hate to pass around with the GOP, Tea Party advocates and Sarah Palin.

    :ife is too short to have so much hatred in your heart, can't we just all get along and help the President move this country forward we could be in a Depression eating bread and drinking water. John McCain said the economy was sound when he was running so how soon do we forget the mess this country was in.

    February 7, 2010 at 9:43 pm |
  166. Carmen

    Sarah Palin knows what to say and how to say it to get a bunch of people excited at a rally. But she appears to be as ignorant about government as she's ever been and I hope the majority of Americans see her as she is. it would be a disgrace and the world would laugh at the USA if Sarah Palin were to become president. I wonder what newspapers she reads these days.

    February 7, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  167. Ginny Scott

    I truly believe that Sarah Palin will continue to be deliberately devisive , She is totally disrespectful and actually insulting to President Obama. There is no substance to her criticisms or comments other than stirring up what is becoming a cult following. This whole movement is a threat to our freedom and it is frightening that they could develop the power to impact our way of life.

    February 7, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  168. banats

    I think that it is really sad that so much attention is paid to Sarah Palin and so little attention to people who are actually doing things that impact our public policy. I am more interested in hearing from people who are in decision-making positions. In my mind, Sarah Palin lost whatever credibility she had when she quit her job as governor, a position of trust to which the people of Alaska elected her. When was the last time you broadcast a speech and Q&A session with Nancy Pelosi? Ever?

    February 8, 2010 at 1:33 am |
  169. fed-up w/palin

    the only BAG at that "tea party".. was old sarah.

    February 8, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
  170. Barbara Johnson

    Miss Hypocrit of 2010...was just shown reading notes from the inside of her hand...during her 'question and answer' section of the tea party 'event'. She kept wanting to sit down...How else would she read what was on her hand? Isn't she something...Throws out little cutesy phrases about our President being an elitist and using the telepompter...(as she reads from notes she has made to answer the questions (most likely planted)...so she would have the right answers. Are you people sure you want this adolescent as head of the United States Government? She is a farce who practices 'casting out of demons' in Alaska...quits her job as governer and now advertises herself as 'presidential fodder'... Her compatriot at this event...Kimberly...said 'the American voter is at the 10 to 12 year old reading level...They have such respect for the rest of us...Only those who are uneducated and ignorant, throw stones at others. I think its time to stop rewarding Sarah with attention.

    February 8, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  171. Mare

    How sad for the majority of you, Palin is nice, leaves you all out, your a nasty group of self cerntered people like dogs barking at a gate, you just dont take time out to think what there doing to this country, you picked up on her hand, sic sic sic, she is a full blown power house and your all scared of her, well bullies always are: the looks on your angry faces tell a sad story:now go straight to your rooms and NO TV

    February 8, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  172. Loretta

    I watched Palin and still find her uninteresting. She is an aging, ex-beauty queen looking for attention, the lime-light and money. She is a cheerleader for the tea-baggers, parrots the Republican platform, and doesn't have an original idea in her head.

    February 8, 2010 at 8:31 pm |
  173. Mar

    I can't believe the American public is so fickle that they cannot see that Sarah Palin has no depth! She is not only ignorant but also prejudiced. It is easy to criticize;coming up with real solutions and understanding the issues would be a welcome change. She cheats in so many ways, talks out of both sides of her mouth. " You hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of your own eye; and then shall you see clearly to cast" That is the number one sin of all Christian hypocrites, they are the first to criticize and tear anyone apart who does not believe as they do. How sinful is that?

    February 8, 2010 at 8:33 pm |
  174. Horace Bell

    Tony, our most loved newsman, good morning. What is up with this group? I don't get it, is it to dog the pres. for what? No reason no clue

    February 11, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  175. Barbara Johnson

    There is an amazing film...Denzel Washington in "The Great Debaters"...on cable television currently. If you haven't seen it...check it out...You'll then have a good idea of what a great many 'tea partiers' are about. There are no visible white robes in the film...they have been replaced by suits and ties in 2010. The confusion in the Tea Party movement is because of the confusion in the people who are a part of it. Many are uneducated and, like Sarah Palin, fight what they call 'elitism'...Their social skills are at a level of immaturity which boggles the mind.

    Barbara

    February 11, 2010 at 11:00 am |